Better future for inanga on the Whakatāne River

Whakatāne residents of both the human and fish kind are enjoying new inanga (whitebait) ponds and spawning habitat built in the river berm alongside the Whakatāne River. The riverside berm has been leased for grazing by Bay of Plenty Regional Council for many years as...
Hello from your friendly local civil defence comms person

Hello from your friendly local civil defence comms person

“We are here, and you are at the front of our minds”. That’s the message from Bay of Plenty Civil Defence Group Controller Clinton Naude.  While most of the country is at alert level 2, Civil Defence Bay of Plenty is not currently activated. But Mr Naude says...
Saying thanks to footpath crews

Saying thanks to footpath crews

Ōpōtiki Mayor, Lyn Riesterer, provided afternoon tea to say thank you on behalf of the community for the outstanding work of the three contracting crews currently installing footpaths in the Ōpōtiki township. The footpath work has been funded by the Provincial Growth...
New courtesy crossing proving popular

New courtesy crossing proving popular

Pedestrians and cyclists are already benefiting from a new courtesy crossing installed on Hinemoa Street recently. Located near the Awatapu Lagoon, the crossing includes ‘dragon’s teeth’ and ‘red carpet’ road markings, and a centre refuge island. Part of the Whakatāne...
Whakatāne River entrance dredging to address safety concerns

Whakatāne River entrance dredging to address safety concerns

The unusually dry winter has forced Whakatāne District Council to undertake dredging operations at the Whakatāne River bar, starting this week. Dredging will happen on the outgoing tide and aims to loosen the compacted sand between the ‘narrows’ at the river entrance...
Tāneatua wastewater inspections require resident action

Tāneatua wastewater inspections require resident action

Essential maintenance work on the Tāneatua wastewater system during the next two to three months will require residents to take action to ensure any pressurisation of sewer lines does not result in water being expelled from their toilet bowls. Residents in the areas...