Cruise ship road closures

Between November 2016 and February 2017 there will be a number of particularly large cruise ships visiting Tauranga, with passenger numbers ranging from approximately 3,000 to 10,000 people. To reduce congestion and enable passengers to safely disembark,... Read More

Why no sirens?

Last night's tsunami alert highlighted the uncertainty people feel about knowing a tsunami is on the way. A lot of people are asking why Tauranga has no sirens. It's a fair question for a serious topic. We have tried to offer some context... Read More

Orange Day Parade Tauranga

700 students from 29 schools in the Tauranga and Western Bay of Plenty area will be parading through Tauranga's city centre to raise awareness of road safety around schools. The Orange Day Parade celebrates the important contribution students have... Read More

Mount Maunganui Library refurbishment completed

After nearly 12 months, the fences around the Mount Maunganui Library have come down, as work in and around the building has been completed. Initially, the grounds outside the library were fenced off following the discovery of asbestos in the soil in... Read More

5 November 2016 is World Tsunami Day

Emergency Management Bay of Plenty will be testing their alert systems at 12pm on Saturday. There are no fixed tsunami sirens in the Tauranga or Western Bay area. This is because the tsunami we are most concerned about would take 50-60 minutes to arrive... Read More

First Frequency NYE line-up announced

The first line-up for Frequency NYE, Tauranga's New Year's Eve event for under 18s has been announced. Singer-songwriter Donell Lewis, Ministry of Sound DJ Mikael Wills and Kiwi music duo Times x Two will be providing the soundtrack to the... Read More

Tauranga City Council inaugural meeting

Members of the public are welcome to attend the inaugural meeting of the Tauranga City Council. The inaugural council meeting and swearing in ceremony will be held on Monday 31 October, commencing at 1pm. The venue for the meeting is the Council Chambers,... Read More

Two Mauao summit tracks to temporarily close

The Waikorire and Oruahine tracks on Mauao will be closed during the second week of November while the Waikorire track is resurfaced ahead of the busy summer season. With approximately 1,000,000 people walking Mauao each year, this work is critical to... Read More

Year in review

Our Annual Report Summary is now available. Take a look at the year just gone by – the big projects we advanced or delivered, and the highlights of our financial results for 2015/16. Annual Report Summary 2015/16 (2mb pdf)  An overview Our... Read More

Water back on for Mount and Papamoa

  Final repairs to the broken water main have been successful. The pipeline came back online at 12.50 pm and has remained stable. It will take another day for the water supply system to recover back to normal operational levels. Reservoir levels... Read More

Opinion Poll

What did you do when quake hit the Kaikoura area early last Monday morning and a tsunami warning was sent out?

Heeded the warning and quickly made our way to higher ground.
Didn't receive a tsunami warning at all.
Received a tsunami warning from Civil Defence but was too late - when we woke that morning.
Ignored the warning.

Bay Today

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