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Papamoa resident and former Mount Mainstreet manager Leanne Brown is the first to announce her candidacy for Clayton Mitchell's vacant city council seat. Nominations don't open until November 22, but Leanne says she's announcing early...

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The Prime Minister is adamant he wants a new national flag – and he's prepared to spend $25.7 million of taxpayers' dosh on two referendums during two years to get one. Mount Maunganui artist Timo Rannali wholeheartedly agrees, and has...

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Regional growth and New Zealand's relationship with the environment were key features of Bay of Plenty MP Todd Muller's maiden speech yesterday. Wearing a korowai cloak given to him by the Bidois and Borell whanau of Te Puna, his address also...

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While we Kiwis celebrate Labour Day with the extended weekend, spare a thought for those ancestors who fought hard to claim the right for an 8-hour working day. Falling on the forth Monday of October, the annual public holiday means schools, government...

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Claims a new bill will see the end of smoko breaks are being refuted by the Government. Labour MP Andrew Little claims the Employment Relations Amendment Bill is “mean-spirited and unfair”. Prime Minister John Key during a visit to the Bay....

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Beefed up parliamentary security in the wake of a shooting in Canada's parliament is being described as the biggest security awareness to hit New Zealand since 9/11, according to a Tauranga MP. Canada's capital Ottawa was put into lockdown...

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Mount Maunganui and Papamoa ratepayers will elect the replacement councillor for Clayton Mitchell on February 17, following his resignation this week. Clayton, who was one of two Mount/Papamoa ward councillors, resigned on October 20 - the day he was...

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Latest benefits figures show 423 fewer claimants in the Tauranga District in the September quarter compared to the same time last year. BOP MP Todd Muller says the Western Bay of Plenty saw a decline of 185 people on benefits over the year. “Welfare...

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The BOP regional council has changed its name – for the third time. The regional council today announced it is adopting the Maori title Toi Moana as its official name to co-exist with its English language name. Regional Council Chairman Doug Leeder. Toi...

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John Key has moved to reassure concerned travellers about the cost of regional airfares in New Zealand. Speaking during a visit to Tauranga yesterday, the Prime Minister revealed he had chewed the ear of the national carrier over high prices. “Yes,...

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