Column Articles

Fri 16 Oct 2015
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I have always admired trade negotiators. They are a special breed, who live and breathe trade nomenclature in a manner that can be truly bewildering for us mere mortals.

Wed 14 Oct 2015
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Some topics are difficult. One of those is the Big C – specifically, breast cancer.

However, last weekend we all donned our pinkest and brightest clothes for the Pink Papamoa Beach Walk organised by Tauranga Breast Cancer support manager, Lea Lehndorf.

Thu 8 Oct 2015
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I understand people’s concerns about the recently agreed Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). In any situation, when there is some secrecy and high stakes involved, our imaginations can create situations of Steven Spielberg proportions.

Tue 6 Oct 2015
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We’ve heard your frustrations, and we’re making changes. Ideally, people want to deal with local government bureaucracy as little as possible.

Delays, unnecessary costs, complexity and annoyance can characterise those dealings, whether it’s in regard to building work, dog control, tree cutting, or health and safety.

Fri 2 Oct 2015
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Most of us will remember how we saw our grandparents when we were young children. We may remember being spoiled rotten by them, or remember feeling grandma’s wrath after having “pruned” her roses with a spade.

Tue 29 Sep 2015
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All children deserve to have happy and successful lives. It’s a grim reality that too many are being let down, including in our communities.

Fri 25 Sep 2015
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Cast your memory back one year ago – New Zealanders had just voted in the National-led Government with a record majority and a clear mandate that work needs to be done on our most vulnerable in society.

I’m tremendously proud of where we stand together as a region and a country today, one year on.

Mon 24 Aug 2015
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It is often a popular dinnertime conversation: the tyranny of so-called “Armchair Experts”.

Mon 14 Sep 2015
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You may have seen the headline recently in the Bay of Plenty Times: Cruise Ships Keep Local. Our local economy has had $35 million injected into it through cruise ships, and we are the second most visited region in the country.

Mon 14 Sep 2015
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One of the strongest assets for the Bay of Plenty is its natural resources and innovative population. From growing fruit to developing robotics, our region boasts an array of businesses which are securing a good future for our communities.