About 140 people are currently living without basic shelter within walking distances of one of the region’s most vulnerable schools, it was revealed at a community meeting last night. Read More
Bay community leaders and social agencies are calling on the Government to take urgent steps to tackle the district’s “housing crisis” in the lead up to this week’s Budget announcement. Read More
Some Bay baby boomers are heading into retirement crippled with mortgage debt or without their own home, experts say. High wage earners aged in their 50s were also seeking financial advice due to “peer pressure to keep up with Joe Blogs down the road” and “the ongoing funding of adult children”. There is the peer pressure to keep up with Joe Blogs down the road, he has got that car or that trip overseas. Read More
Truck shop Flexi Buy has been fined $50,000 by the Auckland District Court with a further $3408 awarded in damages to affected customers, in the first conviction of a mobile trader since the Commerce Commission’s investigation into the industry last year. Read More
Aerial of Tauranga City.
Economic growth in Tauranga has outstripped the national average on almost every indicator a new report shows. However, incomes have continued to lag behind — with one business leader saying “our low wage reputation is not really something we should be proud of”. Read More
Back to school uniform purchase. Ashleigh Keach, 13, Karla Keach, and Brooke Keach, 10. Photo/George Novak
The average rent in the Bay has soared by more than 8 per cent over the past 12 months and industry leaders say it has been created by “the perfect storm” as demand continues to outstrip supply.
Annamarie Angus says the Tauranga Moana Nightshelter was at capacity last month.
A number of Bay social agencies are stretching their resources and helping more clients than they are funded for – a situation that has come hard on the heels of an extremely busy holiday period.