Big game fishing in Tauranga

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian www.sunlive.co.nz In past decades, Mayor Island was synonymous with big game fishing. Up to the 1970's, the catch of a big Marlin or Swordfish was enough to solicit a photograph...... Read More

Solar Activity and the next Maunder Minimum

Weather Eye with John Maunder The ‘Maunder Minimum' is the name given to the period from 1645 to 1715 when the number of sunspots – ‘storms' on the sun – became almost zero. The period is named after...... Read More

Get vaccinated this Super Saturday

Todd Talks with Todd Muller National MP  Earlier this year, when other countries were vaccinating their citizens, we were told that we didn’t need vaccines as quickly as other nations needed them. After all,...... Read More

Crunch time for Bay businesses

Nigel Tutt Chief Executive of Priority One  Super Saturday is an important step in New Zealand’s vaccination drive, both for the business community and the general population.  The sentiment I get from most businesses...... Read More

It’s Super Saturday here in Tauranga

Jan Tinetti Labour MP With summer just around the corner, many of us here in Tauranga have already started planning for the holiday season. This year, there’s one extra item to cross off the to-do list as we approach the end...... Read More

New albums – they’re on the way

Winston Watusi Music Plus Musicians around the country have been feeling a bit like James Bond and, like the dapper Englishman, are slowly emerging from hibernation. But often that’s not through choice. It’s hard at...... Read More

NZ's links to the Heavyweight Lineal championship

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian www.sunlive.co.nz Muhammad Ali verses Joe Frazier is considered to be the greatest trilogy in heavyweight boxing history. Fraser won the first contest with Ali winning the first...... Read More

Is declaring climate emergencies justified?

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

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

Winston Watusi Music Plus I like long, unusual words in songs; there are only so many times you can rhyme “love” and “above”. I was reminded of this yesterday as I listened to Warren Zevon in the car. Warren...... Read More

MP’s vaccine plea

Tamati Coffey Labour List MP Kia ora! If you are Māori, live in the Waiariki rohe and are currently unvaccinated, this column is directed at you. Please give me five minutes of your time. It could save your life. Our vaccination...... Read More

Three Waters plans must be Ditched

Simon Bridges National Party MP simonbridges.co.nz  Three Waters (drinking water, wastewater and stormwater) are currently controlled by 67 democratically elected city and district councils across New Zealand. The Labour...... Read More

BOP cricket domination

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian www.sunlive.co.nz Mount Maunganui premier cricket team will have a big target on their back when the new Baywide Cricket season kicks off on Saturday, October 16. The team, based...... Read More

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

Weather Eye with John Maunder Rainfalls for the month of September have been recorded in Tauranga since 1898, except for 1904, 1907, 1908, and 1909. The graph below shows the range of rainfalls from an extreme high of 274 mm in...... Read More

Supporting our women and girls impacted By Covid-19

Jan Tinetti Labour MP I’m delighted to be the Minister for Women, leading work to support women and girls to thrive across New Zealand. Unfortunately, we know they’ve been particularly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic...... Read More

Uncertainty around public events

Nigel Tutt Chief Executive of Priority One  The recent Covid-related shock to this area has fortunately passed without damage for most of the economy. We have seen that many local companies can work in some capacity under...... Read More

Opening up New Zealand

Todd Talks with Todd Muller National MP  Like all MPs, my office is often asked to help rejected applicants who want to return home to New Zealand. We also hear from employers who can’t retain international...... Read More

An auspicious start to the month

Winston Watusi Music Plus Today's paper arrives on the first day of October; three quarters of the year has passed. It always seems at around this point that the year has rushed by, and this year the feeling is particularly...... Read More

The changing face of sport

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian www.sunlive.co.nz Eighteen months ago, it was impossible to imagine the pandemic that was to come which would turn the world upside down. No better illustration for sports fans of...... Read More

Ten big climate questions answered

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