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Saturday, March 07, 2015

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Following complaints from residents about overcrowded footpaths being ‘littered with tables and chairs’ in downtown Mount Maunganui, how would you solve the problem?

Remove parking bays and make the pavements wider
Pedestrianise the whole area
Leave it alone. Its a lot of fuss over nothing
Make cafe owners and restaurateurs pay extra for use of the footpaths
Ban outdoor tables and chairs completely
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Tauranga is among 22 New Zealand cities holding rallies on Saturday to protest against the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement. The Tauranga rally begins at 11am at The Edgewater Fan. Scenes from the earlier anti TPPA protest in November. Opposition...

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Measures to prevent Queensland fruit fly becoming established in New Zealand are underway on both sides of the Tasman, says Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy, who visited Tauranga yesterday. Nathan is working with Australian officials on import...

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Bay of Plenty MP Todd Muller was backed by the National Party to the tune of $25,000 during his successful 2014 election campaign, while Tauranga MP and Transport Minister Simon Bridges relied on donations from the community. The National Party support...

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An urgent overhaul of the law governing pay increases for MPs is the right move according to Tauranga MP Clayton Mitchell. Yesterday the Government bowed to public pressure and will peg back pay rises for MPs by tying their salaries to those of the wider...

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Leanne Brown always harboured ambitions of running for Tauranga City Council at some point - it was just a matter of when the time was right. This week the current Bethlehem Town Centre marketing manager won a tight race for the vacant Mount/Papamoa Ward...

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Leanne Brown has been announced as the latest Tauranga City councillor after winning a tight race in the Mount/Papamoa Ward by-election. Voting results released this afternoon show Leanne received 3250 votes, just 42 more than former Labour candidate...

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A progress report on the Mount Maunganui/Papamoa by-election shows Leanne Brown in the lead by a slim margin of 32 votes, ahead of Clare Wilson. Leanne Brown (top right) and Clare Wilson (centre) are out in front in the Mt Maunganui/Papamoa by-election,...

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A ball is yet to be bowled at this year's ICC Cricket World Cup, but a Tauranga MP believes the New Zealand public are being “robbed” of the excitement and inspiration the tournament holds due to a lack of free-to-air television coverage. Tomorrow...

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Why is Te Reo Maori an official language of New Zealand and enjoying special privileges when English, spoken by about 96 per cent of all New Zealanders, is not? That, according to Robin Bishop of Pyes Pa, “is a wrong” and she insists it needs...

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It's almost crunch time for the candidates in the Mount Maunagnui/Papamoa Ward by-election, but residents are being reminded that last minute enrolments are still being accepted. With election day on February 17 looming, registrar of electors for...

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