Deborah Jagger, Age Concern Tauranga chair.

Agencies Warn Elder Abuse Going Up

More elder abuse cases are emerging in Tauranga but the culprits often avoid prosecution because they are family members, social
agencies say.
Tauranga Budget Advisory Service manager Diane Bruin said its figures were up 10 per cent over the last 12 months with one victim losing $30,000.
Some people were in the early stages of dementia and had been taken advantage of by a family member, she said. Read More

Retirees Battle to Find Home

Janet Ormsby is struggling to find suitable accommodation at an affordable price.

A 72 year old Tauranga pensioner is desperate to find a  home she can afford and has been advised to consider living in a caravan.
Janet Ormsby fears she will not be able to afford market rent and is worried as her eight year
boarding arrangement with a couple comes to an end.

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1300 Cash in their KiwiSaver

Diane Bruin, of Tauranga Budget Advisory Service.

More than 1300 Bay residents have cashed in their KiwiSaver either to get on the property ladder or to clear debt.

Inland Revenue figures show 814 people had made a first home withdrawal after being in the scheme for three years while 509 had funds released for financial hardship.

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Bay wasting $25m of food

The 40 kilos of food waste found in rubbish bins as part of the Love Food Hate Waste audit. Photo/Supplied

The Average household in Tauranga throws out $563 worth of food annually, a report shows.

The National Food Waste Prevention Project found the city discarded up to $25 million worth of food each year.

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