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National target met after dramatic improvement in tamariki health indicator

Manaakitanga, determination and teamwork are behind the dramatic improvement of a Māori health indicator which has led to a national target being...

Housing need report galvanises joint action in western Bay of Plenty

Housing need report galvanises joint action in western Bay of Plenty 13 December 2017 It will only get harder for people to own and rent a...
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Jaguar: “Grace, Space and Pace and always at an affordable price”

The Jaguar Enthusiasts Club (BOP) is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, which is quite a milestone as very few clubs survive that long. Also,...
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OPINION: Museum-Why we said, “See you later”

On 29 May 2018 our civic leaders voted down a motion to proceed with their own $55,000,000 museum project. We already have a significant dusty...
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Community discussion starts on Omokoroa Domain upgrade

Finding a balance between retaining the lovely character of the Omokoroa Domain and foreshore while making sure the area caters for growth and multiple...

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Let’s Hand Over the Keys to Forward Thinkers

Tommy Kapai Wilson likens spring to new beginnings, new hope and changes - and encourages voters to keep this word in mind as election season draws close.
Tommy Kapai Wilson on rugby

Tommy Kapai Wilson: Where Did We Go Wrong?

Tommy Kapai Wilson investigates the possible reasons behind continued poor performance and financial hardship of our regional rugby teams.

What is Freemasonry?

In this short inspiring movie, Ben Franklin explains what it means to be a Freemason.
Tauranga Creative Fibre

Tauranga Creative Fibre: The National Runway Success of Tauranga’s Sea Queen

In the April 2019 edition of the Bay Waka we wrote about the Tauranga Creative Fibre group entering a National Competition in Palmerston North. It was a Project Runway entry in our National 50th Anniversary Festival.
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“Valuable” Art Exhibition by Lynne Sinclair Taylor

Lynne Sinclair Taylor will be holding an exhibition entitled “Valuable” in the conference room at The Raft Espresso and Eatery, Chapel St, Tauranga over Labour Weekend.
rotary

Rotary in Action – International Good in Our Own Backyard

Glenys Parton shares her story of meeting Vinna and how Rotary has helped her reunite with her family.
tui

Tui in our Backyard

Tui are beautiful native birds that feed largely on the nectar of flowers which is facilitated by their extraordinary long tongues.
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Kawerau WoodFest Celebrates Industry

Some towns try to hide their industrial origins when visitors come calling; they don’t recognise that those very origins can be used to draw people in. Not Kawerau. In Kawerau industry is celebrated - that’s what Kawerau WoodFest and Generation Homes National Woodskills Competition is all about.
Ōtanewainuku

Three Great Walks at Ōtanewainuku

If you’re looking for some exercise with friends, family or on your own this weekend, try one of the great walks in the nearby forest at Ōtanewainuku.
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Welcome Bay Vets: A Weighty Winter Issue for Our Four-Legged Friends

Our friends at Welcome Bay Vet Clinic shares the surprising effect winter has on our cute and cuddly four-legged friends.
Tony Hammond

Tony Hammond: From the Emerald Isle to the Land of the Long White Cloud

Tony Hammond shares his memories of his family's journey from Ireland to New Zealand, and the adventures along the way.
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Tony Hammond Motors’ New Yard

Our editor shares his inspiration for the latest issue of the Bay Waka and long-standing admiration of businessman and musical sensation Tony Hammond.
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Eight Cars Bought from Tony Hammond and Counting

I first met Tony Hammond when my aching knee and my manual car were about to part company... Driving...
The Hammonds by Tenby Powell

Laughter, Song and The Hammonds

The summer of 1973 was the beginning of a joyous journey through Otumoetai College and, with it burgeoning friendships which, as time has testified were to last a lifetime.
The Hammonds

History of Tauranga’s Own Music Sensation The Hammonds

The Hammonds music phenomenon began on their six-week voyage en route from Ireland to New Zealand when they emigrated here in 1973....
New to the Bay Expo

Free Expo to Welcome Newcomers to Western Bay of Plenty

The “New to the Bay Expo 2019” is a free event to be held at Tauranga Boys College on Saturday, 28 September from 10am – 3pm.

The expo was created to support and inform locals and newcomers to the Western Bay of
Plenty about services and activities in the community that support settlement and to encourage community participation.

new patrol car

New Patrol Car Needs New Patrollers

The Ōmokoroa Community Policing Group has taken delivery of a brand new vehicle and is encouraging more patrol volunteers to come forward to use it.
Conservation Week

Nature Needs Us and Now is the Time to Take Action

The Bay of Plenty is leading the way for Conservation Week 2019, with 26 events registered for people of all ages to get involved and care for our nature.
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Bay of Plenty Regional Council Candidate Statement: Matthew Farrell

In the lead up to Council elections, we'll be posting candidate statements on our site.
Jenny Hobbs Candidate Statement

Bay of Plenty Regional Council Candidate Statement: Jenny Hobbs

In the lead up to Council elections, we'll be posting candidate statements on our site.
Tauranga Council Startup Weekend

Tauranga City Candidates Tackle Trust, Transparency and Accountability at Startup Weekend

Four Tauranga City Council candidates (AJ Tuhoro, Suzi Paige, Heidi Hughes and Erika Harvey) all of them connected to the entrepreneurial community,...
Western Bay Council District Plan

Western Bay Council Notifies District Plan Changes

Western Bay of Plenty District Council has opened submissions for important District Plan changes to bring resource management rules up-to-date with...
Well Sensered Food

Well Sensered Food

Arriving from the shadows of Australia’s culinary underground, Well Sensered Food makes its first international appearance, in partnership with the Tauranga Art Gallery – and this is only the beginning of the story.
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Western Bay of Plenty District Council Releases Updated Hazard Maps

Western Bay of Plenty District Council has been mapping and planning for natural hazardssince the 1990s. The Council is...
Māori Lessons Bay of Plenty

Te Reo Māori Lessons for Health Staff

Bay of Plenty District Health Board (BOPDHB) staff and their whānau have the opportunity to learn te reo Māori on-site thanks to a new initiative to grow the use and quality of te reo me ōnā tikanga within the DHB and its communities.
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Western Bay of Plenty Candidates Confirmed for 2019 Elections

A total of 53 candidates are contesting this year’s Local Body Elections in the Western Bay of Plenty. Nominations...
Tauranga Arts Festival

10 Days of Rollicking Entertainment at Tauranga Arts Fest

Tauranga Arts Festival promises 10 days and nights of rollicking good entertainment when it rolls into town in October, with highlights ranging...
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Shining a Spotlight on Tauranga From China

Two key topics on the agenda at this week’s APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC)meeting, in Hangzhou, China could have significant flow-on effects...
Plummers Point

Family Fun at Plummers Point Connection Cycleway Opening

The public has given the Plummers Point Connection cycleway a big thumbs up following this weekend’s official opening.

Retired Tauranga soldier receives Australian unit citation for gallantry in Vietnam

88-year-old Tauranga resident Corporal Erik Kristensen received the award from Colonel Tenby Powell, of the New Zealand Army, at last night’s 6th Hauraki Battalion’s...
Steve Lindsey, Papamoa College Principal Kai Aroha

Kai Aroha – Embodying Whanaungatanga

Tania Lewis-Rickard, Director of Kai Aroha, is a much loved and respected member of our staff at Papamoa College.
cycleway

Community Celebration to Mark Plummers Point Cycleway Opening

The community are being encouraged to hop on their bikes and test out the latest section of the Omokoroa to Tauranga cycleway...
Western Bay of Plenty District Council

Time to Update Western Bay Property Values

If you own property in the Western Bay you may be visited by a professional valuer who will be assessing the current...
shane taylor

‘Scene’ on Cameron Road

Hello, my name is Shane Joseph Taylor, which is also the name of my YouTube channel. Originally from Tauranga,...
Wairoa River Bridge cycleway

Wairoa River Bridge Cycleway Underway

Work has started on the Wairoa River Bridge cycleway which will complete the final link in the Omokoroa to Tauranga cycle...
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DOC Unveil Two-storey Kauri Mural in the Bay of Plenty

On a chilled winter day, the Department of Conservation (DOC) and the Bay of Plenty community gathered to commemorate the mighty kauri...
Shags

Don’t Snag the Shags!

Shags are native residents of New Zealand most frequently seen near water often spreading their wings and basking in the sunshine.
Greerton

Crafty Greerton Gears Up for Bombing

When Greerton’s blossoming cherry trees drop their colour and stand stark naked on the sidewalk, in steps Carol Power.
Charlie

Charlie’s Lucky Escape

There have been four recent instances of cats being attacked by two or three roaming dogs in the Maungatapu area.
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Capture Life’s Special Moments with your Camera.

Life is an ongoing series of “moments”, each blending imperceptibly into the next. Your job as a photographer is to capture...