Police need our support

Clayton MitchellNew Zealand First MP Police are crucial to ensure a safe, functioning New Zealand. We hope we'll never need them, but we need to know they're there, and ready to go, if we ever do. The Bay of Plenty is – like the... Read More

Funding an ‘iconic’ bridge too far?

Straight from city councilA personal view,by Councillor Steve Morris The term ‘iconic' is used to describe almost any proposed structure to be built with public money these days. Few, if any, live up to the meaning of the word, however... Read More

Budget in the Bay

Todd TalksBy Todd Muller Budget 2017 is delivering for Bay of Plenty exporters and the local economy that they contribute to by taking bold steps to improve access into rapidly emerging Middle Eastern Markets. Traditionally when we think of large... Read More

Real youth solutions offered

Clayton MitchellNew Zealand First MP   What is a country supposed to do when 6.78 per cent of its population makes up 50 per cent of its crime statistics? That 6.78 per cent in New Zealand is our young people, aged 15-19 years old. They have... Read More

Dissecting the budget

Simon BridgesNational MP simonbridges.co.nz By this time next week we would have heard the Finance Minister deliver his Budget speech and we will be dissecting what this means for our community. A number of announcements have already been made,... Read More

Public transport a big issue

Andrew von DadelszenCurrent BOP Regional Councillor Our Tauranga City ratepayers are frustrated with a costly bus system that just isn't working. There has been copious workshops both at Tauranga City Council (whose responsibility is the... Read More

Servicing emergencies: Who pays?

Clayton MitchellNew Zealand First MP I have been speaking in the House about the Fire and Emergency New Zealand Bill – now passed, and coming into effect on July 1. With calls for reform of our emergency services and their funding models... Read More

Finishing the job on the waterfront

Straight from city councilA personal view,by Councillor Steve Morris After years of only being able to “look at, but not touch” Tauranga's waterfront, we celebrated the official opening of the new tidal stairs and pontoon last... Read More

Immigration policies strike the right balance

Todd TalksBy Todd Muller New Zealand continues to be an attractive place to visit, work and live. More Kiwis are coming home, fewer are leaving, and more people from around the world want to come here. That's a credit to our international... Read More

Giving a loud voice to the Tauranga City ratepayers

Straight from city councilA personal view,by Councillor Steve Morris Are you interested in the latest developments that affect your town? Do you want to influence those making decisions on your behalf? Then look no further than your local ratepayers'... Read More



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