Property

Jennian Homes win award

Jennian Homes Franklin, are the proud winners of a silver award in the PlaceMakers Volume/Group Housing New Home $450,000 – $700,000 category. This was awarded to them at the Registered Master Builders House of the Year awards held at SKYCITY Auckland last weekend.

Port Waikato Hall’s future discussed

Waikato District Council held two constructive meetings in July with the Port Waikato Residents and Ratepayers Committee and the Port Waikato Hall Committee regarding future options for the hall.  As has been discussed with the community in the past, the rate of erosion at Sunset Beach and the location of the Port Waikato Hall mean that an alternative venue for […]

Slips and falls on Franklin footpaths

Dangerous pavers are the hot topic of Franklin, with the public chiming in to share their thoughts on the hazardous pavers, particularly in Pukekohe, that have caused people to slip and fall when the footpaths in the town centre are wet. After several readers wrote to The Post Newspaper about the seriousness of incidents due to the pavers on local footpaths, […]

Housing values plateau in wider Waikato District

The latest monthly QV House Price Index shows nationwide residential property values for July increased 6.4% over the past year which is the slowest annual rate since February 2015. “Much of the slowdown in the markets is being caused by high prices and banks stricter lending criteria meaning it’s difficult for many buyers to raise finance to purchase and this […]

Pukekohe and Franklin, the only affordable parts of Auckland

House prices are now falling in most parts of the country making home ownership more affordable, in most places, for first home buyers. This is according to interest.co.nz’s June Home Loan Affordability reports. Prices have also dropped in Franklin on Auckland’s southern rump, where the lower quartile price has fallen back from its peak of $580,000 in January to $525,000 in […]

Housing development and more traffic

While the announcement of additional houses for Franklin came with some gladness for hopeful home buyers, it also comes with a reality check that perhaps wasn’t checked. Last March, the New Zealand Transport Agency said 43,000 additional vehicles were on Auckland roads, and close to 800 cars are registered in Auckland each week, very possibly adding to the gridlock. With the […]

In Focus

This week we feature a stunning photograph of the Manukau Heads Lighthouse captured by Billy Wilson-Nunweek. You can follow him on Instagram – billynunweek or visit his Facebook page: Billy Nunweek Photography

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If you are submitting a building consent application to the Waikato District Council you can now submit it electronically, as well as track its progress online. Waikato District Council is accepting consent applications that are emailed with a file share link (e.g. Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive) or applications saved on a USB stick. Previously people had to print out two […]

Correction (to article in 18 July edition)

Last week, (18 July 2017) we stated that there was Freedom Camping at Port Waikato. The locations given were Maraetai Bay and Sunset Beach, however these were designated as no go areas last year. The community presented to Waikato District Council the reasons being due to the mess, the fact that there is a camping ground 100m away and no […]

Horticulture NZ concerned new housing taking over prime growing land

Horticulture NZ fears that New Zealand’s best market gardening land may be buried under houses as subdivisions expand around Auckland, resulting in reduced vegetable supplies at higher prices. Chief Executive Mike Chapman said that the soil of Pukekohe contains volcanic clays and ash deposits with high fertitlity and free drainage. He says the land is mostly frost-free, allowing winter cropping […]