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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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  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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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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