Homes lost in fire near Whitianga

UPDATED 9.09PM: At least four homes have been destroyed and others evacuated as firefighters battle a large scale fire south of Whitianga. Residents in the area say they have been told to leave their homes, which are in the path of the blaze. The crews,... Read More

Waiting for an angel’s blessing

“I am going through a divorce and will find myself in a position that could have a devastating effect.” It was an email to SunLive– a plaintive appeal for help or an ad for a business opportunity, but probably both. Andrew Matthews... Read More

A city of two councils

Tauranga ratepayers face the prospect of forever paying for two separate council buildings in the same city, unless some way is found to get the two talking. Tauranga City Councillor Larry Baldock is currently preparing for the first city transformation... Read More

Katikati unconvinced at bypass promises

Traffic congestion on State Highway 2, near Katikati, has boosted the awareness of the need of a bypass. Community board chair Jenny Hobbs' has launched a petition following numerous traffic complaints this summer. The townsfolk are a bit cynical... Read More

Tauranga takes a close fifth

Fifth place, it's not ‘in the money' nor does it have the cachet the Flight of the Conchords gave to Hamilton's fourth place, but it's Tauranga. Population estimates by Statistics New Zealand reveal Tauranga has overtaken... Read More

Rural fire ban looms

Pumicelands Rural Fire Authority is suspending all open air fire permits in the Western Bay of Plenty, brought about by nearly two weeks of hot, dry weather. Current conditions have made it too dangerous to light open air fires and the suspension will... Read More

Large scrub fire near Ohaaki

Fire crews from Taupo and Rotorua are among five appliances called to deal with a large scrub fire near the Ohaaki power station north of Taupo this evening. NZ fire Service's northern communications centre shift manager Dallas Ramsay says there... Read More

Surprise! House prices are still high

The Tauranga housing market continues to rise with home values up by 24 per cent year on year and 4.3 per cent over the past three months, with the average value in the city now $672,197. According to the latest monthly QV House Price Index data, Western... Read More

The new half-million dollar regions

Six regions in the New Zealand property for sale market now have an average asking price more than $500,000, according to the latest Trade Me Property Price Index. Head of Trade Me Property Nigel Jeffries says this time last year Auckland was the only... Read More

Historic imagery website now live

Has the street where you live changed over the years? Perhaps it's gone from just having a few houses to having many – or maybe it didn't even exist 50 years ago. Now there's an interesting and easy way to find out. A new website... Read More



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