Edit fails to cut it

City councillor Larry Baldock has failed in an effort to edit council minutes to remove allegations of Chinese organ harvesting. Larry had hoped to remove reference in the minutes from December 19 of Judy Shakespear's public forum talk about organ... Read More

Bridges to attend leadership forum

National Party leader and Tauranga MP Simon Bridges will attend the annual Australia New Zealand Leadership Forum in Sydney on Friday. Simon says the forum is a great opportunity for business leaders from the largest companies in Australia and New Zealand... Read More

‘Let’s do this’ condoms for students

Labour MPs Angie Warren-Clark and Jan Tinetti helped Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology kick off ‘O' Week by joining the Young Labour stall on Toi Ohomai's Windermere campus from Monday. Angie and Jan spent time talking with students... Read More

MP: ‘Property market will take a hit’

The Coromandel property market will take a hit if government plans to ban foreigners buying residential property goes ahead, says Coromandel MP Scott Simpson. “There are many overseas nationals who buy holiday homes here. They come and visit for... Read More

Bridges says government is deflecting

The National Party's new leader says the government's attacking him to deflect attention from its own incompetence. The government yesterday put a brand-new regional growth project on ice after realising the chief executive of the company... Read More

Concern for Waihi homeowners

Hauraki District Council has asked the new government to consider homeowners in Waihi before finalising its proposed Overseas Investment Amendment Bill. The new bill includes restrictions on overseas companies/people purchasing residential and lifestyle... Read More

Greens: Remove Maori ward discrimination

The Green Party is renewing its call to remove from law the double standard that allows for referenda only on the establishment of Maori wards. The party's comments come following confirmation that binding polls will be held in several districts... Read More

Brownless: Bridges will unite caucus

The Mayor of Tauranga says the newly elected National Party leader belongs to a new generation and will bring the caucus together. Simon Bridges has been the MP for Tauranga since 2008, when he won the seat from the New Zealand First leader Winston Peters. The... Read More

Simon to take on Jacinda and Winston

Tauranga MP Simon Bridges says it's an ‘enormous privilege' to be elected leader of the National Party, and has thanked his colleagues for the opportunity to lead ‘a strong, united and focused opposition'. Deputy leader... Read More

Bridges feeling confident ahead of vote

Tauranga MP Simon Bridges is looking forward to tomorrow's caucus meeting in Wellington, where the National Party MPs will vote on who will replace Bill English as party leader. Simon was among the first MPs to put his hand up nearly two weeks... Read More

Opinion Poll

What are your thoughts on the council’s proposal to increase rates 40 per cent over the next three years?

Good, it will help pay to revitilise the city
Not good, rates are high enough now
I’m ok with an increase, but maybe not such a big one

Bay Today

Penumbra on Sunday. Photo: Joan King.

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