Recent news of a larger than expected government surplus brings some thought about how those funds might be best spent at regional level. Priority One is the Economic Development Agency for the Western Bay of Plenty; our goal is for our economy to deliver prosperity for all of its community.

Naturally we're interested in how those additional funds could be put to good, future-focused use if the Government decided to make a one-off distribution of its funds.

Let's start with what a reasonable chunk of that surplus might be for the Western Bay. As Tauranga is the fastest-growing city in

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