Call for change at city hall

Tauranga City Council's economic development and investment committee chairman Max Mason is calling for councillors to step up and take a greater management role in the council organisation. Referring to the BDO investigation into the city council's... Read More

Why Kevin’s quitting Tauranga

Kevin Steedman's had a gutsful – he's quitting his job, packing up his nine metre motor home and leaving town.  “I am leaving because I have to – they have made it impossible for me to stay.” They being the Tauranga... Read More

Crackdown on freedom campers

Were the lights on in the camper van? Or were they turned off?  Seems a petty point but there's an important distinction for Shane Palliser and the Tauranga City Council. Because it's the difference between Shane getting snared in the... Read More

Stepping out in shorts

Some of Tauranga's bigwigs will be baring their legs in the middle of winter this year and it's all for a good cause. Local politicians are trading in their suit pants for shorts to mark this year's shortest day – June 21 –... Read More

Step out to get a story

It's about taking a step in someone else's shoes. And in the case of Red Cross' Maree Boyes and Tauranga mayor Greg Brownless, they're taking 10,000 steps a day to understand someone else's story. Maree and Greg have teamed... Read More

New tidal stairs make a splash

He's been with the project from the start – since it was a pencil sketch on a piece of paper at Tauranga City Council – now he's going to make a splash at the official opening. Western Bay of Plenty residents are invited to the... Read More

Redemption of a serial one bagger

I am a potato peel pariah – one of Tauranga's despised ‘one baggers'. I put all of my domestic rubbish – paper, plastic, tins, bottles, in fact everything that won't go down the waste disposal unit – in one $2.20... Read More

Spend the surplus on the bridge

Terry ‘Hori BOP' Leaming wants to see Prime Minister Bill English spend some of the recently announced government's budget surplus money on making the Maungatapu Bridge safer. “If there's surplus money available this year,... Read More

Seawall now short term patch up

“They just wanted us out, plain and simple”. And whenever Brenda Butler – former manager of the Cargo Shed arts collective on Dive Crescent – sees another cruise liner across the harbour, whenever she sees the empty Cargo Shed,... Read More

Bypass wanted – now!

While Katikati residents will be “dancing in the street” upon hearing the New Zealand Transport Agency is adding a bypass for the town to its State Highway 2 Waihi to Tauranga programme, two long-time supporters want the project to start swiftly. The... Read More