Getting publicity for grassroots sport

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian Publicity is the name of the game if you wish to showcase grassroots sport to the public. The local water polo community were rewarded for beating the drums of...... Read More

Tropospheric Temperatures 1979 to January 2019

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

Time to pull the handbrake on non-complying campers

Brian Rogers Rogers Rabbits Freeloading campers have become the scourge of our public spaces. A few inconsiderate sods are ruining it for travellers and locals alike. Many of our most treasured public areas...... Read More

Kindness in our city

Jan Tinetti Labour MP At the end of last year, Tauranga city leaders were asked about their wishes for our beautiful city for 2019. I stated that my wish is for people to show kindness to each other, and that we continue to work...... Read More

Out with 1080, in with sustainable alternatives

Clayton Mitchell New Zealand First MP New Zealand First has long advocated looking for alternative methods of predator control. Monday’s announcement, made by Minster Jones, of a $19.5 million PGF investment to develop alternative,...... Read More

Decisions part three: ‘2019’

Straight from city council A personal view, by Councillor Steve Morris In the third part of this series about decisions that have changed our city, choices that are before us now and decisions future leaders will have to contend...... Read More

Trying to change the bus system

Simon Bridges National Party Leader My inbox is full of complaints about the recent changes to the bus network. They range from frustration to desperation and concern over children being left at bus stops,...... Read More

Putting the Bay of Plenty on display

Kristin Dunne Tourism Bay of Plenty Let's be honest, the Bay of Plenty can be enjoyed year-round. Sunshine and surf mixed with world-class events, cruise ships and festivals might be our summer staples, but there is more than...... Read More

Tax review – don't hold your breath

Stuart Pedesen Investor and former economist The ideal world Most folk agree that in principle returns on all kinds of investments should be taxed the same as earnings from all kinds of employment or running...... Read More

Three months of cricket at Bay Oval

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian The curtain has come down on a wonderful three months of top class cricket at the Bay Oval. India thrilled the sold out ground in two games with the Black Caps....... Read More

Tauranga January Rainfalls 1898-2019

Weather Eye with John Maunder The graph shows the range of Tauranga's January rainfalls from 1898-2019, varied from an extreme high of 532 mm in 1907 to a low of only 1 mm in 1928. The second wettest January was 2011, when...... Read More

Fake North and other wacky science news

Brian Rogers Rogers Rabbits The big news this week:  The North Pole is moving. Scientists have released an updated position  for True North. And this is where it gets confusing. Because True...... Read More

Walking on thin ice

Sharnae Hope Sharnae’s Stance If you put ice into a warm drink, it is guaranteed to melt. This is a small scale model of  what our planet is currently doing, and it is closer to home than we may think. Global warming...... Read More

Spotlight on: Leah Carroll

Janne GuitarGirl Spotlight On… Tauranga’s own Leah Carroll remembers her Grandad’s home studio when she was around four-years-old. It was there he recorded a cassette tape of Leah singing Christmas carols. Her...... Read More

Decisions: part two ‘what might have been’

Straight from city council A personal view, by Councillor Steve Morris Last week, I introduced a series on key decisions that have changed the course of our city’s history, the choices that are before us now and decisions...... Read More

Changes in the education environment

Clayton Mitchell New Zealand First MP Education is a vital asset, and the quality of our education goes a long way towards determining our future success in life. Educators have a significant influence on our children through their...... Read More

Bus issues heard loud and clear

Todd Talks with Todd Muller National MP Unfortunately, as of late, they haven’t been running like clockwork here in Tauranga and, to a degree, that has undermined trust in our public transport system here in the...... Read More

Shifting focus to NZ Warriors

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian It’s that time of year again where Sideline Sid looks into his crystal ball and directs his gaze at the fortunes of the New Zealand Warriors, before they kick...... Read More

Tauranga January Average Afternoon Temperatures 1914-2019

Weather Eye with John Maunder Temperatures have been recorded in the Tauranga area at several sites during the last 100 years, including the current Tauranga Airport site from June 1990. The graph above shows details of the average...... Read More