Multicultural Festival returns this weekend

The Tauranga Multicultural Festival is returning to The Historic Village this weekend after it was postponed on advice from both the NZ Police and Tauranga City Council, following the events that unfolded in Christchurch on Friday. Taking to Facebook,...... 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

New World Kawerau closed due to fire

New World Kawerau will not be opening this morning, after a fire broke out in the building in the early hours of the morning. The store has taken to Facebook to say they will be open to trade as soon as they are able to, and will keep customers updated...... Read More

Nurse practitioners help to solve health problems

They can diagnose you, prescribe you medicine, and read your test results - but they're not doctors. Nurse practitioners around New Zealand are working in areas from rural general practice to emergency and trauma, and community mental health. While...... Read More

Exploring behind the farm gate

Townies will get the chance to look beyond the farm gate this month. Bay of Plenty Federated Farmers is organising a Farm Day on March 24 at the McLeod’s property – that’s 1189 Welcome Bay Road for farming newbies. For rural folk,...... Read More

Combatting debt in Tauranga

  Plastic cards, pay-day lenders and truck shops. According to debt expert Diane Bruin, they are the three evils confronting people who “don’t know what they don’t know” about managing money.   A mentor, advisor...... Read More

Glass half full for this artist

It was a subtle change of language - a tweak of her words and the online audience she was targeting. It doubled Tauranga glassmaker Jo Tricker’s income in a year. After swapping ideas with a business mentor, Jo’s glassmaking workshops at...... Read More

Red kiwifruit about to arrive on shelves

A new red kiwifruit being sold in some supermarkets during the next five weeks is the frontrunner in Zespri’s search for a new category of fruit. About 30,000 trays of the Zespri Red variety, grown on New Zealand orchards, will be sold during...... Read More

New employment hub for Eastern Bay

A new employment hub in Whakatāne will help get more rangatahi earning and learning Employment Minister Willie Jackson said today at the opening of the Tū Māia Rangatahi Hub. In August 2018, the Government announced $1.76 million in He Poutama Rangatahi...... Read More

2019 BOP Dairy Industry Award winners announced

The major winners in the 2019 Bay of Plenty Dairy Industry Awards, Matt Barr and Genna Maxwell believe one of the strengths of their business lies in being fourth-generation custodians of a family legacy, with opportunities for diversification. The...... Read More

Relief for hard working people in the Bay

Labour list MP Jan Tinetti is please that people who are working more than one job to make ends meet will no longer have to pay unnecessary secondary tax. “I know this will be good news for a lot of hard working people here in the Bay,”...... 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

Facebook down, NZ cops say not to ring them

Social media sites Facebook and Instagram are down for users around the world, with Facebook confirming it is not because of a cyber-attack. Facebook acknowledged the outage just before 7am NZT, and posted again saying it wasn't because of a denial-of-service...... Read More

Seeka purchases Aongatete Coolstores for $25m

Seeka Limited has announced that is has agreed to purchase kiwifruit orcharding, packing and coolstore business and assets of Aongatete Coolstores Limited in the Bay of Plenty for $25m. Seeka Chief Executive, Michael Franks says the acquisition is...... Read More

Butter prices go into meltdown

Butter prices fell 10 percent in February 2019 to a 19-month low, says Stats NZ. The average price for a 500g block of butter fell to $5.20 in February 2019, down from a record high of $5.79 in January 2019. In January we saw milk prices fall to a...... Read More