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

Tinetti enters stage left

It was a cruel catalyst for change. Just one dark moment in early-January. It didn't make the newspapers or the TV, and no-one saw it coming. A 20-year-old committed suicide and it ignited the social conscience of a Tauranga school teacher. “He... Read More

Going against the grain

It's the difference between a no-nonsense, gun-toting California Highway patrolman and our own unarmed, considered and popular top traffic cop Tauranga Police's Senior Sergeant Ian Campion. The same traffic offence but different country and... Read More

Resuming civic heart progress

Tauranga City Council's approach to planning its new administration building is going to change from next Tuesday, December 20, when the first decisions are made about the way forward for the new council. The new City Transformation Committee's... Read More

Backwards to go forwards

It's a ghostly, haunting sound. Even terrifying. Seventy years ago it would have signaled the arrival of the Luftwaffe over London, another blitzkreig, raining bombs. It was, and remains, one of the most distinguishable of sounds. The wailing Carter... Read More

Political forecast for Tauranga

He's picked a more manageable battle this time round. “A winnable battle in a swingable seat,” says Tamati Coffey, the former TV weather presenter-turned-successful Rotorua businessman and second-time parliamentary hopeful. He was in... Read More

Calling on government’s promise

Tauranga Mayor Greg Brownless is calling on the Government to honour its commitment to four-lane 15th Ave and Turret Rd. In his address, immediately after his swearing in this week, he says traffic congestion is an issue the new Tauranga City Council... Read More

Empowering city residents

He traipsed around the Otumoetai-Pyes Pa ward visiting more than 4000 households in the local body elections. He didn't win a Tauranga City Council seat – now he's trying to educate residents on how they can get involved and have their... Read More

Te Puke – a town divided

One lane or two lanes? It's an issue that's divided Te Puke cleaner than the tree-dotted island that runs down the middle of the town's main street. And two locals – one an incumbent councillor and the other an ousted councillor... Read More