Local body elections; not the best elections, but the only one we’ve got for now

At the start of the run up to the local body elections here in Tauranga Moana, I had imagined providing a bit of a precis of all the candidates standing for the Tauranga City Council, for Tauranga mayor, the Regional Council and for the DHB. Then I started looking at Facebook pages and websites and… Read More Local body elections; not the best elections, but the only one we’ve got for now

Fear of a brown planet: running screaming from the homeless in Greerton, Tauranga

At a Tauranga City Council Monitoring Committee meeting yesterday, the Bay of Plenty Times reported that the Greerton Village Community Association manager Sally Benning made particular note of “three or four gentlemen” who are homeless in the area and “two beggars” as causing “problems.” Apparently the problems include sleeping in the alcove of Greerton Hall… Read More Fear of a brown planet: running screaming from the homeless in Greerton, Tauranga

Toi Oho Mai: 3 words too far for a racist Mayor hopeful in Tauranga

The Bay of Plenty Times has revealed the proposed name for the new institution that will come from merger of the Waiariki Institute of Technology and Bay of Plenty Polytechnic. It is likely to be Toi Oho Mai Institute of Technology. Having found out the proposed name, the Times was then presented with a quandry:… Read More Toi Oho Mai: 3 words too far for a racist Mayor hopeful in Tauranga

My (over-priced) house, my castle? Tauranga’s catching Auckland’s housing fever

Tauranga City Council has just completed its latest housing valuations from which it will determine the rates we pay for the next few years. Our personal house and property value jumped a massive 22 percent from the previous valuation. Only 28 percent of that increase was improvements to the house; the majority can really only… Read More My (over-priced) house, my castle? Tauranga’s catching Auckland’s housing fever

Council community development bureaucrats behead Tauranga Moana Safe City

[Disclosure Statement: These are my views, not those of Tauranga Moana Safe City. I have never worked for Tauranga Moana Safe City; however I worked on joint projects with Mike Mills when I was the Manager of the Merivale Community Centre and when I was contracted to run the White Ribbon Campaign events in 2013.… Read More Council community development bureaucrats behead Tauranga Moana Safe City