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Todd TalksBy Todd Muller Much of the talk about our country's progress revolves around economic growth: 72,000 new jobs added to the economy and a 2.3 per cent increase in average hourly rates in the last year; unemployment is down to 5.4...

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Brian RogersRogers Rabbits www.sunlive.co.nz Kiwi male esteem reaches a new low point in history this week, with the resignation of Roger Sutton.One of the most effective and charismatic leaders of our time is reduced to a grovelling, snivelling...

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Dazz SwitallaFlavour SecretsNo.1 The Strand Chef www.no1thestrand.co.nz Every day in this country thousands of pies are devoured – some of them made from cheap, extended mince and golf balls of fat, while others are more gourmet with exotic...

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Matt CowleyTauranga City Councillor While Monday's council meeting didn't last all day, there sure were a lot of topics on the agenda for debate. Our first decision was unanimously agreed by all elected members present, to not set up...

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  Catherine StewartTauranga City Councillor Central Government is in the process of listening to submissions regarding proposed changes to Health and Safety legislation. Changes to workplace legislation have been based on an Australian model. Councils...

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Insider's Guide to the Festivalwith Liz French That there is beauty in decay is an encouraging thought at my age. It makes me less afraid to look in the mirror. Beauty in decay is an idea which is popping up in our Garden Festival. Artist...

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Matt CowleyTauranga City Councillor Councils in the wider Bay of Plenty region are deciding whether to co-fund a project looking at better ways to deliver local government services in the BOP. Councils have a duty to residents to ensure we're...

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Brian RogersRogers Rabbits www.sunlive.co.nz The country has been largely distracted by the rock‘n'roll lifestyle of our local international star drummer, meanwhile a killer has quietly slipped out the back door.AC/DC's Phil Rudd...

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Sideline SidSports correspondant & historian www.sunlive.co.nz Penning the latest Sideline Sid piece at the Western Bay Cricket Mini World Cup at the Bay Oval at the Mount on Wednesday, was a delight, with 16 schools taking part in an enjoyable...

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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 shows details of the average daily maximum temperatures,...

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Dazz SwitallaFlavour SecretsNo.1 The Strand Chef www.no1thestrand.co.nz This season's produce is in full swing – and while some vegetable are popular, some are not.For example, the polarising broad beans or fresh, young zucchini –...

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  Catherine StewartTauranga City Councillor Improving customer service is always a focus of Tauranga City Council's Call Centre. In the past we had a third party contractor manage after-hour calls from customers. Now, any call to 577...

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Dazz SwitallaFlavour SecretsNo.1 The Strand Chef www.no1thestrand.co.nz There's something quite satisfying about creating your own meals from what can be produced from your garden.The freshness can't be beaten, when you're eating...

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Matt CowleyTauranga City Councillor The 4.7 per cent increase in your residential rates to address stormwater issues has meant council can do two things simultaneously. Our top priority is to finish modelling the current flood levels across the...

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  Catherine StewartTauranga City Councillor Tauranga City councillors are planning a workshop this week to review the last year – committee structures, what our priorities are and generally give feedback to each other. With seven new...

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Sideline SidSports correspondant & historian www.sunlive.co.nz Every man and his dog that follows Bay of Plenty Club rugby has an opinion on what's going to happen next year - so here's Sideline Sid's tuppence worth. While Western...

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Weather Eyewith John Maunder The graph below shows the range of Tauranga's October rainfalls, from an extreme high of 357 mm in 1916 to a low of only 7 mm in 1984. The second wettest October was 1928, when 269 mm was recorded; and the second driest...

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Dazz SwitallaFlavour SecretsNo.1 The Strand Chef www.no1thestrand.co.nz Tofu is cholesterol-free, low in fat, high in protein and calcium – and has been around for hundreds of years in Asian cuisine, made from coagulated soya bean milk. A...

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Matt CowleyTauranga City Councillor Our beautiful meandering harbour and estuaries make it really difficult to design a good transport system. Tauranga will inevitably have traffic bottlenecks during peak times because of our geography. Tauranga's...

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