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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...
Blooming Bay of Plenty tops NZ prosperity list
Blooming Bay of Plenty tops NZ prosperity list
The Bay of Plenty has had the biggest increase in prosperity in the country, according to new data from Statistics New Zealand.  But a concerned budget adviser says there are few signs that lower-income families are sharing in the prosperity.  The latest Statistics NZ figures released...
Tauranga housing value growth slows in latest QV data
Tauranga housing value growth slows in latest QV data
The Tauranga market is continuing to rise, according to the latest QV House Price Index, but at a much slower rate than before the loan to value ratio (LVR) restrictions introduced late last year.  Home values in Tauranga City were up by 18.3 per cent year on year and 0.6 per cent over the...
Last outdoor movie for the season on Friday
Last outdoor movie for the season on Friday
The last outdoor movie screening for the summer will play Moana on Friday night.  Night Owl Cinema's season will end with the last free movie under the stars at Mt Drury, starting at 6pm.  The 2017 Young Innovator Awards would also be launched at the screening.  Priority...
$40m student hostel planned for Tauranga
$40m student hostel planned for Tauranga
Tauranga's CBD looks set to get an injection of nearly 400 live-in students with the announcement of plans to build a high-rise hostel in Durham St.  QP Property Holdings has lodged an application with the council for a $40 million tertiary student accommodation complex, a stone's...
Tauranga council submits $256.1 million bid to infrastructure fund
Tauranga council submits $256.1 million bid to infrastructure fund
Tauranga city wants over $250 million from the Government to help pay for infrastructure for nearly 50,000 new homes.  The $256.1million, which the council says is needed to cope with the region's surging population, would also help pay for other projects including the Papamoa Eastern...
Tourism brings $63m more into the Bay
Tourism brings $63m more into the Bay
The Bay of Plenty's latest figures in tourism showed a $63 million increase in year-to-year spend.  Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's (MBIE) latest statistics show year-end spending to February in the coastal Bay of Plenty region was up 6.7 per cent, from $876m in...
Paper makes finals in prestigious media awards
Paper makes finals in prestigious media awards
The Bay of Plenty Times media stable is a finalist in two major categories of this year's prestigious Canon Media Awards.  The Bay of Plenty Times Weekend is a finalist in the Weekly Newspaper of the Year category, along with the Weekend Herald.  The Bay of Plenty Times is also a...
Paradox organisers overwhelmed with popularity surge that 'takes the cake'
Paradox organisers overwhelmed with popularity surge that 'takes the cake'
The people behind Tauranga's Paradox Street Art Festival have been overwhelmed, and a little stunned, at the huge amount of support it has received in its first few days.  Queues into Tauranga Art Gallery stretched out on to the street for most of the weekend, with people on Saturday...
Maori King opens new Seeka head office in Te Puke
Maori King opens new Seeka head office in Te Puke
This week's opening of Seeka's new head office in Te Puke was especially notable for the presence of the Maori king and the strong gathering of iwi leaders from across Waikato and the Bay of Plenty.  Kiingi Tuheitia officiated at the ribbon-cutting ceremony and unveiling of the...
55th National Jazz Festival will showcase some of the finest performers
55th National Jazz Festival will showcase some of the finest performers
Jazz fans are set to be treated to an awesome line-up of class acts at this year's 55th annual National Jazz Festival.  Downtown Tauranga is set to explode with live music and other entertainment which should keep people dancing and joyful all Easter weekend.  The festival runs from...
Tauranga's central city records resurgence
Tauranga's central city records resurgence
Tauranga's central business district is undergoing a revival, with particularly good growth in more skilled businesses, according to new data in an infometrics report commissioned by Priority One.  Tauranga Mayor Greg Brownless said the report was encouraging for those pushing to get the...
New EastPack grader with 40m tray capability opened
New EastPack grader with 40m tray capability opened
Prime Minister Bill English started New Zealand's largest automated kiwifruit grading and sorting line at EastPack's Washer Rd site in Te Puke yesterday.  The new 14-lane Compac grader is the first fruit sorter in the industry that is larger than 10 lanes. It packs 100,000 trays per...
Tauranga marine project gets $1.5 million towards costs
Tauranga marine project gets $1.5 million towards costs
The Bay of Plenty Regional Council handed over a cheque for $1.5 million to Tauranga City Council on Thursday as the first part of its $5m contribution to Tauranga's new Marine Precinct.  The project is the first to receive a payment grant from the council's $42.5m Regional...
Out of zone workers on the rise in Western Bay of Plenty
Out of zone workers on the rise in Western Bay of Plenty
A new report prepared for Smart Growth has highlighted how much of the Western Bay region's current and future employment will be based in "out-of-zone areas" - outside traditional business areas such as the central business district, and major retail and industrial park...
Heart of Tauranga group named
Heart of Tauranga group named
A group charged with guiding the transformation of Tauranga's central city has been appointed.  The nine members of the Heart of the City Programme technical advisory group (TAG) was named by Tauranga City Council this morning.  They are Graeme Horsley (chairman), Buddy Mikaere, David...
$225,000 of rates to lure movie makers to the Bay
$225,000 of rates to lure movie makers to the Bay
Tauranga's commercial ratepayers will be asked to stump up with $225,000 for the next three years to help lure movie makers to the Bay of Plenty.  The council's economic development and investment committee has backed an approach from the Bay of Plenty Film Trust to set up a Regional...
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