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Poll Result Goes Against Establishment of Maori Wards in WBOP
Poll Result Goes Against Establishment of Maori Wards in WBOP
22 May 2018
Progress results of a binding poll show Western Bay electors have voted against Māori representation around the Council table.   In...
Welcoming Communities Network for Newcomers
Welcoming Communities Network for Newcomers
18 May 2018
A plan for welcoming newcomers to the Western Bay and Tauranga began to take shape this month with local organisations and community groups...
Have your say on proposed changes to the beaches bylaw
Have your say on proposed changes to the beaches bylaw
14 May 2018
Feedback received from residents on how they want to enjoy Tauranga’s beaches has been used to propose changes to the city’s beaches...
MAPPING THE SOCIAL SECTOR GOES LIVE
MAPPING THE SOCIAL SECTOR GOES LIVE
12 May 2018
Ground-breaking report highlights the value of social services in addressing serious social issues in the Western Bay of...
Fiona McTavish appointed as Regional Council Chief Executive
Fiona McTavish appointed as Regional Council Chief Executive
11 May 2018
Fiona McTavish has been appointed to the position of Chief Executive, Bay of Plenty Regional Council Toi Moana.   The appointment of...
New regions for Housing First to include Rotorua
New regions for Housing First to include Rotorua
11 May 2018
The Housing First programme will expand to support homeless people in Rotorua, Whangarei, Northland, Nelson, Blenheim, Napier and...
LGNZ welcomes Productivity Commission review into local government funding
LGNZ welcomes Productivity Commission review into local government funding
11 May 2018
LGNZ President Dave Cull welcomes Minister of Local Government Hon Nanaia Mahuta’s announcement today that there will be a Productivity...
Independent advisory panel for Rotorua flood review
Independent advisory panel for Rotorua flood review
10 May 2018
An independent advisory panel will be established to consider future flood mitigation and prevention measures for...
MBIE latest territorial authority GDP estimates shows widespread regional economic growth
MBIE latest territorial authority GDP estimates shows widespread regional economic growth
10 May 2018
The latest release of MBIE’s experimental Modelled Territorial Authority Gross Domestic Product (MTAGDP) estimates shows growth in 64 out of...
Head of KiwiBuild appointed
Head of KiwiBuild appointed
10 May 2018
Stephen Barclay has been appointed as the Head of KiwiBuild, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment Chief Executive Carolyn Tremain...
Greening the city one native tree at a time
Greening the city one native tree at a time
9 May 2018
The new urban green space development at 123-141 Maunganui Road is making way for new native plants greening the space.   Tauranga...
Significant funding boost for family violence services
Significant funding boost for family violence services
9 May 2018
The Government has allocated $76.157 million of additional funding over four years to support the stabilisation and strengthening of MSD-funded...
Predicted tourism boom could push infrastructure to breaking point
Predicted tourism boom could push infrastructure to breaking point
8 May 2018
 LGNZ President Dave Cull says that new forecasts predicting an international visitor increase of 37% to 5.1 million annually by 2024 will be...
ENVIRONMENT GROUPS KEY TO DISTRICTS NATURAL FUTURE
ENVIRONMENT GROUPS KEY TO DISTRICTS NATURAL FUTURE
7 May 2018
Behind the scenes in the Western Bay, a host of community groups are beavering away to improve the environment and heighten community awareness of...
TRENZ returning to Rotorua
TRENZ returning to Rotorua
7 May 2018
​​​​​New Zealand tourism’s biggest annual trade show will be back in Rotorua next year.   Each year TRENZ brings...
Bay of Plenty Labour Shortage Declaration
Bay of Plenty Labour Shortage Declaration
7 May 2018
Ministry of Social Development has today declared a seasonal labour shortage across the Bay of Plenty.   An additional 1,200 people are...
Whakatane District Council to investigate renewable energy with Meridian
Whakatane District Council to investigate renewable energy with Meridian
4 May 2018
Meridian Energy and Whakatāne District Council will work together to investigate a number of local renewable energy projects to support the...
Preparing for Winter 2018
Preparing for Winter 2018
4 May 2018
No one in need of housing should go unsupported this winter.  MSD's priority is that everyone who approaches us for help is supported in...
Collaborative approach to Whakatane commercial wharf and waterfront development
Collaborative approach to Whakatane commercial wharf and waterfront development
3 May 2018
The following is a joint media release from Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Awa Group Holdings Limited and the Whakatāne District...
Got an idea to boost the Maori economy? Apply for funding now.
Got an idea to boost the Maori economy? Apply for funding now.
2 May 2018
People with bold, innovative ideas for Māori economic development can apply to the He kai kei aku ringa Fund.    With support...
Public consultation for Opotiki Long-Term Plan opens
Public consultation for Opotiki Long-Term Plan opens
1 May 2018
​Consultation is open and residents can provide their input into the district's future through the Long-Term Plan (LTP)...
Kiwi Forever conservation and cultural programme
Kiwi Forever conservation and cultural programme
1 May 2018
Kiwi Forever’ an enduring legacy conservation and cultural programme was held recently in the Tongariro...
MPI new business units launched
MPI new business units launched
1 May 2018
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) established 3 new business units yesterday – Biosecurity New Zealand, Fisheries New Zealand and...
Priority 1 April 2018 Newsletter
Priority 1 April 2018 Newsletter
30 April 2018
Priority One were kept busy during April preparing submissions to local authority long term plans.  This is when the three councils covering...
New interim Maori Warden Warranting process ensures consistency throughout the motu
New interim Maori Warden Warranting process ensures consistency throughout the motu
27 April 2018
Mā whero mā pango ka oti ai te mahi- With red and black the work will be complete   After robust kōrero, Māori Wardens, the New...
Productivity Commission draft report on transitioning to a low emissions economy
Productivity Commission draft report on transitioning to a low emissions economy
27 April 2018
The Productivity Commission's draft report on transitioning to a low-emissions economy is now available.  Download the draft report...
Tough decisions ahead for Regional Council
Tough decisions ahead for Regional Council
24 April 2018
Climate change, the management of pests and targeted rates affordability were key themes shared by submitters at Bay of Plenty Regional...
Public meeting on Kaituna River re-diversion
Public meeting on Kaituna River re-diversion
23 April 2018
Public information sessions will be held on Wednesday 2 May, ahead of work to partially re-divert freshwater flows from the Kaituna River into Te...
Papakainga provides refuge in time of need
Papakainga provides refuge in time of need
20 April 2018
“I am proud to able to support this papakāinga project.   We are focused on better working with communities, government...
Greenprint for Whakatane forging ahead
Greenprint for Whakatane forging ahead
17 April 2018
A community initiative is gathering steam, with the second meeting of ‘Greenprint for Whakatāne’ taking place this Thursday (19...
Interim Climate Change Committee announced
Interim Climate Change Committee announced
17 April 2018
The Minister for Climate Change today announced the membership of the Interim Climate Change Committee, which will begin work on how New Zealand...
NZ first tsunami high ground
NZ first tsunami high ground
16 April 2018
Tauranga City Council has made history with the official opening of the first purpose-built tsunami high ground in Australasia by the Minister of...
Destination signs highlight gateway to White Island/Whakaari
Destination signs highlight gateway to White Island/Whakaari
16 April 2018
Destination signs highlight gateway to White Island/Whakaari Visitors travelling into Whakatane along Landing Road will now have no doubt...
Upwards of 1000 Responses to Rotorua Ten Year Plan
Upwards of 1000 Responses to Rotorua Ten Year Plan
16 April 2018
More than 1000 individuals, groups and organisations have provided feedback on Rotorua Lakes Council’s proposed 2018-28 Long-term...
Air your opinion
Air your opinion
13 April 2018
Stinky smells, agrichemical sprays, smoky fires and dust cause more than a thousand calls to be lodged with the Regional Council's Pollution...
Heartfelt submissions for transport plan hearing panel
Heartfelt submissions for transport plan hearing panel
13 April 2018
Personal and heartfelt stories were amongst more than 150 submissions that were verbally delivered to a hearing panel in Tauranga this week in...
PUBLIC CAMPAIGN FOR SH2 WELCOMED BY WESTERN BAY MAYOR
PUBLIC CAMPAIGN FOR SH2 WELCOMED BY WESTERN BAY MAYOR
12 April 2018
Western Bay Mayor Garry Webber is grateful to the wider community for getting so strongly behind the push to reclaim State Highway 2’s...
Driver cadetship proposal welcomed by industry
Driver cadetship proposal welcomed by industry
12 April 2018
A Bay of Connections industry group is taking a looming shortage of heavy vehicle drivers into its own hands, working with Toi Ohomai Institute of...
Bay of Plenty seaweed could boost athletes
Bay of Plenty seaweed could boost athletes
10 April 2018
Athletes could soon be turning to Bay of Plenty seaweed to give them a protein boost, thanks to revolutionary work being carried out in...
Minister announces Whanau Ora Review Panel
Minister announces Whanau Ora Review Panel
10 April 2018
  An independent panel to undertake the review of Whānau Ora has been appointed, Minister Peeni Henare announced...
New contractor and enhanced bus services
New contractor and enhanced bus services
9 April 2018
Bay of Plenty Regional Council is pleased to announce that it has awarded the new western Bay of Plenty bus contracts to NZ Bus.   NZ...
No loss of life acceptable
No loss of life acceptable
9 April 2018
No loss of life is acceptable, is the message behind the development of the Government’s new road safety strategy, says Associate Transport...
Trustpower Community Awards: have you voted?
Trustpower Community Awards: have you voted?
8 April 2018
Community organisations from Whakatāne and Rotorua can share in an increased prize pool in this year's Trustpower Community...
Rotorua public meeting to explain Special Housing Areas
Rotorua public meeting to explain Special Housing Areas
6 April 2018
Rotorua Lakes Council will host a public hui/meeting in Ngongotaha next week to provide locals with information and facts about special housing...
Boost for local government in new bills
Boost for local government in new bills
6 April 2018
The Government is acting to restore the promotion of social, cultural, economic and environmental well-being of communities to the statutory...
New Positive Ageing Strategy
New Positive Ageing Strategy
6 April 2018
The Government will develop a new Positive Ageing Strategy to shape the policies needed to help older New Zealanders live well, Seniors Minister...
Four well-beings restored to local communities
Four well-beings restored to local communities
6 April 2018
Local Government New Zealand is delighted to see the introduction of the Local Government (Community Well-being) Amendment Bill which restores the...
Early Learning Strategic Plan terms of reference announced
Early Learning Strategic Plan terms of reference announced
5 April 2018
Education Minister Chris Hipkins today released the terms of reference for the Early Learning Strategic Plan, which aims to give all children...
Evaluation of Social Workers in Schools (SWiS) services
Evaluation of Social Workers in Schools (SWiS) services
4 April 2018
Social Workers in Schools (SWiS) is a government-funded, community social work service available in most decile 1-3 primary and intermediate...
Taskforce to review Tomorrows Schools appointed
Taskforce to review Tomorrows Schools appointed
4 April 2018
The experts charged with undertaking the biggest review of the way our schools are governed, managed and administered in 30 years have been...
Warm and dry for winter campaign
Warm and dry for winter campaign
4 April 2018
As the weather gets colder help keep your family healthy with a warm and dry home.    Homes that are warm, dry, uncrowded and...
River goal to become reality
River goal to become reality
3 April 2018
The final hurdle in restoring freshwater flows into the dying Maketū Estuary (Te Awa o Ngatoroirangi) has been overcome. Bay of Plenty...
Regional councils set draft regional targets for swimmable lakes and rivers
Regional councils set draft regional targets for swimmable lakes and rivers
1 April 2018
Regional councils are this month announcing draft targets that are a step towards the goal of 90 per cent of rivers and lakes being swimmable by...
Priority One March Newsletter
Priority One March Newsletter
29 March 2018
Tauranga tops the country on all key measures of economic growth.   Last month I wrote enthusiastically about the Bay's robust...
Council Long Term Plan Links
Council Long Term Plan Links
28 March 2018
Councils around the region are currently in consultation processes for their Long Term Plans (10 years).  The Local Government Act 2002...
Information Release - Families Package March 2018
Information Release - Families Package March 2018
28 March 2018
The Ministry of Social Development and Treasury have released advice given to Government, including reports and Cabinet papers, concerning the...
Vital Signs Reports Across the Region
Vital Signs Reports Across the Region
27 March 2018
Communities are stronger when they work together.  The Geyser Foundation mission is to connect generous people with causes that matter...
New targets begin historic path to poverty reduction
New targets begin historic path to poverty reduction
27 March 2018
New Zealand will take its next steps towards fulfilling new child poverty legislation by setting three year targets to reduce poverty and hardship...
Open letter to the Government calls for removal of poll provisions for Maori
Open letter to the Government calls for removal of poll provisions for Maori
26 March 2018
Local Government New Zealand is calling on the Government to remove poll provisions for Māori wards and constituencies.   In an open...
Water focus for Regional Council
Water focus for Regional Council
22 March 2018
Bay of Plenty Regional Council Chairman Doug Leeder is calling for all Bay of Plenty residents to consider their role in caring for water this...
Regional Council Long Term Plan process moves to next stage
Regional Council Long Term Plan process moves to next stage
22 March 2018
Bay of Plenty Regional Council staff are now processing submissions received on its Long Term Plan Consultation Document, with more than 200...
Tauranga City Council Long Term Plan open days
Tauranga City Council Long Term Plan open days
20 March 2018
Tauranga City Council is holding six open days around the city on its Long Term Plan (LTP) 2018-2028, to help community members with the issues...
A wellbeing approach to assessing the Governments balance sheet
A wellbeing approach to assessing the Governments balance sheet
20 March 2018
The 2018 Investment Statement He Puna Hao Pātiki, shows how the Treasury is moving towards a more holistic way of assessing the...
Korero mai - Have your say on Rotorua's Future
Korero mai - Have your say on Rotorua's Future
19 March 2018
Have you seen what’s proposed for Rotorua across the next 10 years? He aha ō whakaaro? What do you think about Council’s 2018-28...
Diversity in Conservation Board membership sought
Diversity in Conservation Board membership sought
18 March 2018
Nominations for Conservation Boards have been reopened to ensure they reflect the diverse communities they serve, Conservation Minister Eugenie...
Western Bay Council Draft Long Term Plan Consultation Document Adopted
Western Bay Council Draft Long Term Plan Consultation Document Adopted
15 March 2018
Today Western Bay of Plenty District Council adopted their Long Term Plan 2018 – 2028 Draft Consultation Document which is open for public...
Whakatane District Council Long Term Plan Consultation Document Adopted
Whakatane District Council Long Term Plan Consultation Document Adopted
15 March 2018
The Whakatāne District Council has adopted the consultation document for its 2018-28 Long Term Plan (LTP), and other draft supporting documents,...
Funding to Expand Bay of Plenty Minginui Nursery
Funding to Expand Bay of Plenty Minginui Nursery
15 March 2018
The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will provide up to $5.8 million over three years to allow a Bay of Plenty nursery to scale up production of...
Council reports progress on Cullen Review recommendations
Council reports progress on Cullen Review recommendations
14 March 2018
Bay of Plenty Regional Council shows steady progress addressing the recommendations of the Rangitāiki River Scheme Review.   On 6...
Last opportunity to have your say on Regional Councils long term plans
Last opportunity to have your say on Regional Councils long term plans
14 March 2018
Submissions to Bay of Plenty Regional Council’s Long Term Plan Consultation Document close on Monday and people are being reminded to act...
Taupo District Council Long Term Plan - Have Your Say
Taupo District Council Long Term Plan - Have Your Say
14 March 2018
Every three years Council's develop a Long-Term Plan (LTP) that outlines the services, key products and initiatives we plan on delivering for...
TECT ALL TERRAIN PARK SCORES TOP AWARD - AGAIN
TECT ALL TERRAIN PARK SCORES TOP AWARD - AGAIN
13 March 2018
TECT All Terrain Park in Western Bay is flying high having been awarded the international Green Flag Award for the fourth year in a...
MfE science advisor Dr Alison Collins
MfE science advisor Dr Alison Collins
13 March 2018
Dr Alison Collins is the Ministry for the Environment's Departmental Science Advisor.   Alison is focused on ensuring the best...
Taurangas new airport terminal
Taurangas new airport terminal
12 March 2018
Tauranga has commenced works on a major terminal redevelopment that will enhance the customer experience at Tauranga Airport, one of the main...
Funding available for projects that reduce waste from the outset
Funding available for projects that reduce waste from the outset
12 March 2018
The May round of the Waste Minimisation Fund will target projects that build in reducing waste from the outset, Associate Environment Minister...
Tauranga City Council LTP consultation
Tauranga City Council LTP consultation
9 March 2018
Tauranga City Council are in the process of planning our future, together – so we can build an internationally competitive city, with a higher...
Community Sector Innovation Incubator - Applications Open
Community Sector Innovation Incubator - Applications Open
8 March 2018
Do you have an idea for addressing a social, environmental or community issue in a new way?   Would you like some one-on-one support...
Pathway for change at the TEC
Pathway for change at the TEC
8 March 2018
Today the Tertiary Education Commission's (TEC’s) Chief Executive, Tim Fowler, announced final decisions on a pathway for reorganisation...
Zero Carbon Act needs to consider adaptation alongside mitigation
Zero Carbon Act needs to consider adaptation alongside mitigation
7 March 2018
The report from new Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment Simon Upton calling for a structured and long-term approach to climate change...
Tea and Tots taking off
Tea and Tots taking off
7 March 2018
A community initiative by Housing New Zealand has expanded after phenomenal interest and support from local parents and their...
When Collective Impact Has Impact
When Collective Impact Has Impact
6 March 2018
We at ORS Impact and Spark Policy Institute are excited to release the findings of a ground-breaking study in partnership with 25 collective...
Regional Housing Factsheets 2017
Regional Housing Factsheets 2017
6 March 2018
Each factsheet gives the Ministry of Social Development and the housing sector a localised view of the progress MSD is making to bring on...
Infrastructure focus for proposed Rotorua 10-year plan
Infrastructure focus for proposed Rotorua 10-year plan
5 March 2018
Rotorua Lakes Council’s proposed 2018-28 Long-term Plan includes a major focus on investment in infrastructure for current and future...
Never Happens? Happens Tauranga community event
Never Happens? Happens Tauranga community event
5 March 2018
Tauranga City Council is inviting the community to the official opening of the first purpose-built tsunami high ground in the Southern Hemisphere...
Extra funding allocated in bid to stop Taupo wastewater spills
Extra funding allocated in bid to stop Taupo wastewater spills
5 March 2018
​Taupo District Council is about to ramp up the maintenance of its wastewater network in an effort to stop sewer overflows into the...
Fast track for Tauriko West
Fast track for Tauriko West
5 March 2018
A new streamlined planning process will be trialled for the first time in the Bay of Plenty this year, so that increasing demand for new housing...
Twyfords launches new look collaboration builder
Twyfords launches new look collaboration builder
5 March 2018
Our old friends Twyford's collaboration have launched a new product and coaching service...   Your environment is becoming...
Long-serving member of Opotiki Council team heads west
Long-serving member of Opotiki Council team heads west
5 March 2018
This month, Ōpōtiki District Council says goodbye to one of their longest-serving staff members as he heads to Whakatāne for a new role with...
Storm damage funding shortfall for Whakatane
Storm damage funding shortfall for Whakatane
5 March 2018
The Whakatane District Council has recommended that $2 million of unbudgeted expenditure be approved to cover a shortfall in the cost of repairing...
Boost for state housing in the regions
Boost for state housing in the regions
2 March 2018
Today Housing Minister Phil Twyford announced Housing New Zealand’s plans to built up to 155 new state houses in regional New...
Business case to be developed for Whakatane wharf renewal
Business case to be developed for Whakatane wharf renewal
1 March 2018
A range of possible options for the renewal of Whakatāne’s commercial wharf is to be tested through the development of a detailed business...
Rangatahi Maori gather in Tauranga for youth summit
Rangatahi Maori gather in Tauranga for youth summit
1 March 2018
See the full Te Karere video here   Students from secondary schools in the Tauranga region were invited to He Rangatahi He Anamata, a...
Competitive SAC funding to be stopped
Competitive SAC funding to be stopped
1 March 2018
Today, Education Minister Hon Chris Hipkins, announced the Government will end competitive allocations of funding at New Zealand Qualification...
One billion tree programme under way
One billion tree programme under way
23 February 2018
Collaborative efforts towards the ambitious one billion trees target are well under way with the first areas of land needed for Crown Forestry...
Economic development a key aspiration for Maori in the Waikato
Economic development a key aspiration for Maori in the Waikato
23 February 2018
“There is a new vision for growth and opportunity in the Waikato and I welcome the release of significant economic action goals,” says...
Provincial Growth Fund open for business
Provincial Growth Fund open for business
23 February 2018
The new $1 billion per annum Provincial Growth Fund has been officially launched in Gisborne today by Regional Economic Development Minister Shane...
8 million injection to reboot regional rail
8 million injection to reboot regional rail
23 February 2018
Regional Economic Development Minister and Associate Transport Minister Shane Jones has today announced the first of many regional rail...
Orange peels and practice oil spill
Orange peels and practice oil spill
22 February 2018
An oil spill exercise took place at New Zealand’s busiest port today.   While the risk of a marine oil spill is extremely low,...
Modified Tertiary Education Bill passes 2nd reading
Modified Tertiary Education Bill passes 2nd reading
22 February 2018
The Education (Tertiary Education and Other Matters) Amendment Bill has been redrafted to better reflect the views of submitters and remove unfair...
Murupara community's 'don't treat our water' plea heard
Murupara community's 'don't treat our water' plea heard
22 February 2018
A special meeting of the Whakatāne District Council's Policy Committee has agreed that the Murupara water supply can remain untreated, as...
Paving the way for Pacific success in Education
Paving the way for Pacific success in Education
21 February 2018
The Government’s three year work programme for Education reaffirms our commitment to lifting and sustaining achievement for Pacific children...
Tauranga Museum Referendum
Tauranga Museum Referendum
21 February 2018
Tauranga City Council elected members today decided to run a city-wide referendum to ask the community if they support investment in a museum...
BINDING POLL TO BE HELD REGARDING THE ESTABLISHMENT OF MAORI WARDS
BINDING POLL TO BE HELD REGARDING THE ESTABLISHMENT OF MAORI WARDS
21 February 2018
The Western Bay of Plenty District Council is holding a binding poll to see whether Māori wards should be introduced for the next two triennial...
The Three Sector Solution - Butcher & Gilchrist
The Three Sector Solution - Butcher & Gilchrist
20 February 2018
This collection of essays had its origins in a one-day workshop held in August 2015 at The Australian National University. Jointly convened by Dr...
Bay of Plenty Rugby Union gets international exposure in Japan
Bay of Plenty Rugby Union gets international exposure in Japan
20 February 2018
More than seven million Japanese people have been exposed to the Bay of Plenty Rugby Union and its Game on English programme following a feature...
SmartGrowth February 2018 Newsletter
SmartGrowth February 2018 Newsletter
20 February 2018
Read SmartGrowth's latest February newsletter here. SMARTGROWTH IN A NUTSHELL   SmartGrowth provides a unified vision, direction...
Mapping the Social Sector in the Western Bay of Plenty launch
Mapping the Social Sector in the Western Bay of Plenty launch
20 February 2018
The people who are passionate about the wellbeing of this sub-region and its communities have, for several years wanted to convey the depth and...
Western Bay of Plenty Vital Signs Report 2018
Western Bay of Plenty Vital Signs Report 2018
19 February 2018
Vital Signs® 2018 is the culmination of many months’ work.   It is filled with the results from online and written surveys...
Minister Mahuta visits Rotorua
Minister Mahuta visits Rotorua
15 February 2018
Rotorua Lakes Council and Te Tatau o Te Arawa have met with Minister for Māori Development and Local Government Nanaia Mahuta this...
CouncilMARK BBB rating reflects strong performance
CouncilMARK BBB rating reflects strong performance
14 February 2018
​Taupo District Council has received a BBB rating from independent assessors as part of a local government excellence programme, reflecting...
Opotiki recovers as rain eases
Opotiki recovers as rain eases
13 February 2018
With the easing of rain over night, river levels falling, and flood waters going down, Ōpōtiki and the eastern Bay start clean-up...
Reminder to avoid swimming 48hrs after heavy rain
Reminder to avoid swimming 48hrs after heavy rain
13 February 2018
  With the heavy rain in much of the Bay of Plenty and Lakes districts, the local Medical Officer of Health would like to remind the...
Exploring options to influence housing outcomes in future urban growth areas
Exploring options to influence housing outcomes in future urban growth areas
13 February 2018
Tauranga City Council are working on planning two new urban growth areas – new suburbs – to cater for the growth of Tauranga and the...
Greenprint for Whakatane
Greenprint for Whakatane
13 February 2018
‘Where the people lead, the leaders will follow’.   That’s the motto behind next Tuesday’s “Greenprint for...
Have your say: University of Waikato Marine Research & Educational Facility
Have your say: University of Waikato Marine Research & Educational Facility
12 February 2018
Tauranga City Council is seeking feedback on its proposal to long-term lease land at Northern Sulphur Point to enable the University of Waikato to...
Thousands make most of free on-board Wi-Fi
Thousands make most of free on-board Wi-Fi
11 February 2018
More than 5,000 passengers have utilised the free Wi-Fi service being provided by Bay of Plenty Regional Council on buses in Rotorua and Tauranga...
Geothermal matchmaker steaming ahead with plans to create jobs in Bay of Plenty and beyond
Geothermal matchmaker steaming ahead with plans to create jobs in Bay of Plenty and beyond
9 February 2018
Andy Blair describes her role as something of a geothermal matchmaker – it's about connecting those with resource to those who can...
More than 50 council staff buy electric bikes
More than 50 council staff buy electric bikes
9 February 2018
In a bid to help encourage fewer single-occupant cars into the Tauranga city centre, Tauranga City Council has facilitated a deal with national...
Minister publishes review of how the NZ Coastal Policy Statement affects decision making
Minister publishes review of how the NZ Coastal Policy Statement affects decision making
4 February 2018
New Zealand’s major surf breaks and the impacts of vehicles on beaches are receiving more attention from local authorities because of the...
FIRST OF THREE OMOKOROA CYCLEWAY BRIDGES UNDERWAY
FIRST OF THREE OMOKOROA CYCLEWAY BRIDGES UNDERWAY
2 February 2018
Work has started on building the first of three bridges for the Omokoroa to Tauranga Cycle Trail.   The bridge restores the link...
New Great Walks initial submissions
New Great Walks initial submissions
2 February 2018
DOC has had a wide response to its call for initial submissions for potential new Great Walks, with 30 tracks from across the country...
New Zealand wetlands at risk
New Zealand wetlands at risk
2 February 2018
A new report shows New Zealand is continuing to lose its precious wetlands and Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage says it will take years to turn...
Fight against homelessness expands into Christchurch and Tauranga
Fight against homelessness expands into Christchurch and Tauranga
2 February 2018
Providers have been selected for the expansion of the successful Housing First programme in Christchurch and Tauranga, Associate Housing and Urban...
Te Aka Mauri opens tomorrow
Te Aka Mauri opens tomorrow
2 February 2018
Te Aka Mauri, the new home of Rotorua Library and Lakes District Health Board outpatient child services  opens to the community tomorrow...
Opotiki Council seeks public feedback through survey
Opotiki Council seeks public feedback through survey
1 February 2018
​Residents of Opotiki district are being asked for their opinions on a variety of Council services and issues. The Community Satisfaction Survey...
Turangi Service Delivery Centre reopens
Turangi Service Delivery Centre reopens
1 February 2018
Turangi's Service Delivery Centre has reopened in its original location following extensive renovations.  In addition, the facility is...
Latest Social Housing Figures and Housing Quartlery Report
Latest Social Housing Figures and Housing Quartlery Report
1 February 2018
See the latest Social Housing Register figures across New Zealand. The information and related links shows the number of applicants on the Housing...
PROPOSAL ON THE EVOLUTION OF TECT - WE WANT YOUR VIEWS
PROPOSAL ON THE EVOLUTION OF TECT - WE WANT YOUR VIEWS
1 February 2018
A lot has happened in the last twenty-five years since TECT was formed. There’s now more choice in electricity retailers, accelerating...
Freedom camping discussions important step to action
Freedom camping discussions important step to action
31 January 2018
The growth in freedom camping this summer has brought its negative impacts to a head and Local Government New Zealand welcomes Tourism Minister...
Te Hekenga National Maori Business Networks Conference: Tauranga
Te Hekenga National Maori Business Networks Conference: Tauranga
18 January 2018
Te Hekenga III is the third National Hui for Māori Business Networks and Māori SME’s throughout the country.    The...
Civil defence review offers useful recommendations
Civil defence review offers useful recommendations
18 January 2018
A new report recommending changes to how emergencies are managed in New Zealand lays a solid foundation for work to improve civil defence systems,...
Report on response to natural disasters and emergencies released
Report on response to natural disasters and emergencies released
18 January 2018
Civil Defence Minister Kris Faafoi has released a report into how New Zealand responds to natural disasters and emergencies and will meet key...
Call for applicants for new Health Consumer Council
Call for applicants for new Health Consumer Council
17 January 2018
Community-minded people are being asked to help shape healthcare services as a new Bay of Plenty Health Consumer Council is...
Oranga Tamariki Ministry for Children
Oranga Tamariki Ministry for Children
17 January 2018
The name change for Oranga Tamariki—Ministry for Children officially takes effect today.    The new name and the dropping...
Consultation on fisheries sustainability measures for 2018
Consultation on fisheries sustainability measures for 2018
12 January 2018
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is seeking feedback on the annual review of catch limits and other management settings for the start of...
Housing New Zealand making properties even safer
Housing New Zealand making properties even safer
12 January 2018
Housing New Zealand has further protected and enhanced the lives of tenants by installing long-life smoke alarms into our properties, and building...
COUNCIL FUNDING A LIFELINE FOR LIFEGUARDS
COUNCIL FUNDING A LIFELINE FOR LIFEGUARDS
11 January 2018
A funding boost for surf lifeguards on Western Bay beaches this summer has helped bridge the funding gap for weekly patrols, says Western Bay...
Rotorua named as top destination to visit in 2018
Rotorua named as top destination to visit in 2018
11 January 2018
Rotorua has been named as one of the top places to see in the prestigious The New York Times’ 52 Places to Go in 2018...
SUMMER FUN FOR WESTERN BAY YOUTH
SUMMER FUN FOR WESTERN BAY YOUTH
10 January 2018
​​​Summer in the Western Bay is 100% fun with a line-up of free events for young people hosted by the Tauranga Youth Development Team and...
Swimming spots tested throughout the summer
Swimming spots tested throughout the summer
9 January 2018
While you’ve been enjoying a dip in one of the region’s lakes this summer, Gemma Kerrisk has been checking they’re safe to swim...
3.74 million for new electric vehicles
3.74 million for new electric vehicles
8 January 2018
More electric vehicles will be hitting New Zealand’s highways, bus lanes and streets with funding announced by Energy and Resources Minister...
Keep on your feet with strength and balance classes
Keep on your feet with strength and balance classes
1 January 2018
Sport Bay Of Plenty has launched a new programme focused on supporting older people to live stronger for longer by reducing the risk of falls and...
Container Terminal perfect example of regional economic collaboration
Container Terminal perfect example of regional economic collaboration
13 November 2017
The development of a Kawerau Container Terminal has taken another leap forward with the announcement of the terminal’s preferred operator...
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...