NZ bans military style semi-automatic rifles

Military style semi-automatics and assault rifles will be banned in New Zealand under stronger new gun laws announced today, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says. “On March 15 our history changed forever. Now, our laws will too. We are announcing...... Read More

Gender reassignment bill ’the way forward’

The current legal gender change application process is “nothing but outdated curly-haired wig sh*t”. That’s the verdict of one Tauranga transgender woman who believes that statutory declaration is the way forward. The government...... Read More

TOP leader rebuilding party

The Opportunities Party (TOP) are on a mission to rebuild following a dismal campaign in 2017. TOP leader Geoff Simmons is paying visit to supporters across the country, as well as getting out into different communities to share the party’s direction. Geoff...... Read More

Bridges suggests returning GST to councils

  National Party leader Simon Bridges has hinted at a major policy change that would put tens of millions of dollars back into the hands of councils.   He suggests giving the GST collected from “genuinely new” housing developments,...... Read More

New employment hub for Eastern Bay

A new employment hub in Whakatāne will help get more rangatahi earning and learning Employment Minister Willie Jackson said today at the opening of the Tū Māia Rangatahi Hub. In August 2018, the Government announced $1.76 million in He Poutama Rangatahi...... Read More

Students to protest climate change in Red Square

  Tauranga students will join thousands of others around New Zealand in a protest against climate change today.   Students will be gathering in Red Square in Tauranga at 1pm. “We have speakers from environment groups in Tauranga...... Read More

Papamoa after-hours petition tabled in Parliament

Papamoa resident Judy Killalea is thrilled to hear that her petition to provide funding for after-hours accident and emergency healthcare in Papamoa East was tabled in Parliament on Tuesday night.   “I’m ecstatic that it’s...... Read More

Bill introduced for synthetics crackdown

Police will get stronger powers of search and seizure to crackdown on synthetic drugs under new legislation, which makes the two main synthetics (5F-ADB and AMB-FUBINACA) Class A drugs. The Government has today introduced the Misuse of Drugs Amendment...... Read More

Hospital bosses want anti anti-vax campaign

Hospital bosses want a national campaign to counter what they say are the damaging messages being put out by anti-vaccination lobbyists. Waikato and Bay of Plenty district health board chiefs told MPs at a health select committee meeting in Wellington...... Read More

Lawyers take NZ National Party to Supreme Court

Eminem's legal team are heading to the Supreme Court, as the copyright stoush over the National Party's 2014 election advertisement drags on. In 2017, the High Court found the music library track "Eminem-esque," which backed one of...... Read More

Blasphemous libel law repealed

A law labelled "archaic" blasphemous libel offence" will be repealed following the passing of the Crimes Amendment Bill. Justice Minister Andrew Little says the offence of blasphemous libel has not been prosecuted in New Zealand since...... Read More

Government calls time on ticket scalpers

The Government plans to stop the practice of ticket scalping. “Measures planned include a price cap on resale tickets, enforcing rules around information that needs to be disclosed to better inform consumers, and banning ticket-buying “bots”,”...... Read More

New parking restrictions in Tauranga CBD

New parking restrictions are being put in place on Elizabeth Street, near the roundabout with Durham Street. Thirty minute parking restrictions are in place on either side of Durham Street, along the north side of Elizabeth Street. Acting General...... Read More

Simon Bridges says new taxes are insulting

A capital gains tax will impact small business owners in the region says Tauranga MP and National opposition leader Simon Bridges. Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Revenue Minister Stuart Nash say the Government will take a measured response to...... Read More

Have your say on Tomorrow’s Schools proposals

Simon Bridges is seeking feedback on what people in Tauranga think about the Tomorrow’s Schools proposals. The Bay of Plenty MP and National Party leader will be holding a public meeting on Thursday at the Tauranga RSA. He says The Tomorrow’s...... Read More