Storm related claims increasing

New Zealand is now ranked as a high hazard for floods and cyclones by the World Bank funded Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery. This announcement comes on the back of a dramatic rise in the cost of storm related insurance claims over... Read More

Review of community halls ownership

Ownership of ratepayers assets now managed by Bay Venues Ltd is to be re-examined, according to a report on Bay Venues Ltd. The consultant's report, adopted by the Tauranga City Council in December, recommends the council undertake a full review... Read More

Average house value nears $700,000 mark

Average house prices in Tauranga are approaching the $700,000 mark, according to the latest QV House Price Index statistics. Tauranga home values increased 3.2 per cent year on year or $21,528 from an average value of $672,197 in December 2016 to $693,725... Read More

Air NZ warns of free flight scam

Air New Zealand is warning the public not to respond to an online scam which claims to be giving out free flights. A website, bearing the airline's logo, is being shared online, asking people to fill out a survey in exchange for two free tickets. "Congratulations!... Read More

Paywave a donation for surf life saving

A new ‘tap to donate' donation system being rolled out at one of New Zealand's biggest fast food brands is about to benefit Surf Life Saving New Zealand.  New ‘tap to donate' units are being rolled out in 40 KFC stores... Read More

New initiative for White Island

Businesses are getting behind Whakatane District Council's project to strengthen the district's link with White Island. The ‘Gateway to White Island/Whakaari' project is part of an economic strategy to encourage visitors to stay... Read More

Bay housing crisis looms

Buying or renting a home in the Western Bay of Plenty is going to become harder, unless a range of actions are taken now, according to a new Housing Demand and Need research report released today by the SmartGrowth Partnership. The report's key... Read More

Whakatane green lights Easter trading

Whakatane District Council has voted to adopt an Easter Sunday Shop Trading Policy, which will allow retailers to open on Easter Sunday if they wish to do so. The decision comes as a result of a 5-4 vote by council elected members last week. The move... Read More

Council denies airport tax dodge

The use of Tauranga Airport as a tax loss by Tauranga city Council is being questioned by the auditor Clarence Susan in his Management report on the audit of TCC for the year ended June 30, 2017. Made public at the Audit, Finance Risk and Monitoring... Read More

Bay Venues performing well

An independent review of Bay Venues Limited finds the Council Controlled Organisation performing well since its establishment in 2013, delivering strategically towards a higher standard of living for all. Tauranga City Council has adopted the Bay Venues... Read More



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