Commercial consents boost figures

Building consents for the Bayfair retail expansion at $6.0m and $6.8m, and two $8 million consents for retail developments at Tauranga Crossing have boosted commercial building consent issued by Tauranga City Council in March to $38.7 million. The amount... Read More

Hopping on the Bayhopper

Yesterday morning I decided to catch a Bayhopper bus from Maunganui Road to The Strand. I used to work in a medical laboratory in Newtown, Wellington, and daily commuted from Silverstream, Upper Hutt by train into the city, then bus out to Newtown, taking... Read More

Elite streets of Tauranga

For years Tauranga was considered a bit sleepy – a place where young Aucklanders came to party once a year, and older ones came to retire to a place in the sun. That's all changed, not because the Aucklanders stopped coming, but because... Read More

A new way to identify stolen items

With the rise of social media, selling stolen goods online has become even easier, with buy/sell/swap pages on Facebook becoming the new black market for thieves looking to offload their ill-gotten merchandise. However, a new local business is hoping... Read More

Calling all Papamoa residents

Do you live or own property in Papamoa? Then the Papamoa Residents and Ratepayers Association wants you. The group – previously the Papamoa Progressive Association – has been around in one form or another for more than a century, and current... Read More

Candidates slam councillor

It's a simple, procedural, postal by-election to fill a vacancy at Tauranga City Council, but three weeks out from the close of voting, there has been a heated exchange of words and ideas. The debate was fueled by sitting council member Steve... Read More

Common scams in the UK

The United Kingdom may be renowned for its welcoming and well-mannered locals, but in reality, travelling through the country isn't all tea and biscuits. Like most places in the world, petty thieves and opportunists pose a real threat. And with... Read More

Sunair flying again, looking for pilots

Tauranga-based Sunair Aviation has won the right to fly again after being grounded for six months. Owner Dan Power said the lengthy time out of the air had cost the airline "millions" and it could be several months more before it could resume full passenger... Read More

Finding Mountie for a dinner

This week, the Phoenix carpark development got under way. First up was the removal of ‘Mountie', the Donald Paterson sculpture of a surfer that stood greeting visitors on the decking of the Mount Mainstreet office. It has been in place for... Read More

Internet safety innovators win top award

Keeping your kids safe online is now as simple as plugging a small device into your modem, thanks to a Tauranga organisation that has just won a major tech award for its efforts.  Safe Surfer developed a new ‘Lifeguard' device which... Read More

Opinion Poll

What facilities do you think Tauranga needs?

A large performing arts centre/conference hub
A 50m swimming pool
An outdoor sports and events stadium
A museum
None of the above
All of the above

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