Prime Minister pays the Bay a visit

Prime Minister Bill English was in Rotorua and Te Puke today, in his first visit to the region since taking the governmental reins from John Key. He was accompanied by Rotorua MP Todd McClay, and together they visited Red Stag Mill, south of the city. Todd... Read More

Conference star next door

The star of the marine industry conference which opens in Tauranga today, is a building site just round the corner from the conference site at the Trinity Wharf Hotel. The Tauranga Marine Precinct, under construction on Mirrielees Road, is the very first... Read More

Growers vote to support kiwifruit levy

Kiwifruit growers have voted strongly in support of their representative organisation, New Zealand Kiwifruit Growers Inc, continuing to work on their behalf. Eight-five per cent of growers took part in the NZKGI Levy Referendum to continue the levy... Read More

Tauranga going Hollywood

A proposal to attract northern hemisphere movie television and internet productions to the Bay of Plenty is being endorsed by the Tauranga City Council. The council Economic Development and Investment Committee is recommending to today's council... Read More

Crayfish survey defies MPI spin

The results of a landmark survey of people who pot and dive for crayfish on the northeast coast, between Pakiri and East Cape, is overturning Ministry for Primary Industries' assurances the fishery is doing well. More than three quarters (78.6... Read More

Making the pitch for a film industry

Using the Bay of Plenty's idle kiwifruit storage spaces in summer is being promoted as a way to overcome a lack of film studio space, that is seeing the country miss out one lucrative overseas film projects, says BOP Film. Auckland and Wellington... Read More

Creative BOP appoints new staff

Creative Bay of Plenty has appointed two new staff members as part of the substantial restructure the organisation is currently undergoing. Mount Maunganui local Rachel Beange will take up the Administration and Marketing manager from April 1, while... Read More

Easter trading decision for Opotiki

Opotiki District Council has resolved to adopt a Local Easter Sunday Shop Trading Policy, allowing businesses in all parts of the district to trade on Easter Sunday if they choose to do so. Recent changes to the Shop Trading Hours Amendment Act 2016... Read More

Private jet on business

An unusual visitor arrived at Tauranga airport Thursday afternoon, a Bombardier Global Express on private charter. The Melbourne based aircraft has been in the South Island and arrived in Tauranga from Wellington, on what is believed to be a business... Read More

Harvesting 12,000 hectares of kiwifruit

There is increasing activity in New Zealand's kiwifruit orchards this month as the picking and packing of kiwifruit gets underway. Over 2500 growers will be harvesting some 12,000 hectares of kiwifruit, which will be marketed to over 50 countries. Small... Read More



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