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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...
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...
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