Fatal fire scene closes overnight

The scene of today's fatal fire scene in Maungatapu is being closed down overnight before detectives and fire safety investigators resume seeking its cause in daylight tomorrow. “Our operations have ceased for the evening,” says NZ... Read More

More social housing spending

Budget 2017 is boosting the government's social housing budget with an extra $155.2 million of operating funding and $20 million for more emergency and transitional housing to help families in need of a place to stay while the more suitable housing... Read More

Growth slows in housing market

The latest monthly QV House Price Index shows nationwide residential property values for May increased 9.7 per cent over the past year which is the slowest annual rate in two years. Values rose by 0.4 per cent over the past three months and the nationwide... Read More

Homeowner insurance premiums raised

The Insurance Council of New Zealand is concerned that major increases in taxes and levies on people who insure their homes could see low income households not be able to protect themselves from disasters. Chief executive Tim Grafton says by the end... Read More

Building consents review still coming

Tauranga City Council is seeking ‘more clarity and detail' from independent reviewers assessing the council's building consents policy. In March, the council initiated an independent review into matters relating to building consents,... Read More

House prices up, volumes down

House prices continue to increase in the Bay of Plenty, while sales volumes have fallen in the past month. The median price across the region last month rose by $75,000, or 16 per cent, compared to April 2016. According REINZ's monthly property... Read More

Rates postponement and remission

The Whakatane District Council has approved a rates postponement and remission process which goes beyond the provisions of its existing rates remission policy. At an extraordinary meeting last week, the council agreed rates postponements and remissions... Read More

A new way to understand housing markets

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's new Housing Affordability Measure should allow the market to be monitored at a more detailed level. Building and Construction Minister Dr Nick Smith explains the measure gives more detailed... Read More

Helping more residents into homes

More people are using the KiwiSaver HomeStart scheme, with an increasing proportion of buyers opting for new property. KiwiSaver HomeStart provides grants of up to $10,000 for an existing home and $20,000 for a new one. It is complemented by enabling... Read More

A new town from the ground up

Agreement has been reached between landowners and Tauranga City Council about the steps being taken to build a new town from the ground up at Papamoa East for 30,000 people. The City Transformation Committee is recommending the council endorse the Wairakei/Te... Read More

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