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The Government's $790 million package to lift kids out of poverty will in part mean a $25-a-week boost to families on benefits. But what will $25 a week mean to their lives? SunLive took “Michelle”, a solo mother of five, to the supermarket...

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Up to $70 million in child support debt in the Bay of Plenty could be written off by Inland Revenue in a bid to increase payments. Budget 2015 saw Revenue Minister Todd McClay announce an overhaul of the penalty regime where nationwide up to $1.7 billion...

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3.30pm: More than $370 million will be spent on school infrastructure, the Government has unveiled as part of Budget 2015. Education Minister Hekia Parata and Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye say of the $373.9 million this includes $130.1m operating...

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Finance Minister Bill English is set to deliver the Government's seventh Budget this afternoon. And it is hoped New Zealand's growing economy will be translated into real, everyday benefits for households and businesses. Finance Minister Bill...

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Tamati Coffey is back in the political scene after being elected a Labour Party spokesperson. Coffey's election to the role comes as part of a complete restructure of the wider Rotorua Labour Electorate Committee, reports Fairfax. Tamati Coffey...

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Prime Minister John Key has paid tribute to Zespri and the Bay of Plenty's kiwifruit industry for its “remarkable” ability to regroup and recover in the wake of Psa. As part of his day-long trip to Tauranga, Key visited Zespri's...

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Accessibility and keeping a finger on the pulse of Papamoa has helped Bay of Plenty MP Todd Muller set up a new electorate office in the suburb. And today he received the seal of approval from Prime Minister John Key, who officially opened the new office...

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A government-led growth study detailing how the Bay of Plenty has a number of natural advantages over other regions of New Zealand was launched at Tauranga's ASB Arena this afternoon. Economic development minister Steven Joyce, Primary industries...

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You can save your money John! You can quit the two-stage binding referendum on a new national flag and save the country $26 million right here and now. That's the clear message from Otumoetai College students, who responded to a poll on the subject...

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Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei has suggested that selling off Tauranga's state housing stock is the “worst possible news” for vulnerable residents. The government announced this week that Tauranga and Invercargill state houses are...

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