Community concerns help shape BOP roads

Community concerns about the priority given to a number of significant roading projects in the Bay of Plenty are being heard across regional and national levels. The roads at the centre of debate include State Highway 2, between Te Puna and Omokoroa,...... Read More

Minister disappointed nurses reject offer

Health Minister Dr David Clark says he's disappointed that nurses have voted against the District Health Boards’ half-billion dollar offer, the largest made to nurses in more than a decade. “Nurses are a vital part of our health workforce...... Read More

Calls to submit on proposed visitor levy

Rotorua Mayor Steve Chadwick says the Government’s proposed international visitor levy will be of major interest locally and she is encouraging local sectors to have their say. “Rotorua is a premium tourism destination and this will no...... Read More

Peters: ’Heads should roll’ at Fonterra

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters has swung in behind his MP Shane Jones, joining him in savaging Fonterra and its chairperson. Mr Jones - who is Regional Development Minister - yesterday attacked the dairy giant, saying it needed to be restructured...... Read More

Angie speaks in support of Domestic Violence Bill

Many victims of domestic violence are forced to give up work and go on benefits due to the inflexibility of their employment arrangements, says Angie Warren-Clark. The Bay of Plenty-based Labour list MP was speaking in support of the Domestic Violence...... Read More

Parties clash over housing issues

Housing affordability was the Achilles heel of the former government, and it continues to test the new administration. There were fractious exchanges between Housing Minister Phil Twyford and his National Party counterpart Judith Collins at select committee...... Read More

Koha and apartheid discussed at MP meeting

Maori influence over aspects of the Resource Management Act and other local government issues were among the concerns expressed by Western Bay of Plenty residents at a public meeting with Todd Muller on Monday morning. The Bay of Plenty MP hosted a...... Read More

Peters’ $400k suit over superannuation leak

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters is taking legal action seeking $400,000 for breach of privacy over the leaking of his superannuation overpayment details. Papers were lodged in the High Court in Auckland today. It was revealed during...... Read More

Ultimatum over Tauranga Northern Link

Tauranga City Council is sending an ultimatum to the government over the stalled Tauranga Northern Link Highway - no highway, no special housing area at Smith’s Farm. “If we don’t get the Northern Link, we will just leave the housing...... Read More

New housing ministry backed

The housing sector is backing a government decision to establish a new standalone housing ministry to fix the housing crisis. The Ministry of Housing and Urban Development will incorporate units currently spread across the Ministry of Business,...... Read More

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