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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...
Airport upgrade in response to city growth
Airport upgrade in response to city growth
Tauranga Airport will receive a $4.5 million upgrade to make space for the increasing number of passersby flying in and out.  Tauranga City Councillors yesterday voted unanimously to bring forward a project to upgrade the airport in response to the city's growth but said the changes would...
Council set to wipe $24m off debt forecast
Council set to wipe $24m off debt forecast
Tauranga City Council is expected to wipe more than $24 million off its debt forecast this year and hopes to end 2015 about $330 million in the red.  New figures show in the last five years it had slashed its debt by $65m while rates revenue had jumped $24m. But local ratepayer groups said...
Waterfront design gets green light
Waterfront design gets green light
Tauranga City Council has agreed to press ahead with the detailed design phase of the $3.2 million project to build steps down to the water's edge in front of the downtown waterfront playground and Hairy Maclary statues.  The access-to-water project also included the construction of a pier...
QV report reveals fastest rising Bay suburbs
QV report reveals fastest rising Bay suburbs
Five Western Bay suburbs have increased in value by more than 15 per cent in the past year, according to new figures.  Figures released by QV and Corelogic yesterday showed Tauranga South rose 15.9 per cent in the year to September. Parkvale was up 15.7 per cent, Bellevue increased by 15.3 per...
Instagram names Mount as second most snapped
Instagram names Mount as second most snapped
Instagram has named Mount Maunganui the second most popular tourist attraction in New Zealand after Waiheke Island.  Instagram, an online photo-sharing service, ranked the top 10 attractions by the number of photographs loaded to its app geotagged to specific...
Fifth Coastal Economic Symposium in Tauranga
Fifth Coastal Economic Symposium in Tauranga
The University of Waikato is hosting the fifth Coastal Economic Symposium in Tauranga in February.  Treasuring the Bay, Whakamana te taonga o te Moana a Toi, has become a firm annual fixture on the University of Waikato's summer calendar in the Bay of...
$8.4 million for wool research partnership
$8.4 million for wool research partnership
The Government will invest $8.4 million over seven years in a research partnership that could transform New Zealand’s wool industry, Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce and Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy announced today.  The Wool Industry Research Ltd (WIRL) partnership...
2015 PM's scholarships for Asia announced
2015 PM's scholarships for Asia announced
The 2015 Prime Minister’s Scholarships for Asia have been awarded to 152 students from across New Zealand.  “These scholarships are a special opportunity for young New Zealanders to study, conduct research, or take up internships in countries that are hugely important to New...
Customer focus supports China tourism growth
Customer focus supports China tourism growth
Research released today focusing on Chinese visitors’ preferences will support further strong growth in the tourism sector, Associate Tourism Minister Paula Bennett says.  The China Visitor Insight report presents key findings into the needs of Chinese travellers to New Zealand and will...
Expansion of eVisas modernising travel to NZ
Expansion of eVisas modernising travel to NZ
Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse welcomes the widespread roll-out of eVisas as a major milestone in modernising travel to New Zealand.  “The expansion of eVisas for online applicants will make the visa application process faster, cheaper and easier,” Mr Woodhouse...
Microsoft deal opens up new world of learning in our schools
Microsoft deal opens up new world of learning in our schools
A new agreement with Microsoft will reduce IT complexity for schools and enhance access to the online world for students, enabling them to learn anywhere, any time and on any device, says Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye.  Ms Kaye announced the new agreement between the Ministry of...
Interactive art market to hit Tauranga
Interactive art market to hit Tauranga
Artists, potters, sculptors and artistic photographers will bring a vibrant and interactive market to Tauranga this Sunday, 13 December.  The Left Bank art market will be held at Masonic Park on the Strand, to give recognition to local...
Cafe win thanks to 'hands-on' approach
Cafe win thanks to 'hands-on' approach
Tauranga's Elizabeth Cafe and Larder won the title of best metro/CBD cafe at the New Zealand Cafe of the Year awards.  Owners Andrew Targett and Annmarie Cambie said the win was the "icing on the cake" of their three-year cafe journey.  "It was awesome. I had...
NBR Extensive Profile of Tauranga
NBR Extensive Profile of Tauranga
Priority One has been working with the National Business Review, which has put together a series of articles on Tauranga.  They appear in the issue dated 29 May, which features 17 pages on various aspects relating to economic development and growth in Tauranga.  Click Read More to...
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