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Brian RogersRogers Rabbits www.sunlive.co.nz The Christmas crackers are out there, alright.On the home straight to Christmas and you'd think the news would be all goodwill to men and women and peace on earth, right?There's some good...

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Ramblings and ruminationswith Tony Moon I grew up back in the dark ages, when records were still mono and commercial radio broadcast was AM frequency only, implacably held in the iron grip of numbingly conservative, self-aggrandising, civil servants,...

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Are you ready?with Leigh Elder Outdoor exercising areas are becoming a popular trend all around the world, in places like parks, and on coastal walks and other recreational areas. The equipment is modern, streamlined and very user-friendly with...

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  Catherine StewartTauranga City Councillor This week two council meetings were scheduled. At Monday's council meeting elected members received a petition regarding the mowing and upkeep of Condor Reserve at Pyes Pa. A video, showing...

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Matt CowleyTauranga City Councillor What a way to finish the year! The final week of council in 2014 contained a few surprises, but overall it shows we've made good progress during the last 12 months. The year-to-date looks like we'll...

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Dazz SwitallaFlavour SecretsNo.1 The Strand Chef www.no1thestrand.co.nz As it's called the silly season, we often find ourselves going nuts with a mix of stress and endless rushing around getting things done before the big day. Some of the...

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Todd TalksBy Todd Muller One of the most common questions I receive is: ‘What have the first months as an MP been like? Is it what you expected?' My answer: “No – it's harder work, more intense, immense fun; and I...

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Sideline SidSports correspondant & historian www.sunlive.co.nz As Sideline Sid gets older, he gets grumpier. One of the things that makes him grumpy is the plethora of reality TV shows that dominate television today. Staged rubbish where outcomes...

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Dazz SwitallaFlavour SecretsNo.1 The Strand Chef www.no1thestrand.co.nz It seems every year is the same – all of a sudden there's a slight panic when you realise how close Christmas is. There's always lots to do – and for...

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Matt CowleyTauranga City Councillor On any given week, people approach Tauranga City Council with new ways we can do things better. I'd hate to live in a city that relied solely on elected members for ideas to progress the city. I want to...

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Brian RogersRogers Rabbits www.sunlive.co.nz Rabbit re-heated: A selection of RR highlights from Christmas columns over the decade. Christmas is a wonderful time of traditions and rituals, none more heartwarming than the annual issuing of PR messages...

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Scott SimpsonCoromandel MP Nobody deserves to be a victim of crime. Not here in the Bay, not anywhere in the Coromandel electorate and not anywhere in New Zealand. Since 2008 the Government has been working hard to put victims at the heart of our...

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Catherine StewartTauranga City Councillor Last week I attended the opening of ‘Historic Tauranga from Above 1946-2006' at Creative Tauranga. Alf Rendell has captured Tauranga's history with his amazing photography for more than...

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Sideline SidSports correspondant & historian www.sunlive.co.nz Reading newspapers and watching television sports news gives the impression that professional sportsmen and women earn wheelbarrow-loads of cash and live the good life jetting around...

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Dazz SwitallaFlavour SecretsNo.1 The Strand Chef www.no1thestrand.co.nz It seems this age-old question is a bit like the one about why did the chicken cross the road? I know the answer to that one though; my neighbours leave all their vegetable...

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Matt CowleyTauranga City Councillor Trees are wonderful things that provide us with oxygen, house our wildlife, and soften the effects of urban concrete jungles. People generally like trees, as long as they don't negatively affect individual...

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Brian RogersRogers Rabbits www.sunlive.co.nz It seems you all have learnt a lot in the last week. We've learnt that finally petrol prices are edging down, close to the $2 a litre mark for the first time in two-and-a-half years. We've...

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Todd TalksBy Todd Muller It's encouraging to see the progress New Zealand is making through the hard work of households and businesses up and down the country. The economy continues to grow, jobs, wages, and household savings are increasing,...

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  Catherine StewartTauranga City Councillor At this week's City Vision committee elected members heard from some submitters to the Draft Vegetation and Tree Management Policy. One speaker was concerned about the Taiwan Cherry tree and...

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