Oasis of musical calm in the madness

In an unpredictable world, it’s good to know some things stay the same. And, as the chaos of Christmas draws ever closer, that’s what the Winston Watusi column is here for – to help keep everything on an even course, an oasis of calm...... Read More

Discovering People of Paradise

The Bay now has greater opportunity for self-examination, with the launch last week of a new online magazine show,  People of Paradise. This is the brainchild of local musician Shirley Ryder and Wellingtonian Lynda Ford who, amongst other things,...... Read More

Remembering the impact of Nicolas Roeg

Let’s divert from music to film. English director Nicolas Roeg, 90 years old, died this week. He made weird, evocative films that seriously messed up my youth. I’ve always been hugely grateful. Roeg started as a clapper boy in the early...... Read More

Albums, gigs – get ‘em while they’re hot!

Can I be the first to ask, where did the year go? When this paper goes to print there’ll be a month ‘til Christmas Eve. Seriously? But let’s not be alarmed. Following the straight and narrow this week I have more of the usual: new...... Read More

Refreshing some of the old favourites

The Andrew London Trio have been fairly frequent visitors to the Bay since their emergence from previous band, Hot Club Sandwich, in 2012. In that time they’ve also recorded five albums, primarily focusing on Andrew’s humorous satirical...... Read More

A soul legend, Sticky Filth and Stan

Okay, I admit it. I’m still getting over the excitement... All sorts of cultural treasures emerged at the end of last week to enrich millions of lives. Or, more likely, they appeared and few people noticed. Fair enough too. One person’s...... Read More

It’s all happening on November 2

Sometimes, the timing of these columns is a tad frustrating. Now, for instance. For those of us preoccupied with popular culture, this week, and November 2 in particular, is a much-anticipated time. Works of art that people have discussed, argued and...... Read More

Simpler times for the local music scene

The music scene in Tauranga appears to be going in every direction at once; it’s sometimes hard to keep up. It’s almost enough to inspire nostalgia for the days when there were only about a dozen bands and everyone kinda knew what everyone...... Read More

A Slice of The Whittakers

I like The Whittakers, and I like A Slice of The Whittakers. There are many ways to judge an album when you write a review – a whole bunch of criteria, such as recording quality, musicianship and songwriting skill – but one big thing  for...... Read More

Labour ‘happy to sacrifice lives’

‘Cheap political gamesmanship’ from W Murray (The Weekend Sun, October 5) comments on the cancelling of the SH2 project north of Tauranga, saying Simon Bridges and the National Party were alerted to the impending issue over nine years ago...... Read More

Opinion Poll

Do you think free parking in the CBD on Saturdays will bring more business to retailers?

No it’s going to add to the parking problems
Yes and it should be extended throughout the week