Thoroughbred racing improvements

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian www.sunlive.co.nz Thoroughbred racing in New Zealand has quietly seen a new initiative that will have long ranging improvements of racehorse preparation and winter racing surfaces.  Racing...... Read More

Tropospheric Temperatures January 1979 to August 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, at times, milder...... Read More

Support schemes not enough

Todd Talks with Todd Muller National MP While it’s great to be out of lockdown, businesses in the Bay and throughout New Zealand will continue to struggle as long as our country’s largest market, Auckland,...... Read More

Step up your te reo Māori

Tamati Coffey Labour List MP  On Tuesday, thousands of New Zealanders in Tauranga Moana and right across Aotearoa joined together to support Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori 2021. If this was you, good on you, and if it wasn’t...... Read More

Waiting for the music to return …

Winston Watusi Music Plus  Once again I write this while much of the city and the Bay remains silent, devoid of live music. It’s been harder this time. The Delta variant has screwed over the few establishments that braved...... Read More

Opportunity for Steamers this weekend

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian www.sunlive.co.nz The Bay of Plenty Steamers will have a window of opportunity when they run out to face Hawke's Bay, at McLean Park in Napier on Sunday afternoon. Covid-19 disruptions...... Read More

Climate change: both sides of the story... a Rotary Conference discussion

Weather Eye with John Maunder Some of the answers to the complexities of the climate system are given in my recently published book "Fifteen shades of climate... the fall of the weather dice and the butterfly effect"....... Read More

Three strikes for three-waters

Democracy HQ A personal view, by Councillor Steve Morris  Tauranga ratepayers have invested heavily in three-waters infrastructure. Now, the government wants to buy $1.3 billion worth of your assets for just $48 million. Council...... Read More

Asphalt or chip seal – the vexed question

Commision News & Views with Commission Chair Anne Tolley One of the most frequent complaints Tauranga City Council commissioners receive is from people expressing dissatisfaction that the asphalt road surface in their quiet suburban...... Read More

Emergency housing at the Mount

Simon Bridges National Party MP simonbridges.co.nz A couple of related issues this year have highlighted to me how lacking in common sense and ability the Labour government and our Labour appointed council are when it comes to...... Read More

Television and level two

Winston Watusi Music Plus  I don’t know anybody who is happy about the state of television at the moment. That’s what I was going to write about this week, and I still intend to. But there’s been a level...... Read More

The rise of Western Bay of Plenty women's cricket

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian www.sunlive.co.nz The rise of Western Bay of Plenty women's cricket star Nensi Patel continues, after she was one of eight women to receive NZ Cricket Women's Development...... Read More

Tauranga August Rainfalls and Afternoon Temperatures 1898-2020 and 1913-2021

Weather Eye with John Maunder Rainfalls for the month of August have been recorded in Tauranga since 1898, except for 1904, 1907, 1908 and 1909. From January 1898 to December 1904, the observation site was described as the Tauranga...... Read More

Vaccination rollout continues

Angie Warren-Clark Labour MP  We’ve stamped out Covid before, and by sticking together and sticking to the rules, we can do it again. Together, we are stronger than the virus. The simplest thing New Zealanders can do...... Read More

Takeaway coffee a reminder of simple pleasures

Todd Talks with Todd Muller National MP I don’t know about you, but I was strangely excited with the ‘freedom’ afforded to me with Level 3. Even though I have a nice little coffee machine at home it...... Read More

Paying tribute to T. Rex

Winston Watusi Music Plus During our first lockdown last year, one of the saddest losses to Covid was the extraordinary American producer Hal Wilner. Initially a producer with Saturday Night Live, Wilner produced albums for Marianne...... Read More

International cricket at Bay Oval

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian www.sunlive.co.nz A new facility at the Bay Oval is set to play a part in the part in the continued progress of the Black Caps, as they seek to consolidate their position as a serious...... Read More

Blocking highs

Weather Eye with John Maunder Some of the answers to the complexities of the climate system are given in my recently published book Fifteen shades of climate... the fall of the weather dice and the butterfly effect. The following...... Read More

Fighting our way back

Nigel Tutt Chief Executive of Priority One The recent return to lockdown was not unexpected by many Western Bay businesses, but the swift nature of it may have caught some by surprise. A few hours doesn’t leave a lot of time...... Read More