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A bucket load of dirt marked the beginning of the $45 million Maungatapu underpass project today, as Transport Minister Simon Bridges dug the first sod at an onsite ceremony. Work is set to begin in earnest in mid-September. “The project will separate...

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The four alternative flag designs for inclusion in the New Zealand flag referendum later this year have been revealed. The designs were unveiled at a media conference in Wellington this morning and will go forward into the first referendum, which begins...

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The difficult subject of family violence will be the main topic of discussion at a public meeting called by Bay of Plenty MP Todd Muller tomorrow night. The open discussion, which is being held at Papamoa Community Centre on Gravatt Road from 6pm, will...

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Tauranga may have missed out on hosting Jetstar flights in and out of the city, but Transport Minister Simon Bridges says he isn't giving up hope that they'll reconsider in the future. In an announcement this morning, Jetstar outlined the...

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A new bill to increase the data protection period for agricultural chemicals in New Zealand is good news for growers of minor crops including avocados, says Nikki Johnson of Market Access Solutionz. Goat farmers are among those who would benefit from...

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Consumers are being warned that they could soon start paying GST when they purchase goods online. Even things such as downloading a song on iTunes could be subjected to GST.   Prime Minister John Key says it's inevitable that the cost of online...

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The first shots have been fired as the long running rugby battle between the Bay of Plenty and Waikato gets set to resume this weekend, but it's not from where you'd expect. The banter isn't flying on the field, but in Parliament. The...

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Tauranga's NZ First MP Clayton Mitchell has clashed with Transport Minister Simon Bridges in Parliament over the recently completed Tauranga Eastern Link. In a statement released this afternoon, Mitchell accused the minister of “congratulating...

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Thousands of Bay of Plenty households could benefit from the Green renters' bill launched today by the Green Party. The bill would bring New Zealand's outdated rental laws up to speed and improve the lives of the 29,280 Bay of Plenty renters. Photo:...

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KiwiSaver HomeStart is proving popular with first home buyers says Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith says today. The number of first home buyers accessing initiative for making a deposit on a house has doubled since the Government's new...

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