News

Fri 16 Oct 2015
| Column Articles

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.

Thu 15 Oct 2015
| Press releases

Kiwifruit growers will be on average $6,000 better off each year thanks to export tariffs removed through the Trans Pacific Partnership, says local MP Todd Muller.

“That equates to a $15 million gain by the kiwifruit industry which provides our region so much economic and job stability”, Todd Muller says.

Thu 15 Oct 2015
| Press releases

Latest figures reveal the number of people collecting a benefit in the Western Bay of Plenty has decreased compared to the same time last year, local MP Todd Muller says.

At the end of September there were 2,290 people on a benefit, 130 fewer than last year.

Wed 14 Oct 2015
| Column Articles

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
| Column Articles

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
| Column Articles

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.