Card spending up on last quarter

Retail spending using electronic cards rose in the March 2017 quarter across most retail industries, according to figures from Stats NZ. When adjusted for seasonal effects, spending in the retail industries rose 1.7 per cent in the March 2017 quarter,... Read More

Phoenix decision made

The Phoenix carpark plan confirmed by the city council this week means the Mount Maunganui north area will actually get all the additions that the project's detractors have been complaining about, says councillor Leanne Brown.  “People... Read More

WDC purchases Whakatane Holiday Park

The Whakatane District Council has announced it will be taking over the Whakatane Holiday Park on May 5. Negotiations for the holiday park have been ongoing since late 2016, and chief executive Marty Grenfell says bringing the strategic community and... Read More

More horses racing, more people watching

Bigger fields and more people attending Tauranga race meetings is the hoped result of a $24 million boost to the racing industry over the next two years. “What it will do is have and indirect effect, hopefully having more horses race at our meetings,”... Read More

$30M to build orchards on Maori land

Te Tumu Paeroa, in partnership with Quayside Holdings, today announces a $30 million investment programme to build 10 kiwifruit orchards on Maori land in the Bay of Plenty and Gisborne over the next 18 months.  This will be the single largest kiwifruit... Read More

Wild weather causes vegetable shortage

The country's recent battering by cyclones and storms has left more than just flooding damage and felled trees. A number of vegetable crops have been destroyed, causing a nationwide shortage of vegetables, which in some cases has led to price increases. Foodstuffs... Read More

‘Sensory skating’ at Bayfair

In light of Autism Awareness Month, Bayfair Shopping Centre is making sure everyone is catered for these holidays. This week Bayfair Shopping Centre is hosting a faux ice-skating rink, with a special early morning session on Thursday dedicated to those... Read More

Coming to a letterbox near you

Students, scouts, sprinters and rowers are among the many taking to the streets this month, delivering old-fashioned phonebooks. Many of the books may even be delivered by New Zealand's fastest man. Several local groups are taking charge of delivering... Read More

Private parking building plans

A group of Tauranga business people have become so frustrated by the city council's mismanagement of its CBD parking monopoly, they plan to build their own parking building. The council was put on notice earlier this year when commercial real estate... Read More

Radio New Zealand talks Newsie

The regional news may be difficult for media giants NZME and Fairfax to cover, but this morning Radio New Zealand mentioned a special new contender on the news scene. Radio New Zealand interviewed Sun Media's general manager Jay Burston on their... Read More



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