The pastor’s grand plan for rubbish

It fixed the “disjointed and inefficient” rubbish collection system that bedeviled the North Sydney Shire of Hornsby. And Tauranga man Bruce Adams says it could fix Tauranga's problems. “Exactly the same issues for both,”... Read More

Pensioner forced to live in caravan

A pensioner living in the Bay of Plenty says she has no choice but to live in a caravan at a campground, because the pension is not enough to live on. Lynette Haines, 69, is single and doesn't own a home - she receives $390 a week through superannuation. The... Read More

Man burned saving home

A man suffered serious burns to his back carrying a burning mattress out of his Hartford Avenue home today. The man aged in his late 30s, put the burning mattress on his back and carried it out of the house. He then took the garden hose and went back... Read More

Person hurt in house fire

UPDATED 5.30pm: A male is reported to be in a serious condition, and has been taken to Tauranga Hospital following a house fire at Papamoa today. A St John Ambulance spokesperson was unable to say anything about the nature of the injuries, or provide... Read More

Open days on Te Tumu this week

Open days are being held at the Papamoa Surf Life Saving Club this week discussing the proposed new housing development at Te Tumu. The public is invited to learn more about Te Tumu and share thoughts about the proposed development during open days on... Read More

Labour outlines ‘100 Day Plan’

Labour is promising to take ‘urgent action' in its first 100 days in office if elected, with leader Jacinda Ardern outlining the party's priorities. These include expanding support for families and students, making rental homes warm... Read More

First home dream still attainable

Yes, it's one of those stories – about a young couple bucking the trend and making it into their first home. But Robert Upson and his girlfriend Jaimie Shepherd have done just that, moving into a brand-new, four-bedroom house in Katikati. Robert,... Read More

A bigger deposit for first-home buyers

First-home buyers will be able to cobble together a larger deposit if National is re-elected to government. The changes announced today mean a couple will be eligible for an extra $10,000 of Government HomeStart Grants, taking the grants to $20,000 for... Read More

Farm St developer appeals

Farm Street developers are appealing a hearings commissioner's decision to disallow a three story commercial/residential development in a residential zone. The development was supported by city council planners but denied by Commissioner David... Read More

Breaking promises in public

The decision to hold a committee workshop on the city council's urban strategy behind closed doors has been contested and highlighted by Councillor Catherine Stewart – who is not a member of that committee. Committee chairman Larry Baldock... Read More



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