Aspen reserve argument

The redesign and refurbishing of Tauranga CBD's Aspen Reserve survived a last minute attempt to drastically prune it back, when it came before the city council for approval. Sprucing up the reserve was estimated to cost $800,000 - an amount questioned... Read More

Pilot Bay safe for swimming

Pilot Bay is once again safe for swimming, with the follow up water quality tests for Pilot Bay returning bacterial test results within safe levels. The health warning signs which have been at the beach since the weekend, will be removed as soon as possible. A... Read More

Keeping wastewater out of Pilot Bay

Tauranga City Council will be pushing to increase awareness of what should and shouldn't be flushed down toilets, after a wastewater pump blocked with wet wipes caused an overflow to contaminate Pilot Bay. Council staff and contractors arrived... Read More

Mayor hits back at best beach ruling

Whakatane Mayor Tony Bonne has described the New Zealand Herald's approach to finding the best beach in the country as “flawed” and frankly “a bit silly”. His comments refer to an article released by New Zealand Herald which... Read More

Free coding workshops

Two holiday programmes with a difference launch in Te Puke and Katikati later this month, offering free coding programmes to eight to 13-year-olds. Tauranga's Venture Centre is taking digital coding to the two towns on January 24 in Te Puke and... Read More

Pilot Bay still contaminated

UPDATED 3.25PM: Tauranga City Council have backtracked on giving Pilot Bay the all clear after one of the five samples taken at Pilot Bay came back with high levels of bacteria. The rest of the samples came back clear. Warning signs will be put up again... Read More

Council: Brookfield lights fault fixed

A blessing or a curse depending on how you look at it, the ongoing fault with the Brookfield lights this week is being praised by some local residents, who say traffic through the roundabout/traffic lights system is much smoother when the lights are... Read More

By-election date expected next month

No date has been set yet for a by-election following the passing of Councillor Gail McIntosh. Mayor Greg Brownless says they have chosen to hold off setting a by-election date, partly out of respect for the family. “I imagine it will be advertised... Read More

Remembering Gail Helen McIntosh

She was a hard-nosed Tauranga business woman and staunch feminist who took an each way punt on a racehorse to make a political point. The horse was Prince of Penzance, a $100 rank outsider in the 2015 Melbourne Cup. But the late Gail McIntosh, full of... Read More

Free programme aims to get kids reading

All children from age five to 12 are invited to take part in the “Wild about Reading” summer reading programme at the Whakatane District library. The free programme aims to promote books and reading, and runs during the school holiday period. Registration... Read More

Opinion Poll

Should the Christmas/New Year school holidays be moved to February when the weather is typically better in NZ?

Yes, that is when I would take my holidays.
No, you never know when there is going to be bad weather.

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