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Escape to this year's Escape! festival
Escape to this year's Escape! festival
This year's Escape! festival is offering a workshop series ranging from identifying bush tucker to cartooning.  "Workshops are a real value-added component to Escape!," festival director Jo Bond says.  "We love being able to give people the opportunity to learn from the...
Tauranga City Council environment committee talks climate change
Tauranga City Council environment committee talks climate change
Climate change has been a hot topic for the Tauranga City Council meeting this week, with the environment committee looking at ways to better understand the issue.  Climate change initiatives at a national, regional and local level were part of discussions at a workshop, giving members the...
Tauranga Intermediate students 'inspire' with their city museum designs
Tauranga Intermediate students 'inspire' with their city museum designs
Hilary Yip may only be 12 but she has some award-winning ideas for a museum in Tauranga.  Hilary was the intermediate age-group winner of an art competition, run by the Tauranga Moana Museum Trust in collaboration with Taonga Tauranga, encouraging primary and intermediate pupils to be...
Plans unveiled for Papamoa East cinema, dining and shopping development
Plans unveiled for Papamoa East cinema, dining and shopping development
New details of Papamoa East's new $2.3m development reveal a boutique cinema and two-storey gastro restaurant are among the businesses set to open in time for summer.  Beauty outlets are also among the confirmed tenants of the eagerly anticipated...
Funding plan floated to avoid Tauranga traffic chaos
Funding plan floated to avoid Tauranga traffic chaos
A $580 million plan has been hatched to stop Tauranga descending into the traffic gridlock that plagued Auckland.  City councillor Larry Baldock wants the Bay of Plenty Regional Council to stump up with $400m over 10 years to help fund the completion of Tauranga's ring road...
Fenna Beets to graduate from University of Waikato in Tauranga
Fenna Beets to graduate from University of Waikato in Tauranga
As a curious toddler Fenna Beets always knew she wanted to explore the science world.  "Pursuing a science-based career was always a given for me. At five years of age it was the role of a 'dinosaur scientist' that had my attention, followed by the captivating occupation of...
Community day planned as Maungatapu underpass nears completion
Community day planned as Maungatapu underpass nears completion
The Maungatapu underpass is nearly done, with a community day planned for late May.  The New Zealand Transport Agency is warning people to expect delays as work gets underway to connect the underpass to Welcome Bay...
Graduation marks the end of an era for Tauranga students
Graduation marks the end of an era for Tauranga students
A total of 120 students are graduating in Tauranga today.  The annual ceremony at ASB Arena is the final one for the University of Waikato before the new campus opens in...
Comvita signals a takeover could be in the wind
Comvita signals a takeover could be in the wind
NZX-listed manuka honey company Comvita has foreshadowed it may be the subject of a takeover, with an unidentified third party undertaking due diligence to assess the business.  The Paengaroa-based company emphasised the possible acquisition remained for now "an incomplete...
Bay of Plenty consumers splurge $348.2 million
Bay of Plenty consumers splurge $348.2 million
Bay of Plenty consumers splurged $348.2 million in March, a 9.2 per cent increase on the amount spent for the same month last year.  Latest Paymark figures also show the number of transactions in the region also rose by 9.9 per cent to $7.44...
Tauranga duo named 'Tech Innovator of the Year'
Tauranga duo named 'Tech Innovator of the Year'
A Tauranga organisation has won a major technology award for its efforts to help keep children safe online.  Safe Surfer has developed a new "Lifeguard" device which can be attached to any modem. It blocks websites containing pornography, violence, gambling and other harmful...
High avocado prices predicted to drop with big crop
High avocado prices predicted to drop with big crop
A return to more affordable avocados has been forecast for next season after avocados hit a record end-of-season price of $4 per fruit in some Tauranga supermarkets.  The 2017-18 season was influenced by avocado trees producing very poor crops in many Bay orchards, with Te Puke grower Ron...
Tauranga student essayists wow judges in museum-themed competition
Tauranga student essayists wow judges in museum-themed competition
"It is within the mere walls of a museum that we are able to grapple with the conditions of man's existence."  That was written by a girl yet to finish high school, in an essay that has just won her a $1000...
Bay of Plenty law firm Cooney Lees Morgan marks 100 years
Bay of Plenty law firm Cooney Lees Morgan marks 100 years
Bay of Plenty law firm Cooney Lees Morgan kicked off its 100-year celebrations yesterday and marked the occasion with a town crier, a bagpiper and the delivery of birthday cakes.  The firm was started in 1918 when founder Hugh Owen Cooney advertised his services as a solicitor in Te Puke and...
IT researchers shine at Toi Ohomai showcase event
IT researchers shine at Toi Ohomai showcase event
A remote-controlled sensor to monitor orchard irrigation systems via the internet has launched a Toi Ohomai IT student and former graduate into the spotlight.  Jacob Van Silfhout and Sam Gough's presentation about their summer research project earnt them first place at the Institute's...
Tauranga Crossing development midway through Stage Two leasing campaign
Tauranga Crossing development midway through Stage Two leasing campaign
The second stage of the Tauranga Crossing development in Tauriko is now midway through its leasing campaign and is due to open in April next year.  Once completed, there will be 90 new stores and restaurants and a 1000-seat, six-theatre Event cinema...
Thousands enjoy Tauranga's annual National Jazz Festival
Thousands enjoy Tauranga's annual National Jazz Festival
Verena Funnell and Robin Grierson enjoyed a dance in front of stage three down at The Strand.  The Rongotai College Band played to a crowded street bathed in sunshine.  It was Saturday, day one of the Downtown Carnival for the 56th National Jazz Festival, and thousands of people were...
Tauranga community group to compete for supreme NZ title
Tauranga community group to compete for supreme NZ title
Bay of Plenty's Incubator will join the country's best and brightest voluntary groups and organisations at the Trustpower National Community Awards this month.  The arts development agency has previously been named Supreme Winner at the regional version of the awards last year. The...
Mayor Greg Brownless leads delegation to showcase Tauranga in China
Mayor Greg Brownless leads delegation to showcase Tauranga in China
Tauranga mayor Greg Brownless will lead his first delegation to Tauranga's sister city in China next week.  Trip organiser Greg Simmonds, the chief operating officer of economic development agency Priority One, said 24 people would spend 10 days in China and visit three cities.  They...
$30 million freight-distribution centre to be built in Tauranga
$30 million freight-distribution centre to be built in Tauranga
An agreement has been signed for the development of a huge new freight-distribution centre in Tauranga.  About 100 Mainfreight staff will be working on the seven-hectare site at Te Maunga adjacent to Trustpower's former head office.  The deal with the landowner Mangatawa Papamoa...
Kiwifruit sales to China, Japan set to hit $1 billion
Kiwifruit sales to China, Japan set to hit $1 billion
Kiwifruit marketer Zespri says latest sales to China are tracking at a record $500 million, while Japan looks set to make it a double, earning another half a billion dollars.  The two countries are Zespri's biggest customers. Most of the kiwifruit sold there in the 2017-2018 season was...
Western Bay students learn about opportunities in the hortculture industry
Western Bay students learn about opportunities in the hortculture industry
Western Bay of Plenty students have been given an insight into the jobs available to them in the horticulture industry.  As part of the Cultivate Your Career event, 150 students from 10 Western Bay of Plenty schools took a bus tour around Tauranga to visit Robotics Plus, TÅ«hono Whenua...
Plans to put more urgency into solving Tauranga traffic woes
Plans to put more urgency into solving Tauranga traffic woes
A new stand-alone transport centre costing up to $1 million a year has been proposed to sort out escalating traffic problems in Tauranga and the wider Western Bay.  Bay of Plenty Regional Council transport chairman Stuart Crosby said the plan to create a centre of excellence was brought about...
'Best party in town' : Greerton Village School principal
'Best party in town' : Greerton Village School principal
"The best party in town".  That's how Anne Mackintosh has described her vibrant multicultural school in the heart of Greerton Village.  Mackintosh has been principal for the past 15-and-half years and despite the many challenges of her role, she says every day is a joyful...
Thousands celebrate diversity at Tauranga Multicultural Festival
Thousands celebrate diversity at Tauranga Multicultural Festival
Torta from Argentina, pastries from Bolivia, peppermint crisp tart from South Africa and kimchi from Korea.  The smell of spicy and sweet mingled in the air at Saturday's Tauranga Multicultural Festival.  However, the large selection of culinary delights was not the only thing that...
Record $71m month for building consents in Tauranga city
Record $71m month for building consents in Tauranga city
Five major building projects worth $1 million or more contributed to a record $71.7m in commercial building consents being issued last month.  Tauranga City Council issued the highest value of commercial consents for January in 15 years, according to Priority One's latest monthly building...
Cricket: Bumper crowd expected at Tauranga's Bay Oval for Black Caps v England ODI
Cricket: Bumper crowd expected at Tauranga's Bay Oval for Black Caps v England ODI
International cricket returns to Tauranga this week and the Barmy Army is sure to bring some colour and noise to what is being touted as the biggest game ever held in the city.  The Black Caps will take on England in a One Day International at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui under lights on...
Bay of Plenty leaders react to $3 billion Provincial Growth Fund
Bay of Plenty leaders react to $3 billion Provincial Growth Fund
Bay of Plenty is one of six "surge" regions identified as needing early investment in a $3 billion regional investment fund unveiled by the Government yesterday.  Tauranga and Bay of Plenty leaders have welcomed the news and have outlined what they think the local priorities should...
Tauranga campus major boost for Bay of Plenty students with new degrees
Tauranga campus major boost for Bay of Plenty students with new degrees
School principals are excited by some of the courses that will be on offer when the Tauranga university campus opens next year.  The University of Waikato was still finalising its prospectus but the Bay of Plenty Times Weekend can reveal some of the qualifications on...
International cruise visitors push coastal Bay of Plenty tourism spending to $1 billion
International cruise visitors push coastal Bay of Plenty tourism spending to $1 billion
Tourists spent more than $1 billion in the coastal Bay of Plenty last year, a target that was not expected to be hit for another 12 years.  According to figures released by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment the region's tourism expenditure grew by $53 million over the...
Info day unlocking career potential
Info day unlocking career potential
An upcoming information day at Toi Ohomai is set to help people in the community to achieve their New Year aspirations.  The event promises to highlight all of the study options available in our own...
Dozens of drivers sign up ahead of Uber's Tauranga launch
Dozens of drivers sign up ahead of Uber's Tauranga launch
"Dozens" of local drivers have signed up to be a part of the ride-sharing app Uber which is scheduled to launch in Tauranga next week.  Mount Maunganui woman Bridgette Irwin has signed up to be one of the first Uber drivers in the area.  Irwin had been running her own driving...
New bill proposed to protect workers
New bill proposed to protect workers
The government has introduced a new bill to amend the Employment Relations Act 2000, with the goal strengthening the role of collective bargaining in the workplace.  Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says the bill is designed to provide greater protections to workers,...
Tauranga's new upmarket alley
Tauranga's new upmarket alley
Durham Lane is about to be transformed from a nondescript back alley into an upmarket urban landscape.  The aim behind the redesign is to “encourage and protect pedestrian activity”, following the recent approval of detailed designs for the alleyway's...
Council decides what to consult on
Council decides what to consult on
The proposed museum and library will be among the topics up for debate when Tauranga City Council's Long Term Plan 2018-2028 goes out for public consultation in March.  Mayor Greg Brownless says the consultation topics reflect the council's aspiration for Tauranga to be a great city,...
Building boom tapers off for Christmas
Building boom tapers off for Christmas
Building consents issued for both Tauranga and the Western Bay of Plenty district tapered off slightly in December, but the annual growth is continuing.  Following on from the record breaking $1 billion in consents issued across the sub-region in 2016, the construction industry has continued...
Transit lanes for one of Tauranga's worst traffic hot spots on Hewletts Road
Transit lanes for one of Tauranga's worst traffic hot spots on Hewletts Road
Transit lanes are set to be introduced for one of Tauranga's worst congestion spots.  The Tauranga City Council has revealed plans to introduce special vehicle lanes (T3) to Hewletts Rd this year. The move will allow vehicles with three or more people to use allocated lanes, currently only...
Trustpower customers face important decision over future of TECT cheque
Trustpower customers face important decision over future of TECT cheque
The decision to potentially end the annual TECT cheque in five years has Trustpower concerned for superannuitants and low-income families who rely on the payment.  A change in how the Tauranga Energy Consumer Trust distributed its $30 million annual income could see each customer receive a...
Green light for $50m Cliff Rd museum in Tauranga
Green light for $50m Cliff Rd museum in Tauranga
Tauranga City Council has signed off a $50 million museum at Cliff Rd after a nine-to-two split vote this afternoon.  Ratepayers' contribution to the museum build cost would be capped at $20.65m. They will also be asked to fork out $20m for a new central library. The rest of the funding...
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