Losing Our Democracy

“SmartGrowth” is a collaboration between Tauranga City Council, Western BOP District Council, BOP Regional Council, Tangata Whenua and central government that was established in 2004 to “manage” growth in this part of the country. On 17 August 2022, in a SmartGrowth Leadership Group meeting that wasn’t even livestreamed or uploaded onto YouTube, representatives of the… Continue reading Losing Our Democracy

Tauranga By-election and Local Democracy

https://www.sunlive.co.nz/election-debate.html The Sunlive byelection debate last night was an interesting discussion about some important topics, so as an independent, non-aligned organisation, we’d encourage Tauranga residents to watch it before you vote. The most striking difference was Labour’s candidate being (unsurprisingly) strongly in favour of the removal of democratic elections for Tauranga City Council, while the… Continue reading Tauranga By-election and Local Democracy

Tauranga’s Civic Precinct saga continues

Interesting that as soon as submissions to council were finished, there are now much more detailed plans and costings from TCC and Willis Bond for the proposed Tauranga Civic Precinct project in tomorrow’s council meeting report (also see agenda). Despite a majority of submitters not wanting Option 1, TCC recommends the commissioners approve Option 1,… Continue reading Tauranga’s Civic Precinct saga continues

More details emerge around proposed Tauranga Civic Redevelopment plan

Submissions to TCC’s Long Term Plan Amendment (LTPA) are due by 5pm this coming Tuesday 26 April. It’s taken us a bit of digging to get clear about the exact details of the two options for the Civic Redevelopment. We now have a better understanding of the implications of each option for debt and operating… Continue reading More details emerge around proposed Tauranga Civic Redevelopment plan

Letter to Tauranga City Council re Consultation Process

14 April 2022 CEO and CommissionersTauranga City Council Re 2022 LONG TERM PLAN AMENDMENT CONSULTATION Dear Marty and Commissioners, As you know, Sustainable Bay of Plenty has been engaging in the consultation process for the LTPA, which has included attending public meetings and seeking further information from Council. From what we have been told in… Continue reading Letter to Tauranga City Council re Consultation Process

Tauranga’s Civic Redevelopment – Expensive Concrete Jungle or Affordable Green Paradise?

by Jo Wills and Glen Crowther Tauranga City Council is calling for feedback  on the city centre redevelopment, a chance (as Commissioner Tolley put it) for the community to decide ‘’…do they want to be part of creating a vibrant exciting centre city…or do we just want an ordinary civic centre and rebuild the library… Continue reading Tauranga’s Civic Redevelopment – Expensive Concrete Jungle or Affordable Green Paradise?

Are Councils Listening to Our Communities?

In this article, we explain why Sustainable BOP Trust is asking Tauranga City Council and BOP Regional Council to: Work with the Mount-Arataki-Papamoa communities to develop sustainable solutions for Links Ave and Farm St. Support the community’s ongoing call for bus stops on Maunganui Rd-SH2 by Bayfair, and push to develop bus lanes that connect… Continue reading Are Councils Listening to Our Communities?