As hard as it tries and as big as it gets Tauranga just can't seem to get the hang of being a big city.
Markets: Tauranga and the Mount now have so many markets catering for farmers, boutique fashion hipsters, food lovers, bargain hunters, raw vegan hemp clothes wearing lawn bowls playing mustache growing organic food eating surfers that there is actually not only a market for everyone but currently there are more markets than people in Tauranga. However what Tauranga fails to grasp is that for big cities: less is more. Usually one all encompassing market is enough to satiate a city. And the worst thing... all these markets and yet not enough Greeks and not enough haggling over a $3 Aubergine.
ASB Arena: You all heard the argument, 'If only Tauranga had a world class venue then we too would get all the big acts that other big cities and even smaller cities receive'. Well a shit ton of rate payer money later we got that venue, we got some 'much requested' netball, a little bit of volleyball, the occasional basketball game and the odd home and garden show but where are these mega acts that were sure to flock? Least we got Jimmy Cliff. Wait who the fuck is Jimmy Cliff?