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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...
Port cargo volumes still climbing
Port cargo volumes still climbing
Cargo volumes through the port of Tauranga continue to grow, with shareholders at Thursday's annual meeting hearing trade volumes have grown 15 per cent in the financial year's first quarter.  Overall container numbers grew 26 per cent owing to a significant increase in transhipment...
Mount Maunganui start-up DROPIT raises  $5 million in two months
Mount Maunganui start-up DROPIT raises $5 million in two months
Mount Maunganui start-up DROPIT has raised $5 million in just two months in its latest funding round.  DROPIT, a reverse auction app platform which counts down the price of an item to $0 in 60 seconds, was founded in 2015 by Bay of Plenty brothers Brendan Howell, 41, and Peter Howell,...
Bay of Plenty leaders welcome $1b plan for regional projects
Bay of Plenty leaders welcome $1b plan for regional projects
City leaders have welcomed plans for an annual $1 billion fund for regional development projects but say it's unclear just how big a slice the Bay of Plenty will get.  The fund is one of the major policy gains for NZ First in a coalition agreement with Labour which also includes increasing...
Farmers building to include apartments, cafes, restaurants
Farmers building to include apartments, cafes, restaurants
Two large towers of townhouses, restaurants and retail space promise to bring a "Melbourne feel" to Tauranga.  Bay of Plenty Times Weekend can today reveal an artist's impression of the proposed $100 million-plus CBD building at the intersections of Elizabeth St, Devonport Rd and...
Bayfair confirms $100m expansion: Cinema + 50 new shops
Bayfair confirms $100m expansion: Cinema + 50 new shops
Tauranga shopping mall Bayfair has confirmed its long-rumoured expansion, revealing plans for a $100 million upgrade including 50 new shops and a seven-screen cinema complex.  The 30-year-old shopping centre, owned by AMP Capital, will grow by a third, with another 9000sq m of floor space...
New sponsor announced for young Mount Maunganui lifeguards
New sponsor announced for young Mount Maunganui lifeguards
The next generation of local lifeguards has been given a funding boost by a Tauranga school.  Today, ACG Tauranga announced it will become the primary sponsor of the Mount Maunganui Lifeguard Service's (MMLS) Nippers programme for the 2017/2018 season.  Principal Shawn Hutchinson said...
NZ sevens move into high-performance centre at Mount
NZ sevens move into high-performance centre at Mount
A new era of professional sevens rugby in New Zealand is officially here as All Blacks Sevens coach Clark Laidlaw introduces new talent, rejuvenates experienced legs and unveils a new home base for the squad.  This week marks the official start of a newly centralised sevens programme, based at...
Record $2.4 million property sale signals boom for Tauranga's downtown
Record $2.4 million property sale signals boom for Tauranga's downtown
A record $2.4 million sale price for an inner-city apartment in Tauranga has been chalked up by a development behind the police station in Park St.  The Real Estate Institute has confirmed that the $2.398m price paid for the northeast-facing penthouse of the Latitude Residences was the top...
Tauranga start-up receives $1m in Angel investment
Tauranga start-up receives $1m in Angel investment
Kiwi sports engagement app DROPIT has received more than $1 million in an investment from Enterprise Angels.  It is the largest investment which Enterprise Angels has ever made with a software company.  A reverse auction app platform, DROPIT counts down the price of an item to $0 in 60...
Revolution of robotics next topic of lecture series
Revolution of robotics next topic of lecture series
The revolution of robotics in primary industries is the topic of the next free lecture in the University of Waikato's Tauranga public lecture series this month.  Professor Mike Duke's lecture on October 19 will explain the work of the university's AgriEngineering Research Group...
Mills Reef winery scouts Tauranga for new front-of-house
Mills Reef winery scouts Tauranga for new front-of-house
Mills Reef is evaluating potential sites in Tauranga needed to shift the "front-of-house" side of the business by 2020.  "We are still trying to finalise a preferred site," chief winemaker and director Tim Preston...
Energy Consumer Trust pledges $1m to boost Bay Oval
Energy Consumer Trust pledges $1m to boost Bay Oval
Tauranga Energy Consumer Trust has announced today the trust will fund $1 million towards the redevelopment of the Bay Oval.  This comes after yesterday's announcement that the Black Caps will be moving their ODI match against England from Napier to...
Council looking to put $18m into buses
Council looking to put $18m into buses
More frequent bus services, new bus routes and the introduction and trial of five, state-of-the-art hybrid buses will form part of western Bay of Plenty's future public transport network.  The announcement comes following a Bay of Plenty Regional Council decision to tender for new...
Transport expert warns against continued focus on roads
Transport expert warns against continued focus on roads
If Tauranga keeps spending money on roads and not public transport, it will be an "absolute disaster".  That was the view of Patrick Reynolds, of the transport advocacy group Greater Auckland, at yesterday's Smart Transport Forum held at the Club Mount...
Tauranga to host more international events
Tauranga to host more international events
Tauranga could secure its place on the international events scene as officials try to lure more major events to the city, with two "significant" bids underway.  Tauranga City Council's City Events manager Gareth Wallis said his team actively sought international events to attract...
Tauranga transport forum to learn from Auckland's mistakes
Tauranga transport forum to learn from Auckland's mistakes
It is hoped a forum to discuss Tauranga's transport woes this week will help officials learn from Auckland's mistakes.  The Smart Transport Forum has about 150 people attending today and will include representatives from Bay of Plenty Regional Council, Smart Growth, Priority One,...
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