Giving Kiwis a voice in the Covid-19 debate

Simon Bridges National Party Leader simonbridges.co.nz I’ve been flooded with questions from all corners of the country since the Covid-19 lockdown began, and it felt good to get those New Zealanders some answers this week. We...... Read More

The postponement of the Tokyo Olympics

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian www.sunlive.co.nz One of the few bright spots for Sideline Sid in recent weeks has been the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics for twelve months. The news gives certainty to the...... Read More

Help is here if you need it

Jan Tinetti Labour MP Firstly I want to acknowledge you, the people of Tauranga, who over the past two weeks have supported and adhered to the rules of the lockdown period by staying at home in order to not only protect yourselves...... Read More

Reasons to be cheerful – Part 43

Winston Watusi Music Plus We continue this currently weekly glance at things appearing on the radar at the Watusi Country Club that have helped turn Winston's frown upside down while in lockdown. Each week expect a selection...... Read More

Tauranga March Rainfalls 1898-2020

Weather Eye with John Maunder Rainfalls for the month of March have been recorded in Tauranga since 1898 – except for 1904, 1908 and 1909. This graph below shows the range of rainfalls from a high of 504 mm in 1979, to a...... Read More

Anthony’s been a busy boy

Winston Watusi Music Plus So here we are: the first column without a newspaper to accompany it. After over fifteen years of writing a weekly column it seems strange. But, in the hope that some of you out there, either isolated...... Read More

Bay of Plenty Cricket Player of the Month Awards

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian www.sunlive.co.nz With plenty of time on his hands, Sideline Sid was cleaning up some of his cricket files the other day, when he stumbled on his Bay of Plenty Cricket Player of the...... Read More

Global Annual Temperatures 1880 – 2019

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

Reasons to be cheerful – Part 42

Winston Watusi Music Plus To help make your lockdown a little less trying we are doubling our weekly dose of Winston. His regular column will continue on Fridays and now every Monday he will expound on things currently making him...... Read More

The Tauranga Cup

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian www.sunlive.co.nz Last weekend, a thoroughbred race that dates back over a century was run at the Gate Pa track. The Tauranga Cup, over one and a quarter miles, was run almost continuously...... Read More

Don't mind the blues

Winston Watusi Music Plus Greetings from lockdown. We're all in the same boat now... I got in early, going into self-isolation 30 hours before the entire country after picking up the youngest Watusi, who had wisely decided...... Read More

Life in a bubble

Daniel Hutchinson From The Hutch Hmmmm, very quiet outside. Too quiet. Mrs Hutch has just left for work but not before telling me how essential she is – for the third morning in a row. Rest home health care assistants –...... Read More

Global Temperatures 1996 – February 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 big silence begins...

Winston Watusi Music Plus This is the way the world ends, not with a bang but with a slowly descending silence. Things are not going well right now. I sat down with a friend for a drink a couple of days ago. We joked that by the...... Read More

Keep calm and carry on

Angie Warren-Clark Labour MP This past week saw some momentous announcements as our government pulled out all the stops to protect the health of New Zealanders and the health of our economy in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic. The...... Read More

Keeping ourselves safe

Simon Bridges National Party Leader simonbridges.co.nz I understand many of you will be worried in light of recent events regarding COVID-19. The reality is that this is an unprecedented event and I don’t blame you for...... Read More

We’ll defeat the virus!

Straight from city council A personal view, by Councillor Steve Morris Being a small, isolated country at the bottom of the world, nearly 2000km from our nearest neighbour sure has its disadvantages but it doesn’t feel...... Read More

Mountains out of mole hills

Daniel Hutchinson From The Hutch Having studied a few faces this week, I can see there are more worry lines and big eyes than usual. These are classic symptoms of severe worry brought about by exposure to significant eventitis. This...... Read More

Olympic Games are in danger of postponement or cancellation

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian www.sunlive.co.nz With the coronavirus sweeping the globe, the Olympic Games are in danger of postponement or cancellation. It's not for the first time the biggest international...... Read More