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Local Labourwith Rachel Jones Which is more precious to you – your car or your children? Your house or your children? Your money or your children? Government changes to family court law suggest your worldly possessions are more important...

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Simon BridgesNational MP simonbridges.co.nz In this last week of parliament before the election, we had a number of valedictory speeches from retiring National MPs, including Tony Ryall. As a new MP in 2008, Tony was a great help to me and I have...

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Governance Matterswith Peter McKinlay Largely out of the public eye, there's been a lot of ongoing discussion about local government reform for the Bay of Plenty. Ideas about ‘efficiency' and ‘economies of scale' are...

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Matt CowleyTauranga City Councillor I'm not going to tell you what you already know about natural disasters. We know we need to be prepared to look after ourselves as help is unlikely to reach everyone in the city straight away. But before...

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Ian McLeanGreen SceneSpokesperson for the Green Party The Green Party is determined to protect our beaches, permanently. How? We watched Petrobras and Anadarko come, explore, find nothing and go. Each time, brave souls went to sea to carry the...

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  Clare WilsonLocal Labour It's winter, well and truly. My electricity bill arrived online this week, and I gasped out loud. While the number-crunchers debate the level of power price increases in New Zealand, the reality for the bill-payers...

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Matt CowleyTauranga City Councillor Parking was the hot topic during Council's meeting on Wednesday, which went longer than anyone expected. The first issue was our submission on the resource consent to keep the Rena wreck parked on Astrolabe Reef. We've...

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Independent viewsBy Brendan Horan This is yet another SOS from the NZ Independent Coalition – we have a number of initiatives to save our students. First will be an overhaul of Studylink, to remove the frustrating bureaucracy our students...

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Ian McLeanGreen SceneSpokesperson for the Green Party Some alternative approaches to education policy are emerging in the lead-up to this general election. We have proposals for both top-down and bottom-up approaches to supporting teaching expertise. The...

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  Catherine StewartTauranga City Councillor It's great to see the Otumoetai Schoolhouse arrived safely at the Historic Village on Monday morning. The green and white building fits in well with surrounding buildings, both colour-wise...

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Early morning near Maungatapu. By Dementi Raj.
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