Research and development benefits

Clayton Mitchell New Zealand First MP With its eyes firmly focused on generating a more productive economy and supporting innovation, the Government has fine-tuned its Research and Development tax credit scheme, to allow loss-making...... Read More

The Mount base-track; truth and fiction

Straight from city council A personal view, by Councillor Steve Morris Some incredible figures about the Mount base-track jumped out of the ‘letters to the editor’ last week. First, a claim that it cost $640,000 to...... Read More

Cycleway connects communities

Todd Talks with Todd Muller National MP It’s great to celebrate the completion of another section of the Omokoroa to Tauranga Cycleway. This weekend, the latest section, the 1.5km Plummers Point Connection, of the...... Read More

Bob and Bruce still busy

Winston Watusi Music Plus Let's check in with the old fellas today. It's something I do from time to time and specifically this week we're talking about Bruce and Bob. I guess at 69 now Bruce counts as an official old...... 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

Reminisicing on the Steamers vs British Lions match

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian The Steamers first-up match against Otago at the Tauranga Domain on August 11, will bring back memories for Sideline Sid, of the day that twenty thousand rugby fans...... Read More

I won’t stand for Mayor this election

Straight from city council A personal view, by Councillor Steve Morris It’s easy to be cynical in an era of fake news and spin. In modern politics, style seems to trump substance and words speak louder than actions. It’s...... Read More

They’re driving us crazy

I’m getting a few mixed messages from the people making all the important decisions. For starters fossil fuel burning cars are bad – they contribute to the warming of the planet. All the good scientists agree the planet is warming and the...... Read More

Spotlight on: the Grant Haua Trio

Janne GuitarGirl Spotlight On… Ever wondered what happened to soul music? The stuff that makes you dance like an uninhibited child? It's on the comeback, as three local lads and seasoned musicians, Grant Haua, Brian Franks...... Read More

Music – from Matariki to the Mount

Winston Watusi Music Plus As Matariki events continue, calls are out to create a public holiday. This isn’t a new thing. Just as Matariki rolls round annually so do voices asking for it to be recognised as a new holiday. Each...... Read More

Talking Finance

Simon Bridges National Party Leader The questions came thick and fast for Paul Goldsmith at a recent National Party morning tea in Mt Maunganui. Paul is the newly appointed spokesperson for Finance and Infrastructure...... Read More

The unsung heroes

Clayton Mitchell New Zealand First MP There are a significant number of New Zealanders caring for high-needs family members in their own homes. The work they do is vital and largely unheralded, but it can also be stressful on both...... Read More

Remaining clubs prepare for Baywide rugby semi-finals

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian We are now leading into the business end of the Baywide rugby year for the remaining contenders. Baywide highs and lows during the club season will range from...... Read More

Tauranga June Average Afternoon Temperatures 1913-2019

Weather Eye with John Maunder Temperatures have been recorded in the Tauranga area at several sites during the last 107 years, including at the current Tauranga Airport site from June 1990. The graph shows details of the average...... Read More

Declaring a climate emergency?

Straight from city council A personal view, by Councillor Steve Morris Let’s talk about emergencies. When a ship’s sinking and there’s no room in the lifeboats, the captain was expected to ‘go down with...... Read More

The rise of the ‘Silent New Zealander’

Todd Talks with Todd Muller National MP Talking to people in The Bay I get a sense many have become increasingly frustrated. These are people who are focused on living their life as best as they can, working hard and...... Read More

Tackling the mental health crisis head-on

Clayton Mitchell New Zealand First MP The mental health crisis which New Zealand faces has been building for years and has been below the radar for far too long. Now it is out in the open. The statistics don’t lie, and they’re...... Read More

Mulling over movies with a warm wine

Winston Watusi Music Plus Music Plus is the name of the column so I tend to skip between a solid diet of music and a smorgasbord of related cultural food groups. This week we’re munching on movies... It seems like good timing,...... Read More

Tauranga June Rainfalls 1898-2019

Weather Eye with John Maunder It is considered that the homogeneous rainfall series described here is a fair and true record of what the rainfall would have been if the current observation site (Tauranga Airport) had been used since...... Read More