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Bay Venues Blog

1 September 2021

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Take your end of year celebration to the next level with Bay Venues

Leave boring Christmas functions behind and branch out with one of our fantastic venues. Whether your workplace is up for an adventure or you’re just in need of some R&R, we’ve got options for you! Read more...

30 July 2021

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Trustpower Arena to Celebrate 10 Years!

As we approach the 10 year anniversary of this standout venue, it is clear that Trustpower Arena has well and truly lived up to those expectations. Read more...

12 May 2021

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Winter Sports at Bay Venues

Winter sports doesn’t have to mean standing on a muddy sideline getting soaked by the rain!

At Bay Venues we like to move it indoors in winter, keeping active and keeping warm. We’ve got a range of sporting options for the young and young at heart. Read more...

7 April 2021

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Affordable School Holiday Activities

Finding school holiday activities that don’t cost the earth can be a challenge!

But fear not, we’ve found a range of fun & affordable activities for the April School Holidays that might be the lifesaver you need. Read more...

1 April 2021

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Mount Hot Pools Re-Opens

From midday, April 1 the Mount Hot Pools will re-open its doors after being closed for 10-weeks.

The scheduled closure for remedial and maintenance work was timed so that the iconic facility re-opens in time for the Easter long weekend and April school holidays.


18 February 2021

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Benefits of Regular Massage

Massage has benefits for people in both the physical and mental/emotional components of health.

Physically, massage is shown to reduce blood pressure, loosen tight muscles, help with the clearing of metabolites and calcification from within muscle and joints. Read more...

11 December 2020

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What's on at Bay Venues this Summer?

There’s always something happening at Bay Venues – the kaitiaki of Tauranga’s community facilities – and this summer is no exception.

We've got a roundup of activities and events to enjoy this summer season. Read more...

11 November 2020

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Unique Christmas Gift Ideas

There’s always one family member who is notoriously hard to buy for at Christmas! To help take the pain out of Christmas shopping we’ve compiled a list of unique gift ideas for that special someone. Read on for inspiration...

19 October 2020

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Work Christmas Party’s Made Easy

2020 has been a challenging year for many kiwi businesses and their employees. This year, more than ever, it’s important to celebrate the end of the year with your hard-working team. To help your Christmas party planning we’ve compiled a list of fun options to suit your team. Read more about it...

28 September 2020

Local Swim School Wins National Innovation Award

BaySwim, a local swim school that operates from Baywave and Greerton Aquatic & Leisure Centre, has recently been awarded the 2020 Swim School Innovation Award (1001-2000 students) by NZSCTA for their sensory swim lessons. Read more about it...


24 August 2020

Bay businesses named top 10% of attractions worldwide

The Mount Hot Pools and BayStation have been awarded the 2020 Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice Award, ranking them in the top 10% of attractions worldwide.

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17 December 2019

The Power of Giving this Christmas

Make a child smile campaign (proudly supported by Mount Lions, Tauranga City
Libraries & Bay Venues) is in its seventh year. Read more about it...

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12 December 2019

Trustpower Baypark welcomes back Bay Dreams

Bay Dreams is the largest event in Tauranga and brings significant tourism and economic benefits to the City.

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4 September 2019

Bill Buckley acquires Baypark Speedway

Bill Buckley’s company, Speedway Racing Limited, has acquired the speedway promotion rights at the venue. 

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Schmidt Welcomes World Gymnastics Power Houses to New Zealand.

Gymnastics New Zealand (Gymnastics NZ) is excited to announce that they have secured hosting rights for the 2020 Pacific Rim Gymnastics Championships, to take place in Tauranga 17-19 April 2020.
The biennial event gathers the best of men’s and women’s artistic, rhythmic and trampoline gymnastics from the 21 eligible Pacific Rim nations, including traditional power houses USA, China, Japan and Russia (with new Oceania countries likely to be added prior to the 2020 event). 

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Baywave Scheduled Three Week Closure and Remediation Work Announcement - beginning June 24 2019

5 March 2019

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Click here to read Media Coverage in the Bay of Plenty Times following Council meeting held March 5.   Mount Maunganui aquatic centre Baywave needs up to $4.1 million in repairs after cracks, leaks found

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Mount Hot Pools Inducted into TripAdvisor Hall of Fame

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Bay Venues Chief Executive Gary Dawson
28 September 2018

Bay Venues wants to build a $4.9m multi-purpose exhibition space at ASB Baypark to bring more events to Tauranga.

The proposal comes after the Tauranga City Council-controlled organisation hosted a record 2.1 million visitors in 2017/2018.

Its key venues, ASB Baypark and ASB Arena, hosted 28 major events, exceeding its target of 12.

Its 24 facilities, including community centres and halls, indoor sports facilities, as well as ASB Arena and Stadium, were used for more than 103,000 hours during the financial year.

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Red Zone Training at Baywave TECT Aquatic Centre

If you were at Baywave TECT Aquatic Centre last week you might have seen something that alarmed you at first. Pool lifeguards at the centre were undertaking Red Zone training, or high-fidelity simulation training. “This is an intense style of training that recreates as many aspects of an actual emergency in the pool as possible” explained Baywave Aquatic Venue Manager, Mike Page, “it’s about being able to operate in your flight or fight mode, not just in a controlled classroom environment”.

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Adams Centre Announces New Membership Programme

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Response to Tauranga City Council Long-Term plan 

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Baywave Bore System Media Release

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Baywave Media Release 31 May 2018

Baywave’s bore has been switched on and the pools will be back to their desirable temperatures in time for the long weekend.

Bay Venues Project Manager Justine Brennan says the reheating process began last night and indications are it will take 48 hours for the pools to reach their ideal temperatures.
The usual Friday Fun Night will resume tomorrow with a half-price general entry and free hydroslide, and Baywave’s BaySwim learn to swim classes - which have been relocated off site for the past few weeks - will be held on site as normal next week.
These will resume on Tuesday, given Monday is a public holiday.

Justine says the temperature of Baywave’s lap pool (which has the biggest mass of water) had dropped from its usual 27 degrees to 20 degrees. The temperature is being constantly monitored and as of 9am this morning the temperature reading was already at 22.5 degrees.

“We are really pleased with the way the pools are re-heating. At this rate, we will have the Toddlers pool and Spa pool open this afternoon and expect to be back to normal temperatures in all pools by Friday afternoon”.

The pools’ bore problem was identified on May 13. The bore system, which provides heating to the pools, has since been fixed in a process involving re-casing the reinjection bore and partially re-casing the production bore. In a move to avoid damage to plant, the call was made to immediately shut-down the bore system. Water temperatures had been slowly dropping since then.

The lap pool and wave pool have remained open for use for those unfazed about the cooler temperatures. A half-price general entry and free hydroslide offer has been in place while Baywave is unable to offer its usual level of service. This offer will continue until closing time on Friday 1 June.

Justine says Bay Venues would like to thank customers for their tolerance and support during this issue and apologises for the inconvenience.

p 3Click here to read our Media Release, issued May 23 2018 (PDF)

p 3Click here to read our Media Release, issued May 18 2018 (PDF) or click here to read online

p 3Click here to read our Briefing Paper featuring key questions and answers

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From left, Paul Beckett, Ervin McSweeney and Matt Beckett at the new BayStation venue.
28 March 2018

Tauranga’s iconic Blokart business is on the move, with its new home offering increased opportunities for the public.

The Blokart and Drift Trikes (formerly named DriftKarts) enterprise is moving from its recreation park site in Papamoa to Bay Venues new entertainment zone, at Baypark called “BayStation.”  BayStation opens with the drift trikes on Friday, ready for Easter weekend.

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20 February 2018

Carly Styles knows better than most that what top athletes put into their bodies is crucial to their sporting success.

Carly Styles – Sports Performance Chef & Events is the catering partner at The University of Waikato Adams Centre for High Performance. There Carly works alongside all other experts in their various fields. It’s a perfect fit for this foodie whose passion is working with teams and athletes.

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Nic Gill (blue singlet) and his team in the heat chamber at University of Waikato Adams Centre for High Performance
19 February 2018

When top New Zealand strength and conditioning coach Nic Gill first walked through the doors of Tauranga's high-performance sports centre, he was wowed.

"I thought 'I want to be here'." And so, it has come to pass. Dr Gill, who takes the All Blacks — amongst others — through their strength and conditioning paces, is now based at the University of Waikato Adams Centre for High Performance at Mt Maunganui.

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Some of the 2017 TECT Scholarship winners training at the University of Waikato Adams Centre for High Performance
5 February 2018

Developing local athletes have the chance to win a TECT scholarship involving the use of facilities and staff expertise at the University of Waikato Adams Centre for High Performance.

Applications open tomorrow for the third round of the TECT High Performance Team Scholarship Programme, which spans six months and introduced last year.

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20 January 2018

Mount Maunganui residents can expect to run into some of the nation's favourite sports people on their streets, this month.

A number of high calibre athletes will be in town to train at The University of Waikato Adams Centre for High Performance.

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20 December 2017

Bay Venues Limited ticks all the boxes in independent performance review

An independent review of Bay Venues Limited (BVL) finds the Council Controlled Organisation (CCO) performing well since its establishment in 2013, delivering strategically towards a higher standard of living for all. 

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George Sanders and Sarah Tetzlaff on the climbing wall
18 December 2017

Sport climbing scaling new heights at University of Waikato Adams Centre

Sport climbing has become a new Olympic sport for Tokyo in 2020.

The Western Bay has claimed a big chunk of the New Zealand action thanks to the University of Waikato Adams Centre for High Performance Sport.

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19 October 2017

Bay Venues looks at city’s future recreational needs

A $30 million multi-purpose recreation centre in the CBD, improvements to Greerton and Baywave pools, and extension of ASB Baypark are being suggested by Bay Venues.

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26 September 2017

Record visitor numbers for Council Controlled Organisations

Tauranga City Council received today the annual reports for its four Council Controlled Organisations (CCOs): Bay Venues Limited, Tauranga Art Gallery Trust, Tourism Bay of Plenty and Bay of Plenty Local Authority Shared Services Ltd.

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29 August 2017

Baywave TECT Aquatic & Leisure Centre will close immediately for seismic upgrades.

A preliminary draft of a BECA report has assessed the centre as being a Grade D earthquake-prone building. A Grade D building represents risk 10-25 times greater than a new building under the latest earthquake-strengthening guidelines. 

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14 July 2017

Allyson Mourits is the owner of a new ipad thanks to taking time to fill out a Bay Venues Customer Satisfaction Survey.

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16 June 2017

Tauranga businesses need to plan for an ageing workforce if they want to avoid skill shortages, says Ciska Vogelzang.

Ciska, who is a principal at Avisa, was a guest speaker at a Tauranga Chamber of Commerce event this week that focused on leveraging the talents of mature workers.

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The winning BaySwim team with their awards.
23 May 2017

Tauranga’s BaySwim has become a multi-national award winning swim school.

The swim school – which is part of Bay Venues – was announced a two-time winner at the annual Swim Coaches and Teachers of New Zealand conference over the weekend.

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The Bay of Plenty Steamers relaxing in the athletes lounge.
1 May 2017

One year on and the University of Waikato Adams Centre for High Performance has exceeded expectations and has a bright future.

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Farmer Auto Group Managing Director Mike Farmer, BaySwim Manager Matthew Strange and Tauranga Community Ministries Manager Davina Matthews.
24 April 2017

A BaySwim initiative to offer sponsored swimming opportunities has gone into overdrive thanks to the support of Farmer AutoVillage.

The car dealership got right behind the initiative and the result is sponsored swimming for an additional 12 pre-schoolers from families who are experiencing financial hardship.

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The Indoor Sports pavilion at ASB Baypark
19 April 2017

A new indoor sports pavilion with a difference will open in Tauranga next month.

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Scott Mcleod in front of an Aquababes promotional banner
12 April 2017

Free swimming lessons for hundreds of local youngsters is back.

Aquababes will return to Tauranga, thanks to a valuable collaboration forged between BaySwim and McLeods three years ago.

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High-Tech Training Facilities at UOW Adams Centre for High Perforamance
28 April 2016

New Mt Maunganui complex boasts high-tech training facilities for sport’s ‘one-percenters’.

Intense training amid 35C heat and 80 per cent humidity may sound like hell to most of us, but to elite athletes it could mean all the difference in making it to the podium.

Pushing some of sport's top performers to the edge will be a big part of a $3.5 million facility officially opening in Mt Maunganui today.

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University of Waikato Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Alister Jones, left, on site during the early stages of the building’s transformation, with Tauranga High Performance Sports Centre manager Justine Brennan, and Bay Venues chief executive Gary Dawson.
29 March 2016

University partners with High Performance Sports Centre

The University of Waikato is to be the tertiary partner to the Tauranga High Performance Sports Centre.

Stage one of the strategic partnership was given approval by Tauranga City Councillors yesterday.

The benefits of the partnership will be significant, says Justine Brennan, manager of the centre, which opened its doors at Mt Maunganui’s Blake Park early this year.

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