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Tash Sultana, Shapeshifter announced for Bay Dreams 2019
Tash Sultana, Shapeshifter announced for Bay Dreams 2019
Bay Dreams has announced the line-up for its 2019 festival.  Earlier this year, Bay Dreams was announced to be adding a sister festival in Nelson - and the festival has confirmed the international guests will appear at both dates.  The line-up for both festivals includes Tash Sultana,...
Opinion: CBD transformation a major boost for Tauranga
Opinion: CBD transformation a major boost for Tauranga
Tauranga's CBD will be transformed over the next five years.  In total, $250 million of significant developments are scheduled to be completed within a 600m stretch from Elizabeth St to McLean St.  Pre-demolition work has started for the $100-million Farmers redevelopment on Elizabeth...
Bay of Plenty confident in kiwifruit and avocado sectors
Bay of Plenty confident in kiwifruit and avocado sectors
Experts say a significant increase in economic confidence in the Bay of Plenty was related to higher avocado and kiwifruit prices.  A Westpac-McDermott Miller Regional Economic Confidence survey for the June 2018 quarter showed a net 45 per cent of Bay households expected their region's...
'Cooking with gas': Half a billion dollars in commercial consents for Tauranga
'Cooking with gas': Half a billion dollars in commercial consents for Tauranga
Consents for commercial building projects have hit more than half a billion dollars in the past year, with one business leader saying Tauranga is "cooking with gas''.  Figures from Priority One show the value of consents from June 2017 to May 2018 was a record $516.4 million,...
Zany village springing up in Tauranga downtown
Zany village springing up in Tauranga downtown
A new vibe is springing up in Tauranga's downtown to help reverse the doldrums and create a zany community attraction.  Colourful containers have started arriving at the Willow St site formerly occupied by the now-demolished council administration building.  They are being assembled...
Work to begin on Mount Maunganui's new urban green space
Work to begin on Mount Maunganui's new urban green space
Work on Mount Maunganui's new urban green space development will begin on Monday.  The development at 123-141 Maunganui Rd is expected to be completed by December 2018.  It will feature grass areas, native trees, a flexible space for events and activities year round, a water feature...
New life for Tauranga's Cargo Shed
New life for Tauranga's Cargo Shed
A new era dawns for Tauranga's historic Cargo Shed, two years after art market stallholders were ordered to vacate the shed in controversial circumstances.  The harbourside shed will be available to be booked for periods ranging from one day to one month starting this summer, once the...
Massive Lego exhibition arrives in Tauranga
Massive Lego exhibition arrives in Tauranga
A truly international Lego exhibition has arrived in Mount Maunganui.  Brickman Wonders of the World was yesterday set up at Baypark Stadium Lounge, where it will be on show to the public from today until July 22.  The exhibition features 50 huge Lego models of some of the world's...
Tauranga teenager wins Prime Minister's Scholarship to Asia
Tauranga teenager wins Prime Minister's Scholarship to Asia
Niemke Cloete is looking forward to learning the art form she loves more than 8500km from home.  The Tauranga teenager was awarded the prestigious Prime Minister's Scholarship for Asia for a one-semester exchange to Nanyang Technological University in Singapore studying visual...
Private Tauranga school gets new principal
Private Tauranga school gets new principal
A new principal has been appointed to ACG Tauranga, the private school in Pyes Pa that opened three-and-a-half years ago.  Thea Kilian replaces Shawn Hutchinson on August 1 who leaves to take over as principal of ACG School in Jakarta, Indonesia.  It will be the school's third...
New 3D mural for Tauranga's Pop-Up Park
New 3D mural for Tauranga's Pop-Up Park
Waihi Beach artist Shane Walker will paint a large-scale 3D mural in Tauranga's CBD as part of an initiative to revitalise the Pop-Up Park on Devonport Rd.  Walker will paint the mural between July 21 and August 11, weather-dependent.  Downtown Tauranga spokeswoman Millie Newitt said...
Five-storey student accommodation planned for Tauranga CBD
Five-storey student accommodation planned for Tauranga CBD
A five-storey building could accommodate more than 100 students in Tauranga's CBD if resource consent for a student living facility on Selwyn St is approved.  Quintex Properties Holdings has applied with the Tauranga City Council for resource consent to build a 116-unit student living...
Climbers boost record AIMS Games entries
Climbers boost record AIMS Games entries
As the Anchor AIMS Games gets set to reach new heights, it’s only fitting that the climbers are on board.  A record 10,851 intermediate-aged competitors have entered September’s week-long long tournament in Tauranga, coming from more than 320 schools all over New Zealand and the...
Pāpāmoa sculptor Tawhai Rickard supreme winner of Tauranga's 2018 Miles Art Awards
Pāpāmoa sculptor Tawhai Rickard supreme winner of Tauranga's 2018 Miles Art Awards
The winners of the 2018 Miles Art Awards were announced at the awards and exhibition opening event at Tauranga Gallery last night.  Tawhai Rickard, of Pāpāmoa, has won the overall supreme award with his sculptural work titled Victorian Waka of Social...
Lights to illuminate a winter night’s sky
Lights to illuminate a winter night’s sky
Tauranga’s heart of the city will come to light at this year’s midwinter celebration Winter Nights Winter Lights.  The free, all-ages event, presented by Tauranga City Council, showcases a spectrum of interactive light installations, live entertainment, food and more on four...
Young filmmaker workshops return
Young filmmaker workshops return
Young creative Kiwis are being offered an opportunity to learn from the best at a three-day filmmaking workshop in Tauranga during the July school holidays.  Baycourt Presents is pleased to announce the IYSFF Young Filmmakers Workshops, delivered by Bay of Plenty Film, are returning...
Big Read: Tauranga promoter Pato Alvarez - a success built from hard work and big dreams
Big Read: Tauranga promoter Pato Alvarez - a success built from hard work and big dreams
Pato Alvarez roamed the streets for seven weeks — looking for a job during the day and a place to sleep when night fell.  He was 19. He couldn't speak English, and he was homeless.  It was April 2006, and he had arrived in New Zealand from his homeland, Chile, where he had been...
Tauranga Lawyer awarded Amnesty International Award
Tauranga Lawyer awarded Amnesty International Award
Tauranga lawyer Denise Arnold has been honoured by Amnesty International Tauranga Moana for her work in helping thousands of children in Cambodia receive an education.  Arnold, a co-director at Lyon O'Neale Arnold and founder of the Cambodia Charitable Trust, is the 2018 recipient of the...
Māori traditions showcased at Mauao Matariki celebrations
Māori traditions showcased at Mauao Matariki celebrations
Event organisers are hailing the 2018 Matariki ki Mauao celebrations held this week as a success.  Awhina August, general manager of the Te Puna i Rangiriri Trust, said about 2000 people had taken advantage of trust's week-long celebrations held in the campground at the base of...
Zespri's winning streak rolls on with record-breaking harvest
Zespri's winning streak rolls on with record-breaking harvest
More land with easy access to water is high on Zespri's wishlist as the blue chip national kiwifruit export marketer continues its winning streak with record harvests and sales.  Chief executive Dan Mathieson told a media gathering at Fieldays near Hamilton that while the company is on an...
Tauranga's Old Post Office building to be converted into hotel and restaurant
Tauranga's Old Post Office building to be converted into hotel and restaurant
People might soon be able to stay and dine in one of Tauranga's oldest buildings.  The Tauranga City Council issued resource consent for a $4.9m plan to convert the Old Post Office on Harrington St into a boutique hotel and restaurant, according to Priority One's latest building...
Traffic lights coming for two Tauranga 'crunch points'
Traffic lights coming for two Tauranga 'crunch points'
Traffic lights will soon be installed at two of Tauranga's busiest rush hour "crunch points".  The NZ Transport Agency has confirmed it will install lights at the roundabouts at Barkes Corner and the intersection of Elizabeth St and Takitimu...
Sod turned on $16m Kaituna River project
Sod turned on $16m Kaituna River project
More than 100 people, including representatives from six Te Arawa iwi, gathered to celebrate the start of construction works that will return freshwater flows from Kaituna River into Te Awa o Ngatoroirangi Maketū...
Weekend event: Popularity swellsfor 48Hours film festival finals
Weekend event: Popularity swellsfor 48Hours film festival finals
Bay of Plenty filmmakers are set to showcase their works at a film festival this weekend - and it is proving to be a popular event.  On Sunday, the 15 finalists in this year's Bay of Plenty 48Hours film festival finals will have their movies screened at Tauranga's Rialto Cinema before...
Building boom: Non-residential consents nearly double in 12 months
Building boom: Non-residential consents nearly double in 12 months
The value of building consents in Tauranga has hit its highest mark in 10 years.  This is largely due to the expansion of large retail developments which has increased 97 per cent in the value of non-residential consents from the year to March 2018, compared with the year...
Green light for $100m Farmers building redo in Tauranga CBD under accelerated timeline
Green light for $100m Farmers building redo in Tauranga CBD under accelerated timeline
Resource consent has been obtained and an accelerated timeline set for construction of the $100 million redevelopment of the new Farmers building in Tauranga's CBD.  Elizabeth Properties Limited, part of the James Pascoe Group that owns Farmers, this week finished the resource consent...
Opinion: Exciting times ahead for Tauranga's city centre
Opinion: Exciting times ahead for Tauranga's city centre
For years, Tauranga's CBD has been screaming out for a bit of life.  Its struggles have been well-documented - many shops have left the central city or closed completely, car parks have been lost, and many shoppers are choosing instead to spend their money at malls and shopping...
Funding approval for trial of free school buses in Welcome Bay
Funding approval for trial of free school buses in Welcome Bay
Use it or lose it - that's the message from Tauranga's mayor as the council approves funding for a trial of free school buses in Welcome Bay.  Councillors unanimously voted for the council to chip in $911,000 to support the trial, a joint project with the Bay of Plenty Regional...
Tauranga still a better option for Auckland first-home buyers
Tauranga still a better option for Auckland first-home buyers
First-home buyers worried that Tauranga is out of their reach are more likely to find an affordable home there than in Auckland, OneRoof analysis shows.  Although the number of Tauranga suburbs with a median sales price of less than $500,000 has shrunk from 16 in 2014 to five this year, the...
'Record returns' for avocado growers
'Record returns' for avocado growers
Avocado growers have seen "record returns" this season, with an estimated $150 million in sales for 2017-2018.  The New Zealand Avocado Growers Association said the industry's draft result for the season of $150m in sales was comprised of $105m from export markets and $45m from...
On yer bikes Tauranga: $100m investment in cycling agreed
On yer bikes Tauranga: $100m investment in cycling agreed
Up to $100 million will be invested over the next decade into making it easier and safer to ride a bike to work or school in Tauranga.  In a decision welcomed by cycling advocates, Tauranga City councillors unanimously backed speeding up the roll-out of the Tauranga Cycle Plan with a $20m bulk...
Opinion: Give us cycle stations, water shuttles, rail systems and trams in Tauranga
Opinion: Give us cycle stations, water shuttles, rail systems and trams in Tauranga
Cycle stations, water taxis or shuttles, rail systems, trams and buses.  These are public transport systems offered in many places around the world - and they seem to work. They alleviate traffic congestion, provide members of the public with reliable transport options, and they also encourage...
Construction of new surf club begins
Construction of new surf club begins
Construction on the $3 million rebuild of the Mount Maunganui Surf Life Saving Club is now underway.  The former club, which stood on its site on Mount Main beach since 1979, was torn down earlier this...
Tauranga to host Trustpower awards
Tauranga to host Trustpower awards
Tauranga has been announced as the host region for the Trustpower National Community Awards, which will be held in March 2019.  The Trustpower Community Awards is one of New Zealand’s largest recognition programmes for voluntary groups and...
$13m Tauranga research project focusing on 'nuisance' sea lettuce
$13m Tauranga research project focusing on 'nuisance' sea lettuce
A new $13 million research project in Tauranga will explore ways of using "nuisance" sea lettuce to develop food and medicine, and help reduce New Zealand's methane emissions.  The University of Waikato project will focus on algal biotechnology, looking at producing more algal...
Entrepreneur stars in 'stellar' business line-up for Tauranga's TechWeek'18
Entrepreneur stars in 'stellar' business line-up for Tauranga's TechWeek'18
A superstar of the business and technology world arrives in Tauranga this week to share tips on how best to trumpet the local market on an international stage.  Former executive director and chief technology officer for Lonely Planet Gus Balbontin is keynote speaker at a forum being held as...
Tauranga software firm SwipedOn launching office in America
Tauranga software firm SwipedOn launching office in America
Tauranga software firm SwipedOn's "innovative" visitor management app is expanding into the lucrative American market.  To help keep up with demand, the company has recently employed five extra full-time staff, and in the next four to six weeks SwipedOn's founder and chief...
TechWeek Tauranga workshops explore answers to future challenges
TechWeek Tauranga workshops explore answers to future challenges
Could the world in the future be run entirely by one big government? Or by hyper-local community groups?  These were the types of questions posed at a series of future-focused workshops in Tauranga to participants who were asked to brainstorm innovative ideas of how they would cope in...
Proposal to expand Tauranga's urban limits to include Tauriko West
Proposal to expand Tauranga's urban limits to include Tauriko West
People are invited to have their say on a proposal to expand the Tauranga city's urban limits.  The proposed change to the Bay of Plenty Regional Policy Statement would amend the urban limits to include land at Tauriko West to support demand for new...
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