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

Taking $4.8 million to the streets

Durham Street, Wharf Street and Elizabeth Street could be upgraded during the next three years as part of the Heart of the City programme. Councillors will consider the City Transformation Committee's recommendation for expanding the scope of the... Read More

Bay housing market ‘mixed’

Median house prices across the Bay of Plenty were a bit of a mixed bag during January, according to new Real Estate Institute of New Zealand figures. In Tauranga the median house price was $540,000 last month, down 10.5 per cent ($60,000) when compared... Read More

Rotorua newbies wanted for TV show

Families and couples relocating to Rotorua are being sought by producers of a new TV show focusing on people leaving the big smoke in Auckland for a greater work/life balance in the regions. Hosted by Rotorua bar owner Tamati Coffey, the prime time show... Read More

Canterbury drags down building numbers

There‘s been a national decrease in the number of new homes being built, according to new data from Statistics NZ. The rate of new homes building tailed off towards the end of last year, but the figure is still ahead of the total for 2015. In seasonally... Read More

Council calls for demolition tenders

Tenders are being called for the demolition of Tauranga City Council's mouldy and leaky administration building on Willow Street. The tender requires contractors to provide consideration of deconstruction methods, including the salvaging or reuse... Read More

Tauranga teacher shortages inevitable

Tauranga's rising house prices are now threatening local education, with teachers unable to continue living and working in the city. REINZ figures put Tauranga's median house price at $600,000 – ten times the average salary of a primary... Read More

Tauranga internationally unaffordable

An international survey of housing affordability ranks Tauranga among the top unaffordable cities in the world for house prices. Housing in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Melbourne and Honolulu is more affordable than Tauranga, according to the Demographia... Read More

Matapihi trust buys Hawke's Bay orchard

Matapihi based Ngai Tukairangi Trust has paid $40.2 million for a Hawke's Bay kiwifruit orchard in what is believed to be a record price for any horticultural land. “We are fielding quite a bit of interest,” says Trustee Neil Te Kani. “It's... Read More

Storm passes by, mostly

Judging by the number of fire service call outs, the Western Bay of Plenty escaped most of the impact of last night's storm. Mount Maunganui fire fighters were called to a power pole down in Lachlan Avenue Mount Maunganui this morning. About 700... Read More



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