Searching for the best builds

Judges have started their journey up and down the country seeking New Zealand's top quality builds in this year's Registered Master Builders House of the Year competition. This year's competition has some exciting new additions, with... Read More

New record median house price

A new median house price record has been set for the combined Waikato/Bay of Plenty region, according to figures released by REINZ. The median price is now $487,000, an increase of 17 per cent on last year – although properties in main centres... Read More

Temporary housing for Edgecumbe

A temporary accommodation service is being set up to assist Edgecumbe residents hit by the recent floods. Lead Minister for Edgecumbe Anne Tolley says the service is to help people displaced when the Rangitaiki River broke its banks and flooded the town. "We... Read More

Don’t hose mud & silt into drains

Whakatane District residents and businesses, including those in Edgecumbe, are strongly urged not to hose or wash mud and silt into drains and the stormwater system. Civil Defence Controller Paula Chapman says it is understandable residents will want... Read More

Student apartments for city

Construction of a multi-storey student accommodation complex just along Durham Street from the university site is expected to be completed in time for the opening of the campus in 2020. Resource consent for the complex, to be located at 145 and 153 Durham... Read More

Power out in the East

Civil Defence in Whakatane is today focusing on re-opening roads and restoring water and waste water systems. Major highways remain closed and power is out this morning in Whakatane, Ohope, Coastlands, Otakiri, Taneatua, Ruatoki, Waimana, Matata, Thornton,... Read More

Tauranga house prices plateau

LVR restrictions appear to have impacted the Tauranga housing market, according a report by QV. Prices continue to rise, but at a much slower rate, with home values in Tauranga city up by 18.3 per cent year on year and 0.6 per cent over the past three... Read More

Thinking of renting out that spare room?

Renting out rooms on websites like Airbnb can be great little side earners, but ask yourself this question – have you told your insurance company? A Coromandel homeowner is warning others who rent out rooms or properties via short-term rental accommodation... Read More

First step for TECT business hub

A new Community Business Hub, led by the Tauranga Energy Consumer Trust, has reached a significant milestone. A dawn karakia marking the beginning of site preparation for the new community business hub building at the Historic Village, has been followed... Read More

High confidence in Bay property market

Confidence in the Bay of Plenty's commercial and residential property markets remains high, with Tauranga/Mount Maunganui maintaining the top four ranking in the latest Colliers International quarterly survey results. The results show net confidence... Read More



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