The New Zealand Drought Index

Weather Eyewith John Maunder A new tool to monitor drought conditions across New Zealand has been launched by the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA). Called The New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI), it is an easy-to-use, colour... Read More

Rotorua Marathon - a half century and more of racing

Sideline SidSports correspondent & historian Saturday, May 6, brings the running of an iconic Bay of Plenty sports event with the 53rd Rotorua Marathon taking places around the confines of Lake Rotorua. This year's running... Read More

How we’re improving access for all

Active Voicewith Cherryl ThompsonHalberg Disability Sport Foundation Adviser How many of us live here for the lifestyle? The beaches, the sun, the recreational opportunities. Imagine sitting on the dunes or footpath, only able to look at the ocean... Read More

Techy can be sporty

Active Voicewith Heidi LichtwarkSport BOP Chief Executive Finding the balance between the use of technology and physical movement is a constant challenge for us all – especially when it comes to our children, who are influenced by social... Read More

Manganese: An essential trace mineral

  John ArtsAbundant Living Manganese is often confused with magnesium. Magnesium is a major mineral needed in larger amounts while manganese is an essential trace mineral needed in tiny amounts – about 3mg daily. We... Read More

Listen to the Little Voices

Brian RogersRogers Rabbits This column wasn't going anywhere fast, and deadline was rapidly approaching. Inspiration was lacking. I'd rather be fishing.  “I don't know how you manage it each week,”... Read More

Going down the gluten-free road

Culinary Conversationswith Peter BlakewayFood writer, caterer and private chef For this week's recipe, I thought I'd go down the gluten-free route. We tend to think gluten-free is a modern phenomenon closely related to food processing's... Read More

Our strong performing regional economy

Simon BridgesNational MP Tauranga has been a hive of activity lately – I know because I'm lucky enough to be invited to various events and business openings in Tauranga. And recently there has been several. I don't... Read More

How water meters saved the city

Straight from city councilA personal view,by Councillor Steve Morris Writing a weekly column has its risks, as I'm sure the last two former councillors who wrote this column could attest! For politicians, the instinct toward self-preservation... Read More

World heavyweight boxing

Sideline SidSports correspondent & historian There are few sporting contests in the world which grab more headlines and attention than world heavyweight boxing championship title fights. In the next three weeks, the Joshua verses... Read More

The Southern Oscillation Index (SOI)

Weather Eyewith 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 fluctuations in... Read More

A rap-rock band with great chemistry

Spotlight on...with Janne GuitarGirl Local Tauranga band Legion Of Dissent consists of Dhiavat Mehta on vocals, Baz Mantis on guitars, Kingsley Smith on bass guitar and backing vocals, and Sol Radley on drums. Inspired by rap-orientated rock, they... Read More

Democracy getting Nick-ed

Clayton MitchellNew Zealand First MP Our water and our land are under threat, with the same Minister in charge. Our water ways have had the bar lowered to make ‘fouled by animals' and ‘full of germs' the new ‘swimmable'. Our... Read More

Saving Sun readers, and their goats

Brian RogersRogers Rabbits Despite our suggestions last week for you all to be sensible, it seems many of you have been ignoring this safety advice.With another humungous storm battering the Bay, it's a good time to again... Read More

Bring out all the good stuff

Culinary Conversationswith Peter BlakewayFood writer, caterer and private chef Easter's coming, the musicians are warming up and the weather's going to be great –I hope! And that makes it time to celebrate before winter is upon... Read More

Conquering Mauao for women’s refuge

Todd TalksBy Todd Muller I've walked up Mauao a few times during the 40-plus years I've been living in the Bay. But there is something about ascending Mauao 38 times in a little more than seven weeks that sears it in the soul. We are... Read More

Getting active is mission: possible

Active Voicewith Laura WeaserSport BOP Communication Advisor The mission has been set and the clock's ticking. Racing out the door, we're on the hunt for a black car. But not just any black car – it must be parked beside another... Read More

Stars align for fervent long-time rugby fan

Sideline SidSports correspondent & historian Last Saturday, this long time rugby fan saw a game where all the stars aligned, for a first half of total domination little seen in Baywide rugby today. The occasion was the premier... Read More

Tauranga March Average Afternoon Temperatures 1913-2017

Weather Eyewith John Maunder Temperatures have been recorded in the Tauranga area at several sites during the last 104 years, including the current Tauranga Airport site from June 1990. The below graph shows details of the average daily maximum... Read More