Veteran Labour MP in town

Residents at Bob Owens Retirement Village received a little insight into a politician's life this morning when outgoing Labour MP Annette King came to talk. She's ‘outgoing' in both senses of the word, as not only is she leaving... Read More

Bridges appointed Leader of the House

Tauranga MP Simon Bridges has been named as the Leader of the House in a list of new appointments made today. Prime Minister Bill English today announced the appointment of Gerry Brownlee as Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nathan Guy as Minister of Civil... Read More

PM opens new training centre

Prime Minister Bill English opened the new EmployNZ training centre in Second Avenue on Friday afternoon, an official duty on a short trip to Tauranga that also included an art gallery visit this morning. Employ NZ transitions people from benefit dependency... Read More

Gareth Morgan’s Tauranga roadshow

Maori own the water, all wealth needs to be taxed, and if you're rich, expect your superannuation to be cut. Those were some of the policies on offer at this afternoon's public meeting for The Opportunities Party. Party leader Gareth Morgan... Read More

Historic payday for aged care workers

Some of the health sector's lowest paid workers will share in a $2 billion pay equity settlement over five years. More than 55,000 workers in aged and disability residential care, and home and community support services across New Zealand are set... Read More

No vote is a vote for Rusty

A serial election campaigner will contest the Tauranga seat in September's General Election to give voice to the 35 per cent of voters who don't exercise their right. He's Rusty Kane, who's concerned the election system puts the... Read More

Mazda backlash over TV programme

Concerns of dairy farmers about the way their industry was portrayed in TVNZ's Sunday programme “The Price of Milk” have been made known to its producers and the TVNZ executive by the show's sponsor Mazda NZ. Some farmers were... Read More

Failure to reduce Maori reoffending

The Crown is breaching its Treaty of Waitangi obligations by failing to prioritise the reduction of the high rate of Maori reoffending, the Waitangi Tribunal announced today. The undisputed disparity between Maori and non-Maori reoffending rates is longstanding... Read More

Bay flooding a ‘medium-scale event’

The government has classified the flooding in the Bay of Plenty caused by ex-Cyclone Debbie as a ‘medium-scale adverse event'. Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says the classification makes extra recovery assistance measures... Read More

New plan for palliative care

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has launched a new plan for palliative care, calling it a priority for the government. Recent statistics predict a 51 per cent growth in demand for palliative care services in the next 20 years, from 24,680 people in... Read More



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