Parties clash over housing issues

Housing affordability was the Achilles heel of the former government, and it continues to test the new administration. There were fractious exchanges between Housing Minister Phil Twyford and his National Party counterpart Judith Collins at select committee...... Read More

Tiny brings big change to Bay town

This time last year, Tiny Deane had never even met a homeless person. Today, he feeds more than 100 each day at the Rotorua drop in centre he runs and houses 49 women and children across Rotorua, Taupo and soon, Tokoroa. He's put his money where...... Read More

Paeroa landmark for sale

The land and buildings housing one of New Zealand's most instantly recognisable cafes is for sale. Paeroa's L&P Cafe Bar and Brasserie boasts a six-metre-tall replica soft drink bottle – one of two in the town – outside its front...... Read More

New addition to community law team

Lawyer Shard Liobl has recently joined the Baywide Community Law Service team as their specialist in housing and tenancy issues. He says the current housing crisis and actions by the previous government mean a dedicated service advising people on property...... Read More

Ultimatum over Tauranga Northern Link

Tauranga City Council is sending an ultimatum to the government over the stalled Tauranga Northern Link Highway - no highway, no special housing area at Smith’s Farm. “If we don’t get the Northern Link, we will just leave the housing...... Read More

New housing ministry backed

The housing sector is backing a government decision to establish a new standalone housing ministry to fix the housing crisis. The Ministry of Housing and Urban Development will incorporate units currently spread across the Ministry of Business,...... Read More

Tauranga housing provider to change meth standards

Community social housing provider Accessible Properties says it will follow Housing New Zealand in changing its meth standards. But a lawyer says private providers will continue to act more harshly than the publicly-owned Housing New Zealand. Accessible...... Read More

Bella Vista: ’Small victory’ in long battle

Residents of the botched Bella Vista development have compared losing their homes to a funeral of a loved one. The Tauranga City Council has opted to buy the 21 condemned properties after signing off on shoddy work that left the buildings too dangerous...... Read More

‘Premium’ properties still in demand

  Tauranga home values rose 2.6 per cent year on year, although they dropped 0.9 per cent over the past three months, according to figures released by QV.   The average value in the city is $700,744. Meanwhile, the Western Bay of Plenty...... Read More

Cameron Road first for intensification

Cameron road communities along the city’s spine from Greerton to the city centre may be the first to take part in the draft Tauranga Urban Strategy intended to intensify city living. City planning staff at the city Transformation Committee meeting...... Read More




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