With seconds to spare

The clock ticked 11.58am and Richard Coles slipped the last vote into the ballot box at the council offices on Willow St. Richard Coles made his vote with just two minutes to spare. Photos: Chris Callinan. The Tauranga businessman made his vote in the... Read More

Last minute dash to ballot boxes

The final few voting papers of the 2016 Local Body Elections are coming in across Tauranga and Western Bay of Plenty this morning, as residents make a last minute dash to make their votes count. Cyrus and Kimberly Tuporo with their papers they were dropping... Read More

Who will be mayor?

There will be 11 lumpy throats leaning over the cereal bowl this morning as candidates for Tauranga's mayoralty prepare themselves for the verdict expected from 3pm today. Who will be the next mayor? Voters have until noon Saturday, October 8, to... Read More

Voting numbers still down

Slightly more people in the Western Bay of Plenty district have returned their ballot papers compared to their Tauranga City counterparts. As of Wednesday night, a total of 29.4 per cent of eligible voters in the Western Bay had cast their vote, while... Read More

Standing up for environment

New Zealanders are being urged to stand up for the environment and do their bit to protect their rivers and lakes for swimming as time runs out to vote in the local body elections. The elections are underway now, giving voters the opportunity to choose... Read More

Getting inside candidates' heads

If you want to get inside the heads of your prospective Tauranga City and Regional Councillors then come along to the “Meet the Candidates” event this Saturday. Comedian Guy Williams is hosting the event at 3pm at Mount Drury, Mount Maugnanui. Comedian... Read More

BOPDHB voting starts Friday

Voting papers for this year's BOPDHB Board elections will start appearing in letterboxes around the region from Friday. Seven positions will be elected at large from the Bay of Plenty District Health Board's 9666km2 service coverage area... Read More

Thinking about election signs

The election signs for the local government elections will pop up about the city this weekend, but there's only one candidate campaigning on what will happen to his signs when they come down in early October. Shelden Nesdale, standing for the Otumoetai... Read More

Matt’s challenge to mayoral candidates

City councillor Matt Cowley is challenging Tauranga's 10 mayoral candidates to stop campaigning on singular issues and start focussing on the bigger picture. The 33-year-old launched the ‘Dear Next Mayor' campaign yesterday, encouraging... Read More

Election 2016 candidates' list

Nominations are closed and the names are in. The next local body elections will be held in October 2016. File photo. Voters will be electing 11 representatives - Mayor, four councillors at large (elected by the electors of the city as a whole) and two... Read More



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