New advice on methamphetamine contamination

Real estate agents must tell prospective house buyers if a property has methamphetamine contamination of 15 micrograms per 100cm2 or above, says the Real Estate Authority. The new advice follows the May 2018 report from the office of the prime minister’s...... Read More

First KiwiBuild homes will be apartments

Most of the first batch of 1000 KiwiBuild affordable homes to be built in the next year will be apartments and will come from stalled development projects. Stephen Barclay, the head of the KiwiBuild unit, said the number of proposals from developers...... Read More

Minister checks in on Housing First services

Housing and Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford has met face-to-face with those working on-the-ground to combat homelessness in Tauranga. The meeting was held at the People’s Project office in Grey Street and involved the Minister, along...... Read More

Softening of building consents may be a quirk

The value of building consents issued in Tauranga and the Western Bay of Plenty softened markedly last month. Following an outstanding month for Tauranga City Council in May, with the second highest value of consents ever recorded at $113 million,...... Read More

Twyford: Ballot will keep Kiwibuild equal

Requiring people to ballot for Kiwibuild homes would help to ensure those on lower incomes still have a good chance, Housing Minister Phil Twyford says. The income caps are $120,000 for sole purchasers and $180,000 for couples. To be eligible,...... Read More

Couples earning up to $180K able to buy Kiwibuild

Couples earning up to $180,000 will be able to buy KiwiBuild homes, the government has announced. Housing Minister Phil Twyford has set out the maximum income cap restricting who will be allowed to buy a home under the programme. To be eligible, buyers...... Read More

Govt to impose max income cap on KiwiBuild buyers

The government will impose a maximum income cap on who is eligible to buy a home under its KiwiBuild programme, RNZ understands. Cabinet signed off on the eligibility criteria on Monday and Housing Minister Phil Twyford is to reveal them at an official...... Read More

Respect for coastal environment draws praise

Coast Papamoa Beach’s vision to sustainably integrate the Bay of Plenty’s acclaimed coastline into its beachfront precinct has seen it clinch an award at the prestigious Property Council New Zealand, Rider Levett Bucknall Property Industry...... Read More

Rates rebate advice just a click away

Tauranga homeowners who think they might be eligible for a rates rebate for 2017/2018 can find out in a matter of clicks – but you’ll need to get in quick. Local software developers have teamed up with the Department of Internal Affairs...... Read More

Bella Vista development liquidators seek $4.1m

Creditors are claiming $4.1 million from the failed Bella Vista Homes developmentin Tauranga. But the first report by a new team of liquidators showed there was just $28 on hand at the moment to pay them back. Unsecured creditors were claiming...... Read More

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