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

Do disasters impact on votes?

A University of Auckland research student has arrived in Tauranga to gently prise open two major local disasters to gain an insight into how they affected voting behaviour. Misha Parkinson, a political studies and geography graduate, is writing a 12,000... Read More

Unsightly and unwelcome

‘No person shall sleep or otherwise occupy a footpath or road in the city centres….during the hours of darkness…' Nelson's hardline stance with its rough-sleeping homeless. And the definition of footpath and road extends... Read More

Cliff Road back in contention

Cliff Rd as a possible museum site will have to receive the same levels of consideration as the central city site, Tauranga City councillors have been told. The old netball courts on Cliff Rd were first offered to the Tauranga Moana Museum Trust after... Read More

Two-tyred transport

Residents are being encouraged to put on their helmets and get on their bike as a way to decrease traffic congestion in Tauranga. Tauranga City Council, as part of its Cycle Action Plan, will be going around locations throughout Tauranga to discuss what... Read More

Mayor looking for new artwork

Western Bay of Plenty District Mayor Garry Webber is looking for a local artist to help decorate the mayoral office. He's putting up $1500 of his own money to commission a new painting, which will hang in his office for the duration of his mayoralty. “I... Read More

What electorate am I in?

For first-time voters, or people new to an area, it can sometimes be confusing as to what electorate you're actually in. The unusual, and arguably unintuitive, shapes of some electoral boundaries means you may not actually be able to vote for the... Read More

Election 2017: The Environment

It's just over a week to go until the election on September 23, and the race is tighter than ever. For many voters, one of this campaign's most pressing issues has been the environment, particularly the state of our waterways. Earlier this... Read More

Carless challenge for council

Tauranga City councillor Terry Molloy received an unexpected answer when he asked Jo Wills how the city council could encourage people to use public transport instead of their cars. “It's not an answer you are going to like, but limit the... Read More

Second sewerage consent breach

Tauranga City Council is breaching a second of its Te Maunga Wastewater Treatment Plant consents, this time with the ultra violet plant which is supposed to kill remnant microbes in treated wastewater. The first consent breach at Te Maunga was made public... Read More