Nothing boring about test cricket

Sideline SidSports correspondent & historian Anyone that says test cricket is boring and has reached its use-by date, obviously didn't watch the Basin Reserve test between the Black Caps and Bangladesh over the weekend. The game... Read More

Tauranga Annual Rainfalls 1898-2016

Weather Eyewith John Maunder Monthly rainfalls for Tauranga have been recorded at several recording sites during the last 118 years. From January 1898 to December 1904, the observation site was described as the Tauranga Harbour, from November 1904... Read More

Shining a spotlight on saxophonist Eric Scott

Spotlight on...with Janne GuitarGirl The wonderful thing about being passionate about music is it enables us to meet some wonderful people along the way.   I met Eric Scott recently when he and wife Pam moved to Papamoa and joined the Tauranga... Read More

Banish back to school anxiety

Class Actwith ACG Tauranga PrincipalShawn Hutchinson A new year brings renewed excitement, new opportunities and, of course, new challenges. For many children, these challenges will include heading back to school. Whether it is returning to routine,... Read More

Looking forward to 2017

Andrew von DadelszenFormer Regional Councillor At the start of a new year it is time to set some targets to achieve as an elected regional councillor. I will just highlight four. My first priority is to improve our public transport system in Tauranga.... Read More

A great year coming up!

Clayton MitchellNew Zealand First MP Happy New Year everyone! 2017 is shaping up to be a great one. We have the election coming up later in the year. We don't know exactly when yet, but we are all ready for it. Globally, 2016 saw some monumental... Read More

Welcome to the new National Park

Brian RogersRogers Rabbits It's that time of year again when we try to stick to our New Year's Resolutions and the first one that is broken: “I'll never trying to drive in or out of Tauranga at holiday... Read More

The unsung heroes of summer

Sideline SidSports correspondent & historian Amongst the unsung heroes of summer in the Bay of Plenty and Coromandel are the volunteer lifeguards, who willingly give up their leisure time to patrol the beaches of the region. With... Read More

Free family fun

Simon NeateCommunication AdvisorSport Bay of Plenty Sport Bay of Plenty and Virtually on Track offer free family fun and a chance to win prizes this summer with Join the Gems and geo-teering.    Join the Gems and geo-teering are... Read More

New Year’s dishonours list

Brian RogersRogers Rabbits Celebrating mediocrity, weirdness and quirks of humanity Welcome folks to 2017 and its time to celebrate or lament some of the unmentionable moments of the year past. RR has painstakingly compiled this... Read More

Dishing out roses for the 2016 sporting year

Sideline SidSports correspondent & historian With this being the time of the year when the countries sports commentators make up their winners and losers list for the previous twelve months - Sideline Sid has joined the queue... Read More

Tauranga December Rainfalls 1898-2016

Weather Eyewith John Maunder The graph below shows the range of Tauranga's December rainfalls, from an extreme high of 447 mm in 1962 to a low of only 4 mm in 1930. The second wettest December was 2011, when 276 mm was recorded; and the second... Read More

Some points to get off our chest

Brian RogersRogers Rabbits Welcome to the last Sun of the year, I hope your Christmas went well and you're all in good shape and attitude for the New Year. I hate to break it to you, but that Christmas celebration you just... Read More

Christmas delivery delays possible

Brian RogersRogers Rabbits It's 10 years since this Rogers Rabbits was first published in The Sun and went viral around the world, so we thought we'd celebrate the season with a little “re-gifting”, especially... Read More

New Zealand on the right track for a prosperous 2017

Simon BridgesNational MP New Zealand is on the right track. It's a great place to live, work and raise a family. We're making good progress at a time when many other countries are grappling with big economic challenges... Read More

Celebrating Kiwi achievement must be free

Clayton MitchellNew Zealand First MP Sport is inextricably linked to our national and cultural identity as New Zealanders, and we have a once-in-a-generation chance to let the big money fear mongers know we are standing up to claim our birth right. We... Read More

Food for Christmas

Culinary Conversationswith Peter BlakewayFood writer, caterer and private chef Christmas is nearly upon us. So our annual attempt to eat and drink our own body weight is nearly upon us. As the whole summer stretches before us we get the glorious... Read More

Introducing Rose

Mills Reef Winery winemaker Paul Dawick introduces the new 2016 Reserve Rosé. The grapes for this sumptuous Rosé were sourced from our premier vineyard in the Gimblett Gravels wine growing district, crafted entirely from Merlot grapes harvested... Read More

Opinion Poll

Do you still believe in the ‘Kiwi quarter acre dream’?

Yes, I desperately want the house on a quarter section
No, apartments are the way of the future
Don't care, I just want to own my own house

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