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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...
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....
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....
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...
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...
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...
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...
Geotechnical drilling underway in Edgecumbe
Geotechnical drilling underway in Edgecumbe
15 June 2017
Work is currently underway on College Road in Edgecumbe to get a detailed picture of what lies beneath the surface to help plan for the building...
Flood repairs taking time
Flood repairs taking time
14 June 2017
Now two months since the major flooding events of April, Bay of Plenty Regional Council’s Rivers and Drainage Manager reminded the rural...
Whakatane District Plan fully operative 21 June
Whakatane District Plan fully operative 21 June
14 June 2017
The Whakatāne District Plan is scheduled to be fully operative on 21 June 2017, having been approved by the Whakatāne District Council on 8 June...
Broad range in 17 finalists for local government EXCELLENCE Awards
Broad range in 17 finalists for local government EXCELLENCE Awards
14 June 2017
From a weed blitz to mountain biking and innovative economic strategy, finalists in the 2017 Local Government New Zealand EXCELLENCE Awards span a...
Tauranga City Annual Plan 2017/18 deliberations outcomes
Tauranga City Annual Plan 2017/18 deliberations outcomes
9 June 2017
Tauranga City elected members have completed deliberations on the proposals for next year’s budget. Deliberations deliver the Annual Plan...
Whakatane District Mayoral Relief Fund open
Whakatane District Mayoral Relief Fund open
9 June 2017
Applications to the Whakatane District Mayoral Relief Fund are now open.   Any Whakatāne District residents affected by flood or storm...
New kaupapa Maori service being set up at Lakes DHB
New kaupapa Maori service being set up at Lakes DHB
9 June 2017
A new kaupapa Maori service is being set up at Lakes DHB.   Lakes DHB has exited its contract with Te Kahui Hauora in respect of the...
More fish for Maketu
More fish for Maketu
9 June 2017
Two causeways have been removed from Papahikahawai Creek this week, allowing natural tidal flows into 13 hectares of Te Awa o...
Free resource consents for over 40 hectare farmers ready to take next step
Free resource consents for over 40 hectare farmers ready to take next step
8 June 2017
Farmers ready to move to the next stage of the Proposed Plan Change 10 process can now apply for a resource consent, with the Bay of Plenty...
Tourism facilities funding welcomed by Whakatane
Tourism facilities funding welcomed by Whakatane
8 June 2017
The announcement of Government funding for gateway tourist facilities has been welcomed by Whakatāne District Mayor Tony...
Rotorua Council Annual Plan deliberations conclude
Rotorua Council Annual Plan deliberations conclude
7 June 2017
Councillors have finished their deliberations for the 2017/18 Rotorua Lakes Council Annual Plan and a draft plan will be put before them at the...
Business Breakfast to put Spotlight on Workplace Wellbeing
Business Breakfast to put Spotlight on Workplace Wellbeing
7 June 2017
Workplaces interested in improving staff wellbeing, engagement and productivity are invited to attend a free ‘Wellbeing in the...
Maori Wardens Conference held to discuss proposed plans for an independent future
Maori Wardens Conference held to discuss proposed plans for an independent future
6 June 2017
Three hundred Māori Wardens from around Aotearoa travelled to Rotorua on 1 June to discuss two key kaupapa that could move Māori Wardens towards...
Submissions open - proposed Kaituna River Document
Submissions open - proposed Kaituna River Document
4 June 2017
​​​​The waters of the Kaituna River and its many tributaries play a pivotal role in many lives of Bay of Plenty residents, and community...
Passionate public response to proposed public transport plan
Passionate public response to proposed public transport plan
1 June 2017
The importance of public transport to the Western Bay of Plenty has become undeniable, evidenced by the sheer number of passionate responses...
Culturally significant tourist hot spot to get more improvements
Culturally significant tourist hot spot to get more improvements
1 June 2017
​Spa Thermal Park's Otumuheke Stream is set to get an upgrade to make the area safer for visitors, while encouraging greater respect and...
Silver Lining to Bays Ageing Baby Boomers
Silver Lining to Bays Ageing Baby Boomers
1 June 2017
Older residents are contributing $2.5 billion a year to the Bay’s economy, with the amount expected to reach $7 billion by 2031. The...
Rotorua trustee named chair of Philanthropy New Zealand
Rotorua trustee named chair of Philanthropy New Zealand
1 June 2017
Taking her portfolio of skills to a whole new level, Rotorua Energy Charitable Trust trustee, Sandra Kai Fong has been named the chair of the...
Closing the gap - join the conversation
Closing the gap - join the conversation
30 May 2017
SociaLink in collaboration with Closing the Gap and supported by Priority One announce an opportunity to discuss how to close the inequality...
Preferred Tenderer for Harbour announced
Preferred Tenderer for Harbour announced
30 May 2017
At the Opotiki District Council meeting on 23 May, Council selected a consortium of HEB Construction and Tonkin & Taylor as the Preferred...
Business leaders confident but attracting skills a barrier to growth
Business leaders confident but attracting skills a barrier to growth
30 May 2017
As a business member-based economic development agency – a unique model in New Zealand – it’s essential that Priority...
Rotorua Air Quality bylaw submission process is open
Rotorua Air Quality bylaw submission process is open
29 May 2017
​​ Rotorua Lakes Council is calling for feedback on Rotorua’s Air Quality Control Bylaw, which is enforced by Bay of Plenty Regional...
GETTING STRATEGIC ABOUT FUTURE SPORT AND RECREATION
GETTING STRATEGIC ABOUT FUTURE SPORT AND RECREATION
29 May 2017
A new strategy, endorsed by the mayors and chief executives of all six Bay of Plenty councils, has been created to put parameters around the...
Sharing the benefits of growth
Sharing the benefits of growth
25 May 2017
Budget 2017 shares the benefits of growth by improving public services, investing in the infrastructure needed for a growing country, reducing...
Maori Land Service to support land owners
Maori Land Service to support land owners
25 May 2017
Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell says $31 million of funding will be dedicated to establish phase one of the Māori Land...
27million for marae and Maori housing
27million for marae and Maori housing
25 May 2017
The special significance of marae to Māori and communities is being acknowledged in this year’s Budget with $10 million over four years...
More jobs in Maori tourism and regions
More jobs in Maori tourism and regions
25 May 2017
Māori tourism operators will be able to create new employment opportunities for whānau with $10 million of operating funding over four years in...
Tauranga City Council seeking long-term development partner
Tauranga City Council seeking long-term development partner
24 May 2017
Tauranga City Council is seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) for a long-term development partner to successfully deliver its Heart of the City...
Lake Rotorua Incentives Scheme announced
Lake Rotorua Incentives Scheme announced
24 May 2017
A $40 million fund aimed at reducing the amount of nitrogen entering Lake Rotorua is now open to all landowners in the Lake Rotorua catchment with...
Rangitaiki River Scheme Review Panel
Rangitaiki River Scheme Review Panel
23 May 2017
Sir Michael Cullen today announced the membership and terms of reference for the independent review of the Rangitāiki River Scheme and its...
Perspective on big weather events in April
Perspective on big weather events in April
19 May 2017
A recent paper presented to Bay of Plenty Regional Council provided some perspective on the size of the side-by-side storm events that struck the...
Relocatable house park to meet short-term accommodation needs
Relocatable house park to meet short-term accommodation needs
18 May 2017
The Whakatāne District Council and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) are jointly funding the development of a...
2016 Valuation of the Benefit System for Working-age Adults
2016 Valuation of the Benefit System for Working-age Adults
17 May 2017
This is the sixth valuation of the future cost of New Zealand’s working-age benefit system.   The cumulative impact over five...
Liveable Homes project Whakatane
Liveable Homes project Whakatane
15 May 2017
Whakatāne District Council elected members have unanimously approved the ‘Liveable Homes’ programme, which is designed to ensure that...
Bay of Connections May 2017 update
Bay of Connections May 2017 update
12 May 2017
It’s May already and with plenty happening so far this year, it’s timely to update you on the work Bay of Connections has been doing...
Budget 2017 Increase for DOC tourism infrastructure
Budget 2017 Increase for DOC tourism infrastructure
11 May 2017
The Government will invest $76 million through Budget 2017 on new and upgraded tourism infrastructure for the Department of Conservation as part...
Havelock North report provides useful guidance for water management
Havelock North report provides useful guidance for water management
11 May 2017
Local Government New Zealand says the report into the Havelock North water contamination inquiry released yesterday makes an important...
Draft Threatened Species Strategy consultation
Draft Threatened Species Strategy consultation
11 May 2017
Have your say on the draft Threatened Species Strategy. Submissions close 31 July 2017. The draft Threatened Species Strategy sets out the New...
Tourism infrastructure funding boost a step in the right direction
Tourism infrastructure funding boost a step in the right direction
11 May 2017
Local Government New Zealand says the Tourism Infrastructure Fund of $102m over four years announced today is a welcome contribution towards...
Whakatane District Recovery Project Update 10 May
Whakatane District Recovery Project Update 10 May
10 May 2017
Liveable Homes   The Eastern Bay Energy Trust has pledged insulation for all houses, regardless of insurance status.    The...
Tauranga City Council seeks feedback on proposed Special Housing Areas
Tauranga City Council seeks feedback on proposed Special Housing Areas
9 May 2017
Tauranga City Council is asking the community for feedback on proposals from developers to establish two Special Housing Areas: one in Wairakei...
Review of Tauranga Elder Housing Service
Review of Tauranga Elder Housing Service
9 May 2017
Tauranga City Council will be carrying out a review of its Elder Housing portfolio, operations and future service delivery, ahead of the 2018- 28...
Celebration of new bridge at Pakihi
Celebration of new bridge at Pakihi
5 May 2017
​On Saturday 29 April 2017, locals and guests joined together to officially cut the ribbon on the new Pakihi Bridge across Te Waiti stream south...
Coordinated approach to post flood donations
Coordinated approach to post flood donations
4 May 2017
Organisations and agencies which have been receiving and distributing donated goods have agreed to take a more coordinated approach as the...
Rotorua library and child health hub update
Rotorua library and child health hub update
4 May 2017
Rotorua’s library and child health hub building has been gifted the name Te Aka Mauri to reflect the shared vision to create a facility of...
New Better Public Services targets
New Better Public Services targets
3 May 2017
A refresh of the Better Public Services targets will further improve the lives of New Zealanders, State Services Minister Paula Bennett...
Impact of the Family Start Home Visiting Programme on Outcomes for Mothers and Children: A Quasi-Experimental Study
Impact of the Family Start Home Visiting Programme on Outcomes for Mothers and Children: A Quasi-Experimental Study
3 May 2017
Family Start workers make regular home visits and, using a structured program, seek to improve parenting capability and practice.  Workers...
COUNCILS OFFER AMNESTY FOR OWNERS OF MENACING DOGS
COUNCILS OFFER AMNESTY FOR OWNERS OF MENACING DOGS
1 May 2017
Tauranga City Council and Western Bay of Plenty District Council are joining forces to reduce the risk and harm from dog attacks in the...
kiwifruit partnership brings regional economic opportunities to life
kiwifruit partnership brings regional economic opportunities to life
1 May 2017
Last week’s announcement of a $30 million Bay of Plenty kiwifruit orchard investment partnership will help bring some of the region’s...
Report confirms serious challenges for rivers
Report confirms serious challenges for rivers
1 May 2017
New Zealand’s rivers and lakes are under increasing pressure, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment...
Priority 1 April 2017 Newsletter
Priority 1 April 2017 Newsletter
29 April 2017
Māori economy crucial to the future success of the Bay.   Sometimes we get asked about the Māori economy and economic development...
Bay of Plenty Tertiary Intentions Update April 2017
Bay of Plenty Tertiary Intentions Update April 2017
28 April 2017
Welcome to our first BOPTI quarterly newsletter for of 2017.    This year, each newsletter will focus on a specific aspect of the...
Technology for Smarter Business Expo
Technology for Smarter Business Expo
26 April 2017
Are you aware of the innovative technology solutions that are available right here in the Bay?     We encourage you and your...
Not too late to have your say on pest management
Not too late to have your say on pest management
26 April 2017
Controlling pests is vital in helping protect the health of individuals, our native ecosystems, businesses and livelihoods; which is why the Bay...
Amazing volunteer efforts recognised
Amazing volunteer efforts recognised
21 April 2017
Kawerau’s Civil Defence Centre at Rautahi Community Marae officially closed on Tuesday, April 18 after 11 days supporting victims of the...
Councils blown away by volunteer numbers
Councils blown away by volunteer numbers
21 April 2017
More than 1190 people have registered with the Ngāti Awa Volunteer Army since it was initiated on Monday 10th April. Ngāti Awa and both the...
Regional Council donates to flood fund
Regional Council donates to flood fund
21 April 2017
Bay of Plenty Regional Council has approved $700,000 towards supporting people affected by this month’s eastern Bay of Plenty flood...
New regional councillor sworn in
New regional councillor sworn in
21 April 2017
Bay of Plenty Regional Council’s newest councillor has been welcomed with a powhiri.   Matemoana McDonald will represent the...
Opotiki Annual Plan info document released
Opotiki Annual Plan info document released
20 April 2017
Opotiki District Council has released an information document on the 2017/18 Annual Plan Your assets, your community, your future – our plan...
Future proofing, technology and investment to be canvassed at LGNZ conference
Future proofing, technology and investment to be canvassed at LGNZ conference
20 April 2017
The challenges New Zealand faces in the coming decades have been well canvassed by LGNZ in its 2050 Challenge discussion document, which...
LGNZ workstream update
LGNZ workstream update
20 April 2017
Community resilience   Work on establishing the Local Government Risk Agency is with the new Minister of Finance, but whatever the...
Latest benefit fact sheets released
Latest benefit fact sheets released
20 April 2017
Latest benefit fact sheets for March 2017 quarter are available here.  The Benefit Fact Sheets provide a high-level view of trends in benefit...
Social housing report shows over 6mill a day spent in housing support
Social housing report shows over 6mill a day spent in housing support
20 April 2017
The Government spent $550 million over the last three months to support New Zealanders with a roof over their heads – the equivalent of $6.2...
Changes to immigration policy
Changes to immigration policy
19 April 2017
The Minister of Immigration has announced a range of changes to Immigration Policy in his speech this morning.  A summary of the changes is...
Mapping the social sector in the Western Bay of Plenty
Mapping the social sector in the Western Bay of Plenty
18 April 2017
SociaLink is now proud to announce the launch of the  ‘Mapping the Social Sector’ project, which sets out to create an evidence...
Tauranga P problem bigger than Rena
Tauranga P problem bigger than Rena
12 April 2017
Tauranga's methamphetamine problem is spiralling into an issue bigger than the Rena disaster, school parents have been...
All hands to the pump in rural Bay of Plenty as second cyclone looms
All hands to the pump in rural Bay of Plenty as second cyclone looms
12 April 2017
As rural Bay of Plenty braces itself for more heavy rainfall today, the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is working alongside Civil Defence...
Ministers visit flood stricken areas
Ministers visit flood stricken areas
11 April 2017
During the weekend the Minister for Māori Development, Te Ururoa Flavell, and the Minister of Transport, Simon Bridges, flew into the Waiariki...
New plant to boost jobs in Kawerau
New plant to boost jobs in Kawerau
11 April 2017
A particle board plant planned for Kawerau is expected to bring 100 jobs to the district.   The Chinese-based Guangxi Fenglin Wood...
MPI begins consultation on science-based definition for manuka honey and new export requirements
MPI begins consultation on science-based definition for manuka honey and new export requirements
11 April 2017
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has released a scientific definition to authenticate New Zealand mānuka honey, which is essential to...
Review of Rotorua Lakes Council gambling venues
Review of Rotorua Lakes Council gambling venues
11 April 2017
A ‘sinking lid’ approach and no relocation of machines between venues are proposed as part of a review of Rotorua Lakes...
Asbestos concerns prompt Taupo council staff to move
Asbestos concerns prompt Taupo council staff to move
10 April 2017
Significant health and safety issues with Taupo District Council's main office building on Lake Terrace will see staff relocated within the...
Independent review of Edgecumbe flood event
Independent review of Edgecumbe flood event
10 April 2017
Bay of Plenty Regional Council Chair, Doug Leeder, today announced that there will be an independent review of the infrastructure and the...
Maori movement fitness programme launched
Maori movement fitness programme launched
10 April 2017
A Ngāti Ranginui Iwi health programme is producing exciting spin-offs with the launch of a unique Māori fitness programme in Tauranga...
Severe weather warning issued - be prepared
Severe weather warning issued - be prepared
7 April 2017
​​​​​A heavy rain warning has been issued for the Bay of Plenty:   Heavy rain is expected from about midday today to midday...
River levels exceed flood design capability
River levels exceed flood design capability
6 April 2017
Eastern Bay rivers reached warning levels overnight and Bay of Plenty Regional Council’s flood management is making every effort to protect...
Unison and TDC to launch first EV fast-charger in Taupo
Unison and TDC to launch first EV fast-charger in Taupo
6 April 2017
A partnership between Taupo District Council and lines company Unison will see Taupo's first fast-charging station for electric vehicles (EVs)...
Release of new models of tertiary education report
Release of new models of tertiary education report
3 April 2017
The Productivity Commission has published New models of tertiary education – the final report on the Commission’s tertiary education...
Life when renting
Life when renting
3 April 2017
Life when renting is New Zealand’s first research programme to explore the implications of declining home ownership, and the rising number...
Encouraging signs for the regional economy
Encouraging signs for the regional economy
30 March 2017
March saw the release of a new batch of annual statistics - generally these make great reading for the Western Bay of Plenty...
School holiday dental services for toddlers, children & adolescents
School holiday dental services for toddlers, children & adolescents
29 March 2017
Lakes DHB is hoping lots of parents and caregivers take advantage of the dental clinics that will be open over the school...
LGNZ welcomes Better urban planning reports call for a wider funding toolbox
LGNZ welcomes Better urban planning reports call for a wider funding toolbox
29 March 2017
The Productivity Commission’s new report into New Zealand’s urban planning system which highlights the need for councils in high...
Rotorua future growth and development discussion document out now
Rotorua future growth and development discussion document out now
29 March 2017
The Rotorua community will be asked where and how much future growth and development should occur to provide direction for development of a...
Partnership Brokers Training - Wellington
Partnership Brokers Training - Wellington
28 March 2017
Here is a rare opportunity for those organisations and practitioners  who want to build and sustain more effective partnerships.   As...
Maketu Estuary makeover begins
Maketu Estuary makeover begins
28 March 2017
Work to improve natural water flows through Papahikahawai Creek into Te Awa o Ngatoroirangi/Maketū Estuary and create new areas of wetland in the...
Blessing Marks Milestone for TECT Community Hub
Blessing Marks Milestone for TECT Community Hub
28 March 2017
A new Community Business Hub, led by the Tauranga Energy Consumer Trust has reached a significant milestone.    A dawn karakia...
Housing First launches to help Aucklands homeless
Housing First launches to help Aucklands homeless
23 March 2017
A new initiative aimed at ending homelessness in Auckland has officially kicked off.   Today Social Housing Minister Amy Adams and...
New gym facility area for Rotorua Hospitals mental health inpatient unit
New gym facility area for Rotorua Hospitals mental health inpatient unit
23 March 2017
It’s an exciting time for patients in the mental health inpatient unit at Rotorua Hospital with the official opening this week of a gym...
SH2 Bypass Great News for Katikati
SH2 Bypass Great News for Katikati
22 March 2017
Western BOP Council Mayor Garry Webber says the announcement by the New Zealand Transport Agency that a bypass will be added to the State Highway...
Minister of Health Volunteer Awards open
Minister of Health Volunteer Awards open
21 March 2017
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says nominations are now open for the 2017 Minister of Health Volunteer Awards.  "These awards help to...
Taupo Council Chamber opens for community to speak
Taupo Council Chamber opens for community to speak
21 March 2017
Taupo District Council is opening its chamber to the community before its monthly meetings to allow people to address the Mayor and councillors on...
MYD Funding for Youth Leadership Announcements
MYD Funding for Youth Leadership Announcements
17 March 2017
$200k for More Youth Leadership and Volunteering Opportunities   Around 2,000 young people nationwide will benefit from new youth...
Issues of Health and Wellbeing 2016 Population Survey
Issues of Health and Wellbeing 2016 Population Survey
16 March 2017
The aim of the Issues of Health and Wellbeing 2016 Population Survey was to increase our understanding of  what people in the Bay of Plenty...
Eastern Bay plan supports a bright future
Eastern Bay plan supports a bright future
15 March 2017
The Eastern Bay will face plenty of opportunities and challenges in the next 30-50 years, with changes to technology, science, population...
New group to work on big issues in local government
New group to work on big issues in local government
14 March 2017
A new policy group to advise local government on the big issues facing communities nationwide will bring together a diverse and capable...
Depth of tourism infrastructure needs revealed
Depth of tourism infrastructure needs revealed
14 March 2017
The full extent of the infrastructure investment needed so communities can keep up with unprecedented tourism growth has been highlighted through...
Bay of Connections March 2017 Update
Bay of Connections March 2017 Update
13 March 2017
Thank you to everyone who contributed to and supported Bay of Connections last year.   We capped off 2016 with the launch of the...
New service brings support closer to home
New service brings support closer to home
13 March 2017
For people like Kath Gardiner being able to see an Occupational Therapist just a few minutes from her home in Te Teko has been a...
Document summarising Regional Councils plans for 2017/18 now available
Document summarising Regional Councils plans for 2017/18 now available
10 March 2017
An information document, which provides a snapshot of the key things the Regional Council intends to deliver in 2017/18, was approved at a Council...
Oranga Tamariki reflecting the voices of young people
Oranga Tamariki reflecting the voices of young people
8 March 2017
The voices of young people are being reflected right from the start, with the release of the visual identity of Oranga...
Walking the walk- sustainable transport solutions
Walking the walk- sustainable transport solutions
8 March 2017
For the Bay of Plenty Regional Councils Kerry Gosling ‘walking the walk’ is as important as ‘talking the...
Unique Online Health Hub Launched to Celebrate Hapu Health
Unique Online Health Hub Launched to Celebrate Hapu Health
3 March 2017
The health of whānau and hapū was celebrated at Te Mānuka Tūtahi Marae in Whakatāne on Friday 24th February, as Toi Te Ora - Public Health...
New partnership looks to achieve better public transport outcomes for Western BOP
New partnership looks to achieve better public transport outcomes for Western BOP
3 March 2017
A new local authority partnership led by Bay of Plenty Regional Council looks to make public transport play a bigger role, by ensuring...
Kawerau Council to keep i-SITE in-house
Kawerau Council to keep i-SITE in-house
3 March 2017
Kawerau’s i-SITE is now permanently under in-house council management.   It has been run in-house since October 2016, when...
Move to market Taupo District as hub for premier ski offering
Move to market Taupo District as hub for premier ski offering
28 February 2017
A plan to transform the Taupo District into New Zealand's premier ski destination has gained full support from Taupo District Council who...
Kawerau Urban Food Forest project gets under way
Kawerau Urban Food Forest project gets under way
28 February 2017
Kawerau’s Urban Food Forest (KUFF) project launched in February and will become a source of fresh produce for everyone.   The...
Maximising business growth through technology - Priority One February Newsletter
Maximising business growth through technology - Priority One February Newsletter
28 February 2017
I hope that the festive season has treated you well and that you are on track for a successful 2017.   I've recently had a number...
Call for proposals for 1 billion Housing Infrastructure Fund
Call for proposals for 1 billion Housing Infrastructure Fund
28 February 2017
High-growth councils have until 31 March to submit final proposals for a share of the $1 billion Housing Infrastructure...
Tauranga City Council to embrace innovation
Tauranga City Council to embrace innovation
24 February 2017
A key theme to come out of Tauranga’s inaugural Economic Development and Investment Committee was to embrace change.   The...
New Te Puni Kokiri Mobile Service to support Maori communities
New Te Puni Kokiri Mobile Service to support Maori communities
24 February 2017
Te Puni Kōkiri’s new mobile service has been unveiled by Māori Development Minister, Te Ururoa Flavell, which will support and better...
Inaugural Whanau, Hapu and Iwi Wellbeing Forum Te Ritorito 2017
Inaugural Whanau, Hapu and Iwi Wellbeing Forum Te Ritorito 2017
24 February 2017
Registrations are now open for Te Ritorito 2017, our inaugural whānau, hapū and iwi wellbeing forum.   This two-day forum will...
Tool launched to check if money grows from trees
Tool launched to check if money grows from trees
23 February 2017
An online tool has been launched to help landowners in the Lake Rotorua catchment understand the potential economic gains from converting all or...
LGNZ says a Coherent and connected water policy needed
LGNZ says a Coherent and connected water policy needed
23 February 2017
A new approach to water policy is needed to ensure community expectations and government standards can be better met, Local Government New Zealand...
Power of the sun harnessed for vehicles in Tauranga
Power of the sun harnessed for vehicles in Tauranga
22 February 2017
New Zealand’s first on-road, solar-powered electric vehicle (EV) charger - the ‘Electric Station’ - is now open to the public...
Smokefree zones extended
Smokefree zones extended
21 February 2017
All Rotorua sportsgrounds, skate parks, bus stops and shelters are becoming smokefree zones under Rotorua Lakes Council’s extended Smokefree...
Two Firsts in Bay of Plenty Health Target Success
Two Firsts in Bay of Plenty Health Target Success
21 February 2017
Improving performance and two firsts are the story of this quarter's health target results in the Bay of Plenty.   Of the...
More improvement in in Lakes DHB 2nd quarter health target results
More improvement in in Lakes DHB 2nd quarter health target results
21 February 2017
Lakes District Health Board has again lifted its performance against the faster cancer treatment target results for quarter two (October -...
Nongfu Springs community commitment welcomed
Nongfu Springs community commitment welcomed
17 February 2017
The following media statement has been issued by Tony Bonne, Mayor of the Whakatāne District.   Whakatāne Mayor Tony Bonne has...
Consultation on long-term vision refresh underway
Consultation on long-term vision refresh underway
17 February 2017
Rotorua district residents have an opportunity to speak to elected members this weekend about Vision 2030 – The Rotorua Way, a refresh of...
Future Leaders applications open
Future Leaders applications open
16 February 2017
Future Leaders is a programme for those who want to improve the lives of people in their communities. Run by Inspiring Stories, it brings together...
Police Alternative Action report released
Police Alternative Action report released
16 February 2017
The Ministry of Social Development has undertaken a research project into the Reoffending patterns for youth undertaking Police Alternative...
Plans to tackle Tauranga homelessness
Plans to tackle Tauranga homelessness
16 February 2017
Councillors have called for investigations into using council properties as emergency housing to combat Tauranga's "beast of a...
104,000 kids to benefit from Fruit in Schools
104,000 kids to benefit from Fruit in Schools
15 February 2017
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says over 104,000 students will benefit from the Fruit in Schools programme as kids settle back into...
Driver Licencing Programme a Success
Driver Licencing Programme a Success
8 February 2017
Twenty-five year old Jadd Mahia is able to start the year with a full licence thanks to a driving programme he attended run by Eastbay Rural...
WESTERN BAY BENEFITS FROM BROADBAND ROLLOUT
WESTERN BAY BENEFITS FROM BROADBAND ROLLOUT
7 February 2017
Katikati, Maketu, Paengaroa, Te Puke, Omokoroa, Te Puna and Waihi Beach will all benefit from ultra-fast broadband (UFB) rollout announcements...
SMART TALK FUTURE THINKING SERIES LAUNCHED
SMART TALK FUTURE THINKING SERIES LAUNCHED
7 February 2017
Professor Paul Spoonley, Pro Vice-Chancellor in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Massey University launched SmartGrowth's...
More cops a much needed step
More cops a much needed step
3 February 2017
 A commitment from the Government for more police for rural and provincial New Zealand will help alleviate pressures small communities have...
BEYOND 2020: How We Can Deliver on the Potential of our Businesses, Communities and our Region
BEYOND 2020: How We Can Deliver on the Potential of our Businesses, Communities and our Region
31 January 2017
We're all only too familiar with Tauranga's strong growth in recent years and the challenges this brings for developing infrastructure,...
Latest update on the Bay of Plenty Tertiary Intention Strategy
Latest update on the Bay of Plenty Tertiary Intention Strategy
26 January 2017
Kia ora koutou   On behalf of the BOP Tertiary Intentions Leadership Group, I’m pleased to report on the progress achieved in...
Children and young people in care choose a name for their connection and advocacy service
Children and young people in care choose a name for their connection and advocacy service
26 January 2017
The following can be attributed to John McCarthy, The Tindall Foundation Manager and Chair of the Connection and Advocacy Service Establishment...
Smart Talk, Future Thinking
Smart Talk, Future Thinking
20 January 2017
You’re invited to the first in a series of free ‘Smart Talk, Future Thinking’ events brought to you by SmartGrowth with support...
Appeal for missing taonga
Appeal for missing taonga
16 January 2017
  Te Tatau o Te Arawa and Rotorua Lakes Council are making a joint plea for the return of a short handled club or patu parāoa, which...
Strong building growth continues in Taupo District
Strong building growth continues in Taupo District
13 January 2017
A steady increase in new homes being built in the Taupo District in the past 12 months has seen over $150 million of building work taking place...
New Cath Lab Means One-stop Care for Heart Patients
New Cath Lab Means One-stop Care for Heart Patients
13 January 2017
New-Cath-LabA new cardiology centre at Tauranga Hospital will provide care close to home in a one-stop-shop for heart patients.   The...
By-election for Mauao Maori Constituency
By-election for Mauao Maori Constituency
10 January 2017
Nominations for candidates seeking election as a Bay of Plenty Regional Councillor for the Mauao Māori Constituency will open next Monday 16...
Maternal and child health integration initiatives profiled in QUALITY ACCOUNT
Maternal and child health integration initiatives profiled in QUALITY ACCOUNT
10 January 2017
Lakes DHB’s latest Quality Accounts includes an impressive line up of maternal and child health integration programme...
GRANT ASSISTS BETTER GLASS RECYCLING
GRANT ASSISTS BETTER GLASS RECYCLING
9 January 2017
Western Bay Council has been granted funding to extend its glass collecting system. Additional plastic pallet bins have been purchased for...
Historic imagery website clicks into place
Historic imagery website clicks into place
6 January 2017
Has the street where you live changed over the years? Perhaps it’s gone from just having a few houses to having lots. Or maybe it...
25 hectares of heritage for Christmas
25 hectares of heritage for Christmas
6 January 2017
Bay of Plenty residents will become the proud owners of 25 hectares of historic pa sites and future park land next year, following the signing of...
Congratulations to former Tauranga mayor
Congratulations to former Tauranga mayor
1 January 2017
All our congratulations to former Tauranga Mayor Stuart Crosby who was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit yesterday. A well...
MSD 2016 Purchasing Strategy
MSD 2016 Purchasing Strategy
13 December 2016
MSD has released its latest information on how and where the Ministry expects to fund social housing tenancies through the income-related rent...
New National Council for Local Government New Zealand confirmed
New National Council for Local Government New Zealand confirmed
9 December 2016
Local Government New Zealand has announced the formation of its new National Council who met for the first time this week to discuss priorities...