BOP cricketer’s White Fern debut

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian When newly contracted White Fern Nensi Patel plays her first game in the New Zealand uniform, it will signal the handing of the baton from the first Bay of Plenty...... Read More

‘My name is not dementia’

Better Understanding Dementia with Ruth Thomas EnlivenPlus Demented, mad, away with the fairies... I’ve heard it all in my 30 years supporting people with dementia. We’ve come a long way in that time, but not far...... Read More

Taking action on supermarkets

Tamati Coffey Labour List MP We’ve just announced more support to ease the pressure on households here in the Waiariki, with further action to make sure Kiwis are paying a fair price at the supermarket checkout. I know people...... Read More

It isn’t chalk and cheese

Daniel Hutchinson From The Hutch  Please don’t tell anyone but there is half a sheet of plasterboard propped up against the wall in the garage. I’m no plasterboard snob, this isn’t GIB, it’s a French...... Read More

It’s nearly here – the jazz festival!

Winston Watusi Music Plus Okay. Through the downpour and drizzle, I think I see a jazz festival approaching... It’s not long now till Matariki and, being the first time we’ve celebrated it as a holiday and – more...... Read More

Emissions reduction plan

Green Goals with Josh Cole Green Party   Over the last four years, the Greens in Government have laid the foundations for climate action in every part of Aotearoa. The Emissions Reduction Plan(ERP) is a landmark all-of-Government...... Read More

Memories of a horse racing legend

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian "When the young ones amongst the crowd at Te Rapa on the 22 February 1972 have grey beards and the old ones are gone, the day that Lester Piggott and Sailing...... Read More

Tauranga climate data for May 2022....

Weather Eye with John Maunder May Rainfalls 1898-2022 Rainfalls for the month of May have been recorded in Tauranga since 1898 – except for 1904, 1907, 1908, and 1909. The graph shows the range of rainfalls from an extreme...... Read More

Sunspots 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

Two key proposals open for consultation

Nigel Tutt Chief Executive of Priority One  There are a couple of important consultations open at the moment across our city, where public input is valuable and where there is a strong economic viewpoint. Firstly, Tauranga...... Read More

A rare dedication should be treasured

Todd Talks with Todd Muller National MP I met our Queen in 1995 at a function at Government House when I was working for Prime Minister Jim Bolger. It happened organically, one moment I was chatting to a colleague have...... Read More

Interesting things (and some music)

Winston Watusi Music Plus Sometimes you come across a bit of information that you’ve just got to share. Because one of life’s great pleasures is sharing; be it sharing movies, music or even information. If something...... Read More

A busy week in the Bay!

Angie Warren-Clark Labour MP Minister for Food Safety and Seniors, Hon Dr Ayesha Verrall visited Zespri, Eastpack and Whaioranga Trust: Elder Abuse Response Service. We are investing $20.3million to modernise our trade certification...... Read More

Regional leadership needs collaborative approach

Doug Leeder Chairperson, BOP Regional Council Isn’t it frustrating to us all when individuals and organisations, that really should know better, make observations or provide commentary that is potentially damaging, or at the...... Read More

Farewelling Music Month with more music

Winston Watusi Music Plus And just like that New Zealand Music Month comes to an end. Not that you’d notice… Perhaps I have become cynical but the whole ‘music biz’ seems such a mess these days it’s...... Read More

Māori Party owes Tauranga an apology

Democracy HQ A personal view, by Councillor Steve Morris When Māori Party president Che Wilson claimed Tauranga was mentioned as a “hotspot” of white supremacy in a Department of Internal Affairs report, I noticed. As...... Read More

More cost of living relief for families

Tamati Coffey Labour List MP We’ve just released this year’s Budget, which sets out the next steps in our plan to build a secure future for New Zealand. This includes a ‘cost of living’ package, which will...... Read More