The New Zealand Drought Index

Weather Eyewith John Maunder A new tool to monitor drought conditions across New Zealand has been launched by the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA). Called The New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI), it is an easy-to-use, colour... Read More

How we’re improving access for all

Active Voicewith Cherryl ThompsonHalberg Disability Sport Foundation Adviser How many of us live here for the lifestyle? The beaches, the sun, the recreational opportunities. Imagine sitting on the dunes or footpath, only able to look at the ocean... Read More

Listen to the Little Voices

Brian RogersRogers Rabbits www.sunlive.co.nz This column wasn't going anywhere fast, and deadline was rapidly approaching. Inspiration was lacking. I'd rather be fishing.  “I don't know how you manage it each week,”... Read More

The Southern Oscillation Index (SOI)

Weather Eyewith John Maunder The Southern Oscillation Index (SOI) is a standardized index based on the observed sea level pressure differences between Tahiti and Darwin, Australia. The SOI is a leading measure of the large-scale fluctuations in... Read More

A rap-rock band with great chemistry

Spotlight on...with Janne GuitarGirl Local Tauranga band Legion Of Dissent consists of Dhiavat Mehta on vocals, Baz Mantis on guitars, Kingsley Smith on bass guitar and backing vocals, and Sol Radley on drums. Inspired by rap-orientated rock, they... Read More

Saving Sun readers, and their goats

Brian RogersRogers Rabbits www.sunlive.co.nz Despite our suggestions last week for you all to be sensible, it seems many of you have been ignoring this safety advice.With another humungous storm battering the Bay, it's a good time to again... Read More

Stars align for fervent long-time rugby fan

Sideline SidSports correspondent & historian www.sunlive.co.nz Last Saturday, this long time rugby fan saw a game where all the stars aligned, for a first half of total domination little seen in Baywide rugby today. The occasion was the premier... Read More

Tauranga March Average Afternoon Temperatures 1913-2017

Weather Eyewith John Maunder Temperatures have been recorded in the Tauranga area at several sites during the last 104 years, including the current Tauranga Airport site from June 1990. The below graph shows details of the average daily maximum... Read More

Just Wing It!

Spotlight on...with Janne GuitarGirl Local Te Puke band Wing It cover mostly rock, blues, and country. The band consists of Keith Birley on guitar and vocals, Karl Forbes on bass, and Laurie Nelson on drums. Sometimes, they are joined by back up... Read More

Exercising common sense

Brian RogersRogers Rabbits www.sunlive.co.nz Tauranga is now New Zealand's third largest city. If you ignore Auckland. And that other one.We've been ignoring Auckland for a good few years now and it's working out very well. Most... Read More



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