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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,...
Business Expo heading to Tauranga next year
Business Expo heading to Tauranga next year
A brand new business expo will be heading to Tauranga next year.  The regional version of the very successful Wellington Business Expo concept has been launched in Tauranga this week.  The first business expo will be held at ASB Arena in Tauranga on March...
Harvest kicks off for Zespri in Italy
Harvest kicks off for Zespri in Italy
Kiwifruit harvest is in full swing in Italy this week with European SunGold volumes expected to increase by around one-quarter to 5 million trays as more of the recently-grafted vines reach full production.  Zespri Chief Operating Officer Simon Limmer explains Zespri is doubling its European...
Bay Oval to host 14 internationals under lights
Bay Oval to host 14 internationals under lights
It just gets better and better for cricket fans in the Western Bay.  Yesterday, NZ Cricket switched a ODI day-night international between the Black Caps and England to Bay Oval following delays in the re-turfing of Napier's McLean Park.  The Black Caps clash with England on Wednesday,...
New chief executive for Zespri
New chief executive for Zespri
The Zespri board of directors has appointed long-serving Zespri executive Dan Mathieson as the company's new chief executive, taking over from Lain Jager with immediate effect.  Zespri chairman Peter McBride says Dan has an impressive track record over his 15 years with Zespri, with his...
Making Tauranga more cycle-friendly
Making Tauranga more cycle-friendly
Schoolchildren from around Tauranga have been hard at work making videos sharing their thoughts on how the city can become more cycle-friendly.  As part of their wider engagement with the community over the future of transport in the city, Tauranga City Council ran a competition between the...
Mural artists ready to paint Katikati
Mural artists ready to paint Katikati
"I'm excited to come paint in your beautiful town," says Crystal Barbre, who arrived in Katikati this week from the United States.  The Seattle-based visual artist is one of eight contestants in the 2017 Mural Contest that gets underway during Arts Festival week. ...
No support to cut immigration despite pressure on Bay housing
No support to cut immigration despite pressure on Bay housing
Building companies in Tauranga are looking overseas to recruit skilled staff because the labour market is saturated.  "The industry needs more skilled labour and needs it now," Tauranga Master Builders president Johnny Calley said.  The significance of immigrants to the...
Call for developers to use special housing areas
Call for developers to use special housing areas
Tauranga City Council has put out a call to anyone keen to build to consider new Special Housing Areas.  The council said in a release today Tauranga developers and landowners could continue to approach the council before the end of October to potentially use the areas to their...
Record 86,000 visitors at Tauranga Art Gallery over past year
Record 86,000 visitors at Tauranga Art Gallery over past year
More than 86,000 people went to Tauranga Art Gallery last financial year - the highest visitor number since the gallery opened its doors 10 years ago.  A lot of that was thanks to its hugely successful Paradox Inside show, which was part of the Paradox: Tauranga Street Art Festival in March,...
Calling all gardeners
Calling all gardeners
The hunt is on for gardens to include in next year's Tauranga Garden and Art Festival.  The Tauranga Garden and Art Festival team is keen to hear from anyone interested in the possibility of their garden featuring in the November 2018...
$12.7m upgrade for Tauranga Airport confirmed
$12.7m upgrade for Tauranga Airport confirmed
A $12.7m expansion and upgrade has been announced for Tauranga Airport.  Over the next 15 months, the terminal passenger area will be expanded to cater for past, present and future increases in passenger volumes as there has been a significant increase in air travel regionally and...
Public views sought on development in Papamoa for 15,500 more residents
Public views sought on development in Papamoa for 15,500 more residents
Community open days will be held this week to find out what the public thinks about a proposed development that could increase Papamoa East's population by 15,500 people.  The proposed Te Tumu development would stretch over 5.5 kilometres of coastal land, extending Papamoa East to the...
Major shopping complex set to expand
Major shopping complex set to expand
A new mall at Tauranga Crossing and the multimillion-dollar redevelopment of Melrose Retirement Village have helped set a record for commercial consents last month.  Figures from Priority One show 29 commercial consents valued at $59 million were issued in August - the ''highest value...
AIMS Games gets underway
AIMS Games gets underway
As an athlete, it is important to look after your body and appreciate your supporters - that is the message two international sporting champions had for those competing in this week's AIMS Games.  The Anchor AIMS Games was officially opened with a ceremony at the ASB Baypark Arena...
Move people off the dole into work - report
Move people off the dole into work - report
More people are moving off the dole and into employment on the back of strong economic growth and thousands of jobs, new figures show.  An Infometrics quarterly economic monitor report commissioned by Priority One reveals there were 2905 Jobseeker Support recipients in Tauranga to June 2017 -...
$100 million development for Tauranga CBD
$100 million development for Tauranga CBD
More than $100 million is set to be pumped into a new development on Tauranga's iconic "Farmers Corner" providing another "massive shot in the arm'' for the CBD.  Elizabeth Properties Limited - part of the James Pascoe Retail Group that owns Farmers and other...
Booming Bay economy attracts new business
Booming Bay economy attracts new business
A local economic agency says it experiencing an influx of inquiries from business owners keen to relocate to Tauranga - with 12 new businesses deciding to make the move last month.  Figures showed 573 new businesses set up in Tauranga in 2016, four per cent more than 2015 and higher than the...
Tauranga house sales drop 26 per cent
Tauranga house sales drop 26 per cent
Tauranga house sales have dropped 26 per cent and first-home buyers only make up 14 per cent of the market, new figures show.  Data from CoreLogic shows in the 12 months to the end of July there were 3,608 house sales down from 4,883 sales over the same time frames to July...
Recipe to boost Tauranga tourism in winter
Recipe to boost Tauranga tourism in winter
Events, an all-weather tourist attraction and internationally branded conference hotel, are the keys to lifting Tauranga out of the winter doldrums.  Latest data showed the Western Bay was eighth equal with Wanaka for how much visitors spent in July, but the $59 million was only 2 per cent...
Papamoa beachfront section sells for record $1.7 million
Papamoa beachfront section sells for record $1.7 million
A beachfront section at Papamoa has sold for more than $1.7 million and set a new record for the suburb.  Statistics from REINZ reveal in the past three years only one section on Marine Parade at Mt Maunganui sold for more - at $2.5m in June...
Green kiwifruit orchard sale hits record price
Green kiwifruit orchard sale hits record price
A green kiwifruit orchard has fetched what is believed to be a record price of $500,000 per canopy hectare.  The unpruned and untied 3.6 canopy hectare orchard at 104 Casuarina Drive in Te Puke sold at auction for $1.8 million after a three-way bidding war on...
How Mount brothers' $30m app broke into the US market
How Mount brothers' $30m app broke into the US market
A pair of Mt Maunganui brothers have turned their app idea into a $30m tech business, disrupting the lucrative United States sports sponsorship market.  Brendan Howell, 40, and Peter Howell, 37, founded DROPIT in the Mount in 2015, building on technology from a previous...
Donors give $850 to Western Bay charities
Donors give $850 to Western Bay charities
More than $850,000 will be split between 126 Western Bay charitable groups in this year's Acorn Foundation funding distribution.  The amount is $70,000 more than what was given this time last year, bringing the total amount distributed since Acorn's inception in 2003 to $4.6...
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