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Recovery Fund reaches funding milestone

The WBOP COVID-19 Recovery Fund has funded 16 community groups in the past eight months with over $360,000 in funding. It brings the total funded since its inception to over $770,000. The successful recipients include Brave Hearts, Life Education Trust Western Bay of Plenty, Youth Encounter Ministries, Tipu Skills for Life, Tauranga Riding for the Disabled, Bay of Plenty Multiple Sclerosis Society, RRR Rescue Revive Rehome, Ngamuwahine Lodge Trust, SociaLink, Wise Group, Merivale Community Centr...

May 17, 2021

Tauranga Special School

Many families, staff, and students gathered at Tauranga Special School last week to attend a Mihi Whakatau and blessing of different areas of the school. One of these areas was the new outdoor sensory spaces, which wowed all in attendance with their colourful, interactive elements. The spaces are designed to provide students focused learning opportunities and sensory integration, with plenty to touch, see, hear, and smell; from hanging musical pipes and an enclosed light sensory room, to a water...

May 13, 2021

Unsafe home transformed thanks to community good

It's a house on the street like any other. One that has had the ultimate makeover inside and out. But it's not the kind of home reno you'll see on TV, but one that has had a lot more love, and community spirit, put into it. Hundreds of volunteer hours and donated resources have transformed the rundown home from completely unliveable, to warm, safe and dry. A kuia and her son lived inside. But like many, her home had gotten away from her. With no hot water, cooking facilities, heating or insula...

May 12, 2021

Community initiative aims to reduce the digital divide

Shopping online, learning online, working online. It’s the new norm, one we became well-accustomed to during the lockdown last year. But what do those without digital devices do? How do they communicate and access information in a world that is out of reach due to cost? There is a digital divide in the Western Bay of Plenty, one which SociaLink is hoping to reduce with a new initiative that will see Chrome Books distributed and internet connections installed for families and whānau most at ne...

May 10, 2021

Tauranga Community Housing Trust

As demand for rental properties in our region soars, our community’s most vulnerable are getting left behind. Low-income earners, older people, and those living with a disability or mental illness are struggling to find suitable housing, whether due to sheer unaffordability or lack of accessible properties available. Local charity Tauranga Community Housing Trust (TCHT) is working to change that by improving access to quality, sustainable housing.   As a registered community housing provi...

May 7, 2021

Parent to Parent Coastal BOP

Shelley Robinson has experienced many ups and downs over her daughter Ruby’s life. 18-year-old Ruby has Global Developmental Delay and Autism, and Shelley had been worried about her future for some time. Leaving school was one of those worries. She was concerned about how her daughter would transition into the real world – a world filled with many physical, social and attitudinal obstacles. Research shows that when people with disabilities finish school, it can be incredibly challenging to ...

May 3, 2021

Western Bay Museum

It’s a far cry from the museums of old. Modern, bright, and housed inside the instantly recognisable historic landmark that is the old Fire Station in Katikati; the Western Bay Museum is an establishment renowned in our community. The museum’s beautifully curated exhibitions, hands-on experiences, outdoor engagement areas and many passionate volunteers bring to life the stories on which the foundations of the Western Bay of Plenty are built. Exhibitions are updated three times a year, keepi...

April 30, 2021

Age Concern

When you ask 83-year-old Roland Edwards why he started volunteering 20 years ago, he answers candidly. "I suppose it was quite a selfish attitude really, but I had retired and the thought of getting out and about driving people around on a minibus sounded like it would be lots of fun." That bus was for Age Concern Tauranga, a charity that supports the wellbeing of older people in our community through educational workshops, programmes and social activities. But soon enough, Roland learned there ...

April 28, 2021

Wild Whiskers

They might be the most popular companion animal in New Zealand, but cats are not so popular in the wild. Stray and feral cats are a widespread problem across the country, with numbers estimated to be in the millions. At this scale, they not only face lives of hunger and poor health, but also wreak havoc on our native birdlife, skink, and gecko population. And it's a problem that can be hard to contain, with a single unspayed female cat and her offspring able to produce more than 400,000 cats in...

April 23, 2021

TECT to proceed with changes to Trust structure, following consultation

TECT has today announced its decision to proceed with changes to the structure of the Trust, following a month-long consultation period with its beneficiaries. The changes and consultation followed Trustpower’s announcement in January that it was undertaking a strategic review of its retail business, including a possible sale. A sale of Trustpower’s retail business to a third party would mean that TECT beneficiaries would no longer be Trustpower’s 53,000 Tauranga and Western Bay local ret...

April 22, 2021

National Jazz Festival

It’s a sound unlike any other. It takes you back to a different era, makes you get up and dance, and is the perfect accompaniment to some great food and drink. It’s jazz, and it filled our city’s streets over Easter weekend at the National Jazz Festival. Home-grown in Tauranga, the festival has been a highlight in our region’s calendar of events since 1962. The jam-packed weekend brings with it much anticipation and excitement every year, with over 25,000 people flocking to the city to e...

April 21, 2021

Te Tai Whanake ki Tauranga Moana

A new project currently in development is establishing a Te Ao Māori Localised Curriculum for all 67 Tauranga Moana schools, early childhood centres and the wider community in partnership with Tauranga Moana Iwi. The project, called Te Tai Whanake ki Tauranga Moana, will be a first for New Zealand, bringing all Tauranga Moana Iwi and schools together in a unique and enduring way. The Te Ao Māori Local Curriculum will encompass foundational Te Reo, our Tikanga, stories and history, and will be...

April 14, 2021

Bay of Plenty Rugby Union

Rippa Rugby is wrapping up this week after a successful summer of the programme, which saw over 3,300 students aged 5-17 in the Western Bay of Plenty take part. The programme sees girls and boys of all abilities playing the non-contact version of our national game in a fun and relaxed environment. Involving a 6-week after school round-robin, teams play matches against their surrounding schools. Games consist of 12 minutes halves, and substitutions can be rolled throughout. The final week of each...

March 31, 2021

Youth Mentor helps young men stay on track

Jared Dixon understands just how valuable wrap-around support is when trying to make meaningful change in one’s life.  He has been through it himself, with a life that was once filled with drugs, crime and gangs. His escape out was only made possible thanks to Live for More’s Tai Wātea surf therapy programme and the people who supported him to help turn his life around. The programme consists of weekly surfing sessions, clinical psychology treatment, group work, goal setting, and ...

March 31, 2021

TECT Community Awards a night of celebration

It was a night of many smiles, congratulations, and heart-warming stories at the TECT Community Awards last night. Around 350 people from across the community came to celebrate the volunteers and community groups that make our region one of the greatest places to live. Finalists were announced late last year, with videos about their work showcased online over the past six weeks. Winners were announced at the event last night, with applause erupting from Baycourt Community & Arts Centre through...

March 29, 2021

Consultation on TECT Proposal closes today

Today is the final day to submit feedback on TECT’s proposed changes to the structure of the Trust.The consultation period has run from the 18 February and will close at 4pm today (22 March). TECT Chair Bill Holland says around 700 written submissions have been received to date, and the feedback is encouraging. “We’ve been very pleased with the engagement of our beneficiaries throughout this process. We had a great turnout at all three of our information sessions, and have had high numbers...

March 22, 2021

One week left to have your say about proposed changes to TECT

TECT beneficiaries have one more week to submit their feedback on proposed changes to the structure of TECT, in response to the potential sale of Trustpower’s Retail Business. “Thank you again to all those who have provided feedback and engaged with this process so far. Trustees continue to review feedback prior to their deliberations once the consultation period is complete,” says TECT General Manager Wayne Werder. “We’ve been really pleased with the level of community engagement and...

March 15, 2021

TECT consultation reaches half-way point

TECT beneficiaries have two more weeks to submit their feedback on proposed changes to the structure of TECT, in response to the potential sale of Trustpower’s Retail Business. TECT General Manager Wayne Werder says three Consumer Information Sessions were held last week for Trustees to provide an outline of the proposal and hear feedback directly from beneficiaries. “Thank you to everyone who attended one of these sessions, and those who have submitted feedback via post or online over the l...

March 8, 2021

Papamoa Surf Lifesaving Club

The new Papamoa Surf Lifesaving Club is a building that represents a lot for the future. Lives that will be saved, sporting careers that will be developed, and memorable events that will be hosted. While the building may have been a long time in the making, the finish line is now in sight. The final interior fit-out is in progress and set to be complete in May thanks to the hard work of many people, the support of generous local businesses, and significant funding from TECT. Efforts for the new...

March 3, 2021

Programme empowering young people plays catchup

Young people are our future. But for some children, the future doesn’t seem so bright. One local programme is aiming to change that, empowering young people with the practical skills they need to make a lasting positive difference in their lives.   It all started back in 2011 when Stuart and Prue Caldwell, who run a local youth agency, heard about a group of 10-year-old girls who were smoking with their mothers. Seeing a clear need for early invention to ensure these young girls could bui...

February 24, 2021

2021 Scholarships awarded to Tauranga Campus students

There were many congratulations and words of appreciation spoken at a scholarship function held last night for a group of University of Waikato Tauranga Campus students. The scholarships, generously donated by the Tauranga Tertiary Campus Charitable Trust (TTCCT) and Acorn Foundation, help students who pursue tertiary education by reducing the financial burden to them. This year’s recipients are spread across many areas of study, including law, engineering, and social work. Key funders of the ...

February 19, 2021

TECT to consult on structure changes; rebate protected

TECT is asking its beneficiaries their views on a proposed restructure of the Trust.This follows Trustpower’s announcement that it is undertaking a strategic review, including a potential sale of its retail business. A sale of Trustpower’s retail business would change the status of TECT’s beneficiaries and eligibility to receive rebates.The TECT rebate is protected for existing beneficiaries under the proposed new structure for approximately 30 years. Following Trustpower’s recent a...

February 18, 2021

TECT assessing impact of Trustpower strategic review

Trustpower has confirmed it has initiated a strategic review and potential sale of its retail electricity, gas and telecommunications businesses. https://www.nzx.com/announceme... As a 26.8% shareholder of Trustpower, and because a sale of Trustpower’s retail business would require changes to the structure of TECT, TECT’s Trustees were briefed by Trustpower on the review in advance of it being publicly announced.  Trustees are well advanced in developing a proposal that outlines t...

January 27, 2021

$11,500 in Creative BOP and TECT Arts Mini Grants approved

Seven new arts initiatives in the Western Bay of Plenty have received a boost in funding thanks to a collaborative fund established by Creative Bay of Plenty and TECT. The Western Bay of Plenty Arts Mini Grants was established to support the resilience of the local creative sector and increase vibrancy over the summer period by funding creative ideas and cultural celebrations with rapid turnaround mini grants. The $11,500 in funding approved last week will support a range of creative initiatives...

December 18, 2020

World Men's Squash event gearing up for play in one year

From the AIMS Games to the Jazz Festival, Tauranga is home to some incredible national events that see thousands flock to our region to enjoy some art, culture, and sport. But in one year, Tauranga's event calendar will be taken to the next level with an event that will showcase our city to a global audience, and bring with it even greater economic and community benefits. The World Squash Federation (WSF) Men's World Team Championship will be held one year from now in December 2021. The event ...

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