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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...
Tauranga filmmaker takes top award
Tauranga filmmaker takes top award
Young Tauranga filmmaker Tina Jeong has been crowned ‘best of the best' after winning First Place and Best Director in the 2017 International Youth Silent Film Festival New Zealand Regional Awards Final.  The 18-year-old and her silent film Tonight were both celebrated at the...
Bringing an arty Christmas to the CBD
Bringing an arty Christmas to the CBD
Tauranga City Council and The Incubator Creative Hub are bringing a community and arts focus to Christmas in the city centre.  Twelve Trees of Christmas involved 12 trees decorated by over 20 local schools, tertiary organisations and community groups being displayed in Red Square and on the...
Satellite i-SITE in the Mount
Satellite i-SITE in the Mount
Tourism Bay of Plenty is launching a satellite i-SITE in Mount Maunganui to aid in directing the flow of visitors over the summer period.  The Mount Maunganui satellite i-SITE will be located in Phoenix Carpark, 123 Maunganui Road and open daily from December 4 until April 3, 10.30am –...
Plans reveal detail of $1.5 billion Bay subdivision
Plans reveal detail of $1.5 billion Bay subdivision
Plans detailing the scope of a $1.5 billion development for 3000 homes at Tauriko West have been unveiled for the first time.  Artist impressions and broad-brush plans show the protection of the Wairoa River and shared community spaces will be enshrined in planning covering a total area of...
Second stage of Tauranga crossing under way
Second stage of Tauranga crossing under way
Developers of one of Tauranga's biggest construction projects, Tauriko Crossing, are gearing up for its peak construction period when 400 staff will be on site.  Stage two of what is described as one of Tauranga's largest construction projects would include a 1000-plus seat...
Young talent and ambition recognised with scholarship
Young talent and ambition recognised with scholarship
A Tauranga Boys' College student has won a $10,000 scholarship to go towards his tertiary studies next year.  At a prizegiving on Tuesday night Jimi Kameta receieved the $10,000 scholarship through the Acorn Foundation.  The Acorn Foundation Cashmore Family two-year scholarship would...
Number of house sales drop across Bay of Plenty
Number of house sales drop across Bay of Plenty
The number of houses sold in the Bay of Plenty has fallen since this time last year but real estate managers say the market is "back to normal."  Figures released by the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand compared the number of houses sold from October 2016 to October of this...
Every day is different for winning Bay business
Every day is different for winning Bay business
It is not uncommon for Mount Maunganui's 1st Call Recruitment to get a phone call at the end of the day requesting 50 people to fill vacancies the next morning.  In fact, general manager Angela Singleton said it was all part of working in recruitment.  She says no two days are the...
Toi Ohomai gets $700k for Maori health research project
Toi Ohomai gets $700k for Maori health research project
Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology has received $700,000 in National Science Challenge funding to research new designs for sustainable and affordable homes and identify how these contribute to health and wellbeing for Maori.  The research project - Toitu te Kainga, Toitu te Ora, Toitu te...
Floating water park in final consenting stages for Tauranga
Floating water park in final consenting stages for Tauranga
A massive inflatable water park planned for Tauranga Harbour is expected to bring thousands of visitors to the city centre.  If the plan goes ahead, the floating water park will be erected on the Tauranga waterfront and will be the largest in New Zealand and the first in the Bay of...
Tauranga transport upgrades could swallow $192m
Tauranga transport upgrades could swallow $192m
The four-laning of Turret Rd and 15th Ave has moved one step closer as part of a $192 million transport package being considered for Tauranga.  The $51m roading project to duplicate the Turret Rd bridge and four-lane Turret Rd and 15th Ave has been pencilled in to happen after...
Government fast-tracking its free tertiary education campaign promise
Government fast-tracking its free tertiary education campaign promise
New tertiary education students wishing to have one year of free education are being encouraged to apply by December 16.  The Government is fast-tracking its tertiary education campaign promises, with the Cabinet now in the detailed planning stage to introduce one year of free tertiary...
Innovation big talking point at Priority One AGM
Innovation big talking point at Priority One AGM
A local economy in "really good shape", high growth, and innovation will be some of the key talking points at Priority One's annual general meeting tomorrow.  The economic development organisation's chief executive, Nigel Tutt, said today that there was a lot of optimism...
Entries open on photographic exhibition
Entries open on photographic exhibition
Entries open this week for the second Trustpower Photographic Exhibition, following the success of the first one which resulted in the popular open air display of entries along The Strand earlier this year.  Downtown Tauranga Project Manager Sally Cooke says they're delighted the event is...
Experts hail Aims Games boost for Bay tourism spend
Experts hail Aims Games boost for Bay tourism spend
Tourism experts say the Aims Games and campaigns to increase the Bay's profile and attract visitors from Australia have contributed to an increase in tourism spend in the region.  The latest Monthly Regional Tourism Estimates released by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment...
Housing experts consider shared equity options for the Bay
Housing experts consider shared equity options for the Bay
Shared equity programmes could help more Bay of Plenty first-home buyers struggling to get on to the property ladder, housing experts say.  Experts at a SmartGrowth Housing Affordability Forum workshop looked at shared equity programmes and impact investment as opportunities to bring more...
Making sense of science
Making sense of science
There's not too many people that can light up a room, but scientist Dr Siouxsie Wiles, with her long, hot pink locks, is definitely one of them.  The microbiologist, and head of the Bioluminescent Superbugs Lab at the University of Auckland, is one of four keynote speakers at the House of...
Garden & Art Festival calls for artists
Garden & Art Festival calls for artists
Keen for your artistic flair to add to the creative flavour of the next BOP Garden & Art Festival?  If so, it's time to make contact. The festival team is not only out checking prospective gardens, but is also calling for a show of interest from artists, from the Western Bay of Plenty...
Tourism spend up in the Bay of Plenty
Tourism spend up in the Bay of Plenty
Tourists spent $1.8 billion in the Bay of Plenty in the past year, up 6 per cent from the previous 12 months.  The latest Monthly Regional Tourism Estimates were released by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment...
Omanawa Falls access mooted
Omanawa Falls access mooted
Opening up the Omanawa Falls to public access with the construction of $2.7million of new tracks and stairs is being considered today by the Tauranga City Council's Economic Development and Investment Committee.  Public access to the falls is currently denied by the council, which...
Tauranga cruise visitor numbers expected to bounce back
Tauranga cruise visitor numbers expected to bounce back
A 7 per cent drop in the number of cruise passengers into Tauranga last season is nothing to worry about, the city's tourism body says, and it expects visits to bounce back stronger than ever.  For the year ended June 2017, 12,097 fewer unique cruise passengers visited Tauranga compared to...
New private sports school planned for Tauranga
New private sports school planned for Tauranga
Plans are in place for a new private school in Tauranga which will allow talented young athletes to complete NCEA while honing skills in their chosen sport.  United World Sports Academy is set to open in February next year and will operate from the Bethlehem Community Church Centre on Moffat...
Silent film awards to be held in Tauranga
Silent film awards to be held in Tauranga
The best up-and-coming filmmakers will be celebrated with a red carpet event at this year's International Youth Silent Film Festival in Tauranga.  Festival organisers and the Baycourt Community and Arts Centre have today confirmed the New Zealand Regional Awards Final will be held on...
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