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A yachtie attempting to salvage a wrecked concrete-hulled yacht says he can save ratepayers $12,000 - but the regional council is ignoring his offer. The yacht Checkmate was wrecked on Motuhoura (Whale) Island near Whakatane in August.  The yacht...

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Tauranga City Council is throwing its support behind a comprehensive national report aimed at reducing the social and economic impact of natural hazards in New Zealand. The Insurance Council of New Zealand recently released a 15-point plan regarding these...

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City councillors have approved the next step in establishing Tauranga's first special housing area on land off Waihi Road. The property, at 162 Waihi Road, is a former camping ground and has been vacant for about ten years. The proposal to build...

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Bob Clarkson continues to pin his hopes of fast-tracking the development of his Tauriko land on the back of SmartGrowth, following Tauranga City Council's latest compromise. Council's decision to rapidly rezone land currently in the Western...

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A Bethlehem family believe a proposed housing development on their back doorstep is “environmentally risky” and nothing more than profiteering on new housing legislation. Council last week announced a developer is looking to develop 118 properties...

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A blunt message from Tauranga City Council's SmartGrowth partners may have helped steer the authority back in line when it comes to fast-tracking land decisions. Councillors yesterday voted 7-2 in favour of accelerating development decisions by...

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Ownership of ratepayer's assets, including most of the city's sports halls, is to be handed over to the council-controlled organisation Bay Venues Ltd. The assets include Queen Elizabeth Youth Centre and Memorial Hall, Mt Maunganui Sports...

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The 15th MP tasked with rebuilding the Labour Party after a disastrous 2014 general election will be unveiled this afternoon. At 2pm, Labour Party president Moira Coatesworth will announce the new leader after a four-week nationwide tour of the four candidates. David...

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Debate over rent paid by Marine Reach's vessel Pacific Hope is on hold after councillors discovered there is already a deal in operation that is not mentioned in the staff report. Councillor John Robson called off the debate over whether the ship...

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Maori aspirations for a ward seat on Tauranga City Council have been knocked back for another six years thanks to a unanimous vote against the recommendation from the Tangata Whenua committee. Mayor Stuart Crosby says the current good relations are a...

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