Regional council to the rescue?

Straight from city councilA personal view,by Councillor Steve Morris During the last few weeks I've discussed how Tauranga City Council can reduce rates for homeowners by adjusting the rating system, which is under our control. You may have... Read More

Women in business

Todd TalksBy Todd Muller As many of you will have seen, on March 8 we celebrated International Women's Day. While this is a great opportunity for our community not only to celebrate our wives, mothers and sisters, and to discuss the issues... Read More

PM’s tough talk time-wasting

Clayton MitchellNew Zealand First MP New Zealanders respect a brave politician, who's willing to make a tough – or even unpopular – call for the greater good. What Kiwis think of someone who is trying to pretend to do so, remains... Read More

Questions to the Prime Minister

Clayton MitchellNew Zealand First MP More revelations from the Ministry of Thin Air. This must be this blue government's most valuable department, as it appears to be the first port of call for answering tricky or uncomfortable questions. This... Read More

Tourism a huge contributor

Simon BridgesNational MP simonbridges.co.nz Every year tourists flock to Tauranga and the Bay of Plenty. We wave at them as they come and go on cruise ships, we share our Mauao walking tracks with them and we encourage them to enjoy our beaches... Read More

Debt and the billion-dollar blunder

Straight from city councilA personal view,by Councillor Steve Morris You may ask why doesn't Tauranga have a museum or some of the other feel-good things a modern city has? The answer is simple – infrastructure. Building a city out... Read More

What’s in a name?

Clayton MitchellNew Zealand First MP Things are clearly not going so well in New Zealand at the moment. Income inequality, lack of housing, hyper-immigration, and reports that one third of our waterways are so polluted that it would not be safe... Read More

Just do it!

Todd TalksBy Todd Muller I grabbed a sausage the other day off a hard-working parent standing behind a barbecue on a beating hot day while a group of 17-year-olds cleaned my car from top to bottom. Outside Mount College it was the rowers'... Read More

Household ratepayers pay more

Straight from city councilA personal view,by Councillor Steve Morris Did you know homeowners in Tauranga pay a higher proportion of rates compared with the commercial sector than any other city in New Zealand? Eighty-three per cent of Tauranga's... Read More

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



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