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Simon BridgesNational MP simonbridges.co.nz It's been a busy couple of months in Wellington, getting back into the business of Parliament and building on the progress we've made during the last six years. Firstly I want to acknowledge...

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Matt CowleyTauranga City Councillor Tauranga has been given some mean labels, such as ‘$10 Tauranga' and ‘a place for newly-weds and nearly-deads' – fortunately, many other New Zealand towns have far worse labels than...

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  Catherine StewartTauranga City Councillor A reminder, the by-election for Mount Maunganui/Papamoa ward takes place on February 17, 2015. Eligible people need to enrol or update their enrolment details by December 22, 2014 to vote in the...

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Todd TalksBy Todd Muller Much of the talk about our country's progress revolves around economic growth: 72,000 new jobs added to the economy and a 2.3 per cent increase in average hourly rates in the last year; unemployment is down to 5.4...

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Matt CowleyTauranga City Councillor While Monday's council meeting didn't last all day, there sure were a lot of topics on the agenda for debate. Our first decision was unanimously agreed by all elected members present, to not set up...

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  Catherine StewartTauranga City Councillor Central Government is in the process of listening to submissions regarding proposed changes to Health and Safety legislation. Changes to workplace legislation have been based on an Australian model. Councils...

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Matt CowleyTauranga City Councillor Councils in the wider Bay of Plenty region are deciding whether to co-fund a project looking at better ways to deliver local government services in the BOP. Councils have a duty to residents to ensure we're...

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  Catherine StewartTauranga City Councillor Improving customer service is always a focus of Tauranga City Council's Call Centre. In the past we had a third party contractor manage after-hour calls from customers. Now, any call to 577...

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Matt CowleyTauranga City Councillor The 4.7 per cent increase in your residential rates to address stormwater issues has meant council can do two things simultaneously. Our top priority is to finish modelling the current flood levels across the...

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  Catherine StewartTauranga City Councillor Tauranga City councillors are planning a workshop this week to review the last year – committee structures, what our priorities are and generally give feedback to each other. With seven new...

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The Historic Village at night. Photo by Rob Vile. Send us your photos and stories from around the Bay of Plenty. photos@thesun.co.nz