Tauranga goes onwards and outwards

The University of Waikato is one of a number of developments in the Tauranga CBD.

There’s been a surge of construction in the region, with both Tauranga City Council and the Western Bay of Plenty District Council setting new records for the value of consents issued.

Building consents for the first two months of 2019 are up 17 per cent on last year, while Western Bay was a massive 52 per cent ahead. 

Overall, the combined sub-region issued 26 per cent more building consents by value than for the first two months of 2018.

Tauranga had a strong January, with $83 million worth of consents, but things quietened to $58 million in February. Consents for residential new builds slowed slightly from January and there was a significant drop in commercial consents.

With exceptionally strong growth in the commercial construction sector last year and significant new developments planned, the downturn is likely attributable to the timing of consents being lodged rather than a new trend.

After a very strong January, Western Bay of plenty District Council set a new record of $41 million for the value of consents issued in one month. 

There was a $3 million rise in residential new builds from last month, and a record setting $17 million in consents for commercial developments.

This was driven by a single, $15 million consent rebuild of a 60-bed aged care facility at Omokoroa.


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Bogged Down

Posted on 18-03-2019 12:59 | By Told you

It has become a joke trying to move by car around Tauranga in a timely fashion,every day there is bottle necks,and hold ups,this council allows buildings to go up everywhere with no thought to roading strategy.


Posted on 12-03-2019 12:21 | By Kancho

Well Tauranga is booming and has been for years. My concern is for Taurangians with water restrictions, travel congestion and bus debacle . It always seems that infrastructure lags well behind . I wonder how the much vaulted SmartGrowth strategy/ policy stacks up now? Seems to have turned in a not funny joke.