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Council adopts Plan Change 25 and confirms recommendation for new Special Housing Area in Wairakei
Council adopts Plan Change 25 and confirms recommendation for new Special Housing Area in Wairakei
14 August 2017
Tauranga City Council has adopted the proposed changes to the City Plan through Plan Change 25 – Wairakei urban growth area, following the...
Signing confirms Civil Defence responsibilities for Whakaari White Island
Signing confirms Civil Defence responsibilities for Whakaari White Island
11 August 2017
The work to ensure people are ready and able to respond to an emergency on Whakaari/White Island will now formally be delivered by the Bay of...
Rotorua to become New Zealand's first bilingual city
Rotorua to become New Zealand's first bilingual city
11 August 2017
Rotorua's commitment to become New Zealand's first bilingual city and district was celebrated at a ceremony held this afternoon at Rotorua...
Council and DoC to come together in Turangi
Council and DoC to come together in Turangi
11 August 2017
​​Taupo District Council's Turangi office will undergo a refit over the coming months in preparation for Department of Conservation staff...
Collaboration on Family friendly New Years Eve activities for Tauranga
Collaboration on Family friendly New Years Eve activities for Tauranga
10 August 2017
Tauranga City Council, New Zealand Police and other key organisations will continue to work together towards a safer environment for...
Maori land owners shape proposed Advisory and Development Services
Maori land owners shape proposed Advisory and Development Services
10 August 2017
Māori land owners involved with the Māori Land Service case studies have responded positively to the opportunity to influence proposed Advisory...
Report shows positive results for Whanau Ora
Report shows positive results for Whanau Ora
10 August 2017
The latest report from Te Puni Kōkiri shows Whānau Ora has achieved positive outcomes for whānau and families across Aotearoa. Over 11,500...
Symposium to build council awareness of Treaty landscape
Symposium to build council awareness of Treaty landscape
9 August 2017
Bay of Plenty Regional Council hosted a Treaty symposium earlier this week for councillors and senior council staff members from local authorities...
Productivity Commission notes central leadership needed on climate change
Productivity Commission notes central leadership needed on climate change
9 August 2017
Local Government New Zealand welcomes the release this morning of the Productivity Commission’s low emissions economy issues paper as...
Freshwater NPS a significant step forward
Freshwater NPS a significant step forward
9 August 2017
Local Government New Zealand acknowledges the latest set of changes to the National Policy Statement on Freshwater Management announced today as a...
WESTERN BAY SIGN CLIMATE CHANGE DECLARATION
WESTERN BAY SIGN CLIMATE CHANGE DECLARATION
8 August 2017
Western Bay of Plenty District Council is the latest Council to sign the Local Government Leaders' Climate Change...
Desire to improve Elder Housing service prompts decision to investigate further
Desire to improve Elder Housing service prompts decision to investigate further
8 August 2017
Elected members unanimously agreed that Tauranga City Council should progress with its investigation into how best to provide Elder Housing...
Mayor welcomes funding announcement
Mayor welcomes funding announcement
8 August 2017
A Government grant of $6.5m towards a proposed reticulated sewerage scheme for Tarawera is great news, Rotorua Mayor Steve Chadwick...
Extra boost for Bay of Plenty farmers
Extra boost for Bay of Plenty farmers
7 August 2017
Flood-hit farmers in the Bay of Plenty region will have a further opportunity to apply for a grant to help with clean up and recovery, say Social...
Vermicomposting operation launched in Taupo
Vermicomposting operation launched in Taupo
4 August 2017
Worms are saving thousands of tonnes of sewage sludge from going to landfill in the Taupo District thanks to a new community...
GREEN LIGHT FOR KATIKATI LIBRARY AND COMMUNITY HUB CONSTRUCTION
GREEN LIGHT FOR KATIKATI LIBRARY AND COMMUNITY HUB CONSTRUCTION
3 August 2017
Western Bay of Plenty District Council has approved the contract to build a new Library, Service Centre and Community Hub for Katikati. Elected...
Plan Change 10 a landmark decision for Lake Rotorua
Plan Change 10 a landmark decision for Lake Rotorua
2 August 2017
In what has been described as a landmark decision for the future of Lake Rotorua, new rural land use rules will be notified on 15 August, 2017...
Unique industry collaboration drives establishment of new high-tech research institute in the Bay
Unique industry collaboration drives establishment of new high-tech research institute in the Bay
31 July 2017
By now you’ll probably have heard that the government recently approved our proposal for a new regional research institute to be based...
Refreshed Action Plan to drive economic growth in Bay
Refreshed Action Plan to drive economic growth in Bay
29 July 2017
An ambitious economic development plan which has already seen investment in the Opotiki sea farm and harbour development, increased Maori...
Council fund helps Rotorua farmers spread the word
Council fund helps Rotorua farmers spread the word
27 July 2017
A farmer education project funded by the Bay of Plenty Regional Council’s Low Nitrogen Land Use Fund has seen a series of ten 3-5 minute...
LGNZ welcomes call for independent climate change commission
LGNZ welcomes call for independent climate change commission
27 July 2017
Local Government New Zealand agrees with the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment’s statement today that climate change is the...
Rotorua mountain biking strategy wins local government EXCELLENCE Award
Rotorua mountain biking strategy wins local government EXCELLENCE Award
27 July 2017
Turning Rotorua into a globally recognised destination for mountain bikers has paid dividends for the city and surrounds in many...
Rotorua Bilingual proposal supported
Rotorua Bilingual proposal supported
27 July 2017
Te Tatau o Te Arawa will lead a proposal for Rotorua to become a bilingual city after receiving support from the Council today.   The...
Draft Bay of Plenty Civil Defence Emergency Management Group Plan
Draft Bay of Plenty Civil Defence Emergency Management Group Plan
26 July 2017
Bay of Plenty Civil Defence Emergency Management Group is reviewing its Group Plan 2017-2022 and would like to let you know what is...
Household Incomes in New Zealand: trends in indicators of inequality and hardship 1982 to 2016
Household Incomes in New Zealand: trends in indicators of inequality and hardship 1982 to 2016
25 July 2017
The Household Incomes Report provides information on the material wellbeing of New Zealanders as indicated by their household incomes from all...
Local government elects new President and votes on five remits at AGM
Local government elects new President and votes on five remits at AGM
25 July 2017
Local Government NZ has today elected a new Local Government New Zealand President, Dave Cull, to replace Lawrence Yule who steps down after nine...
More time for Rangitaiki River Scheme Review
More time for Rangitaiki River Scheme Review
24 July 2017
The following media release comes from Bay of Plenty Regional Council.   The Rangitāiki River Scheme Review panel is making good...
Bay of Connections July news update
Bay of Connections July news update
23 July 2017
Firstly, a massive thank you to all those who attended last week’s 2017 Annual Bay of Connections and Regional Growth Programme Forum. We...
Rotorua Childrens Centre Manager Appointed
Rotorua Childrens Centre Manager Appointed
21 July 2017
Lakes DHB Chief Executive Ron Dunham has announced the appointment of Bridget Wilson to the new role of Manager of the Children’s Health...
Marae housing helps Edgecumbe whanau affected by floods
Marae housing helps Edgecumbe whanau affected by floods
19 July 2017
Kokohinau Marae have kick-started their papakāinga housing development with a ‘turning of the sod’ ceremony in Edgecumbe. The...
CHECKING OUR VITAL SIGNS in the Western Bay of Plenty
CHECKING OUR VITAL SIGNS in the Western Bay of Plenty
18 July 2017
​What do you love about your region?  What concerns you about your region?  It is time to let your views be heard.   How do we...
Study to explore water use for BOP economic growth
Study to explore water use for BOP economic growth
14 July 2017
A grant of up to $50,000 from the Irrigation Acceleration Fund will see economic growth opportunities for the Bay of Plenty identified through a...
Housing Infrastructure Fund a step forward for growth areas, LGNZ says
Housing Infrastructure Fund a step forward for growth areas, LGNZ says
12 July 2017
Local Government New Zealand says the announcement of the projects to be funded through the $1 billion Housing Infrastructure Fund signals an...
Special Housing Accord proposed
Special Housing Accord proposed
11 July 2017
Rotorua Mayor Steve Chadwick says she is looking forward to exploring how Central Government can help Council address local housing pressures...
Whakatane Intermediate students get behind Plastic Free July
Whakatane Intermediate students get behind Plastic Free July
11 July 2017
The sad story of a whale found in Norway with 30 plastic bags in its stomach has helped motivate Whakatāne Intermediate School students to find...
Pay equity for vocational and disability workers
Pay equity for vocational and disability workers
11 July 2017
The Government has this week approved $55.8 million of funding over five years to deliver pay equity and more training for approximately 1,678...
Want to make your home healthier?
Want to make your home healthier?
10 July 2017
​​​​​​​A new advisory service to help Rotorua residents create healthier drier homes that are cheaper to heat is now...
Being prepared at every age
Being prepared at every age
10 July 2017
​We should all know how important it is to be ready for a Civil Defence emergency – but do our young people?   Sophie Fisher...
OMOKOROAS NEWEST RIDE OPEN
OMOKOROAS NEWEST RIDE OPEN
7 July 2017
Cyclists, walkers and runners are all invited to the opening of the second section of the Omokoroa Cycleway.   Section two of the...
Iconic mountain race offers support to Edgecumbe residents
Iconic mountain race offers support to Edgecumbe residents
7 July 2017
Participants in this year’s Kawerau King of the Mountain race have the chance to purchase limited-edition singlets and t-shirts, thanks to...
Fund opens for NZ Wars commemorations
Fund opens for NZ Wars commemorations
7 July 2017
Applications are now being accepted to a fund set up to support commemoration events for Ngā Rā Maumahara – New Zealand Wars, says Māori...
MBIE launches online housing market dashboard
7 July 2017
The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment today released the Urban Development Capacity Dashboard – a one-stop, open-source tool...
Maori Land Owners Co-Design Maori Land Service
Maori Land Owners Co-Design Maori Land Service
4 July 2017
Te Puni Kōkiri has released a summary of the findings from the second series of wānanga held with Māori land owners earlier this year. The...
Council appoints new member to Great Lake Taupo board
Council appoints new member to Great Lake Taupo board
3 July 2017
Taupo District Council has made an appointment to the board of Enterprise Great Lake Taupo (EGLT), the economic development agency for the Taupo...
New Era for Rural Fire
New Era for Rural Fire
1 July 2017
A ceremony honouring local volunteer firefighters has also marked the ushering in of a new era for emergency response.   The...
Opotiki District Annual Plan adopted
Opotiki District Annual Plan adopted
1 July 2017
​At the extra ordinary meeting of Ōpōtiki District Council last week (Friday 30 June), Council adopted the 2017-18 Annual...
Reputation research shows importance of local government increasing
Reputation research shows importance of local government increasing
1 July 2017
 Kiwis are becoming increasingly aware of the important role local government plays in the performance of the country as a whole, new...
Fire and Emergency New Zealand
Fire and Emergency New Zealand
1 July 2017
Fire and Emergency New Zealand is a new unified fire organisation that brings together our country’s urban and rural fire services for the...
Partnership Brokers Training October
Partnership Brokers Training October
30 June 2017
For the people who make partnerships and collaboration happen... Here is a rare opportunity for people and organisations who want to build and...
Healthy Policies for All
Healthy Policies for All
30 June 2017
You can make your organisation a healthy one by adopting Healthy Policies.   Toi Te Ora provide support those who are helping create...
Bay shines as culture of collaboration drives innovation
Bay shines as culture of collaboration drives innovation
30 June 2017
One of the first things I noticed when I started working for Priority One was the strong culture of collaboration that exists in the Western Bay...
Collaborate Better A 2-day collaborative fitness workshop for the urban development sector
Collaborate Better A 2-day collaborative fitness workshop for the urban development sector
26 June 2017
ABOUT THE WORKSHOP:   In this 2-day workshop we’ll explore how to structure, undertake and understand collaboration....
Supporting world class health research in NZ
Supporting world class health research in NZ
22 June 2017
Minister of Health Jonathan Coleman and Minister of Science and Innovation Paul Goldsmith today launched New Zealand's first Health Research...
Changes in approach to addressing family violence must continue
Changes in approach to addressing family violence must continue
22 June 2017
Changes in approach to addressing family violence must continue – family violence committee    The Family Violence Death...
Groundswell Festival of Innovation
Groundswell Festival of Innovation
22 June 2017
The inaugural Groundswell festival of innovation will showcase how people and businesses in the Bay are leading the way through innovation....
Taupo Council appoints new members to DGLT board
Taupo Council appoints new members to DGLT board
21 June 2017
Taupo District Council has made two appointments to the governance board of its regional tourism organisation Destination Great Lake Taupo...
Future focused plan for New Zealands infrastructure needed says LGNZ
Future focused plan for New Zealands infrastructure needed says LGNZ
21 June 2017
New Zealand’s infrastructure is at a crossroads and needs to be a key focus in the upcoming election, Local Government New Zealand...
Tauranga City Council recommends the establishment of Special Housing Areas in Wairakei and Greerton
Tauranga City Council recommends the establishment of Special Housing Areas in Wairakei and Greerton
20 June 2017
Tauranga City Council decided today to recommend to the Building and Construction Minister the establishment of a new Special Housing Area in...
Bay of Connections June News Update
Bay of Connections June News Update
19 June 2017
Due to circumstances beyond our control, we needed to change the date of the 2017 Bay of Connections and Regional Growth Programme Forum. We...
My Inspiring Community Halo Whakatane
My Inspiring Community Halo Whakatane
16 June 2017
HALO was born from a shared vision that the community can expand on the success of their volunteer restoration programmes, like the Whakatāne...
Key appointments for Predator Free 2050
Key appointments for Predator Free 2050
16 June 2017
Conservation Minister Maggie Barry has welcomed two crucial appointments on the road to Predator Free 2050 and the implementation of the New...
Additional funding approved for Go Tongariro
Additional funding approved for Go Tongariro
16 June 2017
​Taupo District Council has confirmed it will provide a $20,000 grant to Go Tongariro for the 2017/18 year to help fund the co-ordinator...
Geotechnical drilling underway in Edgecumbe
Geotechnical drilling underway in Edgecumbe
15 June 2017
Work is currently underway on College Road in Edgecumbe to get a detailed picture of what lies beneath the surface to help plan for the building...
Flood repairs taking time
Flood repairs taking time
14 June 2017
Now two months since the major flooding events of April, Bay of Plenty Regional Council’s Rivers and Drainage Manager reminded the rural...
Whakatane District Plan fully operative 21 June
Whakatane District Plan fully operative 21 June
14 June 2017
The Whakatāne District Plan is scheduled to be fully operative on 21 June 2017, having been approved by the Whakatāne District Council on 8 June...
Broad range in 17 finalists for local government EXCELLENCE Awards
Broad range in 17 finalists for local government EXCELLENCE Awards
14 June 2017
From a weed blitz to mountain biking and innovative economic strategy, finalists in the 2017 Local Government New Zealand EXCELLENCE Awards span a...
Tauranga City Annual Plan 2017/18 deliberations outcomes
Tauranga City Annual Plan 2017/18 deliberations outcomes
9 June 2017
Tauranga City elected members have completed deliberations on the proposals for next year’s budget. Deliberations deliver the Annual Plan...
Whakatane District Mayoral Relief Fund open
Whakatane District Mayoral Relief Fund open
9 June 2017
Applications to the Whakatane District Mayoral Relief Fund are now open.   Any Whakatāne District residents affected by flood or storm...
New kaupapa Maori service being set up at Lakes DHB
New kaupapa Maori service being set up at Lakes DHB
9 June 2017
A new kaupapa Maori service is being set up at Lakes DHB.   Lakes DHB has exited its contract with Te Kahui Hauora in respect of the...
More fish for Maketu
More fish for Maketu
9 June 2017
Two causeways have been removed from Papahikahawai Creek this week, allowing natural tidal flows into 13 hectares of Te Awa o...
Free resource consents for over 40 hectare farmers ready to take next step
Free resource consents for over 40 hectare farmers ready to take next step
8 June 2017
Farmers ready to move to the next stage of the Proposed Plan Change 10 process can now apply for a resource consent, with the Bay of Plenty...
Tourism facilities funding welcomed by Whakatane
Tourism facilities funding welcomed by Whakatane
8 June 2017
The announcement of Government funding for gateway tourist facilities has been welcomed by Whakatāne District Mayor Tony...
Rotorua Council Annual Plan deliberations conclude
Rotorua Council Annual Plan deliberations conclude
7 June 2017
Councillors have finished their deliberations for the 2017/18 Rotorua Lakes Council Annual Plan and a draft plan will be put before them at the...
Business Breakfast to put Spotlight on Workplace Wellbeing
Business Breakfast to put Spotlight on Workplace Wellbeing
7 June 2017
Workplaces interested in improving staff wellbeing, engagement and productivity are invited to attend a free ‘Wellbeing in the...
Maori Wardens Conference held to discuss proposed plans for an independent future
Maori Wardens Conference held to discuss proposed plans for an independent future
6 June 2017
Three hundred Māori Wardens from around Aotearoa travelled to Rotorua on 1 June to discuss two key kaupapa that could move Māori Wardens towards...
Submissions open - proposed Kaituna River Document
Submissions open - proposed Kaituna River Document
4 June 2017
​​​​The waters of the Kaituna River and its many tributaries play a pivotal role in many lives of Bay of Plenty residents, and community...
Passionate public response to proposed public transport plan
Passionate public response to proposed public transport plan
1 June 2017
The importance of public transport to the Western Bay of Plenty has become undeniable, evidenced by the sheer number of passionate responses...
Culturally significant tourist hot spot to get more improvements
Culturally significant tourist hot spot to get more improvements
1 June 2017
​Spa Thermal Park's Otumuheke Stream is set to get an upgrade to make the area safer for visitors, while encouraging greater respect and...
Silver Lining to Bays Ageing Baby Boomers
Silver Lining to Bays Ageing Baby Boomers
1 June 2017
Older residents are contributing $2.5 billion a year to the Bay’s economy, with the amount expected to reach $7 billion by 2031. The...
Rotorua trustee named chair of Philanthropy New Zealand
Rotorua trustee named chair of Philanthropy New Zealand
1 June 2017
Taking her portfolio of skills to a whole new level, Rotorua Energy Charitable Trust trustee, Sandra Kai Fong has been named the chair of the...
Closing the gap - join the conversation
Closing the gap - join the conversation
30 May 2017
SociaLink in collaboration with Closing the Gap and supported by Priority One announce an opportunity to discuss how to close the inequality...
Preferred Tenderer for Harbour announced
Preferred Tenderer for Harbour announced
30 May 2017
At the Opotiki District Council meeting on 23 May, Council selected a consortium of HEB Construction and Tonkin & Taylor as the Preferred...
Business leaders confident but attracting skills a barrier to growth
Business leaders confident but attracting skills a barrier to growth
30 May 2017
As a business member-based economic development agency – a unique model in New Zealand – it’s essential that Priority...
Rotorua Air Quality bylaw submission process is open
Rotorua Air Quality bylaw submission process is open
29 May 2017
​​ Rotorua Lakes Council is calling for feedback on Rotorua’s Air Quality Control Bylaw, which is enforced by Bay of Plenty Regional...
GETTING STRATEGIC ABOUT FUTURE SPORT AND RECREATION
GETTING STRATEGIC ABOUT FUTURE SPORT AND RECREATION
29 May 2017
A new strategy, endorsed by the mayors and chief executives of all six Bay of Plenty councils, has been created to put parameters around the...
Sharing the benefits of growth
Sharing the benefits of growth
25 May 2017
Budget 2017 shares the benefits of growth by improving public services, investing in the infrastructure needed for a growing country, reducing...
Maori Land Service to support land owners
Maori Land Service to support land owners
25 May 2017
Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell says $31 million of funding will be dedicated to establish phase one of the Māori Land...
27million for marae and Maori housing
27million for marae and Maori housing
25 May 2017
The special significance of marae to Māori and communities is being acknowledged in this year’s Budget with $10 million over four years...
More jobs in Maori tourism and regions
More jobs in Maori tourism and regions
25 May 2017
Māori tourism operators will be able to create new employment opportunities for whānau with $10 million of operating funding over four years in...
Tauranga City Council seeking long-term development partner
Tauranga City Council seeking long-term development partner
24 May 2017
Tauranga City Council is seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) for a long-term development partner to successfully deliver its Heart of the City...
Lake Rotorua Incentives Scheme announced
Lake Rotorua Incentives Scheme announced
24 May 2017
A $40 million fund aimed at reducing the amount of nitrogen entering Lake Rotorua is now open to all landowners in the Lake Rotorua catchment with...
Rangitaiki River Scheme Review Panel
Rangitaiki River Scheme Review Panel
23 May 2017
Sir Michael Cullen today announced the membership and terms of reference for the independent review of the Rangitāiki River Scheme and its...
Perspective on big weather events in April
Perspective on big weather events in April
19 May 2017
A recent paper presented to Bay of Plenty Regional Council provided some perspective on the size of the side-by-side storm events that struck the...
Relocatable house park to meet short-term accommodation needs
Relocatable house park to meet short-term accommodation needs
18 May 2017
The Whakatāne District Council and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) are jointly funding the development of a...
2016 Valuation of the Benefit System for Working-age Adults
2016 Valuation of the Benefit System for Working-age Adults
17 May 2017
This is the sixth valuation of the future cost of New Zealand’s working-age benefit system.   The cumulative impact over five...
Liveable Homes project Whakatane
Liveable Homes project Whakatane
15 May 2017
Whakatāne District Council elected members have unanimously approved the ‘Liveable Homes’ programme, which is designed to ensure that...
Bay of Connections May 2017 update
Bay of Connections May 2017 update
12 May 2017
It’s May already and with plenty happening so far this year, it’s timely to update you on the work Bay of Connections has been doing...
Budget 2017 Increase for DOC tourism infrastructure
Budget 2017 Increase for DOC tourism infrastructure
11 May 2017
The Government will invest $76 million through Budget 2017 on new and upgraded tourism infrastructure for the Department of Conservation as part...
Havelock North report provides useful guidance for water management
Havelock North report provides useful guidance for water management
11 May 2017
Local Government New Zealand says the report into the Havelock North water contamination inquiry released yesterday makes an important...
Draft Threatened Species Strategy consultation
Draft Threatened Species Strategy consultation
11 May 2017
Have your say on the draft Threatened Species Strategy. Submissions close 31 July 2017. The draft Threatened Species Strategy sets out the New...
Tourism infrastructure funding boost a step in the right direction
Tourism infrastructure funding boost a step in the right direction
11 May 2017
Local Government New Zealand says the Tourism Infrastructure Fund of $102m over four years announced today is a welcome contribution towards...
Whakatane District Recovery Project Update 10 May
Whakatane District Recovery Project Update 10 May
10 May 2017
Liveable Homes   The Eastern Bay Energy Trust has pledged insulation for all houses, regardless of insurance status.    The...
Tauranga City Council seeks feedback on proposed Special Housing Areas
Tauranga City Council seeks feedback on proposed Special Housing Areas
9 May 2017
Tauranga City Council is asking the community for feedback on proposals from developers to establish two Special Housing Areas: one in Wairakei...
Review of Tauranga Elder Housing Service
Review of Tauranga Elder Housing Service
9 May 2017
Tauranga City Council will be carrying out a review of its Elder Housing portfolio, operations and future service delivery, ahead of the 2018- 28...
Celebration of new bridge at Pakihi
Celebration of new bridge at Pakihi
5 May 2017
​On Saturday 29 April 2017, locals and guests joined together to officially cut the ribbon on the new Pakihi Bridge across Te Waiti stream south...
Coordinated approach to post flood donations
Coordinated approach to post flood donations
4 May 2017
Organisations and agencies which have been receiving and distributing donated goods have agreed to take a more coordinated approach as the...
Rotorua library and child health hub update
Rotorua library and child health hub update
4 May 2017
Rotorua’s library and child health hub building has been gifted the name Te Aka Mauri to reflect the shared vision to create a facility of...
New Better Public Services targets
New Better Public Services targets
3 May 2017
A refresh of the Better Public Services targets will further improve the lives of New Zealanders, State Services Minister Paula Bennett...
Impact of the Family Start Home Visiting Programme on Outcomes for Mothers and Children: A Quasi-Experimental Study
Impact of the Family Start Home Visiting Programme on Outcomes for Mothers and Children: A Quasi-Experimental Study
3 May 2017
Family Start workers make regular home visits and, using a structured program, seek to improve parenting capability and practice.  Workers...
COUNCILS OFFER AMNESTY FOR OWNERS OF MENACING DOGS
COUNCILS OFFER AMNESTY FOR OWNERS OF MENACING DOGS
1 May 2017
Tauranga City Council and Western Bay of Plenty District Council are joining forces to reduce the risk and harm from dog attacks in the...
kiwifruit partnership brings regional economic opportunities to life
kiwifruit partnership brings regional economic opportunities to life
1 May 2017
Last week’s announcement of a $30 million Bay of Plenty kiwifruit orchard investment partnership will help bring some of the region’s...
Report confirms serious challenges for rivers
Report confirms serious challenges for rivers
1 May 2017
New Zealand’s rivers and lakes are under increasing pressure, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment...
Priority 1 April 2017 Newsletter
Priority 1 April 2017 Newsletter
29 April 2017
Māori economy crucial to the future success of the Bay.   Sometimes we get asked about the Māori economy and economic development...
Bay of Plenty Tertiary Intentions Update April 2017
Bay of Plenty Tertiary Intentions Update April 2017
28 April 2017
Welcome to our first BOPTI quarterly newsletter for of 2017.    This year, each newsletter will focus on a specific aspect of the...
Technology for Smarter Business Expo
Technology for Smarter Business Expo
26 April 2017
Are you aware of the innovative technology solutions that are available right here in the Bay?     We encourage you and your...
Not too late to have your say on pest management
Not too late to have your say on pest management
26 April 2017
Controlling pests is vital in helping protect the health of individuals, our native ecosystems, businesses and livelihoods; which is why the Bay...
Amazing volunteer efforts recognised
Amazing volunteer efforts recognised
21 April 2017
Kawerau’s Civil Defence Centre at Rautahi Community Marae officially closed on Tuesday, April 18 after 11 days supporting victims of the...
Councils blown away by volunteer numbers
Councils blown away by volunteer numbers
21 April 2017
More than 1190 people have registered with the Ngāti Awa Volunteer Army since it was initiated on Monday 10th April. Ngāti Awa and both the...
Regional Council donates to flood fund
Regional Council donates to flood fund
21 April 2017
Bay of Plenty Regional Council has approved $700,000 towards supporting people affected by this month’s eastern Bay of Plenty flood...
New regional councillor sworn in
New regional councillor sworn in
21 April 2017
Bay of Plenty Regional Council’s newest councillor has been welcomed with a powhiri.   Matemoana McDonald will represent the...
Opotiki Annual Plan info document released
Opotiki Annual Plan info document released
20 April 2017
Opotiki District Council has released an information document on the 2017/18 Annual Plan Your assets, your community, your future – our plan...
Future proofing, technology and investment to be canvassed at LGNZ conference
Future proofing, technology and investment to be canvassed at LGNZ conference
20 April 2017
The challenges New Zealand faces in the coming decades have been well canvassed by LGNZ in its 2050 Challenge discussion document, which...
LGNZ workstream update
LGNZ workstream update
20 April 2017
Community resilience   Work on establishing the Local Government Risk Agency is with the new Minister of Finance, but whatever the...
Latest benefit fact sheets released
Latest benefit fact sheets released
20 April 2017
Latest benefit fact sheets for March 2017 quarter are available here.  The Benefit Fact Sheets provide a high-level view of trends in benefit...
Social housing report shows over 6mill a day spent in housing support
Social housing report shows over 6mill a day spent in housing support
20 April 2017
The Government spent $550 million over the last three months to support New Zealanders with a roof over their heads – the equivalent of $6.2...
Changes to immigration policy
Changes to immigration policy
19 April 2017
The Minister of Immigration has announced a range of changes to Immigration Policy in his speech this morning.  A summary of the changes is...
Mapping the social sector in the Western Bay of Plenty
Mapping the social sector in the Western Bay of Plenty
18 April 2017
SociaLink is now proud to announce the launch of the  ‘Mapping the Social Sector’ project, which sets out to create an evidence...
Tauranga P problem bigger than Rena
Tauranga P problem bigger than Rena
12 April 2017
Tauranga's methamphetamine problem is spiralling into an issue bigger than the Rena disaster, school parents have been...
All hands to the pump in rural Bay of Plenty as second cyclone looms
All hands to the pump in rural Bay of Plenty as second cyclone looms
12 April 2017
As rural Bay of Plenty braces itself for more heavy rainfall today, the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is working alongside Civil Defence...
Ministers visit flood stricken areas
Ministers visit flood stricken areas
11 April 2017
During the weekend the Minister for Māori Development, Te Ururoa Flavell, and the Minister of Transport, Simon Bridges, flew into the Waiariki...
New plant to boost jobs in Kawerau
New plant to boost jobs in Kawerau
11 April 2017
A particle board plant planned for Kawerau is expected to bring 100 jobs to the district.   The Chinese-based Guangxi Fenglin Wood...
MPI begins consultation on science-based definition for manuka honey and new export requirements
MPI begins consultation on science-based definition for manuka honey and new export requirements
11 April 2017
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has released a scientific definition to authenticate New Zealand mānuka honey, which is essential to...
Review of Rotorua Lakes Council gambling venues
Review of Rotorua Lakes Council gambling venues
11 April 2017
A ‘sinking lid’ approach and no relocation of machines between venues are proposed as part of a review of Rotorua Lakes...
Asbestos concerns prompt Taupo council staff to move
Asbestos concerns prompt Taupo council staff to move
10 April 2017
Significant health and safety issues with Taupo District Council's main office building on Lake Terrace will see staff relocated within the...
Independent review of Edgecumbe flood event
Independent review of Edgecumbe flood event
10 April 2017
Bay of Plenty Regional Council Chair, Doug Leeder, today announced that there will be an independent review of the infrastructure and the...
Maori movement fitness programme launched
Maori movement fitness programme launched
10 April 2017
A Ngāti Ranginui Iwi health programme is producing exciting spin-offs with the launch of a unique Māori fitness programme in Tauranga...
Severe weather warning issued - be prepared
Severe weather warning issued - be prepared
7 April 2017
​​​​​A heavy rain warning has been issued for the Bay of Plenty:   Heavy rain is expected from about midday today to midday...
River levels exceed flood design capability
River levels exceed flood design capability
6 April 2017
Eastern Bay rivers reached warning levels overnight and Bay of Plenty Regional Council’s flood management is making every effort to protect...
Unison and TDC to launch first EV fast-charger in Taupo
Unison and TDC to launch first EV fast-charger in Taupo
6 April 2017
A partnership between Taupo District Council and lines company Unison will see Taupo's first fast-charging station for electric vehicles (EVs)...
Release of new models of tertiary education report
Release of new models of tertiary education report
3 April 2017
The Productivity Commission has published New models of tertiary education – the final report on the Commission’s tertiary education...
Life when renting
Life when renting
3 April 2017
Life when renting is New Zealand’s first research programme to explore the implications of declining home ownership, and the rising number...
Encouraging signs for the regional economy
Encouraging signs for the regional economy
30 March 2017
March saw the release of a new batch of annual statistics - generally these make great reading for the Western Bay of Plenty...
School holiday dental services for toddlers, children & adolescents
School holiday dental services for toddlers, children & adolescents
29 March 2017
Lakes DHB is hoping lots of parents and caregivers take advantage of the dental clinics that will be open over the school...
LGNZ welcomes Better urban planning reports call for a wider funding toolbox
LGNZ welcomes Better urban planning reports call for a wider funding toolbox
29 March 2017
The Productivity Commission’s new report into New Zealand’s urban planning system which highlights the need for councils in high...
Rotorua future growth and development discussion document out now
Rotorua future growth and development discussion document out now
29 March 2017
The Rotorua community will be asked where and how much future growth and development should occur to provide direction for development of a...
Partnership Brokers Training - Wellington
Partnership Brokers Training - Wellington
28 March 2017
Here is a rare opportunity for those organisations and practitioners  who want to build and sustain more effective partnerships.   As...
Maketu Estuary makeover begins
Maketu Estuary makeover begins
28 March 2017
Work to improve natural water flows through Papahikahawai Creek into Te Awa o Ngatoroirangi/Maketū Estuary and create new areas of wetland in the...
Blessing Marks Milestone for TECT Community Hub
Blessing Marks Milestone for TECT Community Hub
28 March 2017
A new Community Business Hub, led by the Tauranga Energy Consumer Trust has reached a significant milestone.    A dawn karakia...
Housing First launches to help Aucklands homeless
Housing First launches to help Aucklands homeless
23 March 2017
A new initiative aimed at ending homelessness in Auckland has officially kicked off.   Today Social Housing Minister Amy Adams and...
New gym facility area for Rotorua Hospitals mental health inpatient unit
New gym facility area for Rotorua Hospitals mental health inpatient unit
23 March 2017
It’s an exciting time for patients in the mental health inpatient unit at Rotorua Hospital with the official opening this week of a gym...
SH2 Bypass Great News for Katikati
SH2 Bypass Great News for Katikati
22 March 2017
Western BOP Council Mayor Garry Webber says the announcement by the New Zealand Transport Agency that a bypass will be added to the State Highway...
Minister of Health Volunteer Awards open
Minister of Health Volunteer Awards open
21 March 2017
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says nominations are now open for the 2017 Minister of Health Volunteer Awards.  "These awards help to...
Taupo Council Chamber opens for community to speak
Taupo Council Chamber opens for community to speak
21 March 2017
Taupo District Council is opening its chamber to the community before its monthly meetings to allow people to address the Mayor and councillors on...
MYD Funding for Youth Leadership Announcements
MYD Funding for Youth Leadership Announcements
17 March 2017
$200k for More Youth Leadership and Volunteering Opportunities   Around 2,000 young people nationwide will benefit from new youth...
Issues of Health and Wellbeing 2016 Population Survey
Issues of Health and Wellbeing 2016 Population Survey
16 March 2017
The aim of the Issues of Health and Wellbeing 2016 Population Survey was to increase our understanding of  what people in the Bay of Plenty...
Eastern Bay plan supports a bright future
Eastern Bay plan supports a bright future
15 March 2017
The Eastern Bay will face plenty of opportunities and challenges in the next 30-50 years, with changes to technology, science, population...
New group to work on big issues in local government
New group to work on big issues in local government
14 March 2017
A new policy group to advise local government on the big issues facing communities nationwide will bring together a diverse and capable...
Depth of tourism infrastructure needs revealed
Depth of tourism infrastructure needs revealed
14 March 2017
The full extent of the infrastructure investment needed so communities can keep up with unprecedented tourism growth has been highlighted through...
Bay of Connections March 2017 Update
Bay of Connections March 2017 Update
13 March 2017
Thank you to everyone who contributed to and supported Bay of Connections last year.   We capped off 2016 with the launch of the...
New service brings support closer to home
New service brings support closer to home
13 March 2017
For people like Kath Gardiner being able to see an Occupational Therapist just a few minutes from her home in Te Teko has been a...
Document summarising Regional Councils plans for 2017/18 now available
Document summarising Regional Councils plans for 2017/18 now available
10 March 2017
An information document, which provides a snapshot of the key things the Regional Council intends to deliver in 2017/18, was approved at a Council...
Oranga Tamariki reflecting the voices of young people
Oranga Tamariki reflecting the voices of young people
8 March 2017
The voices of young people are being reflected right from the start, with the release of the visual identity of Oranga...
Walking the walk- sustainable transport solutions
Walking the walk- sustainable transport solutions
8 March 2017
For the Bay of Plenty Regional Councils Kerry Gosling ‘walking the walk’ is as important as ‘talking the...
Unique Online Health Hub Launched to Celebrate Hapu Health
Unique Online Health Hub Launched to Celebrate Hapu Health
3 March 2017
The health of whānau and hapū was celebrated at Te Mānuka Tūtahi Marae in Whakatāne on Friday 24th February, as Toi Te Ora - Public Health...
New partnership looks to achieve better public transport outcomes for Western BOP
New partnership looks to achieve better public transport outcomes for Western BOP
3 March 2017
A new local authority partnership led by Bay of Plenty Regional Council looks to make public transport play a bigger role, by ensuring...
Kawerau Council to keep i-SITE in-house
Kawerau Council to keep i-SITE in-house
3 March 2017
Kawerau’s i-SITE is now permanently under in-house council management.   It has been run in-house since October 2016, when...
Move to market Taupo District as hub for premier ski offering
Move to market Taupo District as hub for premier ski offering
28 February 2017
A plan to transform the Taupo District into New Zealand's premier ski destination has gained full support from Taupo District Council who...
Kawerau Urban Food Forest project gets under way
Kawerau Urban Food Forest project gets under way
28 February 2017
Kawerau’s Urban Food Forest (KUFF) project launched in February and will become a source of fresh produce for everyone.   The...
Maximising business growth through technology - Priority One February Newsletter
Maximising business growth through technology - Priority One February Newsletter
28 February 2017
I hope that the festive season has treated you well and that you are on track for a successful 2017.   I've recently had a number...
Call for proposals for 1 billion Housing Infrastructure Fund
Call for proposals for 1 billion Housing Infrastructure Fund
28 February 2017
High-growth councils have until 31 March to submit final proposals for a share of the $1 billion Housing Infrastructure...
Tauranga City Council to embrace innovation
Tauranga City Council to embrace innovation
24 February 2017
A key theme to come out of Tauranga’s inaugural Economic Development and Investment Committee was to embrace change.   The...
New Te Puni Kokiri Mobile Service to support Maori communities
New Te Puni Kokiri Mobile Service to support Maori communities
24 February 2017
Te Puni Kōkiri’s new mobile service has been unveiled by Māori Development Minister, Te Ururoa Flavell, which will support and better...
Inaugural Whanau, Hapu and Iwi Wellbeing Forum Te Ritorito 2017
Inaugural Whanau, Hapu and Iwi Wellbeing Forum Te Ritorito 2017
24 February 2017
Registrations are now open for Te Ritorito 2017, our inaugural whānau, hapū and iwi wellbeing forum.   This two-day forum will...
Tool launched to check if money grows from trees
Tool launched to check if money grows from trees
23 February 2017
An online tool has been launched to help landowners in the Lake Rotorua catchment understand the potential economic gains from converting all or...
LGNZ says a Coherent and connected water policy needed
LGNZ says a Coherent and connected water policy needed
23 February 2017
A new approach to water policy is needed to ensure community expectations and government standards can be better met, Local Government New Zealand...
Power of the sun harnessed for vehicles in Tauranga
Power of the sun harnessed for vehicles in Tauranga
22 February 2017
New Zealand’s first on-road, solar-powered electric vehicle (EV) charger - the ‘Electric Station’ - is now open to the public...
Smokefree zones extended
Smokefree zones extended
21 February 2017
All Rotorua sportsgrounds, skate parks, bus stops and shelters are becoming smokefree zones under Rotorua Lakes Council’s extended Smokefree...
Two Firsts in Bay of Plenty Health Target Success
Two Firsts in Bay of Plenty Health Target Success
21 February 2017
Improving performance and two firsts are the story of this quarter's health target results in the Bay of Plenty.   Of the...
More improvement in in Lakes DHB 2nd quarter health target results
More improvement in in Lakes DHB 2nd quarter health target results
21 February 2017
Lakes District Health Board has again lifted its performance against the faster cancer treatment target results for quarter two (October -...
Nongfu Springs community commitment welcomed
Nongfu Springs community commitment welcomed
17 February 2017
The following media statement has been issued by Tony Bonne, Mayor of the Whakatāne District.   Whakatāne Mayor Tony Bonne has...
Consultation on long-term vision refresh underway
Consultation on long-term vision refresh underway
17 February 2017
Rotorua district residents have an opportunity to speak to elected members this weekend about Vision 2030 – The Rotorua Way, a refresh of...
Future Leaders applications open
Future Leaders applications open
16 February 2017
Future Leaders is a programme for those who want to improve the lives of people in their communities. Run by Inspiring Stories, it brings together...
Police Alternative Action report released
Police Alternative Action report released
16 February 2017
The Ministry of Social Development has undertaken a research project into the Reoffending patterns for youth undertaking Police Alternative...
Plans to tackle Tauranga homelessness
Plans to tackle Tauranga homelessness
16 February 2017
Councillors have called for investigations into using council properties as emergency housing to combat Tauranga's "beast of a...
104,000 kids to benefit from Fruit in Schools
104,000 kids to benefit from Fruit in Schools
15 February 2017
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says over 104,000 students will benefit from the Fruit in Schools programme as kids settle back into...
Driver Licencing Programme a Success
Driver Licencing Programme a Success
8 February 2017
Twenty-five year old Jadd Mahia is able to start the year with a full licence thanks to a driving programme he attended run by Eastbay Rural...
WESTERN BAY BENEFITS FROM BROADBAND ROLLOUT
WESTERN BAY BENEFITS FROM BROADBAND ROLLOUT
7 February 2017
Katikati, Maketu, Paengaroa, Te Puke, Omokoroa, Te Puna and Waihi Beach will all benefit from ultra-fast broadband (UFB) rollout announcements...
SMART TALK FUTURE THINKING SERIES LAUNCHED
SMART TALK FUTURE THINKING SERIES LAUNCHED
7 February 2017
Professor Paul Spoonley, Pro Vice-Chancellor in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Massey University launched SmartGrowth's...
More cops a much needed step
More cops a much needed step
3 February 2017
 A commitment from the Government for more police for rural and provincial New Zealand will help alleviate pressures small communities have...