City booms but wages low

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

Help at hand as school expenses mount

Back to school uniform purchase. Ashleigh Keach, 13, Karla Keach, and Brooke Keach, 10. Photo/George Novak

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Bay’s battlers still need help to make ends meet

Te Tuinga Whanau Support Services Trust social services manager Pikiteora Russell (left) talks with social worker Gena Young. Photo/John Borren

More people are battling poverty and seeking help as the cost of living continues to rise in Tauranga, social agencies say.

Salvation Army Tauranga community ministries manager Davina Plummer said it was dealing with families that only had $25 a week per person for food.

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Rents Climb and Tenants Seek Financial Advice

Thousands of Bay tenants could be in for a shock as experts predict rents will continue to rise this year as demand for rental properties soars.

Trade Me figures show there was a 30 per cent drop in the rentals advertised on its site in 2014 and Ross Stanway, chief executive of Realty Services, which operates Bayleys and Eves, said demand was higher than supply for good rental properties.

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