Gearing up for the school year

Active Voicewith Buddy MeyerSport BOP Primary School Sport Director Another school year has begun and the emails have started again. It is an extremely busy time for schools, and those staff and volunteers that work in the school sport space. The... Read More

Olympic style wrestling

Sideline SidSports correspondent & historian www.sunlive.co.nz Olympic style wrestling is a sport that flies under the sporting headlines in New Zealand, with many of the amateur wrestling clubs scattered amongst the provincial regions of the country.  Regional... Read More

Tauranga January Rainfalls 1898-2018

Weather Eyewith John Maunder The graph shows the range of Tauranga's January rainfalls from 1898-2015, varied from an extreme high of 532 mm in 1907 to a low of only 1 mm in 1928. The second wettest January was 2011, when 347 mm was recorded;... Read More

The greatest mystery of all time

Brian RogersRogers Rabbits www.sunlive.co.nz Finally, someone is taking the greatest mystery of the century seriously.No, it's not a fix for the hole in the ozone layer. Nor the tracking of the Loch Ness monster. Even more perplexing than... Read More

Steve's farewell to Councillor Gail McIntosh

Straight from city councilA personal view,by Councillor Steve Morris Last month, we lost one our most intelligent, direct and effective councillors with Gail's passing on January 4. She had beaten cancer twice, including last term on council,... Read More

Becoming a vigorous opposition for Labour

Simon BridgesNational MP simonbridges.co.nz The political year has begun and it's great to get back  into it. Never before in New Zealand's history has a government faced such a strong and large opposition, and we are not wasting... Read More

Help Tauranga's babies

Jan TinettiLabour MP It's no secret - I love babies! It was wonderful to hear of the safe arrival of Simon and Natalie Bridges' baby girl just prior to Christmas, followed by the announcement that our PM Jacinda Ardern is expecting... Read More

Get involved and have your say

Clayton MitchellNew Zealand First MP Tauranga City Council is preparing to hold a city-wide by-election to fill the at-large seat left vacant following the sudden passing of Councillor Gail McIntosh on January 4 this year. I am following this by-election... Read More

Get involved and have your say

Clayton MitchellNew Zealand First MP Tauranga City Council is preparing to hold a city-wide by-election to fill the at-large seat left vacant following the sudden passing of Councillor Gail McIntosh on January 4 this year. I am following this by-election... Read More

Educating your children about activity

Lena Kairau Active Families AdvisorSport Bay of Plenty It's a new year full of new resolutions and new exciting things to look forward to. For some parents, it can be hard to find time, the motivation to exercise, or suitable fun activities... Read More

Mount on the world cricket map

Sideline SidSports correspondent & historian www.sunlive.co.nz Mount Maunganui has arrived on the world cricket map with a bang, courtesy of the ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup. With seven games including the Grand Final at the Bay Oval, television... Read More

Getting back into Parliament

Todd MullerNational MP   I have really enjoyed this summer, managing to spend a bit of time of my family and enjoying the quite extraordinary hot spell.  I can remember a couple of times as a boy where the temperature was over 30, not... Read More

A great year of positive change

Clayton MitchellNew Zealand First MP So 2018 is underway, and I'm expecting it to fly by quicker than last year. With our new coalition government in place and a relatively quiet start to the new term so far, I think Kiwis will see a lot... Read More

Preparing for winter and crayfish

Angie Warren-ClarkLabour MP There's nothing like that first 4.30am alarm of the year to let you know that the official work year has begun again. Happy New Year! This week we're back in parliament, which also marks the government's... Read More

Nature Overload

Brian RogersRogers Rabbits www.sunlive.co.nz Welcome back to normality, Sunners, at least for those returned to school, work or whatever else  fills your day. For those still on holiday or just about to leave, good on you! You worked hard... Read More

Spending February behind bars

Active Voicewith Michelle BarnsSport BOP Recreation Advisor I don't normally make a New Year's resolution, but for 2018 I have made a commitment to spend February behind bars. Handle bars. Every year at Sport Bay of Plenty the month... Read More

A T20 decider for all

Sideline SidSports correspondent & historian www.sunlive.co.nz What a night at the Bay Oval on Sunday evening, when the Black Caps took on Pakistan in the ICC International Twenty20 series decider. The game had everything that is great about the... Read More

Sunspots and the Maunder Minimum

Weather Eyewith 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 the solar... Read More



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