Ancestry-based representation – is it racist?

Straight from city councilA personal view,by Councillor Steve Morris I received a letter in the mail this week inviting me to go on the Maori electoral roll, as I have Maori ancestors, and it got me thinking. Many of those in favour of ancestry-based... Read More

Reflecting on true inspirations

Todd MullerNational MP   Last weekend, as I sat in the natural amphitheatre of the Te Puna Quarry listening to a superb kapa haka performance from our local disabled community, I reflected on a few weeks earlier when I had the pleasure of... Read More

Why future planning needs to happen now

Clayton MitchellNew Zealand First MP As a Tauranga resident, I struggle with traffic and congestion. It quite often takes me more than 35 minutes to get from Golf Road to the Harbour Bridge via Hewletts Road in the morning and again in reverse... Read More

Mental health inquiry well underway

Angie Warren-ClarkLabour MP I was pleased this week to hear an update from Professor Ron Paterson, chairperson of the Mental Health Inquiry, where he said that the inquiry is now well underway. During the election campaign last year issues around... Read More

Plenty of events in the Bay

Jan TinettiLabour MP The great things that are going on in our community, and the special people who make them happen, never cease to amaze me. Recently, I was privileged to attend three events in one weekend - the Climate Change Forum, hosted... Read More

Our thriving BOP

Simon BridgesNational Party Leader The Bay of Plenty is thriving, and our increase in nominal GDP proves it. We have topped the regions for nominal GDP for the second year running (year ending March 2017), according to Statistics... Read More

Working out a divide between local councils

Straight from city councilA personal view,by Councillor Steve Morris “I mentioned it once, but I think I got away with it” said Basil Fawlty in the Fawlty Towers episode ‘The Germans'. We had some German exchange students... Read More

Making an impact

Todd MullerNational MP   Last Friday I had the pleasure of helping out with the launch of our very first Disability Sports Festival which was held at the ASB arena over the weekend.  It was a very successful initiative with hundreds... Read More

Participating is the best bit

Angie Warren-ClarkLabour MP The best part of my job as an MP is about getting out in our community to meet the many interesting and diverse people across the Bay of Plenty electorate. On Friday I attended the Bay of Plenty Envirohub Speakers Forum,... Read More

Investing in the regions a key step

Clayton MitchellNew Zealand First MP A key component of the New Zealand First/Labour coalition agreement was the establishment of the $3 billion Provincial Growth Fund (PGF). For too long our regions have suffered from neglect, with many areas... Read More

Opinion Poll

What facilities do you think Tauranga needs?

A large performing arts centre/conference hub
A 50m swimming pool
An outdoor sports and events stadium
A museum
None of the above
All of the above

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