Maori wards for Western Bay?

Western Bay of Plenty District Council has today voted to establish one or more Maori wards – but the decision was not unanimous, and may not even come to fruition. The atmosphere at today's council meeting at Barkes Corner was at times tense,... Read More

Locals to protest beggar ban bylaw

A protest against a recent motion to ban begging and rough sleeping in the city CBD is being led by a group of locals outside the Tauranga City Council this afternoon. The protest is in response to the motion by Councillors Terry Molloy and Bill Grainger... Read More

Todd Muller checks in from Germany

Bay of Plenty MP Todd Muller says has experienced a ‘huge learning curve' after attending the COP23 conference in Germany last week. In a Facebook video blog, Todd reports back on his involvement at the conference. He is one of more than... Read More

Maori ward vote for district

The Western Bay council is to vote this week on whether it will introduce Maori ward seats to the district. The decision on whether to establish Maori wards for the 2019 local government elections will be made on Tuesday November 21 at council beginning... Read More

Reflecting on United Future's demise

The disbandment of United Future earlier this week signalled the end of an era for a party that once challenged New Zealand First for the coveted role of ‘kingmaker' in New Zealand politics. Tauranga city councillor Larry Baldock was among... Read More

Council votes in favour of Maori wards

Whakatane District Council elected members have voted in favour of a resolution that would enable the establishment of Maori wards. The elected members heard submissions from the public before deliberating and voting six to five in favour of supporting... Read More

Women start working for free from today

A day of working for free isn't usually an opportunity to celebrate - but today women around the country will do just that. ‘Work for Free' Day symbolically represents the day women start working for free for the rest of the year due... Read More

Todd ‘ready to get stuck in’

Bay of Plenty MP Todd Muller says he's ‘ready to get stuck in' and hold the new Labour government to account. Last week he made the first of what are expected to be regular Facebook video blogs, updating constituents on what's... Read More

Mining call welcomed by watchdog

While anti-mining organisation Coromandel Watchdog of Hauraki, welcomes a government announcement confirming there will be no new mines on conservation land, it's business as usual for the mining companies already in operation. Conservation Minister... Read More

Man rescued from submerged car

Firefighters have freed a man from a submerged car following a crash near Paengaroa this evening. Emergency services were called to the crash on State Highway 33, between Maniatutu Road and Allport Road, just before 8pm. A police spokesperson says a... Read More



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The moon peeping through the clouds at Pillans Point. Photo: Mike Berry.

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