Giving back the land?

Clayton Mitchell New Zealand First MP Current discussions over the possibility of transferring land at Panepane Point back to local hapu has stirred up some controversy in the community, and not without reason. Panepane Point is...... Read More

Hitting the ground running

Simon Bridges National Party Leader What a great start to the year it has been. We have certainly hit the ground running. Recently, Nikki Kaye, Todd Muller and myself took part in a public meeting in Tauranga...... Read More

It’s cold inside

Jan Tinetti Labour MP At this time of the year, it is very hard to remember how cold Tauranga homes can be in winter. When I was a principal, I remember vividly some of the houses my young pupils lived in were so cold that you...... Read More

R&R over the hill

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian In need of some R&R, Sideline Sid and Mrs Sid headed over the Kaimai Range to catch day two and three of the Black Caps verses Bangladesh cricket test at Seddon...... Read More

Global Temperatures 1996 – January 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

The only time it’s okay to talk about poo

Brian Rogers Rogers Rabbits Warning: This column contains explicit descriptions of bodily functions, medical procedures and talk of poop. It may offend some readers. Reader discretion is advised. You have...... Read More

The next generation of leaders

Straight from city council A personal view, by Councillor Steve Morris In this final part of a series on decisions, I turn to changes in New Zealand’s culture that future leaders will have to navigate. We inherited our...... Read More

Room for improvement

Angie Warren-Clark Labour MP The Tax Working group’s final report - Future of Tax - released last week has certainly provided plenty of food for thought and emails in my inbox. The main recommendation from the group, which...... Read More

More than just capital gains

Todd Talks By Todd Muller The Tax Working Group report last week has gone much further than just a capital gains tax – they have offered up a suite of up to eight new taxes that the government will look to use to surgically...... Read More

A small nation with a strong reputation

Clayton Mitchell New Zealand First MP In December, New Zealand joined 151 other countries which voted in favour of the United Nations Global Compact for Migration. There has been much public debate and some misguided perceptions...... Read More

Getting publicity for grassroots sport

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian Publicity is the name of the game if you wish to showcase grassroots sport to the public. The local water polo community were rewarded for beating the drums of...... Read More

Tropospheric Temperatures 1979 to January 2019

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

Time to pull the handbrake on non-complying campers

Brian Rogers Rogers Rabbits Freeloading campers have become the scourge of our public spaces. A few inconsiderate sods are ruining it for travellers and locals alike. Many of our most treasured public areas...... Read More

Kindness in our city

Jan Tinetti Labour MP At the end of last year, Tauranga city leaders were asked about their wishes for our beautiful city for 2019. I stated that my wish is for people to show kindness to each other, and that we continue to work...... Read More

Out with 1080, in with sustainable alternatives

Clayton Mitchell New Zealand First MP New Zealand First has long advocated looking for alternative methods of predator control. Monday’s announcement, made by Minster Jones, of a $19.5 million PGF investment to develop alternative,...... Read More

Decisions part three: ‘2019’

Straight from city council A personal view, by Councillor Steve Morris In the third part of this series about decisions that have changed our city, choices that are before us now and decisions future leaders will have to contend...... Read More

Trying to change the bus system

Simon Bridges National Party Leader My inbox is full of complaints about the recent changes to the bus network. They range from frustration to desperation and concern over children being left at bus stops,...... Read More

Putting the Bay of Plenty on display

Kristin Dunne Tourism Bay of Plenty Let's be honest, the Bay of Plenty can be enjoyed year-round. Sunshine and surf mixed with world-class events, cruise ships and festivals might be our summer staples, but there is more than...... Read More

Tax review – don't hold your breath

Stuart Pedesen Investor and former economist The ideal world Most folk agree that in principle returns on all kinds of investments should be taxed the same as earnings from all kinds of employment or running...... Read More