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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...
Blessing begins $6.1m Durham St revamp as part of Tauranga CBD revitalisation
Blessing begins $6.1m Durham St revamp as part of Tauranga CBD revitalisation
Blessing begins $6.1m Durham St revamp as part of Tauranga CBD revitalisation.  A $6.1m project to turn Durham St and Durham Lane into a pedestrian-friendly student hub has kicked off with a blessing this morning.  The project is the first streetscape upgrade to take place as part of the...
Builders seek an extra 2000 apprentices a year with new app
Builders seek an extra 2000 apprentices a year with new app
New Zealand's booming building industry hopes to recruit an extra 2000 apprentices a year with a new app for high school students.  About 10,000 students doing building, construction and allied trades (BCATS) courses at secondary schools will be able to use the app to track their progress...
Tauranga to host Trustpower community awards
Tauranga to host Trustpower community awards
Tauranga will host next year's Trustpower National Community Awards.  About 150 people were expected to gather in Tauranga in March 2019 for the three-day event which recognises voluntary groups and organisations.  The Trustpower Community Awards programme operates in 26 regions...
Exclusive:  Tauranga's new university campus a year ahead of deadline
Exclusive: Tauranga's new university campus a year ahead of deadline
Tauranga's new university campus is taking shape in Durham St and students are able to enrol for the first semester in 2019 - one-year ahead of schedule.  The Bay of Plenty Times was invited on an exclusive tour of the new Waikato University city campus and Vice-Chancellor Professor Neil...
New Bay of Plenty Regional Council boss announced
New Bay of Plenty Regional Council boss announced
Fiona McTavish has been named as the new chief executive of Bay of Plenty Regional Council.  The appointment of McTavish, who is currently general manager strategy and science at the regional council, will replace Mary-Anne Macleod who indicated earlier this year she would not reapply for the...
TECT sells $144 million worth of shares
TECT sells $144 million worth of shares
The Tauranga Energy Consumer Trust has made $144m from selling a chunk of its power generation shares in a bid to diversify.  The trust sold 19.99 per cent of its 26.8 per percent holding in Tilt Renewables for $2.30 per share to Mercury New...
Tauranga toll road to close for cycling and walking bridge installation
Tauranga toll road to close for cycling and walking bridge installation
Tauranga's Takitimu Dr toll road will close for at least 14 hours next Saturday night while a $1.6 million cycling and walking bridge is lifted in to place.  The closure will start at 6pm on May 19 and last until about 8am on May 20, the NZ Transport Agency says.  A short detour will...
New app helps travellers track Tauranga buses in real time
New app helps travellers track Tauranga buses in real time
Local bus users will be able to easily plan their journey with the introduction of a new smartphone app.  Bay of Plenty Regional Council would roll-out the app that would provide real-time information for some...
Tauriko's record industrial growth: 'It's exciting times out there'
Tauriko's record industrial growth: 'It's exciting times out there'
A state of the art kiwifruit packhouse and coolstore is the biggest new build at the booming Tauriko Business Estate.  The estate is almost 60 per cent complete amid record growth, demand and land prices. It is fast becoming Tauranga's major business...
Rethinking public transport in Tauranga
Rethinking public transport in Tauranga
There are more cars on our roads than ever before, with Tauranga traffic worsening ever year.  One man who's spent a lot of time thinking about the issue is local architect Mark Wassung.  For the past couple of years he's been working on Tauranga CONNECT – his vision for a...
Council's $208 million funding bid
Council's $208 million funding bid
City councillors have approved a council bid for $208.6 million from the Government's Housing Infrastructure fund to progress big ticket infrastructure projects required for the city's ongoing growth.  The $1 billion HIF fund is created to assist councils like Tauranga with advance...
Mount Maunganui Lifeguard Service clubhouse to be levelled over the next few days
Mount Maunganui Lifeguard Service clubhouse to be levelled over the next few days
The old Mount Maunganui Lifeguard Service clubhouse will be levelled over the next few days.  A digger joins demolition crews from tomorrow and the new clubhouse building project will enter its next phase.  The current building has stood on Mount Main Beach since...
First electric boat launched in Tauranga
First electric boat launched in Tauranga
New Zealand's first purpose designed and built fully electric boat is in the water in Tauranga after a design and built process that's taken about two years.  Using Tesla car batteries to drive an electric motor has produced a boat that is quiet, pollution free, and provides buyers...
$1.6 million cycle bridge taking shape
$1.6 million cycle bridge taking shape
The span for the cycleway bridge over Takitimu Drive is expected to be lifted into place on the night of Saturday May 12.  The 200 tonne bridge will be lifted into place on the night of Saturday 12 May. It will be opened to the public at the end of...
TCC pushes for more road investment
TCC pushes for more road investment
Tauranga City Council is asking the Bay of Plenty Regional Council to use their 54 per cent shareholding in the Port of Tauranga to assist with infrastructure projects within the city limits.  The request is part of the council's official submission to the BOPRC Long Term...
Council fund seeds school garden project
Council fund seeds school garden project
Nurturing life is part of the learning at Oropi School, where pupils are discovering the rewards of growing their own food.  The Kokako Gardens, which dominate the school's backyard, are overflowing with vegetables and herbs that have been planted, nurtured and harvested by the pupils'...
Record sale for multi-storey building
Record sale for multi-storey building
A recently built building on Cameron Road has been sold for what is believed to be a record price for a Tauranga CBD property to a syndicate managed by Maat Group.  The property at 306 Cameron Road sold for $41.4m.  The public offering was fully subscribed by the closing date of April...
Holiday parks key to regional growth
Holiday parks key to regional growth
Holiday parks are central to driving sustainable regional tourism growth, says Holiday Parks New Zealand, as statistics show holiday parks now host more than eight million guest nights per year.  The latest Statistics New Zealand figures indicate that over the year ended February 2018, guests...
BOP Film to host international scouts
BOP Film to host international scouts
Bay of Plenty Film will be hosting international location scouts as part of regional film forum ‘Te Ata', being held at Otamarakau Marae next month.  On Tuesday May 1, three internationally-recognised location scouts from America will be arriving in the Bay of Plenty for a four-day...
Tourism spending up to $1.9b
Tourism spending up to $1.9b
Tourism spending in the Bay of Plenty is up to an estimated $1.9 billion.  This is according to the latest Monthly Regional Tourism Estimates released by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment this week.  According to the stats, tourism spend for Bay of Plenty is estimated to...
ICONZ Edge mentoring programme to help more Tauranga boys
ICONZ Edge mentoring programme to help more Tauranga boys
Stu Thompson's mentoring programme has helped hundreds of young local boys.  The ICONZ Edge programme has been in place at Welcome Bay Primary School since 2010 and will soon roll out to other schools in the Bay of Plenty thanks to a $15,000 BayTrust...
Tauranga Cult Cinema Club launched
Tauranga Cult Cinema Club launched
Movie nights are perfect for chilly autumn and winter weather.  The Cult Cinema Club returns for its third film season at Tauranga's Historic Village from April to September.  Every Saturday fortnight, with films screening inside the recently refurbished Village Cinema, the main...
Tauranga City Council looks at cutting fees for Maori housing schemes
Tauranga City Council looks at cutting fees for Maori housing schemes
Tauranga City Council is considering discounting or deferring some upfront fees for Maori housing developments to help tackle Tauranga's housing crisis.  The council has agreed to look into changing how it charges development contribution fees, which are used to fund growth-related...
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