Building boom tapers off for Christmas

Building consents issued for both Tauranga and the Western Bay of Plenty district tapered off slightly in December, but the annual growth is continuing. Following on from the record breaking $1 billion in consents issued across the sub-region in 2016,... Read More

Think twice about sharing online

Police are encouraging people to exercise caution when conducting themselves online. Anyone using dating sites and apps needs to be very careful when developing relationships online, says Senior Sergeant Stephen McDaniel. He says it's extremely... Read More

Back to school buying tips

The start of the new school year is an exciting time for both parents and students but it can be a costly one, with parents having to fork out for uniforms, shoes, bags, stationery and school fees. With a bit of forward planning, there are ways to help... Read More

Mount company wins international awards

Mount Maunganui-based premium pet food manufacturer Ziwi has received four prestigious international awards for its unique air dried dog and cat food. American magazine Pet Age recognised two of Ziwi's products in its inaugural Readers' Choice... Read More

Unfairly sacked worker awarded $17k

The former owners of a Bay of Plenty grocery store have been ordered to pay $17,000 dollars to a worker who was unfairly sacked. In a ruling, the Employment Relations Authority says Stacey Sisson's bosses at the Nosh store in Mount Maunganui failed... Read More

Rotorua named as a top destination

Rotorua has been named as one of the top places to see in the prestigious New York Times' 52 Places to Go in 2018 list. The list, described as a “starter kit for seeing the world” features Rotorua at number 45 – the only New Zealand... Read More

Frictions between BVL and Council

Tensions between Bay Venues Ltd and the Tauranga City council staff are thought to be a result of different management structures says a report on the council controlled organisation. Friction between the two organisations is discussed in a consultant's... Read More

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



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