Wahine Weather 50 years on - April 10 1968

Weather Eyewith John Maunder The storm that grew out of tropical cyclone Gisele caused the strongest wind ever recorded in New Zealand - 181 km/h (98 knots) gusting 269 km/h (145 knots) at Oteranga Bay west of Wellington. Although it wrought havoc... Read More

Advance Australia Unfair

Brian RogersRogers Rabbits www.sunlive.co.nz Mate, you're dreaming… no surprises there    The Commonwealth Games have kicked off on the Gold Coast, and after the cricket cheating saga we can expect the games will be played... Read More

Plenty of events in the Bay

Jan TinettiLabour MP The great things that are going on in our community, and the special people who make them happen, never cease to amaze me. Recently, I was privileged to attend three events in one weekend - the Climate Change Forum, hosted... Read More

Our thriving BOP

Simon BridgesNational Party Leader simonbridges.co.nz The Bay of Plenty is thriving, and our increase in nominal GDP proves it. We have topped the regions for nominal GDP for the second year running (year ending March 2017), according to Statistics... Read More

Working out a divide between local councils

Straight from city councilA personal view,by Councillor Steve Morris “I mentioned it once, but I think I got away with it” said Basil Fawlty in the Fawlty Towers episode ‘The Germans'. We had some German exchange students... Read More

The start of Baywide rugby

Sideline SidSports correspondent & historian www.sunlive.co.nz The Baywide rugby season is well and truly under way. While the prize on offer for premier sides is the coveted championship trophy, the 12 contenders started the title race two weeks... Read More

Easter doesn’t have to be the ‘last hurrah’

Kristin DunneTourism Bay of Plenty Who enjoyed the National Jazz Festival last weekend? If you were amongst the 30, 000 people who soaked up the atmosphere, you will know what a great event it is for the city. With the onset of daylight saving... Read More

Don’t be SAD, get RAD

Active Voicewith Laura BoucherSport BOP Communications Advisor Climate, sunshine hours and temperature affect our mood – it's a scientific fact – and come May there will be endless articles informing us how to ‘beat the... Read More

New Zealand Climate Extremes to December 2016

Weather Eyewith John Maunder Climate extremes in New Zealand, since instrumental records became available in the 1850's, show a range from the highest temperature of 42.4 degrees Celsius recorded in Rangiora on February 7, 1973, to the most intense... Read More

Preserving the Bay for future generations

Kristin DunneTourism Bay of Plenty What do Machu Picchu, Venice and the Tongariro Alpine Crossing all  have in common?They are all popular tourist destinations that are under pressure from the exponential growth of visitors each year.Historical... Read More

Nobituary: Rogers alive and kicking

Brian RogersRogers Rabbits www.sunlive.co.nz The rumours of my untimely demise seem to be based on alternative facts.With apologies to Mark Twain, who quipped: “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated,” after widespread rumours... Read More

Making an impact

Todd MullerNational MP   Last Friday I had the pleasure of helping out with the launch of our very first Disability Sports Festival which was held at the ASB arena over the weekend.  It was a very successful initiative with hundreds... Read More

Participating is the best bit

Angie Warren-ClarkLabour MP The best part of my job as an MP is about getting out in our community to meet the many interesting and diverse people across the Bay of Plenty electorate. On Friday I attended the Bay of Plenty Envirohub Speakers Forum,... Read More

Investing in the regions a key step

Clayton MitchellNew Zealand First MP A key component of the New Zealand First/Labour coalition agreement was the establishment of the $3 billion Provincial Growth Fund (PGF). For too long our regions have suffered from neglect, with many areas... Read More

Remember to vote

Straight from city councilA personal view,by Councillor Steve Morris Around election time I get calls from likeminded residents asking who to vote for. Apart from the self-interested answer, I don't tell people who else they should vote for!... Read More

Waiting for the Commonwealth Games with anticipation

Sideline SidSports correspondent & historian www.sunlive.co.nz Sideline Sid can't wait until the start of the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast of Australia in a week's time. What a venue - with the tourist capital of Australia as the... Read More

Feeling the fear… and overcoming it

Active Voicewith Cameron AndrewsYouth Engagement Advisor (Tauranga) Have you ever had negative thoughts racing through your mind to the extent these thoughts become more and more intense, and lead to other negative thoughts? What about feeling... Read More

El Nino and La Nina and the Southern Oscillation Index

Weather Eyewith John Maunder The Southern Oscillation Index (SOI) is a standardized index based on the observed sea level pressure differences between Tahiti and Darwin, Australia. The SOI is a leading measure of the large-scale fluctuations in... Read More

Tourism growth for the benefit of all

Kristin DunneTourism Bay of Plenty Imagine a Tauranga bursting with things to see and do, all-year-round visitors supporting local businesses, ample accommodation and an additional 4000 jobs. These are all aspirations for which we'll be able... Read More

Opinion Poll

What facilities do you think Tauranga needs?

A large performing arts centre/conference hub
A 50m swimming pool
An outdoor sports and events stadium
A museum
None of the above
All of the above

Bay Today

Jack-o-lantern in the sunrise. Halloween’s come early this year! Photo: Nicholle Roberson.

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