Hardening up over Bella Vista dispute

Attitudes are hardening up on both sides of the Bella Vista homes dispute as the council tells home owners they will receive no more support from April 12. The residents of 13 homes on Lakes Boulevard have had accommodation paid for since they were evicted... Read More

Confusion at The Lakes

Lakes Boulevard residents evicted from their homes by Tauranga City Council remain confused about when they will be able to return. Initially they were removed at short notice because of a potential danger presented by Cyclone Hola. When the floods and... Read More

‘Mammoth’ kiwifruit orchard for sale

One of New Zealand's biggest privately-owned kiwifruit orchard portfolios has been placed on the market for sale. The portfolio consists of three separate mid to large-sized productive blocks at Te Puke in the Bay of Plenty – the centre of... Read More

Tauranga families in limbo

A group of Tauranga residents will have to wait indefinitely before moving back into their homes at a troubled housing development. The Bella Vista company went into liquidation in December, leaving about 30 houses unfinished. On 9 March, 13 families... Read More

Support for Kaiaua Coast property owners

Property owners considering raising the floor level of homes or buildings following coastal flooding in the Kaiaua Coast area in January now have one less thing to worry about. Hauraki District Council has agreed to pay or waive up to $2000 in building... Read More

Lakes residents still not allowed home

More tests, including ground penetrating radar checks of suspected subsurface defects, are being undertaken at the former Bella Vista homes sites on The Lakes Boulevard today, before home owners and tenants will be permitted to return to their homes. Residents... Read More

CBD motel site up for sale

A prominent and substantial city block of land in Tauranga's central business district has been placed on the market for sale – with the property cited as being ripe for a mixed-use redevelopment that could include retail, office, apartments... Read More

No museum in my front yard

Residents from Cliff Road – the council's proposed museum site – have claimed that any development would be in conflict with the city council's own spatial framework plan. Locals say the former bowling greens, between the carparks... Read More

Council evicts property owners

UPDATED: 5.15pm:Tauranga City Council is in the process of evicting property owners from 13 houses at The Lakes because it claims they are endangered by Cyclone Hola, expected to arrive late Monday. In total there are 21 properties involved partially... Read More

New data shows extent of housing crisis

New regional factsheets show the housing crisis is not just an issue for Auckland, but is now a challenge for our regions, according to Housing and Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford. Factsheets for 11 regions are now available on the Ministry of... Read More

Opinion Poll

What are your thoughts on the council’s proposal to increase rates 40 per cent over the next three years?

Good, it will help pay to revitilise the city
Not good, rates are high enough now
I’m ok with an increase, but maybe not such a big one

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