Legends live and new music online

Winston Watusi Music Plus Another day, another level change, another cancellation. Don’t you just love 2021? I must confess that, like pretty much everyone else, I didn’t really heed the experts last year when told...... Read More

Farewell to a Bay of Plenty rugby great

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian One of the big oak trees of Western Bay and Bay of Plenty rugby has fallen with the recent passing of Brian McCord. Brian lived a full life and was in his mid-eighties...... Read More

Tropospheric Temperatures January 1979 to October 2021

Weather Eye with John Maunder The chart below shows that since 1979, when reliable satellite observations became available, there has been an overall warming trend in the average tropospheric temperatures, apart from, at times,...... Read More

Space invaders eye Tauranga

Daniel Hutchinson From The Hutch Horses for courses could easily become houses for courses given the political situation in Tauranga right now. The 85ha expanse in Greerton is occupied by the Tauranga Racing Club and Tauranga Golf...... Read More

The key to a great summer in the Bay

Jan Tinetti Labour MP Without a doubt, Tauranga and the Bay of Plenty region is a great place to spend summer. With the weather getting warmer, everyone is counting down to the summer holidays, fun and barbecues at the beach. To...... Read More

Keeping it local

Todd Talks with Todd Muller National MP  Representing constituents of the Bay of Plenty electorate, the importance of community is never far from my mind. Our Bay community is home to around 16,000 small businesses...... Read More

Mixed news for region’s retail

 The last couple of months have seen an unusual situation in this economy. We have been fortunate to be largely untouched by lockdowns, but we have felt the effect of other regions who have been. We see this effect mostly in the...... Read More

Farewelling guitarist Mike Everard

Winston Watusi Music Plus  There is a special music night at Jack Dusty’s next weekend - a belated tribute to one of the city’s best guitar players. Mike Everard, most recently in the spotlight for his dynamite...... Read More

Rugby star’s boxing return is no knockout

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian Sonny Bill Williams’ recent pronouncement on his return to the boxing ring, that "I am not in it for the money" caused Sideline Sid to almost burst...... Read More

Tauranga October Rainfalls 1898-2021

Weather Eye with John Maunder The graph below shows the range of Tauranga's October rainfalls, from an extreme high of 357 mm in 1916 to a low of only 7 mm in 1984. The second wettest October was 1928, when 269 mm was recorded;...... Read More

Three Waters: What and why?

Angie Warren-Clark Labour MP  Three Waters addresses our drinking water, waste water and storm water. The reform is about ensuring New Zealanders have access to safe, clean drinking water for generations to come while maintaining...... Read More

Your views matter to me

Simon Bridges National Party MP  It is a privilege to represent my constituents in Wellington as the Member of Parliament for Tauranga. Your views are important to me as I advocate for you in parliament,...... Read More

Forty (one) years of New Horizons

Winston Watusi Music Plus  I get increasingly sick of today’s “influencers” - mostly fly-by-night narcissists angling for sponsorship and self-promotion.     But there are real Kiwi influencers...... Read More

A fantastic Kiwi victory in the Melbourne Cup

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian In the tradition of old-time newspapers, the call Stop Press where breaking news was added to the papers early editions, could be applied to Sideline Sid's contribution...... Read More

Glasgow COP 26 and the Villach Climate Conference of 1985

Weather Eye with John Maunder   Among the many climate science meetings I have attended, the most significant, at least in terms of climate change is concerned, was my involvement in the UN sponsored International Conference...... Read More

Something smells funny

Daniel Hutchinson From The Hutch  When I hear mention of the government’s Three Waters Reform Programme, for some weird reason I’ve been flashing back to the 1993 movie Demolition Man. The movie stars Sandra Bullock...... Read More

A tribute to the Velvets

Winston Watusi Music Plus Are we still between gigs? Yeah, pretty much, so we'll go elsewhere this week. Sure, there is stuff happening. Jack Dusty’s, the Barrel Room and the Hop House are continuing with seated music,...... Read More

New playbook

Tamati Coffey Labour List MP  The new Covid-19 protection framework, known for its ease of understanding as the ‘traffic light system’, will support us in keeping people safe - especially our vulnerable communities...... Read More

No clarity in systems

Todd Talks with Todd Muller National MP In response to multiple requests for clarity about when New Zealand will relax Covid restrictions, the government has advised that when 90 per cent of eligible New Zealanders are...... Read More