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INTRODUCTION Discover the Bay...............................................................................4 Holistic Wellness with the Universal Language of Hip Hop ............. 5 Perfect Fit for Family and Career Developing Multi-Cultural City with Lots to Offer ............................ 6

Can’t Imagine Living Anywhere Else ................................................ 8 Building Spirits While Serving Delicious Kai .................................... 9

Our Beautiful City Tauranga .......................................................... 10

Investing in the People and Place .................................................. 11 Making Adventures Happen .......................................................... 12

Tauranga - Shopping & Dining....................................................... 13 Mount Maunganui - The Past & Present ....................................... 14

Mount Maunganui - Local Personalities........................................ 15 Engagement on Transport issues Welcomed................................ 16

Loving Competition and Beach Life ............................................... 17

Mount Maunganui - Shopping & Dining Out ................................. 18

Papamoa - The Past & Present ..................................................... 19

Living and Lifestyle go hand-in-hand ............................................ 21 It’s all happening at The Lakes ..................................................... 23

Relaxed Lifestyle in a Slice of Paradise ........................................ 24 Life is good on Tauranga’s Northern Fringe ................................. 25


auranga, the Bay of Plenty’s urban heart, has overtaken Dunedin’s population in 2016. This makes it officially New Zealand’s 5th largest city after Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington and Hamilton. Reasons for the rapid growth include the city’s stunning natural environment, our moderate climate, and the strong economy powered by the Port of Tauranga. Of course there is also the “Auckland effect”, as many people have relocated here from the Big Smoke in the past few years to enjoy the lifestyle and easier access to property ownership. In recent years, Tauranga was perceived by many as a little Auckland without the gridlock, which made it an excellent choice for people who wanted to get out of the big city’s rat-race. The jewel in the crown here in the Bay of Plenty is Mount Maunganui, one of the most strikingly beautiful areas in the world. Any visitor who makes the effort to climb to the summit and takes in the view across to Matakana Island or east towards Whakatane is pretty much sold on the spot.

The Bay of Plenty is an incredible region that excites, entertains and captivates. Lying east of the Kaimai-Mamaku Ranges and south of the Coromandel Peninsula, it is a simply stunning place boasting beautiful harbours, long white surf beaches, friendly people and an easy going lifestyle. There’s no shortage here of fun for all. From fishing to kayaking and surfing, experiencing the Bay from the water is truly magical. You can spend time exploring the islands, observing local marine life, or play with the cheeky dolphins. For local Maori, the harbour is a physical and spiritual symbol of their identity. Although the influx of people had created traffic woes and made housing a lot less affordable, Tauranga and the wider Western Bay of Plenty now enjoy a fantastic mix of people that were born and bred here, returned Kiwi expats, imports from other New Zealand cities, and immigrants who have chosen to call the Bay home. Where else can you enjoy world-class facilities and such an enviable lifestyle?

Property – Building Consents and Property Market ................... 26 Medical Services & Health Providers ............................................ 27

Retirement .................................................................................... 28 Education - Early Childhood & Primary Schools Secondary Schools....................................................................... 29 Education - Tertiary Learning ....................................................... 30

Sheree soaks up the stress for landlords Sheree Merrick

After 11 years working as a property manager, Sheree Merrick bought the Tauranga franchise for Propertyscouts last year so she can deliver the customer service she believes Bay property investors deserve. “Buying a rental property is a terrific investment, but people often struggle to find good tenants, worry their house might get trashed or contaminated with meth, and fear the rent won’t be paid on time,” says Sheree.

Landlords who lose sleep over the state of their rental properties or the suitability of their tenants prompted one Tauranga businesswoman to take a leap of faith and set up her own business. “Most people hate conflict and don’t know the ins and outs of the Residential Tenancy Act, which is why having someone like me taking care of the hard stuff is always a smart move.” Propertyscouts works with investors to help find (and then manage) their ideal rental property, as well as tenants who are looking for a suitable roof over their head. They’re the

only company that offers landlords “guaranteed rent”, meaning they will cover rental arrears for a specified period and re-let the home at no cost to the owner. “My passion is to help other people achieve their goals and I enjoy working with both parties. If you’d like help getting started, or a hand managing your rental to reduce your risk, give me a call.”

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his is the beautiful Bay of Plenty, a sun-drenched region that has a lot of everything. A popular holiday destination for Kiwis coming from all over the country for decades, the Bay is now also an increasingly soughtafter place to visit for travellers from all corners of the world. A booming Kiwifruit industry, the success of the Port of Tauranga, and its convenient location in the Golden Triangle of economic growth with

Auckland and Hamilton has made the Western Bay of Plenty the fastest growing region in the country. What was once, and still is, the perfect place for people to enjoy the golden years of retirement is now also attracting plenty of young professionals, families, and skilled migrants. The attraction is easy to spot. Golden beaches as far as the eye can see, stunning scenery, a beautiful harbour, and plenty of choice for leisure

and relaxation. With growth come opportunities, and finding a job here in Bay is relatively easy. Businesses of all sizes choose Tauranga or an area close by to set up or relocate to. The construction industry is experiencing strong growth, which is driving a demand for skilled tradies and engineers. Agricultural and horticultural businesses are among the Bay’s biggest employers, and the expanding population is also fuelling an ongoing

need for people to add to the education and healthcare sectors. In Tauranga and the Western Bay, there’s a growing community of innovators, artists, entrepreneurs and elite athletes. Just add the many startups, freelancers, and creative business people in our welcoming city. In this publication, we would like to introduce some of them, and show you a little more of what this wonderful piece of New Zealand is all about.



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orld-renowned Hip Hop dancer and Kiwi influencer Te Hiiritanga Wepiha, better known as Rush, has returned back to the Bay from Australia, where he lived since 2002 and built a successful career. Rush has only been back in the Bay for a few months, but is already making a big difference, and he’s excited to see what the rest of the year will bring. From humble beginnings, learning breaking fundamentals and Hip Hop culture, Rush (35) has taken his craft to another level with career highlights that include choreographing for SYTYCD, performing at Sydney Opera House, judging international competitions, and setting an untouched record of winning the Australian Bboy Championship title 5 times with Fresh Sox. “I came home for many reasons. I’m now at that stage in my life where the call to come home is too strong to ignore. As I got older my values changed. The things I need are right here. My land and my people,” he says. Besides being a well-respected dancer and international judge, Rush is also a youth mentor, movement coach and holistic health advocate. Working with local rangatahi (youth) is where he wants to make an impact. He has started teaching dance classes at local schools, and joined

a new facility called ‘The Centre for Health’ on 3rd Ave, where he works with teenagers as part of a programme called ‘Te Tohu Haumanu’. “It’s an amazing facility that totally aligns with my concept of health. They offer services such as personal training, nutritional advice, mirimiri, physio, meditation, and emotional counselling,” he explains. Rush also runs a program called Breakthru - Hip Hop 4 Health which is based in Aboriginal Communities in Outback Australia. It combines holistic wellness with the universal language of Hip Hop to embrace a positive lifestyle and reconnect with community and culture. “I’m currently working with local organisations to implement the program here in Tauranga, and then hopefully in the rest of the country. I’m always open to working with others and collaborating if the heart is there,” he says. Rush has no idea where this new outlook is going to lead him, but he is extremely passionate about his community work, and helping people change for the better. “I want to show my ancestors that I’m grateful to be here and thank them by doing my part in steering our people in the right direction. I just wish there was more time in a day.”


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hen people think of lawyers, they often think of formalities and a lot of complicated jargon. But powerhouse Paula Lines and her all-female team at The Law Shop handle things a little differently. They are everyday lawyers for everyday people, with a passion to help locals with all sorts of legal matters. Paula (41) was born in Auckland, and spent most of her childhood in Dargaville. She grew up with a single, Maori mum on the DPB in a tiny Northland town but pushed herself to stay out of trouble, got educated, and built a career that has led to where she is today. She studied in Hamilton and moved to Rotorua for her first job. That’s where she opened The Law Shop in 2008. Paula came to Tauranga 2 years ago, and now lives in Pyes Pa with husband Bevan and their two children, Caitlin and Owain. “It’s semi-rural, but not big enough to be called a lifestyle block. My husband chose our house for the


rtist Nic Clegg came to Tauranga in September 2008 from Manchester, UK, with his wife Kirsty and their two children who are now teenagers. They bought a house in Welcome Bay, after being in the country for just 4 weeks. Recognised as one of the foremost sculptural talents in the Bay, Nic has works in private collections all over the world, and some of his public works can be seen at Tauriko Business Estate, Te Puna Quarry Park, and in Katikati. He says he is fortunate that he can fulfil his passion and work as a full-time artist, with his family’s support. As this kind of life is very much a “feast or famine” Nic works one day a week supporting a 40-year-old autistic man to live independently, and takes on design and light engineering projects. He also teaches at Toi Ohomai on one of their Pathways courses one month of the year. “When considering moving out of Manchester City, we wanted a different lifestyle. Kirsty has family in New Zealand so we thought ‘why not go the whole hog’ and move to the other side of the planet,” Nic says.


great view of the Mount and huge shed, which he has rapidly filled up with toys,” Paula laughs. “We moved for better schooling options for our children as they got beyond primary school. My husband was already working here so it made sense,” she explains. Paula co-owns The Law Shop, and works in both Tauranga and Rotorua offices. She helps people with buying and selling property, wills and enduring powers of attorney, trusts, estates, relationship property and business issues. Bevan runs a company that manufactures machinery, mainly for export. Both busy in their careers, they have managed to avoid relying on after school care by juggling pick-ups, after school activities, and homework supervision. The beautiful surroundings, and how easy it is to get to the beach or waterfront, is what Paula loves most about Tauranga, but she says improvements to the traffic flow and more social responsibility would be good to see.

“In the 9 years I’ve been in Tauranga, I’ve watched it grow up. The retirement village image is dissipating, and I see a developing multi-cultural city with lots to offer,” he says. “I initially struggled to find the same cultural outlets I had in the UK, but scratching beneath the surface I found a thriving arts scene, which is growing day by day. I’ve met the most amazing people and developed a great network of friends and colleagues.” As a point of improvement, Nic would like to see a better bus network. He says we need to encourage people to get out of their cars, and a subsidised public transport system is cheaper than building roads. “I guess there’s no culture of public transport in the Bay, so the challenge would be to persuade people to use it.” “We also need to steer people away from the shopping mall type of experience more and make the city a place to socialise, eat and shop. It’s difficult to get a cup of coffee after 4pm in the CBD,” he says. He’d like to see our council start with a better transport system, and

alleviate parking issues. In his vision, the rail line on the Strand should be covered over and turned into a tunnel. The Strand itself to be pedestrianised and that tunnel built on to create a whole new zone with shops and hospitality.




orking from home is a great fit for content marketing specialist Dan Necklen, who helps Tauranga businesses with social media, email marketing and blogging. His agency Likeable has a small team, but there’s no office. They all work flexible hours, as their focus is on balancing work with other stuff. Born and bred in Tauranga, Dan studied marketing at Waikato University. He came back to Tauranga to live 7 years ago to be closer to the ocean, to family, and to have a better work life balance. Dan likes exercising his creativity, and Likeable allows him to do this every day. He also enjoys being able to take time out of the working week and feels like he’s cheating the system if he goes to the beach on a Monday morning when everyone else is driving to work. “I think that the traditional 9-5, 40 hour working week is broken, and I’m keen to challenge what work looks like for myself and others,” he says. “I have a beautiful wife and 3 awesome boys who keep me on my toes. I work at home, so on the

weekends we like to escape to go mountain biking, or to the beach. I also have a passion for classic, unreliable 4-wheel-drives which keeps me busy.” Dan says he loves living close to town, and how easy it is to get to the beach. He can’t imagine living anywhere else at the moment. Some of his favourite things to do are taking the kids for bombs at the wharf, hitting the beach, brunch at Okere falls, or going for a snorkel in Bowentown. Safer cycling is one improvement that Dan would like to see for Tauranga’s future. He has recently launched a startup business with a friend, producing a mountain bike seat for kids. “We’re all about helping parents get outdoors with their kids,” he says. “I’d like it to be easier to take the kids riding. It’s a bit dangerous here, especially getting to the Mount from Tauranga. More safe cycleways would be great, and I’d love to see even more pump tracks for scooters and bikes as they’re popping everywhere else around the country.” Level 2, OneHealth Building 122 Remuera Road Auckland TEL: (09) 522 0652

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ew business owner Jasmine (Jaz) Hayward is a proud mummy to Ezekiel (6). They are a two “man” unit, happily growing and sharing life together. What gets Jaz up every day is her determination to give her son a better life than what she was given. Jaz has just launched her business Eze Feedz, creating delicious Cook Island Pacifica meals from scratch. “It’s the kind of kai I was raised on, and we sell it from our mobile unit at markets and events around Tauranga,” she says. “Essentially, Ezekiel gives me the motivation to rise every day but I have faith that each day, I’m here to serve a purpose and fulfil a plan. For the people I feed with our kai, I hope that it’s doing more than just that. I hope it’s filling them emotionally and spiritually, too. I would love them to have an experience, not just a gap filler,” she says. The best thing about living in the Bay for Jaz is the ocean, and the easy access to the beautiful rivers we

have around us. She says “I love the Mount, Pilot Bay and how relaxing it is after a hard days’ work. Ezekiel and I love to swim and relax around

the river or beach. We also enjoy the playgrounds that Tauranga has to offer, and the free BBQs are an added bonus!”

What Jaz would like to see more of in our region, is outreach to our youth. “A lot of tamariki come from difficulties at home, and I’d like to see more development aimed at helping guide these young ones into something positive, productive and fulfilling.” A few youngsters are now working for Eze Feedz, which gives them hands-on experience with work life, customer service, being responsible, having to show up, and looking respectable. “These opportunities are too few and far between for our young ones. They need someone to take them under their wing, teach them, and give them a chance. Everybody has to start somewhere,” says Jaz. Jaz says she is where she is today because of some special people that have lifted her up, and encouraged her along the way. It takes a village to raise a child, and Jaz is certain that she has a great village. Now, she is paying it forward.

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auranga has grown into one of the leading lifestyle capitals of New Zealand. It’s a place where people can be part of a booming economy, but still nip down to the beach after work. A fun fact about Tauranga: we get an average 2260 glorious sun hours every year, and locals just love soaking up those golden rays! Property in Tauranga and the Bay of Plenty region has been in hot demand in recent years, mainly because of Aucklanders looking to escape the overheated market and choose the laid black lifestyle of The Mount and surrounding areas. Tauranga, New Zealand’s fifth largest city, is home to an estimated 125,000 residents, and more than 20,000 of them live in Mount Maunganui. The population has grown fast, with an extra 48,400 people between 1996 and 2016. Earlier this year, Tauranga City Council, through its partnership with other councils and iwi, has been successful in opening up new land for residential development and is facilitating intensification within its’ existing urban boundary. The city is colourful and diverse, with all the cultural and creative buzz you could wish for in a New Zealand city. It has cool cafés, top restaurants, plenty of shops, a fantastic public art gallery, and a recently revamped waterfront. Tauranga’s new pier, pontoon and tidal step at the waterfront on The Strand have been hugely popular and well used since the official opening in May last year. It is part of a wider $8m plan to upgrade the central city over five years. Tauranga is also a fantastic place to start a business. Everyone is more or less connected here, which makes networking a breeze. A meeting with the right person can usually be arranged in a few days rather than weeks. There are a range of local organisations that can help you along, as well as special workshops and shared work spaces aimed at start-ups. The general consensus is that emphasis is less on competition and more on how positive it is to see others succeed.

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he home ownership, family time, and good job equation wasn’t going to work in Auckland for Doug Maarschalk and his young family in 2014. They came on holiday to Tauranga, and decided to make the move. “Houses were affordable back then, and I was fortunate to relocate with the company I was working for,” says Doug (32), who grew up in Zimbabwe and came to New Zealand 14 years ago. Since moving to Tauranga, Doug has started his own business Sunergeo. He helps teams move forward through times of growth and change by finding ways to work better together. “We look at what the science says about what helps people to flourish in the workplace. We then translate that into practical ways that teams can put in place this new way of thinking,” he explains. Doug says he likes the Bay as it is not too big or too small. He enjoys bumping into people on the street, but says it’s still big enough to have everything we need and not feel like we’re living in other people’s pockets. In his spare

time, he likes going up and around Mt Maunganui and taking the kids to the beach. Doug also runs, and finds that a great way to explore the area. “We’re part of a church community with many people of our age and stage. This has been a crucial part of us feeling settled in Tauranga, as we didn’t have many friends or any family before moving down,” Doug says. “It’s only when people engage that they feel like they belong. The Bay is experiencing growing pains with housing affordability issues and increased traffic, so I’d like to see more people engaging with the issues in a proactive way. It’s easy to blame the Council, politicians or another generation, but I’ve felt challenged recently to do my bit. Things like cycling to work, taking part in public meetings, or donating to local not-for-profits. “The Bay is a fast growing area with lots of opportunity, and I hope that the people who move here next are looking to invest in the people and place as well as take advantage of the fabulous lifestyle.”

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riginally from England, Camilla May emigrated to Tauranga in 2006 with husband Richard and their children Abi and Jack, who are now young adults. She says she’s incredibly fortunate to live in such a beautiful place, with stunning scenery and a wonderful climate which allows us to take full advantage of it all. “We came to Tauranga, having visited briefly in 2005 to see if we liked it. The owners of the B&B we stayed at told us we should climb the Mount. We did it, and knew straight away that this was where we wanted to settle,” Camilla says. “We had become despondent with the UK for several reasons, and felt like an adventure so we made it happen. We said we’d give it 2 years then reassess, to make sure everyone was happy with the move. The rest is history.” They have lived in Matua for 12 years now, and chose this suburb for the community-feel and excellent schooling. Camilla, who worked as a teacher for a while at Tauranga Primary School when they first arrived, now owns the local Helen O’Grady Drama Academy.

“I bought the business 10 years ago, and we offer a life skills programme for children aged 5 to 17 which aims to develop self-confidence and self-esteem, communication and social skills. It is great fun. The kids love it, and I love doing it!” At 51, Camilla is an empty nester now. Abi teaches PE at Cambridge High and Jack is final year at Massey studying to be a Quantity Surveyor. They are happy where they are, but both love coming home to the Bay. Camilla loves the water and says that having the beaches, the Waikereo Estuary and Wairoa River so close is awesome. She also exercises a lot, since discovering the new fitness phenomenon F45. For her 50th birthday last year, Camilla travelled solo to Peru and trekked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, a trip that had been on her bucket list. “I challenged myself both physically and emotionally, and it has given me the confidence and desire to explore further. Walking the Great Wall of China or searching for gorillas in Borneo could be next.”

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local establishments take advantage of all these fresh ingredients. There is no shortage of world-class dining options in Tauranga. We are literally spoilt for choice in the city when heading out for a bite to eat. If you are a fans of fine dining or prefer a cheap and cheerful eatery,

you won’t be disappointed in Tauranga city. The Strand and Wharf Street, downtown Tauranga, offer a great selection of restaurants. There’s all sorts of deliciousness to be found here, from Mexican food to authentic Italian flavours, and from Mediterranean dishes to great burgers

with chips. You will find fantastic Indian curries, vegetarian and vegan food outlets, and Japanese, Korean, and Pacific Rim cuisine on or near The Strand as well, plus some great cafes and nightclubs. It’s always buzzing, and there’s something to enjoy for everyone.


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f you love shopping, you will find your retail therapy fix Downtown Tauranga. There’s a wide mix of boutique and department stores; small independent retailers and large national chains to be found downtown. Devonport Road is where you’ll find most clothing retailers, giftware, and homeware stores. Make sure to also explore the Goddards Centre and Piccadilly Arcade, both of which conveniently link Devonport Rd to the other main shopping strip on Grey Street. A multi-level, 45-store container shopping complex, complete with food stalls, a community garden and wellness spaces, is set to replace the demolished council administration building on Willow Street this month. Named Our Place, this is an initiative of Little Big Event directors Chris and Rachelle Duffy, who envisage that it will help turn downtown Tauranga into an exciting destination. Tauranga also has regular markets, with the Tauranga Farmers Market on the grounds of Tauranga Primary School held every Saturday morning between 7:45am and 12pm being a firm favourite. Our region is renowned for its plentiful produce and seafood, and the

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nce a sleepy little seaside town with a sprinkling of holiday cottages, the sandy expanse between Tauranga Harbour and the Pacific Ocean known as Mount Maunganui has become one of New Zealand’s premier holiday destinations, and a most desirable place to live. Some of the country’s most expensive real estate can be found at The Mount. Mount Maunganui was named after the mountain (Maunga means mountain; nui means tall or large) at the harbour entrance. The beautiful

stretch of beach attracted the first settlers in the early 1900s, and the Mt Maunganui Surf Club was formed in 1914. Some houses clustered at the foot of the mountain, while at Moturiki, where the Port of Tauranga is now, railway workshops and associated housing for the construction of the East Coast main trunk line were built. The reputation of the area as a holiday resort started to spread, and the population continued to increase until Mount Maunganui became a Dependent Town District of the Tauranga County in

1927. Ten years later, it was proclaimed an Independent Town District. In 1950, the decision was made to establish a deep-water port, which greatly contributed to the growth of Mount Maunganui. Around that time, it also became more popular among holidaymakers. People came from all over the upper North Island to enjoy family get-togethers, the beach, and some relaxing time away from home. That hasn’t changed as in March, Mount Maunganui’s Main Beach has been named New Zealand’s best beach by TripAdvisor’s Traveller’s Choice

awards for the fifth consecutive time. This beautiful stretch of sand was also named the fourth best beach in the South Pacific. Mount Maunganui has enjoyed a surge in sales of multimillion-dollar homes in recent years – and it is not uncommon for properties to sell for more than $5 million. Although the Mount is a lot busier than it was a few years ago, it still has a great beachy vibe all year round. It has that surf energy, like Raglan. Wearing jandals and a T-shirt when venturing out is a-okay.

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hoosing a more laid-back lifestyle, more than a few wellknown New Zealanders have chosen Mount Maunganui over the other big centres as their home. One of them is veteran broadcaster Peter Williams. He lives in the Mount with his wife Sara Lunam, who works as a corporate services manager at the Port of Tauranga. What he loves most about living in the Bay is how good the weather is all-year round. He has lived in many places around New Zealand, from

Invercargill to Auckland, and with that he has the right to say that the Western Bay of Plenty has the best weather in the country. Six years ago, New Zealand soul singer Hollie Smith also moved to Mount Maunganui, from Ponsonby. She is enjoying her home studio, her own private space, and having one of New Zealand’s most beautiful beaches at her back doorstep. “Here, I am a real homebody, I hardly ever go out. I don’t really know many people down here - I catch up

with Tiki (Taane) when he is around, but mostly my friends are in Auckland,” she told the New Zealand Herald recently. But despite leading a bit of a solitary life here in the Bay, she says she likes the more laid-back pace of living. More recently, celebrity chef Chelsea Winter has also traded in the big smoke for the Mount. The MasterChef winner and her husband of four years, businessman and yachtie Mark Bullot, have moved from their Auckland townhouse to one of the Mount’s most

prestigious streets, calling her new home, “a dream come true”. Chelsea already has connections to the Bay, as her father Mark lives on Marine Parade in the Mount and her brother Simon and sister Dana and their families also live in the Bay. Early February, the winner of MasterChef New Zealand’s third season posted a photo of the beach to her 51,000 Instagram followers, with the words: “Feeling incredibly grateful to finally call this magical place my home. “My dream has come true, good and proper.”

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ris Beemster-Ursum and her husband Theo (both 43) live on a lifestyle property in the Lower Kaimais. They work at Volunteering Bay of Plenty, and are passionate about supporting the local community. Theo is the president of the Blue Rovers Football Club, and Iris is the co-founder of the ReThink Project, aiming to create a resilient and prosperous future for the Bay. Before moving to the Bay, the couple lived in Napier for two years when they first arrived in New Zealand from The Netherlands in 2009, in pursuit of a more relaxed lifestyle. Moving to the other side of the world has been a big challenge for the couple. They say it’s like starting all over again in life, where you have to learn the most basic of things. When they bought their Kaimai property, it was bare land. While their house was being built, they lived on the land in a Lotus Belle tent, which was “an awesome adventure”. A fruit orchard was planted, and they also created a big vegetable garden. They moved into their new home in April last year. For the Bay’s future, Theo hopes a tunnel through the Kaimais will


become a reality, to get the big trucks off the road. Iris would love to see a train network in the Bay and she is enthusiastic about local architect Mark Wassung’s concept called Tauranga Connect Multimodal Transport network which is a vision for the future of Tauranga’s transport system. What they like most about living here is that it is so green, and the nice weather. “It is just right here, we actually found Hawkes Bay a little too

hot,” Isis says. The proximity to Rotorua, Coromandel, Waikato and Auckland is also great, especially when they have family or friends come to visit from overseas. “Then there’s Mount Maunganui and hot pools. We love Fernland spa, especially on a cool, clear evening. Quite magical to sit in the warm water while watching the stars. We also really like to hang out at home, watching the sun set behind the Kaimais with a glass of wine.”



addler extraordinaire Ash Roozendaal has been riding a wave of sporting success in the past few years, winning multiple gold medals at the Sprint Nationals, being selected for the New Zealand Waka Ama team 2 years in a row, and participating with a team from Mount CrossFit in last year’s CrossFit Regionals competition in Australia. Ash (21), who has lived in Mount Maunganui for about 2 years, was born and raised in Whakatane. He came to the Western Bay because he likes the lifestyle, and also for his job as a stevedore working on container ships at the Port of Tauranga. “I really enjoy the lifestyle here. I like the beach life, the waterfall and swimming spots around Tauranga, and it’s also a nice change from my hometown,” he says. Dedicated as he is to his work and his training, Ash is quite a busy guy. He says he hasn’t got a particular place he goes to relax and unwind, so if he’s not working you’ll find him either at the gym or on the water. He says he likes the feeling of bettering himself every day. In June last year, Ash travelled to Tahiti with the New Zealand Waka Ama


team, which also included his uncle Paul Roozendaal, to take part in the inaugural 2017 IVF Va’a World Distance Championships. Ash was the youngest member of the team, and after taking part in the New Zealand development team the year before, he stepped up into the open men’s team. The International Va’a Federation created the new world distance event so that member countries can compete against each other every two years.The next event, in 2019, will be held on Australia’s Sunshine Coast and at the moment,Ash is waiting to find out if he’s selected for the New Zealand team for the third time in a row. “The best thing about traveling is just getting away home. Getting out of your normal daily routine, and relax a bit more. But when it’s time to go home again it’s also great. It feels like I’m done traveling by then, and want to see my family and friends,” he says. Ash, who was also the winner of the Sport Bay of Plenty People’s Choice award in 2016, isn’t the type to boast, but when it comes to rafting, ocean racing, or CrossFit he is certainly the one to watch.

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ount Maunganui is home to the Bay’s largest shopping mall Bayfair, where you’ll find over 1600 free parking spaces, an excellent food court, plus New Zealand’s leading fashion, footwear, homeware, gifts, jewellery, stationary, health and beauty, electrical and department stores. Late last year, plans were revealed for a $100 million upgrade which includes 50 new shops and a seven-screen cinema complex. Work is well underway to see this 30-year-old shopping centre grow by another third, with an extra 9000sq m of floor space, which will take the total size of the complex to 42,000sq m. Heading towards the Mount, you will find a strip of shops next to the New World supermarket and service station that’s known as Central Parade. It’s a hub for locals, offering some great cafes and takeaway outlets, as well as a post shop and pharmacy that both boast a well-stocked gift shop, and an array of retailers that will surprise and delight you. Downtown Mount Maunganui is all about a more boutique shopping

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n recent years, Papamoa has grown from a quiet seaside holiday destination to Tauranga’s largest suburb. Widespread settlement of the area did not start until the early 1980s and before this, Papamoa Beach was mainly a rural area. Many of the farreaching paddocks have since been transformed into thriving urban areas, and several subdivisions have been developed here in recent years. Although Papamoa has grown rapidly, the area certainly hasn’t lost its charm. It still is a friendly beachfront paradise where swimming, surfing, fishing, beach

walks, barbeques and relaxing by the ocean are the things that really matter. Papamoa has a thriving community. Day-to-day living is laid back, and all you need is right at your doorstep with quality shops, cool cafes, fun markets, great restaurants, and of course the stunning sandy beach to soak up the sun and enjoy a relaxing walk or swim. Plus, it’s all within easy reach of Mount Maunganui and Tauranga City. The Tauranga Eastern Link has also increased the attractiveness for businesses and households to be located in Papamoa, offering an

easy connection to Rotorua (1 hour), Whakatane (45 minutes), and Auckland (2.5 hours). Papamoa Plaza’s shopping centre and neighbouring Fashion Island provides a central spot for the local community. At just 400 metres from the beach, Papamoa Plaza provides a great shopping experience, with a retail mix which offers more than 40 shops, an excellent food court, and several spots to get a great coffee. The local library can be found here, and the recently revamped Papamoa Beach Tavern is just around the corner.

As one of Tauranga’s two main growth hubs, Papamoa is has outperformed Tauranga South around Pyes Pa and the Lakes. The more coastal nature of the area holds a strong appeal from a lifestyle point of view for families and retirees. Papamoa offers excellent coastal retirement villages, with some of Tauranga’s best gated communities for 55-plussers located here. There are plenty of opportunities for recreation and relaxation to be found alongside comfortable living. Locals will tell you that living here feels like being on holiday all year round.




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ai Aroha charity group founder, teacher and practicing visual artist Tania Lewis-Rickard grew up in the Bay of Plenty. She met her husband Tawhai Rickard from Gisborne in 1992 while both studying art and they married at the bottom of Mauao in 2000. “After we finished our art course at Waiariki Polytechnic in Rotorua, we moved to Palmerston North some time later to study our post-grad diploma in Maori Visual Arts at Massey University. Then, we returned to Tauranga Moana.

It’s our base, and provides opportunities for us to grow our family and continue pursuing our arts,” she says. They now live at Papamoa in a large old farm house that is the perfect size for their artistic lifestyle and charity work resources. For Tania, there is living and there’s lifestyle. She says they go hand-in-hand. Every day is a gift to Tania, and she doesn’t like to waste time. But she also doesn’t believe time should be about how much you can squeeze into it. It’s all about balance.

An advocate for established Maori artists in schools, Tania has spent a vast majority of her working life being a secondary school art and film teacher and she has worked with the Ministry of Education and other educational institutions. Another focus is her project enterprise called ‘Whakaahua Visual Artist’, photographing cultural, art and local events. In addition to this, her week ends with Friday nights coordinating ‘Kai Aroha-Feeding Our Hungry Community’ charity with her very committed team

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he Lakes is a dynamic community that is unique to Tauranga, focused on family and set within a park-like environment. The largest residential subdivision in Tauranga, with a 250 ha development, is situated in Pyes Pa West. There are 20 kilometres of beautifully landscaped cycle and walkways, playgrounds and parks, lovely picnic spots, fabulous newly built family homes, and as access to a range of excellent schooling options. Tauranga Crossing at The Lakes is the newest regional shopping centre in the area, dedicated to servicing its community and those who pass through it. Bringing a benchmark in local design, Tauranga Crossing has been created with the region’s celebrated climate and lifestyle in mind. The emphasis on making the most of the outdoors and all it has to offer. Stage 2 of the build is under construction, and due to open in 2019. It will provide 90 specialty shops and eateries, and a brand new cinema.A contemporary food and beverage precinct will feature a range of restaurant options. Behind the shopping precinct, you will find Tauriko Business Estate,

where investors can find much sought-after new buildings which are low maintenance and offer good leases. The type of businesses that have moved to Tauriko range from small business owners through to international corporates, and every in between.

At the moment, efforts are being made to try and speed up development of Tauriko West as a new residential area, as the demand for new housing increases. The Bay of Plenty Regional Council has revealed a new streamlined planning process will be trialled for the

first time in the Bay of Plenty this year, so that increasing demand for new housing areas could be progressed. Through the Smart Growth partnership between councils and tangata whenua, Tauriko West has been identified as a viable location to open up land for approximately 3000 new dwellings.

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ana Lambert and her husband Pete have recently moved back to the Bay from Auckland, and live on a kiwifruit orchard in beautiful Aongatete with their dog Huia and 3 legged cat Toby. They bought the property 4 years ago thinking they’d move here permanently in a few years’ time, but they decided to fast-track that plan when their youngest son started university. “We always said that Auckland was a medium-term place to be while our boys were growing up and we had our career and business commitments. Auckland is a great place, but our hearts have always been in the Bay of Plenty. We both have strong whanau ties and close friends here. It kept calling us back for a more relaxed lifestyle,” Hana says. “Our three gorgeous sons (22, 23 and 27) who were born in Tauranga all live in Auckland, but they absolutely love escaping down to the orchard for time out. We have built our dream family home to entice our children, grandchildren, friends and whanau to the Bay so they can enjoy this wonderful lifestyle, too.”

Hana works as a private career development practitioner and has a flourishing practice working with youth to encourage and support them in their career planning in the transition from school to the next stage in their career journey. “I’m excited with how differently young people think about their careers, and the opportunities that they see through technology, business, and innovation to have a more diverse and interesting career journey and future,” she explains. Hana and Pete love adventures, and enjoy exploring the cycle trails around the wider Bay. They are also “mad kayakers” and boaties, so they get out as often as they can to soak up the waters and our incredible natural environment. With a cute one bedroom cottage on the property, the couple has also ventured into B&B hosting. Hana says they have met the coolest people from all over the world, and she loves sharing their slice of paradise with them.

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riginally a small independent town, Bethlehem has long been absorbed by Tauranga. It comprises a number of subdivisions which include Bethlehem Heights, Sterling Gate, La Cumbre, Saint Andrews, and Mayfield. The area also houses some of Tauranga’s most exclusive retirement villages such as Bethlehem Country Club and Bethlehem Shores, Sanderson Group’s luxury lifestyle villages, and Bob Owens Retirement Village. Bethlehem is situated on State Highway 2, and great amenities can be found at the recently upgraded Town Centre. This upmarket outdoor retail area is now the largest outdoor shopping centre in the Western Bay of Plenty with more than 40 quality stores. You’ll find boutique fashion and footwear, health and beauty, home and living, as well as everyday products and services. There’s also a large supermarket and a Kmart at the complex, as well as a range of scrumptious takeaway foods and dining options to choose from. A little further north, at just a 5 minute drive from Bethlehem, you’ll find Te Puna. At about 10km from

the city on State Highway 2 between Tauranga and Omokoroa, this is another rapidly growing community. There is a mix of industrial, commercial, retail and residential activity here. The Puna Village has a small supermarket, some boutiques and other specialty shops, as well as a spacious family-friendly

café that specialises in breakfasts and brunches. A wonderful place to go for a walk is Te Puna Quarry Park. The paths are wide and easy to manage, and the views of Tauranga and Mount Maunganui are just amazing from there. Fully managed by volunteers, the disused

quarry has been transformed into a world-class park with stunning gardens. Dotted around the area, you will find sculptures, pottery and other art works made from stone, glass, and ponga. The huge dragon made from Hinuera Stone by local artist Roger Bullot is a real family favourite.


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auranga’s population has grown almost twice as fast as it did a decade ago in the last few years. The growth in Tauranga between 2015 and 2017 was the result of trickle down from Auckland, where overseas investors had ignited the market. At one point, 40 percent of people attending Tauranga open homes came from Auckland. But according to local real estate experts, the Tauranga market came off the boil in 2017 after reaching record heights in 2015 and 2016. They say it is set to return to a more normalised market this year. While there is still interest from buyers looking at moving to the Bay from Auckland and Wellington, most home buyers are now locals. Aucklanders are still seeking properties here, but they’re no longer the dominant presence in Tauranga auction rooms. They’re now more in the mix with Wellingtonions, Cantabrians, ex-pats returning from overseas, and locals moving from one home to another. The median house price in Tauranga was $628,000 in February. Across the

Bay of Plenty, the median price rose by more than $50,000 over 12 months from $502,450 in February 2017 to $553,000. February 2018 was a bumper month for Western Bay real estate with home buyers signing on the dotted line at a rate of 10 a day, according to figures released early March. The Real Estate Institute of New Zealand reported 231 sales in Tauranga City and 57 in the Western Bay of Plenty District in February. 44 consents were issued for residential new builds in Katikati, Omokoroa and Te Puke in February, valued at $20.7m, which set a new two-year record. Katikati’s latest subdivision, Sophia Rose Estate, is expected to pump millions into the local economy. The development on Tetley Rd is a boutique subdivision that will have 25 high-spec houses on 700sq m sections. The architecturally designed homes are targeted at the higher end of the market, and the first home in the subdivision is under construction.

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uality health centres and medical services are available throughout the Bay of Plenty, and modern medical practices committed to providing high quality, familyorientated healthcare can be found in each area. Holistic Health practitioners, naturopaths and GPs that integrate science and nature to deliver better health for their patients, are also well represented in the region. Tauranga Hospital on Cameron Rd is a well-equipped hospital with an accident & emergency department and a special care baby unit. Serving one of the fastest growing populations in the country, the Tauranga Hospital campus has undergone signiďŹ cant development in recent years to allow the District Health Board to grow health services to match. In recent years, the hospital has seen the construction of a new wing, including new theatres, outpatients department and maternity unit. Specialised medical services offered at the hospital include surgical, paediatrics, obstetrics, gynaecology and mental health. The hospital is also a base for a range of associated clinical support services and allied health, such as rehabilitation, speech therapy,

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auranga and its surrounding areas have attracted many young professionals and young families in recent years, and the range of ECE (Early Childhood Education) providers in the city and surrounding areas are working hard to keep up with the rapid growth. There are currently more than 380 options for early childhood education in the region, offering many different types of early childhood services. A key difference between these services is how much involvement they expect of the child’s parents and family. Primary schools in the region, catering for Year 1 to 6 children, have also expanded as much as possible to meet the needs of the growing number of young families in Tauranga. New schools are planned for Papamoa, Omokaoroa, Pyes Pa and other fast growing areas. A new school in Pyes Pa will open to primary age students in 2019. It will be built on Kennedy Road in Tauranga and enrol Year 1-6 students from 2019, with Year 7 being introduced in 2020

and Year 8 in 2021. The new school is expected to reach a roll of about 650. The Bay of Plenty also has a number of smaller rural primary schools, offering a different style of education to the city schools that tend to have between 200 and 600 students on their roll.

Tauranga Intermediate School, established in 1958 on a peninsula overlooking the inner harbour, is the largest in the country with more than 1,200 boys and girls in the 11 to 13 year age group in nearly 50 classrooms and learning pods.

Since ACG Tauranga opened its doors in Pyes Pa in 2015, parents can also choose this exceptional Years 1 to 13 independent co-educational school for their children, which provides the Cambridge International curriculum from primary to secondary levels.

Our schools have a national curriculum to teach and local business require a skilled workforce. Priority one has an Instep programme that provides a link between local secondary schools and business by harnessing the energy and expertise from local businesses to inspire students to make informed career choices.

Projects and activities focus on globalisation, collaboration and innovation are being developed so school communities understand future skill needs relevant to the region’s economic growth and prosperity, and local businesses are confident that young people have the skills and aptitude employers need now and in the future.

They have also initiated the Young Leaders’ Forum in 2009 to provide a platform for Western Bay of Plenty secondary school student leaders to engage with regional decision makers. Priority One partners with Tauranga City Council, Western Bay of Plenty District Council and Bay of Plenty Regional Council to deliver the programme.


here are 11 secondary schools in Tauranga and surroundings, Aquinas College which is a Catholic school and community, Bethlehem College which offers biblically-based education, plus Otumoetai College, Tauranga Girls’ and Tauranga Boys’ College, Papamoa, Mount, Te Puke and Katikati College, as well as Te Wharekura o Mauao – a medium Maori language school, and ACG Tauranga (years 1-13). ACG’s Senior School (Year 11-13) provides an environment where students receive direction whilst being given opportunities for independence both through their studies and in their contributions to the school and the wider community. ACG offers the University of Cambridge International Examinations IGCSE and A Level courses and a range of subjects. The reputation of our local schools is excellent, and in a country renowned for the quality of its education system, our region has fantastic facilities.The Western Bay is one of the sought after places to live, which makes it easy to attract high calibre teachers and educators.



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oi Ohomai Institute of Technology was formed in May 2016 after the merger of the Bay of Plenty Polytechnic and Waiariki Institute of Technology. It is now the largest tertiary education provider in the Bay of Plenty, and the third largest institute of technology in the country. The name was gifted by local iwi, and means “to aim high and achieve great heights; to be awakened by learning.” The institute has two campuses in Tauranga, one on Cameron Road in the city centre and another, much larger complex in Windermere. There are 150 study options to choose from, ranging from certificate to postgraduate


level, and they cater for international students as well. There are other tertiary learning providers in the Western Bay of Plenty as well, including Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi, Avonmore Tertiary Institute, Pacific Coast Technical Institute and EmployNZ. The University of Waikato already has a presence in the Bay of Plenty, with study options at Toi Ohomai, but a brand new University-led tertiary campus in the heart of Tauranga city is being built on Durham Street. The campus will provide targeted undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, along with applied research for regional issues. The University’s

Coastal Marine Field Station is also located in Tauranga, which is part of their Environmental Research Institute. The University of Waikato has been working closely with Priority One’s business members and SmartGrowth to understand the academic and research needs of local industry and the community so new programmes of study can be targeted to regional strengths. Greg Simmonds, Priority One’s chief operating officer, says the universityled city centre campus, which will open in February 2019, will offer a distinctive range of programmes to meet the needs of employers and the wider community.

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