Forward thinking to Tauranga in 2050

Straight from city councilA personal view,by Councillor Steve Morris   Predictions about the future are bound to be wrong; as Robert Frost once said: “The afternoon knows what the morning never suspected”. Nonetheless, I'll... Read More

How do our rates compare with other cities?

Straight from city councilA personal view,by Councillor Steve Morris Last week, our colleagues next door at the Western Bay of Plenty District Council made headlines for charging the highest rates in the country. But how does Tauranga City Council... Read More

No more 'ticks' for Council

Straight from city councilA personal view,by Councillor Steve Morris There's a change coming to the way Tauranga's mayor and councillors are elected. Last week we adopted the Single Transferable Vote system for both the 2019 and 2022... Read More

The future of 'council flats'

Straight from city councilA personal view,by Councillor Steve Morris There were a few headlines bandied about in the media last week that may have caused concern among residents of Tauranga's elder housing. So, let's be clear. Tauranga... Read More

Is there such a thing as a no-win scenario

Straight from city councilA personal view,by Councillor Steve Morris Councillors have a natural instinct to want to please their constituents. Call it a survival instinct, but some decisions will make you unpopular whatever the outcome. A recent... Read More

Do we really need more money?

Straight from city councilA personal view,by Councillor Steve Morris   I'll never forget the time I was bailed up next to a fellow university student; he was grinning like a shot possum as he told me about his new-found wealth. He had... Read More

The future of Tauranga City is at stake.

Straight from city councilA personal view,by Councillor Steve Morris   Over the next 12 months, Tauranga City Council will be making some of the most significant decisions it ever has on behalf of you. These decisions will shape the kind of... Read More

Getting the waterworks flowing

Straight from city councilA personal view,by Councillor Steve Morris Tauranga residents are pretty patient when it comes to the growing pains our city is experiencing. We can cope with roadworks and construction noise as the ‘price of progress'... Read More

What have you done to Memorial Park?

Straight from city councilA personal view,by Councillor Steve Morris Have you sold it? Is there an apartment building going up? What's with all those pipes? These are some of the questions we've been getting about the necessary shambles... Read More

Look out for the survey in your water rates bill

Straight from city councilA personal view,by Councillor Steve Morris Tauranga City Council is looking for your feedback on how councillors are elected, Easter trading, and pokie machines. This survey is attached to your water rates and you can... Read More



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