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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...
Tauranga to get big, permanent street art murals
Tauranga to get big, permanent street art murals
Six huge murals to be painted on central Tauranga buildings as part of a street art festival later this month will become permanent features of the city.  Agreements have been reached with building owners to allow the paintings to go ahead, and Tauranga City Council has confirmed that work...
Western Bay surges ahead in jobs, growth and business
Western Bay surges ahead in jobs, growth and business
The Western Bay of Plenty economy is performing well above the rest of the country, new reports show.  The subregion as a whole recorded GDP growth of 5.1 per cent last year - almost double the national average of just 2.7 per cent.  Tauranga's growth was 4.4 per cent, and the Western...
Tauranga's building boom resumes after slow start to year
Tauranga's building boom resumes after slow start to year
The region's building boom looks set to continue this year, with local councils granting consents worth near-record amounts after a New Year slump.  Figures compiled by Priority One show that the Tauranga and Western Bay councils approved 347 construction projects in February.  The...
Kiwifruit giant EastPack to spend $40m on tech upgrades
Kiwifruit giant EastPack to spend $40m on tech upgrades
One of the Bay's major employers is pumping millions of dollars into new technologies ahead of the kiwifruit harvest, which provides thousands of seasonal jobs in the region.  EastPack chief executive Hamish Simson said the company was installing the country's largest kiwifruit grader...
Western Bay of Plenty escapes 'zombie town' threat
Western Bay of Plenty escapes 'zombie town' threat
Populations in about 44 of the country's 67 authorities will stagnate or decline within 30 years, compared with 11 areas now, according to a new report by the Maxim Institute.  And while Tauranga and the Western Bay of Plenty were among areas where growth was expected to continue, other...
Calls for more land for Special Housing Areas
Calls for more land for Special Housing Areas
With an eye to increase the number of Special Housing Areas in Tauranga, city council is looking for land owners or developers with plans for a piece of land.  Establishing SHAs helped increase the supply of housing in rapidly-growing cities.  Council would be considering new SHAs in...
AIMS Games injects $3m into Tauranga but more beds needed
AIMS Games injects $3m into Tauranga but more beds needed
An event which transforms Tauranga into a mini-Olympics pumped more than $3 million into the local economy last year.  The AIMS Games generated $3.06m from 47,500 visitor nights and expanded the region's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by $1.98...
Tourists spent $1.8b in BOP last year
Tourists spent $1.8b in BOP last year
Tourists spent $1.8billion in the Bay of Plenty in the last year - up 7 per cent from the previous year.  The latest Monthly Regional Tourism Estimates were released by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) today.  Tourism spend for the Bay of Plenty was estimated to...
Squash champ teams announced
Squash champ teams announced
Teams have been announced for this year's World Junior Squash Championships, expected to take place in Tauranga in July.  Tauranga is hosting a select group of six nations - Australia, Canada, England, Germany, United States of America, and New Zealand.  The nations have competed in...
The Big Read: Working beyond age 65
The Big Read: Working beyond age 65
A new study shows just under a third of New Zealanders believe older people are valued in the workplace. Yet experts predict nearly one in three Kiwi seniors aged 65-plus will be employed by 2051, up from almost one in four last year. 48 Hours reporter Dawn Picken spoke to mature local workers...
New Pyes Pa school to open in 2019
New Pyes Pa school to open in 2019
A new school in Pyes Pa will open to primary age students in 2019.  Education Minister Hekia Parata yesterday signed an establishment notice for Pyes Pa West School in Tauranga as well as Flat Bush South East School in Auckland and Lincoln South School in...
$15k secures wheelchair access to Mount beach
$15k secures wheelchair access to Mount beach
Mount Maunganui looks set to become the first New Zealand beach to provide a mat enabling waterfront access for people in wheelchairs.  The community challenge to raise $15,000 to provide a wheelchair-friendly access mat has been met. The challenge to other businesses and organisations was...
Tauranga student wins national robotics champs
Tauranga student wins national robotics champs
A team from Tauranga's House of Science has qualified for the VEX Robotics World Championships in the US after winning the New Zealand VEX EDR Robotics Championships.  Last weekend's competition, aimed mainly at high school-aged students, was held at the Massey University Albany campus...
Work begins to turn Bay into arts and culture hub
Work begins to turn Bay into arts and culture hub
Work has begun to turn the Bay of Plenty into a hub for arts and culture.  A group of arts sector locals who want to see the Bay become a magnet for creativity and innovation - in turn boosting tourism and the economy - have begun plotting a strategy to make it happen.  Last year city and...
Young Innovators win Bay of Plenty internships
Young Innovators win Bay of Plenty internships
The Tauranga business and education community has had an opportunity to see the fruits of its support for the Young Innovator Awards (YIA) internships, which took place last month.  The internships were an opportunity for last year's YIA winners to have a follow-on opportunity to develop...
Plans for Tauranga museum gain traction
Plans for Tauranga museum gain traction
A museum for Tauranga is getting closer to reality.  Last September, Tauranga City Council adopted an amended a long term plan, and budgeted for three business cases for a museum, library and performance...
Bay unemployment now lowest in North Island
Bay unemployment now lowest in North Island
Unemployment in the Bay of Plenty has dropped sharply, bucking the national trend.  The Bay's unemployment rate is now the lowest in the North Island at 4.9 per cent, after dropping one percentage point in the year to December 2016.  Nationally, the rate rose 0.3 percentage points to...
Sport scholarships tipped to curb talent drain from Bay
Sport scholarships tipped to curb talent drain from Bay
USA-styled sport scholarships could be used to lure sporting talent to study at Tauranga's new university and help stem the drain of young athletes out of the Bay.  By the time the downtown campus opens in 2019, Tauranga businessman and former regional councillor Doug Owens wants the...
Celebrity speakers for Tauranga women's conference
Celebrity speakers for Tauranga women's conference
The Regional Business Women's Conference has secured a celebrity lineup for its conference in May.  The speakers will include scientist and social entrepreneur Sir Ray Avery, chief executive of Trilogy International Angela Buglass, former New Zealand Herald editor Tim Murphy, Women's...
Seeka kiwiberries find a market in the US
Seeka kiwiberries find a market in the US
Seeka is pushing ahead in the second year of its partnership with California-based Giumarra Wenatchee to market its kiwiberries.  "We are delighted to partner with Guimarra and for them to carry our brand for this high quality kiwiberry fruit," said Seeka chief executive Michael...
Tauranga tertiary students get new high-tech building
Tauranga tertiary students get new high-tech building
A new $8.5 million addition to the Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology's Windermere campus will officially open tomorrow. The 3000 sq m building, Te Ara o Mauao, features modern, flexible learning environments for students from all subject areas. It also hosted the creative arts students, with...
Million-dollar price tag on Tauranga land sought by council and Maori
Million-dollar price tag on Tauranga land sought by council and Maori
Resistance to a million-dollar price tag has held up negotiations to vest ownership of a prime stretch of Tauranga's downtown waterfront with the city council and a Maori trust.  A Memorandum of Understanding signed by the council and Otamataha Trust in 2010 secured a 50/50 ownership and...
Bay of Plenty's EastPack reports improved grower rebate
Bay of Plenty's EastPack reports improved grower rebate
Bay of Plenty kiwifruit post-harvest operator EastPack says its growers will share in more than $9.8 million worth of transactor rebates for the 2016 season.  EastPack chairman John Loughlin said the company's accounts were being finalised for release next...
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