Meteorology and the America's Cup

Weather Eye with John Maunder The role of weather and weather and weather forecasting in yachting has for many years been an integral part of many National Meteorological Services as well as commercial weather services. In New...... Read More

Across the (Electric) Universe

Winston Watusi Music Plus Once again I find myself writing to you from limbo, from a level that may be different by the time you read this... Which means that whatever plans I had to write about upcoming shows just became a non-starter,...... Read More

The tall and the short of it

Daniel Hutchinson From The Hutch Sometimes it’s a good thing and sometimes it’s bad, but size really does matter. And this week everything just seemed to get bigger. For starters, in a few short years New Zealand should...... Read More

Level changes and restrictions

Todd Talks with Todd Muller National MP You have to feel sorry for the people of Auckland - now in their fourth Covid lockdown in a year. Having Aucklanders confined to their homes is having a massive impact on New Zealand’s...... Read More

Latest lockdown’s economic twist

Nigel Tutt Chief Executive of Priority One Readers will have been following the government’s Covid alert levels with interest lately, and some may ponder what impact this will have on our local economy.  Typically, a...... Read More

Playing our part to protect New Zealand

Jan Tinetti Labour MP Together, we’ve done a great job at keeping Covid-19 under control. However, as we’ve seen play out in other countries around the world, this is a tricky virus, and we all need to do our bit to...... Read More

Covid's affect on NZ sport

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian Covid-19 continues to rear its ugly head and cause ongoing problems with daily life in New Zealand. This time, local cricket fans will be denied the opportunity...... Read More

Tauranga February Average Afternoon Temperatures 1913-2021

Weather Eye with John Maunder Temperatures have been recorded in the Tauranga area at several sites during the last 101 years, including the current Tauranga Airport site from June 1990. The average afternoon temperature for February...... Read More

Grant Haua conquers Europe

Winston Watusi Music Plus Last week Grant Haua launched Awa Blues, already probably the most significant Tauranga release of the year. It was sent out into the world via a small and quickly sold out show at The Jam Factory which...... Read More

Taking out the trash

Daniel Hutchinson From The Hutch It’s funny what gets people’s blood boiling, and fraud is right up there with the most heinous crimes of all. Even thinking about the various forms of fraud makes my face flush with...... Read More

Property developers and political donations

Straight from city council A personal view, by Councillor Steve Morris In 2018, political donations from property developers and their associates were made illegal in Queensland as part of an effort to improve transparency and...... Read More

Here to help!

Simon Bridges National Party MP Over recent months I’ve given you my views on Tauranga’s big issues in this column: transport, housing, public safety and our CBD. There’s lots more, though,...... Read More

TECT proposal makes sense

Nigel Tutt Chief Executive of Priority One Last week’s announcement of the proposed changes to the Tauranga Electricity Consumer Trust is important from a regional, economic perspective.  Readers will probably be aware...... Read More

From school cricket to the big leagues

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian Sideline Sid has written a number of times about defined and clearly understood sporting pathways being the key to individual and team success. He has also written...... Read More

Tropospheric Temperatures January 1979 to January 2021

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

The climate change discussion

Nigel Tutt Chief Executive of Priority One Readers may have noted, or even delved into if they have more time on their hands, the recent draft advice released from the Climate Commission. It has occupied a fair amount of media and...... Read More

The way we deal with waste

Words from the Western Bay Mayor by Garry Webber We’re changing the way we deal with waste in the Western Bay of Plenty, and you have an important role to play. Western Bay of Plenty District Council is starting a council-run...... Read More

No Future at The Historic Village

Winston Watusi Music Plus Writing about promotional (ad)ventures from Your Enabler Presents makes me think of a David Lynch movie. Blue Velvet, to be exact. He was once called Tauranga Music Sux but changed the handle to Your Enabler...... Read More

I want to hear your voice

Todd Talks with Todd Muller National MP As a local Member of Parliament, I appreciate and rely on community feedback to keep me up to date with the issues that constituents are concerned about. I receive many emails,...... Read More