House prices in Kawerau increase by 132%

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House prices in Eastern Bay of Plenty town Kawerau have increased by 132 per cent in the last 10 years.

New figures from show average asking prices have increased in almost every New Zealand district between 2011 and 2020.

Sharp rises were also seen in Central Hawke’s Bay and Hamilton – with average asking prices for houses going up by 108 per cent and 102 per cent respectively.

Rounding out the top five are Waitakere, with an increase of 99 per cent, and Central Otago, up 96 per cent.

A statement by says in 2011, the average asking price for a house in Kawerau was milling around the $151,000 mark. By the end of 2020, this figure had more than doubled to $351,413.

Western Bay of Plenty tops the table for the highest prices in the Bay of Plenty region, with an asking price of $992,948 in 2020 - up 81 per cent over the last 10 years.

There was similar price growth in Tauranga, where the average asking price increased 77 per cent over the decade from $504,491 to $893,258. chief executive Sarah Wood told Radio New Zealand the first five years of the past decade, house prices were relatively flat but increases were seen in the second half.

"It always comes down to supply and demand issues," she said.

"There is always opportunity in every market, it's about being really prepared, doing your research and looking at what those opportunities are in the area that you're looking at, what sort of home you're looking to buy..."

She says it's hard to predict future prices but New Zealand needs to look at increasing affordable housing supply.

-Additional reporting RNZ


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