New bus network ready to roll

More direct routes, more frequent services and more reliable buses are part of the new Tauranga and Western Bay of Plenty bus network which starts on Monday morning. Bay of Plenty Regional Council Public Transport Committee Chairman Lyall Thurston...... Read More

Mural the first to go in building demolition

The mural that once stood with the storage building on Dive Crescent is no longer. The mural was created back in March 2017, and was dubbed ‘Messenger’, a mural with a strong connection to the location and its history. The demolition...... Read More

Whakatane Mayor announces retirement

Whakatane District Mayor Tony Bonne is retiring from local government. His time as mayor will come to a close at the conclusion of the current triennium, which will be marked by the Council’s annual Over-80’s Christmas Morning Tea. Mayor...... Read More

Commission to assess boundary alteration

The Local Government Commission has agreed to assess an application seeking the alteration of the boundary between Western Bay of Plenty District and Tauranga City. The application seeks to include extend the city boundary to include an area of approximately...... Read More

‘Bigger and better’ wild food challenge

Wild food enthusiasts from across the Bay of Plenty are planning their menus and waiting expectantly for the return of the Local Wild Food Challenge, where challenge entrants present dishes using wild ingredients sourced from land and ocean. The festival...... Read More

All parking free on Saturdays in the city centre

A one-year trial of free parking will begin in the Tauranga central business district, starting Saturday December 15. Tauranga City transformation chair Larry Baldock says this is a decision made with the community in mind, and an opportunity to encourage...... Read More

Storage buildings set to tumble this week

As motorists drive past the Dive Crescent storage buildings, they would have noticed that temporary fencing has gone up around the buildings as preparations for demolition begin. A section of the carpark and the footpath are currently fenced off, with...... Read More

WBOP Council seeks input on bylaw review

Roosters, bees, parking, cemeteries and speed limits will all be up for public discussion this month as Western Bay of Plenty District Council prepares to review some of its bylaws. Council is inviting input from the public before any formal proposals...... Read More

Court strikes halt after bargaining stalemate ends

Nationwide strike action at courts throughout the country has come to a halt Friday afternoon after a bargaining deadlock was broken. Court staff have repeatedly walked off the job, in conjunction with work-to-rule action, amid an ongoing industrial...... Read More

Have your say on ‘Te Papa o Ngā Manu Porotakataka’

Tauranga City Council would is inviting people to give their feedback on the proposed name for the new open space currently developed at the former Phoenix car park site in Mount Maunganui. The proposed name Te Papa o Ngā Manu Porotakataka,...... Read More

Opinion Poll

Do you think free parking in the CBD on Saturdays will bring more business to retailers?

No it’s going to add to the parking problems
Yes and it should be extended throughout the week