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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...
Sulphur Point site approved for marine research centre
Sulphur Point site approved for marine research centre
A new marine research and education facility planned for Tauranga could be "worth tens of millions of dollars to the region's economy", an economic development expert says.  Yesterday a council committee gave the University of Waikato a green light to proceed with planning for...
Let there be light at the Bay Oval
Let there be light at the Bay Oval
The Bay Oval's light towers will be flicked on for the first time Saturday night – and the occasion's being hailed as one of the great moments in more than eighty years of Bay of Plenty cricket history.  The $2 million dollar floodlights will go on for the Burger King Super Smash...
Bay's largest cinema complex and alfresco dining area set for Bayfair
Bay's largest cinema complex and alfresco dining area set for Bayfair
One of the Bay of Plenty's largest cinema complexes, an alfresco dining area and a new Countdown supermarket will be among 50 new retail stores on the way for Tauranga in a $115 million development.  The expansion of Bayfair Shopping Centre was given the green light with the official...
Kiwifruit leaders farewelled
Kiwifruit leaders farewelled
The significant contributions of three kiwifruit leaders, soon to leave the industry, were acknowledged last night by New Zealand Kiwifruit Growers Inc.  NZKGI chairman Doug Brown says Zespri CEO Lain Jager, Zespri chief operating officer Simon Limmer and Kiwifruit Vine Health CEO Barry...
Archaelogical work underway at potential Tauranga museum site
Archaelogical work underway at potential Tauranga museum site
Tauranga City Council is currently undertaking some digging and exploratory work at Cliff Rd to assess the archaeological significance of the site.  This is part of the council's work to assess the site and its cultural significance as a potential site for a...
The Kollective is filling rapidly
The Kollective is filling rapidly
Nearly 60 per cent desk capacity is already booked at the Kollective following the initial membership application drive for the TECT and SocialLink Tauranga Moana social service hub in 17th Avenue.  Applications have been received from 30 organisations, says The Kollective manager Gordy...
New speed limit for Tauranga Eastern Link
New speed limit for Tauranga Eastern Link
As of today, the State Highway 2 Tauranga Eastern Link toll road will have an increased speed limit of 110km/h.  Drivers will be able to travel 110km/h between the Paengaroa roundabout and the Domain Rd...
Uber seeking drivers in Tauranga
Uber seeking drivers in Tauranga
Popular ride-sharing app Uber is launching in Tauranga, and the company is looking for drivers.  A town hall-style meeting with the Uber New Zealand general manager and senior operations team will be held at Hotel Armitage from 6.30pm tonight to discuss the details of the...
Street art festival begins
Street art festival begins
Mount Maunganui art festival, Street Prints Mauao has kicked off another year with a bang.  The event began yesterday with a gathering on top of Mauao at 6.30am followed by breakfast at the base of Mauao at 8am.  Festival organisers Jah and Lovie Smith say they collaborated with Ngati Te...
New bridge to link Gate Pa and Bethlehem
New bridge to link Gate Pa and Bethlehem
A new biking and walking link will connect Bethlehem and Gate Pa via a bridge across the Takitimu Drive toll road.  The new link will open in May 2018, says Tauranga City Council.  The first phase of work started this week to build a shared pathway that links from the future bridge site...
Major improvements announced for SH2
Major improvements announced for SH2
The NZ Transport Agency is today announcing the final options for State Highway 2 from Waihi to Tauranga.  The programme will improve safety, journey reliability and cater for growth adding to the immediate safety improvements along the route which are already...
Support claim for $100m project
Support claim for $100m project
Most people surveyed about cultural facilities for the city support the concept of a new museum and library, according to a recent survey of 400 community members.  In a statement on Thursday the council says 64 per cent of those surveyed support the development of a museum for...
New bus services could be fast-tracked
New bus services could be fast-tracked
Bay of Plenty Regional Council, Tauranga City Council and the New Zealand Transport Agency are investigating fast-tracking some proposed changes to public transport in Mount Maunganui and Papamoa to make the services more attractive.  At a recent Public Transport Committee meeting, councillors...
Shared enrolment zone approved for Papamoa College
Shared enrolment zone approved for Papamoa College
Year 7 students living in the Tahatai Coast School zone can enrol at Mount Maunganui Intermediate School or Papamoa College as of next year.  The Ministry of Education directed and approved a shared enrolment zone for Papamoa College on December 1 after months of community...
Boost in October tourism
Boost in October tourism
Tourism spending in the Bay of Plenty for the month of October increased 11 per cent over tourism income in October 2016, according to the latest figures released by the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment.  The Ministry's latest monthly regional tourism estimates show that...
Local company has environmental focus
Local company has environmental focus
A local engineering, planning, and surveying firm has recruited an environmental scientist to meet the legislation of environmental awareness.  Stratum Consultants, who range in single house, large sub division and commercial and industrial developments, has added to its services with the...
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