The different sides of cricket

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian Sideline Sid got to watch two very different ends of the cricket spectrum last weekend. On Friday, I caught the first session of the four-day match between...... Read More

Spotlight on Denise Hyde

Janne GuitarGirl Spotlight On… Although born in Waiouru, and having grown up with an army family, Denise did her schooling in Taupo. She had a very encouraging music teacher at her intermediate school, and it wasn’t...... Read More

Benefit from passing on the blessings

Mary Parker Coaching the Attitude Coaching the Attitude “If I choose to bless another person, I will always end up feeling more blessed.” Marianne Williamson. I have found the meaning behind this quote to be a wonderful...... Read More

Things are booming in the Bay

Jan Tinetti Labour MP There is no doubt that things are booming in our city. It is great to see such progress. Roads are being built and improved and the CBD is undergoing a major change, with new buildings and renovation of the...... Read More

A blooming success in our gardens

Simon Bridges National MP Our family has recently moved, and we’re enjoying getting out in our new garden. Our region is so well known for its creative and diverse gardens, and it is being celebrated...... Read More

The TNL as we know it is cancelled

Straight from city council A personal view, by Councillor Steve Morris Is that the sound of bulldozers I hear on the horizon? No, it’s the sound of bull dust! Construction of the four-lane Tauranga Northern Link was due...... Read More

These days of weird world wonders

Brian Rogers Rogers Rabbits These days, many things are not what they seem and things have changed. What once would have been considered very odd, is now commonplace. Even compared to 18 years ago, when...... Read More

Tropospheric Temperatures 1979 to October 2018

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 temperatures...... Read More

Upping the stakes

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian If you continue to throw enough money at something you usually get the desired results. About 25 years ago, the Victoria Racing Club came up with a vision...... Read More

Spotlight on: The LMM Network

Janne GuitarGirl Spotlight On… For the last six years, The LMM network has been sponsored by Shirley Howe, who has worked tirelessly since the 1980s. She’s written and produced her own original songs and, with the...... Read More

More pearls of wisdom from Auntie

Brian Rogers Rogers Rabbits It’s that time again, when Auntie Roger pulls out her pearls of wisdom and strings them delicately around the nape of our readers’ dilemmas. If you have a burning...... Read More

Tauranga October Rainfalls 1898-2018

Weather Eye with John Maunder The graph below shows the range of Tauranga's October rainfalls, from an extreme high of 357 mm in 1916 to a low of only 7 mm in 1984. The second wettest October was 1928, when 269 mm was recorded;...... Read More

How to eat an elephant (aka the power of 5 minutes)

Jane Le Guay Health Team Leader Sport Bay of Plenty At the moment you don’t have to look too hard to find a motivational snippet in the paper or online about the joys of spring and getting active and healthy. But how to...... Read More

The rise of the 'Festival' game

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian It was said that last Saturdays All Black romp against Japan in Yokohama was like a “Festival” game, with plenty of running rugby and tossing the ball...... Read More

Is it time for ‘free’ parking in the CBD?

Straight from city council A personal view, by Councillor Steve Morris Last week, a couple of colleagues and I visited Hamilton City Council to see how they manage their parking and transport network. They’ve gone against...... Read More

Opinion Poll

Do you think free parking in the CBD on Saturdays will bring more business to retailers?

No it’s going to add to the parking problems
Yes and it should be extended throughout the week