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Changes to the way building consent applications are lodged and processed are set to be rolled out across much of the central North Island from December onwards. An initiative of the ‘Lakes Coast Cluster Group' of local authorities, the changes...

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A plot of vacant and under-utilised land in Fraser Cove is set to become home to five new affordable houses thanks to a joint venture between Housing New Zealand and Habitat for Humanity. The two organisations announced this week that the project involves...

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Moss couches, a suspended forest, floating fountain, school gardens and a wildflower world are just some of the drawcards sucking in 400 visitors every hour today at The NZ Garden & Art Festival's Lakes Expo Pavilion. From 9.30am the festival's...

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City councillors have approved the next step in establishing Tauranga's first special housing area on land off Waihi Road. The property, at 162 Waihi Road, is a former camping ground and has been vacant for about ten years. The proposal to build...

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Bob Clarkson continues to pin his hopes of fast-tracking the development of his Tauriko land on the back of SmartGrowth, following Tauranga City Council's latest compromise. Council's decision to rapidly rezone land currently in the Western...

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A Bethlehem family believe a proposed housing development on their back doorstep is “environmentally risky” and nothing more than profiteering on new housing legislation. Council last week announced a developer is looking to develop 118 properties...

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A blunt message from Tauranga City Council's SmartGrowth partners may have helped steer the authority back in line when it comes to fast-tracking land decisions. Councillors yesterday voted 7-2 in favour of accelerating development decisions by...

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Tauranga auctioneer Blair Cashmore has made it two from two on The Block, helping one of the teams sell their house on live television once again. For the second year in a row, Blair, who works for Bayleys in Tauranga, was the auctioneer for Quinn and...

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Developers continue to queue at Tauranga City Council's door to be considered for special housing areas, with proposed sites in Bethlehem and Ohauiti adding a further 298 houses to the city. Council was approached this week by two developers looking...

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Home values in Tauranga City have decreased by 0.6 per cent in the last three months, but remain 3.6 per cent higher than they were in September last year. Despite this, prices remain 6.2 per cent below the peak of 2007. House prices in the Tauranga...

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The Historic Village at night. Photo by Rob Vile. Send us your photos and stories from around the Bay of Plenty. photos@thesun.co.nz