Museum and library decision looms

A steady stream of people has been dropping in to the museum and library info hub open days organised by Tauranga City Council. They include those who previously participated in the project and have popped in for an update, says city transformation general... Read More

Full time ranger wanted

The Western Bay Wildlife Trust is calling for a permanent ranger to be stationed near the Mount to protect wildlife in the area. A ranger needs to be available 24 hours at short notice and be trained in conservation, ecology and pest management, says... Read More

United Future’s demise

The disbandment of United Future earlier this week signalled the end of an era for a party that once challenged New Zealand First for the coveted role of ‘kingmaker' in New Zealand politics. Tauranga city councillor Larry Baldock was among... Read More

The rebirth of Tauranga Airport

NZ8260 was on approach to Tauranga when a wee mite called Kristie burst into the terminal and made a beeline for the automatic doors to the observation area. She pulled up short, and disappointed. “Closed indefinitely,” says the sign on the... Read More

Climbers oppose Mount ban

A proposal in the draft Mauao management plan to remove climbers from the Maunga has resulted in a large number of climbers opposing the issue. The reason for removing climbers – the protection of a rare plant – was challenged by the climbing... Read More

Getting rid of pesky weeds

Biosecurity staff at Bay of Plenty Regional Council are pleased with the “impressive haul” of weeds the public have brought to them as part of a pest plant swap programme. The council has been holding pest plant swaps throughout the region... Read More

The case against wheelie bins

“My solution is leave it the way it is.” It's advice born of 17 years' experience in the rubbish collection industry. “I haven't been operating all that time unsuccessfully,” says Marion Hall, who with husband... Read More

Mayor calling for promises

  Tauranga City is looking at some tough times caused by the city's growth, which under existing law has to be paid for by the ratepayers. Among the major works being shortlisted for the next long term plan are the $117 million Waiari Water... Read More

Marine precinct slab pour

  The first slab pour for the Tauranga Marine Precinct's travel lift dock will take place on Friday, marking a major step in the $10 million project. The slab forms part of the hard standing area where the country's largest travel lift... Read More

Campaigning for peace

  While New Zealand's signing of the United Nations' Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons went largely unnoticed during the frenzy of the General Election campaign, one group of Tauranga locals made sure it wasn't entirely... Read More