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Planning for the new Hamilton to Auckland commuter / passenger rail service moving forward, to be put to Waikato Councils  
The business case for a start-up Hamilton to Auckland passenger rail service will be considered by local councils, expected to begin in 2020, Transport Minister Phil Twyford has announced.

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(November 15, 2018)
Hamilton emerging as a powerhouse of growth
Hamilton's CBD redevelopment is growning momentum, reestablishing our identity of a city of growth and opportunity

(October 31, 2018)
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Commercial property BOOMING in central Hamilton
Thanks to new development over the past 5-10 years, Hamilton's central city is almost unrecognisable.

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(October 9, 2018)
Tainui to keep investors and agents out of new Hamilton development
Investors and real estate agents cannot apply as Waikato-Tainui builds 50 houses in Hamilton.

(October 8, 2018)
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Special housing areas in Hamilton using up Industrial land
The demands of holding on to industrial land while opening up space for special housing areas being balanced by the Hamilton City Council.

(September 18, 2018)
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Government unveils $16 billion transport package
The Government will focus on road safety after releasing their funding package, including with a $4 Billion boost for safety - fixing roading blackspots, passing lanes and dangerous corners are priorities.

(August 31, 2018)
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Labour Government plans to overhaul tenancy laws
The Labour government's proposal give tenants more rights in the proposed changes to rental rules announced recently.


(August 30, 2018)
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Hamilton's growth underpinned by a  stronger financial result
Hamilton growth underpins the stronger financial result for Council.

(August 30, 2018)
The use of partnerships and innovation set to save Hamilton millions
A new ‘whole of Council’ approach to managing Hamilton’s biggest-ever 10-Year Plan budget is set to deliver millions of dollars of savings in the next decade.

(August 30, 2018)
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Three Hamilton projects up for national architecture awards
Hamilton's architectural revival is winning plaudits from around the country, with three Hamilton projects finalists in the New Zealand Architecture Awards.

(August 30, 2018)
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Labour Government bans non residents from buying property in New Zealand
'Foreigners' are no long able to purchase real estate in New Zealand, as the new proposed bill from the Labour government passes in Parliament.
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(August 16, 2018)
Audit NZ finds HCC processes okay when buying land
The Mayor of Hamilton Andrew King wanted to extend the new CBD riverside park, so they city council CEO then approached the developers to see if they'd be interested in selling them the land to knock down the buildings in order to do so.

(July 29, 2018)
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Labour MP Jamie Strange confident Hamilton-Auckland commuter train cash coming
Hamilton Labour MP Jamie Strange is confident the long-awaited rail service will get the nod with a formal announcement set to be made by NZTA in September.

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(July 18, 2018)
Hamilton city rebuild just getting started
Hamilton's drab CBD is in the middle of a facelift.
(July 17, 2018)
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A Hamilton commercial development with literary flair
The first stage of a development that will add new character to the Five Cross Roads commercial centre in Hamilton East should be ready for occupancy within the next few months.
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(July 16, 2018)
KiwiBuild and Hamilton: where might the homes be, and how do you get one?
Housing developments proposed for Hamilton may choose to - or be required to - include a percentage of KiwiBuild homes. But they still need government approval
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(July 14, 2018)
Māori social housing provider learns the hard way on Hamilton housing project
After the first few units were built, the development faltered, "with funding and project management problems resulting in no further construction", a Hamilton City Council report says.
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(June 28, 2018)
Resource consent granted for Hamilton's new 1000-home Te Awa Lakes development, next step Government
The new proposed development at Te Awa Lakes is to be in Horotiu, alongside the Waikato River.
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(June 28, 2018)
Hamilton may feel squeeze on industrial buildings
Just 1.5 per cent of Hamilton's industrial buildings are vacant and that's an all-time low, city councillors heard...
(June 19, 2018)
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Finish line in sight for plan to turn prime riverside land south of Hamilton into 1000 homes
Wheels are moving on a multi-million dollar housing development that would turn Hamilton city to the south.
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(May 26, 2018)
Strong growth reported for Hamilton
A media statement issued by Hamilton City Council says reports to this week's Finance Committee indicated a continued trend of strong growth in the city, contributing towards an improved financial result against budget for the first nine months of the 2017/18 financial year.
(May 26, 2018)
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Rates a recurring theme at Hamilton City Council hearings
A proposal for two years of 9.5 per cent rates increases hasn't impressed Hamilton City ratepayers, who showed up in council chambers to cry foul...
(May 16, 2018)
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Hamilton Council reveals the eight naughty words removed from public feedback
"We might be elected members, but we still have feelings. We can still get hurt and do get hurt," says Hamilton Mayor Andrew King. 
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(May 10, 2018)
If increased charges are in, we're out: Hamilton developer
Yeoman Homes is considering leaving Hamilton after a proposal the Hamilton City Council will increase developers charges
(May 8, 2018)
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Hamilton motorists told get on the bus or gear up for gridlock
It will take 10 years at least to ease Hamilton's traffic, and even that will require a doubling of people using the bus or bikes.
(May 2, 2018)
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Politicians unlock doors to New Zealand's first underground train station
Politicians and community leaders have gone underground to see if new life could be breathed into the defunct Hamilton Central Station.
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(May 2, 2018)
Housing for former Hamilton slum fast-tracked by Government
Housing New Zealand can now fast-track the Jebson Place consent after the Government approved Hamilton's first special housing Area.
(April 22, 2018)
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$73m Waikato Regional Theatre gets 200 more seats
The proposed $73 million theatre overlooking the Waikato River would come complete with an art gallery, boutique hotel and retail space.
(April 18, 2018)
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Hamilton shop occupancy reverses trend of recent years
An absence of new shops in Hamilton has helped reduce retail vacancies to historical low levels at 6.8 per cent. 
(April 15, 2018)
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Government tells Hamilton council to lower housing price
'Bring your housing prices down' is the message from central government to Hamilton City Council.
(April 5, 2018)
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Te Rapa leads industrial property surge in Hamilton
Results of an annual survey which monitors industrial building stock in Hamilton shows demand outstripping supply.
(April 5, 2019)
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Elite Streets: In Hamilton they're all street proud, but the water views win
Hamilton is not so much about "elite streets" – it's more about an elite riverbank and lakeside.
(April 5, 2019)
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One man's pitch to turn Founders Theatre into Children's Museum
With public consultation now open on Hamilton City Council's 10-Year-Plan, one man is eager to share his opinion on the uncertainty surrounding Founders Theatre.
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(April 4, 2019)
House Stark of Hamilton: the developer who wants the city to face the river
He’s young, he’s relentless, and he claims to care more about the beauty of his creations than the money they make him. Matt Stark is a new generation of property developer, and he’s hopelessly devoted to The Tron.
(March 29, 2019)
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Government gives extra $18m to Hamilton Ring Road
The missing link in the Hamilton Ring Road just got an $18 million boost from the Government.
(March 2, 2018)
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Regional theatre gains widespread support
The Hamilton mayor is spending money "like a drunken sailor" and will likely get turfed out of office next time at the polls, says Waikato Regional Councillor Russ Rimmington.
(February 21, 2018)
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Hamilton to Auckland transport corridor 'near top of list'
Waikato's transport corridor to Auckland is a priority for the Labour-led government

(February 15, 2018)
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Temple View's Church College buildings are coming down to make way for housing
Some of the buildings which used to make up Temple View's Church College, on the outskirts of Hamilton, are coming down to make way for a housing development.

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(February 5, 2018)
Squeeze on for rentals in Hamilton
Hamilton renters are making fast decisions, and they often need to...

(January 20, 2018)
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Peacocke loan still go: Hamilton City Council pushing for Government cash
Hamilton's still chasing an interest-free government loan to get houses into Peacocke.

(December 18, 2017)
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Hamilton councillors propose $4m for indoor recreation centre at University of Waikato
City councillors are putting aside $4m to help build a recreation centre at the University of Waikato.

(December 17, 2017)
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Reserve Bank will begin rolling back the LVR restrictions with the 'speed limit' for high LVR lending for banks 
Lending for banks increased to 15% from 10%; Investors will be required to just make 35% deposits compared with 40% now
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(November 29, 2017)
Foreign home buyers: How other countries limit money from abroad
The NZ Labour party are talking about a ban of overseas-based property buyers. What have other countries done?
(November 26, 2017)
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How media report news... there's a property slump?
You're always going to upset someone with a property story.
It doesn't matter whether the market is up, down, black, white or a muddled grey mess, someone out there is going to think you've got it in for them.
(November 23, 2017)
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House ownership to last longer??
The lifespan of home ownership may increase as a result of government policy targeting those seeking short-term gains.
(November 23, 2017)
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Hamilton set to be New Zealand's second largest city within 25 years
Hamilton is on target to become New Zealand's second largest city within 25 years, says a regional economic development boss keen to tell it's story to the world. 
(November 23, 2017)
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Interest grows in Te Awa Lakes adventure park and housing development
People want to buy homes or operate businesses from the Te Awa Lakes development, the Perry Group says. 
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(November 20, 2017)
How much of New Zealand is owned by foreigners
It turns out current levels have been stable for more than 15 years. It is not growing. But our investment offshore is...
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(November 10, 2017)
Acting Reserve Bank Governor says the central bank is currently reviewing the LVR restrictions '...
...And the criteria they would adopt for their removal.  The Reserve Bank will say more on the subject before the end of the month....
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(November 10, 2017)
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