Councils hold books of condolence

Books of condolence have been made available at Western Bay of Plenty District Council offices and libraries in Katikati, Tauranga and Te Puke following the Christchurch terror attacks last Friday. Mayor Garry Webber says the books provide another...... Read More

Council scraps pool registration fee

Tauranga City Council has announced they have scrapped a proposed pool registration fee. The $134.20 fee would have applied to the owners of more than 2600 pools across the city. Elected Members yesterday voted to scrap the fee. A council spokesperson...... Read More

Rates increase of 3.9 percent in draft annual plan

Tauranga city residents could see a 3.9 percent increase to their rates, if the draft Annual Plan goes ahead. Tauranga City Council will consult with the public for a month about aspects of the draft Annual Plan 2019/20. Council voted on Tuesday...... Read More

Debate over Welcome Bay supermarket site

Plans are in place for a supermarket in the Welcome Bay area, but a debate has been sparked within council members as to where it would be located. Tauranga Mayor Greg Brownless says he supports the idea of having a supermarket in the area, but disagrees...... Read More

Have your say - climate change, rescue & transport

Climate change, passenger transport and rescue services funding are on Regional Council’s radar. Bay of Plenty residents will be asked to provide their feedback on four key questions later this month when the Bay of Plenty Regional Council goes...... Read More

Te Puke holding vigil for Christchurch tonight

Te Puke will be holding a community vigil at 6.30pm this evening, Sunday March 17, at Jubilee Park, to show support for the people of Christchurch after Friday’s deadly terrorist attack. The public are encouraged to bring blankets or chairs,...... Read More

Hundreds gather on Mount beach to mourn loss

Hundreds of people gathered around dusk at Mount Main beach on Saturday night to show support for the people of Christchurch after Friday’s terrorist attack. The candlelight vigil began about half an hour before the sun set, with people from...... Read More

Tauranga street lights to be upgraded

Tauranga City Council has started converting street lights across the city to LED lighting. Over the next 12 months, approximately 7,000 street lights in residential areas will be replaced. Work has commenced in Matua and will be rolled-out over the...... Read More

Tauranga to fly New Zealand flag at half-mast

The city’s New Zealand flag will be flown at half-mast as a mark of mourning and respect for the victims of Deans Avenue Mosque and Linwood Avenue Mosque terror attacks. “Friday, March 15 is a day that New Zealanders will never forget,”...... Read More

Bridges suggests returning GST to councils

  National Party leader Simon Bridges has hinted at a major policy change that would put tens of millions of dollars back into the hands of councils.   He suggests giving the GST collected from “genuinely new” housing developments,...... Read More

Plug may be pulled on pool charge

  According to the city’s private swimming pool owners, it’s an “unadulterated revenue grab”.   The authorities, on the other hand, cite compliance and safety. Either way, it sent a swathe of Tauranga pool owners...... Read More

Calls for Tauriko boundary alteration alternatives

The Local Government Commission is calling for alternative applications to one received from the Western Bay of Plenty District Council, seeking the alteration of the boundary between Western Bay of Plenty District and Tauranga City. This follows the...... Read More

Lack of funding causing housing to be stalled

Tauranga's mayor is frustrated housing projects are on hold because the city can't get access to government funding. This week the council resolved to not award any new contracts for roading projects unless the Transport Agency had confirmed...... Read More

No new transport contracts for Tauranga

Tauranga City Council has instructed its chief executive to cease awarding any new contracts for transportation upgrade and safety projects, unless there is confirmed partnership funding from the NZ Transport Agency at the expected funding assistance...... Read More

Waihi councillors aim to stop period poverty

Period poverty will hopefully be a thing of the past in the Hauraki district. Waihi Ward Councillor Anne Marie Spicer says when she heard about the plan to end period poverty, she had to get behind the idea. “I heard about this great thing some...... Read More