Top honours for taking tourism to the next level

Kristin Dunne Tourism Bay of Plenty Hard work pays off. Tourism Bay of Plenty is the proud recipient of the first-ever Regional Tourism New Zealand Supreme Award.   This is extra special, as it was created to recognise...... Read More

Sporking about with the lingo

Brian Rogers Rogers Rabbits Some of the world’s most troubling dilemmas have been tackled on this page in the 18 years Rogers has  been Rabbiting. One of those issues was solved in 2015 when...... Read More

Successfully managing a growing city

Straight from city council A personal view, by Councillor Steve Morris Our population has reached 135,000, and is growing at 2.5 per cent a year. The good news for home owners is that demand keeps increasing house values and,...... Read More

Decked out in pink

Simon Bridges National Party Leader It is not often I go searching in my wardrobe for something pink to wear. Apart from ties, pink isn’t a feature in my work attire, but there is always an exception...... Read More

Are you renting? We want to hear from you.

Jan Tinetti Labour MP Next week, my Labour colleagues and I will be holding public meetings in Tauranga to talk with the community about the proposed changes to the residential tenancy laws. We would like to hear from renters and...... Read More

Values and focus

Mary Parker The Fast Track Life Coach “Always remember, your focus determines your reality.” George Lucas. Research shows that writing down our values, and focusing on how much our day reflects those values, takes us...... Read More

Success for NZ First

Clayton Mitchell New Zealand First MP The weekend’s New Zealand First AGM and 25-year celebration was a huge success, with delegates and party supporters from all over New Zealand travelling to Tauranga for the sold-out event. It...... Read More

Sidline Sid 'trys' NFL

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian One sport that Sideline Sid usually bypasses on the box is Australian Rules Football. However on Saturday he took his once a year look at the game, with the end...... Read More

How lucky are we in the Bay of Plenty?!

Active Voice with Zane Jensen Sport BOP Regional Facilities Advisor There’s no doubt sport and recreation plays a big part in New Zealand’s culture. What that means can be very different from one person to the next,...... Read More

Tauranga September Rainfalls 1898-2018

Weather Eye with John Maunder Rainfalls for the month of September have been recorded in Tauranga since 1898, except for 1904, 1907, 1908, and 1909. The graph below shows the range of rainfalls from an extreme high of 274 mm in...... Read More

The joy of spring

Mary Parker The Fast Track Life Coach “When we feel love and kindness towards others it not only makes others feel loved and cared for, but it helps us to develop inner happiness and peace.” – Dalai Lama. I have...... Read More

Growing Papamoa

Todd Talks By Todd Muller Papamoa is one of New Zealand’s fastest growing areas with increasing numbers of young families and more senior residents choosing to call that community home. We have all seen the exponential growth...... Read More

Have we got our priorities right?

Straight from city council A personal view, by Councillor Steve Morris Each year, council conducts a telephone survey to gauge how well we provide services to our community. I’m pleased that council enjoys its highest reputation...... Read More

New Zealand First celebrating 25th anniversary

Clayton Mitchell New Zealand First MP This year’s New Zealand First convention and AGM is just around the corner and is set to be our largest gathering and networking event of the year.  Kicking off on Saturday, September...... Read More

Getting stuck in on the ground

Angie Warren-Clark Labour MP Last week I had the pleasure of attending the celebration of the Bay Conservation Alliance launch with Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage. The Bay Conservation Alliance is a fantastic initiative where...... Read More

Getting active to avoid acting my age

Active Voice with Danene Jones Sport Bay of Plenty Communications Advisor Here’s a challenge: Close your eyes and walk in a straight line for four metres placing your feet heel to toe. Sound easy? When I first observed...... Read More

BOP cricket’s raising talent

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian Some athletes seem destined to make the top from an early age, while others put in just as much hard work below the radar before emerging in their mid-twenties. One...... Read More

Sunspots and the Sun

Weather Eye with John Maunder A sunspot is a relatively dark, sharply defined region on the solar disc - marked by an umbra (dark area) which is 2000 degrees Celsius cooler than the effective photosphere temperature. The average...... Read More

Opinion Poll

What is the issue with SH2?

Unsafe drivers
The road needs improving
Trucks not giving way
Not enough opportunities to pass safely