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RENTAL SHORTAGE BITES WANNABE LANDLORD

The shortage of rental property combined with families in desperate need of accommodation was a recipe for disaster for a Manurewa landlord recently who was ordered to repay $15,840 in rent and $750 in damages for renting an unconsented converted garage as a household unit.
Written by Hamish Murray at 00:00
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GROWTH IS GOOD – BUT AT WHAT COST

Infrastructure and travel networks are hot topics right now in the Bay of Plenty. Whilst we’re happy to hear NZTA is reviewing its contractor’s practices and the work programme for the Te Puna roundabout, and to see work underway to improve road safety, the works come at a cost to businesses in the direct vicinity and to everyone else who is struggling to get to work on time. Businesses on the fringe are often most sorely affected but may not be entitled to compensation under the Public Works Act.
Written by Hamish Murray at 00:00

GROWING PAINS

Those resistant to change are losing, and the free market economy is winning. The Bay of Plenty seems to be groaning under the weight, and the tension is visible; speeding drivers, traffic jams and accidents, trucks and machines everywhere, committees to talk about smart growth. We’re growing rapidly and people want to join us. Those of us already here know why; it’s the ‘Bay of Plenty’.
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REGIONAL GROWTH AND THE TAURANGA NORTHERN LINK A HOT TOPIC

As a resident of Omokoroa, the annual net migration statistics published recently confirming an inflow into New Zealand of circa 69,000 people over the last twelve months comes as no surprise.
Written by Hamish Murray at 00:00

BUYING LAND? BEWARE OF THESE HIDDEN COSTS

Building a new home is an exciting (and potentially expensive) project. So it’s important to check the land you intend to build on is suitable before you buy it. Soil type and land contour can vary dramatically in the Bay of Plenty. The region was once home to many farms and orchards and not all sections are straight-forward to build on.
Written by Hamish Murray at 11:00

BUILDING A NEW HOME? BE AWARE OF COSTLY MISTAKES

Planning on buying land to build your new home? Click the heading above and learn how to avoid a couple of mistakes that could end up costing you.
Written by Hamish Murray at 09:00
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