Building a stronger, more prosperous country

Simon BridgesNational MP New Zealand is continuing to make great strides towards building a stronger, more prosperous country – a country where we can have a great lifestyle and earn a good income that compares well with... Read More

Unsustainable Immigration Is Not A Right

Clayton MitchellNew Zealand First MP New Zealand First is pro-immigration. Yes, you read that correctly. But immigration to New Zealand is not a right. Rich or poor, black or white, Asian or American, we should be limiting our visas to a sustainable... Read More

What’s your average councillor worth?

Straight from city councilwith councillor Steve Morris The Remuneration Authority in Wellington sets the pay of your mayor at $149,814 and city councillors at $70,949 for what they term a “near full-time” role. Committee chairs receive... Read More

The role of a local MP

Todd TalksBy Todd Muller After years in the private sector, politics has certainly proved to be an interesting career choice. While the formality and bureaucratic pace of Parliament can at times be frustrating, there is no greater feeling than... Read More

Earthquakes – the wake-up call we needed

Straight from city councilwith councillor Steve Morris Last week I shared the work we've done with tsunami evacuation routes during the last three years and my view – that we need to add loud sirens to the email and text alert system. Three... Read More

Civil Defence: Amendments and Requirements

Clayton MitchellNew Zealand First MP The recent earthquakes and seismic activity we have seen in New Zealand, and the devastation caused, really brings home the urgent need for implementation of the Civil Defence Emergency Management Amendment... Read More

Supporting small businesses to grow

Simon BridgesNational MP Small and medium-sized businesses are the backbone of our communities with 97 per cent of all New Zealand enterprises employing 20 or fewer people. National knows it is businesses that drive economic... Read More

Lessons on housing and immigration from the UK

Clayton MitchellNew Zealand First MP The UK is having to get practical about the challenges to housing caused by unsustainable immigration. This blue government still refuses to admit both that we have a housing crisis, and that one of its major... Read More

Tsunami sirens: who knows best?

Straight from city councilwith councillor Steve Morris Four years ago, when I chaired the Papamoa Progressive Association, we tested two enhanced World War 2air-raid sirens to show Tauranga City Council how effective a loud but simple system could... Read More

Driving better results

Todd TalksBy Todd Muller One of the biggest changes we have brought to Government has been driving the public sector to deliver better results from the $75 billion of your taxes we spend. These are our Better Public Services targets, where we share... Read More

Opinion Poll

What did you do when quake hit the Kaikoura area early last Monday morning and a tsunami warning was sent out?

Heeded the warning and quickly made our way to higher ground.
Didn't receive a tsunami warning at all.
Received a tsunami warning from Civil Defence but was too late - when we woke that morning.
Ignored the warning.

Bay Today

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