Street art festival begins

Mount Maunganui art festival, Street Prints Mauao has kicked off another year with a bang. The event began yesterday with a gathering on top of Mauao at 6.30am followed by breakfast at the base of Mauao at 8am. Festival organisers Jah and Lovie Smith... Read More

New bridge to link Gate Pa and Bethlehem

A new biking and walking link will connect Bethlehem and Gate Pa via a bridge across the Takitimu Drive toll road. The new link will open in May 2018, says Tauranga City Council. The first phase of work started this week to build a shared pathway that... Read More

Water drying up, bans in place

Water restrictions are now in place in for Tairua, Pauanui and Whangamata.  In all three areas, the Thames-Coromandel District Council says it's seeing higher than normal water use for this time of year. In Tairua and Pauanui the river levels... Read More

Archaeologists working at Cliff Road

Trenches dug across the old bowling greens at Cliff Road this week are to confirm the extent of historic earthworks indicated in a ground penetrating radar survey of the area earlier this year. The GPR survey identified a potential Pa site underground... Read More

Residents to pay $300k for slip repairs

The slip-damaged part of the Omokoroa walkway by Ruamoana Place is to be repaired on a cost share basis between Western Bay of Plenty District Council and affected residents.  The reserve between Bramley Drive and Ruamoana Place has been closed... Read More

Western Bay waste to be explored

Different ways of getting rise of waste will be explored by Western Bay of Plenty District Council.  Council adopted its Waste Management and Minimisation Plan (WMMP) 2017 last week, which puts future waste management service provision into the... Read More

Record demand strains water supply

Tauranga City Council is urging residents to watch their water usage after demand reached a record high yesterday. “If nothing changes, we'll need to restrict outdoor water use,” says City Waters Manager Steve Burton. “There's... Read More

Underground sources for WBOP water

The Western Bay of Plenty District Council's water supplies come from underground sources to “give residents security and safety of drinking water supply”, says Kelvin Hill, the council Utilities Manager. “Bore water generally... Read More

Roundabout markings set for upgrade

Temporary markings for the roundabout at Whakatane's Landing Road Bridge are set for an upgrade ahead of the busy holiday period. The current barriers outlining the roundabout's teardrop shape are to be removed and replaced with solid marker... Read More

Katikati library ahead of schedule

The Katikati library and community hub building is ahead of schedule, with the floor likely to be poured on Monday. “We're expecting the library panels to be going up in the coming weeks too,” says Western Bay of Plenty District Council... Read More



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Xmas lilies. Photo: Graham Woodhead.

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