Clayton Mitchell ready for government

Tauranga-based New Zealand First MP Clayton Mitchell will be returning to parliament for a second term on his party's list – but this time he will be part of the government. When SunLive caught up with him this morning he was preparing to... Read More

Will Angie make it into parliament?

It will be a nervous couple of weeks for Angie Warren-Clark, as she waits to see whether special votes will secure her a place in parliament on the Labour Party's list. The Bay of Plenty candidate failed to unseat National's Todd Muller on... Read More

Jan Tinetti heading to parliament

She might not have taken the seat of Tauranga, but Labour's Jan Tinetti will still be representing the electorate as a list MP in parliament. Jan improved on previous Tauranga Labour candidate Rachel Jones' 2014 vote count, securing 8841... Read More

Simon Bridges retains Tauranga

Incumbent National Party MP Simon Bridges has retained his Tauranga seat, receiving 19,111 votes. His nearest rival was Labour's Jan Tinetti, who received 8841 votes. It was a slight decrease on 2014, when Simon won 20,711 votes. However, the National... Read More

Election 2017: Tauranga Results

10.50PM: Simon Bridges has won Tauranga, with 100 per cent of the vote counted. Labour's Jan Tinetti has come second, with New Zealand First's Clayton Mitchell in third place. Candidate Votes BORELL, Joseph James: 213 BRIDGES, Simon: 19,111 HODGE,... Read More

Election 2017: Nats 10 points ahead

11.55PM: The National Party has a 10 point lead on Labour, with 46 per cent of the vote to Labour's 35.8 per cent. New Zealand First will be the kingmaker, with both the right and left blocs requiring New Zealand First's 7.5 per cent share... Read More

Election 2017: Bay of Plenty Results

11.55PM: Todd Muller has won Bay of Plenty, with 100 per cent of the vote counted. Labour's Angie Warren-Clark has come second, while New Zealand First's Lester Gray has come in third place. Candidate Votes BENNETT, Raewyn: 431 CARLEY, Bruce:... Read More

Badges while voting: legal or illegal

While waiting in line on election day, concerns have sparked between residents about what is and what isn't allowed in the voting stations. A Mount Maunganui Facebook group page has started a conversation about whether it is acceptable for people... Read More

Tick for New Zealand’s future

If you would like to have your say, now is the time to head to your nearest voting station. Today is Election Day, the last day to vote for the party that you think should represent our country. If you haven't voted already, there will be plenty... Read More

Voting for the first time

  First time voters McKenzie Jeffery, Dakota Taylor-Erutoe and Maima Tekani called in to the Mount polling booth this week to make early votes in the 2017 General Election.  "My dad stressed that it's very important,"... Read More



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