A virtual reality paradox

A virtual reality experience created by world-famous Melbourne street artist Rone will take Paradox: Tauranga Street Art Festival-goers into places they've never been before. The virtual reality installation is part of Paradox Inside and will... Read More

Plea to keep greenwaste green

What do plastic bags, gumboots, corrugated iron and dirty nappies all have in common? They have all turned up in kerbside greenwaste bins in Whakatane recently. Whakatane District Council solid waste manager, Nigel Clarke, says while the vast majority... Read More

Night-time road closures planned

Two night-time road closures in Te Puke are planned for this week.  Jellicoe Street will be closed at the Oxford Street roundabout for four nights this week to allow major road works to be completed.  The site will be closed to general traffic... Read More

Mother of mayor will be missed

The mother of Mayor Greg Brownless has passed away today at the Bob Owens Retirement Village. Margaret Brownless will be fondly remembered by the mayor, particularly for the pride she took in his victory in last year's election. Greg says during... Read More

15th Ave widening proposal

Tauranga City Council is looking at widening 15th Ave from Alexander Street to Burrows Street, in order to alleviate some of the peak hour congestion. Traffic moving out of town is brought to a crawl every day as vehicles moving away from the Fraser... Read More

Ideas to tackle the threat of erosion

Western Bay of Plenty residents are encouraged to have their say on a proposed policy for how the District should tackle the threat of sea level rise and erosion. Western Bay of Plenty District Council's draft Inner Harbour and Coastal Erosion... Read More

Taking $4.8 million to the streets

Durham Street, Wharf Street and Elizabeth Street could be upgraded during the next three years as part of the Heart of the City programme. Councillors will consider the City Transformation Committee's recommendation for expanding the scope of the... Read More

On your bike Tauranga

Light rail is a great idea. But not a realistic one for now. “With the current population base it simply doesn't stack up.” This is Transport Minister Simon Bridges' overview of Tauranga City's transport – its needs,... Read More

New Papamoa surf club on way

A big step taken this week towards building a new clubhouse for the Papamoa Surf Life Saving Club is being welcomed by club chairman Andrew Hitchfield. Tauranga City Council's approval of the club's business case means the only major hurdle... Read More

Ron Spratt wins by-election in landslide

The results are now in and Ron Spratt has been elected as the new member for the Te Puke Community Board. Ron received 1098 votes while his sole opponent, Richard McNair, received a total of 579 votes in the by-election which concluded at midday. A... Read More



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