Living wage employers scarce

There is a real danger that Tauranga will fall behind and become known for its low wages if employers don’t join the growing movement to pay their staff a living wage, says the E Tu union. The 2018 New Zealand Living Wage rate increased to $20.55...... Read More

Putt for a cause

St John will be better equipped on the course after they received a donation from a golf competition. The $550 donation came from a fines system from Te Puke Golf Club’s Summer Business House Golf competition, which ran for 10 weeks from November...... Read More

Young academic talent shines

He’s just 17. But despite his tender years, Md Shadman Jahin already knows he wants to put his life to good use helping others. “I do part-time tutoring of other pupils here at Tauranga Boys’ College,” says Jahin. “And it...... Read More

Rules changes affect all craft

Changes to Maritime Rules that come into effect on March 15 this year will affect both recreational and commercial boats. Sailing boats no longer have to have manual bilge pumps operable from above the deck, which allows for more modern designs. Modern...... Read More

A car yard, a grass verge or both?

They’re impromptu car yards – pop-up car yards – and they’re happening on grass verges at various strategic spots around town. They’re the work of private car sellers seeking maximum exposure for their vehicles, with little...... Read More

The global plan for kiwifruit

A vanguard of 20 Italian Zespri kiwifruit growers have arrived in Tauranga to tap into local knowledge and expertise. The group are the first of a number of ‘technical tour’ groups that will bring 120 people from Korea, Japan, China, France...... Read More

Aucklanders interest in Bay falls

Tauranga has recently been described in the annual Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey as the most unaffordable city in New Zealand to buy a new home. “It looks like Aucklanders are less interested with the region than they previously...... Read More

Massive retail complex up for sale

The land and buildings housing a “fashionable” mix of retail and commercial tenancies, along with a variety of marketing orientated businesses, have been placed on the market for sale. The property at 185 – 187 Maunganui Road in Mount...... Read More

Retail giants urged to fix service

If you’re craving a pleasant shopping experience this Christmas, you’re more likely to find it at the little guys than at the big chain stores. Consumer NZ chief executive Sue Chetwin says its latest retailer satisfaction survey found smaller...... Read More

Life’s one long adventure

Kevin Jeffares has been robbed in Rio, robbed in Buenos Aires, robbed in La Paz and stranded in Caracus. The 80-year-old has certainly had his share of scrapes and high excitement. He’s jumped out of aeroplanes - “an adrenaline rush, at least...... Read More