Rising rents force Papamoa family out

Deana says her rent has gone up by $85 in two and a half years. File photo.

A Papamoa family has been forced to move from their home, as a result of rising living costs in the area.

Deana Franks says her family's rent has gone up by $85 in 2.5 years.

“We're having to move away because our wages aren't keeping up with our expenses,” she says.

“Our wages haven't gone up that much and the prices to buy a house is just way out of our reach.

“My husband is in fulltime work and I do 32 hours a week.”

Deana says Papamoa is no longer the place she once knew.

“When I moved to Papamoa 20 years ago, it had a population of about 4500 now it's about 20,000.

“My husband grew up in Arataki, and they used to come to Papamoa for day trips because it was just an old dirt road.

“It's just ridiculous now, I'm over it.

“Through my kid's school I've heard of a few people moving - my son has had a few friends that have left.

“I've got friends that have moved to Australia, and friends that have grown up here in their old family homestead on Papamoa Beach Road who have sold it and are now moving to Te Puna.

“It doesn't have that same community feel anymore, no one knows anyone.”

She says her family has lived in various different rentals in Papamoa but feels they ‘missed the boat' on buying a house.

“Years ago you got to choose the rental, now the landlords get to choose the tenants and there's nothing around now that's affordable.

“Since we've handed our notice in they've put this on the rental market.

“When we moved in we were paying $350 which I thought was expensive back then, right now we're paying $435 and they're putting it up to $500.

“It needs a lot of work done too. These houses are about 30 years old and the whole house needs redecorating, it's been a rental for years.

“It's in shocking condition really,” says Deana.

“Neither of the showers have ever shut properly, so no matter how many towels you put down the floor gets wet and it's made from particle board, so I'm surprised one of the showers hasn't gone through the floor.

“A guy who came around recently to install insulation says it's got very little at least beneath the floor, our ceilings we don't have cavities so there's no ceiling insulation.

“From what I gather the people who own our house have owned it for quite a number of years, I wouldn't imagine they would have much/if any mortgage left on it so I don't see why they would need to put the rent up that much.

“I think a lot of locals are feeling that around here that landlords are just being greedy – and most landlords don't live here.

“Most landlords especially in these old houses would own them outright, most of them have been owned for many years by the same people.”

Deana and her family are now planning to move to Manawatu.

“We're moving down to Himutangi beach, down by Foxton. You can still buy a house down there for under $250,000

“Rent is under $200 a week and they're all on 800sqm sections, there's only 600 people living in the little community.”

“Our son who has ADHD, so going back to an old school a little classroom is going to be way better.

“I am looking forward to it now but initially, none of us wanted to move,” says Deana. “We're right in with the rugby in Papamoa – but it's just what we've got to do.

“We're sick of living week to week, if our car breaks down we don't having savings to pay for it to get fixed outright – so we have to do something.

“It's sad we have to leave, but it's just getting too big for its own boots out here.”

She says she doesn't believe there is a solution to the rising cost of living.

“There's nothing you can do now.

“Aucklanders are getting pushed out up there, so they're coming here, now we're getting pushed out of here, so we're going down there – it's just a roll on affect.


Miss Adventure

Posted on 28-10-2017 10:41 | By NZer

You are totally correct about all you have said. People forget about all the hard work landlords do to actually get in a position to have a rental property. All the hard sweat and tears and then a nasty tenant comes along and treats it like dirt. It would be fantastic if all tenants were good. The tenancy tribunal says it all. Mostly lots of bad tenants. The proof is in the publicly available rulings....

@ Kenworthlogger

Posted on 26-10-2017 17:25 | By MISS ADVENTURE

Not blatantly clear, but yeah a total bail out and left town and turned off the lights ... says it all doesnt it


Posted on 26-10-2017 16:24 | By Kenworthlogger

Looks like NZer has Overit baled right up... It was always easier to call the landlord greedy rather that put your money where your mouth is ah Overit... and to think you are a landlord yourself....

@ GreertonCynic

Posted on 20-10-2017 12:42 | By MISS ADVENTURE

No, however I deal with the issues regularly, the news reports are all about the poor tenant and how sad it all is. The other side of the story/coin is that the requirements, costs and obligations are increasing rapidly (and expensive) upon landlords. Obviously these things have a cost, the more it all costs the higher the rent will be. It is just plain, simple and obvious that will be the result. As usual there are a minority of tenants and landlords that behave badly and give all a bad name. below, I am siimply provided a sumamry of the issues that befall landlords as that is not yet been said and it is fair that it is.


Posted on 18-10-2017 11:15 | By Kenworthlogger

They want to rent in one of the most expensive parts of town. They should move to Te Puke. Only 10 mins drive away and much more reasonable rents.... but its easier to moan about it....


Posted on 10-10-2017 16:38 | By maildrop

Hideous place. I can't imagine why anyone would want to live there.


Posted on 10-10-2017 15:49 | By NZer

So are you now retracting your comment that the landlord is being greedy???


Posted on 09-10-2017 12:02 | By I like Papamoa.

Answering question on this by others, I believe the photo is a fictional one. It is showing the Four Square at corner of Pap Beach Road and Golden Sands. There is a new development in build opposite the Four Square and so it is an artist's impression of what the final development will look like when finished. To the right of the Four Square you can see new doctor's offices and further along you can see Golden Sands Primary.


Posted on 28-09-2017 22:08 | By overit

The figures don't stack up, and that is why landlords are having to ask for such high rents today. I don't need to play that game but I can afford another in Whakatane, and guess what when I go to sell they will still be affordable.

I applaud them moving

Posted on 28-09-2017 20:08 | By Tgaboy

Sad that they have to, but those that help themselves get ahead. Nice one for being responsible and doing the smart thing. Not like the losers that stay in expensive towns and expect the tax payers to save them. I have nothing nice to say about those folks.


Posted on 28-09-2017 17:43 | By NZer

I knew you would not take up the challenge. Easier to sit back and say the landlord is being greedy isnt it.. Greetoncynic all landlords are tarred with the same brush ah... Errrr NO...


Posted on 28-09-2017 13:13 | By overit

The 2 bedroomed property is in Whakatane. Yes I bought it cheaply as it was a hovel, although really paid more than it was worth a year ago as the house prices had already gone crazy. The rent is $260 and I feel that is enough for me, and enough for them as the tenants need to live.No I wont be buying a $500K rental in Tga thanks.

Keep it real

Posted on 28-09-2017 07:23 | By $10 Tauranga

This situation is all too often a common reality for a lot of honest, hard working New Zealanders. If the Nats get another 3 years according to Bill all New Zealanders will be better off and there will be no housing 'challenges' .

Take up the challenge Overit

Posted on 28-09-2017 03:54 | By NZer

Well lets see if Overit puts his money where his mouth is and buys the property for well over half a million seeing its for sale and rents it out for $200 a week after spending lost of $$$$ renovating. Ill put my money on saying he is full of it....


Posted on 27-09-2017 22:49 | By Capt_Kaveman

to add i have a mortgage but because migrants are taking jobs i could move upto so we have to move to cheaper area and rent the house as its in high demand, Nationals idea and free hold landlords scalping off the top are making are killing, this govts idea is a pyramid game and it will come to a sudden end somewhere


Posted on 27-09-2017 19:01 | By GreertonCynic

Is most certainly the cause. May I rent a house from you please, overit? You come across as too reasonable to be a landlord. @Caveman, I've been renting the same house for 20 years (my landlord isn't greedy). Yes, the rent I've paid over the years would have bought the place, but 20 years ago in $10 Tauranga there's no way I could have sorted a deposit. Once on the treadmill....@MISS ADVENTURE, you sound like a landlord with a chip...

Rent hikes

Posted on 27-09-2017 18:15 | By MISS ADVENTURE

Most likely a result of the shortages created by not enough land subdivided, not enough buildiers to build, the 3-6 months to get a consent, the ever increasing demands on landlords to fix, insulate, repair water damages/leaky homes, double insurance premiums, double rates ... and the very much one sided view/rules of the nazi-tenancy outfit. Add to that of course that tenants are not responsible for destroyign rental houses, buring them down, flooding, destruction generally, none are responsible for P use in the houses. Perhaps if responsible tenants took action to remedy these things then they would benefit from them being responsible tenants. In end result the cost of teh house, the costs to run it and the risks related all factor into the rent to pay, thinkk about it ... a simple case of "cause and effect".


Posted on 27-09-2017 18:10 | By MISS ADVENTURE

Who knows? Problably nearer the Mount

Not alone

Posted on 27-09-2017 13:07 | By Hunterway

There are alot being "forced" to move to the outskirts of town (kawerau,Rotorua,Whakatane).In our modern profit driven economic times with around $17:00 per hr the norm such decisions are really made for us and we are just along for the ride.The only real way of controlling rent is by owning the house but as experience would show it can be costly to Miss The Boat.

photo ?

Posted on 27-09-2017 12:07 | By Darth Vader NZ

The photo shot used in this article where in Papamoa is this ? I've lived in Papamoa for 35 yrs and I don't recognise the location anyone know this location ?


Posted on 27-09-2017 12:00 | By overit

As a landlord myself, I believe your landlord is being greedy. I am sorry to hear of your predicament. I know people living in a similiar dive paying $450. No maintenance, but lots of promises. I get very angry at what I see. When I bought my property, out went the shower over the bath so new shower, new vanity, new laundry tub, new stove, a heatpump, new carpet and vinyl, a paint job inside and out, and landscaped for easy maintenance. I bought a hovel where the landlord just took the rent and did no maintenance. It is let through an Agent and so far we have had good tenants as they know they have a nice place and they look after it.

Missed the Boat ??

Posted on 27-09-2017 11:56 | By The Caveman

If I read the article correctly, renting for 20 years in Papamoa. Rent would probably have been $150 odd dollars (or less) back then and its now $435. That's an average of $290 per week for 20 years, or to put it another way, $300,000 in rent over 20 years. 20 years ago a reasonable house in Papamoa would have been $250,000 odd. Paid more in rent over 20 years, than the cost of a house purchased 20 years ago. Yes, missed the boat!!

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