Published: Wednesday 22 June 2022

Housing in the CBD

A complex issue that will impact on our CBD is the likelihood of more medium density apartments. Soho Development Ltd is building a 45 unit complex on the corner of Leach and Cameron Streets for people on the waiting list for Kainga Ora-Housing NZ. At least 68 people will live in a compact area.

Everyone supports affordable housing (it’s an inalienable right), however, a number of nearby business people nearby, and residents were disappointed they were not notified.

Many are unaware, that due to the Housing Supply Bill, the RMA has been amended. The upshot of this, is that medium density accommodation (up to three storeys) can be built next door to you without the need for public notification. Nor can local councils veto these plans, particularly if it's for public housing.

Alternatively, many are of the opinion that more apartment living above retail shops in our CBD is what the city centre needs to increase foot traffic. But everything has social consequences. What do you think?


Celebrating current and future businesses

The recent WITT Top Shop Awards were a welcome morale booster. The success of these awards is testimony to the resilience and excellence of local business, in the third year of Covid. Impressively 41 shops received 40 or more points by the judges out of a possible 50; and there were highly commended awards in all eight categories.

Another success was the Young Enterprise Scheme mid-year Pitch event. Thirty-two teams from high schools across Taranaki gave business presentations to a panel of judges, with EzSoil from NPBHS taking out the win. Taranaki punches above its weight in the national YES competition and this reflects positively on local schools who are encouraging our amazing, creative business people of the future.

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