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Simon BridgesNational MP simonbridges.co.nz One of National's four key priorities has been to deliver better public services. This is just one area where the Government can make a real difference to New Zealander's lives. In practice...

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Dazz SwitallaFlavour SecretsNo.1 The Strand Chef www.no1thestrand.co.nz There have been many festivals and events during summer and I've been lucky to attend two quite opposite types.One was an alcohol-soaked music-based three-day concert;...

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Brian RogersRogers Rabbits www.sunlive.co.nz What is wrong with you people? Have you all gone completely stark raving bonkers?Just lately we've seen some of the most bizarre things happening. So many that we been dedicated this entire column...

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Andrew von DadelszenRegional Watchdog This is my first editorial since mid-2013, and I feel compelled to resume writing because our local government representatives just aren't listening to the ratepayer that pay their fees and salaries. About...

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Matt CowleyTauranga City Councillor Few people know Tauranga's streets, canals, and reserves are designed to flood during heavy rainfall events. These assets try to hold the water away from homes until it drains away. Flooding is one of many...

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  Catherine StewartTauranga City Councillor There has been a huge amount of feedback regarding the proposed closing of the Tropical Plant House on Cliff Rd. I've received many phone calls and emails on the topic. I've been told...

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Sideline SidSports correspondant & historian www.sunlive.co.nz Cricket has occupied the attention of Sideline Sid from dawn until dusk over the last ten days. Not only has there been wall-to-wall coverage of the Cricket World Cup, but there's...

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Weather Eyewith John Maunder Temperatures have been recorded in the Tauranga area at several sites in the last 100 years, including the current Tauranga Airport site from June 1990. The graph below shows details of the average annual daily maximum...

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David Hill@ Papamoa Plaza With new building consents on the rise, expansion at Papamoa Plaza and a whole raft of events underway for the coming months, Papamoa is making all the right moves for the community. A caring community encompasses all...

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Dazz SwitallaFlavour SecretsNo.1 The Strand Chef www.no1thestrand.co.nz There is still plenty of heat in the sun at this time of the year and we often eat vegetables like watermelon and cucumber, which have more than 90 per cent water content that...

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Brian RogersRogers Rabbits www.sunlive.co.nz Now that Gareth Morgan has lifted the lid on global warming; pinpointed the problem of the birdies in the trees and the naughty cats; and found the golden bullet for NZ's Waitangi Treaty aberrations...

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Todd TalksBy Todd Muller Jobs mean people can pay their bills. Jobs put food on Kiwi tables. And jobs mean people can save and invest in brighter futures for themselves and their families. New labour market data shows the unemployment rate in the...

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  Catherine StewartTauranga City Councillor Congratulations to Leanne Brown, the new Mount/Papamoa Ward councillor. We now have four female elected members and a good mix of ages and backgrounds. Meanwhile, the City Delivery Committee has...

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Clayton MitchellNew Zealand First MP How would the Bay of Plenty region feel if a shark cage was placed four nautical miles off the coast of the Mount for cage diving? Four nautical miles – or 7.4km – the distance from Tauranga to Mount...

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Scott SimpsonCoromandel MP I spent a great day at the recent Katikati A&P Show. There was much talk about our growing economy and what it means for us all. Politicians can quote all the numbers and statistics they like, but most people are really...

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Jane NeesBOP Regional Councillorwww.janenees.co.nz Air is essential for life and poor air quality affects people's health. The Bay of Plenty Regional Council is responsible for managing the region's air quality. The challenge is to...

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Matt CowleyTauranga City Councillor Tauranga City Council's draft rates and debt forecasts for the next 10 years were released on Monday. Let's see what are triggering those costs. There are three issues I believe are driving council's...

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Weather Eyewith John Maunder Monthly rainfalls for Tauranga have been recorded at several recording sites during the last 115 years. From January 1898 to December 1904, the observation site was described as the Tauranga Harbour, from November 1904...

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Sideline SidSports correspondant & historian www.sunlive.co.nz Sideline Sid was in cricket heaven last week, when he watched the White Ferns' battles with England on Wednesday and Friday and caught some Baywide club cricket on Saturday. The...

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