Upfront investment

Clayton MitchellNew Zealand First MP   The Student Loans Scheme was really that – a scheme. We now have an opportunity to right one of the great wrongs of recent NZ history, with the introduction of NZ First's Up Front Investment... Read More

Targeting our bus service will be targeted

Andrew von DadelszenRegional Councillor Many thanks to those who showed confidence in me by electing me back onto the Bay of Plenty Regional Council. It never ceases to amaze me that many sitting councillors – Tauranga City and Mayoral candidates... Read More

Get over it and get on with it

Straight from city councilwith councillor Steve Morris There's nothing like a council election process to stir up new ideas for our city, mixed with the odd bit of sledging. But now the final whistle's blown and the minority of our... Read More

Presumption and assumption versus investigation and conversation

Clayton MitchellNew Zealand First MP An editorial about possum trapping vs. 1080 led to a lot of misinformed anger. If we base our assumptions on the media alone, how can any of us really know what a person - or political party - is actually advocating? Traditional... Read More

What is ‘real’ in this world?

Michelle's Musingswith Michelle Muller Following a recent stint of medical-assigned bedrest, I found myself watching TV programmes that I normally wouldn't view.  But out of boredom, drug-induced and reduced brain cell capacity... Read More

Welcoming the Aotea Maersk megaship

Simon BridgesNational MP simonbridges.co.nz This week it was great to join the hundreds of people who crowded around the base track of the Mount to welcome the biggest container ship to ever dock at Tauranga Harbour. It's a major milestone... Read More

Asking the hard questions

Clayton MitchellNew Zealand First MP Another great public forum at Tauranga RSA at Greerton last Tuesday. Great crowd, great questions. Darroch Ball spoke about this blue government's unbalanced business-focused – over people-focused... Read More

MP reminds us of the good things

Todd TalksBy Todd Muller From time to time we get a reminder of the very good things that are happening in our community. For me, this came with two powerful community engagements last week. Both reflected the power of leadership within our community.  Last... Read More

Protecting our families

Todd TalksBy Todd Muller People should feel safe at home with their family. For most of us, this is the reality. Sadly, for some of us, it is not. For some people home is a place of terror. Half of New Zealand's homicides are family... Read More

Thursday night thinking: 30 years ahead

Clayton MitchellNew Zealand First MP At Thursday night's opening of our new Tauranga electorate office, the Rt. Hon Winston Peters' speech also opened the door to a radical overhaul of the Tauranga Transport network: No more tolls on Route K, and... Read More

Opinion Poll

Only 38 per cent of electors returned their voting forms in the council elections, did you vote?

I’m not enrolled to vote
I dumped the voting form
I didn’t get round to posting it
I returned my voting form by mail
I dropped my voting form into council

Bay Today

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