Secret workshops abolished

Tauranga City Council's former habit of holding secret workshops and briefings attended only by city councillors and staff has been abolished by the new council. In setting the standing orders for the new council at the first meeting last week,... Read More

Bay’s HoopNation a huge success

The relocation of the HoopNation basketball competition to the Bay of Plenty has been the game changer for the event, with a 42 per cent increase in entries this year. In 2009, HoopNation founders KJ Allen and Paul Berridge set an ambitious goal of establishing... Read More

Omokoroa housing development launched

The ribbon has officially been cut to mark the start of Omokoroa's special housing area. On Friday afternoon a small group of guests launched the joint venture housing project between Western Bay of Plenty District Council and development company... Read More

The anatomy of an intersection

Christchurch started it. And Tauranga finished it. It's about traffic lights and one-upmanship. In the Garden City – Christchurch – they've been saying “kinda overkill”, questioning the need for 19 traffic light poles... Read More

Algal bloom at Lake Rotoehu

A bloom of potentially toxic blue-green algae in Lake Rotoehu has resulted in a health warning being issued. “The health warning means that people should avoid any activity which results in significant contact with the lake water,” says Medical... Read More

River award arrives in Waitao

The Waitao River story is one of Māori and Pakeha of all ages are banding together to restore the river which runs into Tauranga Harbour. Since 2001, the local community have gone to great lengths and effort to improve the health of the Waitao stream... Read More

Tsunami alarm petition nears 5000

A petition calling for Papamoa and Mount Maunganui to receive tsunami sirens is nearing its 5000 signature goal. The petition was set up in the wake of the tsunami warning issued in the wake of the Kaikoura earthquake, but which failed to alertall residents... Read More

Paperless meetings and new committees

Tauranga City councillors started their three year term this week grappling with paperless agendas and fine tuning a new committee structure. “If it does work, it's certainly going to save quite a bit of paper,” says Mayor Greg Brownless. The... Read More

Tauranga Council’s first meeting today

Tauranga new city council has its first meeting today where the legal power to operate the city is handed over from chief executive Garry Poole to new mayor Greg Brownless and the new city council. Garry Poole will chair the meeting until after the new... Read More

Interference affects Council data

Regular users of Bay of Plenty Regional Council's Live Monitoring website may notice a number of gaps in the data as radio interference causes a number of issues. Council's data services manager Glenn Ellery says the problem was caused by... 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.

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