More than 1300 families off housing waiting list

In the first quarter of this year, 1357 families and individuals came off the state housing waiting list and into permanent homes, says Housing and Urban... Read More

Transport initiative brings Minister to the Bay

Leaders from across the western Bay of Plenty met with the Minister of Housing and Urban Development, and Transport, Phil Twyford last week to discuss... Read More

$21m funding boost for St John

St John is to receive a one-off boost of $21 million over two years. The budget announcement from the Government is happy news for the organisation,... Read More

Funding pledge for safer whānau welcomed

Key initiatives which are making a difference for families at risk of violence and harm will receive funding in the forthcoming Budget, the Government... Read More

Breaking the cycle of family and sexual violence

  Breaking the cycle of family and sexual violence and better supporting survivors is a major feature of the Wellbeing Budget.   The Government... Read More

Hundreds gather for plastic bottle protest

“Not our kid’s future,” wrote one. A pile of 2400 used plastic bottles was dumped in a circle on the beach near the Omanu Surf Club... Read More

National congratulates Australia PM Scott Morrison

On behalf of the National Party I send my heartfelt congratulations across the Tasman to Prime Minister Scott Morrison after his election victory last... Read More

Eight regions to receive $14M to expand 3D mapping

The Bay of Plenty is one of the eight regions that will receive co-funding from the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) to obtain LiDAR (Light Detection and... Read More

Golden triangle becomes diamond with Northland?

Connecting Northport to rail and enabling it to service Auckland bound freight can make a major contribution to the development of the region, said Associate... Read More

NZ joins Chile and Singapore in digital trade talk

New Zealand will join Chile and Singapore in talks to establish new trade rules and best practice for the digital era. “The future of international... Read More

A further $8 million for freedom camping system

Following the success of last summer, a further $8 million is being made available to continue delivering a better freedom camping system and to encourage... Read More

Wellbeing Budget supports rheumatic fever fight

The Wellbeing Budget will support Māori and Pacific communities to develop their own community-led initiatives in the fight against rheumatic fever,... Read More

End to cheques a worry for Coromandel seniors

Kiwibank’s decision to go ‘cheque-free’ in nine months will pose problems for many Coromandel seniors says MP for Coromandel Scott... Read More

Supporting working women with pay equity

Women who aren’t paid the same as men for similar jobs will be given the tools to make a pay equity claim. Minister for Workplace Relations and... Read More

NCEA overhaul sees fees scrapped

Families of secondary students will no longer have to pay fees for NCEA and NZ Scholarship, in one of a raft of changes announced today. The Government... Read More