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Brian RogersRogers Rabbits www.sunlive.co.nz Auditions are underway this week for the NZ version of ‘The Sound of Music'. Here at RR we recognise that while this is a classic musical, it has limited appeal to some sections of the New...

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Dazz SwitallaFlavour SecretsNo.1 The Strand Chef www.no1thestrand.co.nz It's typical the weather turns nasty just as the long weekends arrive, giving us more time to relax.Often, we end up spending lots of money stocking the pantry for the...

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Simon BridgesNational MP simonbridges.co.nz The 2014 Social Progress Index — a global measure of human wellbeing — was released earlier this month. It found New Zealand is the best country for providing opportunities for people to improve...

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Local LabourBy Claire Wilson Anzac Day remains a special day for most New Zealanders. It's a time when we honour those who risked their lives for our freedoms. One of those freedoms is our right to vote. It's a right fewer and fewer...

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  Catherine StewartTauranga City Councillor I recently attended the unveiling of interpretation signage at the Mission Cemetery. Last weekend I spoke to some visitors who were reading the information panel and they said how much they appreciated...

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Matt CowleyTauranga City Councillor The Mayoral Delegation to Yantai, China, Japan's Hitachi, and Ansan in Korea was the most productive to date – so I've been told. Local leaders from export, education, tourism, business and...

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Scott SimpsonCoromandel MP I'm looking forward to taking part in the ANZAC service at the Katikati Memorial Hall to honour New Zealand's brave veterans. Of course, Katikati has its own significant, permanent tribute to veterans with...

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Independent viewsBy Brendan Horan Most people take drugs because they want to change something in their lives; they want a different reality to the world in which they live. Or it may be they want to fit in with the crowd, relieve boredom, experiment...

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Danelle StevensGreen Prescription AdviserSport Bay of Plenty More than 226,000 New Zealanders have diabetes, with the estimated number of people with pre-diabetes upward of 500,000. Rates vary according to age, sex and ethnicity, with the overall...

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Sideline SidSports correspondant & historian www.sunlive.co.nz The Easter storms not only brought the advent of winter to our doorstep, but also put the region's rugby back into the local sporting limelight, with summer sports going into...

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Dazz SwitallaFlavour SecretsNo.1 The Strand Chef www.no1thestrand.co.nz It has been a welcome sight to see the rain fill the water tank, as it was nearly empty. The rain and cooler weather has finally finished off the pumpkin vine sprawling all...

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Brian RogersRogers Rabbits www.sunlive.co.nz Easter wouldn't be the same without some cautionary words from your year-round rabbit.That's right. While you're sucking up to the Easter bunny this weekend, just take into account...

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NewshoundAdy & Flo www.sunlive.co.nz This is a good time to remind all you Easter freaks that chocolate is bad for dogs. But chasing bunnies is good.Run fast, run hard, and let the chocolate ones go.If you're travelling with the mutt, remember...

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  Catherine StewartTauranga City Councillor Many not-for-profit organisations fly under the radar – Village Radio, basedupstairs at the Historic Village, celebrated their 30th birthday on Sunday. Congratulations and well done. About...

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Local LabourBy Claire Wilson During the last week there has been a strong focus on the subject of family violence in the events I've attended. Shakti Ethnic Women's Support group opened their exhibition ‘Unbroken Spirit'...

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Leigh ElderEat for keeps This week, I'd like to share a popular excerpt from our new book with you. I decided a novel way to look at what's happened during the last 50 years would be to do so through the eyes of an imaginary person...

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Governance Matterswith Peter McKinlay Look at local government in other countries and you find a whole lot of new terms coming into the language. People talk about ‘participatory budgeting', ‘co-design' and ‘co-production'....

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Ian McLeanGreen SceneSpokesperson for the Green Party The Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement appears to be just another free trade agreement. So why did thousands of people come out into the streets on March 29 to challenge the TPPA and its processes? For...

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Sideline SidSports correspondant & historian www.sunlive.co.nz The Bay of Plenty Cricket prize-giving at the brand new Bay Oval pavilion at Blake Park took centre stage for Sideline Sid last Saturday afternoon. The event was a celebration of excellence...

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