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Westies shouldn't pay for their neonatal unit twice
John Tamihere: You will appreciate that as a community advocacy group, Whanau Waipareira has consistently stood up for a better range of services into the west Auckland district.Read more

Where's the business backbone?
John Tamihere: It beggars belief that business confidence is down, and to me this reflects major problems based on capacity and capability of our business leaders..Read more

We are not mates with Australia
John Tamihere: Let's get the conclusion of this opinion piece out of the way, up front, and quickly. It's a myth that we are mates..Read more

John Tamihere: Give Haumaha a fair go
John Tamihere: Superintendent Wally Haumaha has copped a lot of stick over the last two months..Read more

Peters right to pursue leak in court
John Tamihere: It's remarkable how we can all look and hear someone say or conduct themselves and come away with hugely varying understandings..Read more

Love him or loathe him Winston Peters will be (well, soon to be) Prime Minister
John Tamihere: Love him or hate him, vote for him or against him, either way, Winston Peters will be Prime Minister - albeit as acting PM only..Read more

Time for government to step up and sort out 'after-hours debacle' says Tamihere
John Tamihere: On Friday - the first day of winter - Westies will see billboards, adverts and information directing them to free medical care at Waitākere Hospital's Accident and Emergency department..Read more

Where's the money for Maori, Jacinda?
John Tamihere: The Government has a major problem on its hands in light of the settings announced in the Budget because Māori ssues are both manifest and intergenerational..Read more

Saving Bob's bunker
John Tamihere: We need to thank Westie councillors Penny Hulse and Linda Cooper for saving Sir Bob's Bunker from the chopping block..Read more

Auckland Council is trying to sell off Henderson
John Tamihere: The great Auckland Council has finally realised Henderson actually exists. How do we know this? Because they are trying to sell it..Read more

Was Labour really ready to govern? Give it a bit of time.
John Tamihere: These are the early days of this Government and we tend to compare previous administrations with the current administration - as we do with the leadership and playing capacity of new All Blacks squads against past ones..Read more

Where do our rates go? With the council, you never know
John Tamihere: Everywhere you look in this country you are slapped by taxes..Read more

What’s gone wrong in the West?
John Tamihere: On one hand, Westies have to be happy with the investment that has gone into New Lynn and Westgate..Read more

What went wrong at Fletcher
John Tamihere: It is extraordinarily important that when a major Kiwi company with the name of Fletcher runs into financial difficulties, we all take notice..Read more

National's Political Beauty Parade
John Tamihere: If you haven’t already heard, the National Party is holding a leadership lottery. Much like the TV programme Married at First Sight, it features five possible grooms, or groom-esses - which is only right given the fact that this is the age of equality and equity..Read more

Brash’s mokopuna will be defined by their Maoritanga
John Tamihere: I got to thinking about Waitangi Day, biculturalism and our national day when I dropped my youngest son - who is travelling to the UK for a gap year - off at the airport..Read more

Loan sharking or legalised theft
John Tamihere: I want to address two matters of significance to our community, because whilst they may seem separate, there is a connection..Read more

Appealing decision by the judiciary
John Tamihere: For the first time in our history a Māori by the name of Joe Williams has been appointed to the bench of New Zealand’s highest court- the Court of Appeal - as its first Te Reo speaking judicial officer..Read more

Prime Minister Ardern seizes leadership on Poverty
John Tamihere: When the Labour-led government passed its Families Package Act on a Saturday afternoon the week before Christmas, it signalled a culture and direction switch for this country and a beacon of light for thousands of New Zealanders..Read more

Big Win for Kiwis in Australia
John Tamihere: I have written previously on values, ethics and direction of this new government and Labour, New Zealand First and the Greens have been hugely aggressive in tracking a 100-day delivery on what the trio campaigned on..Read more

And the Tamihere goes to ...
John Tamihere: It’s that time of the year where people are being chosen as New Zealander of the year ....Read more

Benefits of being employed
John Tamihere: When Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones placed his proposition on the table to get people to earn their dole money, there was an eerie silence, then the expected outcry. Why?.Read more

The lore of the law
JOHN TAMIHERE: There were no winners following the acquittal of Inspector Huri Dennis and Sergeant Vaughan Perry..Read more

No justice in our league
JOHN TAMIHERE: West Auckland has been a nursery for rugby league and in fact has more rugby league clubs representing Glenora, Te Atatu, Waitemata, Blockhouse Bay, New Lynn, Bay Roskill and Pt Chevalier - than rugby..Read more

A blow to democracy
JOHN TAMIHERE : Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and the New Zealand public has every right to find out who used private information for political purposes and benefits.Read more

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'How Santa Parades became a flash point for racism'
Martyn 'Bomber' Bradbury: I've always felt, as a Pakeha, that just below the surface of the civility of New Zealand culture, there bubbles something pretty bitter in the soul of many white Kiwis.
Sonny Bill Williams is a sporting hero we need
Martyn 'Bomber' Bradbury: I've always had an enormous amount of respect and aroha for SBW.
Māori voices need to lead the Climate Change debate
Martyn 'Bomber' Bradbury:As the UN Climate Vulnerable Forum ended last week, they put out a press release detailing the impact climate change will have on the poorest members of the most vulnerable countries
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