A city of two councils

Tauranga ratepayers face the prospect of forever paying for two separate council buildings in the same city, unless some way is found to get the two talking. Tauranga City Councillor Larry Baldock is currently preparing for the first city transformation... Read More

Emergency water shutdown for Omokoroa

The water supply in Omokoroa has been shutdown this afternoon. The emergency shutdown is expected to last until about 4.30pm. The stoppage will enable emergency repairs to a major water main rupture on Omokoroa Road. Western Bay of Plenty District Council... Read More

Katikati unconvinced at bypass promises

Traffic congestion on State Highway 2, near Katikati, has boosted the awareness of the need of a bypass. Community board chair Jenny Hobbs' has launched a petition following numerous traffic complaints this summer. The townsfolk are a bit cynical... Read More

Roadworks on Jellicoe St next week

The road running through the centre of Te Puke will be closed later this week to allow significant construction work to occur. Western Bay of Plenty District Council transportation operations manager Alex Finn says Jellicoe Street will be closed to traffic... Read More

How to pay for new council buildings

Tauranga City councillors start their working year next month with the first City Transformation Committee meeting, where they face the task of finding answers to the immediate questions about the civic heart project. “We have got to find the money,”... Read More

Water supply struggling with demand

Tauranga's water consumption is approaching last summer's peak use, with the city's water supply network having to work to keep up with demand. Cloudy water for some customers over the last few days is a result of the system struggling,... Read More

Fraser Street walnut trees to be pruned

Fraser Street will be closed to traffic next week while city council contractors thin the stand of black walnut trees between 17th and 18th Avenues. The section of Fraser Street will be closed from January 16-20, with diversions along Grace Road for... Read More

New offices for regional council

The departure of Inland Revenue from its former Elizabeth Street tower opens the door for the Bay of Plenty Regional Council's refurbishment of the building before moving more staff in next year. The departure of the IRD to new offices in Cameron... Read More

Waterfront construction on show

The Tauranga waterfront construction work is on schedule, with the build of the new pier, pontoon and tidal stairs which form part of the Access to Water project. “At the moment work is focused on finishing the ground foundations and the reinforced... Read More

By-election for Mauao constituency

Nominations for candidates seeking election as a Bay of Plenty Regional Councillor for the Mauao Maori constituency open next Monday. The January 16 date is when a by-election for the constituency is formally publicly notified. The by-election will be... Read More



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