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TAURANGA CITY ENGAGES ITS YOUTH
TAURANGA CITY ENGAGES ITS YOUTH
14 October 2017
Tauranga is a fast growing and vibrant city full of opportunities. It is a great place for young people to grow up, study, work and have...
Have you had your say on the Draft Spatial Plan for the Rotorua district?
Have you had your say on the Draft Spatial Plan for the Rotorua district?
13 October 2017
The plan will be the blueprint that helps to shape the district if growth continues.  It will establish how we want Rotorua to look in...
Tauranga City Council to advertise position of Chief Executive
Tauranga City Council to advertise position of Chief Executive
13 October 2017
Tauranga City Council will shortly begin a process to appoint a Chief Executive, when incumbent Garry Poole’s five-year contract ends in...
World championships give Tauranga winter boost
World championships give Tauranga winter boost
13 October 2017
After two years of planning, Tauranga’s first world junior championship sporting event took place increasing regional GDP by $991,000 and...
Bay of Plenty Tertiary Intentions Update October 2017
Bay of Plenty Tertiary Intentions Update October 2017
12 October 2017
Kia Ora Koutou   Our local leadership team is evolving to help us progress our action plan and achieve our priorities around Māori...
Nationally significant discovery in Tauranga City
Nationally significant discovery in Tauranga City
12 October 2017
An archaeological report published today outlines the national significance of Robbins Park on Cliff Road, part of Otamataha Pa.   As...
Bay of Connections October Update
Bay of Connections October Update
11 October 2017
Happy October, and we hope your year is great so far.  Here’s a few updates from us at Bay of Connections...    Focus...
Efforts continued to tackle pesky weed near Mount Tarawera
Efforts continued to tackle pesky weed near Mount Tarawera
11 October 2017
Bay of Plenty Regional Council, Department of Conservation and Ahu Whenua Trusts Ruawāhia 2B, Rotomahana Parekarangi 6Q2B and Te Ariki have...
SmartGrowth Update October
SmartGrowth Update October
10 October 2017
Transport planning, delivery and funding continues to be a major topic of interest and discussion in the western Bay of Plenty.   The...
Te Puni Kokiri: Te Waipounamu Regional Profile 2017
Te Puni Kokiri: Te Waipounamu Regional Profile 2017
10 October 2017
Te Puni Kōkiri measures a range of outcomes that fall within Whakapapa (te reo Māori and connection to iwi), Oranga (whānau well-being and...
CouncilMARK Independent Assessment Board releases new council reports
CouncilMARK Independent Assessment Board releases new council reports
10 October 2017
The Independent Assessment Board which oversees the local government excellence programme CouncilMARK™ has today released the second set of...
Volunteers needed for young driver initiative
Volunteers needed for young driver initiative
9 October 2017
You can help a local young person get their full licence by volunteering two hours each week as an Adult Navigator.   Rotorua’s...
GET READY WEEK - STAY SAFE, STAY INFORMED
GET READY WEEK - STAY SAFE, STAY INFORMED
9 October 2017
It's Get Ready Week, the perfect time for all of us to make sure we’re prepared for an emergency! This year's theme is Stay Safe,...
Partnership presentation highlights collaboration
Partnership presentation highlights collaboration
6 October 2017
​​​​​06 October 2017 - A lecture on Iwi and Council partnership will explore how collaboration can help enhance projects such as the...
Tauranga Match Fund medium grants now open
Tauranga Match Fund medium grants now open
6 October 2017
Tauranga City Council’s Community Development Match Fund is now open for applications for medium grants of up to $10,000.   The...
Whakatane District Council going paper-light
Whakatane District Council going paper-light
6 October 2017
Whakatāne District Council is adopting a ‘paper-light’ environment in the interests of increasing efficiency and reducing risk, as...
Findings of the independent review into Rangitaiki River Scheme
Findings of the independent review into Rangitaiki River Scheme
3 October 2017
Sir Michael Cullen today presented the findings of the independent review of the Rangitāiki River Scheme to the Bay of Plenty Regional...
CONSULTATION OPENS ON 110KM PER HOUR PROPOSAL
CONSULTATION OPENS ON 110KM PER HOUR PROPOSAL
2 October 2017
The NZ Transport Agency is inviting people to have their say on a proposal to introduce 110 km/h speed limits on the tolled section of the...
Wai Warriors: Guardians of Waiariki
Wai Warriors: Guardians of Waiariki
1 October 2017
Healthy Families Rotorua and Te Arawa Whanau Ora Collective Impact Team are collaborating on the ‘Wai Warriors’ initiative which...
Rotorua programme helps whanau buy homes
Rotorua programme helps whanau buy homes
1 October 2017
Inez White founded Indigenuity Limited, which is giving first homebuyers and whānau the help they need to own their own homes in...
Priority 1 September Newsletter
Priority 1 September Newsletter
29 September 2017
We’ve recently taken the opportunity to refresh our economic development strategy at Priority One. It’s really important that we...
What is Social Investment?
What is Social Investment?
28 September 2017
What is it?   How does it work?  What are the advantages? And the drawbacks?  Give me some examples please.   The...
Maori youth key to lifting regional prosperity
Maori youth key to lifting regional prosperity
28 September 2017
Growing the wider Bay of Plenty’s prosperity by empowering Māori youth through education and skills is a key focus of a collaborative...
MAORI WARDENS SPREAD SAFETY NET IN KATIKATI
MAORI WARDENS SPREAD SAFETY NET IN KATIKATI
27 September 2017
Behind the scenes in Katikati a group of volunteers spends every waking hour dedicated to helping local people in need – youth at risk, the...
Rotorua Lakes Council announces Kaiwhakahaere Maori
Rotorua Lakes Council announces Kaiwhakahaere Maori
26 September 2017
Gina Rangi has been appointed as Rotorua Lakes Council’s Kaiwhakahaere – General Manager Māori.    Since 2015, she...
Australian invasion expected for mountain race
Australian invasion expected for mountain race
25 September 2017
Early indications are that Kiwi runners will have a tough task ahead of them at this year’s Kawerau King of the Mountain...
Tauranga moves on transport
Tauranga moves on transport
25 September 2017
We’re working on a plan that will help prioritise, fund and deliver transport and land use over the next 30 years.  This work is...
World Rivers Day - Freshwater Flash Update
World Rivers Day - Freshwater Flash Update
24 September 2017
E kore te awa e tau atu ki te moana kia tau rā anō ana rawa katoa ki te whenua.   The river does not arrive at the sea until she has...
World Rivers Day heralds boost for water quality data
World Rivers Day heralds boost for water quality data
23 September 2017
Understanding and improving our waterways requires high quality information and communities can now access the latest on their rivers, lakes and...
Sir Mason Durie Tuesday 31st October
Sir Mason Durie Tuesday 31st October
22 September 2017
Compass Seminars bring you the opportunity to spend a day with Sir Mason Durie on Tuesday 31st October at ASB Baypark from 9am –...
GROWTH UNDERPINS STRONG YEAR FOR WESTERN BAY
GROWTH UNDERPINS STRONG YEAR FOR WESTERN BAY
22 September 2017
Western Bay of Plenty District Council has approved its 2017 Annual Report which shows a strong balance sheet, reduced debt and positive signs for...
WASTE GOES UNDER THE SCOPE
WASTE GOES UNDER THE SCOPE
22 September 2017
Reconsidering how waste is disposed of in the Western Bay is in its next phase of development – including potential future waste...
The Americas Cup is coming to Edgecumbe!
The Americas Cup is coming to Edgecumbe!
21 September 2017
Edgecumbe is in for a boost, with Emirates Team New Zealand bringing the America’s Cup to town during the upcoming September school...
Further consultation opens on draft freedom camping bylaw for Taupo
Further consultation opens on draft freedom camping bylaw for Taupo
19 September 2017
​Community feedback is being invited on the most recent iteration of a proposed freedom camping bylaw for the Taupo...
MATAKANA ISLAND TO REMAIN A WESTERN BAY TAONGA
MATAKANA ISLAND TO REMAIN A WESTERN BAY TAONGA
18 September 2017
Western Bay of Plenty District Council is pleased with the outcome of the recent Environment Court decision that confirms the forested part of...
Many positives in emergency response review
Many positives in emergency response review
18 September 2017
An independent review of the Whakatāne District Council's response to the April flooding and storm emergency has highlighted "many...
KEY THEMES EMERGE FROM COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS
KEY THEMES EMERGE FROM COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS
14 September 2017
​The pace of change, building communities, protecting our environment and getting around are the key themes emerging from community...
Joint Council-Google project brings District to Google Street View
Joint Council-Google project brings District to Google Street View
14 September 2017
The project was the first of its kind in New Zealand, with Google loaning a ‘Trekker’ to the Council to capture Street View imagery....
Kawerau Council extends CEO contract
Kawerau Council extends CEO contract
14 September 2017
Kawerau District Council re-appointed Russell George as its chief executive officer at an extraordinary meeting on Tuesday, September...
Rotorua spatial plan will become Councils umbrella document
Rotorua spatial plan will become Councils umbrella document
14 September 2017
Rotorua’s spatial plan, setting out how and where development and growth will occur in the district, will become Council’s...
Draft Rotorua Visitor Economy Strategy
Draft Rotorua Visitor Economy Strategy
13 September 2017
A draft Rotorua Visitor Economy Strategy will be considered by the Strategy, Policy and Finance Committee during its monthly hui (meeting)...
Predator Free 2050 Ltd on the hunt to fund bold conservation projects
Predator Free 2050 Ltd on the hunt to fund bold conservation projects
12 September 2017
Starting 12 September, New Zealand conservation groups committed to broad scale predator eradication are encouraged to lodge an expression of...
Climate change a top priority for a new government: LGNZ
Climate change a top priority for a new government: LGNZ
12 September 2017
Globe2Local government is calling for an incoming government to act quickly on climate change to ensure New Zealand communities are well prepared...
Community open days for proposed Te Tumu development
Community open days for proposed Te Tumu development
11 September 2017
The proposed development of Te Tumu, in Papamoa East, could provide new housing for more than 15,500 people – as well as new amenities...
Youth Enterprise Initiatives
Youth Enterprise Initiatives
11 September 2017
The Youth Enterprise Fund - Programmes and Services aims to drive innovation and collaboration in service design and delivery which assists young...
New luxury spa and wellness centre to open in Rotorua
New luxury spa and wellness centre to open in Rotorua
8 September 2017
The development of a new luxury spa and wellness centre on Rotorua’s lakefront will reinforce Rotorua’s position on the global stage...
Rotorua wins bid for international conference
Rotorua wins bid for international conference
5 September 2017
Rotorua has won a bid to host an international conference which will bring about 1000 delegates from around the world to the...
Ministry of Social Development 2017-2022 Statement of Intent
Ministry of Social Development 2017-2022 Statement of Intent
1 September 2017
The Ministry of Social Development 2017-2022 Statement of Intent sets out our strategic objectives for the next five years.   This...
2017-18 Social Housing Investment Strategy
2017-18 Social Housing Investment Strategy
1 September 2017
The 2017/18 Social Housing Investment Strategy is MSD’s first investment strategy for social housing and is an integral part of implementing...
Priority 1 August Newsletter
Priority 1 August Newsletter
31 August 2017
Go here to see the full August newsletter from Priority One, the Western Bay of Plenty region's economic development...
Collaboration the key to successful outcomes
Collaboration the key to successful outcomes
31 August 2017
Bay of Plenty Regional Council works with communities, iwi and industry and local government partners at every opportunity and these efforts will...
Smartgrowth Update August
Smartgrowth Update August
29 August 2017
SmartGrowth’s partner forums play a key role in ground-truthing the work that we do and provide valuable input into the future direction of...
BayTrust Annual Report and Update
BayTrust Annual Report and Update
27 August 2017
BayTrust recently hosted our 29th Annual Public Meeting, East Bay REAP in Whakatane.   A special thank you to all of those who attended, and...
Roll-out complete for Rotorua bus bike racks
Roll-out complete for Rotorua bus bike racks
25 August 2017
Bay of Plenty Regional Council has completed the roll-out of bike racks on Rotorua buses, with Tauranga the next city in its sights. The Bay...
Trade Bank Supports healthy homes
Trade Bank Supports healthy homes
23 August 2017
Tradebank is a voluntary trade service born out of a desire and necessity to provide healthier, warm, dry and comfortable living conditions to the...
First relocatable homes arrive
First relocatable homes arrive
23 August 2017
The Hon. Anne Tolley and Whakatāne Mayor Tony Bonne with the keys to the first relocatable buildings.The first two relocatable houses for use by...
BAY OF CONNECTIONS August news update
BAY OF CONNECTIONS August news update
23 August 2017
The geothermal action stream received a significant boost this week, with the Government announcing $150,000 towards the establishment of a...
Community connects on Kaituna River document
Community connects on Kaituna River document
22 August 2017
  Te Maru o Kaituna River Authority received presentations from 26 submitters to the Proposed Kaituna River Document, during hearings...
Murupara community day to focus on healthy living
Murupara community day to focus on healthy living
17 August 2017
The next Healthy Homes Murupara Community Day is on Saturday, 26 August 2017 from 12–2 pm outside the Murupara Library, and it will be...
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...
100M social investment mental health package
100M social investment mental health package
14 August 2017
The Government has today announced details of the $100 million social investment fund for mental health, says Social Investment Minister Amy Adams...
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...