Nimbys and Bananas

Straight from city council A personal view, by Councillor Steve Morris As a councillor, you get to meet the most wonderful, community-minded people. From the locals who pick up rubbish along Pilot Bay every morning to the gentleman...... Read More

Declining number of young people in sport

Active Voice with Gareth Yates Sport BOP School Sport Team Leader How we can get more young people more active is a big focus for Sport Bay of Plenty. This focus has become all the more important with recent reports showing a...... Read More

The pain of the 2018 NRL season

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian Writing this on the balcony of their holiday apartment - which overlooks the top end of Bribie Island in Caloundra - continues the cinderella weather for Sideline...... Read More

Tauranga June Rainfalls 1898-2018

Weather Eye with John Maunder The methodology use in adjusting the older sites to the current observing site is published in the ‘NZ Meteorological Service Miscellaneous Publication’ No 180 in 1984. It is considered...... Read More

Wizardry at its best

Pam Hison Green Prescription Advisor Sport Bay of Plenty With temperatures plummeting it is tempting to position yourself firmly on the couch. We, the Green Prescription team are here to tell you keeping your activity level...... Read More

Sideline Sid from the other side of the ditch

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian This edition of Sideline Sid's weekly sports blog, finds Sid and Mrs Sid in the far north of Australia on thier bi-annual winter migration to Queensland, to...... Read More

Weather and Philately

Weather Eye with John Maunder On July 1, 2016 (Canada Day) Canada Post unveiled five new stamps designed to showcase one of Canadians’ most popular topics: the weather. The five stamps, issued to coincide with the 175th anniversary...... Read More

Some sage advice and other herbs

Brian Rogers Rogers Rabbits When life gets you down, when little problems compound up and the worries of everyday living seem unsurmountable, who do you call? Well for those who don’t have rum, there’s...... Read More

Focusing on the environment

Todd Muller National MP   When Simon Bridges became leader of the National Party, he promised to focus more on the environment. As the Climate Change spokesperson, I have been working hard with Simon to do just that. Climate...... Read More

Tauranga’s winter of discontent

Straight from city council A personal view, by Councillor Steve Morris There were two protests directed at council last week - one on the decision not to make The Mall at Pilot Bay a one-way street and the other directed at a...... Read More

Base Erosion and Profit Shifting

Clayton Mitchell New Zealand First MP Last week saw the Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) Legislation move a step closer to being implemented, with the Committee of the Whole House stage passing unopposed. What this very...... Read More

Puzzle piece for ag industry

Angie Warren-Clark Labour MP Last weekend I took my annual trip over to Field Days. Amongst the 10,000 steps around Mystery Creek it was awesome to see the many and varied products that our little part of the world produces. What...... Read More

What causes Osteoarthritis? (Part 2)

John Arts Abundant Living In the last edition we acknowledged that osteoarthritis is mostly caused by the loss of cartilage secreting cells called chondrocytes. Their job is to maintain cartilage. If chondrocytes...... Read More

Leading the way with Destination Management

Kristin Dunne Tourism Bay of Plenty We all know what an exceptional place the Bay of Plenty is to live and explore. And now we can share our love of “our place”. Over the next year we will transition into an insight-lead...... Read More

You're proud of them…are they proud of you?

Melissa Gordon Primary School Sport Director Sport Bay of Plenty Term two is the busiest term of the school year in regards to sporting events across the Bay of Plenty calendar. Last week was the Bay of Plenty Rippa Rugby event...... Read More

Jockey's steeplechase opening talk of the town

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian The advent of social media ensured that a sensational comeback by jockey Aaron Kuru in the opening steeplechase of the Manawatu Racing Club meeting last Saturday,...... Read More

Sirens are go

Straight from city council A personal view, by Councillor Steve Morris I’m excited to tell you about council-approved funding for tsunami/civil defence sirens in the Mount and Papamoa next year. Funding is available for...... Read More

Villach 1985 and Climate Change

Weather Eye with John Maunder Among the many climate science meetings I've attended, the most significant – at least in terms of climate change is concerned – was my involvement in the UN-sponsored International...... Read More

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