Tropospheric Temperatures January 1979 to March 2021

Weather Eye with John Maunder The chart below shows that since 1979, when reliable satellite observations became available, there has been little overall trend in the average tropospheric temperatures, apart from  milder/warmer...... Read More

The pleasure of being a business in the BOP

Annemarie Quill. Connie Richards is at a girls’ lunch in the Mount. It’s Saturday, a long weekend and over a few gin cocktails, the girls start discussing their latest ‘must-have’ purchases, sharing tips on great finds. Thirty-eight-year-old...... Read More

Crunch time for the Oscars

Winston Watusi Music Plus Anzac Day, or at least the public holiday for it, coincides with the Oscars. It has not been a good year for awards shows. Nights of glitz and glamour aren't the same without the glitz and glamour....... Read More

Death and taxes

Daniel Hutchinson From The Hutch Like a clap of thunder and a bolt of lightning out of a blue sky, the Government is changing our  health system. Amongst other things, Health Minister Andrew Little is promising to “treat...... Read More

Join the Tauranga Ratepayers’ Alliance

Democracy HQ A personal view, by Councillor Steve Morris If you’re feeling disappointed by decisions to increase rates by 20 per cent, frustrated at how your money is being spent on a $14.2m increase in Council staff salaries...... Read More

Lest we forget

Simon Bridges National Party MP This weekend we remember our Anzacs - those who’ve served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations, and the contribution and suffering they’ve...... Read More

Remembering racing jackpot fever

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian Fifty years ago, jackpot fever swept the country as thousands of punters thronged race courses throughout the country in their search for the mythical pot of gold. The...... Read More

Solar Activity and the next 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

Music from all around the world

Winston Watusi Music Plus This week let's have a look at next week. Live music continues apace. I've picked out three very different gigs of interest, one leaning Celtic, an international rock show, and a heaping helping...... Read More

All trees and no wood

Daniel Hutchinson From The Hutch Confessions are very important – they clear the air and help us  move forward. So, in order to help solve the country’s problems, I feel it’s important to ‘fess up to...... Read More

The week that’s been

Todd Talks with Todd Muller National MP Another week, another shambles from this government. We’ve seen terrible housing statistics, failures at our border, horticulturalists struggling to get their fruit picked...... Read More

Fixing the housing issue

Nigel Tutt Chief Executive of Priority One Readers will no doubt have seen the government announcement a couple of weeks ago on steps to address New Zealand’s runaway housing market. This included methods to curb investors...... Read More

Positive steps in gender pay

Jan Tinetti Labour MP On March 30, 2021, New Zealand received some confirmation that what we are doing for women is working. The World Economic Forum released its 2021 Global Gender Gap Report, analysing the gender equality gap...... Read More

Bay of Plenty senior rugby season

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian The start of the Bay of Plenty senior rugby season last weekend got Sideline Sid thinking what the local rugby scene looked like a century ago. Past papers provided...... Read More

Tauranga March Rainfalls 1898-2021

Weather Eye with John Maunder Rainfalls for the month of March have been recorded in Tauranga since 1898 – except for 1904, 1908 and 1909. This graph below shows the range of rainfalls from a high of 504 mm in 1979, to a...... Read More

A perfect weekend in Tauranga

Winston Watusi Music Plus With Bay Dreams, One Love and more, Tauranga is getting a name as a festival city; but there's something unique about the Jazz Festival. It may be that it originated here, but that's not the only...... Read More

Time is our nemesis

Daniel Hutchinson From The Hutch Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn and caldron bubble. Cool it with a baboon's blood, Then the charm is firm and good. And there we have it - our travel bubble with Australia is complete...... Read More

The week in review

Angie Warren-Clark Labour MP Happy Easter and what a fabulous weekend it’s been here in Tauranga Moana. Following the government’s recently announced Housing Package, just last week in the Bay of Plenty, we saw local...... Read More

Hocking off the Tauranga Racecourse – no way!

Simon Bridges National Party MP A couple of weekends back, I had the pleasure of an afternoon at the races at the Tauranga Racecourse. I’m not a racing man but I’ve been going to this event, the...... Read More