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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...
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...
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