The Mount to Katikati – music everywhere

Winston Watusi Music Plus We may be fresh out of a long weekend but the music never stops. Well, I say that but it does seem that there is a little breathing space this weekend. So this time we'll be looking a couple of weeks...... Read More

It’s our mo’ in The Sun

Daniel Hutchinson From The Hutch Well it’s November - men’s health month which means confronting  all of those difficult subjects  with frankness, bravado and  clever witticisms. You won’t get any...... Read More

Exciting crop of cricket players emerging

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian Sideline Sid is excited about a group of young Western Bay of Plenty representative cricket players, who could follow in the footsteps of current Bay of Plenty Black...... Read More

The Southern Oscillation Index...1880- 2020

Weather Eye with 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...... Read More

A suspiciously clean election

Daniel Hutchinson From The Hutch Whew – we’ve elected our leaders for the next three years. And, to be honest, I’m glad that’s over. What a weird experience. It started the day before Election Day –...... Read More

Tune in to Bob Dylan radio

Winston Watusi Music Plus It seems a long time since I've written about Bob Dylan. No doubt that has caused rejoicing amongst the many of you fine readers who harbour an irrational dislike of Dylan. He certainly inspires that...... Read More

How Mauao’s base-track was fixed (temporarily)

Straight from city council A personal view, by Councillor Steve Morris As Steven Joyce opened Tauranga’s second harbour bridge, a plane towed a banner overhead reading “Thank you Winston.” Peters wasn’t...... Read More

Fight of the Century: Parker v Fa

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian Here we go again says Sideline Sid. The (latest) "Fight of the Century" is to take place in Auckland Spark Arena on December 11, with the event promoter...... Read More

In defence of the kerbside bins

Tenby Powell Tauranga City Council Mayor I have to admit to being slightly bemused by some of the media commentary on the introduction of a council-led kerbside waste and recycling service from July 2021. What’s not to like,...... Read More

Global Temperatures   1996 – September 2020  

Weather Eye with John Maunder Global temperatures are compiled for various areas including global (land-ocean), global (meteorological stations), three latitude bands, and hemispheric, by the Goddard Institute for Space Studies...... Read More

Space junk, speed and politics

Daniel Hutchinson From The Hutch Earth politics are a bit strange for those of us who are not from here. As a casual observer, it’s immediately obvious that Earthlings are really only concerned with what’s happening...... Read More

A deluge of new local music

Winston Watusi Music Plus Just occasionally I feel a bit overwhelmed by the sheer volume of music all around us. And this week is one of those times since every day seems to have brought another email about things to write about,...... Read More

A ship broke but a community came together

Straight from city council A personal view, by Councillor Steve Morris Nine years ago, hundreds of tonnes of fuel oil and cargo washed up on our pristine Mount and Papamoa beaches. Behind the scenes, there was politics, and 8,000...... Read More

Waste not - want not

Daniel Hutchinson From The Hutch Sometimes it’s nice to tackle tough subjects with a serious face framed by a furrowed brow. This has taken some hours in the mirror to perfect so let’s be quick before the effect wears...... Read More

The Melody Belle story

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian Good old fashioned kiwi ingenuity came to the fore, after the cancellation of the NZTR Horse of the Year presentations because of COVID-19. The presentations would...... Read More

Tauranga September Average Afternoon Temperatures 1913-2020

Weather Eye with John Maunder Temperatures have been recorded in the Tauranga area at several sites in the last 100 years, including the current Tauranga Airport site from June 1990. The graph shows details of the average daily...... Read More

Déjà vu all over again

Winston Watusi Music Plus This week it looks like a case of déjà vu all over again. Shows once cancelled are returning apace. It's happening so much that when I started writing this week I was seriously having...... Read More

International cricket at Bay Oval

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian The Bay Oval has received the highest accolade that can be given to an international cricket venue in the Southern Hemisphere, in hosting a Boxing Day test match....... Read More

Tauranga September Rainfalls 1898-2020

Weather Eye with John Maunder Rainfalls for the month of September have been recorded in Tauranga since 1898, except for 1904, 1907, 1908, and 1909. The graph below shows the range of rainfalls from an extreme high of 274 mm in...... Read More