'Planet Key' appeal dismissed

The Electoral commission acted wrongly in banning a video lampooning prime minster John Key in the lead up to that year's election, according to the Court of Appeal decision released today. Planet Key was a satirical song and video that but for... Read More

Alcohol rule changes step closer

A bill to improve how low strength beer and wine can be sold passed its second reading in Parliament overnight. The Sale and Supply of Alcohol (Display of Low-alcohol Beverages and Other Remedial Matters) Amendment Bill makes minor technical changes... Read More

Mitchell supports immigration policy

Tauranga-based NZ First MP Clayton Mitchell approves of changes to the government's immigration policy, saying it's about time it took action. He's commenting on Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse's announced changes to the... Read More

$1.8B Government surplus

Finance Minister Bill English has presented the Crown accounts for the year to June, showing a surplus of $1.8 billion in 2015/16, up from $414 million in 2014/15. The Crown accounts show core Crown expenses are under 30 per cent of GDP for the first... Read More

Rules change for tenant damagers

The Government is looking at changing tenancy rules following recent court rulings which Housing Minister Nick Smith says have created confusion over how the Residential Tenancy Act (1986) and the Property Law Act (2007) interact. This is resulting in... Read More

$9M Edgecumbe College redevelopment

Around $9 million will be invested in the redevelopment of Edgecumbe College in the Bay of Plenty. “This project will involve demolishing and rebuilding three existing classroom blocks and an administration building,” says Education Minister... Read More

Report released for World Homeless Day

The government needs to stop burying their heads in the sand over the housing crisis. That's the conclusion of the cross-party inquiry into homelessness, which released its final report today. The report has been released to coincide with World... Read More

Two issues on new mayor’s mind

Tauranga's Mayor elect Greg Brownless says he has a bit of catching up to do before he's sworn in at the end of the month. There's two immediate issues, the previous council's decision to pull the New Year's Eve celebrations... Read More

Robson returns salary

Although he was unsuccessful in both his mayoral bid and re-election campaign for council, John Robson isn't bitter. When he was elected in 2013 he promised to pay back a percentage of his salary if voters rejected him in 2016. John Robson is making... Read More

Two new Kawerau councillors

Two new people - David Sparks and Sela Kingi – are elected to Kawerau District Council in the 2016 local elections. Along with the six returning councillors, the newly elected members will help steer Kawerau into a positive future and guide the... Read More

Opinion Poll

Only 38 per cent of electors returned their voting forms in the council elections, did you vote?

I’m not enrolled to vote
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I didn’t get round to posting it
I returned my voting form by mail
I dropped my voting form into council

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