Rental squeeze and housing crisis

Regions need to take a lead in developing a different approach to renting, according to a report commissioned by the SmartGrowth Partnership in the Bay of Plenty. As home ownership becomes increasingly out of reach for many New Zealanders, the rental... Read More

Government limits tsunami options

The long-running debate over the type of sirens to be used to alert Bay of Plenty residents to the danger of an imminent tsunami has been taken out of the hands of local authorities. Members of the city council's Community and Culture Committee... Read More

Helping out with AIMS shortage

Maureen Habgood has always been a problem-solver, so when she heard about Tauranga's accommodation shortage during September's Anchor AIMS Games, she sprang into action. The vibrant 78-year-old has galvanised fellow residents in Welcome Bay's... Read More

Housing report looks to the future

City councillors have called for an investigation into how Tauranga's pensioner housing will best work in the future. Councillors have been presented with two options; either sell off the city's pensioner flats or lease them to an organisation... Read More

How not to lose it all to your lover

Late life love affairs, ‘mail-order' brides and on-again, off-again relationships are contributing to a growing number of relationship property claims. The changing face of relationships has prompted two Tauranga law firms to join forces... Read More

Building boom continues in Tauranga

Tauranga's building boom continues to run at a steady pace, with Tauranga City Council issuing the highest value of single dwelling consents in the last two years in July, at $54.8 million. There has also been a near record number of 134 new builds.... Read More

Fund fast tracks flood clean up

Flood-hit farmers in the Bay of Plenty region will now have an opportunity to apply for a grant to help with clean up and recovery. The $100,000 Primary Industries Flood Recovery Fund will be part of a package of additional support totalling $295,000... Read More

Ditching the council flats

Government pressure is forcing Tauranga City Council to look at ways of divesting itself from its pensioner flats, according to a report to be discussed at the Community and Culture Committee on Tuesday. The committee is going to be discussing a New... Read More

Racecourse could become new housing

An application to create 45 residential lots on part of the former Paeroa Racecourse is currently being processed by the Hauraki District Council. Mayor John Tregidga says the majority of the racecourse site is zoned Reserve (Active) and will require... Read More

Property listings down in Bay

New property listings in the Bay of Plenty are down 26.3 per cent compared to the previous year, according to statistics from realestate.co.nz. It's a greater drop than the national average, which sits at 17.5 per cent. Of the 19 regions in New... Read More



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