Blogs

Why does politics have to be so nasty?

Clayton Mitchell New Zealand First MP One of the questions I get around Tauranga is how do I cope with going from running businesses where everyone works well together, to politics, where there is lots of senseless, petty fights. Sometimes...... Read More

Delivering for Tauranga?

Todd Talks By Todd Muller The Government promised 2019 would be a year of delivery but this is yet to ring true for Tauranga. Sadly, our growing city has once again been overlooked for the much-needed investment in infrastructure...... Read More

A bunch more keys to gridlock

Straight from city council A personal view, by Councillor Steve Morris The asphalt is there 24 hours a day, but traffic isn’t. A couple of weeks ago I wrote about a port congestion charge during rush hour as one way to...... Read More

Boxing underdog comes out swinging

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian www.sunlive.co.nz There is a special place in the hearts of most sports fans for the underdog - especially when they cause a massive upset, like Andy Ruiz Jnr winning the World heavyweight...... Read More

The season to be looney

Brian Rogers Rogers Rabbits www.sunlive.co.nz Election time is approaching. The signs are clear. The nutters are coming out of the woodwork. Election time is like a supermoon. It flushes out the feral lunatics amongst us....... Read More

Drug drivers

Simon Bridges National Party Leader simonbridges.co.nz Queen’s Birthday weekend is a popular time to travel on our roads. Like many New Zealanders I will have my family with me this weekend. When driving as a parent you...... Read More

Talking transport costs

Jan Tinetti Labour MP When I was a principal there were children at my school who had never been to the Mount beach with their families, not because they didn’t want to enjoy our beautiful coastline, but because their families...... Read More

Changes across the ocean

Clayton Mitchell New Zealand First MP This week saw a sea-change in European politics. Millions of voters in European Parliament elections abandoned traditional establishment parties which have dominated polls for decades, in favour...... Read More

Taking modern technology for granted

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian www.sunlive.co.nz A few days of R&R in the Coromandel has brought a unintended break from digital communication. The delightful motel unit near the shores of the Firth of Thames...... Read More

New Zealand’s first Wellbeing Budget is only days away.

Clayton Mitchell New Zealand First MP Even when traditional economic indicators have been good, many New Zealanders have continued to struggle in their everyday lives. The wellbeing approach prioritises what is most important and...... Read More

Solar Activity and the Maunder Minimum

Weather Eye with John Maunder The ‘Maunder Minimum' is the name given to the period from 1645 to 1715 when the number of sunspots – ‘storms' on the sun – became almost zero. The period is named after...... Read More

New Zealand’s first Wellbeing Budget is only days away.

Clayton Mitchell New Zealand First MP Even when traditional economic indicators have been good, many New Zealanders have continued to struggle in their everyday lives. The wellbeing approach prioritises what is most important and...... Read More

The key to gridlock?

Straight from city council A personal view, by Councillor Steve Morris Last week, Auckland Mayoral candidate John Tamihere announced he wants a congestion charge on trucks entering Auckland’s port. Could such a congestion...... Read More

Breaking the cycle of family and sexual violence

Angie Warren-Clark Labour MP As some readers may know, before becoming an MP I worked as a volunteer from for Ministry of Justice for 11 years (from 1991) as a Domestic Violence Advisor and spent five years as the manager at Tauranga...... Read More

Sports fans spoilt for choice with upcoming events

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian www.sunlive.co.nz Each year brings a pivotal sporting event which grabs the attention of the nation for the duration of the event. For the next two years it will be Japan with the...... Read More

The Southern Oscillation Index

Weather Eye with 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...... Read More

Spoonful of political advice

Brian Rogers Rogers Rabbits www.sunlive.co.nz Dear Auntie Roger I’ve got myself in a spot of bother. I promised to build a thousand houses but so far there’s only 80 and I think most of them were in the pipeline...... Read More

Wellbeing budget

Tamati Coffey Labour MP From taking mental health seriously to breaking the cycle of domestic violence and supporting Māori aspirations, our Wellbeing Budget lands on May 30. A budget addressing the long-term challenges facing...... Read More

Are we ready for the invasion of e-scooters?

Straight from city council A personal view, by Councillor Steve Morris If you’ve visited Auckland or Christchurch recently you may have noticed the proliferation of electric hire-scooters whizzing around. I was first introduced...... Read More