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Ice cream really does make me happy

AUTHOR Frank Newman DATE 13 Nov 2019

As far as I am concerned, the link between ice cream and happiness is a fact. ...
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How much am I getting paid?

AUTHOR Frank Newman DATE 05 Nov 2019

First things first. How much am I going to get paid?...
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Mayor factually wrong on debt

AUTHOR Frank Newman DATE 07 Oct 2019

In Saturday's Northern Advocate (5 October 2019) Mayor Mai makes comments about the council's debt position that are untrue....
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Landowners have had enough

AUTHOR Better! Whangarei DATE 07 Oct 2019

We have had enough, which is why we put our name to the advertisement that appeared in the Northern Advocate and Whangarei Leader....
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Its depressing

AUTHOR Frank Newman DATE 29 Sep 2019

It's depressing....
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Weve had enough

AUTHOR Better! Whangarei DATE 21 Sep 2019

We've Had Enough!...
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Fair and Affordable Rates

AUTHOR Better! Whangarei DATE 18 Sep 2019

Dear Voter Are you aware that in the last five years residential rates paid on a typical house in Whangarei have increased by almost $500 from $1,800 to just under $2,300? That's an increase of 5 per...
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Mayor frugal on truth about council debt

AUTHOR Frank Newman DATE 18 Sep 2019

Photo: Northern Advocate At the Meet the Candidates forum on Monday, the 9th of September Mayor Mai said with some pride that under her watch council debt had fallen. That is simply untrue unless o...
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Forum North Meet the Candidates POLL RESULT

AUTHOR Better! Whangarei DATE 11 Sep 2019

Tony Savage clear leader  ...
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Forum North Meet the Candidates

AUTHOR Frank Newman DATE 10 Sep 2019

Clear leader in three-horse mayoral race Last nights Meet the Candidates meeting held at Forum North was a surprise on a number of counts....
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Quotable quotes

AUTHOR Frank Newman DATE 08 Sep 2019

Here are some of my favourite quotes about government and democracy....
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The death of the CBD

AUTHOR Frank Newman DATE 07 Sep 2019

A survey by the Northern Advocate showed that 48 out of 315 ground level shops in the Central Business a District (CBD) of Whangarei is vacant. Well done the Advocate for reporting the issue. Only l...
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Stuff poll on Neighbourly

AUTHOR Frank Newman DATE 31 Aug 2019

Neighbourly (STUFF) are running an election poll to find out what "What you think is the most important challenge to focus on?" They then ask, "Is there anything missing from the list?"...
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Campaigning for council: Expensive, with no certain reward

AUTHOR Better! Whangarei DATE 30 Aug 2019

Campaigning for council: Expensive, with no certain reward.  See Stuff article...
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