Tauranga internationally unaffordable

An international survey of housing affordability ranks Tauranga among the top unaffordable cities in the world for house prices. Housing in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Melbourne and Honolulu is more affordable than Tauranga, according to the Demographia... Read More

Matapihi trust buys Hawke's Bay orchard

Matapihi based Ngai Tukairangi Trust has paid $40.2 million for a Hawke's Bay kiwifruit orchard in what is believed to be a record price for any horticultural land. “We are fielding quite a bit of interest,” says Trustee Neil Te Kani. “It's... Read More

Storm passes by, mostly

Judging by the number of fire service call outs, the Western Bay of Plenty escaped most of the impact of last night's storm. Mount Maunganui fire fighters were called to a power pole down in Lachlan Avenue Mount Maunganui this morning. About 700... Read More

Information plea on barn fire

  Tauranga police are appealing for information about a suspicious barn fire at Glue Pot Road on Friday. The alarm was raised at 5.45pm Friday afternoon, and attended by Greerton fire fighters. Anybody who may have information please contact Detective... Read More

$600,000 to buy a home

Prospective homebuyers may have to find up to $600,000 to get into a home in Tauranga. That's the new median price for a house in the city, according to figures released by the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand. Buyers looking in Mount Maunganui... Read More

Park outlook for new café

The Brunel Group is looking for a café or restaurant operator for the ground floor of their Willow street project named ‘The Reserve'. “It's a very good opportunity for somebody with a food operation – a café... Read More

Homes lost in fire near Whitianga

UPDATED 9.09PM: At least four homes have been destroyed and others evacuated as firefighters battle a large scale fire south of Whitianga. Residents in the area say they have been told to leave their homes, which are in the path of the blaze. The crews,... Read More

Waiting for an angel’s blessing

“I am going through a divorce and will find myself in a position that could have a devastating effect.” It was an email to SunLive– a plaintive appeal for help or an ad for a business opportunity, but probably both. Andrew Matthews... Read More

A city of two councils

Tauranga ratepayers face the prospect of forever paying for two separate council buildings in the same city, unless some way is found to get the two talking. Tauranga City Councillor Larry Baldock is currently preparing for the first city transformation... Read More

Katikati unconvinced at bypass promises

Traffic congestion on State Highway 2, near Katikati, has boosted the awareness of the need of a bypass. Community board chair Jenny Hobbs' has launched a petition following numerous traffic complaints this summer. The townsfolk are a bit cynical... Read More



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