New valuations show strong growth in Hauraki homes

New Quotable Value figures show residential and lifestyle property values in the Hauraki District have risen sharply over the last three years. Hauraki District Mayor John Tregidga says overall residential values have increased 56 percent across the...... Read More

Landlords call for meth testing compensation

Private landlords are calling for some form of compensation after forking out big money on bogus meth tests at their properties. Hundreds of state housing tenants will be compensated for being wrongly evicted from their homes on the basis of a flawed...... Read More

Police investigate aggravated burglary in Papamoa

Police are investigating an aggravated burglary at a home on Waterford Park Drive, Papamoa. Two male offenders entered the property, one armed with an axe and the other with a crowbar, and assaulted a male and female occupant at around 4:30am today. Detective...... Read More

Greenpeace to solarise half a million homes

Greenpeace has unveiled a plan that would see half a million New Zealand homes solarised over the next 10 years with money currently being used to subsidise the oil and gas industry. The plan was launched last week as the Greenpeace flagship, Rainbow...... Read More

Housing NZ to right meth testing wrong

A report by Housing NZ into its response to methamphetamine contamination shows the organisation accepts its approach was wrong and had far reaching consequences for hundreds of people. “Housing NZ acknowledges that around 800 tenants suffered...... Read More

Incident in the early morning in Bellevue

Police are continuing to make enquiries after a vehicle crashed on Windsor Road early this morning. Emergency Services were called to a front lawn of a Windsor Road property at about 5am. A police spokesperson says it is not clear if the vehicle...... Read More

New school on track for 2019

Excitement is building in Pyes Pa and The Lakes as the community gets set to welcome a new primary school in February. While the buildings of Taumata School are starting to take shape on a five-hectare site on Kennedy Road, foundation principal Gen...... Read More

Government to make changes to renting laws

Bay of Plenty Labour MP Angie Warren-Clark is holding a public meeting in Papamoa to discuss the new proposed renting law. On October 10 Angie will hold the public meeting at the Papamoa Community Centre with MP Jan Tinetti holding a public meeting...... Read More

Help shape Omokoroa’s future development

Four options for the future location of schools, a town centre, community hub and recreational reserves will be presented to the Omokoroa community at a public open day in September. The detailed options are the next phase of the proposed structure...... Read More

A house to call home

Ngohotu Tai and David Brown have pretty much been through it all when it comes to housing issues. They’ve lived in in motels, with whanau and in emergency housing; moving place to place, house to house, for the good part of the last year. And...... Read More

Opinion Poll

Who or what is to blame for all the crashes on the roads of late?

Drivers in general
The roads
A combination of the roads and drivers