Council settles with a Bella Vista homeowner

Tauranga City Council and the owner of 299A Lakes Boulevard have reached a settlement by negotiation. In a statement released this afternoon, Council has agreed to take ownership of the property in exchange for paying the owner all wasted expenditure. “The...... Read More

Council file charges in Bella Vista saga

Tauranga City Council has filed charges against parties involved in the Bella Vista development at The Lakes. In a statement released this morning, council says it has filed charges in the district court. "The charges relate to non-compliance...... Read More

Confidence in housing market slowing rising

House price expectations are proving slow to recover in the latest ASB Housing Confidence Survey. While price expectations may have rebounded back to pre-election levels, they remain below recent highs. A net 38 per cent of respondents for the three...... Read More

Foreign buyer ban helping kiwi home ownership

Nearly all foreigners have been banned from buying most Kiwi homes in a bid to crack down on overseas speculators. The Government's legislation passed its final hurdle to become law on Wednesday night with the support of Labour, New Zealand First...... Read More

Landlords ’disgusted’ by Quinovic ad

Landlords and real estate groups have joined tenants in condemning a Quinovic advertising campaign that appeared to celebrate making renters lives a misery. The brain child of one of Quinovic's Wellington branches, the now-deleted ad campaign featured...... Read More

Tackling barriers to Māori housing

Māori Development Hon Minister Mahuta announced today a Māori housing finance wānanga to tackle barriers to accessing finance to build housing on Māori land. Iwi, financial and legal experts, banking sector representatives and Māori housing providers...... Read More

Christchurch insurance premium hike baffles homeowners

An insurance company may be attempting to freeze high-risk properties out of the market by increasing their premiums, an earthquake claims advocate claims. A Christchurch man was left stunned after his insurance premium rose by 440 percent after Tower...... Read More

Rotorua homeless shelter finds new location after shutdown

A man whose homeless shelter in Rotorua was shut down last month is hoping to open another one on Friday. A night shelter set up by Tiny Deane from the Visions for a Helping Hand charity closed because it did not meet the council's consent rules. Rotorua...... Read More