’Misinformation causing anguish’- Coffey

Wairiki MP Tamati Coffey stands by his comments that the Pare Hauraki settlement was signed off by the previous government. The claim caused a nationwide backlash, including from the Maori Party which has rejected his explanations altogether. “History...... Read More

Politicians gain insight on Kiwi Can programme

National MP Nikki Kaye’s tour of Tauranga had her visiting different schools with Bay of Plenty MP Todd Muller. They talked with teachers and principals about all sorts of different issues but one discussion in particular was about the Graeme...... Read More

Bridges: National caucus didn’t leak travel costs

Opposition leader Simon Bridges is standing by his MPs, saying he doesn't believe one of them leaked his travel expenses to media. Simon is defending the roughly $84,000 he clocked up travelling around the country in a Crown limousine between April...... Read More

More mental health and addiction funding - Muller

Bay of Plenty MP Todd Muller is welcoming of the Government’s $8.4 million announcement to help care for high needs, vulnerable New Zealanders – but would like to see more being done for the Bay. “As our community continues to rapidly...... Read More

‘Media hoopla’ won’t decide Bridge’s leadership

Tauranga MP Simon Bridges is upbeat about the latest political opinion poll, even though he took a bit of a hit. In the latest One News Colmar Brunton poll, the Leader of the Opposition dropped two points to just 10 per cent as the preferred Prime...... Read More

The ’crisis’ in criminal justice - Andrew Little

Justice Minister Andrew Little is calling for services for victims of crime to be more professionally-run, rather than relying on volunteers. That's just one of his plans for reforming the justice sector, though he admits his ideas will be expensive...... Read More

Rental vetting practice deemed ’unethical’

Landlords and property managers are being criticised for asking prospective tenants for their bank statements when vetting for new lets. NZ First MP, Darroch Ball, is calling for an investigation after he heard, during a recent select committee submission,...... Read More

Beneficiary contraceptive scheme comes to an end

A scheme to fund free long term contraceptives for beneficiaries and their daughters ends on Monday. The previous government set aside almost a $1 million for the scheme over six years, but Work and Income spent just $200,000 of that. The grant, which...... Read More

$3m to tackle EBOP youth unemployment

Minister of Employment Willie Jackson announced at today’s Bay of Connections annual forum a further $3.08 million investment to tackle youth unemployment in the Eastern Bay of Plenty. He Poutama Rangatahi is an initiative that was launched this...... Read More

PM makes return from maternity leave

  "I'm not going to pretend that I have the same lot as every other woman." Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says she is acutely aware of the example she is setting for other parents returning to work, and is clear that she is not going...... Read More

Opinion Poll

What do you think about businesses rejecting people’s job applications if they have tattoos?

I think it’s fine. Companies should be able to do what is right for their business.
They shouldn’t be able to discriminate someone for having tattoos.
I guess it depends where the tattoo is.