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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...
Students join in youth environmental leaders forum
Students join in youth environmental leaders forum
Bay of Plenty students will be among young environmentalists from across New Zealand and the Pacific taking part in a forum in Nelson starting today.  Te Wharekura o Mauao school student Whakawa Kakau is one of those involved in the annual Youth EnviroLeaders Forum (YELF) which finishes on...
Bay becomes attractive option for new business
Bay becomes attractive option for new business
New and expanding businesses in the Bay are boosting jobs, new figures show, with more in the pipeline as companies eye the Bay.  Employee numbers at the Tauriko Business Estate have jumped 71 per cent to 1586 since 2014 while Priority One is working with 33 companies that could base their...
Bay building boom boosts businesses
Bay building boom boosts businesses
The Bay's building boom is creating a ripple effect throughout the economy as new-home construction is fuelling other businesses.  The Bay of Plenty Times informally surveyed a half-dozen local and national firms to learn how the building boom was having a positive knock-on effect in other...
Bay sees biggest growth in consumer spending
Bay sees biggest growth in consumer spending
Bay shoppers shelled out more than $300 million in Eftpos and credit card transactions last month and the region also posted the biggest annual spending growth in the country.  Paymark figures showed spending increased by 13.4 per cent compared to the year before, with $302 million ringing...
Aucklanders attracted to Tauranga property
Aucklanders attracted to Tauranga property
There has been a big spike in Auckland investors targeting the Tauranga property market - with one agent describing it as an Auckland "invasion".  Core Logic figures released to the Bay of Plenty Times Weekend show Auckland investor activity in the Tauranga property market has jumped...
Project develops tomorrow's entrepreneurs
Project develops tomorrow's entrepreneurs
The Venture Centre, headquartered at Tauranga's Basestation, delivered MashUp last weekend as part of its entrepreneurial eco-system development project targeted at youth.  "The aim of the event was to fill the pipeline of young entrepreneurs in the Bay and this weekend we've...
Bay students surpass NCEA average
Bay students surpass NCEA average
Western Bay students once again beat the national average in all of the three different NCEA certificate levels last year.  Aquinas College, Bethlehem College, Mount Maunganui College, Tauranga Girls' College and Te Puke High School all scored higher than average achievement...
Move to Tauranga a 'no-brainer'
Move to Tauranga a 'no-brainer'
Richard Smart and Kat Jensen say the decision to move from Takapuna to Tauranga "was a no-brainer" as they were able to buy a house and business with the sale of their Auckland home.  A former Whakatane "Bay boy", Mr Smart said the couple were living a reasonably good life...
Search for $3m cycle bridge design
Search for $3m cycle bridge design
A competition to design an iconic bridge across the Wairoa River is expected to be announced as part of the $7.7 million project to build a cycleway from Omokoroa to Bethlehem.  Project leader Gary Allis said their aim for the $2.5 to $3 million bridge was for it to be something quite iconic,...
Trade careers attract more women
Trade careers attract more women
More Bay women are opting to pursue a career in the trades as traditionally male-oriented occupations become more welcoming.  The Bay of Plenty Polytechnic said while the number of women enrolling in 'traditionally male' courses remained low it was increasing.  Sean Squires, group...
Curious minds graduate science class
Curious minds graduate science class
Donning their lab coats and name tags, 11 children from House of Science's inaugural Outreach Programme graduated on Monday.  The ceremony, held in-front of peers, parents, teachers, members of the Merivale Community Centre and House of Science volunteers, marks the culmination of an...
$350 million boom for CBD
$350 million boom for CBD
More than $350 million could be pumped into the Tauranga CBD within seven years thanks to future developments, on top of $150 million that has already been injected over the last five years, new data shows.  Another 13 companies are also contemplating a move to the Bay that may generate 186...
Internet opens up new career paths
Internet opens up new career paths
Pursuing an apprenticeship or going to university are still popular career pathways for Bay students, but online roles such as being a YouTube blogger or social media commentator have emerged as new employment options.  A study by the NZ Institute of Economic Research (NZIER) found that 46 per...
New courses help drive up student numbers at polytech and university
New courses help drive up student numbers at polytech and university
Student numbers at the Bay of Plenty Polytechnic have jumped by 10 per cent year on year since 2014 while the University of Waikato only experienced a slight increase.  Figures from the polytechnic showed 5900 students were enrolled in 2014 which climbed to 6308 last year while 4013 students...
House of Science robotics students impress US Ambassador
House of Science robotics students impress US Ambassador
United States ambassador Mark Gilbert challenged a robot to a game of catch at the House of Science yesterday.  Mr Gilbert was visiting the House of Science and met with its robotics team, who are travelling to the United States at the end of the month for the Vex World Robotics...
New academic boss for university in Tauranga
New academic boss for university in Tauranga
The University of Waikato has a new academic director for Tauranga.  The university has appointed Associate Professor Ken Perszyk to the position of Academic Director - Tauranga CBD Campus Development. He takes up the position in...
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