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Bay vanilla maker enjoying sweet taste of success
Bay vanilla maker enjoying sweet taste of success
Bay of Plenty-based Heilala Vanilla has won the title of Exporter of the Year to the US - Under $1million, at the 2016 AmCham DHL Express Success & Innovation Awards.  Company co-founder and chief executive Jennifer Boggiss said the American Chamber of Commerce awards win came as the...
New medical campus for Bay of Plenty
New medical campus for Bay of Plenty
Bay of Plenty is set to get a medical campus to cater for the increasing length of time trainee doctors are spending in the region.  Bay of Plenty District Health Board Clinical School head Professor Peter Gilling said it became an academic site for the University of Auckland medical students...
More car parks for Tauranga CBD
More car parks for Tauranga CBD
Visitors to Tauranga city centre can look forward to more car parking from next week.  The Elizabeth St parking building would be opening all floors, with a newly constructed top floor, and would be open 24/7.  Opening to the public on Monday the car park building would have 342 public...
Teaching First Aid in conflict zones
Teaching First Aid in conflict zones
Dennis Mundy is heading to Fiji.  It is his first overseas job since breaking his neck four months ago, coming just weeks after he got out of the metal halo needed to fuse his spine.  Dennis, 50, was celebrating son Finn's birthday when he broke three vertebrae jumping into a foam pit...
TEDx Tauranga delights listeners
TEDx Tauranga delights listeners
In its fourth year TEDx Tauranga has delighted and inspired listeners, who travelled here from all over the North Island.  This year's talk boasted 13 different speakers and live entertainment.  Auckland friends road tripped down to "be inspired" by the...
Firms vie for slice of Enterprise funding
Firms vie for slice of Enterprise funding
This week's Enterprise Angels meeting saw funding pitches from three companies, including Bay of Plenty-based Balex Marine.  Balex is looking to close out its third funding round of $900,000 and has already raised $415,000 in a rights issue from shareholders in its latest...
Grenada St link officially opened
Grenada St link officially opened
The Grenada St link officially opened, with about sixty people eager to be the first people to walk and scooter over the new road.  A blessing was held at the opening ceremony, held yesterday at 8am.  This was followed by speeches from Tauranga Mayor Stuart Crosby, Mangatawa Papamoa...
New approach as office makes move
New approach as office makes move
Harrison Grierson's new Tauranga headquarters is the first of the engineering and design consultancy's offices to fully adopt an activity-based workplace, says national marketing manager Karen West.  After six months' planning, design and fitout, Harrison Grierson moved from...
Bumper kiwifruit crop breaks record
Bumper kiwifruit crop breaks record
Kiwifruit exports rose $105 million in June this year to reach $331m.  The increase was up 47 percent, with goods exports rising $109 million (2.6 percent) in June 2016 (to $4.3 billion).  Figures released from Statistics New Zealand today show the June 2016 rise was across all our top...
Driving the region's growth strategy
Driving the region's growth strategy
Rotorua born and brought up in Tokoroa, Cheryl Lewis returned to the Bay of Plenty in 2007 after working in senior roles with NZTE and Treasury in Wellington.  She has since been a key driver in establishing the Bay of Connections, the region's economic growth strategy, where she currently...
Avocados:  Bumper crop coming this year
Avocados: Bumper crop coming this year
With prices finally starting to drop, and a bumper crop expected in the second half of the year, its good news all round for avocado fans.  While sky-high prices have kept Kiwi avo fans from their favourite toast topping, and even spurned an avocado black market, avo lovers should be able to...
TEDx Tauranga aims to inspire
TEDx Tauranga aims to inspire
TEDx Tauranga is back for its fourth year with local and international speakers lined up to educate the audience.  The event would include 13 different speakers, live entertainment, three official TED videos and a special screening of the winning video from the Enspire Youth Video...
Papamoa film-maker shooting for the stars
Papamoa film-maker shooting for the stars
Jonathan Gesthuizen's films are going from Papamoa to the world.  Mr Gesthuizen's short film about love conquering all will be screened at international film festivals after being officially selected for the Tokyo On-Line Lift Off festival, Access Code India festival, Eurofest in St...
Bay's 'silver economy' subject of conference
Bay's 'silver economy' subject of conference
A symposium next month will examine the challenges and potential for the Bay of Plenty of the 60-years-plus "silver economy", which the event's organisers say is now the third-biggest economy in the world after the USA and China.  The Silver Economy Symposium, to be held at Mills...
Port shipshape to handle large vessel
Port shipshape to handle large vessel
Port of Tauranga will this September welcome the largest container ship to visit New Zealand waters, carrying 9500 TEU (20-foot equivalent units).  Maersk Line, the world's largest container shipping company, and Kotahi, New Zealand's leading export supply chain collaboration,...
Council urged to change priorities
Council urged to change priorities
Priority One's submission on civic heart development amendments to the 2015-2025 Long-Term Plan (LTP) urges Tauranga City Council to reconsider its priorities and bring forward civic amenity projects being sought by the...
Accommodation 'absolutely booked out' for AIMS Games
Accommodation 'absolutely booked out' for AIMS Games
This year's AIMS Games is set to attract a record number of athletes and pump millions of dollars into the Bay economy - with most accommodation in Tauranga booked out months in advance for the event.  Tournament director Vicki Semple said the number of intermediate students for the event,...
Jobs up in the Bay
Jobs up in the Bay
Trade Me job listings for Tauranga are on the rise, new figures show.  Trade Me statistics released yesterday show job listings rose by 27 per cent in the second quarter of the year in comparison with the same period last year. It was the third biggest increase in the country behind Gisborne...
Half a billion dollars of consents issued in Bay
Half a billion dollars of consents issued in Bay
Half a billion dollars' worth of building consents have been issued in the Western Bay of Plenty so far this year - the highest since at least 2004.  Priority One figures for January to June the total value of consents issued by both Tauranga City and Western Bay District councils hit...
Green light for Tauranga Marine Precinct
Green light for Tauranga Marine Precinct
Tauranga's Harbour Marine Precinct is officially a reality, with a successful tender process completed for the sale of lots for Stage One of the project.  Mayor Stuart Crosby today signed sale and purchase agreements with Hutcheson Boatbuilders, Pachoud Yachts, Pacific 7, RMD Marine, SMF...
Hunt for Tauranga Waterfront artist
Hunt for Tauranga Waterfront artist
Tauranga City Council is searching for an artist to play a key part in Tauranga's Access to Water project and help create art for the new development on the Waterfront.  The council is looking for interested people and needs some examples of their work, a bit about their background and an...
Bay of Plenty international enrolments up 22 per cent
Bay of Plenty international enrolments up 22 per cent
There were almost 900 additional international student enrolments in Bay of Plenty last year, a 22 per cent increase for the region, according to the latest International Education Snapshot Report released today.  Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce said the report...
One Love Festival set to return to Tauranga
One Love Festival set to return to Tauranga
The One Love Festival is returning to Tauranga next year with a capacity one-third bigger than last year's sell-out event.  The festival will be returning to the Tauranga Domain next Waitangi Weekend. Earlier this year, a sell-out crowd of 15,000 people attended, bringing an estimated $5...
New chairman appointed to Tourism BOP board
New chairman appointed to Tourism BOP board
Tourism Bay of Plenty chairman Ian Smith has stepped down from the board after nearly a decade, with Des Hammond taking up the chair role.  Mr Hammond is an independent director and chartered fellow of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand, and is currently an active member on the Bay of...
First step for Poike Rd/SH29 overbridge
First step for Poike Rd/SH29 overbridge
The first official step to building an overbridge over busy State Highway 29 has begun.  Tauranga Mayor Stuart Crosby, Bay of Plenty MP Todd Muller and NZ Transport Agency acting Waikato/Bay of Plenty regional manager Dennis Crequer turned the first sod of the Poike Rd overbridge this...
Firms eager to relocate to the Bay
Firms eager to relocate to the Bay
Priority One is working with 16 firms that have the potential to create 327 jobs and pump $13.4 million of capital expenditure into the Bay - new data shows.  Figures from the economic agency also reveal that in the past six months four outside companies had relocated or started in Tauranga or...
It's official - Bay is still the most upbeat
It's official - Bay is still the most upbeat
The Bay of Plenty has been named the most positive region in New Zealand for the fifth quarter in a row.  The June Westpac McDermott Miller Regional Economic Confidence survey has found a total of 41 per cent of households believe the region's economic fortunes will improve over the coming...
Young scientists to get experience at world's leading institutions
Young scientists to get experience at world's leading institutions
Two students from Aquinas College are off to the London International Youth Science Forum next month.  Year 13 Aquinas College students Zeb Barry and Patrick Imrie are to attend the youth science forum and visit the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva,...
Steven Joyce in Tauranga for post-budget briefing
Steven Joyce in Tauranga for post-budget briefing
Continued investment in innovation is the key to New Zealand's economic future, Business Innovation and Employment Minister Steven Joyce said at a post-budget briefing for Tauranga business people today.  "Anything you want to know about New Zealand's future development, it's...
Gold3 bids reveal strong demand
Gold3 bids reveal strong demand
Kiwifruit growers have oversubscribed the tender offer for Zespri's release of 400ha of new Gold3 licence, which is likely to sustain high pricing for Gold orchards.  There were 266 successful bidders out of more than 1000, who tendered for a total of 1300-plus ha. Zespri plans to release...
Preparing the ground to grow strong companies
Preparing the ground to grow strong companies
The confirmation that new Tauranga-based private equity fund Oriens Capital is on track for a $30million first close is great news for the region's business sector.  Oriens Capital's executive team have noted it will not focus exclusively on the Bay, with other regions also likely to...
David Porter: Tauranga a sensible solution to port problem
David Porter: Tauranga a sensible solution to port problem
Auckland's Port Future Study Group will soon release the final report from an Ernst & Young-led consulting consortium on its 50-year plus plan. The final recommendations will be closely watched throughout the freight logistics...
Bay employment listings jump 37 per cent
Bay employment listings jump 37 per cent
Bay of Plenty job listings jumped 37 per cent in the year to April and some recruitment agencies say they are now struggling to keep up with demand for workers.  The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment Jobs Online report for April, which measured vacancies advertised by internet...
Tauranga business boss steps down
Tauranga business boss steps down
Priority One chief executive Andrew Coker has resigned.  Mr Coker this morning announced he was stepping down from the role to focus full-time on his private start-up venture.  Andrew leaves the role after 10 years with Priority One, eight of which he was chief...
A passion for international education
A passion for international education
Education Tauranga regional manager Anne Young identified her future career path early in her life.  When she was growing up her father John Cronin - a long-serving Tauranga councillor - was involved with bringing overseas delegations into the Bay of Plenty. "That was what got me...
Allocation good news for region
Allocation good news for region
The Government's commitment to investing in business and innovation was "all very positive", chief executive of WNT Ventures Carl Jones said.  "They've shown that they are really invested and interested in innovation and investing in innovation," he said. "I...
Creating Tauranga's civic heart
Creating Tauranga's civic heart
Wednesday June 1 could be a significant milestone in creating Tauranga's civic heart.  Elected Members would be asked to adopt the Civic Space Options Programme Business Case, which recommended building a new Civic Administration building on Willow St, transforming Masonic Park into a...
Lights a go, for Bay Oval
Lights a go, for Bay Oval
Tauranga ratepayers are to make a $915,000 contribution to lights at Bay Oval in order to stay in contention for one-day and Twenty20 international cricket fixtures.  Councillors today voted 9-2 to contribute a third of the $2.745 million cost to install flood lights on Blake Park's...
Bumper crop raises Zespri's full-year profits
Bumper crop raises Zespri's full-year profits
The 2015/16 kiwifruit season broke records for the industry and Zespri with the biggest-ever total return to growers, highest-ever Green return per hectare and record sales volumes for both Green and SunGold kiwifruit.  Total sales revenue for the season also grew to $1.9 billion, up 21 per...
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