We need a decent shopping mall
AUTHOR Frank Newman DATE 01 Dec 2019
We need a decent Westfield-type shopping mall in Whangarei....
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. ...
How much am I getting paid?
AUTHOR Frank Newman DATE 05 Nov 2019
First things first. How much am I going to get paid?...
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....
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....
AUTHOR Frank Newman DATE 29 Sep 2019
Weve had enough
AUTHOR Better! Whangarei DATE 21 Sep 2019
We've Had Enough!...
Fair and Affordable Rates
AUTHOR Better! Whangarei DATE 18 Sep 2019
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...
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...
Forum North Meet the Candidates POLL RESULT
AUTHOR Better! Whangarei DATE 11 Sep 2019
Tony Savage clear leader
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....
AUTHOR Frank Newman DATE 08 Sep 2019
Here are some of my favourite quotes about government and democracy....
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...
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?"...
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...