Zespri wins twice at Innovation Awards

The success of Zespri's SunGold Kiwifruit continues after winning two awards at the New Zealand Innovation Awards. Zespri won the Sustained Innovation Excellence and Export Innovator of the Year at the awards which were held in Auckland on Thursday... Read More

Te Puke – a town divided

One lane or two lanes? It's an issue that's divided Te Puke cleaner than the tree-dotted island that runs down the middle of the town's main street. And two locals – one an incumbent councillor and the other an ousted councillor... Read More

Trustpower split approved

Court orders approving Trustpower's proposal to split its Australian solar and wind farms from the company's hydro gas and broadband were granted this week. Trustpower chief executive Vince Hawksworth says the two new companies will appeal... Read More

Mount business wins tourism accolade

Mount Maunganui's Pacific Coast Lodge & Backpackers have taken out the Tourism & Hospitality Award 2016 at the Westpac Tauranga Business Awards. It's the latest in a long list of accolades presented to the Mount business by industry organisations... Read More

Innovative Bay businesses up for awards

Four Bay of Plenty companies have been nominated a massive 13 times across nine award categories in this year's New Zealand Innovation Awards. The recently announced finalists include Zespri, Robotics Plus, Heilala Vanila and Bluelab Corporation. Leading... Read More

Prices up in Eastern Bay

Many Eastern Bay of Plenty locals who sold their rural homes in September would have been left smiling all the way to the bank. New REINZ Residential Property Data shows last month's median house price for rural Eastern Bay was $364,000 –... Read More

Missing $100 note wanted

The southwester ripped the Rutherfords straight out of her hand, along with the power bill they were intended to pay. Three $100 notes let loose on the westerly wind. Linley says it was her fast running skills that saved two of them. Along with the bill. “I... Read More

Papamoa power cut

Powerco is still investigating the cause of the power cut on Sunday night that stopped power to about 1000 properties in Papamoa. It was a fault on Powerco's network says Powerco Network Operations Manager Phil Marsh. Power was cut at 8.30pm. Supply... Read More

Cheap as chicken

It's official – chooks are cheap. Chicken prices have dropped to their lowest level in almost a decade. Chicken breasts fell to $13.52 per kilo this September, after peaking at $16.60/kg in late 2014. Statistics New Zealand says last month's... Read More

$1.8B Government surplus

Finance Minister Bill English has presented the Crown accounts for the year to June, showing a surplus of $1.8 billion in 2015/16, up from $414 million in 2014/15. The Crown accounts show core Crown expenses are under 30 per cent of GDP for the first... Read More

Opinion Poll

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