Council votes in favour of Maori wards

Whakatane District Council elected members have voted in favour of a resolution that would enable the establishment of Maori wards. The elected members heard submissions from the public before deliberating and voting six to five in favour of supporting... Read More

Women start working for free from today

A day of working for free isn't usually an opportunity to celebrate - but today women around the country will do just that. ‘Work for Free' Day symbolically represents the day women start working for free for the rest of the year due... Read More

Todd ‘ready to get stuck in’

Bay of Plenty MP Todd Muller says he's ‘ready to get stuck in' and hold the new Labour government to account. Last week he made the first of what are expected to be regular Facebook video blogs, updating constituents on what's... Read More

Mining call welcomed by watchdog

While anti-mining organisation Coromandel Watchdog of Hauraki, welcomes a government announcement confirming there will be no new mines on conservation land, it's business as usual for the mining companies already in operation. Conservation Minister... Read More

Man rescued from submerged car

Firefighters have freed a man from a submerged car following a crash near Paengaroa this evening. Emergency services were called to the crash on State Highway 33, between Maniatutu Road and Allport Road, just before 8pm. A police spokesperson says a... Read More

Muller: three strikes repeal bad news

Bay of Plenty MP Todd Muller says the new Government's intention to repeal “three strikes” legislation spells out bad news for the Bay. Officially called the Sentencing and Parole Reform Act 2010, the three strikes law prohibits parole... Read More

House trading: MPs strike hasty deal

A hasty deal has been struck between National and Labour on the floor of the House after Labour failed to muster a majority to have its MP Trevor Mallard elected as Speaker. Five government MPs and one National MP were absent from Parliament as MPs were... Read More

Govt trying to limit scrutiny - Bridges

The Government is trying to limit scrutiny of its actions by attempting to cut the number of Opposition MPs on select committees because it is short on numbers itself, says Shadow Leader of the House Simon Bridges. “The role of the Opposition... Read More

Back from the brink and campaigning

The mobility scooter became a political battlewagon – a blue, message-bearing, battery-powered chariot for change. And the banner which fluttered from Esther Richard's scooter made her stand-point clear to anyone on the streets of Parkvale... Read More

New appointments for opposition MPs

Bay of Plenty MP Todd Muller has been appointed National Party Spokesman for Climate Change and Crown/Maori Relations. “It's a great privilege to be trusted with two portfolios that are so vital to our national interest,” says Todd. “I... Read More



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On the ’Bird Walk’, Katikati looking over the Uretara stream to the Kaimai ranges. Photo: Glenice McDonald.

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