Sunspots and the Sun

Weather Eye with John Maunder A sunspot is a relatively dark, sharply defined region on the solar disc - marked by an umbra (dark area) which is 2000 degrees Celsius cooler than the effective photosphere temperature. The average...... Read More

The animal world in pictures

Brian Rogers Rogers Rabbits Rogers recently ventured overseas to visit relatives in some far-flung continents. During these travels,  we made some observations about the animal world. NZ being...... Read More

AIMS Games shows Tauranga’s full potential

Kristin Dunne Tourism Bay of Plenty Are you suffering post-event blues after the excitement of the AIMS Games? Once again the iconic national (and becoming global) tournament week and its record 10,851 athletes added another...... Read More

Love versus judgement

Mary Parker The Fast Track Life Coach “If you judge people you have no time to love them.”  – Mother Teresa.   Most of us have a fear of being judged by others. Sometimes it causes us to hide who we...... Read More

One year to go

Straight from city council A personal view, by Councillor Steve Morris In just 12 months’ time you’ll have the opportunity to review the performance of the Mayor and councillors on your voting papers. Three years...... Read More

We’ve got your back

Simon Bridges National Party Leader Earlier this month I launched the ‘Have your say’ campaign for small and medium businesses. I want to hear from businesses on the issues that are affecting you,...... Read More

Helen Clark – legend!

Jan Tinetti Labour MP Recently, along with several hundred other locals, I sat in the audience at the Holy Trinity Church listening and captivated by the words and wisdom of Helen Clark. This was one of the many events held across...... Read More

Connecting with the community

Clayton Mitchell New Zealand First MP Since becoming a Member of Parliament almost four years ago, I have worked hard to establish an effective link between my local community and central government in Wellington. This is the role...... Read More

Springboks, test matches and Wellington

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian Sideline Sid almost choked on his lunch last week, when he heard a television sports reporter say that the Springboks had never won a test match in Wellington. As...... Read More

Tropospheric Temperatures 1979 to August 2018

Weather Eye with John Maunder The chart below shows that since 1979, when reliable satellite observations became available, there has been little overall trend in the average tropospheric temperatures, apart from milder/warmer temperatures...... Read More

Lessons from a ten-year-old

Rogers is taking a break this week to rest and recharge after last week’s fishing expedition. This week we have guest writer Rosalie sharing the wealth of knowledge she learned from young Eva in the weekend.   I was babysitting on Saturday...... Read More

The 2018 ratepayers’ report

Straight from city council A personal view, by Councillor Steve Morris We’re lucky to have the Taxpayers’ Union. It’s an independent organisation that seeks greater efficiency and transparency on how your taxes...... Read More

MP firmly grounded in Tauranga

Simon Bridges National Party Leader   Neither a pleasure cruise nor a bed of nails. Simon Bridges, MP for Tauranga, is assessing his first six months as leader of the National Party and leader of the...... Read More

Saving the environment from wet wipes

Clayton Mitchell New Zealand First MP Last week I was asked to attend a meeting at Tauranga City Council to discuss the growing concern over the use and disposal of wet wipes which claim to be biodegradable and flushable. Not all...... Read More

Future thinking

Mary Parker The Fast Track Life Coach “The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.” Nelson Henderson. Some years ago, I was in Oregon staying with a friend. I was out on their...... Read More

Get involved at an early age

Angie Warren-Clark Labour MP A reoccurring theme that is discussed in the political world is, how do we get more younger people engaged in the political process? With many younger people busy studying, working and funding their...... Read More

Early bird catches the sporting action

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian One had to be an early bird to keep up with the sporting action over the weekend. While most eyes were on the Mighty All Blacks and the New Zealand Warriors, an...... Read More

Balancing growth with our bouyant cruise sector

Kristin Dunne Tourism Bay of Plenty   Championing tourism is a skilful balancing act. The balance between growth and unlocking the best outcome for both the cruise sector and our Coastal Bay of Plenty community is...... Read More

Opinion Poll

Who or what is to blame for all the crashes on the roads of late?

Drivers in general
The roads
A combination of the roads and drivers