Reducing the ratepayer’s burden

Tauranga City Council is proposing a restructuring for how it collects the rates, so the impact of the big increases planned over the next three years don’t all land on the lower end residential ratepayer as they do now. The rates increases for...... Read More

Beds for rest home residents being sorted

Beds are being made available for rest home residents after the announcement of a rest home closure in Whanganui. Nazareth Rest Home and Hospital made the announcement of their closure earlier this month, and since this time Whanganui District...... Read More

House prices rise across New Zealand

House prices and sales have risen in most parts of the country. The Real Estate Institute said the house price index rose 1.4 percent in February, over January, with the annual rate up 3.9 percent All but two of the 16 regions experienced increases,...... Read More

$100,000 in relief for the Tasman community

Economic Development Minister David Parker and Civil Defence Minister Kris Faafoi today announced the Government will provide $100,000 to support Golden Bay residents and businesses. The funding will help those adversely affected by Cyclone Gita, which...... Read More

Robertson on infrastructure: $42bn ’won’t be enough’

The $42 billion the government is putting into infrastructure over the next four years will not be enough and it needs to find new, innovative ways to fund it, the finance minister says. Minister of Finance Grant Robertson said previous governments,...... Read More

Tauranga Council evicts property owners

Tauranga city council is in the process of evicting property owners from 13 houses at The Lakes because it claims they are endangered by Cyclone Hola, expected to arrive late Monday. In total there are 21 properties involved partially built by liquidated...... Read More

New data shows extent of housing crisis

New regional factsheets show the housing crisis is not just an issue for Auckland, but is now a challenge for our regions, according to Housing and Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford. Factsheets for 11 regions are now available on the Ministry...... Read More

Average house price more than $700k

The average house value in Tauranga has now ticked over $700,000 and is sitting at $706,825, according to the latest QV report. Tauranga home values have risen 4.9 per cent year on year and 2.8 per cent over the past three months. The Western Bay...... Read More

EQC cannot sue Fletcher - Former Fletcher boss

The former Fletcher Construction boss who signed the 2011 contract with the Earthquake Commission (EQC) to manage the Canterbury Home Repair programme, says there is no way it can sue the company over sub-standards repairs. Speaking to Checkpoint with...... Read More

New factsheets show extent of crisis in regions

New regional factsheets being published for the first time today show the housing crisis is not just an issue for Auckland but is now a challenge for our regions, Housing and Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford says. Factsheets for 11 regions are...... Read More