Pick of the bunch

By: Simon Bridges

Simon Bridges
National Party Leader

If you’re on holiday in the Bay, you’re probably questioning why you don’t live here year-round. The last few years has seen an increase in people from across the country, upping sticks to call the Bay of Plenty home.

Net migration to Tauranga from 2017 to 2018 was 2900. This is the number of people who arrived minus the number who departed.

There are so many reasons why people are now calling this area home. You need only walk up Mauao and gaze over Tauranga and Mount Maunganui to know you’re in a truly special part of the world.

Tauranga is the fifth largest city, behind Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington and Hamilton and the fastest growing. We also have New Zealand’s largest and fastest growing port. In 2017 – the most recent statistics available – Port of Tauranga grew almost five times the rate of the Ports of Auckland.

The continual growth in Tauranga’s CBD also shows a positive future focus. In March the University of Waikato, Tauranga Campus, will open its doors to about 700 students. It will offer qualifications including bachelor degrees, graduate diplomas, postgraduate diplomas, Masters and PhDs. It’s so beneficial to have a learning faculty of this quality in our area.

I believe our region is the full package – lifestyle, beauty, great community spirit and a strong local economy. I get why so many Kiwis are now calling it home.