Unemployed or under-employed

Clayton MitchellNew Zealand First MP I think there are a lot of people in New Zealand who think unemployment is around five per cent because that's what the government says. The stark reality is NZ's actual unemployment rate is likely... Read More

Award winners keep Tauranga moving forward

Simon BridgesNational MP simonbridges.co.nz Tauranga and the Bay of Plenty is full of dedicated and hard-working people. There's so many people who are constantly innovating and creating things which are pushing their industries forward. Last... Read More

OECD data dire reading for NZ

Clayton MitchellNew Zealand First MP The latest OECD report clearly shows New Zealand's low position on the rankings because we are importing more than we export, and our kids are not leaving school with the right kind of education for the... Read More

What’s your council doing this year?

Straight from city councilA personal view,by Councillor Steve Morris We're investing a record $360m this year in our rapidly-growing city; much of it toward new hard infrastructure like roads, water, sewage and stormwater. Some items have... Read More

A difference of opinion in the chamber

Straight from city councilA personal view,by Councillor Steve Morris Last week I watched a yacht crash into a pier. As the vessel came in backwards at speed there was a commotion on deck with the skipper yelling to the person on the throttle “Forward!... Read More

Out and about in our community

Simon BridgesNational MP simonbridges.co.nz It is always great getting out and about in our community. I am so privileged to meet and discuss our city with such a wide range of people. I was lucky to get to Pillans Point School recently for the... Read More

Investing in the children

Todd TalksBy Todd Muller The National-led Government is currently undertaking the largest ever investment in school infrastructure by any New Zealand government in our country's history, and the Bay of Plenty is reaping the rewards. We are... Read More

Crime, quakes and cost connections

Clayton MitchellNew Zealand First MP This blue government doesn't see the connection between actions like funding cuts to police, changes in insurance premiums, tax cuts, and superannuation, but New Zealand First knows regular New Zealanders... Read More

Rates rises forever or a better way?

Straight from city councilA personal view,by Councillor Steve Morris I once was appointed a juror in a fraud case where a kindergarten administrator was accused of doctoring invoices. She claimed that they all fell out of a folder and into a puddle... Read More

MultiNational party weak on tax avoidance

Clayton MitchellNew Zealand First MP This blue government is talking tough on their multinational cronies' tax avoidance and expecting to claw back about $100 million from them, but what about the rest of it? Even the IRD's conservative... Read More



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