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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...
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...
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