RIP Ian and Brian

Sideline SidSports correspondent & historian When one reaches the seventh decade, one sees a good number who started the race of life around the same time, falling at hurdles in the home straight. In recent weeks, two good acquaintances... Read More

Going Green

Rebekah Sharpfrom Elm Tree Early Learning Centre Growing children who live sustainably, respect nature and have a heart for the environment is easy with these great tips from Rebekah Sharp from Elm Tree Early Learning Centre. Be a good role model... Read More

Should I take Co Enzyme Q10 (Part 2)

John ArtsAbundant Living Co enzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is one of the most important things made by your body. The crucial function of CoQ10 is to shuttle electrons in the final stage of making our energy.  The main symptom of low... Read More

Hooked from the beginning

Spotlight on...with Janne GuitarGirl Although now based in the USA, Mark Mazengarb was originally from Tauranga. His school friend got a guitar when he was eight years old, so Mark had to have one too. From that moment he was hooked, and he has... Read More

Pirates, robbers and endangered things

Brian RogersRogers Rabbits One of the joys of spending a weekend with the adult children is enjoying a taste of their music preferences. However nothing could prepare me for Pirate Metal. It is quite disturbing for the delicate... Read More

Servicing emergencies: Who pays?

Clayton MitchellNew Zealand First MP I have been speaking in the House about the Fire and Emergency New Zealand Bill – now passed, and coming into effect on July 1. With calls for reform of our emergency services and their funding models... Read More

It’s all about having fun with flavour

Culinary Conversationswith Peter BlakewayFood writer, caterer and private chef What we eat is supposed to be fun and happy – not the scary and the competitive sport it is being portrayed as on our television screens.Delving into my Mediterranean... Read More

Finishing the job on the waterfront

Straight from city councilA personal view,by Councillor Steve Morris After years of only being able to “look at, but not touch” Tauranga's waterfront, we celebrated the official opening of the new tidal stairs and pontoon last... Read More

Immigration policies strike the right balance

Todd TalksBy Todd Muller New Zealand continues to be an attractive place to visit, work and live. More Kiwis are coming home, fewer are leaving, and more people from around the world want to come here. That's a credit to our international... Read More

Kids just want to have fun

Active Voicewith Glenn EyersSport BOP Community Sport Advisor Smelly rugby boots at the front door, hockey ball dents in the walls, forgotten netball uniforms in the back seat and, of course, footballs on the roof. That's right, the winter... Read More

Growth in the name of immigration

Financewith Don Fraser Fraser Farm Finance It seems that the Government is happy to have very open borders, bringing in 70,000 people annually because it keeps growth in the economy. That is probably true, but there are some serious distortions... Read More

Villach and Climate Change

Weather Eyewith John Maunder Among the many climate science meetings I've attended, the most significant – at least in terms of climate change is concerned – was my involvement in the UN-sponsored International Conference in Villach,... Read More

Should I take Co Enzyme Q10? (Part 1)

  John ArtsAbundant Living Co Enzyme Q10 – also known as CoQ10 – is a vitamin-like substance essential for life. While we normally make all of the CoQ10 we need, some people because of age, health problems or... Read More

Giving a loud voice to the Tauranga City ratepayers

Straight from city councilA personal view,by Councillor Steve Morris Are you interested in the latest developments that affect your town? Do you want to influence those making decisions on your behalf? Then look no further than your local ratepayers'... Read More

Just like Slash

Spotlight on...with Janne GuitarGirl Rob Whelan was born in Whangarei, and lived in Manchester for many years. Now back in New Zealand, he‘s performing gigs at pubs and clubs in Wellington, and enjoying writing and performing original songs. His... Read More

Danger, pain and more danger

Brian RogersRogers Rabbits It's not easy to soar like an eagle, while you're surrounded by turkeys.So goes the old saying. It's also difficult to soar like an eagle when you're surrounded by wind turbine... Read More

Showing off to the PM

Simon BridgesNational MP We all know that Tauranga is a city on the move and recently I had the honour of showing our booming city off to our Prime Minister Bill English. I was lucky enough to show him various organisations and... Read More

Basketball bounces back in the East

Active Voicewith Gareth YatesSport BOP School Sport Team Leader Basketball has made a comeback in the Eastern Bay, thanks to some keen volunteers who wanted to offer a local league to secondary school-aged students.   Prior to 2015, only a... Read More

Desperately seeking Bansky

Polly Mustard Dear Banksy, Once again I board a flight on the airline that shall remain nameless, and I arrive at my destination only 10 minutes late after having decanted 2 passengers and their luggage before departure. Why? Trying... Read More

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