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Winning Tauranga artwork to go on display in Northland
Winning Tauranga artwork to go on display in Northland
A Tauranga artist will have his work immortalised in Whangarei after winning a local competition.  Two birds triumphed at Whangarei's fourth Sculpture Symposium, with Rex O'Brien's kukupa-shaped "Kaitiaki Manu" taking out the top prize.  The 10-day sculpting marathon...
ASB Arena to get two new courts
ASB Arena to get two new courts
The ASB Arena is set to expand with two new courts in the works.  They will be part of the new Bay Active Indoor Sports Pavilion, which will be located adjacent to the arena.  The courts will host indoor netball, football, cricket, bumperball, hockey and dodgeball action in...
Tauranga waterfront revamp buildings appointed
Tauranga waterfront revamp buildings appointed
Tauranga City Council will partner with engineering consultants Beca and LandLAB for the construction of tidal stairs, Masonic Pier and pontoon for the city's waterfront.  Beca have been appointed as the engineering designers for the Access to Water project, and will work alongside urban...
All-day carparks ease pressure on CBD
All-day carparks ease pressure on CBD
An extra 90 all-day carparks have opened up in the Tauranga CBD, costing commuters half as much as a return bus trip to the city centre.  The demolition of the former Tauranga Community Foodbank building on Dive Crescent has allowed for an additional 30 spaces, and an extra 60 spaces are up...
New reality TV show focuses on Bay vets and their furry friends
New reality TV show focuses on Bay vets and their furry friends
It's lights, camera, woof at Tauranga Vets as a new reality TV show has begun filming at the clinic.  Pet Medic centres on the challenges, heartbreak, vet skill and cute furry animals that are part and parcel of a day in the life of a Tauranga vet.  The show follows several talented...
Bay gets benefit of global experience
Bay gets benefit of global experience
Good governance pays off in improved business performance and growth, creating increased wealth and employment, says Zoe Attwood.  Ms Attwood relocated back to the Bay of Plenty at the end of 2014 to spend more time with her elderly parents after a lengthy career in Australia focused around...
Baygold takes out supreme Ballance award
Baygold takes out supreme Ballance award
A Paengaroa-based kiwifruit operation took out the supreme title at the 2016 Bay of Plenty Ballance Farm Environment Awards on Friday night.  BAYGOLD Limited, a large-scale kiwifruit operation which is owned by shareholders and directors who make up equity partnership Baygold Joint Venture...
Mountain bikers shift into high gear for 680km race
Mountain bikers shift into high gear for 680km race
A week-long inaugural international mountain biking event involving more than 100 riders and $100,000 prize money starts this weekend.  The Kiwi Crusade begins and end on The Strand, and runs from Sunday until March 5.  The seven-day race involves teams of two riding about 680km from...
New biosecurity initiative launched in Tauranga
New biosecurity initiative launched in Tauranga
A new biosecurity initiative has been launched at Port of Tauranga today.  Minister of Primary Industries Nathan Guy, who launched the event, said had the potential to be a model for other ports around the country.  Biosecurity Operational Excellence at Port of Tauranga is a scheme which...
Bay of Plenty top-performing region
Bay of Plenty top-performing region
The Bay of Plenty has retained its status as New Zealand's top-performing region in the latest ASB/Main Report Regional Economic Scoreboard.  ASB Chief Economist Nick Tuffley said the Bay of Plenty deserved its five stars as the region continues to outperform the rest of the country thanks...
Three Bay students top whole of NZ
Three Bay students top whole of NZ
Three Bay of Plenty students have come top in the country in their subjects.  Liam Ransley from Tauranga Boys' College placed top in the country in the scholarship physics exam while Francis Bridgman from Bethlehem College was top scholar for biology and schoolmate Annalise Wynn was the...
Kiwifruit sector sparks job boom in Bay
Kiwifruit sector sparks job boom in Bay
The booming kiwifruit industry is predicted to pump thousands of new jobs and millions of dollars into the Bay over the next four years as crop volumes increase.  Confidence in the city has also soared, business leaders say.  The latest figures from Trade Me showed job listings jumped...
Bay boom continuing
Bay boom continuing
The Bay of Plenty is continuing to enjoy a period of strong growth, according to the latest Westpac Regional Roundup released today.  Regional economic confidence continued to lift and the region as a whole appeared to have been less affected by the commodity price downturn hitting other...
Western Bay confidence at new high
Western Bay confidence at new high
Economic growth in the Western Bay of Plenty is nearly double the national average while self-employment rates jumped 29.7 per cent last year compared to 2014, a new report shows.  Confidence has also reached new levels as the kiwifruit industry booms and the district becomes a magnet for...
Chinese investors to the fore in CBD revival
Chinese investors to the fore in CBD revival
The tide is turning in Tauranga's CBD as out-of-town investors vie for commercial property and pump millions of dollars into the city, business leaders say.  The increasing interest is not just coming from around the country - with one agent saying about 33 per cent of his transactions...
Close vote sees pilot project for village given go-ahead
Close vote sees pilot project for village given go-ahead
Papamoa could become the testing ground for a pilot project to build an affordable housing village on land owned by the Tauranga City Council.  A knife-edge 6-5 vote yesterday saw the council agree that it could either lead or provide the land for the...
Newest Tauranga flight a sell-out
Newest Tauranga flight a sell-out
Tauranga has welcomed its newest airline partner with a completely full load on its first-ever flight out of the coastal city tomorrow, bound for Nelson.  Kiwi Regional Airlines chief executive Ewan Wilson said sales of seats on the twice-weekly flights to Nelson and on to Dunedin had been...
Guest night stays rise 7.8pc in the Bay
Guest night stays rise 7.8pc in the Bay
More visitors have been soaking up the sun and hospitality in the Bay of Plenty, new statistics show.  There was a 7.8 per cent increase in people staying overnight in the Bay of Plenty during December compared to the same time a year earlier.  Statistics New Zealand figures showed there...
Tauranga ripe for call centre market
Tauranga ripe for call centre market
Tauranga is well-placed to attract a share of the growing call centre market, says industry expert Giles Potter, who visited the Bay of Plenty last Friday to brief Priority One on the sector's potential.  Priority One business relocations manager Max Mason said attracting call centre...
City booms but wages low
City booms but wages low
Economic growth in Tauranga has outstripped the national average on almost every indicator a new report shows. However, incomes have continued to lag behind — with one business leader saying "our low wage reputation is not really something we should be proud of".  The survey...
City consents smash records
City consents smash records
Tauranga's growing retirement sector helped boost the building boom last month when consents reached $54.5 million - the best January since records began, new figures show.  builders expect 2016 to continue on a high note as demand continued to outstrip supply despite a shortage of...
Permanent i-site proposed for Mount
Permanent i-site proposed for Mount
Among the first of Tauranga City Council's tasks of the New Year is to time table the discussion about a new, permanent i-Site in Mount Maunganui.  There is a proposal to have an i-Site at or near the Port of Tauranga to cater for the continuing growth in the cruise ship passengers...
One Love festival on the move
One Love festival on the move
Due to overwhelming ticket demand, the One Love 2016 festival will be relocating from the Wharepai Domain to the larger Tauranga Domain this year.  The move to a larger venue has just further reinforced One Love's reputation as one of the most popular reggae festivals in not only New...
Leaders hungry for major events
Leaders hungry for major events
Bay leaders believe Tauranga has the potential to become an events destination which will pump millions into the economy and drive tourism growth.  The project has gathered momentum after the success of the AIMS Games and ongoing developments to Bay Oval that would cement its rating as a...
Couple drawn to 'friendly' Bay community
Couple drawn to 'friendly' Bay community
Georgia Williams and her husband Alistair moved back to the Bay about 18 months ago from West Auckland because they wanted their children to enjoy the lifestyle they grew up with.  "We felt it was time because Auckland has gone nuts."  The couple decided on the seaside suburb of...
Black caps win thriller match
Black caps win thriller match
New Zealand has won the first Twenty-20 against Sri Lanka by three runs in the last over of the match this afternoon.  Playing in front of a packed Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui, New Zealand's premier batsmen Kane Williamson and Martin Guptill got their side away to a great start with both...
Airshow's rare two seater star
Airshow's rare two seater star
Flights on a dual seat Spitfire aircraft are being offered as an entree into the Tauranga City Airshow on January 23.  Classic Flyers CEO Andrew Gormlie says, for around $3000, people will get a half hour flight in the New Zealand Warbirds Association operated...
Big city arrivals adding vitality
Big city arrivals adding vitality
The massive influx of Aucklanders moving to Tauranga is great for the city.  Yesterday we reported that Aucklanders accounted for more than a quarter of Bay of Plenty property views on Trade Me and about half of one real estate company's sales between January and November last...
Civic centre debate begins
Civic centre debate begins
A unique opportunity to influence a direction and style for the heart of Tauranga City over the next hundred years or so begins.  The first phase of public consultation over the civic centre re-development project begins next week.  What do you think the news city hall should look...
Boomtime has city setting the pace
Boomtime has city setting the pace
Tauranga's "tremendous" growth in 2015 has put it on track to becoming a world-class city, the city's economic development agency Priority One has proclaimed.  Chief executive Andrew Coker said economic development during 2015 could only be described as tremendous, with the...
Bay confidence soars
Bay confidence soars
The Bay's economic outlook has not looked this optimistic for six years, according to the latest Westpac McDermott Miller Regional Economic Confidence survey.  The survey saw the region's residents ranked as the most positive in the country for the third quarter in a row, with 41 per...
Continued development tops wish list for 2016
Continued development tops wish list for 2016
New city amenities, a civic centre, development of the downtown university campus, a revitalised downtown and improved roading are among the items at the top of Western Bay residents' wish lists for 2016. With the New Year upon us, reporter Sonya Bateson asked people what they would like to see...
Attracting and retaining skilled migrants focus of partnership
Attracting and retaining skilled migrants focus of partnership
Local councils are working together with Priority One and Immigration New Zealand to attract and retain skilled migrants to the Western Bay of Plenty.  Tauranga City Council, Western Bay of Plenty District Council, Priority One, and Immigration New Zealand have developed the Western Bay of...
All go for waterfront revamp
All go for waterfront revamp
The new project to revamp the Tauranga Waterfront has been given the go ahead by Tauranga City Council, with the support of local designers.  The councillors voted 10-1 at the council meeting yesterday to approve the Access to Water Project, which will create tidal stairs, a pier and pontoon...
Mural wins first place in Brooklyn contest
Mural wins first place in Brooklyn contest
Street art has taken Owen Dippie from Tauranga to the streets of Brooklyn, New York, and has landed him two placings in the prestigious Brooklyn Street Art 15 Most Popular Murals of 2015.  The former Tauranga artist featured two pieces in the countdown, with his Ninja Renaissance Masters...
New contracts help Bay of Plenty businesses grow
New contracts help Bay of Plenty businesses grow
The Government and Tauranga Chamber of Commerce have committed to a further five and a half years of support to help small businesses grow through the Regional Business Partner programme, Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce and Minister for Small Business Craig Foss announced today. ...
Firms lining up for booming Mount
Firms lining up for booming Mount
Retail space at Mount Maunganui is booked out as business confidence soars and downtown real estate sizzles amid an array of development projects mooted for next year, business leaders say.  Mount Maunganui Mainstreet manager Peter Melgren said it had a waiting list of people "that would...
Catamaran good for business
Catamaran good for business
Tauranga boatbuilder Pachoud Yachts is enjoying a resurgence of business after riding out the doldrums of the Global Financial Crisis.  A new long-range cruising catamaran, built for a Canadian client who wants to explore the Pacific, was the latest boat to emerge from Pachoud's yard in...
Subdivision to have concessions for neighbours
Subdivision to have concessions for neighbours
Tauranga City Council will sell Smiths Farm and fast-track its plans for the land to become a Special Housing Area.  However, Westridge Drive residents gained the victory yesterday when councillors agreed that access to the new development would not be on their road but through another...
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