Locals to protest beggar ban bylaw

A protest against a recent motion to ban begging and rough sleeping in the city CBD is being led by a group of locals outside the Tauranga City Council this afternoon. The protest is in response to the motion by Councillors Terry Molloy and Bill Grainger... Read More

The $64 million transport plan

Councillors are recommending Tauranga City Council embark on a $64 million transport plan over the next three years in three main bundles. These are: Providing better transport choices – improved walking, cycling and public transport; Reliable journey... Read More

Tauranga connection in crayfish case

Two Gisborne men, one a Tongan Methodist church minister, have been fined a total of more than $10,000 between them for a range of crayfish offences. Thirty-nine-year-old Aaron Andrew McKay was fined $6,000 after he pleaded guilty in the Gisborne District... Read More

Warm spring day for the Bay

Today's weather forecast is for a fine day with light winds and sea breezes. It's a two-clothing layer day today with a high of 20 and an overnight low of 12 degrees. High tide is at 9.40am and low tide is at 3.50pm. Sea temperature is 17... Read More

Challenge to CBD parking regime

City councillor Terry Molloy is trying to bring pedestrians back into the central city by driving up long term parking prices. In a Notice of Motion being presented at the city council meeting today, he's suggesting the parking in the Tauranga CBD... Read More

City financial options discussed

How the city council can extract more funding from the government instead of taxing ratepayers is the subject of a public workshop today. Today's session open to the public is part of a series of briefings to provide city councillors with accurate... Read More

Bringing in a beggar ban bylaw

Tauranga City Council is this week looking at legislating beggars out of the central business district. A notice of motion, filed by councillor Terry Molloy and seconded by Bill Grainger, proposes banning begging and sleeping rough in the city. While... Read More

Rejecting Tauranga’s heart and soul

City councillors are today considering rejecting Tauranga as a city with heart and soul, as councillors consider a new set of community outcomes to be included in next year's Long Term Plan. Tauranga as ‘A city with heart and soul',... Read More

Plea for change in water safety funding

New Zealand is towards the upper end of drowning death rates in the OECD, yet water safety funding is mostly voluntary. In 2016 there were 78 preventable fatalities and drowning hospitalisations are on the rise, says Water Safety New Zealand CEO Jonty... Read More

Bayfair Kiwibank drops postal services

The Kiwibank at Bayfair will no longer be providing postal services, as the branch adopts a standalone model similar to that of Kiwibank branches in Hamilton and the Auckland CBD. The changes will occur once NZ Post finds a new business to partner with. Until... Read More



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The moon peeping through the clouds at Pillans Point. Photo: Mike Berry.

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