Traffic congestion has been identified as our No. 1 priority by Tauranga's mayor – but it's not just about frustrated motorists being late for work or getting home.

Its also impacting on the economy, and a leading housing developer has issued a dire warning for the city: If we don't fix the traffic problem we face a crisis as extreme as the GFC. Kiri Gillespie finds out why.

A top housing developer warns a slow-down in the construction sector similar to that which followed the Global Financial Crisis could soon be on the cards for Tauranga if the city cannot


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