New western towns loop service

Customers of all ages have hopped on board the new Town Connector since the new service began operation on October 5. The circular route links Waihi, Waihi Beach and Katikati and is being trialled on Thursdays, an evolution of the existing Waihi Beach... Read More

Council seeking info on tyre dumpers

Roadside tyre dumpers are active in rural Western Bay of Plenty, and they are upsetting residents who find the unwelcome gifts of a trailer load of used tyres. Western Bay of Plenty District Council is encouraging anyone witnessing rural tyre dumping... Read More

The $30 million conversation starter

  Suggestions about the future development of Tauranga sport and leisure facilities are meant as ‘conversations starters' says Bay Venues chairman Peter Farmer.  He's pleased the Council is committing $150,000 next financial... Read More

Warning over city finances

Tourism Bay of Plenty's bid for a larger slice of the city council pie from the next Long Term Plan may not survive the council trimming process, warns Councillor Steve Morris. Tourism BOP wants the council to invest more in the Council controlled... Read More

Omanawa Falls access mooted

Opening up the Omanawa Falls to public access with the construction of $2.7million of new tracks and stairs is being considered today by the Tauranga City Council's Economic Development and Investment Committee. Public access to the falls is currently... Read More

Big facilities investment proposal

Tauranga City Council has approved for public consultation a $30m Bay Venues Ltd development plan. The plan proposes a major recreation and leisure hub in the central city, and a new exhibition centre at Baypark. BVL's submission requests the provision... Read More

Council fails to follow own policies

An independent review into the Tauranga City Council's procuring of external services in relation to the building consents process has found they failed to comply with their own policies. The report focused on the council's procurement and... Read More

New tool for council noise control

A peaceful night's sleep is more likely for Waihi residents now Hauraki District Council's noise control officers are able to issue fines for excessive and unreasonable noise, such as loud stereos and other late night shenanigans.  Starting... Read More

Sporting first increases regional GDP

  An event recognised as a ‘sporting first' for Tauranga, which took more than two years of planning, has increased regional GDP by $991,000. The 17th WSF World Junior Squash Championships 2017 saw 28 nations competing in 500 matches... Read More

Council to advertise CEO's job

The process to appoint a new chief executive will soon be underway, when Garry Poole's five-year contract ends in April 2018. Under the Local Government Act, the Tauranga City Council is required to either re-appoint Garry for a further two years,... Read More



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The Lovely Mount Maunganui beach. Photo: Denis Player.

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