Tauranga’s income to house prices ratio has been labelled ”obscene” after the city was ranked the eighth most expensive place to buy a home in the world.
It’s a bleak rainy grey day in Greerton but that doesn’t stop Darren Skelsey from offering a beaming grin while holding out a tattooed hand.
The 51-year-old is used to the elements – he’s spent countless years braving them while living on Tauranga’s streets.
But all of that has changed.
It was 24 hours of retail madness that saw $69.7 million pass through New Zealand’s tills on Black Friday.
For context, that’s $1.5 million more than the crazy Boxing Day sales last year, 10 per cent more than Black Friday in 2017, and just about $15 for every man, woman and child in the country.
Couples earning up to $180,000 will be able to buy KiwiBuild homes, the government has announced. Housing Minister Phil Twyford has set out the maximum income cap restricting who will be allowed to buy a home under the programme.
Getting ready for your kids to head back to school can be an expensive and stressful time. The Bay of Plenty Times has reported that it could cost parents of a new school starter $200 for a new primary school uniform and $400 for a high school uniform, depending on the school uniform criteria.
Some schools have second-hand uniforms for sale, and also offer other assistance for parents. We have compiled a list of Tauranga schools and what they have available in the way of uniforms. You can download this list here.
Getting food parcels in tough times has been “a saviour” for a Tauranga woman.
Tauranga Budget Advisory Services is excited to announce that we have been granted a TECT donation to help towards replacing our very old phone system. We are hugely appreciative of this funding as it will help make our day to day processes run more efficiently. We look forward to continuing with our FREE service to help you get out of debt and have the capability to manage your own finances. We have clinics in Katikati, Tauranga, Makatu and Te Puke. Phone 5780969 to make a FREE appointment with one of our Financial Mentors today.
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