New initiative for White Island

Businesses are getting behind Whakatane District Council's project to strengthen the district's link with White Island. The ‘Gateway to White Island/Whakaari' project is part of an economic strategy to encourage visitors to stay... Read More

Bay housing crisis looms

Buying or renting a home in the Western Bay of Plenty is going to become harder, unless a range of actions are taken now, according to a new Housing Demand and Need research report released today by the SmartGrowth Partnership. The report's key... Read More

Whakatane green lights Easter trading

Whakatane District Council has voted to adopt an Easter Sunday Shop Trading Policy, which will allow retailers to open on Easter Sunday if they wish to do so. The decision comes as a result of a 5-4 vote by council elected members last week. The move... Read More

Council denies airport tax dodge

The use of Tauranga Airport as a tax loss by Tauranga city Council is being questioned by the auditor Clarence Susan in his Management report on the audit of TCC for the year ended June 30, 2017. Made public at the Audit, Finance Risk and Monitoring... Read More

Bay Venues performing well

An independent review of Bay Venues Limited finds the Council Controlled Organisation performing well since its establishment in 2013, delivering strategically towards a higher standard of living for all. Tauranga City Council has adopted the Bay Venues... Read More

Beachaven visitor numbers to increase

Beachaven is set to become one of the nation's most ideal summer spots after being added as one of five new destinations to New Zealand's largest holiday park chain. TOP 10 Holiday Parks Group now has 50 parks around the country after recently... Read More

Day Saver makes a splash

As summer gets into full swing, Bayhopper bus users are set to get some relief from the heat. Bay of Plenty Regional Council is offering free entry to the Baywave TECT Aquatic and Leisure Centre or Mount Hot Pools with every Bayhopper Day Saver pass... Read More

New chief for kiwifruit organisation

Kiwifruit Vine Health has announced that Stu Hutchings has been appointed as the biosecurity organisation's new chief executive. KVH board chairman Adrian Gault says Stu joins the team well qualified with a wealth of experience and knowledge in... Read More

Temporary satellite i-SITE open in Mount

Tourism Bay of Plenty has launched a satellite i-SITE in Mount Maunganui to help direct the flow of visitors over the summer period. The satellite i-SITE is prominently located in central Mount Maunganui, and is predicted to draw in a lot of foot traffic... Read More

A warning to Boxing Day shoppers

The Commerce Commission is warning shoppers about the perils of today's Boxing Day sales. Cut price deals on Boxing Day need to be genuine and not just be made to look cheap, based on unfair comparisons. Commerce Commission commissioner Anna Rawlings... Read More

Opinion Poll

Should the Christmas/New Year school holidays be moved to February when the weather is typically better in NZ?

Yes, that is when I would take my holidays.
No, you never know when there is going to be bad weather.

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