Claims and counter claims over Rotorua rescue

There’s been heated claim and counter claim by two of the region’s Members of Parliament after a Rotorua man was critically injured on a forestry site. The argument started when National’s Rotorua MP Todd McClay blamed the Government...... Read More

Bay home to biosecurity champions

Bay of Plenty’s biosecurity efforts are being hailed a success, with many individuals and organisations walking away winners at a nationwide awards ceremony. Minister for Biosecurity Damien O’Connor has paid tribute to the winners at the...... Read More

Pike River re-entry given the green light

They’re going back in. Eight years after 29 men died in a fireball of methane and other dangerous gases in the Pike River Mine explosions, the Government has given the all-clear to go back into the mine to recover the bodies. And the families...... Read More

Teachers on strike in the BOP

Teachers in the Bay of Plenty region will be going on strike again today. The strike action comes after NZEI primary teachers, principals and some speech language therapists rejected the Ministry of Education’s offer in September. There will...... Read More

Inquiry into Haumaha appointment

An inquiry into the government's appointment of the deputy police commissioner has found the process was "adequate and fit for purpose''. The report released today also revealed survivors' advocate Louise Nicholas, who raised...... Read More

ERA slams teacher union’s pay demands

The Employment Relations Authority has slammed the teachers union's pay demands as "totally unrealistic" and is urging teachers to take the Government's offer. Despite an improved deal from the Education Ministry following five days...... Read More

Plan aims to target poverty cycle

A primary school principal in one of the country's most deprived suburbs has welcomed a council initiative that aims to stop poverty preventing tamariki from accessing extra-curricular activities and experiences. Rotorua Lakes Council has announced...... Read More

Primary teacher strikes to go ahead

A last-ditch offer from the Education Ministry has failed to avert next week's strikes by primary teachers and principals. New Zealand Education Institute president Lynda Stuart said the Ministry made the offer yesterday afternoon after a week...... Read More

More people housed in Bay of Plenty

More people in the Bay of Plenty are finding housing, according to latest figures from the Public Housing Quarterly Report The report shows the Government is pulling out all the stops to house and support people in the face of the housing crisis. Housing...... Read More

The waiting games continue for SH2

A petition for moratorium of future housing developments in the Western Bay/Tauranga area has received just shy of 2500 signatures. The Fix the Bloody Road petition closed on November 5. “The reason for the petition is to maintain public pressure...... Read More

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