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Andrew von DadelszenFormer Regional Councillor The Government Report ‘Toi Moana Bay of Plenty Growth Study', released last week by Minister Steven Joyce, is a bit of a wake-up call for the Western Bay. In my view this report missed...

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Matt CowleyTauranga City Councillor ‘We are the future' is the theme of this year's Youth Week happening nationwide from May 23-30. Youth Week is an opportunity for New Zealanders to celebrate and recognise the extraordinary contribution...

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Simon BridgesNational MP simonbridges.co.nz Finance Minister Bill English delivered the National-led government's seventh Budget this week. Minister English, under the leadership of John Key, has done a remarkable job of steering the country...

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Catherine StewartTauranga City Councillor One of the most contentious topics elected members deal with is trees. This week a decision was made at our council meeting to honour a legal covenant made between the Tilby family and council. The legal...

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Matt CowleyTauranga City Councillor What an amazing week. We've listened to about 150 people present their submissions on Tauranga City Council's draft Long Term Plan.  The plan sets out what activities council will do during the...

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Andrew von DadelszenFormer Regional Councillor Let me commend the Tauranga Energy Consumer Trust for divesting 6.4 per cent of its holding in Trustpower. This $154.8 million divestment makes compelling commercial sense, as this trust is a cornerstone...

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Simon BridgesNational MP simonbridges.co.nz On Tuesday, May 12, I'll be hosting a ‘Cut the Red Tape' meeting at the Historic Village from 9.30am. This is part of the National Government's Rules Reduction Initiative announced...

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Catherine StewartTauranga City Councillor I see the latest amalgamation debate/dinner has been cancelled. If there is to be meaningful debates on this topic, then a panel of men and women speakers and a balance of ‘for' and ‘against'...

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Matt CowleyTauranga City Councillor I'm excited Tauranga City Council unanimously adopted the Public Art Policy this week. The policy establishes a better process for making decisions on public art. If you search the internet for images of...

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Todd TalksBy Todd Muller The recent Anzac centennial celebrations in the Bay was a moving moment for me, as I met several folk from our older generation who experienced first-hand life during the war. In our age, where often our greatest nuisance...

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