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Bella Vista Homes

On 9 March 2018, the chief executive of Tauranga City Council issued a warrant to avoid immediate danger to 21 properties in the Lakes partially built by the liquidated developer, Bella Vista Homes.

Media statement - Tauranga City Council releases independent report by Hon. Paul Heath QC
Media statement - Tauranga City Council announces intention to purchase former Bella Vista properties
View video summary of investigation from the Honourable Paul Heath QC
View transcript of investigation summary (35kb pdf)
View report from the Honourable Paul Heath QC

The properties were in varying stages of completion, and located on Lakes Boulevard and Aneta Way.

Residents were evacuated and provided temporary accommodation while the properties were assessed, which included inspections by building and engineering specialists.

On 16 April, 2018, based on the findings of geotechnical, structural and compliance experts, Council issued the owners of all 21 properties dangerous and affected, or affected, building notices under the Building Act 2004.

On 6 June 2018, Council made the decision to purchase the affected properties. By 1 November, 2018, settlementhad been reached with all homeowners. This resulted in the Council taking ownership of the properties.

Tauranga City Council has also filed charges against parties related to Bella Vista Homes under the Building Act. These legal actions are ongoing.

Council has made significant changes and improvements to its operations since the failure of the Bella Vista subdivision. These are outlined in report DC 82, in the following council agenda from pages 262 to 266, which was presented to Council on 16 April 2019:

Council Agenda part 2 - 16 April 2019 (9.9mb pdf)

Council relied on these expert reports to issue (and in some cases remove) dangerous and affected building notices relating to the failed Bella Vista development.

Bella Vista – Expert reports (100kb pdf)

For further information, please view the media releases issued by Tauranga City Council on Bella Vista homes.

Bella Vista meeting transcript - 8 May 2018 (90kb pdf)


Last Reviewed: 17/04/2019

Media releases issued by Tauranga City Council

Tauranga City Council confirms conditional sale of 22 properties

Posted: 29 October 2020

Tauranga City Council has reached a conditional agreement for the sale of 22 properties associated with the former Bella Vista subdivision.

Bella Vista report recommendations released

Posted: 04 August 2020

Tauranga City Council has released all of the systems recommendations in the ‘Colgan Report’, which examined the roles, performance and accountability of staff in relation to the Bella Vista subdivision.

Tauranga City Council sells 22 properties

Posted: 06 December 2019

The former Bella Vista properties are being sold as Tauranga City Council looks to move forward and recover money for ratepayers.

Council makes changes after Bella Vista

Posted: 17 April 2019

Tauranga City Council has made significant changes to its operations since the failure of the Bella Vista subdivision.

Independent report into Bella Vista publicly released

Posted: 26 March 2019

An independent report into the Bella Vista development is being publicly released today.

First Bella Vista homes being salvaged and removed

Posted: 11 March 2019

The salvage and removal of Bella Vista homes has begun.

Bella Vista properties to be salvaged, repaired, demolished and sold

Posted: 21 December 2018

Tauranga City Council has reached a decision on the future of Bella Vista properties – and is releasing details of the cost of the settlements.

Tauranga City Council settles with Bella Vista homeowners

Posted: 01 November 2018

Tauranga City Council and the owners of properties in the Bella Vista development have reached a settlement by negotiation, whereby the council has agreed to take ownership of the properties.

Bella Vista work continues

Posted: 10 October 2018

Tauranga City Council continues in its effort in working towards a resolution for those who are affected by the Bella Vista managed subdivision on Lakes Boulevard and Aneta Way.

Council settles with a Bella Vista homeowner

Posted: 20 August 2018

Tauranga City Council and the owner of 299A Lakes Boulevard have reached a settlement by negotiation, whereby Council has agreed to take ownership of the property in exchange for paying the owner all wasted expenditure.

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