Bay housing crisis looms

Buying or renting a home in the Western Bay of Plenty is going to become harder, unless a range of actions are taken now, according to a new Housing Demand and Need research report released today by the SmartGrowth Partnership. The report's key... Read More

Council denies airport tax dodge

The use of Tauranga Airport as a tax loss by Tauranga city Council is being questioned by the auditor Clarence Susan in his Management report on the audit of TCC for the year ended June 30, 2017. Made public at the Audit, Finance Risk and Monitoring... Read More

Power warning for Avocado pickers

Avocado pickers are being warned to look up before they work to ensure they are well clear of power lines, as the avocado picking season gets underway in the Bay of Plenty. Electricity lines company Powerco is emphasising the “four-metre danger... Read More

City heart developer named

Willis Bond & Co has been named as the preferred partner to build the new council administration building. The city council endorsed in principle the draft Heart of the City Negotiation Strategy, at a confidential meeting on Tuesday. The strategy will... Read More

Durham St upgrade budget approved

The pedestrian friendly street upgrade for Durham Street and Durham Lane is approved this week by Tauranga City council, signalling a transformation into a city scape featuring broad shady streets, paving, seating, garden beds and rain gardens. Council... Read More

Waka signal iwi agreement

Waka on Tauranga Moana on Saturday signals the signing of an agreement between Waikato and Western Bay of Plenty iwi, following turbulent times earlier this year. Diplomacy has settled a dispute over a land-grab by Waikato iwi using the treaty settlement... Read More

Homeless to be housed by Christmas

The first nine of 19 transitional houses built on Opal Drive in Papamoa will be handed over to the Tauranga Community Housing Trust on Monday. The Ministry of Social Development says final works on these homes is underway so families with an urgent need... Read More

Urban intensification rules boosted

A strategy changing the direction of how Council plans for growth by focussing more on developing existing urban areasis recommended this week for approval by the Tauranga City council. The strategy emphasises ‘place-making' of town centres... Read More

New listings down in Tauranga

New property listings in Tauranga are down on the same period from last year, but that doesn't mean the heat's gone out of the market yet. The latest Tauranga Residential Property Report from Ray White shows there were 691 new listings in... Read More

New hope for leaky home owners

Leaky home owners on the Tauranga City Council's leaky homes register are offered new hope this week with the Court of Appeal decision opening the door to a class action against cladding manufacturer James Hardie. There are 223 claims on the Tauranga... Read More

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