NZ First commitments shine through

Clayton Mitchell New Zealand First MP As a New Zealand First MP I am proud to see several New Zealand First policies being implemented as part of the 2018 Budget. The policies and financial support will contribute towards the process...... Read More

War memorial for Papamoa

Straight from city council A personal view, by Councillor Steve Morris Driving through small towns in New Zealand you’ll notice they all have war memorials commemorating local men who gave their lives for our freedom. Papamoa...... Read More

Priorities wrong in the budget

Todd Muller National MP   This month saw the Labour government deliver their first budget and I must say, as MP for Bay of Plenty, I was underwhelmed and disappointed. During the campaign great things were promised, but...... Read More

A big black trike

Simon BridgesNational Party Leader simonbridges.co.nz You are probably expecting me to comment on Thursday’s Budget. However, the deadline for this column was prior to the Budget being delivered. By now you will know if the Ardern-Peters...... Read More

Thanks for coming in and seeing us

Straight from city councilA personal view,by Councillor Steve Morris Over the last fortnight, nearly 300 members of the public have spoken to us in the council chamber on our draft 10-year budget. We’ve received more than 3200 submissions...... Read More

Why Hareta Hipango’s Bill makes sense

Clayton MitchellNew Zealand First MP New Zealanders are extremely generous with their time, effort and financial support for not-for-profit organisations. It makes me proud to know that nearly 1.4 million Kiwis volunteer in their community each...... Read More

Our children are so important

Jan TinettiLabour MP A huge thank you to everyone who joined the #KnitforJacinda campaign. Here in the office it has been such a joy receiving beautiful knitwear and other gifts for the needy babies of Tauranga and on June 1 I will be gifting these...... Read More

Why not to have Maori Wards

Margaret Murray-BengeCouncillor, Kaimai Ward A few days ago, Western Bay District Mayor Garry Webber shared his views about why Western Bay should have a Maori ward. He noted that various laws require local authorities to provide opportunities...... Read More

Respect for emergency services

Todd MullerNational MP   A lot of work goes into keeping our growing community safe, and I have nothing but admiration and respect for our emergency services here in the Bay and right around the country. Last week I was fortunate enough to...... Read More

Rebuilding foundations

Angie Warren-ClarkLabour MP During my time as manager of Tauranga Women's Refuge, I worked with and heard from many women and their children who were homeless in our city. Many of these families had fled violence with a resulting poverty attached. Commonly, they...... Read More




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