A rates decrease is possible

Straight from city councilA personal view,by Councillor Steve Morris Last week I explained how more than 70 per cent of homeowners pay a greater percentage of their home's value in rates than those who own the most valuable 20 per cent of... Read More

Protect Local Lungs and Jobs

Clayton MitchellNew Zealand First MP Health and Safety laws in New Zealand need fixing when kids can't climb trees, but logging companies at the port can release poison gas arm's length from workers and metres from the public. And why... Read More

MP moving forward

Simon BridgesNational MP simonbridges.co.nz Well 2017 has really gotten off to a bang. So much is happening both locally and in Parliament that makes me think so much can be achieved this year. Recently I met with Tauranga's Mayor and councillors... Read More

A safer New Zealand for women and families

Todd TalksBy Todd Muller The Government is working hard so women and children are safer in their communities – and in their homes. Our $500 million Safer Communities package, which Prime Minister Bill English and Police Minister Paula Bennett... Read More

TCC rates – why the poor pay more

Straight from city councilwith councillor Steve Morris Last week I shared with you the story of a senior couple living off national superannuation struggling to pay rates that are rising faster than inflation. I expressed my frustration that some... Read More

Funding a new iSite – are rates fair?

Straight from city councilA personal view,by Councillor Steve Morris Last week at City Hall we discussed building a new and improved information centre combined with an iport cruise ship arrival building and public toilets to be located together... Read More

Poor law thwarts emergency housing app

Clayton MitchellNew Zealand First MP Finding solutions to short-term housing problems is being thwarted by the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015. After discussions with local agencies and community groups on homelessness, one creative idea we've... Read More

Better connectivity for New Zealanders

Simon BridgesNational MP simonbridges.co.nz Connectivity has become an essential part of modern life. High quality internet makes a difference to the way we run our local businesses, with access to the digital economy and greater commercial opportunities. In... Read More

Public transport is our number one priority

Andrew von DadelszenCurrent BOP Regional Councillor In January I laid out my priorities as a regional councillor. My first priority is to improve our public transport system in Tauranga. There is widespread support for this, and already there have... Read More

Oars in the water for Kiwis

Clayton MitchellNew Zealand First MP Freddie Mercury could have been singing about this blue government, when he recorded ‘Another One Bites The Dust'. Jo Goodhew, from the Rangitata electorate, has thrown in the towel – or thrown... Read More

Opinion Poll

Should female hygiene products, such as tampons and sanitary pads, be subsidised?

Only partially

Bay Today

Early morning view from the Mount. By Lynn Johnson. Send us your photos and stories from around the Bay of Plenty. Email: photos@thesun.co.nz