Whitianga Tsunami Open Day this Saturday

The Thames-Coromandel District Council is inviting the Whitianga community to Tsunami Open Day this long weekend. The open day is a chance for the community to learn more about what council understands to be the tsunami threat to Whitianga and takes... Read More

Fed up with freedom campers

Tauranga City Council has received several complaints recently from residents over freedom campers flouting the rules. Among the sites popular with freedom campers is Nikau Crescent in Mount Maunganui, which has been subjected to litter by careless overnighters. Last... Read More

Mount rabbit population booming

Mount locals may have noticed an increase in rabbits popping up in the suburbs lately. Mount Maunganui resident Rosalie Liddle Crawford says they're all along Maunganui Road and Totara Street at the moment, as well as Mauao itself. She jokes “you... Read More

Snapping up some great prizes

The prize of a return trip to London, Paris, New York or Rome has enticed hundreds of budding and professional photographers to enter the Bay's inaugural large scale photographic exhibition. Competition entries for the TrustPower Photographic Exhibition... Read More

New water treatment plant up and running

All systems are go at Waihi's new UV peroxide water treatment system, although residents may not notice the difference at first. Hauraki District Council engineering services manager Adrian de Laborde says the Waihi reservoir contains roughly three... Read More

Chinese TV show filming in Tauranga

Popular Chinese television show ‘Nine Buddies' is spending a day filming in Tauranga. The reality series showcases one Chinese child with nine buddies, aged nine to 12, experiencing new destinations in China. So far 20 locations in China... Read More

Whitianga fire ‘hot, fast and intense’

Fire crews at the Comers Road bush fire south of Whitianga are damping down the many remaining hot spots but have the fire well contained. Police and fire investigators are heading to the scene of the fire between Coroglen and Kaimarama today to determine... Read More

Tsunami escape directions delivered

Maps showing which way to run in the event of a tsunami will be delivered to households along the Mount Maunganui/Papamoa coast next week. The updated maps are a prompt for residents to get to know where their nearest safe location or zone is and the... Read More

Mauao recovering from 2016 fire

It was 12am on January 14, 2016, when people were being woken from their slumber to news of a fire on Mauao – 12 months later and the mountain is recovering well. Arson was labelled the cause of the fire which burnt between 800-900sqm on the northeast... Read More

A city of two councils

Tauranga ratepayers face the prospect of forever paying for two separate council buildings in the same city, unless some way is found to get the two talking. Tauranga City Councillor Larry Baldock is currently preparing for the first city transformation... Read More



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