Simon pushes government on America’s Cup

Tauranga MP and National Party economic development spokesperson Simon Bridges says time is running out for the government to get the America's Cup bases up and running for the cup defence in Auckland. “Economic Development Minister David... Read More

Labour sets up shop in Greerton

The Labour Party is establishing a permanent and very visible presence in their Tauranga heartland. The party, which now boasts four MPs across the Bay of Plenty region, is opening an office beside Countdown on Cameron Road on the fringe of the Greerton... Read More

Iwi settle Tauranga rights disputes

Three iwi joined together in Tauranga to sign a declaration resetting their relationship, following turbulent times earlier this year. The largest iwi in the Hauraki Collective Ngati Paoa signed a ‘Mana Enhancing Declaration' with Tauranga... Read More

Waka signal iwi agreement

Waka on Tauranga Moana on Saturday signals the signing of an agreement between Waikato and Western Bay of Plenty iwi, following turbulent times earlier this year. Diplomacy has settled a dispute over a land-grab by Waikato iwi using the treaty settlement... Read More

Homeless to be housed by Christmas

The first nine of 19 transitional houses built on Opal Drive in Papamoa will be handed over to the Tauranga Community Housing Trust on Monday. The Ministry of Social Development says final works on these homes is underway so families with an urgent need... Read More

Local MPs vote on euthanasia

Parliament has voted overwhelmingly in favour of a euthanasia bill in its first reading. The End of Life Choice Bill, proposed by ACT Party MP David Seymour, was sent to the Justice select committee with 76 in favour, 44 against. Tauranga's three... Read More

Govt reveals $5bn families package

Families with children are expected to be the main benefactors of the Government's new mini-budget. The Labour-led Government released its Budget Policy Statement today. Finance Minister Grant Robertson says the agenda aims to build a... Read More

Politicians wrangle over highway

NZTA's announcement to proceed with the Katikati bypass and associated safety improvements on SH2, has sparked words between Tauranga MP Simon Bridges and Transport Minister Phil Twyford. Simon started it by labelling the long-awaited SH2 upgrade... Read More

Jan Tinetti resumes lifelong learning

Jan Tinetti could be going through a big grief period. From running a school of 140 needy kids, she now plays a hand in running the country. And it's come at a personal cost. “I was at an event recently when one of my children launched herself... Read More

Baby girl for Simon and Natalie

  Tauranga MP Simon Bridges and his wife Natalie have welcomed a baby girl into their family. Jemima Alicja Ruth Bridges was delivered by caesarean at 2pm on Friday. Jemima weighed 6lb, 14oz. Simon says his daughter's middle names were after... Read More



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