Tourists spend almost $2 billion in Bay

The latest Monthly Regional Tourism Estimates released by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) show the tourism spend for Bay of Plenty is estimated to be $1.8 billion for the year to January 2017. It represents a 7 per cent increase... Read More

Deadline for food safety law nears

The deadline for some businesses to register under the new Food Act is approaching. Food businesses, including restaurants and cafes with an alcohol licence, need to apply by March 31. Over 5000 food businesses across the country are already registered... Read More

Billions lost to trade barriers

Trade barriers are costing New Zealand billions of dollars annually, according to a report commissioned by the Dairy Companies Association of New Zealand. The report highlights the strong economic contribution made by the dairy sector, even though prices... Read More

Trouble with the phone account

One Tauranga's man trouble with the phone company is a timely reminder to make sure the name on your phone account is up to date. The problem started for Mike Harman when he rang up Vodafone to try and sort out a problem with his mother's... Read More

Making Tauranga a priority

He's moved back to his hometown and got behind the wheel of one the region's most important machines helping to drive the Bay of Plenty economy. Nigel Tutt took over the top job at Priority One – as their new chief executive –... Read More

Bonus rebate for EastPack growers

EastPack Limited growers are to receive a 35 per cent bonus rebate of 7 cents per tray, increasing the total rebate to 27 cents per tray. This means growers will share in more than $9.8 million worth of rebates for the 2016 season. Investor shareholders... Read More

Public inquiry into media launched

A public inquiry has been launched into the state of public broadcasting and media in New Zealand. Six panelists involved in the industry will travel the country, including to Tauranga, to hold public workshops on the matter. The crowdfunded inquiry... Read More

Time to share success stories

With exporting a hot topic, it's time for those in the industry to share their success stories with the rest of New Zealand. Entries are now open to the Air New Zealand Cargo ExportNZ Awards 2017, with judges are wanting to hear how exporters have... Read More

$4M approved for new i-Site

Tourism Bay of Plenty chief executive Kristin Dunne is welcoming the city council's approval of $4 million for a new i-Site in Mount Maunganui's Coronation Park. The council has approved the ‘medium option', $4,026,000 for a visitor... Read More

Bay housing market ‘mixed’

Median house prices across the Bay of Plenty were a bit of a mixed bag during January, according to new Real Estate Institute of New Zealand figures. In Tauranga the median house price was $540,000 last month, down 10.5 per cent ($60,000) when compared... Read More



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