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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...
Comvita loan $3m for technology
Comvita loan $3m for technology
Paengaroa based Comvita Ltd is providing $3 million convertible loan to Nelson based SeaDragon Ltd to better enable a technology change.  SeaDragon (NZX.SEA), New Zealand's largest refiner and blender of high quality fish oils and fractions, announced on Friday that cornerstone investor...
Popular Pyes Pa west boost econony
Popular Pyes Pa west boost econony
The number of people living at Pyes Pa West has more than doubled in three years.  Figures from Tauranga City Council show about 1730 people were based in the suburb at April 30 compared to 785 residents in the March 2013 census. Pyes Pa West could have up to 3090 dwellings and was predicted...
Room to innovate in Tauranga tourism
Room to innovate in Tauranga tourism
Tauranga's tourism market has scope for new businesses but Bay leaders are divided about what new opportunities exist.  Tourism was highlighted in Westpac's latest regional roundup as one of the key driver behind the Bay's economic confidence topping the country for the fifth...
Bay film studio proposed by new film society
Bay film studio proposed by new film society
A not-for-profit society to showcase and grow the local film industry has launched and already has its sights set high.  The launch of Bay of Plenty Film last night came with a bold plan to explore the potential of developing a film studio in Tauranga.  BOP Film already had a membership...
Bay becomes subject of British reality TV show
Bay becomes subject of British reality TV show
The Bay of Plenty is set to appear on international screens.  The BBC was in Tauranga yesterday filming for the series Wanted Down Under, where British families look into immigrating to New Zealand.  The Goodson family was shown around three residential properties by a Bayleys real estate...
Building consents top previous record
Building consents top previous record
The first quarter of 2016 has seen the highest value of building consents issued since 2004.  Figures released by Priority One show both Tauranga City Council and Western Bay of Plenty District Council had continued successfully after March, which saw the highest value of building consents...
New boss for Tourism Bay of Plenty
New boss for Tourism Bay of Plenty
A new chief executive has been announced for Tourism Bay of Plenty - but she is remaining tight-lipped on details of her plans to grow tourism in the region.  Kristin Dunne, who has been the organisation's head of marketing for the past two years, was yesterday announced as the replacement...
Home values continue on the up for Tauranga
Home values continue on the up for Tauranga
Home values in Tauranga City continue to rise, up 3.6 per cent over the past three months and 21.5 per cent year on year.  The average value in the city is now $577,494. Western Bay of Plenty home values also continued to see accelerate up 7.3 per cent over the past three months alone and 21.2...
Dance-O-Mat for Tauranga waterfront
Dance-O-Mat for Tauranga waterfront
Get your dancing shoes on - a new Dance-O-Mat will be popping up on Tauranga's waterfront.  Trustpower has moved to town and as a welcome gift the company is donating the city a Dance-O-Mat.  The Dance-O-Mat is a coin-operated dance floor that anyone can use. You simply pop $2 in the...
Creative festival announced for Tauranga
Creative festival announced for Tauranga
A new creative festival has been announced for Tauranga this year.  The inaugural Tauranga Zinefest will be held at Tauranga Art Gallery in collaboration with The Incubator.  The festival will showcase speakers and demonstrations on Zines on Saturday, June 4 from 10am to...
Migrants pouring into Bay, highest in 26 years
Migrants pouring into Bay, highest in 26 years
Migrants are pouring into the Bay of Plenty with new figures showing net migration is the highest in at least 26 years.  Statistics New Zealand figures show a net increase of 1307 people moved to the Western Bay of Plenty in the year to March - the highest figure since at least 1990.  The...
Options developed for city centre
Options developed for city centre
Tauranga City Council's buildings are set to go, parking spaces are to be increased, and a new library and museum could be built under plans proposed for developing Tauranga's Civic Heart.  The Civic Space Options Project team would showcase three options, ranging in scale, to the...
Zespri tipped for record season
Zespri tipped for record season
Zespri is to investigate growing kiwifruit in China and is poised to expand its market reach in the country with a record-breaking sales season forecast in 2016.  The company is also looking to more than treble its staff numbers in the Chinese market in the next three years.  Prime...
$520m highway upgrade
$520m highway upgrade
Tauranga's long-awaited northern expressway has been given the green light as part of a record-breaking $521 million funding injection to improve safety and reduce traffic congestion between the city and Athenree.  Construction of the 6.8km Tauranga Northern Link bypassing Bethlehem and Te...
Bay represents in robotics world champs
Bay represents in robotics world champs
House of Science's robotics team is returning from the world champs proud after making it to the top spots.  The 2016 VEX World Robotics Competition held in the United States in the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville and New Zealand was one of 37 countries taking part.  The...
Cruise ship season breaks records
Cruise ship season breaks records
The Bay's biggest cruise ship season yet has almost drawn to a close with one last ship expected to berth in Tauranga next month.  Nearly 160,000 passengers arrived in Tauranga via cruise ships this summer and next season promises to be even...
$160k bridge for Western Bay cycleway
$160k bridge for Western Bay cycleway
Cyclists and walkers in Katikati will be able to cross the Uretara Stream via a new $160,000 suspension bridge to be built to extend the growing network of cycle trails around the town.  Western Bay of Plenty District Council has selected the new suspension bridge, designed by Abseil Access...
More choosing to work past retirement age
More choosing to work past retirement age
Home care worker Dorothy Harrison-Stafford, 74, works for Salvation Army HomeCare in Tauranga.  She puts in 16 hours a fortnight as a caregiver, something she's done the past 10 years after a stint in real estate.  "I wanted something more secure. I enjoy the company. I have two...
Bay's economy still showing good growth
Bay's economy still showing good growth
The Bay of Plenty is well-positioned in the current economy, says David Norman, industry economist for Westpac Institutional Bank.  Mr Norman told a recent presentation organised by BDO Tauranga that the Bay of Plenty had been the most confident region in the country for the past four quarters...
TCC approves high performance sports centre partnership
TCC approves high performance sports centre partnership
Tauranga City Council has approved a High Performance Sports Centre strategic partnership between Council Controlled Organisation, Bay Venues Limited and the University of Waikato.  The partnership was to ensure the sports centre is recognised nationally and internationally as an athlete...
Clever machine can print texture
Clever machine can print texture
Tauranga's The Print Tank is the first company in New Zealand to use an unusual new textured printing technology, says the machine's agent.  The Print Tank's ultraviolet digital inkjet printing machine has the ability to print realistic textured surfaces on a wide range of sizes...
Aucklanders drive home sales
Aucklanders drive home sales
Aucklanders are responsible for at least 19.5 per cent of all sales in Tauranga during the first quarter of the year, as soaring city house prices force them to look elsewhere.  Data supplied to NZME by CoreLogic shows that in the first three months of this year Auckland investors and movers...
Tauranga in need of major hotel
Tauranga in need of major hotel
Calls for an international hotel have gathered momentum, with global hotel operators expressing interest in the city and business leaders saying it could put Tauranga on the map as a conference destination.  But not everyone agrees, with an exisiting Tauranga hotelier suggesting the city needs...
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