Homeowner insurance premiums raised

The Insurance Council of New Zealand is concerned that major increases in taxes and levies on people who insure their homes could see low income households not be able to protect themselves from disasters. Chief executive Tim Grafton says by the end... Read More

Building consents review still coming

Tauranga City Council is seeking ‘more clarity and detail' from independent reviewers assessing the council's building consents policy. In March, the council initiated an independent review into matters relating to building consents,... Read More

House prices up, volumes down

House prices continue to increase in the Bay of Plenty, while sales volumes have fallen in the past month. The median price across the region last month rose by $75,000, or 16 per cent, compared to April 2016. According REINZ's monthly property... Read More

Rates postponement and remission

The Whakatane District Council has approved a rates postponement and remission process which goes beyond the provisions of its existing rates remission policy. At an extraordinary meeting last week, the council agreed rates postponements and remissions... Read More

A new way to understand housing markets

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's new Housing Affordability Measure should allow the market to be monitored at a more detailed level. Building and Construction Minister Dr Nick Smith explains the measure gives more detailed... Read More

Helping more residents into homes

More people are using the KiwiSaver HomeStart scheme, with an increasing proportion of buyers opting for new property. KiwiSaver HomeStart provides grants of up to $10,000 for an existing home and $20,000 for a new one. It is complemented by enabling... Read More

A new town from the ground up

Agreement has been reached between landowners and Tauranga City Council about the steps being taken to build a new town from the ground up at Papamoa East for 30,000 people. The City Transformation Committee is recommending the council endorse the Wairakei/Te... Read More

House prices higher than 2007 peak

House prices in Tauranga are now 40 per cent higher than the previous peak reached in 2007 – just before the global financial crisis hit. Values have risen 17.5 per cent since last year, although rate of growth has been slowing since the introduction... Read More

New city suburb on the table

Tauriko West, at the foot of the Kaimai Range, is set to become one of the Western Bay's next growth areas, with a long term plan underway that looks to improve transport links and open up the area for urban development. The ‘Tauriko for... Read More

Papamoa Plaza’s award-winning design

Papamoa Plaza was among 19 projects across nine categories recognised at the 2017 Waikato–Bay of Plenty Architecture Awards, announced at Tauranga Art Gallery on Friday. Awards convenor and Hamilton-based architect Steven Chambers... Read More

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