Fears new housing will bring ‘trouble’

Some Papamoa residents have raised concerns over the proposed transitional housing planned for the area. On June 23, residents were sent a letter from Scott Gallacher, Deputy Chief Executive of Housing for the Ministry of Social Development, outlining... Read More

New fire service from today

The New Zealand Fire Service dissolves into history today in the biggest change to New Zealand fire fighting in a generation. July 1 marks the inauguration of Fire and Emergency New Zealand, and the amalgamation of 40 rural and urban fire fighting units... Read More

Funding boost for Liveable Homes

Whakatane District Council's Liveable Homes project has received a big funding boost with contributions totaling $750,000 from Bay of Plenty Regional Council and BayTrust. The Liveable Homes project team is working with community funding agencies,... Read More

Building rule-breaker challenged

A three storey mixed development proposed for residentially zoned Farm Street in Mount Maunganui has been opposed at a hearing today by 41 objectors concerned at the impact the development will have on their neighbourhood. While the objectors claim the... Read More

Relocatable house park plans

UPDATED:5.30pm. Te Puna company Modcom Portable Buildings Limited is going to be supplying 10 relocatable homes for use by Edgecumbe people displaced by flooding. The units will form a ‘relocatable house park' at the Whakatane Holiday Park... Read More

Changes coming for landlords and tenants

Renting seminars are returning in 2017 to help landlords and tenants better understand changes to tenancy laws and how to put them into practice. Four seminars will be held in Rotorua, Palmerston North, Whangarei, and Queenstown between June and November... Read More

More housing on the table for Tauranga

Tauranga City Council decided today to recommend to the Building and Construction Minister the establishment of a new Special Housing Area in Greerton, and another upon conditions in Wairakei (Papamoa East). Special Housing Areas help bring more housing... Read More

Rethinking the Bay’s housing

If you're interested in tiny homes, affordable housing, simple living, building community or just hanging out with cool people, then set aside Thursday, June 22, from 7pm. Along with four inspiring and creative short films about alternative living,... Read More

Drilling the Edgecumbe stopbank

A drilling rig is on site near where the Edgecumbe stopbank breached on April 6, to get a detailed picture of what lies beneath the surface, to help plan for the building of a new permanent stopbank. While the permanent stopbank solution isn't... Read More

Road closed for habour protest

To help with traffic management and safety, during what is expected to be a large protest in Pilot Bay from 7am tomorrow, Tauranga city council is restricting access along The Mall from Commons Ave to the Adams Ave roundabout from 6am to 5pm on Saturday. The... Read More



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Silhouetted sunrise on July 14th. Photo: Janet Hetherington

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