School roll surges with region’s growth

ACG Tauranga has experienced a substantive surge in its roll, with numbers up to 113 in 2017, from just 18 students two years ago. Principal Shawn Hutchinson says with no waiting lists, it has plenty of capacity to take more students. He believes it's... Read More

Meeting focusing on Sea Change plan

Anyone wanting to learn more about New Zealand's first marine spatial plan Sea Change – Tai Timu Tai Pari is being invited to a public meeting taking place in Whangamata this month. The upcoming meeting has been organised by the Whangamata... Read More

Stung by their own silliness

They're worldly wise, have been travelling for years. But at the same time the Chilean cousins are a little naïve and now they're slapping themselves. “It's so terrible and so sad,” says 31-year-old Chilean visitor... Read More

Claim information for flood victims

Homeowners whose properties suffered damage from landslips or flooding, during the recent storms, have three months to lodge a claim with the Earthquake commission.   “The priority for local residents is to look after themselves, their... Read More

Have you seen this plant?

Have you seen this plant? Bay of Plenty Regional Council is on the hunt for it. “Of all the invasive weeds people have brought into their gardens over the years, wild kahili ginger (Hedychium gardnerianum) is one of the worst,” reports Land... Read More

Celebrate outstanding young Kiwis

Do you know a spectacular young person whose leadership and contributions to their communities are worthy of celebration? Nominations are now open for the 2017 New Zealand Youth Awards which recognise and celebrate the outstanding achievements and significant... Read More

Trust backs potential museum sites

The Tauranga Moana Museum Trust is happy to have a bob each way. It's pleased the Tauranga City Council will focus on just two sites for the proposed museum – that's Willow Street and Cliff Road. “Both sites have considerable... Read More

RoboPa to unlock curious minds

Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi is taking a robotics initiative into Mataatua primary schools and kura to unlock the most curious of minds. A team from the wananga's Tokorau – Institute of Indigenous Innovation and Design have been awarded... Read More

New $18M school for Pyes Pa

Education Minister Hekia Parata has announced Auckland, Tauranga and Canterbury will each see a new primary school opening their doors for students in 2019.   Minister Parata today signed establishment notices for Flat Bush South East School in... Read More

Psst! Can we beat a world record?

Pupils from Tauranga Intermediate and primary schools from around the city have united today to break the world record for Chinese Whispers. A total of 1763 pupils from the intermediate and six primary schools – Maungatapu, Tauranga Primary, Welcome... Read More



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