Climate change: both sides of the story... a Rotary Conference discussion

Weather Eye with John Maunder Some of the answers to the complexities of the climate system are given in my recently published book "Fifteen shades of climate... the fall of the weather dice and the butterfly effect"....... Read More

Three strikes for three-waters

Democracy HQ A personal view, by Councillor Steve Morris  Tauranga ratepayers have invested heavily in three-waters infrastructure. Now, the government wants to buy $1.3 billion worth of your assets for just $48 million. Council...... Read More

Asphalt or chip seal – the vexed question

Commision News & Views with Commission Chair Anne Tolley One of the most frequent complaints Tauranga City Council commissioners receive is from people expressing dissatisfaction that the asphalt road surface in their quiet suburban...... Read More

Emergency housing at the Mount

Simon Bridges National Party MP simonbridges.co.nz A couple of related issues this year have highlighted to me how lacking in common sense and ability the Labour government and our Labour appointed council are when it comes to...... Read More

Television and level two

Winston Watusi Music Plus  I don’t know anybody who is happy about the state of television at the moment. That’s what I was going to write about this week, and I still intend to. But there’s been a level...... Read More

The rise of Western Bay of Plenty women's cricket

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian www.sunlive.co.nz The rise of Western Bay of Plenty women's cricket star Nensi Patel continues, after she was one of eight women to receive NZ Cricket Women's Development...... Read More

Tauranga August Rainfalls and Afternoon Temperatures 1898-2020 and 1913-2021

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

Vaccination rollout continues

Angie Warren-Clark Labour MP  We’ve stamped out Covid before, and by sticking together and sticking to the rules, we can do it again. Together, we are stronger than the virus. The simplest thing New Zealanders can do...... Read More

Takeaway coffee a reminder of simple pleasures

Todd Talks with Todd Muller National MP I don’t know about you, but I was strangely excited with the ‘freedom’ afforded to me with Level 3. Even though I have a nice little coffee machine at home it...... Read More

Paying tribute to T. Rex

Winston Watusi Music Plus During our first lockdown last year, one of the saddest losses to Covid was the extraordinary American producer Hal Wilner. Initially a producer with Saturday Night Live, Wilner produced albums for Marianne...... Read More

International cricket at Bay Oval

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian www.sunlive.co.nz A new facility at the Bay Oval is set to play a part in the part in the continued progress of the Black Caps, as they seek to consolidate their position as a serious...... Read More

Blocking highs

Weather Eye with John Maunder Some of the answers to the complexities of the climate system are given in my recently published book Fifteen shades of climate... the fall of the weather dice and the butterfly effect. The following...... Read More

Fighting our way back

Nigel Tutt Chief Executive of Priority One The recent return to lockdown was not unexpected by many Western Bay businesses, but the swift nature of it may have caught some by surprise. A few hours doesn’t leave a lot of time...... Read More

Tauranga and Covid-19 Lockdown

Simon Bridges National Party MP simonbridges.co.nz In the circumstances, National understands the need for this latest lockdown and we supported the Government’s initial decision to move New Zealand into Level 4 lockdown. But...... Read More

Our essential workers and our essential support

Tamati Coffey Labour List MP  Firstly, as we continue to pull together as a community to stamp out Covid-19, I want to personally thank all those essential workers who are working hard every day to play their part in this emergency....... Read More

Day-dreaming about sport

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian www.sunlive.co.nz The current Covid-19 lockdown has given Sideline Sid plenty of time to day-dream about the upcoming cricket season, pandemic allowing. Another likely test match,...... Read More

Tauranga July Rainfalls 1898-2021

Weather Eye with John Maunder Rainfalls for the month of July have been recorded in Tauranga since 1898, except for 1904, 1907, 1908, and 1909. The graph for the period 1898-2021 shows the range of rainfalls from an extreme high...... Read More

Festival musicians and music

Winston Watusi Music Plus Last weekend was busy for Bay musicians, but not around here... Being the second weekend in August it was the Bay of Islands Jazz & Blues Festival and, just like the Tauranga jazz festival, last year's...... Read More

Vaccinate for the team

Jan Tinetti Labour MP  So I’m getting ready to roll my sleeve up this Sunday to receive my first Covid vaccination, and I’m looking forward to it. Why? Because I’m a proud New Zealander, proud of what we,...... Read More