Poll shows cannabis referendum would pass

An independent survey of nearly 1,000 New Zealanders reveals the Government's 2020 referendum on recreational cannabis use would gain 60 per cent support. New Zealand's largest licensed medicinal cannabis company, Helius Therapeutics, has released...... Read More

Higher fines for litterbugs coming

As local councils grapple with the litter left behind by holidaymakers, a Members Bill from National could soon introduce stiffer penalties for people caught illegally dumping rubbish. "It really annoys me seeing our beautiful natural environment...... Read More

Maori Land Court appointments

Terena Wara, of Rotorua, and Damian Stone have been appointed as Judges of the Māori Land Court. This week, Maori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta said she has also reappointed Judge Patrick Savage as an Acting Judge of the Māori Land Court. “Damian...... Read More

Junior doctors to strike nationwide

Junior hospital doctors will strike in two weeks in a bid to get better employment protection. They will walk off the job for 48 hours from January 15. The Resident Doctors' Association say they want a renewed collective employment agreement...... Read More

Todd Muller starts SH2 billboard campaign

Bay of Plenty MP Todd Muller has erected a billboard sequence on State Highway 2.  He completed installing the trio of billboards on Christmas Eve, in an attempt to remind everyone driving past that a National Government would have started construction...... Read More

Merry Christmas from National MPs

National party leader Simon Bridges and Bay of Plenty MP Todd Muller, are wishing SunLive readers a Merry Christmas. “I hope that after a very busy year, you get a chance for some rest, some relaxation and a great time with family,” says...... Read More

Bridges reflects on big year

From highs to lows, Tauranga MP and National Party Leader Simon Bridges says he’s been through it all this year. But most importantly, he’s risen above it. Amongst a packed schedule of fitting in quality time, children’s birthday...... Read More

Ngāti Rangitihi signs Crown agreement in principle

Te Mana o Ngāti Rangitihi Trust has today signed an Agreement in Principle with the Crown at Rangitihi Marae in Matata marking a significant step towards achieving a comprehensive Treaty settlement for the iwi. Te Mana Chairman Leith Comer says the...... Read More

People rally behind Wally Haumaha

The daughter of beleaguered deputy police commissioner Wally Haumaha has come to his defence in a feisty Rotorua exchange on Facebook. Tayla Haumaha urged commenters to “keep finding whatever made them happy” to make judgements against...... Read More

Hotel could block views of sacred mountain - iwi

Tūwharetoa Limited says an eight storey hotel planned for Taupō would block views of Mt Tauhara and change the future use of its own commercial property in the CBD.  But the proposed hotel developer says views of the mountain should...... Read More

Opinion Poll

Do you think the rise in tax will deter people from smoking?

Yes, it will be too expensive.
No, if people want to smoke, they will find a way to pay for it.
Depends on the person's available income.