Rail to ease congestion - Mitchell

‘Cheap and cheerful rail' from Omokoroa and Papamoa into the Tauranga central city is a suggestion made by List MP Clayton Mitchell as a way to help unclog existing road networks. Fresh from a family holiday in Rarotonga, Clayton spoke at... Read More

Minister praises Waikato-Tainui

Minister for Maori Development and Associate Minister for Economic Development Te Ururoa Flavell has praised recent initiatives by Waikato-Tainui that benefit its people and wider Waikato region. He recently visited the Waikato River Festival, the launch... Read More

Simon Bridges under question

Tauranga MP and Cabinet Minister Simon Bridges hosted one of his twice yearly Question and Answer meetings on Tuesday night. Held at the Tauranga Boy's College, over 50 people attended the public meeting. Questions asked of Simon covered a range... Read More

Laws to change around e-cigarettes

Associate Health Minister Nicky Wagner has announced the sale of nicotine e-cigarettes and e-liquid will be made legal, with appropriate controls. She says scientific evidence regarding the safety of e-cigarettes is still developing, but there is a general... Read More

Simon Bridges under the spotlight

Tauranga MP Simon Bridges will once again be put under scrutiny as he hosts a Q and A session for members of the public. The MP Question Time will take place from 7pm to 8.30pm at Tauranga Boys' College on March 28, with all members of his electorate... Read More

DHBs in deep ‘financial hole’

Labour Health spokesperson David Clark promises the party will restore health funding and address the $1.7 billion gap in the health budget. The Dunedin North MP says New Zealand's district health boards are in a “financial hole” with... Read More

New social housing model launched

Cabinet ministers were on hand to show government support for its new social housing model at a ceremonial function in Tauranga on Friday. From next month Accessible Properties will take over 1138 social houses and tenancies owned by Housing New Zealand. “This... Read More

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



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