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Saturday, March 07, 2015

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Following complaints from residents about overcrowded footpaths being ‘littered with tables and chairs’ in downtown Mount Maunganui, how would you solve the problem?

Remove parking bays and make the pavements wider
Pedestrianise the whole area
Leave it alone. Its a lot of fuss over nothing
Make cafe owners and restaurateurs pay extra for use of the footpaths
Ban outdoor tables and chairs completely
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Keen photographers are encouraged to hover their fingers over the shutter ready to snap their best photos to enter in the Photographic Society of New Zealand's 63rd annual convention and exhibition.A selection of the most eye catching shots will be displayed at the 2015 ‘Exploring Pixels' event,...


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An illusionist, ventriloquist, shadow puppeteer, mime and comedian walk into a pub one day, the barman turns around and says “G'day Raymond, what'll it be?” Australian performer Raymond...


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Summer is well and truly here, with an exciting range of new fashions and season sales at Fashion Island. Nestled in Papamoa, the array of outlet stores offer a large range of clothes and items at...


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The sweet sounds of three singer-songwriters filled Major Toms in Mount Maunganui for a free gig this month. It is part of Auckland multi-instrumentalist Ezra Vine's summer tour, which sees him joining...


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When the V8 jetsprint boats power their way into Mount Maunganui's ASB Stadium again in 2015 – Tauranga's Ken Goebel is guaranteed to be there front and centre. There's no way he's going to...


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Bigger, better and more are the words being used to describe Devilskin's Summer Surrender tour. One of New Zealand's top hard rock bands, Devilskin are once again hitting the roads as they tour the...


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  Choosing home care products made from natural organic New Zealand ingredients is high on my priority list.   I've been using Pure Blend products for several years now, and I'm totally addicted...


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  ‘If it isn't broken, don't drink it'. What a slogan and also a great way to introduce Broken Vodka – a premium New Zealand vodka.   Created in a backyard shed down Wanaka way,...


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  Bethlehem's upcoming ‘A Night Before Christmas' is offering a myriad of dinner options for families to enjoy while lapping up all the entertainment at Mills Reef on December 20.   Event...


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Pamela Barke is back up and running again for the 2015 Generation Homes Women's Triathlon on February 22, which is just before her 50th birthday. Pamela says the triathlon is both fun and challenging...


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