Preparing for winter and crayfish

Angie Warren-ClarkLabour MP There's nothing like that first 4.30am alarm of the year to let you know that the official work year has begun again. Happy New Year! This week we're back in parliament, which also marks the government's... Read More

Tauranga, you are really amazing

Jan TinettiLabour MP Happy New Year! I'm sure many of us had a wonderful time over the festive break. Tauranga is certainly a beautiful place to experience the idyllic New Zealand summer of sun, surf and sand. Firstly I want to acknowledge... Read More

A call to action and a call for change

Simon BridgesNational MP simonbridges.co.nz Are you going away this long weekend, and if so, will you be travelling over the Kaimai Range to Hamilton?   As magnificent as the Kaimai Range is, the roads around this region have cost a lot... Read More

Thinking climate change

Todd MullerNational MP   As we begin 2018, I have a request to my counterpart, Minister James Shaw, to ensure the significant climate change discussions that await both parliament and communities all across New Zealand this year are anchored... Read More

Bringing 2018 into sharp focus

Simon BridgesNational MP simonbridges.co.nz It's that time when you start to think about what you want to achieve over the coming year. Setting goals or resolutions are a good way to do this. As your elected representative I thought it wouldn't... Read More

Refreshed and ready to get back to work

Todd MullerNational MP   Happy New Year and welcome to another year of my fortnightly The Weekend Sun column – a great tool for communicating with our community. I hope you all made the most of the time off work, saw some sun, and spent... Read More

Museum costs causing concern

Simon BridgesNational MP simonbridges.co.nz Over the last couple of weeks my office has been fielding many calls from people about the Tauranga Museum. Many of our callers are upset at how much the project is likely to cost, which has been wildly... Read More

Take some time out this Christmas

Clayton MitchellNew Zealand First MP I can honestly say 2017 has been a very busy and at times very challenging year. The election saw the forming of our new government and the chance to show New Zealand how we can work together to bring about... Read More

Homelessness and begging in the CBD

Straight from city councilA personal view,by Councillor Steve Morris I vividly recall the first time I saw a beggar. I was eight-years-old and on a family trip to Sydney. I saw a man sitting in a doorway asking for money. I was shocked because... Read More

Engaging with the community

Todd TalksBy Todd Muller One of the great highlights of my job is having the opportunity to witness, engage with and support a vast array of community events. We have always been the kind of family that got involved locally, and as the parents... Read More



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