Chalking one up to dry weather

Entertaining six children for a day resulted in a rainbow house for Steven and Debbies Miles at Papamoa. The children started on the concrete path, and then moved onto the walls. “Then they said, ‘Dad, we need more chalk,” says Steve. It... Read More

Five million Kiwis by 2020

There's likely to be five million people crowding New Zealand By 2020 and  possibly even sooner, according to Statistic NZ's latest population projections. In the year to June 2016 the population grew at its fastest rate since the early... Read More

Revaluers visiting Western Bay homes

Valuers will be visiting properties in the Western Bay over the coming month to assess current land and capital values. Revaluations are done every two to three years by the Western Bay of Plenty District Council to give a snapshot of property values... Read More

Prices up in Eastern Bay

Many Eastern Bay of Plenty locals who sold their rural homes in September would have been left smiling all the way to the bank. New REINZ Residential Property Data shows last month's median house price for rural Eastern Bay was $364,000 –... Read More

City liquefaction issues denied

Claims the council civic heart project is endangered by liquefaction issues on the central city site are being denied by the councillor chairing the civic heart project steering committee, Gail McIntosh. Tauranga resident Ken Evans says the liquefaction... Read More

Campus design confirmed

The look of the Tauranga CBD university campus has been approved by the three funders; Tauranga City Council, Bay of Plenty Regional Council, and Tauranga Energy Consumer Trust. The design concept is also approved by the Tauranga Tertiary Campus Charitable... Read More

Goldfields heritage bid fails

Goldfield's Railway has been unsuccessful in obtaining the ex-Newmarket signal box building. According to KiwiRail, another rail heritage group obtained the historic structure, which was uplifted late last month. Goldfield's Railway chairman... Read More

'Severe' East Cape earthquake

Three quakes have rattled the East Cape, one of a 5.8 magnitude. GeoNet reported the first, strongest, shake struck at 8.41am on Sunday. Two others, one of 3.1 and the other of 3.5 magnitude, struck in the next eight minutes. The first quake was... Read More

Tracking the building boom

The building boom in the Western Bay continues to break new ground, with both Tauranga City and Western Bay of Plenty District councils breaking records in the number of consents being issued. For the nine months to September 2016, the two local authorities... Read More

Tauranga house prices increase

Despite a slowing of activity and demand in the Tauranga market over the past month, home values in Tauranga City are still showing strong value increases over the past year, up 28.1 per cent since September 2015. The average value in the city is now... Read More

Opinion Poll

Only 38 per cent of electors returned their voting forms in the council elections, did you vote?

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