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Groundswell innovation festival attracts 7000
Groundswell innovation festival attracts 7000
Tauranga's first festival of innovation completely sold out.  Groundswell organiser Stacey Jones of Priority One said more than 7000 people took part in the week-long festival, which wrapped up yesterday.  She said every event had a waiting list, from little lunch and learn sessions...
New grant will boost leadership and strategic skills of Maori enterprises
New grant will boost leadership and strategic skills of Maori enterprises
A new $60,000 grant from BayTrust will be used to help upskill the leaders of five Maori enterprises across the Bay of Plenty to ensure their businesses grow and succeed.  The governance training programme will be delivered by Te Whare Hukahuka - a social enterprise which works with iwi...
International biotech conference begins
International biotech conference begins
A unique international conference opens in Tauranga today, bringing together scientists and researchers from across both the planet and marine bioscience disciplines.  Conference chair and Chair of Coastal Science at Waikato University Professor Chris Battershill says the Blue2Green Marine...
Building boom continues in Tauranga
Building boom continues in Tauranga
Tauranga's building boom continues to run at a steady pace, with Tauranga City Council issuing the highest value of single dwelling consents in the last two years in July, at $54.8 million.  There has also been a near record number of 134 new builds.  According to figures released by...
Zespri wins award for US sales
Zespri wins award for US sales
Zespri won Exporter of the Year and a Supreme Award at the AmCham-DHL Awards for their investment made to grow kiwifruit sales across the United States.  The AmCham-DHL Awards, which was held in Auckland yesterday, acknowledged Zespri's commitment to making the kiwifruit more of a classic...
NZ Teachers' Games coming to town
NZ Teachers' Games coming to town
We've got the AIMS games – now Tauranga will also play host to the inaugural New Zealand Teachers' Games in October.  The teachers' games are an opportunity for teachers and other school staff to have fun with their colleagues and compete either seriously or socially on the...
Port of Tauranga named biosecurity hero
Port of Tauranga named biosecurity hero
Port of Tauranga has been named one of New Zealand's biosecurity heroes by the Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy.  The port has won the industry category of the New Zealand Biosecurity Awards for its initiative to encourage everyone involved in working around the port to have a...
Papamoa sports zone to become special housing area
Papamoa sports zone to become special housing area
Tauranga City Council has backed the controversial plan to rezone 13.2 hectares of sports fields at Papamoa east to provide more land for housing.  It was part of Plan Change 25 for the Wairakei urban growth area following recommendations from an independent hearings...
New events for Garden & Arts Festival
New events for Garden & Arts Festival
Building on the heritage of showcasing garden and art in the region, the Bay of Plenty Garden and Art Festival is adding additional events to its programme.  The first event, ‘On The Couch', is an entertaining chat show hosted by comedians Michele A'Court and Ben Hurley, which...
Bay shoppers continue to ring retailers' tills
Bay shoppers continue to ring retailers' tills
Bay of Plenty shoppers spent $317.2 million last month - 7.1 per cent more than what was spent the same time last year, according to Paymark.  The Bay had the second highest spending growth in the country, behind the West Coast on 8.6 per cent, and ahead of Whanganui which was up 6.8 per...
New cinema part of Papamoa development
New cinema part of Papamoa development
Tauranga will soon get a new boutique cinema as part of a major new development in the rapidly-growing suburban area of Golden Sands.  Construction has begun on the second stage of the Excelsa Centre, located on the corner of Golden Sands Drive and Papamoa Beach Road.  The developers,...
Council approves $4.5m Katikati library
Council approves $4.5m Katikati library
Katikati's $4.5 million double-storied library and service centre building and single-storey community hub has been approved by the Western Bay of Plenty District Council.  District councillors voted to award the construction contract to Watts and Hughes for the amount of $3.8...
Multi-million dollar research institute for Tauranga
Multi-million dollar research institute for Tauranga
Tauranga is set to get a new multi-million dollar horticulture-focused, regional research institute that could deliver significant economic benefits for the Bay of Plenty.  Yesterday Science and Innovation Minister Paul Goldsmith announced the Government would provide $8.42 million in funding...
Growth 'explosion' at Tauriko Business Estate
Growth 'explosion' at Tauriko Business Estate
A commercial property ''explosion'' has hit the Tauriko Business Estate as demand for land reaches a record high and tens of millions of dollars are pumped into new buildings.  The latest survey from Element IMF Limited showed in February there were 94 businesses based at...
Plans for $50m 12-storey skyscraper
Plans for $50m 12-storey skyscraper
Plans for a $50-million skyscraper including retail, offices and luxury apartments have been unveiled for Tauranga's CBD.  The development will set "a new benchmark for the city" and attract more businesses to Tauranga, the project leaders say.  The current building at 2...
Overseas investors target Tauranga opportunities
Overseas investors target Tauranga opportunities
Overseas investors will travel to Tauranga later this year to target investment opportunities in the region.  Priority One chief operating officer Greg Simmonds said at two seminars in China in May, investors had expressed interest in Tauranga projects including student accommodation, hotel...
Room to grow Tauranga conference sector, say industry leaders
Room to grow Tauranga conference sector, say industry leaders
Tauranga's conference sector has huge potential with massive spinoffs for the economy but the city is being held back by a lack of accommodation, local leaders say.  Ervin McSweeney from Bay Venues and ASB Baypark said the Baypark arena had missed out on two major conferences because of a...
Nga Potiki launches subdivision of 240 houses
Nga Potiki launches subdivision of 240 houses
A new 240-home Papamoa subdivision which will include some housing subsidies for Maori could set a "precedent for the future".  The residential development - named Manawa, which means "Heart" - was on 20 hectares of Te Houhou settlement land Nga Potiki bought, and was the...
Port celebrates milestone
Port celebrates milestone
The Port of Tauranga is today celebrating the millionth container passing through its terminal in one year.  Transport Minister and Tauranga MP Simon Bridges has congratulated the Port of Tauranga at the celebration this morning.  "The Port of Tauranga is a leading New Zealand port...
Hawkins to build tertiary campus
Hawkins to build tertiary campus
Hawkins Construction will be building the new Tauranga CBD tertiary campus development.  On-site activity will start towards the end of July, with the campus scheduled to open in 2019.  Hawkins has a wealth of experience when it comes to delivering complex projects to a high level of...
Te Arawa business leader chosen for kiwifruit programme
Te Arawa business leader chosen for kiwifruit programme
The kiwifruit industry's next leaders will bring a breadth of experience to their future roles with the selection of four strong candidates to the Industry Governance Development Programme.  Kiritapu Allan, Debbie Oakley, Colleen Neville and Ngaire Scott have been selected for the...
Funds earmarked for regional film office
Funds earmarked for regional film office
Seed funding of $75,000 a year for the next three years to help establish a regional film office has been earmarked to come from Tauranga's commercial ratepayers.  Final council sign-off for the money awaits decisions from the Bay's six other councils to contribute an additional...
$15 million bonanza for city through events
$15 million bonanza for city through events
Millions of event-related dollars have been pumped into the Tauranga economy and the figure is rising fast.  Events funded by Tauranga City Council accounted for an estimated $10m in the 2016/17 financial year, while organisers of the World Junior Squash Championships next month expect the...
Mount chocolate maker's London win
Mount chocolate maker's London win
A chocolate bar made in Mount Maunganui has won an international award.  Tauranga-based chocolate brand Solomons Gold was among 600 entries from all over the world in the Bean to Bar category at the Academy of Chocolate Awards in London.  Solomons Gold smooth dark chocolate 70 per cent...
Tauranga's gung-ho commercial property market
Tauranga's gung-ho commercial property market
Tauranga's strong local economy has seen demand for office space rise across all quality grades and sizes over the past 12 months, along with a new low industrial vacancy rate and a surge in suburban retail development.  "The demand for office accommodation has triggered a supply...
Exporter Dominion Salt licks the rest in Tauranga awards
Exporter Dominion Salt licks the rest in Tauranga awards
One of New Zealand's oldest surviving manufacturing businesses, Dominion Salt, has been named the Bay of Plenty's Exporter of the Year.  The business, which is instantly recognisable by the huge salt stack in Totara St, won the top prize at the Bay of Plenty ExportNZ Awards on Saturday...
Kiwifruit orchard sales sets  $1m per hectare record
Kiwifruit orchard sales sets $1m per hectare record
The sale of a Te Puke gold kiwifruit orchard has set a new record, fetching $1 million per hectare.  The property was one of two big kiwifruit orchard sales in Te Puke this month.  Professionals Katikati/Te Puna agent Jeff Barbour brokered the deal for the sale of the two gold kiwifruit...
Maori eye bigger stake in kiwifruit industry
Maori eye bigger stake in kiwifruit industry
Maori growers hope to grow their multi-million dollar share in the kiwifruit industry.  Yesterday at the launch of the Maori Kiwifruit Growers Forum chairman Tiaki Hunia said Maori growers aimed to lift their current eight per cent share of Zespri production up to 20 per cent.  He also...
Commercial consents boom in Tauranga
Commercial consents boom in Tauranga
More than $700 million worth of commercial building plans have been approved in Tauranga over five years -- and a business leader believes these could help protect the city from an economic downturn.  Priority One figures reveal about $722.6 million worth of consents were issued from January...
Tauranga Farmers building to be demolished
Tauranga Farmers building to be demolished
The iconic Farmers building in the CBD is facing a demolition and rebuild, tenants say.  Langford Callard Optometrists has been based at 40 Elizabeth St for more than 50 years and was moving because of the redevelopment.  Tim and Jane Langford bought the business 40 years ago and Mr...
Bay of Plenty shoppers continue to open their wallets
Bay of Plenty shoppers continue to open their wallets
The tills keep ringing across the Bay of Plenty with more than double-digit growth in retail spending last month, according to Paymark figures.  Bay shoppers spent $315.9m last month, that's 11.5 per cent more than what was spent the same time last year, according to a Paymark...
Zespri's China sales strategy 'thriving'
Zespri's China sales strategy 'thriving'
Kiwifruit marketing giant Zespri won the supreme China Business Award and Exporter of the Year at the HSBC New Zealand-China Trade Association business awards on Wednesday.  For more than a decade Zespri has been exporting fruit to China, but the past three seasons have seen sales volumes more...
Al fresco dining urged for Tauranga's Wharf St
Al fresco dining urged for Tauranga's Wharf St
Strong public support has emerged to retain Wharf St's main retail block as a relaxed al fresco dining area.  A chance for people to have their say about the future of the street saw almost everyone opting to retain the current pedestrian-friendly environment of one-way traffic or turning...
Growth in Tauranga city causes infrastructure challenges
Growth in Tauranga city causes infrastructure challenges
"There's no magic bullet" to tackle the challenges associated with Tauranga's rapid growth, a business leader says.  The comments come after the latest Infometrics Quarterly Economic Monitor for the city showed Tauranga had continued to outperform New Zealand on a range of...
$30M investment into Bay Schools
$30M investment into Bay Schools
The government will invest about $30 million in school property in the Bay of Plenty as part of Budget 2017.  Details of the investment were announced by Education Minister Nikki Kaye and Associate Education Minister Tim Macindoe who were in town visiting Tauranga's Pillans Point School...
Sport strategy endorsed by all mayors
Sport strategy endorsed by all mayors
A new strategy, endorsed by the mayors and chief executives of all six Bay of Plenty councils, has been created to put parameters around the long-term investment and development of sport and recreation facilities in the region.  The Bay of Plenty Sport and Recreation Spaces and Places Strategy...
A plan to make Tauranga more vibrant
A plan to make Tauranga more vibrant
A new strategy is being developed to turn the Bay into “a hub for creativity and innovation, boosting tourism and the economy”.  Cross-pollination between technology industries and creatives, activated spaces in the CBD (year-round) and place-making that honours Maori stories at...
Shaggy to headline Tauranga's summer festival One Love
Shaggy to headline Tauranga's summer festival One Love
Reggae pop star Shaggy has been confirmed as the headliner for Tauranga's popular summer festival One Love.  The first announcement for the January festival also includes performances by Magic!, J Boog, Common Kings, Black Uhuru, Aswad, House of Shem and 1814.  Other acts on the bill...
Bay boosted by influx of skilled expats
Bay boosted by influx of skilled expats
Expats are flocking back to Tauranga, bringing a range of skills and experience to the city.  Recruitment agencies and businesses are reporting a surge in the number of New Zealanders moving to the Western Bay from overseas and say that many are bringing valuable skills learned working for...
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