International women's cricket returns to the BOP

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian The recent announcement of the visit of the England and Australian Women's teams to the Bay Oval, provides a return to the Western Bay of Plenty for both women's...... Read More

Tropospheric Temperatures January 1979 to December 2020

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

A place to call home

Daniel Hutchinson From The Hutch Sometimes I envy people who have lived in the same town and the same house for a long, long time. I get it. You build links, retain friends, you know all the shortcuts and all the best places to...... Read More

Celebrating Shona

Winston Watusi Music Plus Fifty years is a long time to do anything – if you want to spend that length of time on something you need to start young. Luckily, Shona Laing did. Now a new exhibition in Waihi is celebrating her...... Read More

Happy New Year Tauranga!

Jan Tinetti Labour MP I hope you and your family have all had a restful break after a very challenging year. I hope too that all our local businesses and retailers have benefitted from the holidaymakers who come to our beautiful...... Read More

Blessed by the Bay

Todd Talks with Todd Muller National MP Happy New Year. I hope that you had a chance to relax over the Christmas and New Year period, and that 2021 is off to a great start for you already. Aren’t we fortunate to...... Read More

Big assignments for Tauranga boxers

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian Four Tauranga Boxing Club members have big assignments in the coming days, as they put their reputations on the line at the re-scheduled 2020 Boxing New Zealand...... Read More

Tauranga Average Afternoon Temperatures 2020

Weather Eye with John Maunder The average afternoon temperature in 2020 was 20.3 degrees Celsius, which made 2020 the second warmest year on record. Temperatures have been recorded in the Tauranga area at several sites in the last...... Read More

Eclectic January touring

Winston Watusi Music Plus Many people I know switch off a bit at this time of year. While a lot of folk are now back at work and the beaches are becoming quieter, there are a bunch of others still on holiday, not paying a lot of...... Read More

The gift of eyesight

Angie Warren-Clark Labour MP Hey everyone, I hope you all had an excellent Christmas and safe New Year. I've been a little quiet during this festive season as I've been recovering from eye surgery for a detached retina....... Read More

Tauranga wishlist for 2021

Simon Bridges National Party MP As we start 2021 I am hoping for an exciting year. Our local business people and community volunteers will be gearing up and so too must our Labour Government. Prime Minister...... Read More

It is better to have loved and lost

Daniel Hutchinson From The Hutch This week we are going to talk about loss. It’s a tricky subject but someone has to tackle it. Not so long ago, our family cat died. In his early years Thomas would fight every feline adversary...... Read More

Sid's thoughts on up-coming club rugby season

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian With the second half of the local club cricket season kicking-off last weekend, Sideline Sid's thoughts wandered to up-coming club rugby season in March. While...... Read More

Tauranga Average Afternoon Temperatures for December 1913-2020

Weather Eye with 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. The average afternoon temperature in December...... Read More

Follow the yellow brick road, or is it the Golden Path?

  Beer with me Matt Martin Either way, the path is hazy and at times difficult to find - mainly because this beer has been so popular it's often sold out. Originally brewed for the Burger Wellington festival in September...... Read More

Wobbling into the New Year

Daniel Hutchinson From The Hutch Personally I like a relaxing, low-key summer break. If I can avoid becoming a news story for a bored and embittered journalist who has to work while others play, then it’s a success. However,...... Read More

Start the year with a little blues

  Winston Watusi Music Plus So we're now over a week into 2021. Hmmm... There was a vague sense that once we farewelled that savage Year Of Our Lord 2020 things would change. Unsurprisingly, that hasn't happened. It's...... Read More

Cricket captures nations attention

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian Cricket has had Sideline Sid's attention, left, right and centre, since the Boxing Day Test kicked-off at the Bay Oval. 'Build it and they will come'...... Read More

Take Care Tauranga

Jan Tinetti Labour MP This summer will be our first under COVID conditions. In the past year New Zealand has significantly lifted its ability to respond to COVID. But we know the pandemic is raging overseas and this is a tricky...... Read More