Sports fans spoilt for choice with upcoming events

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian Each year brings a pivotal sporting event which grabs the attention of the nation for the duration of the event. For the next two years it will be Japan with the...... Read More

The Southern Oscillation Index

Weather Eye with John Maunder The Southern Oscillation Index (SOI) is a standardized index based on the observed sea level pressure differences between Tahiti and Darwin, Australia. The SOI is a leading measure of the large-scale...... Read More

Spoonful of political advice

Brian Rogers Rogers Rabbits Dear Auntie Roger I’ve got myself in a spot of bother. I promised to build a thousand houses but so far there’s only 80 and I think most of them were in the pipeline...... Read More

Wellbeing budget

Tamati Coffey Labour MP From taking mental health seriously to breaking the cycle of domestic violence and supporting Māori aspirations, our Wellbeing Budget lands on May 30. A budget addressing the long-term challenges facing...... Read More

Are we ready for the invasion of e-scooters?

Straight from city council A personal view, by Councillor Steve Morris If you’ve visited Auckland or Christchurch recently you may have noticed the proliferation of electric hire-scooters whizzing around. I was first introduced...... Read More

Education Gridlock

Simon Bridges National Party Leader A couple of weeks ago we kicked off our first Women as Influencers event in Tauranga. The aim is to hear inspiring stories of local women. The first of these events focused...... Read More

RSE Scheme better for business and NZ Workers

Clayton Mitchell New Zealand First MP While in Hawkes Bay last week I met with representatives from four seasonal primary industries that are the backbone of the region but which have traditionally struggled to find workers at harvest...... Read More

A weekend of Baywide premier rugby

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian What a weekend of Baywide premier rugby with a local derby upset, big score-lines and a walkover, dominating proceedings in Bay of Plenty club rugby. Arataki grabbed...... Read More

Bitch-slapped by a morepork

Brian Rogers Rogers Rabbits The best therapy is cavorting  with Nature. I’m pleased to say we’ve been interacting a lot with nature lately and I can highly recommend it. I generally take...... Read More

Tauranga Average Afternoon Temperatures April 1913-2019

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. It's very common for areas such as Tauranga...... Read More

For the love of tourism

Kristin Dunne Tourism Bay of Plenty To be ambitious and bold is a great thing, especially when that ambition results in meaningful, restorative change. This is a pursuit we hope to achieve by being a leader in expanding the tourism...... Read More

Let’s keep the good times rolling this winter

Kristin Dunne Tourism Bay of Plenty Fantastic beaches, beautiful natural landmarks, prominent Māori history and robust tourism-related infrastructure. The Bay of Plenty has it all, as an incredibly successful cruise ship season...... Read More

The horse with the four white feet

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian While the Gate Pa Racecourse in Tauranga has produced some very good racehorses over the years - some six decades ago - a bay coloured thoroughbred with four white...... Read More

Tauranga April Rainfalls 1898-2019

Weather Eye with John Maunder Monthly rainfalls for Tauranga have been recorded at several recording sites during the last 119 years. From January 1898 to December 1904, the observation site was described as the Tauranga Harbour,...... Read More

Whaka win Rotorua derby

Peter White Sport in the Bay Whakarewarewa versus Rotoiti is as intense a local derby as you are ever likely to find in club rugby. The pride of the region is at stake with everyone involved in the match...... Read More

Safety message bullet points

Brian Rogers Rogers Rabbits Two very unusual events  occurred this week. 1. I went shopping at the Warehouse. 2. I was offended. During a rare visit to the large red store this week I was seriously...... Read More

Juggling conservative and liberal views

Straight from city council A personal view, by Councillor Steve Morris We don’t all think alike as a community, so it’s no surprise that councillors elected by the community don’t all think alike either! In...... Read More

No pursuit policy will not fix the problem

Clayton Mitchell New Zealand First MP The suggestion to implement a no-pursuit policy for young fleeing drivers by the Children’s Commissioner would not make anyone safer on the roads. The police have the harrowing task of...... Read More

Hardship not kindness

Simon Bridges National Party Leader This Government talks a lot about wellbeing, kindness and compassion.  All of these things are important but it seems to be just talk. The numbers of people on benefits...... Read More