Giving us the cold shoulder

Daniel Hutchinson From The Hutch     A month ago we were all doomed to live in a diseased world indefinitely. But, hey presto, and now we have a whole bunch of vaccines to choose from. So now the mad scramble for...... Read More


Winston Watusi Music Plus       Is it wrong to keep patting ourselves on the back for being so lucky? After a while does it come across as hubris? I don't know. But I do know that the luck...... Read More

Tauranga Domain's picturesque cricket ground

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian There are few more picturesque cricket grounds in the country than the Tauranga Domain number two field. With plenty of trees providing spectators with shade and...... Read More

Tropospheric Temperatures January 1979 to October 2020

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

Almost time to open Parliament

Todd Talks with Todd Muller National MP After rising on September 6 for the 2020 election campaign, Parliament will resume next week, when all MPs will be sworn in to the 53rd Parliament. The opening of Parliament is...... Read More

Character counts in politics

Straight from city council A personal view, by Councillor Steve Morris “If you were an American, who would you vote for?” asked my nine-year-old daughter. I gave her the same answer I gave when this question...... Read More

Let’s have more class please

Daniel Hutchinson From The Hutch   Well, we have had a weird week of news this week. Let’s start off with our new tourism minister, Stuart Nash, who is planning to ban the hiring-out of non-self-contained vans. I’m...... Read More

New seasons for Janne Izett

Winston Watusi Music Plus     The Tauranga launch for Janne Izett's debut album is next weekend. It's been a long journey... You might have come across Janne in this paper. For a couple of years...... Read More

Curling in the South Island

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian Sideline Sid and Mrs Sid are away in the South Island for some much needed R&R after the stresses of the last six months. The durable duo have spent a few days...... Read More

Global Temperatures 1996 – October 2020

Weather Eye with John Maunder Global temperatures are compiled for various areas including global (land-ocean), global (meteorological stations), three latitude bands, and hemispheric, by the Goddard Institute for Space Studies...... Read More

The Pineapple Apocalypse

Daniel Hutchinson From The Hutch The rain has stopped, and the sun is out so it’s a good time to have a serious discussion about the future. And I’m talking about climate change. The best scientists in the land...... Read More

Anthony Coulter Shares Memories

Winston Watusi Music Plus   November must have been designated Album Release Month by the musical powers that be. Sean Bodley and Anthony Coulter and the two Jans - Jan Preston and Janne Izett – all...... Read More

The ups and downs of technology in sporting

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian Modern technology is a marvellous thing with all the bells and whistles of today making life much more accessible. We have come a long way since the early days...... Read More

A fresh start for Parliament

Angie Warren-Clark Labour MP As I and my Parliamentary colleagues transition from the 52nd to the 53rd Parliament, the past week saw major announcements from the Prime Minister who has continued to reiterate that as a government...... Read More

It's confusing but we love it

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Tauranga October Average Afternoon Temperatures 1913-2020

Weather Eye with John Maunder Temperatures have been recorded in the Tauranga area at several sites in the last 100 years, including the current Tauranga Airport site from June 1990. The average afternoon temperature for October...... Read More

Trawling through sporting history

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian It's amazing what history buffs like Sideline Sid find when they trawl through past papers, looking for historical information. A recent search revealed evidence...... Read More

Tauranga October Rainfalls 1898-2020

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

The Mount to Katikati – music everywhere

Winston Watusi Music Plus We may be fresh out of a long weekend but the music never stops. Well, I say that but it does seem that there is a little breathing space this weekend. So this time we'll be looking a couple of weeks...... Read More