BOPRC committee structure confirmed

Bay of Plenty Regional Council's committee structure for the 2016-2019 Triennium has now been confirmed. The committee structure includes five core standing committees, four joint committees and five statutory committees to which councillors are... Read More

Landmark trees felled

Two landmark pine trees in the Mount Maunganui's soper Reserve were felled this week by council contractors Griffin Tree Services for safety reasons. A Tauranga City Council spokesperson explains the trees were felled as a precaution because they... Read More

Reducing dangerous dog risk

Funding has been approved for Opotiki and Rotorua to trial a set of proposals to reduce the risk and harm of dog attacks. There are a number of changes including requiring owners of dogs classified as menacing or dangerous to obtain a ‘high-risk... Read More

Roaming dogs killing sheep in Bellevue

Tauranga City council animal control officers are seeking help from the public in locating dogs that have been killing sheep in Bellevue over recent weeks. There have been three attacks on small mobs of sheep on two properties along Bellevue Road and... Read More

Waihi church’s future unclear

Actions taken to solve an age-old problem in Waihi have the support of Hauraki District Mayor John Tregidga. The 110-year-old St James Presbyterian Church building was sold by Church Trustees on Trade Me last Thursday for $11,100. It has not been used... Read More

December closure for Mauao tracks

The Waikorire and Oruahine tracks on Mauao will be closed for a week in December while the Waikorire track is resurfaced ahead of the busy summer season.   It is scheduled to take five days, from December 5-9, but is weather dependent and may... Read More

Secret workshops abolished

Tauranga City Council's former habit of holding secret workshops and briefings attended only by city councillors and staff has been abolished by the new council. In setting the standing orders for the new council at the first meeting last week,... Read More

Bay’s HoopNation a huge success

The relocation of the HoopNation basketball competition to the Bay of Plenty has been the game changer for the event, with a 42 per cent increase in entries this year. In 2009, HoopNation founders KJ Allen and Paul Berridge set an ambitious goal of establishing... Read More

Omokoroa housing development launched

The ribbon has officially been cut to mark the start of Omokoroa's special housing area. On Friday afternoon a small group of guests launched the joint venture housing project between Western Bay of Plenty District Council and development company... Read More

The anatomy of an intersection

Christchurch started it. And Tauranga finished it. It's about traffic lights and one-upmanship. In the Garden City – Christchurch – they've been saying “kinda overkill”, questioning the need for 19 traffic light poles... Read More

Opinion Poll

What do you think of the forthcoming Wairoa cycle bridge?

Love it! Great addition to the city
Bit of a waste of money
I can take it or leave it
New things scare me

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