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Media Releases 2012

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Jet ski safety focus for Rotorua Lakes this summer

Thursday, 27 December 2012 9:00 a.m.

Speeding jet skis and boats have not made a good start to the summer on Rotorua's lakes. "So far the general behaviour has not been good," says Bay of Plenty Regional Council...

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Jet ski safety focus for Bay of Plenty Summer

Monday, 24 December 2012 8:00 a.m.

Whitewater kayaking requires nerves of steel but Olympian Luuka Jones is the first to admit she gets nervous when she's kayaking in the presence of jet skis. Just as she love...

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Former deputy PM appointed to Bay of Connections

Friday, 21 December 2012 1:30 p.m.

Former Deputy Prime Minister, Sir Michael Cullen is one of two new appointments to the Bay of Connections Governance Group. He will represent the Eastern Bay of Plenty economi...

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Companies fined for pollution offences

Friday, 21 December 2012 10:00 a.m.

A Waikato demolition company and a Matakana Island dairy farmer were fined a total of more than $70,000 in the Tauranga District Court yesterday on pollution charges in two se...

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Regional Council searching for mooring owners

Wednesday, 19 December 2012 12:30 p.m.

Bay of Plenty Regional Council is surveying Rotorua lakes during the next few months to find out who owns hundreds of moorings. Most moorings on the Rotorua Lakes don't have ...

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November bus passenger numbers hit record high

Wednesday, 19 December 2012 9:00 a.m.

Bay of Plenty Regional Council's Tauranga Bayhopper buses carried a record number of passengers in the month of November this year. A total of 165,294 passenger trips were tak...

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Work to identify link with volunteers

Monday, 17 December 2012 3:00 p.m.

The ways in which the region's volunteers can help Bay of Plenty Regional Council achieve its council outcomes are to be investigated early next year. Following a number of s...

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2012 snapshot

Monday, 17 December 2012 10:00 a.m.

2012 was a busy year for Regional Council. See below for a snapshot of what we were busy doing. Click on each image for more information about the subject.   ...

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New life for old lab equipment

Wednesday, 12 December 2012 2:00 p.m.

Old lab equipment which has passed its use-by date is getting a new lease of life in Whakatane schools. Bay of Plenty Regional Council has passed on laboratory equipment whic...

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Silver acknowledgements for civil defence service

Tuesday, 11 December 2012 12:30 p.m.

Outstanding leadership and moral courage were just two of the attributes acknowledged by Minister of Civil Defence Hon Chris Tremain when awarding two Bay of Plenty recipients...

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Orchard cones warn youngsters of spray danger

Monday, 10 December 2012 8:00 a.m.

Specially designed cones that warn children of spraying in orchards have proved a hit with the Te Puna community. The idea of placing warning cones for children near kiwifrui...

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Strong future projected for Port of Tauranga

Friday, 7 December 2012 10:00 a.m.

The Port of Tauranga is well-placed to accommodate future demand and growth according to a report released this week on the upper North Island ports. The ports study, which b...


Wallabies are pests not pets

Thursday, 6 December 2012 2:00 p.m.

Bay of Plenty Regional Council staff are concerned some residents may be treating Dama wallabies as pets instead of pests. Wallabies destroy native bush by feeding on seedlin...

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Groups encouraged to start applications

Tuesday, 4 December 2012 9:00 a.m.

Businesses and organisations looking to apply to the Regional Infrastructure Fund should already have made a start on putting their applications together according to Bay of P...

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Opotiki farmers fined for effluent discharges

Monday, 3 December 2012 7:45 a.m.

Opotiki dairy farmers Riverlock Farms Limited, and directors Ian Brown and Geoffrey Brown, have been fined a total of $74,000 plus costs on charges brought by Bay of Plenty Reg...

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Contribution to civil defence acknowledged

Friday, 30 November 2012 10:30 a.m.

Needing assistance from the Whakatane-based New Zealand Response Team 17 isn't an event anyone wants to happen, at any time. But if you do end up receiving their help, it's r...

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Identify pampas from privet with new user guide

Wednesday, 28 November 2012 10:15 a.m.

A handy user guide to the pest animals and pest plants of the Bay of Plenty and is now available to help identify which pesky creepers and creatures shouldn't be growing in yo...

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A look at our region - western Bay

Monday, 19 November 2012 9:00 a.m.

This is the first article in a series about the work we undertake across our region. Next month we will focus on eastern Bay of Plenty, and our first issue of 2013 will look a...

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Regional Council delivers despite Rena

Monday, 8 October 2012 2:00 p.m.

Despite an increased workload and the grounding of the MV Rena off the Tauranga coast last October, Bay of Plenty Regional Council still delivered on its major projects, inclu...

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Rena anniversary marked by Regional Council

Friday, 5 October 2012 12:00 p.m.

Bay of Plenty Regional Council has marked the anniversary of the Rena grounding by acknowledging the efforts of everyone involved in the response. When the Rena hit Astrolabe...

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Have your say on Lake Okataina Action Plan

Friday, 5 October 2012 10:00 a.m.

Bay of Plenty Regional Council has proposed an Action Plan to help improve water quality at Lake Okataina. Lake Okataina's water quality does not meet the water quality stand...

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Innovative thinking brings bright ideas to life

Thursday, 20 September 2012 8:15 a.m.

New uses for sea lettuce, using dairy effluent to fatten fish and a new clean-up method for Rotorua's septic tanks - just some of the bright ideas Bay of Plenty Regional Counci...

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World Car Free week celebrated in Bay

Wednesday, 12 September 2012 2:30 p.m.

How do you travel each day? Could you do it without jumping in the car? World Car Free Day is happening next week and Bay of Plenty Regional Council is asking people to look at...

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Navigation marker missing near Opotiki

Tuesday, 28 August 2012 9:30 a.m.

A large navigation marker has gone missing from an aquaculture farm about nine kilometres north of Opotiki/Waiotahi. Bay of Plenty Regional Council Harbourmaster - Eastern, B...

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Bus fares to rise on 3 September

Wednesday, 22 August 2012 2:00 p.m.

Bus fares will be increasing on Monday 3 September 2012. The move follows a decision made by Bay of Plenty Regional Council's Public Transport Subcommittee on 29 June, to hel...

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Interest sought in new Infrastructure Fund

Tuesday, 14 August 2012 8:30 a.m.

Interest in a fund set up to support the development of infrastructure is being sought by Bay of Plenty Regional Council. The Regional Infrastructure Fund, which has been cre...

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Decisions out on policy statement

Monday, 13 August 2012 8:30 a.m.

Decisions on all submissions to the Proposed Bay of Plenty Regional Policy Statement will be publically released this week. To find out more about the Proposed Regional Polic...

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Meetings to discuss draft changes to OSET Plan

Wednesday, 8 August 2012 9:00 a.m.

Changes to improve how the discharge from septic tanks is managed throughout the region are the subject of public meetings being held by the Regional Council this month. For ...


CDEM Volcanic Update 7 August 2pm

Tuesday, 7 August 2012 2:00 p.m.

Bay of Plenty Civil Defence Emergency Management Group said it will continue to stay in contact with GNS Science to monitor volcanic activity in the region, however a national...


CDEM Volcanic Update 11am

Tuesday, 7 August 2012 11:00 a.m.

The Bay of Plenty Civil Defence Emergency Management Group is continuing to monitor the situation following last night's eruption of Mt Tongariro, however the situation is unc...

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CDEM Volcanic Update 8.30am

Tuesday, 7 August 2012 8:30 a.m.

Bay of Plenty Civil Defence Emergency Management Group is on standby and continuing to monitor volcanic activity in the region following the overnight eruption of Mount Tongar...

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Group monitoring change in volcanic activity

Monday, 6 August 2012 6:30 p.m.

The Bay of Plenty Civil Defence Emergency Management Group is continuing to monitor volcanic activity in the region with the increase today in the White Island alert level fro...

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Whakatane dairy farm effluent sentencings

Wednesday, 4 July 2012 4:00 p.m.

A body corporate and two individuals were today sentenced in the Whakatāne District Court for the unlawful discharge of dairy effluent after separate prosecutions brought agai...

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Flooding pasture may be good for lake water quality

Wednesday, 4 July 2012 11:45 a.m.

Farmers in the Rotorua catchment are experimenting to see if controlled flooding of some of their best pasture land can capture phosphorus during storms and stop it polluting ...

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Working together to reduce the cost of doing business

Wednesday, 4 July 2012 9:00 a.m.

Bay of Plenty Regional Council and Tauranga City Council are among 10 organisations to join forces in a bid to increase freight efficiencies throughout the upper North Island....

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Recommendation to raise Bay of Plenty bus fares

Tuesday, 3 July 2012 11:00 a.m.

Bay of Plenty Regional Council's Public Transport Subcommittee has received a report recommending an increase to bus fares in the region. The final decision on bus fare incre...

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Council gives infrastructure fund go-ahead

Friday, 29 June 2012 10:01 a.m.

Bay of Plenty Regional Council's first contestable Regional Infrastructure Funding round will be held in 2012/13, following yesterday's adoption of the Council's Ten Year Plan....

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Regional Council adopts Ten Year Plan

Friday, 29 June 2012 10:00 a.m.

Bay of Plenty Regional Council has adopted its Ten Year Plan after responding to public views and substantially cutting general rates increases, while continuing to fund the r...

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Wave buoy onshore for repairs

Tuesday, 26 June 2012 10:30 a.m.

Surfers and recreational fishermen wanting to check out the swell will need to wait a few more weeks before the Bay of Plenty Regional Council's wave buoy is back in action. &...

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Failure to check irrigator leads to $72,000 fine

Monday, 25 June 2012 4:05 p.m.

Armer Farms (N.I.) Limited was today fined $72,000 plus costs for the unlawful discharge of dairy effluent after a prosecution brought against the company by Bay of Plenty Reg...

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Regional Council saddened by loss

Monday, 18 June 2012 2:00 p.m.

Bay of Plenty Regional Council Chairman John Cronin has expressed his deepest sympathies to Tauranga City Council staff and Councillors and Mr Paterson's wife Melanie and his ...

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Omokoroa Boatyard remediation project

Monday, 11 June 2012 9:00 a.m.

What is the Ōmokoroa boatyard? The Ōmokoroa boatyard is located outside Tauranga, at 34 Harbour View Road, on the Ōmokoroa Peninsula. It is a privately-owned coastal site, sout...

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Rena: Statement from owners

Saturday, 9 June 2012 10:00 a.m.

With positive progress, Rena salvage operation now preparing for winter Following faster than expected progress in the recovery of containers from the MV Rena in recent weeks...

Rena update from Maritime NZ - 1 June 2012

Friday, 1 June 2012 11:00 a.m.

Salvage High winds and swell out at the reef this week have caused some disruption to salvage activities, with Smit Borneo forced to remain on standby yesterday. Changes in ...

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Less water in Lake Rotoiti during June

Friday, 1 June 2012 10:30 a.m.

Water levels in Lake Rotoiti will be reduced by as much as 100mm from usual operating levels during June, as the first annual draw-down occurs. Bay of Plenty Regional Council...