Five electric buses hit the streets of Tauranga today, 11 months behind schedule.

The buses were initially due to roll out in December when NZ Bus took over the city's public transport network on a nine-year, $14.8 million per annum contract from the Bay of Plenty Regional Council.

In the fallout from the messy first few months of the new network, it emerged the e-buses had yet to turn up.

A council official reported to a meeting in February the delay was due to the buses being "shipped to the wrong country" but NZ Bus later said that was not

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