Extra support for Bay of Plenty farmers

The Government has today announced extra grants to help Bay of Plenty farmers and growers impacted by April's storms and floods. Affected farmers and growers can apply for contributions from the new $200,000 Primary Industries Bay of Plenty Flood... Read More

Muller opposes End of Life Choices Bill

Bay of Plenty MP Todd Muller has confirmed his opposition to David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill that has been drawn from the Member's Ballot. Todd says the bill risks putting social pressure on vulnerable people to end their lives. “There... Read More

More cops posted to Bay of Plenty

More police are being allocated to Tauranga and the Bay of Plenty. The police have just announced 15 new constabulary staff would be coming to the city and region over the next 12 months as part of the government's $503 million investment in its... Read More

Christmas baby for Bridges clan

Simon and Natalie Bridges are thrilled to learn they are expecting their third baby, due in time for Christmas.   Tauranga's MP already has two sons with his wife Natalie – Emlyn, 5, and Harry, 3. “We're both really... Read More

Cannabis party president defects to TOP

The president of the Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party is resigning his office and party membership to join the Opportunities Party. Abe Gray says for the first time since the ALCP's inception 20 years ago, there is now another party that can be... Read More

Arise, Sir John

Although he says parts of his legacy are still to be decided, former prime minister John Key was never going to turn down a knighthood. Famously casual Mr Key, or rather Sir John, has been handed the particularly formal title of Knight Grand Companion... Read More

More social housing spending

Budget 2017 is boosting the government's social housing budget with an extra $155.2 million of operating funding and $20 million for more emergency and transitional housing to help families in need of a place to stay while the more suitable housing... Read More

$26m extra for Bay of Plenty DHB

New funding for Bay of Plenty District Health Board in Budget 2017 increases the DHB's total allocation to a record level, says Health Minister Jonathan Coleman. The Bay of Plenty DHB will receive an extra $26 million in new money this year, taking... Read More

Good progress made on Edgecumbe clean-up

Up to $500,000 has been provided by the government to assist in the clean up currently taking place around the Whakatane district following the April floods. Today Social Development Minister Anne Tolley visited the clean-up teams in Edgecumbe which... Read More

Morgan: ‘Action needed over feral cats’

Opportunities Party leader Gareth Morgan has welcomed the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment's recent stand on feral cats. The report, issued Wednesday, claims 32 per cent of our native birds are ‘in a desperate situation'. Commissioner... Read More



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