Building boom tapers off for Christmas

Building consents issued for both Tauranga and the Western Bay of Plenty district tapered off slightly in December, but the annual growth is continuing. Following on from the record breaking $1 billion in consents issued across the sub-region in 2016,... Read More

Review of community halls ownership

Ownership of ratepayers assets now managed by Bay Venues Ltd is to be re-examined, according to a report on Bay Venues Ltd. The consultant's report, adopted by the Tauranga City Council in December, recommends the council undertake a full review... Read More

Average house value nears $700,000 mark

Average house prices in Tauranga are approaching the $700,000 mark, according to the latest QV House Price Index statistics. Tauranga home values increased 3.2 per cent year on year or $21,528 from an average value of $672,197 in December 2016 to $693,725... Read More

More field crews helping storm response

Powerco has ramped up restoration efforts to get supply back on to regions affected by the storm. Field crews have been brought in from other areas to repair the damaged network in Coromandel and Tauranga. Strong winds and flooding caused significant... Read More

Overnight power outages to be fixed

Power is still out in many places across the Bay of Plenty as Powerco contractors fix the damages from yesterday's weather. Colin Grey from Te Puna, says that he has had his power off since Thursday and hasn't heard from anyone when it will... Read More

Bay housing crisis looms

Buying or renting a home in the Western Bay of Plenty is going to become harder, unless a range of actions are taken now, according to a new Housing Demand and Need research report released today by the SmartGrowth Partnership. The report's key... Read More

Council denies airport tax dodge

The use of Tauranga Airport as a tax loss by Tauranga city Council is being questioned by the auditor Clarence Susan in his Management report on the audit of TCC for the year ended June 30, 2017. Made public at the Audit, Finance Risk and Monitoring... Read More

Power warning for Avocado pickers

Avocado pickers are being warned to look up before they work to ensure they are well clear of power lines, as the avocado picking season gets underway in the Bay of Plenty. Electricity lines company Powerco is emphasising the “four-metre danger... Read More

City heart developer named

Willis Bond & Co has been named as the preferred partner to build the new council administration building. The city council endorsed in principle the draft Heart of the City Negotiation Strategy, at a confidential meeting on Tuesday. The strategy will... Read More

Durham St upgrade budget approved

The pedestrian friendly street upgrade for Durham Street and Durham Lane is approved this week by Tauranga City council, signalling a transformation into a city scape featuring broad shady streets, paving, seating, garden beds and rain gardens. Council... Read More



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