Strength in work from Wellbeing Budget

Clayton Mitchell New Zealand First MP The Wellbeing Budget 2019 takes a fresh approach to measuring economic success, as the Government seeks to improve the living standards of New Zealanders, enabling us all to live lives of purpose...... Read More

Commuter rail for Tauranga?

Straight from city council A personal view, by Councillor Steve Morris Over the last few weeks, I’ve written about several ‘keys to gridlock.’ Commuter rail is an often-mentioned solution; however, is it viable? As...... Read More

A Good Show

Simon Bridges National Party Leader simonbridges.co.nz Every time I attend Fieldays in the Waikato I am amazed at the size of the event and am immensely proud to be part of the largest agricultural showcase in the Southern Hemisphere....... Read More

May Rainfalls for Tauranga 1898-2019

Weather Eye with John Maunder Rainfalls for the month of May have been recorded in Tauranga since 1898 – except for 1904, 1907, 1908, and 1909. The graph shows the range of rainfalls from an extreme high of 634 mm in 2005...... Read More

Cricket jubilation

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian www.sunlive.co.nz The announcement that the Bay Oval will become the country’s 9th test cricket venue was greeted with jubilation by Western Bay of Plenty cricket fans, who...... Read More

Embarrassing cover shots we’d like to see

Brian Rogers Rogers Rabbits www.sunlive.co.nz The botched Wellbeing Budget is infamous for many things, the most apparent being its lack of wellbeing for New Zealanders. Considering it was titled the well-being budget, it...... Read More

Why does politics have to be so nasty?

Clayton Mitchell New Zealand First MP One of the questions I get around Tauranga is how do I cope with going from running businesses where everyone works well together, to politics, where there is lots of senseless, petty fights. Sometimes...... Read More

Delivering for Tauranga?

Todd Talks By Todd Muller The Government promised 2019 would be a year of delivery but this is yet to ring true for Tauranga. Sadly, our growing city has once again been overlooked for the much-needed investment in infrastructure...... Read More

A bunch more keys to gridlock

Straight from city council A personal view, by Councillor Steve Morris The asphalt is there 24 hours a day, but traffic isn’t. A couple of weeks ago I wrote about a port congestion charge during rush hour as one way to...... Read More

Boxing underdog comes out swinging

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian www.sunlive.co.nz There is a special place in the hearts of most sports fans for the underdog - especially when they cause a massive upset, like Andy Ruiz Jnr winning the World heavyweight...... Read More

The season to be looney

Brian Rogers Rogers Rabbits www.sunlive.co.nz Election time is approaching. The signs are clear. The nutters are coming out of the woodwork. Election time is like a supermoon. It flushes out the feral lunatics amongst us....... Read More

Drug drivers

Simon Bridges National Party Leader simonbridges.co.nz Queen’s Birthday weekend is a popular time to travel on our roads. Like many New Zealanders I will have my family with me this weekend. When driving as a parent you...... Read More

Talking transport costs

Jan Tinetti Labour MP When I was a principal there were children at my school who had never been to the Mount beach with their families, not because they didn’t want to enjoy our beautiful coastline, but because their families...... Read More

Changes across the ocean

Clayton Mitchell New Zealand First MP This week saw a sea-change in European politics. Millions of voters in European Parliament elections abandoned traditional establishment parties which have dominated polls for decades, in favour...... Read More

Taking modern technology for granted

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian www.sunlive.co.nz A few days of R&R in the Coromandel has brought a unintended break from digital communication. The delightful motel unit near the shores of the Firth of Thames...... Read More

New Zealand’s first Wellbeing Budget is only days away.

Clayton Mitchell New Zealand First MP Even when traditional economic indicators have been good, many New Zealanders have continued to struggle in their everyday lives. The wellbeing approach prioritises what is most important and...... Read More

Solar Activity and the Maunder Minimum

Weather Eye with John Maunder The ‘Maunder Minimum' is the name given to the period from 1645 to 1715 when the number of sunspots – ‘storms' on the sun – became almost zero. The period is named after...... Read More

New Zealand’s first Wellbeing Budget is only days away.

Clayton Mitchell New Zealand First MP Even when traditional economic indicators have been good, many New Zealanders have continued to struggle in their everyday lives. The wellbeing approach prioritises what is most important and...... Read More

The key to gridlock?

Straight from city council A personal view, by Councillor Steve Morris Last week, Auckland Mayoral candidate John Tamihere announced he wants a congestion charge on trucks entering Auckland’s port. Could such a congestion...... Read More