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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 15, 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 ...

December 17, 2020

Creative BOP and TECT Announce New Quick Turn-around Grants

TECT and Creative Bay of Plenty have joined forces to support the resilience and renewal of Tauranga and the Western Bay of Plenty’s creative sector, and increase vibrancy in the region over the Summer period, with the introduction of a new rapid turn-around grant programme. Open now, the Arts Mini-grants are designed to help support creative ideas, cultural celebrations,and arts events. Established organisations, informal groups and individuals are all invited to apply for projects that deliv...

December 14, 2020

Bay of Plenty Garden and Art Festival

Just a few weeks ago, the Bay of Plenty Garden and Art Festival took over our region, with festival-goers exploring 80 marvellous gardens – from inner-city sanctuaries to tropical retreats. Spanning from Katikati to Te Puke, there was also plenty of art to admire, with more than 100 local and national artists displaying their work. The Bloom in the Bay festival hub also hosted workshops, creative demonstrations, live music, and art exhibitions for the community to enjoy. As the festival ...

December 14, 2020

Finalists Announced for TECT Community Awards

The finalists for the 2021 TECT Community Awards have been announced. The awards, which will be held at Baycourt Community and Arts Centre on 18 March, will celebrate the community groups, volunteers and young changemakers who are helping make the Western Bay of Plenty one of the greatest places to live. Finalists will be vying for six main awards: Event Excellence, Sustainable Future, Diversity and Inclusion, Rising Star, Youth Spirit and Volunteer of the Year. A Lifetime Service Award and Peop...

December 11, 2020

TECT Rescue Helicopter

With Christmas just around the corner, most of us are looking forward to a summer relaxing with friends and family, enjoying a few barbeques, and getting out in the great outdoors. But for the TECT Rescue Helicopter team, the summer break can be the busiest time of their year. Last summer, their team of paramedics and pilots carried out over 152 lifesaving missions, including medical flights for strokes, sepsis, seizures, cardiac events and premature labour, and various injuries resulting from ...

December 9, 2020

New grandstand opened in Te Puke

It’s something we might take for granted – covered seating allowing us to watch sports games whether rain or shine. But for Te Puke and the wider community, a new 400-seat grandstand will be well-used, and greatly appreciated, after years in the making. Opened officially last week at Te Puke Sports and Recreation Club, the all-weather grandstand was built after the previous one, installed in 1995, became dilapidated and incapable of providing safe seating for the crowds. The project has been...

December 9, 2020

Bethlehem School

Some of our fondest childhood memories are filled with days at the local playground, making new friends, exploring our imagination and enjoying the fun of climbing, sliding and playing. And it’s more than just fun. Playgrounds encourage cognitive development, increase social skills and self-confidence, and build strength and fitness. Bethlehem Primary School recently opened their three new playgrounds, featuring a swing zone, slide, ropes course, spinning carousel, and more. Their previous pl...

December 7, 2020

New Zealand Country Music Star Awards

While country music originated in America’s South and has maintained its popularity across the States since the 1920s, the genre has expanded its global reach in recent years – even making it to the Top 40 Chart. The power of the internet may have played its part in that, but here in New Zealand, a local event has been fostering and promoting country music for all age levels, since 1976. The New Zealand Country Music Star Awards are held annually in Tauranga, comprising of two days of compet...

December 1, 2020

BOP Sport Climbing Association Speed Wall

Sport climbing is scheduled to make its Olympic debut at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo next year. Since its announcement as an Olympic Sport, interest has skyrocketed, with Bay of Plenty Sport Climbing Association (BOPSCA) seeing a 20% increase in membership each year. The sport features three disciplines: bouldering, lead climbing and speed climbing. While Kiwi athletes have had ample access to bouldering and lead climbing, the closest Olympic sized speed wall was over in New Caledonia. &nb...

December 1, 2020

Olympic Weightlifting National Championships

While not every event is suited to everybody's interests, most of them provide a ripple effect that not only benefits the region, but our people. And some even surprise us by sparking a new passion.  The Olympic Weightlifting National Championships is one such event that wrapped up earlier this month. Held for the first time in Mount Maunganui this year, over 120 athletes travelled from around New Zealand and locally to take part. With its growth over the years - now boasting over 50% fema...

November 26, 2020

Life Education Trust Responds to Children's Needs

We know Harold the giraffe well. We remember the excitement as the mobile classroom pulled up. It was a highlight of the school year – a visit from Life Education Trust. The charity's interactive lessons were a memorable part of our childhood, and they continue to educate and inspire children today. Empowering children to make safer and healthier choices, their programme covers topics such as identity and resilience, food and nutrition, human biology, relationships and communities, and substan...

November 25, 2020

Tauranga Riding for the Disabled

For six-year-old Katie O’Callaghan, riding her ‘unicorns’ Flicka and Blue at Tauranga Riding for the Disabled is the highlight of her week. Whether trotting, playing games on the ponies, or riding up big hills, Katie is rarely seen without a smile on her face. Katie’s mother Rochelle says the past two years riding at RDA and spending time with the horses and instructors has helped Katie with many aspects of her development. “Katie has Global Developmental Delay, and her time riding at ...

November 23, 2020

Surf Life Saving New Zealand

For those working in the emergency services, saving someone with severe injuries is a task that requires plenty of precaution and careful manoeuvring. For Surf Lifeguards, water adds another element of complexity. Kent Jarman (KJ) knows the scenario well. Volunteering as a Surf Lifeguard since 1966, he has performed several hundred rescues. His work has seen him receive an MNZM for services to Surf Lifesaving, multiple nominations for rescue of the year, and the National Lifeguard of the Year a...

November 23, 2020

St Peters House see spike in demand for counselling

Local charity St Peters House has seen a significant spike in demand for its counselling services, with a high number of individuals presenting with anxiety from financial pressures, stress, uncertainty due to the pandemic, or relationship issues. Since schools reopened, they have also seen an increase in young people experiencing severe anxiety, self-harming or struggling with thoughts of suicide. St Peters House Manager Cath Page says while demand is always high for their counselling services,...

November 17, 2020

Pregnancy Choice

Facing an unplanned pregnancy can be a scary experience. For those women who are young, alone, or unsure of what to do next, feelings of fear, pressure and confusion can take over. Helping support hundreds of women in our region through these feelings is local charity Pregnancy Choice. The volunteer non-profit organisation equips and supports women facing a crisis or troubled pregnancy. They do this by providing free pregnancy tests, counselling, educational classes, and practical support with ...

November 15, 2020

Bay of Plenty Sailing Academy

There's nothing quite like being out on the open water, enjoying the freedom and speed of sailing. It not only requires technical skills and expertise, but discipline, self-confidence, and fitness. But it's a sport that can seem out of reach to many in our region, particularly for young people, with equipment, coaching and club costs quickly adding up. These costs, along with the general cost of living and the demands on parents' time, make it difficult for many families to get into sailing. Lo...

November 10, 2020

Venture Centre

Starting a new business can be a daunting endeavour. Questions of should I, can I, and where do I begin, are often at the forefront of the entrepreneur's mind. For Kat Stephenson, the idea to start a dog obedience service sparked similar questions. The idea came out of her childhood passion for animals and a first love for farm dogs, which led Kat to pursue dog training as a hobby and become a qualified dog trainer through the Australian National Dog Trainers Federation (NDTF). With a background...

November 4, 2020

Tauranga Hockey Association

Tauranga Hockey Association's third turf was officially opened in October 2020, with members of the association, community and key stakeholders in attendance. The opening party included Turi Ngatai from Ngāi Tukairangi/Ngati Kuku, Tauranga Hockey Chair Peter Puchner, Tauranga Hockey President Gill Gemming, Deputy Mayor Tina Salisbury, and TECT Trustee Peter Farmer. The speakers discussed Tauranga Hockey's 100-year history, the value of the facilities for our community, and the years of hard wo...

October 30, 2020

Aphasia leads to loneliness for local woman

Imagine knowing what you want to say, but being unable to say it. Hearing instructions, but struggling to understand them. For the thousands of people that live with Aphasia in New Zealand, this is their everyday reality – one that can bring with it many challenges and frustration. The communication disorder affects the production and comprehension of speech and the ability to read or write. This happens when the language area of the brain is damaged from a head injury, disease of the brain, o...

October 29, 2020

Funding helps social service provider meet increasing demand

While life feels like it is somewhat back to normal, for many in our community, normal was not a good place to begin with. But Covid-19 and the lockdown has added another layer of complexity, with job losses, an increase in domestic violence, and negative impacts on mental health.   One charity helping to address these issues at the deeper level is Families Achieving Balance (FAB). FAB provides a free social service to vulnerable families in our community dealing with issues such as trauma,...

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