Council scraps pool registration fee

Tauranga City Council has announced they have scrapped a proposed pool registration fee. The $134.20 fee would have applied to the owners of more than 2600 pools across the city. Elected Members yesterday voted to scrap the fee. A council spokesperson...... Read More

Have your say - climate change, rescue & transport

Climate change, passenger transport and rescue services funding are on Regional Council’s radar. Bay of Plenty residents will be asked to provide their feedback on four key questions later this month when the Bay of Plenty Regional Council goes...... Read More

Lack of funding causing housing to be stalled

Tauranga's mayor is frustrated housing projects are on hold because the city can't get access to government funding. This week the council resolved to not award any new contracts for roading projects unless the Transport Agency had confirmed...... Read More

Power cut across Tauranga as sparks light up night

11.30pm Update: Power has now been restored to more than 3200 homes across Tauranga after an unexpected power cut this evening. There are still 52 properties in Hairini without power. PowerCo have updated their information about the power cut, which...... Read More

Regional town house prices getting unaffordable

Mayors in some regional towns in the North Island are warning a jump of up to 30 percent in the year to February signals unaffordability for first home buyers. Kawerau, Wairoa and Ruapehu are all rising fast in the latest QV figures. In some parts...... Read More

Rare Guzzi motorcycle stolen

Mark Townsend was on the second-to-last day of his motorcycle trip down the South Island when his rare 1000s Moto Guzzi was stolen. “I got off the Cook Strait Ferry at 10.30pm at night on February 15, and had booked a room at the CQ Hotel in...... Read More

Flying start for Pest-free Te Puna

Te Puna’s pest free programme got off to a flying start on Saturday March 2, with more than 100 people attending and all 78 traps given out – with a wait list for more. Held at Waitui Reserve, the day aimed to encourage the Te Puna community...... Read More

Urban space open in the Mount

Mount Maunganui’s Phoenix Park has been refurbished into a new urban space. The park, which is now known as Te Papa o Nga Manu Porotakataka, was designed to encourage social interaction and to act as a place where people can rest and play. A...... Read More

Demands for Council to reverse decision

At a Tauranga City Council meeting today, demands were made for Council to reverse its decision to transfer historically significant property to the Otamataha Trust. The property is currently leased by The Elms Te Papa Tauranga. Western Bay of Plenty...... Read More

Proof of ID needed when selling a house

You are now required to prove your identity if you are selling or buying properties. If you want to avoid delays in getting the transaction through, get to know what the new anti-money laundering laws require you to do. New rules designed to stamp...... Read More

New opportunity for first home buyers

A Tauranga company is looking at giving first home owners a chance to get into the property market. Len and Jill Helms, the founders of Golden Homes, are launching a new company this week called Ubuilt. Ubuilt is being billed as an affordable self-starter...... Read More

Smashed letter box warning for Paengaroa

A concerned resident in Paengaroa is reaching out to warn others about letter boxes being smashed. The resident, who lives on Black Road, says their letter box has been smacked down in the past but on Wednesday night, it was nowhere to be seen. The...... Read More

Standards to make homes warm and dry released

The new healthy homes standards to make rental properties warmer and drier has been announced by Housing and Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford. The standards set minimum requirements for heating, insulation, ventilation, moisture and drainage,...... Read More

Multiple fires near Maunganui Road rail lines

Reports are coming in of many scrub fires breaking out near the railway lines on Maunganui Road. There are also fires reported near Bayfair.  Large clouds of smoke are billowing across Maunganui Road. Multiple fires have also broken out along...... Read More

Lifestyle block owners could be taxed

The Real Estate Institute is warning people with lifestyle blocks will be taxed, despite the Government’s Tax Working Group saying family homes won’t be taxed under its proposed tax reforms. The Institute says a significant number of lifestyle...... Read More