Minimum wage set to increase

People working for minimum wage are set to get an increase in the pay packet. Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Woodhouse says the rate will rise by 50c to $15.75 from April 1 – and no, it's not an April Fools' joke. The... Read More

Tauranga’s housing crisis worsening

The government is trumpeting the success of their Emergency Housing Special Needs Grant, but Whare Tauranga director Tommy Wilson believes the homeless problem is only getting worse. Last week the government reported 2600 New Zealanders had benefited... Read More

Pleading for pet rabbits

Pet rabbit owners are petitioning the government against importing any more rabbit calcivirus or rabbit haemorrhagic viruses to knock down feral rabbit numbers. The Ministry of Primary Industries has budgeted $240,000 to be spent during the current financial... Read More

Govt. to appeal Environment Court ruling

The Government has been slammed for its decision to appeal an Environment Court ruling made last year which followed in the wake of the 2011 Rena disaster. In December 2016 the court ruled New Zealand's regional councils would be able to use the... Read More

Microbead ban – bring it on

Seafood New Zealand wants the government ban on microbeads brought forward, says Seafood New Zealand Chief Executive Tim Pankhurst. He welcomes the announcement the Government will ban the use of microbeads in make-up and other beauty products, citing... Read More

A city of two councils

Tauranga ratepayers face the prospect of forever paying for two separate council buildings in the same city, unless some way is found to get the two talking. Tauranga City Councillor Larry Baldock is currently preparing for the first city transformation... Read More

Labour's young guns ride into town

The Labour Party's making another early election thrust into the Bay of Plenty by bringing two of its young guns to town this week. One is Labour's newly chosen candidate for the Waiariki electorate and former TV personality Tamati Coffey. The... Read More

Katikati unconvinced at bypass promises

Traffic congestion on State Highway 2, near Katikati, has boosted the awareness of the need of a bypass. Community board chair Jenny Hobbs' has launched a petition following numerous traffic complaints this summer. The townsfolk are a bit cynical... Read More

By-election for Mauao constituency

Nominations for candidates seeking election as a Bay of Plenty Regional Councillor for the Mauao Maori constituency open next Monday. The January 16 date is when a by-election for the constituency is formally publicly notified. The by-election will be... Read More

What’s up with Simon Bridges?

It seems to me that once an MP becomes a cabinet minister, he's adroitly balancing two full-time jobs. Plus attempting to give prime time to his home “constituency”, where wife and children no doubt keep him grounded as husband and... Read More



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