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From festivals in Florida to touring Dracula’s digs in Romania, we round up the best destinations to visit this October. As summer abandons Europe again this October, eke out the last of the rays and raves in Ibiza, where nightclubs will be going out with a bang for the winter break. When the party finally stops head to the island’s north.

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Local Felters Fighting Fit for National Competition

A small group from Tauranga Creative Fibre have entered a National Creative Fibre Festival Competition, one of 13 teams nationally.
Eleanor Bodge Eldernet

Eldernet – NZ’s leading Online Knowledge Base for Older Adults

Bay Waka first met with Eleanor Bodger at the Tauranga Successful Aging Symposium hosted by SUPA NZ in October 2018. 
Surf Club

Surf Club Names Boat After Sports Official

Tauranga resident and Omanu Beach Surf Club member Bruce Matheson has been around surf boats for many years having started in...
Craig Nees

Tauranga Boxing Academy – The End Game is to Get Them into Work

In our Spring 2018 issue we wrote an article, “Turning Kids Lives Around Through Boxing”. “Bearing in mind, some...
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Bizobike Update

Bay Waka has been working with leading e-bike manufacturer Bizobike in Belgium to offer its readers a once only opportunity to purchase e-bikes which...
Winning team

Tale Of A Deserving Win

You couldn’t find a more worthy or admirable team to win the WBOP Championship other than our Pāpaka U13 Rugby team. You couldn’t find a...
Photograph of Shane Beech on a jetski taken By Andy Belcher for action water phootography

Action On The Water

Through Andy Belcher's Lens Fast action on the water has always appealed to me as a photographer. It’s visually very appealing with water flying in...
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Our community Chess clubs are places to be!

The Mount Maunganui RSA and complimentary Tauranga RSA Chess Clubs are the places to be when it comes to a 'friendly game of chess'. The...
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Sporting codes unite to Lead the Cheer!

Sport Bay of Plenty, clubs and regional sporting organisations have united to launch Lead the Cheer! – a campaign that aims to foster a great sporting...
Photograph of the BOP Youth Development Trust boxing team and coach

Turning Kids Lives Around Through Boxing

New to the Bay of Plenty and strongly supported by the NZ Police and community organisations, the BOP Youth Development Trust aims to inspire...

Latest article

‘Rhythm & Rhapsody’ Set To Entertain

It’s been another busy year for Tauranga based INACHORD women’s chorus who meet weekly in a social setting in Bethlehem primarily to prepare new...

Western Bay gains freedom camping funding

Western Bay of Plenty District Council has been successful in receiving $133,032 from the Responsible Camping Working Group to dedicate resources to monitoring, use...

Diwali Festival to spread love, light, colour and sound in Tauranga this labour weekend

Tauranga's Historic Village is set to welcome the summer season with a sensory extravaganza celebrating the world-famous Indian Festival of Diwali.  Festival to be...

The Imperial Russian Ballet Company presents Swan Lake at Baycourt, 5-7 November 2019

Bring Tchaikovsky’s magnificent music and superb Russian ballet dancers together and you have Swan Lake. The most beloved classical ballet of all time, Swan Lake,...

Better Services. Better Governance. BETTER TAURANGA

Better Services. Better Governance. Better Tauranga Campaign for Better Council Governance is committed to educating voters about all candidates standing for election to Tauranga City...
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2019 Mini Nationals event over Labour Weekend

The Tauranga Mini Owners Club is hosting the 25th annual Mini Nationals over Labour Weekend (25-27Oct19) This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Mini’s...
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Closing the Gap Candidate Survey 2019

The priorities and preferences of candidates running in this year's local body elections have been revealed in Closing the Gap's recent candidate survey. 
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Closing the Gap 2019 Survey – Summary of Responses

The following outcomes are the results from a recent survey of election candidates by income equity group Closing the Gap's recent survey of local body election candidates across the region.
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Closing the Gap Candidate Survey – Tauranga City Council

The following outcomes are the results from a recent survey of Tauranga City Council election candidates by income equity group Closing the Gap.

Closing the Gap Candidate Survey – Western Bay of Plenty District Council

The following outcomes are the results from a recent Closing the Gap survey results from the Western Bay of Plenty District Council candidates.
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Closing the Gap Candidate Survey – Bay of Plenty Regional Council

The following outcomes are the results from a recent survey of Bay of Plenty Regional Council election candidates by income equity group Closing the Gap. Candidates...

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.
Lynne Sinclair Taylor

“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.
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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.
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Epic Rugby Showdown – Te Puna won!

If rugby is a religion — and for many of us it is, then making it to the finals in the Bay Wide competition is...
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.
woodfest

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.
welcome bay vets

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.

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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.

Labour-led government contradicts its own policies at heavy community cost

I am proud of the way our community has come together over the debacle of NZTA’s handling of the Bayfair underpass. It takes a...
western bay of plenty district council

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...