Holiday season cricket

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian Cricket grabbed Sideline Sid's attention from the opening ball of the Ashes Boxing Day test across the ditch, along with all the continual New Zealand Cricket...... Read More

Tauranga December Rainfalls 1898-2020

Weather Eye with John Maunder The graph below shows the range of Tauranga's December rainfalls, from an extreme high of 447 mm in 1962 to a low of only 4 mm in 1930. The second wettest December was 2018, when 278 mm was recorded The...... Read More

Tauranga Average Afternoon Temperatures for December 1913-2021

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

Orange is the new black

Daniel Hutchinson From The Hutch   ‘Tis the night before Christmas and noisy as heck, the sun is still shining and we’re out on the deck. Stockings are hung by the aircon with care – a sweaty Saint Nick...... Read More

Dancing With The Shadows

Winston Watusi Music Plus A lot of writers are deadline junkies. Perhaps it is just the pleasure of procrastination, but it requires the impending rush of a deadline to unleash their creative energy, to get them writing. That’s...... Read More

Milestone wins from a challenging year

Tamati Coffey Labour List MP  The past year has hit Aotearoa hard and New Zealanders have thankfully risen to the challenge, because it could have been so much worse. Thanks to the mandate you gave us, this Labour government...... Read More

Christmas memories

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian Christmas 1976 brought Sideline Sid a present that he still delights in today, when he received the "DB Sporting Records of New Zealand" from under the...... Read More

In the Bleak Mid-winter

Weather Eye with John Maunder In the bleak mid-winter, Frosty wind made moan, Earth stood hard as iron, Water like a stone, Snow had fallen, Snow on snow, Snow on snow, In the bleak mid-winter, Long ago. These words, from...... Read More

Worrying about the wrong things

Daniel Hutchinson From The Hutch  I’m not sure where the fear of heights came from. Since I was a child I’ve been scrambling around rocks and tramping in the mountains, hopping across swing bridges without thinking...... Read More

New building for Oranga Tamariki

Angie Warren-Clark Labour MP  Last week in Pāpāmoa we opened Te Ākau, the new Oranga Tamariki building on the new Ngā Parirau site. This beautiful building represents a change in the way Oranga Tamariki operate, moving...... Read More

Government is stuck at the traffic lights

Simon Bridges National Party MP  I want to touch on the government’s handling of Covid-19, since its re-emergence in the community in August in the form of the Delta variant. While the government...... Read More

Life by the numbers

Pick a number - any number - and see how it applies to your weekend just gone by. Numbers, when they are grouped together or put side by side usually paint a picture, and my numbers for the first few days of December lined up better than they have for...... Read More

New Zealand's GOAT heavyweight boxers

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian Sideline Sid believes that "Career on the line for Joseph Parker" is a perpetual headline that New Zealand sporting media pull out each time the Kiwi boxer...... Read More

Global monthly average surface air temperatures since 1979

Weather Eye with John Maunder The following data sets and comments are from the website developed by Professor Ole Humlum who is a Danish Professor Emeritus of Physical Geography at the University of Oslo, and Adjunct...... Read More

A city for everyone

Daniel Hutchinson From The Hutch Christmas presents can be placed into three main categories – heartfelt, practical and minimal. Heartfelt gifts are obviously the most time consuming, requiring hours of browsing and a good...... Read More

A city centre with heart

Commision News & Views with Commission Chair Anne Tolley  Tauranga City Council commissioners have made some significant decisions over the past 11 months, but in adopting the refreshed Civic Precinct Masterplan at our meeting...... Read More

Well on our way

Jan Tinetti Labour MP  Covid-19 has provided us with many challenges over the past 20 months, and it’s been an arduous fight against the virus. After such a long time we can sometimes forget why we need to do all of...... Read More

City centre’s new dawn

Nigel Tutt Chief Executive of Priority One  The announcement of the planned redevelopment of the civic precinct is an extremely positive one for the city. I wrote a couple of weeks ago about the resurgence in investment in...... Read More

Why I’m standing once more

Todd Talks with Todd Muller National MP  What a great week National has had. It was superb to see Chris Luxon and Nicola Willis hitting the ground running and our local MP, Simon Bridges, appointed as finance spokesperson. I...... Read More