February 2019 media releases

Community invited to discuss proposed bus route changes

26 February - Locals are being invited by Bay of Plenty Regional Council staff and councillors to discuss proposed changes to the Tauranga bus network at community meetings in Maungatapu, Pāpāmoa and Otumoetai over the next two weeks.

Plan Change 10, Science Review completed

22 February - The Bay of Plenty Regional Council is on track with methods to improve the water quality of Lake Rotorua, according to a recent scientific review.

Route 40 bus free for Welcome Bay students

22 February - Bay of Plenty Regional Council would like to advise that Welcome Bay school students using the urban route 40 bus both into and out of the CBD will be able to travel free from Monday February 25.

Dredging work back underway on Kopeopeo Canal

21 February - Another significant milestone has been achieved for the Kopeopeo Canal Remediation Project as dredging of the Canal resumes and water treatment works move to the second containment site at the Whakatāne River end of the Kopeopeo Canal.

Sticky dots screen air quality

20 February - Hundreds of sticky dots are proving the key to understanding air quality issues in the Mount Industrial area.

Applications open for Community Reference Group

20 February - Applications are now open for members of the public to be part of the Community Reference Group which will help create an Action Plan to reduce the risk and impact of future storm events in Ngongotahā.

Additional school buses for start of school week

16 February - From Monday 18 February four additional school buses contracted by Bay of Plenty Regional Council will run to provide extra capacity for some Tauranga students.

Health warning lifted for Lake Okaro

15 February - The health warning issued in November for Lake Okaro has now been lifted by the Medical Officer of Health.

Rangitaiki River Scheme Review: recommendations actioned

15 February - Sixteen months after receiving the findings of the Rangitāiki River Scheme Review, the Bay of Plenty Regional Council has actioned all of the report recommendations.

Relief in sight for Tauranga bus network with new school service

15 February - Bay of Plenty Regional Council is exploring alternative school bus options to help make the Tauranga Urban bus service more reliable.

Progress on post-flood action plan for Ngongotaha

12 February - The community reference group to help Rotorua Lakes Council and Bay of Plenty Regional Council create a Ngongotahā Action Plan following last April’s floods will be in place by the end of February.

Public feedback results in bus network changes

11 February - Bay of Plenty Regional Council has apologised for the challenges that have been experienced recently by those using Tauranga’s new bus network and today announced changes to the network as a result.

Geothermal research shines a light on what lies beneath us

4 February - Since 2009, GNS Science has been collecting magnetotelluric or MT measurements to further understand volcanic hazards and the deep geothermal energy resources in the Taupo Volcanic Zone, including Rotorua.

More bus drivers needed for Bayhopper network

1 February - A shortage of drivers is impacting services on the new Tauranga Western Bay of Plenty bus network with Bay of Plenty Regional Council considering reviewing weekend services until driver numbers increase to give customers more certainty.

Rerewhakaaitu farmers managing nutrients to protect local lakes

1 February - Farmers from the Rerewhakaaitu community are taking practical steps to protect water quality in their local lakes.