MPI says China’s not holding up our exports

The Ministry for Primary Industries says New Zealand's primary products are continuing to clear the border in China as usual. This follows recent reports suggesting delays. There is scrutiny on China for signs of retaliation against exporters...... Read More

36 houses needed to end homelessness in Tauranga

A Tauranga organisation looking after the homeless says if they had 36 houses they would end homelessness for every one of their clients. The People’s Project spokesperson Simone Cuers has told the council’s Community and Culture Committee...... Read More

Council takes aim at gambling in Tauranga

Tauranga City Council is hoping to phase out gambling in the city by halting the opening of new gaming venues and ruling out any additional slot machines. The new measures, which will come into force from March 14, has been adopted by the Community...... Read More

Major polytech merger including Toi Ohomai

  Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology is just one of the 16 New Zealand Industry Training Providers that will merge into a single entity under a massive overhaul of the industry.   With the polytechnics and technical institutes facing what...... Read More

Budget 2019 date announced

Budget 2019 will be delivered on Thursday May 30. “This year’s Budget will be the first to use the Coalition Government’s new Wellbeing approach, an evidence-based framework used to identify the Budget priorities and then assess which...... Read More

‘Nationally critical’ seabirds killed on BOP coast

Recent deaths of threatened seabirds killed by a longline fishing vessel in the Bay of Plenty is highlighting the need for more to be done to avoid seabird bycatch. Five Antipodean albatrosses and one Gibson’s albatross were killed when they...... Read More

Bridges launches campaign for young Kiwis

National Leader Simon Bridges has launched the final ‘Have Your Say’ campaign, calling for young New Zealanders to put forward their ideas for the future of New Zealand, as part of National’s 2020 election policy development process....... Read More

Smoking to be banned in vehicles with children

The Government has today announced it will prohibit smoking in cars carrying children under 18 years of age, says Associate Minister of Health Jenny Salesa. The law change will come into effect by an amendment to the Smoke-free Environments Act 1990. “First...... Read More

Free lecture on the Treaty of Waitangi

Following on from the two lectures on the Battle of Gate Pā, the Anglican Parish of Gate Pā are now offering a free lecture on the Treaty of Waitangi. This is an occasion to hear about why the Treaty came about, what happened during the days around...... Read More

Partnership is the message on Waitangi Day

Waitangi Day is a time to gather, reflect and improve on our partnerships says Waiariki Member of Parliment Tamati Coffey. To commemorate Waitanga Day many people gathered at the base of Hopukiore (Mount Drury) for the Dawn Service at 6.30am. The...... Read More

Opinion Poll

Should the speed on SH2, between Katikati and Bethlehem, be reduced to 80km/h?