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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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The Prime Minister is in Tauranga today and is adamant that New Zealand has not committed to contribute militarily to a war on terrorist jihadist group ISIS. John Key was in town to open the Bethlehem Birthing Centre. However, he was quizzed about NZ's...

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Babies and contemporary dance are on Prime Minister John Key's agenda when he visits Tauranga today. The visit begins with a visit to Brookfield Primary School before he opens Kidicorp owner Chloe Wright's $5 million Bethlehem Birthing Centre.   Prime...

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Former Labour chief David Cunliffe has withdrawn from the party's leadership race, and has backed Andrew Little to take the troubled party forward. In an address from his electorate office in Auckland, the 51-year-old today said his decision was...

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Tauranga MP Simon Bridges is quickly ruling out home town favouritism when it comes to road projects, but is keeping the door open on the Hairini underpass as the new Minister of Transport. Yesterday's parliamentary shake-up saw Simon promoted to...

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