Regional councillor numbers remain the same

The numbers of councillors serving the region at the Regional Council will remain the same for now, according to the latest representation review. The Regional Council reviews its representation arrangements at least every six years. The last review...... Read More

$2000 up for grabs at Cow Dump and Gala

Bethlehem School's annual Cow Dump and Gala, being held this Sunday, is gearing up to be one of the biggest yet, with thousands of dollars’ worth of prizes on offer. In a tradition held at the gala for 14 years, ‘Cameo’ the Jersey...... Read More

Durham St hikoi for leaders

A site blessing by the city’s tangata whenua partners Ngāi Tamarāwaho and Ngāti Tapu took place in Durham Street this morning ahead of work starting next week on the $6.1m street upgrade. A gathering of local stakeholders including hapū representatives,...... Read More

War memorial for Papamoa

When Mick O’Carroll moved into town last year he noticed something was missing. “We don’t have a place for locals to gather and pay their respects to those who gave their lives so that we can live in freedom today,” says Mick. He...... Read More

Horse riders plan to fight ban

Western Bay of Plenty horse riders are banding together to fight a proposed ban on horses on the beach at Tuapiro Point, near Katikati. The Western Bay of Plenty District Council is undertaking a bylaw review which considers no longer allowing horses...... Read More

Base track repair call

Expressions of interest are being called for suppliers wanting to fix the Mauao base track section taken out by a slip in April 2017. Tauranga City Council is looking for a supplier to realign the damaged section of the base track. “We’re...... Read More

Why your text alert wasn’t ‘on time’

A good result overall was the feedback from the Bay of Plenty Civil Defence Emergency Management Group following this morning’s regional alerting system test. The biggest piece of feedback from the public on the group’s Facebook page was...... Read More

Cycle overbridge lifted into place

The new cycle bridge over Takitimu Drive has been lifted into place. The bridge will link Bethlehem and Gate Pa across the Route K toll road. It is part of a National Urban Cycleways Fund project that will link Bethlehem with the Kopurererua walking...... Read More

Diversity key for CCO board appointments

Tauranga City Council has adopted a revised version of its policy that defines the appointment of directors to Council Controlled Organisations. The key changes to the policy will enable Council to increase diversity across its CCO boards; build stronger...... Read More

A resounding ‘no’ to Maori wards

Western Bay of Plenty electors have issued a firm ‘no’ to their council after the overwhelming majority voted against the notion of establishing Maori wards for the Western Bay of Plenty District Council. The final vote was 78 per cent against...... Read More




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