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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...
Astrolabe open for fishing and diving
Astrolabe open for fishing and diving
Fishing and diving at Astrolabe Reef (Otaiti) can resume today as the Rena wreck is no longer considered a hazard to navigation.  The Bay of Plenty Harbour Master has amended the exclusion zone to provide access for vessels under 500 tonnes from 8am today in response to the Rena's clean-up...
Free law lessons for Bay small businesses
Free law lessons for Bay small businesses
A drive to support small businesses in the Bay has prompted a Tauranga law firm to offer free seminars to existing and prospective business owners.  Lyon O'Neale Arnold, which is itself a small business, will launch its new Library Law Series at Tauranga City Library next week. ...
Living the dream Tauranga style
Living the dream Tauranga style
At Tip Top corner on Auckland's Southern Motorway there's a Metro billboard that shouts: "Love this city". I chuckle, because it happens to hang over the most car-clogged section of a road which, by that stage, I've already been struggling along for more than an hour. ...
Real problems help promote innovation
Real problems help promote innovation
The Young Innovator Awards (YIA) this year is focused on creating the innovators of tomorrow by taking them through the realities of finding ideas by examining problems, say organisers.  "I wanted to make innovation more real, especially for teachers," said Callaghan Innovation's...
City leaders discuss new CBD amenities
City leaders discuss new CBD amenities
Tauranga mayor Stuart Crosby today floated setting up a separate urban development authority to execute the delivery of new CBD amenities.  "I've got a very strong feeling that if we are going to kick off [the planned new civic centre infrastructure] now is the time," he told the...
Apartment complexes planned
Apartment complexes planned
Tens of millions of dollars will be pumped into the construction of new apartment complexes in Tauranga, real estate agents say - while figures reveal sales volumes in the sector jumped 68 per cent last year compared with 2014.  Real Estate Institute of New Zealand data showed 89 apartments...
Hi-tech sports research for Tauranga
Hi-tech sports research for Tauranga
Port of Tauranga is working with Zespri International and Tauranga Kiwifruit Logistics (TKL) under a new 10-year freight agreement to develop additional infrastructure to handle the surge in kiwifruit exports.  The agreement was disclosed in the Port of Tauranga's recently released...
Kiwi exporters enter 10-year agreement with port company
Kiwi exporters enter 10-year agreement with port company
Port of Tauranga is working with Zespri International and Tauranga Kiwifruit Logistics (TKL) under a new 10-year freight agreement to develop additional infrastructure to handle the surge in kiwifruit exports.  The agreement was disclosed in the Port of Tauranga's recently released...
Jazz festival creates 'awesome buzz' for town
Jazz festival creates 'awesome buzz' for town
Tauranga became a jazz hub this weekend, drawing people to the sunny city from all over the country for the 54th year of the National Jazz Festival.  Jazz festival director Becks Chambers said the event had so-far been a "really awesome buzz".  Performers included blues and jazz...
Tauranga's commercial sites coveted by big city investors
Tauranga's commercial sites coveted by big city investors
Tauranga's commercial property market is being touted as the next big location out of Auckland for investors - with one agency recording $85 million worth of sales this year, or 74 per cent of its entire turnover for last year.  New figures showed commercial building consents had also...
Small enterprises booming in Tauranga
Small enterprises booming in Tauranga
Tauranga's small to medium business community is "booming" as more companies move to the region or entrepreneurs start up new ventures, experts say.  Statistics from Priority One and compiled by Infometrics showed, in 2015, 65.2 per cent of businesses in the city were...
Angels aim for $6m with a second sidecar fund
Angels aim for $6m with a second sidecar fund
The Bay of Plenty's Enterprise Angels has launched an ambitious second sidecar fund targeting up to $6 million, which has already attracted more than $700,000 in commitments from members.  The early stage investment group, which now has 200-plus members across Tauranga, Rotorua, Taupo and...
Reefer ships the future: Zespri
Reefer ships the future: Zespri
Zespri shipping manager Mike Knowles says the next kiwifruit season could see the first use of new multi-purpose reefer ships commissioned by Seatrade, one of its key shipping partners.  Netherlands-owned Seatrade is the world's largest reefer vessel operator and owner.  Last year it...
Centre's redevelopment drawing ideas
Centre's redevelopment drawing ideas
A flood of opinions is swirling around the redevelopment of Tauranga's civic centre.  This week, Tauranga City Council staff were at Red Square seeking feedback from the public on a "once-in-a-lifetime opportunity" to create a new civic centre.  One hundred residents gave...
Bold kiwifruit move a boost for Bay
Bold kiwifruit move a boost for Bay
The Bay's billion-dollar kiwifruit industry is set to expand with Zespri releasing the additional licence for 400 hectares of SunGold this year. The move is being described as bold and exciting by business leaders.  "Enormous" spinoffs were also expected for the region both...
Extra houses for Papamoa
Extra houses for Papamoa
Council is recommending the establishment of new Special Housing Areas at Golden Sands and Palm Springs in Papamoa East.  Council agreed yesterday to recommend to the Minister of Housing that two Special Housing Areas (SHAs) be established adjacent to previously approved SHAs in the Wairakei...
Council to sell 5000sq m Historic Village section
Council to sell 5000sq m Historic Village section
Tauranga City Council this afternoon agreed to sell a 5000sq m section at the top of the Historic Village for the TECT Community Hub to be built.  The hub will house community organisations, targeting not-for-profit groups.  TECT chairman Bill Holland said the building would be of vital...
Business confidence coincides with business growth
Business confidence coincides with business growth
Business confidence is high across the Bay on the back of strong economic figures.  Newly released data from Statistics New Zealand shows gains in two key measurements for the business sector.  Both total and per capita gross domestic product (GDP) are at all-time highs, with GDP growing...
New facilities for kiwifruit companies
New facilities for kiwifruit companies
Bay post harvest companies have pumped more than $120 million into new facilities on the eve of the kiwifruit harvest which is expected to be a record breaker, industry leaders say.  Priority One chief executive Andrew Coker said the growth of the kiwifruit industry would have significant...
Tauranga waterfront the site for Hurricane Party
Tauranga waterfront the site for Hurricane Party
The National Jazz Festival is using its annual Hurricane Party on Easter Saturday to test a possible new concert venue on the city's waterfront.  Festival director Becks Chambers, pictured, said a large marquee would be erected on the grassed waterfront space on The Strand to host the...
Potential future for Tauranga CBD
Potential future for Tauranga CBD
A high-powered group has unveiled an exciting vision of how the city's downtown could look in 50 years.  The birds-eye view plan of the city centre was inspired by the council's call for public feedback on the proposed redevelopment of the area occupied by the civic block, library and...
House of Science to represent Tauranga this weekend
House of Science to represent Tauranga this weekend
The 2015 Trustpower National Community Awards will be held this weekend, with Tauranga represented by voluntary groups from across the board in Dunedin.  Chris Duggan and Jane Hoggard will be representing the House of Science Tauranga, and are confident they will hold their own.  Ms...
Planning ahead pays off for DMS
Planning ahead pays off for DMS
Bay of Plenty kiwifruit post-harvest operator DMS says the groundwork it has laid in recent years is paying dividends. The company has announced a 33 per cent increase in its grower rebate to 30 cents and an 8 cent dividend for its shareholder growers.  DMS operations manager Derek Masters...
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