Teacher shortages avoidable

Clayton MitchellNew Zealand First MP Our educators on the front line are describing a perfect storm that needs to be addressed. Increased immigration means more students, increasing housing costs – to buy or to rent – and higher living... Read More

Talking Tauranga's transport future

Straight from city councilA personal view,by Councillor Steve Morris As you would have noticed, the city's roads are under pressure during peak times. With an additional 50,000 homes to be built in Tauranga over the next 30 years it's... Read More

Time to pull up the drawbridge?

Straight from city councilA personal view,by Councillor Steve Morris I recently asked a group ‘how many of us were born in Tauranga?' No one raised their hands. It's rare to find someone who has been here all their lives. It's... Read More

Remembering that politics is about people

Clayton MitchellNew Zealand First MP Last week was bittersweet for New Zealand First. We met in Wellington to begin planning for post-election government-forming negotiations, with a lot of positive anticipation, but then received sad news from... Read More

Thank you for more, Tauranga

Simon BridgesNational MP simonbridges.co.nz Thank you for giving me another three years of your support. It is not something I take for granted and I will continue to work hard to deliver for you and our community. The past few months have seen... Read More

Our very own growing and expanding airport

Straight from city councilA personal view,by Councillor Steve Morris Next month will see the beginning of a $12.7m project to more than double the size of the Tauranga Airport terminal. This will be welcome news for travellers at peak times who... Read More

Advice from John

Todd TalksBy Todd Muller John Key gave me three pieces advice when I became an MP three years ago. One, never forget your family – they were there before politics, they will be there after politics. He told me to make sure I ring them every... Read More

Negotiating our economic, social, and environmental future

Clayton MitchellNew Zealand First MP The most important thing for all New Zealanders to know right now after the election results is that New Zealand First will be working to help form a government in the interests of all New Zealanders. We have... Read More

Forward thinking to Tauranga in 2050

Straight from city councilA personal view,by Councillor Steve Morris   Predictions about the future are bound to be wrong; as Robert Frost once said: “The afternoon knows what the morning never suspected”. Nonetheless, I'll... Read More

How do our rates compare with other cities?

Straight from city councilA personal view,by Councillor Steve Morris Last week, our colleagues next door at the Western Bay of Plenty District Council made headlines for charging the highest rates in the country. But how does Tauranga City Council... Read More



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