Bay of Plenty to seek share of $1b fund

The wider Bay of Plenty region, its economy and its people stand to significantly benefit from the launch of the government's Provincial Growth Fund, says the Bay of Connections regional growth strategy chairman Doug Leeder. Details of the fund... Read More

Jan Tinetti reveals a little of herself

Tauranga Labour list MP Jan Tinetti has revealed a deeply personal tragedy while talking in support of her leader and Prime Minister. The MP had been asked by The Weekend Sun for a report card on her government's first 100 days in power, and was... Read More

Mangrove submissions have closed

The Mangrove Management Bill being sponsored by Coromandel MP Scott Simpson will have submissions heard in Thames, says Scott. “I'm pleased the committee has accepted my invitation to visit Thames to hear from submitters directly and... Read More

Muller: ‘Local lives being put at risk’

Following discussions at the Health Select Committee at a hearing for the Bay of Plenty District Health Board's annual review, Bay of Plenty MP Todd Muller is concerned the government's delay of a nationwide bowel cancer screening programme... Read More

Help at the end of the rainbow

Coming out at 50 is no less terrifying than coming out as a teenager, says a Tauranga woman offering help and advice to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex community. With the support of Toi Ohomai, Kat Clark has established a Rainbow... Read More

Bill submitted to make English official

New Zealand First has submitted a member's bill for English to be recognised as an official language of New Zealand. Te Reo Maori was recognised in 1987 and New Zealand Sign Language in 2006, yet there is no legislation that recognises English. “The... Read More

If you love Tauranga, stand for council

Do you want to represent your community? Tauranga City Council is holding a by-election in April for one at large position on council. Nominations for candidates in the upcoming by-election are now open. Nominations close at noon on Monday, March 5.... Read More

Adams to take on Bridges for top job

Selwyn MP Amy Adams will be taking on Tauranga MP Simon Bridges and Papakura MP Judith Collins for the leadership of the National Party. She made the announcement outside parliament this afternoon, and is notably the only MP so far to be flanked by caucus... Read More

Simon ‘upbeat’ about leadership bid

Tauranga MP Simon Bridges has today announced his intention to run for leader of the National Party. He joins Judith Collins, who has also thrown her hat in ring, following Bill English's surprise resignation on Tuesday. Simon says since Bill stepped... Read More

Bridges leadership bid likely

Tauranga MP Simon Bridges looks set to be the first National MP to announce a bid to replace Bill English as leader. English announced his resignation in two weeks on Tuesday, setting off a two week contest for leadership aspirants in his party to win... Read More



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