Dolphins released from purse seiner net

A fishing boat skipper forced to release an estimated 30 tonnes of jack mackerel to save six dolphins caught in his net, is being praised for his actions by Sanford Ltd - and a boatload of recreational fishers who saw the drama unfold. “They tried... Read More

Economic growth a ‘mixed bag’

Gross domestic product rose 0.4 per cent in the December 2016 quarter, following a revised increase of 0.8 per cent in the September 2016 quarter. “Growth in service industries was partly offset by weaker activity in primary industries also flowing... Read More

New social housing model launched

Cabinet ministers were on hand to show government support for its new social housing model at a ceremonial function in Tauranga on Friday. From next month Accessible Properties will take over 1138 social houses and tenancies owned by Housing New Zealand. “This... Read More

First kiwifruit ship sails today

The first shipload of kiwifruit for the 2017 season - 840,000 trays of premium Zespri SunGold Kiwifruit - sails on board the Asian Adonis for Shanghai today. The New Zealand industry is set for another strong season, with continued growth in SunGold... Read More

Prime Minister pays the Bay a visit

Prime Minister Bill English was in Rotorua and Te Puke today, in his first visit to the region since taking the governmental reins from John Key. He was accompanied by Rotorua MP Todd McClay, and together they visited Red Stag Mill, south of the city. Todd... Read More

Conference star next door

The star of the marine industry conference which opens in Tauranga today, is a building site just round the corner from the conference site at the Trinity Wharf Hotel. The Tauranga Marine Precinct, under construction on Mirrielees Road, is the very first... Read More

Growers vote to support kiwifruit levy

Kiwifruit growers have voted strongly in support of their representative organisation, New Zealand Kiwifruit Growers Inc, continuing to work on their behalf. Eight-five per cent of growers took part in the NZKGI Levy Referendum to continue the levy... Read More

Tauranga going Hollywood

A proposal to attract northern hemisphere movie television and internet productions to the Bay of Plenty is being endorsed by the Tauranga City Council. The council Economic Development and Investment Committee is recommending to today's council... Read More

Crayfish survey defies MPI spin

The results of a landmark survey of people who pot and dive for crayfish on the northeast coast, between Pakiri and East Cape, is overturning Ministry for Primary Industries' assurances the fishery is doing well. More than three quarters (78.6... Read More

Making the pitch for a film industry

Using the Bay of Plenty's idle kiwifruit storage spaces in summer is being promoted as a way to overcome a lack of film studio space, that is seeing the country miss out one lucrative overseas film projects, says BOP Film. Auckland and Wellington... Read More



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