The Maunder Minimum and Sunspots

Weather Eyewith John Maunder The ‘Maunder Minimum' is the name given to the period from 1645 to 1715 when the number of sunspots – ‘storms' on the sun – became almost zero. The period is named after the solar astronomer... Read More

All eyes on Burling’s performance

Brian RogersRogers Rabbits www.sunlive.co.nz The sailing world is awash with the talk of the spectacular performance of Tauranga's Peter Burling and the Kiwi team at Bermuda.The Emirates Team New Zealand helmsman Peter Burling has steered and... Read More

More than a million

Todd TalksBy Todd Muller This month the Port of Tauranga has set a record, processing more than one million shipping containers in one year – the first port in New Zealand to reach the milestone. By volume we now boast the largest port in... Read More

Tauranga May Average Afternoon Temperatures 1913-2017

Weather Eyewith John Maunder The average afternoon temperature in Tauranga in May 2017 was a relatively cool 17.6 degrees Celsius. In contrast,  May 2016 was was equal with May 1916 as the warmest May on record, both recording 19.3 degrees. Temperatures... Read More

A bourbon drinker’s guide to wine tasting

Brian RogersRogers Rabbits www.sunlive.co.nz Wine tasting rates right up there amongst my 190 most favourite things to do.The other 189 things involve boating, fishing, hunting and dogs. But if none of those pursuits are possible, then wine tasting... Read More

Tauranga May Rainfalls 1898-2017

Weather Eyewith John Maunder The May rainfall in Tauranga in 2017 was 154 mm.   Apart from the exceptional rainfall of 634 mm in May 2005, the graph shows a small decrease in overall May rainfalls when two recent adjacent 50-year periods are... Read More

The new normal: The rise of utes

DriveLinewith Stuart Macadam My dad always gets excited when he talks about his first car. It was one of those yellow 1970's Volkswagen Beetles. Although it had its fair share of problems, he'd have you believe it was the greatest vehicle... Read More

Tauranga April Average Afternoon Temperatures 1913-2017

Weather Eyewith John Maunder Temperatures have been recorded in the Tauranga area at several sites during the last 100 years, including the current Tauranga Airport site from June 1990. It's very common for areas such as Tauranga to have had different... Read More

What does 50 years in the motor business teach you?

DriveLinewith Colin Bower As a professed car lover, I was rapt to land a position with UK Motors in Brisbane in 1967 during a working holiday to Australia. It was an interesting and educational position. Mini Coopers and MGBs were highly sought... Read More



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