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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...
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...
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