New social housing model launched

Cabinet ministers were on hand to show government support for its new social housing model at a ceremonial function in Tauranga on Friday. From next month Accessible Properties will take over 1138 social houses and tenancies owned by Housing New Zealand. “This... Read More

Better deal for pensioners sought

Te Puke councillor Mike Lally believes tenants in the Western Bay of Plenty District Council's pensioner flats deserve better. He says the council-owned flats in Lee St and Slater Place in Te Puke charge higher rents, and are of lesser quality,... Read More

Limited supply meets solid demand

A very strong market with limited supply in the kiwifruit sector has led to high prices for both green and gold orchards in the Bay of Plenty, reports REINZ. Similarly, solid demand from local purchasers and Auckland buyers for a reduced number of lifestyle... Read More

Why there were no Tauranga floods

After years of dealing with city flooding following every heavy rain event, council staff have been slow to take the credit for the Tauranga result following last week's rain which cause floods on the Coromandel, Kawerau – but not Tauranga. “It's... Read More

Regional rates rise reduced

The regional council's rates rise for the 2017/18 year has been reduced from a projected 8.5 per cent increase, to 6.6 per cent in the Annual Plan approved by regional councillors last week. Overall, the regional council's planned operating... Read More

Growth blamed for rates rise

The Council is seeking public consultation on an Annual Plan involving an average rates increase of 3.8 per cent for households. For Tauranga homes it means a rates increase of between $67 and $98 a year depending on the property value. A $400,000 property... Read More

Claim information for flood victims

Homeowners whose properties suffered damage from landslips or flooding, during the recent storms, have three months to lodge a claim with the Earthquake commission.   “The priority for local residents is to look after themselves, their... Read More

Hundreds of properties damaged

Heavy rain and flooding has caused widespread damage to hundreds of properties around the Coromandel, particularly in Whangamata, Onemana, Pauanui and Tairua. Civil Defence Controller Garry Towler says many of these properties are holiday homes and the... Read More

Coromandel bracing for day two

UPDATED 9.30am: Roads in some low lying areas of the Coromandel Peninsula remain impassable because of widespread flooding. Rain is still falling in some areas and more heavy rain is expected this afternoon – in addition to the about 450mm of rain... Read More

Strong sales in rural Bay of Plenty

Sales of rural properties are consistently strong in the Bay of Plenty, with REINZ reporting solid sales of horticultural properties and strong prices for lifestyle blocks. Nationally, the median price for all lifestyle properties sold in the three months... Read More



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