The traditional New Year's Eve mayoral barbecue will be continued, with Tenby Powell promising to serve up the sausages at the city's waterfront celebrations.

Powell said he will be hosting a "big cook up" on The Strand as part of the free Tauranga CBD New Year's Eve Community Celebration on December 31.

The mayoral barbecue has been a New Year's Eve tradition former mayor Greg Brownless started in 2015.

Tauranga residents are invited to welcome in 2020 at community events planned in the city centre, Greerton, Matua and Pāpāmoa - or watch the fireworks from their backyards.

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The first fireworks will light up the sky at 9.30pm from the Tauranga Waterfront, Gordon Spratt Reserve and Fergusson Park.

A Greerton community event has been added to the list of family-friendly festivities this year and will feature a laser light show instead of fireworks.

Midnight fireworks will also be launched from various locations that can be seen across large parts of the city.

There will be no fireworks display at Mount Maunganui.

Tauranga City Council general manager of community services Gareth Wallis invited residents to welcome in the New Year at any of the city's family-friendly events.

"The events offer people an opportunity to celebrate locally in a community-minded, family-friendly environment," he said.

Former Tauranga mayor Greg Brownless was keen to keep his annual barbecue at the city's waterfront going each New Year's Eve. Photo / File
Former Tauranga mayor Greg Brownless was keen to keep his annual barbecue at the city's waterfront going each New Year's Eve. Photo / File

Western Bay of Plenty Police Inspector Clifford Paxton said police work closely with the council and others to ensure New Year's Eve events are safe and family-friendly.

"Police support community-based events that help make this vibrant city safe for people live and visit," he said.

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"Our aim is always to reduce alcohol-related harm and this year is no different."

There will be a police presence in Mount Maunganui and Tauranga during the holiday period to ensure the community enjoys a positive New Year's Eve celebration.

Our Place is hosting a New Year's Eve event to see in 2020. Photo / File
Our Place is hosting a New Year's Eve event to see in 2020. Photo / File

Lisa Rooney remembers watching the bands play as thousands of people counted down to the New Year on Mount Maunganui's main beach.

That was five years ago when she first moved to the beachside town.

Now with a job in hospitality, Rooney spends New Year's Eve working.

As area and entertainment manager at The Rising Tide and sister bar High Tide Tauranga, Rooney books about 60 gigs a month between both bars.

This year she is organising her first gig as a solo promoter - Kaleidoscope New Year's Eve festival at Our Place.

Rooney was expecting about 500 people to help ring in the New Year, with the line-up including Soaked Oats, Marlin's Dreaming, Mini Simmons and Half Moon Baby.

Rooney said Our Place was the perfect setting for gigs, but most importantly to offer New Year's Eve festivities for young adults across the bridge.

"You can even see the fireworks from the waterfront at midnight," she said.

Rooney said most cities across the world had New Year's Eve festivities and as a tourist town Tauranga and the Mount needed to embrace it too.

Both locals and visitors from out-of-town and overseas generated a lot of income for businesses at this time of year, which helped to keep them going throughout the winter, she said.

"So I think it's important that we keep providing entertaining but safe events for everyone," she said.

"... and of course we are very unique. We have the best weather and the best surroundings and some of the best long-running summer events in the country reside here."

New Year's Eve events

What: Tauranga CBD New Year's Eve Community Celebration
Where: Tauranga Waterfront, Tauranga CBD
When: 6pm to 9.30pm

What: Papamoa New Year's Eve Community Celebration
Where: Gordon Spratt Reserve, Pāpāmoa
When: 6pm to 9.30pm

What: Matua New Year's Eve Community Celebration
Where: Fergusson Park, Matua.
When: 6pm to 9.30pm

What: Greerton New Year's Eve Community Celebration
Where: Tauranga Racecourse
When: 6pm to 9.30pm

What: Kaleidoscope Nye Fest
Line-up — Soaked Oats, Marlin's Dreaming, Mini Simmons, Half Moon Baby. R18.
Where: Our Place. 91 Willow St, Tauranga.
When: 7pm

What: Rewind to the 90s -NYE Party
Where: The Rising Tide, Mount Maunganui
When: 8.30pm

What: Extravaganza Fair
Where: Waihi Beach Community Reserve, Beach Rd
When: From 5pm

What: LENZ New Year's Night Party 2020
Where: La Mexica Cantina and Restaurant
When: 9.30pm

What: Elektro NYE
Where: Totara St, Mount Maunganui
When: 6pm

What: Shapeshifter New Year's Eve Whangamata 2019
Where: 1064 Tairua Rd, Whangamata
When: 12am

What: Rotorua GLO Festival
Where: Village Green, Rotorua
When: 5.30pm