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Todd TalksBy Todd Muller I was asked to give a speech recently on some of the Government's achievements in the Bay. As I started to list them I realised how extraordinary the last few years have been.    Since 2008, Tauranga's...

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Catherine StewartTauranga City Councillor Last week elected members listened to submitters during the Annual Plan process. We had some submissions from small food businesses that were concerned about the hike in their fees, with one submitter saying...

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Matt CowleyTauranga City Councillor Some people say councils should be run more like businesses. But councils should be cautious if its services start to compete with local businesses. Tauranga City Council has set up a subsidiary company, called...

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Simon BridgesNational MP simonbridges.co.nz On Monday I attended the Dawn Service at the Mount Cenotaph and the Civic Parade at Memorial Park. Anzac Day is a chance to reflect and honour the contributions our veterans made to protect our freedoms...

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Jane NeesBOP Regional Councillorwww.janenees.co.nz The shape of the proposed Minister of Local Government's legislative reform proposal ‘Better Local Services Reform' is now clearer. The intention is to encourage more joint services...

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Catherine StewartTauranga City Councillor At a recent briefing, a decision was made by elected members to delegate responsibility to our CEO to deal with some requests from the Merivale Community Centre. I would have expected the requests to come...

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Andrew von DadelszenFormer Regional Councillor Transport Minister Simon Bridges' announcement last week is huge for the Western Bay of Plenty and Tauranga in particular. The Bay of Plenty Regional Transport Committee, chaired by councillor...

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Todd TalksBy Todd Muller I was asked by the Mount RSA on Saturday to open Fox Hole – their new, family-orientated café. It was a special occasion that gave me pause to reflect on the value RSA members give to their community. As a...

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Matt CowleyTauranga City Councillor Let's consider a scenario where Tauranga City Council chooses to build its office building in vacant greenfield land, such as Papamoa or Tauriko. For me, it would signal the beginning of the end of Tauranga's...

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Jane NeesBOP Regional Councillorwww.janenees.co.nz Both mayors from Tauranga City and Western Bay of Plenty District have now announced this current term will be their last. Under their leadership there has been a very strong collaborative way...

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