March 2019 media releases

Kaituna decision is only option to save lives

26 March - After two deaths and at least one near miss on the lower Kaituna River, Bay of Plenty Regional Harbourmaster Peter Buell has announced his intention to close the Awesome, Gnarly and Smokey gorges in an effort to prevent further tragedy.

Work underway on flood-damaged section of Lowes Road

25 March - Work is underway on a flood-damaged section of Lowe Road near Waimana, as part of a joint Bay of Plenty Regional Council and Whakatāne District Council project to provide safer road access for local residents.

Community feedback sees Tauranga bus routes re-instated

22 March - Bay of Plenty Regional councillors have voted to accept proposed Tauranga bus route changes after listening to feedback from the community.  

Marine pests prompts hull cleaning rule rethink​

20 March - The Bay of Plenty public are being asked for their views on whether a single set of vessel hull cleaning rules should be developed to help stop the spread of marine pests across New Zealand’s four busiest boating regions.  

Climate change, passenger transport and rescue services funding on Regional Council’s radar

15 March - Bay of Plenty residents will be asked to provide their feedback on four key questions later this month when the Bay of Plenty Regional Council goes out for consultation on its 2019/20 Annual Plan.

Ngongotaha Community Reference Group Established

8 March - The Community Reference Group which will help create an Action Plan to reduce the risk of and impact of future storm events in Ngongotahā has been established.

New land and sea vessel to improve maritime operations

7 March - A new multi-purpose vessel was added to Bay of Plenty’s maritime fleet after being blessed by local kaumatua Josh Te Kani at a special ceremony today.

Birds to blame for the Uretara River

4 March - Bird poo is the most likely cause of high levels of E.coli in the Uretara River, according to Bay of Plenty Regional Council’s recent river monitoring work.