Voting on Maori Wards opens

Western Bay electors will have their say on whether or not the District Council should establish Maori wards, when voting opens next week.  Western Bay of Plenty District Council is holding a binding poll to see whether Maori wards should be introduced... Read More

Candidates to debate live on SunLive

Tauranga's by-election candidates will debate live tonight in an event livestreamed on SunLive. Sixteen of the 20 candidates have confirmed their attendance at No. 1 The Strand, and will be questioned on a range of issues affecting Tauranga's... Read More

Govt changes bad for tenants, landlords

A Tauranga landlord has lashed out at the government's proposed changes to rental rules, saying the extra costs are unaffordable for both tenants and landlords. Tony Cranston, who owns 13 rental properties around Tauranga, believes recent moves... Read More

Differing opinions on roadside drug test

The government has told police to catch more drunk drivers and stop pushing to saliva test drivers for drugs. Documents obtained under the Official Information Act show the Transport Ministry and police want 45,000 motorists a year to be randomly tested... Read More

Housing minister visits Tauranga

Housing and Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford hosted a housing forum in Tauranga this afternoon to discuss the future of the city's housing options He was joined by local Labour MPs Tamati Coffey (Waiariki), Jan Tinetti (Tauranga, list) and... Read More

A different view of Coronation Park

Imagine a transport hub, information centre and accommodation provider all in one location in downtown Mount Maunganui. That's the vision local architect Mark Wassung has for Salisbury Avenue along the edge of Coronation Park. He's seen the... Read More

MP: Govt decision on oil/gas ‘sensible’

Tauranga Labour Party list MP Angie Warren-Clark has praised her government's ending of new offshore oil and gas exploration in New Zealand as choosing a ‘sensible path'. The announcement, made to today, doesn't affect existing... Read More

By-election candidates to debate live

Candidates vying for the single vacant At Large seat on the Tauranga City Council will go head-to-head in a live debate at No. 1 The Strand on Thursday April 19. The debate, hosted by SunLive, will be live-streamed on the website from 6.45pm. The informal... Read More

Maori electoral option packs in the mail

Information packs went out to 477,000 Maori voters this week as the 2018 Maori Electoral Option gets underway. The option runs from April 3-August 2 and allows Maori voters to choose to be on the Maori roll or the general roll for the next two general... Read More

Candidates slam councillor

It's a simple, procedural, postal by-election to fill a vacancy at Tauranga City Council, but three weeks out from the close of voting, there has been a heated exchange of words and ideas. The debate was fueled by sitting council member Steve... 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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