Peters to talk about regions' wealth

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters and his team will be visiting Tauranga today, as part of their tour of the country's regions. He will be giving a speech to members of the public at the Tauranga Yacht & Power Boat Club at 1pm. Speaking to... Read More

Deputy PM visits Tauranga

Deputy Prime Minister Paula Bennett spent the day in Tauranga today, first meeting local businesswomen for coffee at Classic Flyers. The morning talk was given to around 30 women in the Boeing Room, with issues such as the ‘gender pay gap'... Read More

Tauranga in line for $230m govt loan

  Tauranga is in the running to receive an interest free loan of $230m from central Government, to support the delivery of growth infrastructure.  Today Minister for Building and Construction Hon Dr Nick Smith announced the preliminary results... Read More

New student places for Tauranga

Education Minister Nikki Kaye has announced an increase to the maximum roll of Bethlehem College in Tauranga, and approval for the college to establish a new campus in Rotorua. “This announcement reflects the Government's commitment to ensure... Read More

ACT’s Tauranga candidate sixth on list

Tauranga could have yet another local MP after September's election, in the form of ACT's Stuart Pedersen. The Mount Maunganui resident scored the highest placing on ACT's party list for a non-Auckland candidate, sitting at sixth. That... Read More

Put your questions to Simon Bridges

Tauranga MP Simon Bridges is encouraging members of his electorate to share their views and visions for Tauranga when he hosts his biannual MP Question Time. “As the MP for Tauranga I think it is hugely important that constituents can tell me... Read More

Looking at Maori wards

Whakatane District Council is looking at introducing Maori wards before the next local government elections in October 2019. The council's Policy committee is looking at introducing Maori wards as a way of promoting greater Maori involvement in... Read More

Harbour protest progresses to Katikati

Pouring rain forecast for Sunday may be ease by the time protestors take to Katikati streets on Sunday morning, but they will be there rain or shine says co-ordinator Meremaihi Aloua. The march is a continuation of the harbour protest on June 17, when... Read More

New classrooms for Bay schools

Three Bay of Plenty schools will get flash new classrooms after a $33 million school investment was announcement this week. The 2017 budget has provided around $30 million and a further $3 million will be invested in schools in the region, says associate... Read More

Zespri welcomes free trade negotiations

Zespri welcomes the announcement of the start of Free Trade Agreement (FTA) negotiations between New Zealand and the four countries of the Pacific Alliance – Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru. “While New Zealand kiwifruit does not attract... Read More



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Silhouetted sunrise on July 14th. Photo: Janet Hetherington

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