Tinetti leads the Labour charge

“Welcome to parliament,” said the voice on the phone. The Labour Party moderating committee, which sets the party list, had slotted Merivale Primary School principal Jan Tinetti in at number 14, more or less writing her own ticket to Wellington. “I... Read More

Budget 2017 to support ‘most vulnerable’

The government plans to invest more money into supporting the most vulnerable in our communities as part of Budget 2017. A $321 million Social Investment Package made up of 14 initiatives designed to help New Zealand's most vulnerable improve their... Read More

Labour’s list revealed

Labour has released its candidate list for the general election with Tauranga's Jan Tinetti in the top 20. Willie Jackson has been named at 21 after the Maori broadcaster failed to persuade the party to give him a higher slot. The 74-strong list... Read More

Minister’s visit goes to the dogs

The unmissable ear-to-ear smile on National MP Mark Mitchell's face said it all.   With Bay of Plenty MP Todd Muller as his guide, the newly appointed Minister of Defence and Rodney MP was in town to learn what makes us tick as part... Read More

Hemp seeds to be legalised as food

Hemp seed will soon be legalised as food after the New Zealand and Australian food safety authorities reached an agreement on Friday. During the Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation in Adelaide, Kiwi and Aussie ministers approved... Read More

Veteran Labour MP in town

Residents at Bob Owens Retirement Village received a little insight into a politician's life this morning when outgoing Labour MP Annette King came to talk. She's ‘outgoing' in both senses of the word, as not only is she leaving... Read More

Bridges appointed Leader of the House

Tauranga MP Simon Bridges has been named as the Leader of the House in a list of new appointments made today. Prime Minister Bill English today announced the appointment of Gerry Brownlee as Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nathan Guy as Minister of Civil... Read More

PM opens new training centre

Prime Minister Bill English opened the new EmployNZ training centre in Second Avenue on Friday afternoon, an official duty on a short trip to Tauranga that also included an art gallery visit this morning. Employ NZ transitions people from benefit dependency... Read More

Gareth Morgan’s Tauranga roadshow

Maori own the water, all wealth needs to be taxed, and if you're rich, expect your superannuation to be cut. Those were some of the policies on offer at this afternoon's public meeting for The Opportunities Party. Party leader Gareth Morgan... Read More

Historic payday for aged care workers

Some of the health sector's lowest paid workers will share in a $2 billion pay equity settlement over five years. More than 55,000 workers in aged and disability residential care, and home and community support services across New Zealand are set... Read More



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