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 farewell to Nana Holland

Winston Watusi Music Plus This week's column comes in two sections; there is no segue. The reason is that I've spent the week listening to one of the most remarkable local music projects I've heard in some time. It...... Read More

Keeping local politicians on a short leash

Straight from city council A personal view, by Councillor Steve Morris In 1967 and 1990, there were referenda on increasing the time between parliamentary elections from three years to four. At both referenda nearly 70 per cent...... Read More

Bad hare day

Daniel Hutchinson From The Hutch It’s election time which means turning one’s attention to the issues that are important. This only takes an hour or two. A simple contemplation of what’s important to you. What...... Read More

The history of national boxing championships

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian Coronavirus has played havoc with New Zealand's sporting calendar, with a myriad of events and competitions disrupted and cancelled. One postponed event that...... Read More

Tauranga August Rainfalls 1898-2020

Weather Eye with John Maunder Rainfalls for the month of August have been recorded in Tauranga since 1898, except for 1904, 1907, 1908 and 1909. From January 1898 to December 1904, the observation site was described as the Tauranga...... Read More

Hybrid Blues launch debut album

Winston Watusi Music Plus These are, to say the least, trying times for musicians. Faced with the current situation you can either postpone everything or push on through. Amongst those taking the latter route are Jan Preston,...... Read More

Sad stories and naked ambition

Daniel Hutchinson From The Hutch A lot has happened since I was last allowed out. Fortunately the straps were too loose, the straight jacket is in a crumpled heap on the floor and I’ve been laughing hysterically all the way...... Read More

Maori representation on Council

Straight from city council A personal view, by Councillor Steve Morris Last week Council decided, by majority, to establish a separate Maori ward. The decision was met with acclaim by some; concern by others, and will almost...... Read More

Tauranga August Average Afternoon Temperatures 1913-2020

Weather Eye with John Maunder Temperatures have been recorded in the Tauranga area at several sites in the last 107 years, including the current Tauranga Airport site from June 1990. The graph shows details of the average daily...... Read More

BOP cricket programmes getting underway

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian Sideline Sid has a long-held belief that to produce world class sportsmen or women, there needs to be a very strong base foundation. In recent decades, Bay of Plenty...... Read More

Leaks, escapes and celebrations

Brian Rogers Rogers Rabbits This week we conclude our 20th anniversary series of re-run Rogers Rabbits with this one from May 19, 2006. It seems not much has changed since then. There’s been so much...... Read More

Goodbye to two of the best

Winston Watusi Music Plus Justin Townes Earle. On Sunday I got an email from Ticketmaster. The subject line read: ‘Can you believe it's been a year since Justin Townes Earle?’ On Monday I got an email from music...... Read More

Tauranga Domain’s long history

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian Another chapter in the history of the Tauranga Domain was written last Saturday, with the two 2020 Western Bay of Plenty Rugby titles fought out at the green oasis...... Read More

Global Temperatures 1996 – July 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 of...... Read More

Piglet, Eeyore and Winnie

Brian Rogers Rogers Rabbits We continue our series of classic Rogers Rabbits this week to mark The Weekend Sun’s 20th anniversary. This week we take a stroll through the last post-election ponderings. Piglet...... Read More

Hybrid Blues pushes on through

Winston Watusi Music Plus Let's start this week by taking time out for that evergreen segment of many a social function – a little housekeeping. I have spent the past month enthusiastically welcoming back live shows to...... Read More

The little (rugby) club that can

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian 'The little (rugby) club that can' is a title that could well be applied to the Judea Rugby Club, tucked away in Maharaia Winiata Park off Sutherland Road,...... Read More

Tropospheric Temperatures January 1979 to July 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