Tourism growth for the benefit of all

Kirsten DunnTourism Bay of Plenty Imagine a Tauranga bursting with things to see and do, all-year-round visitors supporting local businesses, ample accommodation and an additional 4000 jobs. These are all aspirations for which we'll be able... Read More

Safari the eye can see

Bridget NicholisAcacia Safari Tours Hi, I'm Bridget Nicholls and I love travelling. I have been travelling for more than half of my 46  years. I know my way around planes, buses, vans and even tuk tuks. I want to share these experiences... Read More

Danger, danger Will Robinson!

Brian RogersRogers Rabbits As I've always said, you can never trust a robot. There are hundreds of well-researched documentaries, often rudely denounced as science fiction films, that prove beyond doubt that the robots... Read More

Council needs more money – are you kidding?

Straight from city councilA personal view,by Councillor Steve Morris Last week, council unveiled its $5 billion draft 10-year budget. Shockingly, Council requires 40 per cent more rates over the next three years. That doesn't mean a 40 per... Read More

Celebrating around the TV

Simon BridgesNational Party Leader Watching the Commonwealth Games is something our family always looks forward to. I have great memories, as a youngster, of the Bridges clan crowding around the TV, cheering on our heroes. It's... Read More

Prioritising projects for our city

Clayton MitchellNew Zealand First MP Tauranga is the fastest growing city in the country and has been for some time, with a growth rate of about 6.6 per cent and a population of over 137,000. Although it is a city by population and growth, Tauranga... Read More

"Great News for Tauranga Residents"

Jan TinettiLabour MP There's great news for any of you living in retirement villages here in Tauranga after the Rates Rebate (Retirement Village Residents) Amendment Bill was recently passed in parliament. With a large aging population, this... Read More

Cricket season's swan-sung

Sideline SidSports correspondent & historian Parking is likely to be at an absolute premium around the Blake Park precincts on Saturday, when summer and winter sports meet together, at the expansive Mount Maunganui sporting venue.  Cricket... Read More

Changes in secondary school events calendar

Active Voicewith Julie AdamsonRegional Secondary School Director Over the years, secondary school events in the region have been focussed on more traditional types of sports – including athletics, cross-country volleyball and basketball –... Read More

Global Temperatures 1996 - February 2018

Weather Eyewith John Maunder Global temperatures are compiled for various areas including global (land-ocean), global (meteorological stations), three latitude bands, and hemispheric, by the Goddard Institute for Space Studies of NASA. The graph... Read More

'Inappropriate nose jobs'

Rosalie CrawfordRosalie's Writings   I heard this week that people are having inappropriate nose jobs due to their noses appearing 30 per cent larger in selfies than they really are.  I thought about this and took a selfie myself, just... Read More

Osteoarthritis talk (Part 2)

John ArtsAbundant Living Last week we saw that damage to specialised cartilage cells called chondrocytes was the first step in the development of osteoarthritis (OA). Research suggests that chondrocytes can be damaged by physical... Read More

Yes, State Highway 2 will be upgraded

Angie Warren-ClarkLabour MP Last Wednesday I headed along to the regular Omokoroa Future Focus community meeting to hear people's concerns and to speak about State Highway 2.After listening to people's concerns both during and after... Read More

State Highway 2 in need of urgent upgrading

Todd TalksBy Todd Muller Anyone who has ever driven  on State Highway 2 from Tauranga to Katikati will surely agree that the road is in urgent need of an upgrade. Statistics show it is New Zealand's deadliest stretch of highway, yet... Read More

Let's not fluoride the water

Clayton MitchellNew Zealand First MP Like many of you, I am a concerned parent who wishes only the best for my children and their health. And like many parents, I am sure I can comfortably say I care more about their health than my own. Water fluoridation... Read More

Objects in the mirror may appear larger

Straight from city councilA personal view,by Councillor Steve Morris At the transport committee this week, members expressed their frustrations about why there seems to be more talk than roadbuilding. Of course, talk is cheap but roads are expensive!... Read More

Goodbye cricket, hello rugby

Sideline SidSports correspondent & historian The business end of the local club cricket season signals that club rugby is about to emerge from its summer hiatus. A quick look at the Bay of Plenty Rugby website, reveals that the... Read More

How does a Long Term Plan affect community sport?

Active Voicewith Zane JensenSport BOP Regional Facilities Advisor The Long-Term Plan (LTP) is a document that every council produces to set the direction, budgets and plans for the next 10 years. Every three years councils review their LTPs, to... Read More

Opinion Poll

What are your thoughts on the council’s proposal to increase rates 40 per cent over the next three years?

Good, it will help pay to revitilise the city
Not good, rates are high enough now
I’m ok with an increase, but maybe not such a big one

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