Tauranga hosts NZ film conference

The base of Mauao has been a busy hub of film professionals this week, as the Regional Film Offices of NZ – RFONZ – met for their annual two-day conference. “I think it’s a real testament to BOP Film and the work that’s...... Read More

A different view of Coronation Park

Imagine a transport hub, information centre and accommodation provider all in one location in downtown Mount Maunganui. That’s the vision local architect Mark Wassung has for Salisbury Avenue along the edge of Coronation Park. He’s seen the...... Read More

The America’s Cup is coming home

  Hundreds, if not thousands, of people crawled out of the warmth of their beds to show their support for Tauranga’s own Peter Burling, as he headed into the final race of the 35th America’s Cup. A big screen along The Strand saw crowds...... Read More

Gold and silver for dragon boat crew

The Bay of Plenty dragon boat club are among the local winners of the recently-concluded World Masters Games. Their two teams – an over 50s women’s crew and an over 60s mixed crew – paddled against competitors from all over the world...... Read More

Ron Spratt wins by-election in landslide

The results are now in and Ron Spratt has been elected as the new member for the Te Puke Community Board. Ron received 1098 votes while his sole opponent, Richard McNair, received a total of 579 votes in the by-election which concluded at midday. A...... Read More

Six candidates for Mauao by-election

Six people have been nominated for Te Awanui Black’s former Mauao Maori Constituency seat on the Bay of Plenty Regional Council. The nominees are Carlton Bidois, Antoine Coffin, Matire Duncan, Paora Paul Martin, Matemoana McDonald and Christopher...... Read More

WBOP to change how it does things

Using Katikati’s new library as an example, Western Bay of Plenty District Council mayor-elect Garry Webber says the council is going to change how it does things. “I don’t think there’s much wrong with what Western Bay has been...... Read More

Young gun bows out

Tauranga’s youngest councillor is stepping down after an unsuccessful re-election campaign. Matt Cowley was elected to his first term in 2013 at the tender age of 30 – the youngest councillor since outgoing mayor Stuart Crosby was elected...... Read More

Two issues on new mayor’s mind

Tauranga’s Mayor elect Greg Brownless says he has a bit of catching up to do before he’s sworn in at the end of the month. There’s two immediate issues, the previous council’s decision to pull the New Year’s Eve celebrations...... Read More

Robson returns salary

Although he was unsuccessful in both his mayoral bid and re-election campaign for council, John Robson isn’t bitter. When he was elected in 2013 he promised to pay back a percentage of his salary if voters rejected him in 2016. John Robson is making...... Read More




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