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Jane NeesBOP Regional Councillorwww.janenees.co.nz If you have a garden you'll be very familiar with weeds and the way they can take over if not managed. However, they don't just affect our gardens – they also impact our native...

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Matt CowleyTauranga City Councillor No council can behave like a profitable business; let me tell you why. Businesses focus on a target market of likeminded customers. Councils are mandated to look after the best interest of the entire community...

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  Catherine StewartTauranga City Councillor During the Annual Plan submission process some concerns were raised by residents at the Mount regarding the use of toxic chemical sprays to kill off noxious weeds in the sand dunes, prior to replanting...

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Ian McLeanSpokesperson for the Green Party When 50 participants at Welcome Bay Community Centre's election meeting on August 17 were offered ultimate power to fix the world, not one of them asked for economic growth. Instead, they wanted...

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Clare WilsonLocal Labour Imagine working all your life, earning money and bringing up a family, possibly fighting in a war, or receiving minimum wage all your life, but managing your mortgage and bills. Alternatively, we all know people who've...

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Conservatively Yourswith Deborah Cunliffe When I was young I thought I had all the answers, and learning I didn't was a hard pill to swallow.   Fast-forward 30 years – two adult children and lots of curved balls later –...

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Local Labourwith Rachel Jones As a political candidate I get to talk to locals about a whole lot of issues. One topic that's got under my skin is fishery management. New Zealand fisheries management seems strangely weighted in favour of commercial...

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Jane NeesBOP Regional Councillorwww.janenees.co.nz A conference is a great opportunity to take a step back from day-to-day imperatives and take a long-term, strategic view of issues and challenges. I recently attended a conference run by the Environmental...

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Simon BridgesNational MP simonbridges.co.nz With Parliament wrapping up I'll now be able to spend even more time in Tauranga, working hard to share our message. And it's a simple one. Last election we laid out our four priorities for...

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Matt CowleyTauranga City Councillor I'm guessing the media this week painted Council as the uncaring, bureaucratic villain that doesn't listen to parts of its community. This follows Council's decision on Tuesday not to change...

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