Local MPs push to continue road upgrades

Local National Party MPs are petitioning the government to carry on with extensive roading projects promised by National before the 2017 election. Bay of Plenty MP Todd Muller and Coromandel MP Scott Simpson have launched a campaign to ensure the Katikati... Read More

Former Deputy PM Jim Anderton dies

Former Deputy Prime Minister Jim Anderton has died at Cashmere View Hospital in Christchurch. In a statement, Jim's wife Carole says the former politician passed away peacefully overnight. Responding to the news, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern... Read More

Catching up with Clayton

New Zealand First Tauranga-based list MP Clayton Mitchell is looking forward to being part of the government in his second parliamentary term. Despite New Zealand First receiving a lower party vote in 2017, and losing three seats in the process, Clayton... Read More

At home with Todd Muller

Bay of Plenty MP Todd Muller is enjoying being back in parliament and is looking forward to tackling some key issues next year. The second-term MP chatted to SunLive at his Pyes Pa home, reflecting on a busy election year. “It was quite different... Read More

Merry Christmas from Simon Bridges

Tauranga MP Simon Bridges wants to wish all his constituents a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. “I hope Christmas Day is all you hope for, and you have a great time with friends and family,” he says. “I hope you also have a wonderful... Read More

Simon reflects on a busy year

Tauranga MP Simon Bridges is back home for the summer, and has a little more time on his hands now he's in opposition for the first time. The former cabinet minister now has to get used to three years of challenging government, rather than being... Read More

Te Urewera settlement report published

The Waitangi Tribunal has published its Te Urewera report into the claims of the Urewera region. Although the report had previously been released in pre-publication parts on the Tribunal's website, this is the first hard-copy publication of the... Read More

New legal defence for weed possession

Legislation being introduced by the government today will provide a legal defence for possession and use of illicit cannabis for those who are terminally ill. It will also make medicinal cannabis more readily available to those suffering or dying in... Read More

Simon pushes government on America’s Cup

Tauranga MP and National Party economic development spokesperson Simon Bridges says time is running out for the government to get the America's Cup bases up and running for the cup defence in Auckland. “Economic Development Minister David... Read More

Labour sets up shop in Greerton

The Labour Party is establishing a permanent and very visible presence in their Tauranga heartland. The party, which now boasts four MPs across the Bay of Plenty region, is opening an office beside Countdown on Cameron Road on the fringe of the Greerton... Read More



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