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Dazz SwitallaFlavour SecretsNo.1 The Strand Chef www.no1thestrand.co.nz I can still remember my very first taste of yoghurt in about 1972 at the industry's fair in Christchurch. That first taste had me hooked – the yoghurt flavour was...

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Are you ready?with Leigh Elder The Eat For Keeps team has spent the last two years developing a free, dynamic new concept called The Big NZ Challenge. This has a multi-platformed, dedicated website, with a rewards programme, social media, ability...

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Brian RogersRogers Rabbits www.sunlive.co.nz The wrecking ball of NZ politics continues to swing, with no real effect other than turning off most Kiwis.  If ever there was a chance to convince more New Zealanders to take an interest in politics...

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Ian McLeanSpokesperson for the Green Party When 50 participants at Welcome Bay Community Centre's election meeting on August 17 were offered ultimate power to fix the world, not one of them asked for economic growth. Instead, they wanted...

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Matt CowleyTauranga City Councillor Tauranga City councillors were confronted with mixed feelings of relief and jubilation this week as the New Zealand Transport Agency decided to take on all but $1 million of the $62.5 million debt left on Route...

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Clare WilsonLocal Labour Imagine working all your life, earning money and bringing up a family, possibly fighting in a war, or receiving minimum wage all your life, but managing your mortgage and bills. Alternatively, we all know people who've...

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Catherine StewartTauranga City Councillor This week Tauranga City Council received good news from the New Zealand Transport Agency. The council's $63 million debt associated with Route K will be transferred to the NZTA on June 30, 2015. This...

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Conservatively Yourswith Deborah Cunliffe When I was young I thought I had all the answers, and learning I didn't was a hard pill to swallow.   Fast-forward 30 years – two adult children and lots of curved balls later –...

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Sideline SidMotoring correspondant www.sunlive.co.nz A motoring story in one of last Sunday's papers grabbed Sideline Sid's attention. Speculation is rife that the highly successful Australian V8 Supercar racecar engines are on the...

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Sideline SidSports correspondant & historian www.sunlive.co.nz Defined sporting seasons – when winter and summer sports had specific seasonal boundaries –are well and truly gone. A good example of the crossover is provided in the Western...

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Weather Eyewith John Maunder The peculiar 19th Century weather disaster – dubbed The Year Without a Summer – happened in 1816, when weather in Europe and North America took a bizarre turn which resulted in widespread crop failures and...

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Debbie GareaFundamentals AdvisorSport Bay of Plenty Pupils at Kaimai School are thrilled to be involved in the GO4it programme, run by Sport Bay of Plenty. GO4it is a fundamental movement programme that develops life-long skills required for participation...

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Andy BelcherThrough Andy's LensPhotographer If you're a car nut like me, you will understand why I was so excited last Monday to drive BMW's newly-announced M4 supercar. It boasts a twin turbo-charged six-cylinder engine, producing...

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Brian RogersRogers Rabbits www.sunlive.co.nz We see them grinning on the billboards. But who are these people who want our votes?The billboards tell us nothing, except a name and party. Those often shabby signs nailed up with bits of four by two...

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Dazz SwitallaFlavour SecretsNo.1 The Strand Chef www.no1thestrand.co.nz When I eat takeaways, which is not that often I hasten to add, I ever-increasingly find the local chip shop, or bakery, is often owned or run by Asians. The shops are clean,...

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Local Labourwith Rachel Jones As a political candidate I get to talk to locals about a whole lot of issues. One topic that's got under my skin is fishery management. New Zealand fisheries management seems strangely weighted in favour of commercial...

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Jane NeesBOP Regional Councillorwww.janenees.co.nz A conference is a great opportunity to take a step back from day-to-day imperatives and take a long-term, strategic view of issues and challenges. I recently attended a conference run by the Environmental...

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Simon BridgesNational MP simonbridges.co.nz With Parliament wrapping up I'll now be able to spend even more time in Tauranga, working hard to share our message. And it's a simple one. Last election we laid out our four priorities for...

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Matt CowleyTauranga City Councillor I'm guessing the media this week painted Council as the uncaring, bureaucratic villain that doesn't listen to parts of its community. This follows Council's decision on Tuesday not to change...

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Camellia flower. By Rebecca Parkes, 8, from Matua School.
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