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New public transport ideas on the cards for Tauranga, blueprint shows
New public transport ideas on the cards for Tauranga, blueprint shows
Buses down Cameron Rd every four minutes, additional direct routes to the city and an express bus service from Papamoa are among options being explored to alleviate growing traffic congestion in Tauranga.  The Bay of Plenty Regional Council's senior public transport planner, Joe Metcalfe,...
Cycleway around Tauranga Airport draws praise
Cycleway around Tauranga Airport draws praise
The grand plan for the Western Bay of Plenty to tap into the burgeoning cycling holiday market has been boosted by a scheme to create a crucial link around the side of Tauranga Airport.  Chris Ingram of Tauranga Cyclists and Walkers said the cycleway skirting the airport and Omanu Golf Course...
Region hits 10-year high in Westpac McDermott Miller survey
Region hits 10-year high in Westpac McDermott Miller survey
Confidence in the Bay of Plenty's economy surged to a 10-year high in December as the region recovered its place on top of the national leader board, a slot it has held for six of the past seven quarters.  A net 50 per cent of households expect the region's economy to strengthen over...
Tauranga replaces Dunedin as fifth biggest city
Tauranga replaces Dunedin as fifth biggest city
Tauranga is now the fifth biggest area in New Zealand based on population numbers, Statistics New Zealand has revealed.  The Tauranga council area has overtaken Dunedin City Council's population by 1200 people which included a large area of Dunedin's hinterland.  The population of...
Bay spends $1billion on construction for first time
Bay spends $1billion on construction for first time
The Bay's building boom has crossed a major milestone, with councils approving $1 billion worth of construction in a calendar year for the first time.  Building consent figures showed Tauranga City Council approved $777 million worth of new construction last year.  When added to the...
Huge rise in job listings
Huge rise in job listings
One Tauranga recruitment agency "can't keep up" with demand as job listings rise exponentially in the region.  New figures released by Trade Me showed Tauranga job listings rose 37 per cent in the last quarter of 2016 compared to the same period in 2015, and 56.3 per cent in the...
Bay of Plenty business leaders positive about coming year
Bay of Plenty business leaders positive about coming year
Bay of Plenty small businesses have had an excellent year, boosted by the strong building and construction sector, and are confident of prospects for the coming year, say local business leaders.  They were commenting on the latest ANZ quarterly survey for October-December 2016, which showed...
Hot demand for small business as Bay migration grows
Hot demand for small business as Bay migration grows
Brokers specialising in buying and selling small businesses in the Bay of Plenty are reporting significantly increased demand on the back of increased migration, both from Auckland and other regions, and from returning expat...
Whakatane boat builder scoops award for Australia's best aluminium boat of the year
Whakatane boat builder scoops award for Australia's best aluminium boat of the year
Whakatane's Surtees Boats has scooped a major award with its 700 Game Fisher model being named Australia's Greatest Aluminium Boat by Australian media outlet...
Waterfront location for last day of 55th Jazz Festival
Waterfront location for last day of 55th Jazz Festival
Jazz fans will be treated to the excitement of a new location for the final day of this year's 55th annual Jazz Festival.  For years Tauranga's Historic Village has played host to the festival's final day of performances but this year the Jazz Village will be replaced by the TECT...
Firms eyeing Tauranga promise hundreds of jobs for the region
Firms eyeing Tauranga promise hundreds of jobs for the region
More than 520 new jobs and $111 million of capital investment could be pumped into Tauranga if prospective new businesses take the plunge and shift to the city.  Tauranga's economic development agency Priority One was currently working with 23 firms interested in moving to the...
More jobs available in the Bay
More jobs available in the Bay
Job vacancies in the Bay of Plenty listed online during September of this year grew by 2.6 per cent on August, according to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.  According to the MBIE's latest Jobs Online report, online job listings in the Bay also rose 53.3 per cent...
Tauranga Port expects improved earnings
Tauranga Port expects improved earnings
Port of Tauranga has seen a "reasonably positive" start to the year in its July-September first quarter 2016/17, chief executive Mark Cairns told the company's annual general meeting in Tauranga on Thursday.  Provided there were no significant changes to market conditions, the...
Two big ships this week
Two big ships this week
Two of the monster Maersk containers ships are expected this week, but only one will be arriving and departing in daylight.  The Carsten Maersk is expected at 9.15pm tonight and is scheduled to depart for China at 4.45pm Tuesday.  The Maersk La Paz is expected from Chile at noon on Friday...
Zespri kiwifruit wins double award
Zespri kiwifruit wins double award
Zespri SunGold Kiwifruit has won two awards at the NZ Innovation Awards.  Zespri took out Sustained Innovation Excellence and Export Innovator of the Year in Auckland last night.  Bryan Parkes, Zespri operations manager, said Zespri SunGold Kiwifruit had been a fantastic commercial...
NZ's record breaking net migration
NZ's record breaking net migration
The net gain of migrants arriving in New Zealand in the year to September 30 has set a new all time high, according to Statistics NZ.  A record 70,000 more migrants arrived in the country in the year to September 30, surpassing the previous annual record net gain of 69,100 migrants in the...
Third medical school for NZ
Third medical school for NZ
The Bay of Plenty and Lakes district health boards are set to benefit from a third medical school at the University of Waikato.  The newly-proposed Waikato Medical School will be a community-engaged, graduate entry medical school based in the Waikato and at about 15 regional clinical education...
$2.8M tidal stair contract awarded
$2.8M tidal stair contract awarded
Tauranga City Council has announced that it has appointed HEB Construction as civil works contractors for constructing the new tidal stairs, pier and pontoon at Tauranga's waterfront.  The contract awarded to HEB Construction has a value of $2.8 million.  Deliverables include 49...
Trustpower demerger gets final High Court go-ahead
Trustpower demerger gets final High Court go-ahead
Bay of Plenty-based power company Trustpower received the final go-ahead from the High Court this week to proceed with its planned demerger, which is scheduled to complete by early...
Special Housing Area scheme beginning to gain traction in Tauranga
Special Housing Area scheme beginning to gain traction in Tauranga
The pace of residential development under Tauranga's Special Housing Authority (SHA) scheme is beginning to pick up, say developers involved in the projects.  The SHAs are expected to eventually bring some 2700 new dwellings on to the market, though to date just under 1000 have been...
Homecoming for new Priority One CEO
Homecoming for new Priority One CEO
Priority One's executive board has announced the appointment of Tauranga-born Nigel Tutt as its new chief executive, after an extensive search that attracted interest from candidates around New Zealand and overseas.  For the past three years, Mr Tutt has been the Auckland-based chief...
Tauranga to host NZ's first coworking space event
Tauranga to host NZ's first coworking space event
Tauranga's Venture Centre is launching a New Zealand first event in the coworking space, the CoWork Hui, on 29-30 October.  Organisers say there has been a growth in the number of coworking spaces in the Bay of Plenty, driven in part by increased numbers of new arrivals turning their back...
Tauranga job listings spike 44pc
Tauranga job listings spike 44pc
Tauranga job listings have seen a huge spike in the past three months and businesses are struggling to fill vacancies - with one employer resorting to bringing staff out from the Philippines.  Listings for Tauranga increased 44 per cent in the last quarter when compared with the same quarter...
Bay of Plenty incubator aiming for seven portfolio companies by year end
Bay of Plenty incubator aiming for seven portfolio companies by year end
Callaghan Innovation has confirmed two years of additional funding for Bay of Plenty technology incubator WNT Ventures, and for two other incubators that won funding under a three-year pilot programme that got underway in...
Design of new University of Waikato campus praised by stakeholders
Design of new University of Waikato campus praised by stakeholders
The University of Waikato's new campus in Tauranga's central business district will be a "benchmark" tertiary building in its use of space and modern facilities, says senior deputy vice-chancellor Professor Alister Jones.  The approved design, unveiled yesterday, features two...
Megaship arrival in Tauranga ushers in new era for NZ shipping
Megaship arrival in Tauranga ushers in new era for NZ shipping
The arrival in Port of Tauranga of the biggest container ship ever to visit New Zealand was a historic day for New Zealand exporters and importers, Transportation Minister Simon Bridges said...
New name for Bay polytechnic launched
New name for Bay polytechnic launched
Waiariki Bay of Plenty Polytechnic is now officially Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology.  The new name was officially launched yesterday and comes after the merger of the Rotorua-based Waiariki Institute of Technology and the Tauranga-based Bay of Plenty Polytechnic at the beginning of this...
Tracking the building boom
Tracking the building boom
The building boom in the Western Bay continues to break new ground, with both Tauranga City and Western Bay of Plenty District councils breaking records in the number of consents being issued.  For the nine months to September 2016, the two local authorities issued the highest value of...
Artemis moving to Tauranga
Artemis moving to Tauranga
An innovative, multi-award winning plant medicine company is opening a new satellite office in Tauranga this month, based on the competitive advantages of being based here.  Dunedin-based Artemis sells organic natural plant medicines. It has been experiencing double digit growth in recent...
Auckland Waterfront expert shares vision in Tauranga
Auckland Waterfront expert shares vision in Tauranga
Tauranga can learn lessons from the development of Auckland's waterfront but getting the local community behind the vision is crucial.  Former Waterfront Auckland chief executive John Dalzell spoke to an audience of mainly council election candidates on Tuesday about how the revitalisation...
Conferences attracted to the Bay
Conferences attracted to the Bay
The Bay of Plenty is becoming an increasingly desirable destination for business and educational conferences, says the region's official tourism and marketing organisation.  Tourism BOP's head of marketing Kath Low says it's an exciting opportunity for the region to play host to a...
Cycle trail boosts economy
Cycle trail boosts economy
One of the government's earliest initiatives is reportedly paying huge dividends to the regions.  The New Zealand Cycle Trail, first conceived in 2009, has generated more than $37 million for the economy, including $1.2 million for the Bay of...
Tauranga city parking app goes live
Tauranga city parking app goes live
A mobile phone parking app that does away with the need for meters and pay and display tickets is going live in Tauranga.  Not only will PayMyPark make paying for parking easier, city transportation manager Martin Parkes says it will save parkers more than half a million dollars a year in...
Mountain film festival returns
Mountain film festival returns
An inspirational film festival that'll have your heart climbing every mountain and fording every stream is making a triumphant return to Tauranga.  The 2016 Tauranga Mountain Film Festival is back for its third year and will take place across three nights at the Tauranga Art Gallery,...
Early morning princess
Early morning princess
The first cruise ship of the 2016/17 season Sun Princess arrived today, four days earlier than originally scheduled.  The ship's New Zealand cruise is re-routed to begin with North Island ports because of poor weather in the South...
Biggest ship due next month
Biggest ship due next month
The biggest ship to enter the Port of Tauranga is expected alongside Sulphur Point on October 4.  The 347m long container ship Aotea Maersk has a cargo capacity of 9,640 TEU, and weighs in at 110,387 tonnes deadweight. It was built in 1999 as Svend...
Te Tumu development crucial for Tauranga's growth, say project managers
Te Tumu development crucial for Tauranga's growth, say project managers
Waiariki Bay of Plenty Polytechnic has announced Associate Professor Dr Leon de Wet Fourie as the new chief executive.  WBoPP council chairwoman Cathy Cooney said in a statement they were absolutely delighted to announce Dr Fourie's...
Waiariki Bay of Plenty Polytechnic announce new CEO
Waiariki Bay of Plenty Polytechnic announce new CEO
Waiariki Bay of Plenty Polytechnic has announced Associate Professor Dr Leon de Wet Fourie as the new chief executive.  WBoPP council chairwoman Cathy Cooney said in a statement they were absolutely delighted to announce Dr Fourie's...
First time voters are looking to the future
First time voters are looking to the future
First-time voters in Tauranga have their eyes to the future when it comes to casting their votes in the local body elections.  Despite voter-turnout for youths declining in the past few elections, four Otumoetai College students are keen to have their say come...
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