Prime Minister pays the Bay a visit

Prime Minister Bill English was in Rotorua and Te Puke today, in his first visit to the region since taking the governmental reins from John Key. He was accompanied by Rotorua MP Todd McClay, and together they visited Red Stag Mill, south of the city. Todd... Read More

Dog neutering funding injection welcomed

Tauranga City Council and Western Bay of Plenty District Council are set to receive government funding to help subsidise neutering for menacing dogs in the region A total of $55,956.52 will be granted to Tauranga City Council and $44,830.43 to Western... Read More

Maori MPs demonstrate the faith

In a demonstration of faith and unity, the Labour Party's supporting its Maori seat MPs to stand as electorate MPs only. “We're confident our outstanding Maori electorate MPs will win their seats,” says Labour leader Andrew Little. Labour's... Read More

Support staff seeking pay increase

Paid union meetings were held by NZEI support staff members today over issues of pay and proper recognition. NZEI support staff representative Barbara Turley says 68 members turned up to this morning's meeting at Otumoetai College. “The main... Read More

International students worth billions

New research shows the economic benefits of international education across New Zealand to be in the billions of dollars. As the country's fourth-largest export industry, international education is worth $4.28 billion to the New Zealand economy. Bay... Read More

Electric vehicle registrations hit 3000

More than 3000 electric vehicles are now registered in New Zealand, much to the delight of Transport Minister Simon Bridges. “I am delighted with the number of EV registrations we are now seeing. This year there has been 517 EV registrations bringing... Read More

Tax relief for flood damaged farms

Inland Revenue has decided to exercise discretions on income equalisation for farmers who are significantly affected by the recent flooding around the Franklin Ward, Hauraki District and Thames-Coromandel District. “This step will help provide... Read More

Whanganui River is now a person

The Maori Party says history has been made with the passing of the Te Awa Tupua (Whanganui River Claims Settlement) Bill through its third reading in the House yesterday. The river will now have its own legal identity with all the corresponding rights,... Read More

Overhaul for family violence laws

An overhaul of the Domestic Violence Act is being welcomed by a Bay of Plenty MP. Todd Muller is welcoming the introduction of The Family and Whanau Violence Legislation Bill to overhaul the Domestic Violence Act and amend five Acts and make consequential... Read More

Key and Cunliffe hand in resignations

Both John Key and David Cunliffe are set to leave parliament in April. The former Prime Minister will give his valedictory speech on March 22 and his resignation from parliament will take effect from April 14. David will deliver his final speech on... Read More



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