Housing focus for statistics

Statistics New Zealand is about to look into housing in the country, by inspecting the age stage and characteristics of hundreds of New Zealand homes. In addition, this year's General Social Survey will ask participants in at least 400 homes to... Read More

Tauranga parking move goes to vote

A decision on whether to limit city parking to three hours goes to the vote in council today. It's a hang-over from the December 19 Council meeting, where Councillors resolved to consult the public about introducing maximum three hour time parking... Read More

A growing awareness on social media

A following is steadily growing for two Bay of Plenty Facebook groups devoted to bringing up-to-date traffic and weather information. Bay of Plenty Accidents and Bay of Plenty Weather and Natural Events are the names of two locally administrated groups. Each... Read More

Youth smoking is at an all-time low

Results from the 2016 ASH year 10 survey released this week show that only 2.2 per cent of year 10 students smoke daily. They are the lowest smoking rates recorded since 1999, when 15.2 per cent of students smoked daily. At the same time, the number... Read More

Tauranga Moana mourns loss of kaumatua

Tauranga Moana iwi are mourning the death of well-known Tauranga kaumatua Morehu Ngatoko Rahipere, aged 91 years. Morehu spent decades working for his people during his lifetime and has become widely regarded as an acknowledged leader, an exponent of... Read More

Bay company provides aid relief in Tonga

A Tauranga-based company is the latest to provide aid to badly affected farming communities in Tonga, following the devastating impact of Cyclone Gita. Heilala Vanilla, which is based in Te Puna, partners with vanilla growers throughout Tonga, including... Read More

Turn your trash into fash

After seven months of crocheting together more than 400 plastic bags, you could forgive 13-year-old Hunter Ririnui for never wanting to see another plastic bag again. A passion for design and the environment saw the then Tauranga Intermediate student... Read More

Help at the end of the rainbow

Coming out at 50 is no less terrifying than coming out as a teenager, says a Tauranga woman offering help and advice to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex community. With the support of Toi Ohomai, Kat Clark has established a Rainbow... Read More

Moving day for council staff

Tauranga City Council staff begin their move from the former Trustbank building on Devonport Road to the newish IRD building on Cameron Road on Friday. The move, which will happen over three weeks, will see about 400 people changing offices from one... Read More

A car yard, a grass verge or both?

They're impromptu car yards – pop-up car yards – and they're happening on grass verges at various strategic spots around town. They're the work of private car sellers seeking maximum exposure for their vehicles, with little... Read More

Opinion Poll

Who would you like to see lead the National Party?

Simon Bridges
Judith Collins
Amy Adams
Steven Joyce
Todd Muller

Bay Today

An uncommon butterfly spotted: New Zealand Admiral. A good start to the new year. Photo: Murray Smith.

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