Easter Sunday trading, yes or no?

Tauranga City Council is going to formal public consultation over Easter Sunday trading, after receiving an early survey result showing 49 per cent of nearly 6000 people contacted for the poll are in favour. If the public consultation supports the change,... Read More

Positives for emergency response review

An independent review of the Whakatane District Council's response to the April flooding and storm emergency has highlighted “many positives”, as well as improvement areas for local, regional and national emergency management organisations... Read More

Whakatane Council wins best website

Whakatane District Council has won Supreme Website Award for the third year running at ALGIM's 2017 Spring Web and Digital and Customer Experience Conference. The ALGIM Supreme Website Award, sponsored by ReadSpeaker, is based on a web audit carried... Read More

Matakana Island to remain a taonga

The Western Bay of Plenty District Council is pleased with the outcome of the recent Environment Court decision confirming the forested part of Matakana Island as ‘extremely important' from a landscape perspective, and should be protected... Read More

Carless challenge for Tauranga council

Tauranga City councillor Terry Molloy received an unexpected answer when he asked Jo Wills how the city council could encourage people to use public transport instead of their cars. “It's not an answer you are going to like, but limit the... Read More

Second sewerage consent breached

Tauranga City Council is breaching the second of its Te Maunga Wastewater Treatment Plant consents, this time with the ultra violet plant which is supposed to kill remnant microbes in treated wastewater. The first consent breach at Te Maunga was made... Read More

Mayor looking to commission new artwork

Western Bay of Plenty District Mayor Garry Webber is looking for a local artist to help decorate the mayoral office. He's putting up $1500 of his own money to commission a new painting, which will hang in his office for the duration of his mayoralty. “I... Read More

A better welcome for new migrants

Tauranga and the wider Western Bay of Plenty is one of five pilot areas selected for the Welcoming Communitiesprogramme, alongside Southland, Whanganui, Palmerston North and Canterbury. The Welcoming Communities New Zealand Pilot Programme supports communities... Read More

New voting system for local elections

Tauranga City Councillors have opted for a new voting system for at least the next two local elections. The plan is to replace our current system of voting, First Past the Post, with Single Transferable Voting. With STV, voters rank candidates in order... Read More

Council gets the message from feedback

The pace of change, building communities, protecting our environment and getting around are the key themes emerging from community conversations on the Long Term Plan 2018-2028 held by the Western Bay of Plenty District Council earlier this year. The... Read More

Opinion Poll

Should Tauranga businesses be allowed to trade on Easter Sunday?


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The Sun going down over the water @ Sulphur Point. Photo: Casey Fredericks.

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