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A new school for Tauranga and 50 new classrooms for the Bay of Plenty, Taranaki, Manawatu and Whanganui
A new school for Tauranga and 50 new classrooms for the Bay of Plenty, Taranaki, Manawatu and Whanganui
3 September 2019
The Government is building a new school and 50 new classrooms to provide around 1,300 additional student places at 23 schools and kura across the...
New tool to help iwi support Maori educational pathways
New tool to help iwi support Maori educational pathways
2 September 2019
Iwi will now be able to access student information effortlessly thanks to a new tool developed in partnership with iwi education leaders around...
2.7 million to support new Tauranga papakainga
2.7 million to support new Tauranga papakainga
1 September 2019
Minister for Māori Development and Associate Minister of Housing Hon Nanaia Mahuta today announced a $2.793 million  investment to support a...
LGNZ bring more tools to climate emergency fight
LGNZ bring more tools to climate emergency fight
29 August 2019
LGNZ is equipping councils with another key policy tool to help them gear their communities up for the impact of climate change with the release...
School lunches part of new wellbeing strategy
School lunches part of new wellbeing strategy
29 August 2019
Rotorua Mayor Steve Chadwick says New Zealand’s first child and youth wellbeing strategy has the potential to provide the alignment needed...
Otumuheke a finalist in Keep New Zealand Beautiful Awards
Otumuheke a finalist in Keep New Zealand Beautiful Awards
29 August 2019
Less than a year after Taupō won the Most Beautiful Large Town award, Otumuheke Hot Stream has been chosen as a finalist in the Beautiful Awards...
New maps for WBOP harbour coastal inundation and flooding
New maps for WBOP harbour coastal inundation and flooding
28 August 2019
Western Bay of Plenty District Council has been mapping and planning for natural hazards since the 1990s.  The Council is continuing to...
Ministry for the Environment August Update
Ministry for the Environment August Update
26 August 2019
Tēnā koutou katoa   Over the next four months the Ministry for the Environment are consulting on a range of issues that impact our...
Final health clearance for Taupo lake front
Final health clearance for Taupo lake front
22 August 2019
A final health clearance has been given for Taupo lake front following July’s wastewater spill after Toi Te Ora Public Health have advised...
Community celebrates end of dredging for the Kopeopeo Canal Remediation Project
Community celebrates end of dredging for the Kopeopeo Canal Remediation Project
21 August 2019
A celebration to recognise the end of dredging for the Kopeopeo Canal Remediation Project was held yesterday as part of the final Community...
Ohope toilets up for 2019 best loo award
Ohope toilets up for 2019 best loo award
21 August 2019
Port Ōhope toilets Toilets aren’t usually considered beautiful but one Eastern Bay facility is proving the exception to the...
Response to decision on Special Housing Area 1 Ngongotaha
Response to decision on Special Housing Area 1 Ngongotaha
21 August 2019
Rotorua Mayor Steve Chadwick said the decision by the Minister for Housing and Urban Development to decline the Ngongotahā Special Housing...
LGNZ welcomes a fresh look on urban development policy
LGNZ welcomes a fresh look on urban development policy
21 August 2019
LGNZ will carefully consider the proposed National Policy Statement on Urban Development (NPS-UD) to assess if it meets the Government’s aim...
Helping our cities grow up and out
Helping our cities grow up and out
21 August 2019
A new approach to urban planning designed to allow our cities to make room for growth has today been released by Urban Development Minister Phil...
Strong leadership for new Infrastructure Commission
Strong leadership for new Infrastructure Commission
21 August 2019
Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones has today announced the inaugural board for the New Zealand Infrastructure Commission, Te...
Environmental Enhancement Fund Open for Applications
Environmental Enhancement Fund Open for Applications
20 August 2019
Bay of Plenty Regional Council’s Environmental Enhancement Fund (EEF) has opened for applications. The fund is open to almost any group that...
Waioeka Bridge Cleaning At Last
Waioeka Bridge Cleaning At Last
20 August 2019
Ōpōtiki District Council was pleased to hear the New Zealand Transport Agency's announcement that the Waioeka Bridge was to be cleaned in...
Tauranga inner harbour inundation study outcomes
Tauranga inner harbour inundation study outcomes
20 August 2019
Tauranga City Council continues to invest in mapping and planning for natural hazards on behalf of our community.   On Monday, we...
Living after midnight report highlights local alcohol policy issues
Living after midnight report highlights local alcohol policy issues
20 August 2019
LGNZ welcome The New Zealand’s Initiative’s ‘Living after midnight’ report as an important step to advance the debate...
Govt strategy launched to break the cycle of Maori reoffending and imprisonment
Govt strategy launched to break the cycle of Maori reoffending and imprisonment
19 August 2019
Authentic co-design with Māori, incorporating a Te Ao Māori worldview, and greater connectedness with whānau are key elements of Hōkai Rangi,...
Powering up community wellbeing
Powering up community wellbeing
18 August 2019
Minister of Local Government Hon Nanaia Mahuta has announced a far-reaching programme to support New Zealand communities realise their ambitions,...
Positive step for Lake Rotorua clean up
Positive step for Lake Rotorua clean up
16 August 2019
Rotorua locals are one step closer to having a cleaner lake, following an interim Environment Court decision on Lake Rotorua nutrient management...
Infestation of Mediterranean fanworm in Tauranga harbour found
Infestation of Mediterranean fanworm in Tauranga harbour found
15 August 2019
Bay of Plenty Regional Council staff will be working hard to prevent the spread of Mediterranean fanworm in Tauranga Harbour following the...
Prisoners pitch in to help housing shortage
Prisoners pitch in to help housing shortage
15 August 2019
A partnership between Housing New Zealand and Corrections is helping tackle the housing shortage while also giving prisoners essential skills and...
Partnership to prevent more lives lost
Partnership to prevent more lives lost
15 August 2019
Housing New Zealand and Fire and Emergency New Zealand have teamed up to help keep tenants safe.     Deb, right, gives some...
LGNZ cautious as central government pits potatoes against houses
LGNZ cautious as central government pits potatoes against houses
14 August 2019
LGNZ will be cautiously assessing the wider implications of the newly proposed National Position Statement on Highly Productive Land (NPS-HPL),...
Rotorua museum funding announced
Rotorua museum funding announced
13 August 2019
Government funding of $20m towards re-opening Rotorua Museum recognises its national significance and reinforces Rotorua’s direction and...
Western Bay community groups gain match funding
Western Bay community groups gain match funding
2 August 2019
Western Bay of Plenty District Council has announced $140,000 in grants for 23 community groups across the...
Priority 1 July 2019 Newsletter
Priority 1 July 2019 Newsletter
31 July 2019
Please click here to download Priority One’s newsletter, covering activities and news relating to economic development during July...
Bay of Connections July 2019 update
Bay of Connections July 2019 update
31 July 2019
Since our May News Update we have continued to progress the “new” regional development framework – which we’ve nicknamed...
Resource Wise Community Fund to boost local waste reduction projects
Resource Wise Community Fund to boost local waste reduction projects
30 July 2019
Tauranga City Council’s Resource Wise Community Fund today announced this year’s winners of grants. The Resource Wise Community Fund...
Council pledge donation toward vital heart monitoring equipment
Council pledge donation toward vital heart monitoring equipment
30 July 2019
Taupō Hospital is one step closer to the purchase of critical heart monitoring equipment after Taupō District Council agreed to make a donation...
Taupo Pre-election Report now available
Taupo Pre-election Report now available
30 July 2019
Taupō District Council’s Pre-election Report is now available to view ahead of the elections this October.   The report...
Appointment of Ministry of Maori Development Chief Executive
Appointment of Ministry of Maori Development Chief Executive
30 July 2019
State Services Commissioner Peter Hughes has today announced the appointment of Mr David Tokohau Samuels to the position of Chief Executive...
Manuka to help clean up local waterways
Manuka to help clean up local waterways
26 July 2019
One family in Rotorua is doing its part to help clean up local waterways, by removing gorse and planting 120,000 natives in its...
Step forward for Tauranga Cycle Plan
Step forward for Tauranga Cycle Plan
26 July 2019
In the Urban Form and Transport Development (UFTD) committee meeting on Tuesday 23 July, Council has supported the next step for the Tauranga...
Governor General visits Rotorua
Governor General visits Rotorua
26 July 2019
The Governor-General, The Rt Hon Dame Patsy Reddy and Sir David Gascoigne have finished their four-day visit to the Bay of Plenty with stops at Te...
Port of Tauranga economic success benefits all New Zealanders
Port of Tauranga economic success benefits all New Zealanders
24 July 2019
Tauranga City Council Mayor, Greg Brownless, is calling for government to support New Zealand’s busiest Port.   “The...
Comprehensive overhaul of the RMA
Comprehensive overhaul of the RMA
24 July 2019
Media release from Environment Minister David Parker:   The Government has today launched a comprehensive overhaul of the Resource...
Plummers Point Connection cycleway opening
Plummers Point Connection cycleway opening
22 July 2019
The public has given the Plummers Point Connection cycleway a big thumbs up following this weekend’s official opening.   More...
External funding supported for Whakatane Skate Park extension
External funding supported for Whakatane Skate Park extension
22 July 2019
Whakatāne District Council, in partnership with Sport BOP, has supported applications to external funding agencies for the planned Whakatāne...
School Strike 4 Climate organisers give politicians a serve
School Strike 4 Climate organisers give politicians a serve
22 July 2019
School Strike 4 Climate NZ organisers Sophie Handford and Raven Maeder delivered a clear message to over 600 local government mayors, chairs,...
Plastic Free July sparks Rotorua sustainability talks
Plastic Free July sparks Rotorua sustainability talks
18 July 2019
As part of 'Plastic Free July', Rotorua Lakes Council's Sustainability team has organised for presenters to come in and share their...
Awatarariki managed retreat funding confirmed
Awatarariki managed retreat funding confirmed
17 July 2019
Joint funding has been confirmed for a property acquisition package which aims to end the long and difficult process of addressing the debris flow...
Consensus reached on reducing agricultural emissions
Consensus reached on reducing agricultural emissions
16 July 2019
Media release from Climate Change Minister James Shaw and Agriculture Minister Damien O'Connor:   The Government has reached an...
Health warning on Waikato River lifted
Health warning on Waikato River lifted
12 July 2019
The health warning placed on the Waikato River following last week’s incident that saw a large quantity of wastewater enter Lake Taupō has...
Kaingaroa community looks to a new future through housing project
Kaingaroa community looks to a new future through housing project
12 July 2019
Minister for Māori Development and Associate Minister of Housing Hon Nanaia Mahuta today visited the close-knit community of Kaingaroa Village to...
Around 100 sustainable land and water resources now available on MfE partner website
12 July 2019
Whether you want to know how to start a catchment group, the many ways that good management practices can help your farm or lifestyle block, or...
12 million to improve visitor experiences across Aotearoa
12 million to improve visitor experiences across Aotearoa
12 July 2019
The government has announced the funding recipients from round three of the Tourism Infrastructure Fund.   $12 million is being...
Have your say on new rules for medicinal cannabis
Have your say on new rules for medicinal cannabis
10 July 2019
More widespread access to medicinal cannabis products is a step closer today with the release of proposals for regulations says Minister of Health...
New information sharing powers under the Oranga Tamariki Act
New information sharing powers under the Oranga Tamariki Act
10 July 2019
The Oranga Tamariki Act has been updated to improve how personal information is shared for the wellbeing and safety of...
Collaboration sees Rotorua rangatahi get rugby tickets
Collaboration sees Rotorua rangatahi get rugby tickets
9 July 2019
​Implementing positive role models and giving tamariki a unique experience is what the Kotahi +1 programme is all about.   More...
LGNZ EXCELLENCE Awards: Opotiki front and centre
LGNZ EXCELLENCE Awards: Opotiki front and centre
9 July 2019
Last night was the LGNZ EXCELLENCE Awards in Wellington. The Awards are an annual recognition of outstanding performance by councils around their...
Huge boost to Taupo District from Provincial Growth Fund
Huge boost to Taupo District from Provincial Growth Fund
9 July 2019
Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones yesterday announced two significant Provincial Growth Fund investments into entrepreneurial...
Minister Shane Jones visits key project sites in Rotorua
Minister Shane Jones visits key project sites in Rotorua
8 July 2019
Regional Economic Development Minister, Hon Shane Jones, spent the morning in Rotorua catching up on the progress being made on the Lakefront and...
Maori realising land aspirations through the One Billion Trees programme
Maori realising land aspirations through the One Billion Trees programme
8 July 2019
Forestry Minister Shane Jones says the Government’s One Billion Trees programme is providing important support for Māori to realise the...
Extra support for DHBs to help with the costs of building new facilities
Extra support for DHBs to help with the costs of building new facilities
8 July 2019
Health Minister Dr David Clark has announced that District Health Boards will get financial help worth potentially tens-of-millions of dollars to...
Roadmap for reinvigorating local democracy launched
Roadmap for reinvigorating local democracy launched
7 July 2019
Over 600 local and central government delegates, including the Right Honourable Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand, were on hand to...
Boost for marae at the centre of communities
Boost for marae at the centre of communities
4 July 2019
Marae around the country will benefit from boosted initiatives to upgrade their buildings, bolster their emergency kits and expand their work to...
Prod Comm report spports LGNZ call for funding and financing revamp
Prod Comm report spports LGNZ call for funding and financing revamp
4 July 2019
 A draft report on local government funding and financing by the Productivity Commission has put the spotlight on a number of issues that...
Opotiki District Council Annual Plan Adopted
Opotiki District Council Annual Plan Adopted
3 July 2019
At the extra ordinary meeting of Ōpōtiki District Council last week, Council adopted the 2019-20 Annual Plan.   Annual Plans...
Fare-free school bus trial given green light by Regional Counci
Fare-free school bus trial given green light by Regional Counci
3 July 2019
A one-year trial in 2020 of fare-free bus transport for Tauranga school students was last week adopted as part of Bay of Plenty Regional...
Whakatane District Council Annual Plan 2019/20 adopted
Whakatane District Council Annual Plan 2019/20 adopted
2 July 2019
Whakatāne District Council has adopted its Annual Plan for 2019/20, and resolved its rates charges for the coming year.   A report...
Community opening of new and improved Kopurererua Valley track
Community opening of new and improved Kopurererua Valley track
2 July 2019
On Sunday 14 July, the Associate Minister of Transport Julie Anne Genter is officially opening Tauranga’s transformed walking and cycling...
Bay of Plenty is the latest region to declare a climate emergency
Bay of Plenty is the latest region to declare a climate emergency
1 July 2019
Bay of Plenty Regional Councillors agreed at their Council meeting recently, to declare a climate emergency and work with the community on...
Major PGF investment to help address NZ plastics challenges
Major PGF investment to help address NZ plastics challenges
1 July 2019
The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will invest in projects to tackle waste in New Zealand, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones and...
Building national pride and celebrating Kiwi culture through Major Events
Building national pride and celebrating Kiwi culture through Major Events
1 July 2019
Expressions of Interest for the new look Major Events Fund are being welcomed from 1 July 2019. The Fund has a new direction that will see it...
Priority One News June 2019
Priority One News June 2019
30 June 2019
Please click here to download Priority One’s newsletter, covering activities and news relating to economic development during June...
SBY19 Climate Change Speaker's Forum Video
SBY19 Climate Change Speaker's Forum Video
28 June 2019
The month of March saw a number of events held around the region under the Sustainable Backyards banner. Check out the enthralling Sustainable...
Partnership progresses funding application in Whakatane
Partnership progresses funding application in Whakatane
27 June 2019
Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Awa Group Holdings Limited and the Whakatāne District Council are jointly seeking funding from Central...
Public Service undergoes biggest shake-up in 30 years
Public Service undergoes biggest shake-up in 30 years
26 June 2019
Minister of State Services Chris Hipkins today announced the most significant changes to the New Zealand Public Service since the State Sector Act...
Bay of Plenty leaders told to declare climate change emergency
Bay of Plenty leaders told to declare climate change emergency
25 June 2019
Bay of Plenty Regional councillors received a standing ovation from community members after deciding to recommend the council declares a climate...
New funding to put people at the heart of NZ emergency management system
New funding to put people at the heart of NZ emergency management system
25 June 2019
Funding from Budget 2019 will establish a new national agency to strengthen New Zealand’s emergency management system, Minister of Civil...
Experienced tourism operators join Destination Great Lake Taupo Board
Experienced tourism operators join Destination Great Lake Taupo Board
19 June 2019
One new appointment and one re-appointment to the Destination Great Lake Taupō Board of Trustees have been announced.   In April,...
Awards call for biosecurity champions
Awards call for biosecurity champions
18 June 2019
Entries are now open for the 2019 New Zealand Biosecurity Awards. These awards recognise and celebrate outstanding contributions to protecting our...
Better information sharing to keep victims of family violence safer
Better information sharing to keep victims of family violence safer
18 June 2019
From 1 July, family violence agencies and social services practitioners will be able to share information to better respond to family...
Volunteers needed to create cleaner waterways
Volunteers needed to create cleaner waterways
17 June 2019
Bay of Plenty Regional Council, in partnership with multi award-winning charity, Sustainable Coastlines, is putting the call out for local...
Dairy industry receives boost with 25 million sustainable innovation programme
Dairy industry receives boost with 25 million sustainable innovation programme
13 June 2019
A new $25.68 million innovation programme for New Zealand’s dairy industry will drive improvements in the health and wellbeing of the...
Tauranga City Council review confirms shortage of developable land
Tauranga City Council review confirms shortage of developable land
12 June 2019
Tauranga City Council’s Urban Form and Transport Development Committee, Tuesday 11 June 2019, heard the city is to face a shortage of around...
Maori Housing in the spotlight at housing awards
Maori Housing in the spotlight at housing awards
11 June 2019
The Te Puni Kōkiri Māori Housing Network was acknowledged at the recent Australasian Housing Institute Professional Excellence in Housing Awards...
Rotorua child equity programme
Rotorua child equity programme
7 June 2019
  Eden Chapman is seeing a difference in the students at Rotorua's Sunset Primary School just six months after the start of a pilot...
BOPRC outline Port benefit to Upper North Island Supply Chain
BOPRC outline Port benefit to Upper North Island Supply Chain
5 June 2019
The substantial benefits that the Port of Tauranga’s current operating and governance arrangements bring to the local, regional, and...
Paengaroa - Rotoiti cycle trail officially opens
Paengaroa - Rotoiti cycle trail officially opens
5 June 2019
The new cycle trail – Kaikōkopu - between Paengaroa and Rotoiti opens today, marking an important milestone in the national cycleway...
LGNZ EXCELLENCE wards showcase outstanding leadership by local councils
LGNZ EXCELLENCE wards showcase outstanding leadership by local councils
5 June 2019
The high levels of service local councils provide to communities across New Zealand are again demonstrated through the exceptional range and...