House Building May Get More Expensive
The cost of building a house in Tauranga could be set to increase later this year. Sixty consents were issued for new dwellings last month, up from just 16 in February last year. Tauranga's Registered Master Builders president Peter Roden says builders may be forced to pass on costs this year, with a 5 percent increase in costs on the horizon. Peter Roden says there appears to be plenty of building activity in Papamoa.
Farmers’ Non-compliance Rate ‘Steady’
A pledge from Environment Bay of Plenty to rid the region's streams of livestock effluent. The latest Dairying and Clean Streams Accord has been released and show the level of non-compliance by local farmers remained steady at 9 percent. This is down on the national average of 12 percent. EBoP's chair John Cronin says the region needs to do better than 9 percent.
Western Bay Council Adopts Draft Annual Plan
Western Bay of Plenty District Council says it's worked hard to keep any proposed rate rise low. Councillors yesterday adopted the region's draft annual plan, which will go out for public consultation from the end of the month. Mayor Ross Paterson says most residents will pay an extra 4.2 percent in rates. He says that figure's just above the average rise of 4.1 percent. Mayor Paterson says despite a challenging 12 months, the council's worked as hard as possible to keep the increase low.
Port Buys Transport Co
Port of Tauranga is hoping its buyout of Tapper Transport will compliment its South Auckland operation. It has paid 15 million dollars to buy the company, which is adjacent to the port's Auckland subsidiary, Metro Port. Port CEO Mark Cairns says the port will now be able to offer better transport options and storage facilities for its clients. The news was tempered by the passing on Wednesday of Tapper's director, Simon Tapper.
Airport Passenger Numbers Down
Tauranga Airport isn't expecting an improvement in passenger numbers this year. The latest figures show there were just over 98,000 passengers in and out of the airport last year, down around 7,000 on 2008. Airport manager Ray Dumble says last year's down turn was as expected but this year may be no different.
Peters Not Standing as Tauranga Candidate
New Zealand First wants new blood for its Tauranga electorate. Party leader Winston Peters was Tauranga's MP for 21 years before being ousted by then National MP Bob Clarkson in 2005. Now, the party is searching for a new candidate for the seat, to contest next year's election. New Zealand First's Tauranga electorate chair Roy Townhill says the party's close to selecting a candidate. He says Mr Peters, who now lives mostly in Auckland, won't be standing.
Young Farmers Vie for Title
The organisers of Sunday's regional Young Farmer contest remain tight lipped over details of the event. Eight contestants from Waikato and the Bay of Plenty are competing for the title. Among those to watch in the final are Huntly farmer Densie Lupton and last year's third place getter Sam Williams. Regional final convenor Bevan Profitt says the exact details of Sunday's test are a secret.