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The 'accessible minister': New Education Minister's goals and focus
Tauranga-based list MP Jan Tinetti has been named the new Education Minister.
'White sand, warm water': BoP to the fore in Best Beach competition
The region took eight of the 15 final placings, and won three of the five categories.
Opinion: Removing GST from medicine could have wider benefits
Opinion: Removing GST from medicine is a simple step which would lead to big benefits.
Mattresses, fridges, biking in heels: Waipa Mill's first female worker turns 100
Aline Douglas used to have to bike home to use the toilet. There wasn't one at work.
'We need to restore the mana of our city': Te Arawa takes emergency housing stand
Two mayoral candidates have also called for action about the issue.
Opinion: Lack of women running for local body elections part of bigger problem
Opinion: Less than 0.05 per cent of the region's population is standing for a council.
'I thought I was going to die': Woman wakes up paralysed after eating shellfish
Kim Taia had no idea what the cause was, now local iwi have a way to test for it.
Easing the trauma: Couple doing their bit for cancer patients
Ian and Jennifer Stuart are collecting for Daffodil Day this year.
'Amazing show of aroha': Family donation means wahine toa's legacy lives on
The diagnosis was a "tough pill to swallow", but Angela Thrupp never gave up.
Forget billboards, this app is helping voters get to know candidates
A local app developer is using technology to connect voters.
Comment: This is not the time to cut the cord from masks
Opinion: Everywhere I look there are maskless people
Fifth candidate announces bid for Rotorua mayoralty
Ben Sandford said he was focused on communities, building capacity and smart investment.
'Historic day' as council committee takes step to return land to iwi
The final decision will go before the council, 68 years after the land was taken.
$100k needed to upgrade not fit for purpose Plunket building
Plunket Rotorua has received funding from different charities but has a $100k shortfall.
Supply woes, build costs affect aquatic centre upgrade
The council may use the government funding it is eligible for, for the centre.
$8.1m funding boost for Crankworx a 'game-changer'
The six-year funding includes $5.1m for Crankworx Rotorua and $3m for a summer series.
Comment | Let MPs share controversial views - then let the voters decide
OPINION: Voters deserve to know where individual MPs stand on controversial issues.
Zizi Sparks: Councils should consult openly and often
Opinion: Bring communities along on the journey to give them ownership.
Opinion: Abusing people just for doing their job is not okay
Angry people should instead try a bit of kindness.
Opinion: Riding on a bus is a privilege, not a right
Opinion: The bus stop boycott is showing users what they are missing out on
Opinion: Cost of housing infrastructure everyone's responsibility
Opinion: Property development is a business and you have to spend money to make money.
Opinion: Moaning about some plants? Give me a break
Opinion: But residents have every right to complain about turning reserves into housing
'It's unique, it's quirky': Inside the venue that doesn't want to hear the same old cover bands
'You know what that song sounds like? You don't need to listen to it again,' owner says.
TikTok doesn't have to be a black hole your time disappears into
Opinion: Everything in moderation, including social media, says Zizi Sparks.
Zizi Sparks: What no-one told me about planning a wedding in a pandemic
Opinion: No one told me a lot of things, but on the day none of it mattered.
Zizi Sparks: Lowering superannuation age for Māori not a long-term fix
Opinion: Maybe we should focus on increasing life expectancy so this isn't necessary.
Zizi Sparks: Remove some mandates, keep commonsense
Opinion: Even if rules are changed, we need to take some personal responsibility.
Zizi Sparks: How is teaching not a critical service?
Opinion: Teachers deserve to have access to rapid testing.
Zizi Sparks: Why those opposed to compulsory te reo in schools miss the point
Opinion: There are more pros than cons to studying te reo.
'Spirit of a lion': Nahne, 32, dies after year-long cancer battle
"When it was time to go she told us ... She told us she'd had enough and to let her go."
How long is too long? Keeping kids off screens, devices this holiday
Instead of staring at a device, children can read, be creative or be active.
Zizi Sparks: Orange brings freedom but not complacency
Opinion: Keep enjoying summer and supporting local but don't break the rules.
'Don't feel like I'm dying': How one woman with stage 4 cancer is beating the odds
Nahne Marsters was given a 13 per cent chance of seeing Christmas. She's still fighting.
Zizi Sparks: How I'm going to rest and recuperate this summer
OPINION: Personally, I plan to eat, drink and sleep and reunite with loved ones.
Comment: My painful reminder to prepare before enjoying the sun
OPINION: It's only November and I've already ticked up a summer first I'm not proud of
Zizi Sparks: How early is too early for Christmas decorations?
Opinion: There is no hard and fast rule but I'll be holding off decorating for now
'The day we knew would come is here': Covid cases in Rotorua
Contact tracing for the two cases is under way.
Twelve police staff came into contact with Rotorua Covid cases
The staff are all self-isolating and have been tested.
Zizi Sparks: Kiwis should be doing everything to reduce the risk of Covid-19
Opinion: Workers facing vaccine mandates need to see the bigger picture.
'Scary time to be in tourism': Accommodation hit hard, data shows
Occupancy rates for short-term accommodation are at their lowest since June last year.
Two bore casings failed in three weeks - coincidence or sign of more action?
A volcanologist explains why bore casings fail.
I'm planning a pandemic wedding - and it's quite a challenge
Opinion: I don't even know what the alert level will be next week let alone in six months.
'I'm doing what's right': Why some people changed their minds this Super Saturday
Super Saturday was the push some people needed to get vaccinated against Covid-19.
Zizi Sparks: Government needs to explain vaccine passport workings
Opinion: We urgently need more clarity on just how vaccine passports will work
Employee 'shocked and blindsided' by dismissal awarded $27k
The woman was dismissed just weeks after complaining of discrimination and bullying.
Zizi Sparks: Something needs to change to keep teachers working
Opinion: Figures show how many teachers and principals left the profession recently
Zizi Sparks: Tighten Auckland border or risk a larger outbreak
Opinion: The border seems to be leaking like a sieve
Zizi Sparks: Rename New Zealand and move on to bigger issues
OPINION: The name of this country is hardly the biggest issue facing us right now.
Zizi Sparks: Spread MIQ facilities into other cities
OPINION: It's time for other locations to step up and take on MIQ.
Zizi Sparks: Level 2 relief needed for struggling business owners
OPINION: While some businesses are operating, other are stuck in limbo.
Zizi Sparks: Supermarket trips can be a lockdown highlight but think twice
Opinion: Supermarket shopping is the highlight of my week but it can be disappointing.
Zizi Sparks: Lockdown should be extended by a week at a time
Opinion: Having a fixed finish line will be a big help.
Zizi Sparks: Tracer app usage needs to become habit
Opinion: We can all do better. This time, we can't let our scanning patterns wane
Ratepayers rack up $11m debt in Hot Swap home heating loans
A ban on certain types of home heating came with a cost for thousands of residents.
'A rich man's resource': How geothermal changes affected families
Changes have had "significant" impacts on health, social and cultural wellbeing of whānau.
And, action: Bay of Plenty film industry booming as three women take helm
Film Bay of Plenty's restructure sees three women take charge of a booming industry.
Jabs with a difference: Get vaccinated, Pasifika-style
A Covid-19 Pasifika Vaccination Night is being held on August 23.
'You can make a better life': Teen who crashed stolen ute given second chance
The sentencing judge said he wanted to give the teenager a chance to 'break the cycle'.
Zizi Sparks: Housing inquiry should give solutions as well as answers
Opinion: We need more than inquiries if we want to make a difference.
'It feels like half of me is gone': Crash victim's husband gives emotional statement
Pastor sentenced for causing the death of a nurse who cared for Whakaari victims.
'No punishment in this world can be big enough': Life imprisonment for double murders
A jury had found Samuel Fane guilty of murdering Paul Lasslett and Nicholas Littlewood.