A review on Ohope pedestrian crossings

The design of potential pedestrian crossing points in Ohope is to be progressed by the Whakatane District Council. Following the presentation of a petition on the need for safe road crossing points in Ohope for people with disabilities, and other submissions... Read More

Heavy traffic bylaw exemptions approved

Whakatane District Council has approved requests for logs harvested from woodlots on Maraetotara Road and Paparoa Road to be carted out through Ohope. In a report to this week's Projects and Services Committee meeting, Transportation Manager Martin... Read More

Celebrating Eastern Bay neighbours

Neighbours Day 2018 in Whakatane looks set to be a ‘fun-fest', with a range of free activities planned at a special event at Allandale School this weekend. Coordinated by Whakatane Ki Mua, Neighbourhood Support and The Events Network Trust,... Read More

New track to honour estuarine beauty

Whakatane District is celebrating the addition of another track, to their impressive spread of walking and cycling assets.   The walkway officially opened last Saturday, marking the completion of a long-held dream to change moods and make the estuarine... Read More

Formal talks on climate change

A forum to discuss the effects of climate change has been held in Tauranga today. The Sustainable Backyards Climate Action Speakers Forum focuses on Climate Change action and looks at ways to achieve net carbon zero by 2050. “We have been fortunate... Read More

Hardening up over Bella Vista dispute

Attitudes are hardening up on both sides of the Bella Vista homes dispute as the council tells home owners they will receive no more support from April 12. The residents of 13 homes on Lakes Boulevard have had accommodation paid for since they were evicted... Read More

Mayoral mentoring embraced by Cale

Cale Borell wants to be a leader one day and he has already started networking his way to the top. The 19-year-old from Pirirakau hapū in Te Puna, has been chosen to work alongside Western Bay Mayor Garry Webber in the Local Government New Zealand 2018... Read More

Thousands support SH2 petition

A petition, supported by nearly 7000 people, protesting the priority given to upgrading State Highway 2 north of Tauranga is being lodged online today. The petition has collected a total of 6852 signatures, and is one of many submissions being made to... Read More

Lakes owners no closer to getting home

The Lakes homeowners evicted from their properties prior to the arrival of Cyclone Hola, may not be allowed back home for some time. At a meeting held at the council offices last night, residents were told that 19 of the 21 buildings could be issued... Read More

WBOPDC seeking submissions on LTP

Western Bay of Plenty District Council adopted their Long Term Plan 2018 – 2028 Draft Consultation Document on Thursday, which is open for public submissions from Friday March 23 until Friday May 4. The Draft Long Term Plan sets the budget and... 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

Bay Today

Amazing sunbow at 9am. Photo: Waltraut Speidel.

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