Review of Rotorua flood under way

Judith Stanway will chair the independent panel that will review what happened and what contributed to flooding in Ngongotaha on April 29 and make recommendations for future mitigations. The other panel members are Te Ururoa Flavell, Rob van Voorthuysen...... Read More

New deputy chair appointed to Bay Venues board

Tauranga City Council has appointed Mike Smith, a highly respected lawyer, former partner and now consultant at Holland Beckett as the new deputy chair of Bay Venues Limited (BVL), a Tauranga City Council Controlled Organisation.   Councillor Max...... Read More

New bylaws adopted in Whakatane

  The rules are changing around dogs, alcohol, beaches, cemeteries, and ports and wharves, in Whakatane with new bylaws being adopted from as early as next month.   Five new Bylaws have been adopted by the Whakatane District Council, for...... Read More

Community concerns help shape BOP roads

Community concerns about the priority given to a number of significant roading projects in the Bay of Plenty are being heard across regional and national levels. The roads at the centre of debate include State Highway 2, between Te Puna and Omokoroa,...... Read More

Public notified on Awatarariki plan changes

Proposed changes have now been publicly notified in regards to the Whakatāne District Council’s District Plan and Bay of Plenty Regional Council’s Regional Natural Resources Plan, which aim to address the unacceptably high debris flow loss-of-life...... Read More

Hikoi against proposed bylaw

Around 50 people marched down Devonport Road and around the CBD this afternoon to protest a proposed bylaw that would ban rough sleeping in the city. Councillors voted 6-2 in favour of the bylaw amendment at a Community and Culture committee meeting...... Read More

Marching to show opposition to begging bylaw

People opposing a proposed bylaw to target begging in Tauranga are planning a community march today. Last week, Tauranga City Council voted 6-2 in favour of the bylaw amendment at a Community and Culture Committee meeting yesterday, despite advice...... Read More

Boat Ramp set for $600k upgrade

An upgrade of the Whakatāne Boat Ramp and Trailer Park has been approved by Whakatane District Council. At its meeting last week, the Council received nine submissions on the upgrade proposal, which was subject to public consultation alongside the...... Read More

Payment delays may affect airport

A delay in Ministry of Transport payments for Whakatane Airport operating losses and approved capital works projects, together with a potential lack of funding for future projects, may impact on airport maintenance and upgrading plans. The Ministry...... Read More

Angie speaks in support of Domestic Violence Bill

Many victims of domestic violence are forced to give up work and go on benefits due to the inflexibility of their employment arrangements, says Angie Warren-Clark. The Bay of Plenty-based Labour list MP was speaking in support of the Domestic Violence...... Read More

Opinion Poll

Should schools be able to fine parents for parking illegally?

Yes, schools should have the right to fine those putting children in danger.
No, it should be left for police to handle.