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

Revitalising Rotorua’s inner city

Work on the third stage of the Manawa – Heart of the City project, which aims to revitalise Rotorua's inner city, is set to begin on Monday. The refresh of the former City Focus site, which has been a three-stage project, will contribute... Read More

A $178M boost for tourism infrastructure

This year's budget will include a $178 million tourism infrastructure package that will fund projects like new carparks, toilets and freedom camping facilities. The package will consist of a new $102m Tourism Infrastructure Fund, along with $76m... Read More

Glow worms tours lighting up TRENZ

Waimarino Group's unique glow worm kayaking tour is one of a number of Bay of Plenty tourism attractions at TRENZ 2017. Running this week, TRENZ is the $35 billion New Zealand tourism industry's premier international trade show, with more... Read More

Big milestones for First Mortgage Trust

A Tauranga-based property finance and investment trust will be donning the party hats, popping the bubbly, and celebrating two big milestones this week. Not only is First Mortgage Trust celebrating being in business for 21 years now, it's also... Read More

Phosphate rock supply interrupted

Ongoing political issues behind a traditional supplier of phosphate rock for New Zealand fertiliser manufacturers are being exposed by the seizure of a fertiliser ship in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. The Cherry Blossom is stuck at anchor 4km off Port... 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

New structure proposed for IRD

Inland Revenue's transformation has entered a new phase with the opening of staff consultation on the implementation of a new structure for the department. The new structure sees much of Inland Revenue reorganised into three new groups –... Read More

Supermarket supporting gender switches

Countdown has launched a new transgender transitioning policy aimed at supporting transitioning team members across the country. The policy outlines Countdown's responsibilities as an employer and commitment to providing an inclusive environment,... Read More

NZ shares join global rally

New Zealand shares pushed higher on Monday, led by Air New Zealand and Port of Tauranga, as the local bourse joined a global rally after Emmanuel Macron was elected president of France with a business-friendly vision of European integration. The S&P/NZX... Read More



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