Bella Vista residents left in limbo

The owners of 21 properties at a Tauranga development who will not be able to return to their homes because they have been deemed too dangerous to live in, say someone needs to take responsibility for the debacle. The developers of the Bella Vista Homes... Read More

Cloudy water nothing to worry about

Have you noticed your water's been looking a little cloudy lately? Tauranga City Council says it's nothing to worry about. “It's just bubbles caused by trapped air, which sometimes happens after we repair water mains,”... Read More

Bella Vista Homes ‘cannot be reoccupied’

Tauranga City Council has announced all of the properties in the former Bella Vista Homes development – a small part of The Lakes neighbourhood – have been deemed ‘dangerous and affected', or ‘affected', and cannot... Read More

Young people push for museum

If you've ever seen the colossal squid at Te Papa Museum in Wellington, you'll know it's not something you forget in a hurry, says Mount Maunganui College student Sam Taylor. Museums have an important impact on young people and society... Read More

NZ first tsunami high ground in Tauranga

Tauranga City Council has made history with the official opening of the first purpose-built tsunami high ground in Australasia by the Minister of Civil Defence, Kris Faafoi. “This tsunami high ground is the culmination of years of ground breaking... Read More

Chamber opposed to TCC rates proposal

The Tauranga Chamber of Commerce has slammed Tauranga City Council over its proposed changes to the rating system, accusing the council of potentially breaching its own policies. Chamber CEO Stan Gregec says a one-month window for the community to express... Read More

Fifteen year consent for events

An application for a 15-year resource consent allowing events and festivals to continue to be held on Williamson Park Whangamata will be presented to the Whangamata Community Board next week for approval. Under the new District Plan rules, events in... Read More

Bella Vista Homes director speaks out

One minute's drive from a fenced-off construction site filled with empty homes, the developer responsible sits in a million dollar mansion with his back to hilltop views. The luxury property is a far cry from the cramped Chinese... Read More

Tairua residents urged to conserve water

Thames-Coromandel District Council is urging all Tairua residents to start conserving water immediately. The combination of a power cut this week, followed by heavy rain, has left the Tairua water supply reservoir down to 21 per cent of capacity.  If... Read More

Auction of Battle of Gate Pa Exhibition

An exhibition that told the stories of the creation of Tauranga city from a time of conflict and battle is to be auctioned off. The Battle of Gate Pa Exhibition will be auctioned off at The Cargo Shed at 10am on April 22 with viewing on April 21. Terry... Read More



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