Read our current edition online now. NEW TOWN CENTRE GAINS CONSENT KATIKATI TAIAO PATHWAY FOR ŌMOKOROA COMMUNITY CENTRE? KATIKATI STUDENTS GET OUT ON THE WATER ŌMOKOROA PROJECTS UPDATE VICTORY AND SUCCESS AT TE PUNA HALL BOOK WEEK FUN

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Lizard News has a print run of 11,00 including mailbox deliveries from the Wairoa River at Bethlehem to Waihī Beach, through the rural & urban areas of the west of the Western Bay of Plenty District; Te Puna, Whakamārama, Matakana Is, Ōmokoroa, Pahoia, Apata, Aongatete, Katikati, Tahāwai, Bowentown and Athenree.


1 week ago

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The Tākitimu North Link Stage Two from Te Puna to Ōmokoroa has been put on the back burner for three to ten years, just days after confirmation Stage One should begin later this year.A joint news release from Minister for Infrastructure Grant Robertson and Minister of Transport Michael Wood today says the 7km TNL extension from Te Puna to Ōmokoroa remains a "protected route" for the future.However, TNL Stage Two construction now depends on how funding is allocated in the National Land Transport Programme. This definitely won’t occur within the next three years and is described as "unlikely" within the next ten years.TNL Stage One, a 6.8km four-lane expressway between Tauranga and Te Puna is now subject to property negotiations. Design and preparatory activities are underway and the construction contract has recently been awarded to Fulton Hogan and HEB.The big question is whether any interim improvements will be made to any of the State Highway 2 intersections, particularly at the boom town of Ōmokoroa where a newly consented town centre, a separate retail village and a high school are expected.Today's funding announcements for the government's NZ Upgrade programme says 26 out of 32 projects go ahead unchanged around the country, supporting more than a thousand jobs, with 13 of those projects now underway. ... See MoreSee Less
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2 weeks ago

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News that detailed design and planning for a future Omokoroa Town Centre can now officially commence, has been welcomed by its owners JACE Group.Resource consent was granted for the project on 10th May by independent commissioners appointed by the Western Bay of Plenty District Council. The window to appeal the decision with the Environment Court expired on Monday 31st May with no submissions lodged.JACE Group Director Craig Lemon says he's pleased they can now proceed with certainty on planning and preparing the 5.3-hectare site at 404 Omokoroa Road, for development.“We are grateful the independent commissioners had the conviction to approve consent for an application driven by a locally owned and community invested company,” Lemon says.“But we were always aware of the inherent possibility that an appeal could be lodged, so weren’t prepared to release any further details until we were confident we could do so.”With Land Use and Subdivision consent granted it means the company can shift to the next stage of planning. Reiterating that development will be staged in response to demand, JACE Group will be reviewing the commercial application of consent conditions in the detailed design process and is set to begin negotiations with interested tenants.JACE Group anticipates the mixed-use commercial town centre will feature retail space, cafes, restaurants, accommodation, a childcare centre, offices, and a civic centre. Residential dwellings and reserve areas are also included.“The community can expect to see some low-level activity on-site over the coming months as we progressively cease operating the site as a kiwifruit orchard and start ground preparation in readiness for future roading and infrastructure services,” says Lemon.With multiple community projects due to commence on the peninsula including the neighbouring school, JACE Group continues to focus on remaining transparent with all stakeholders involved. Lemon advises locals to follow the company’s Facebook page (JACE Group) and keep an eye on local media for updates as planning gets underway - Article supplied. ... See MoreSee Less
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