New building for Oranga Tamariki

Angie Warren-Clark Labour MP  Last week in Pāpāmoa we opened Te Ākau, the new Oranga Tamariki building on the new Ngā Parirau site. This beautiful building represents a change in the way Oranga Tamariki operate, moving...... Read More

Government is stuck at the traffic lights

Simon Bridges National Party MP  I want to touch on the government’s handling of Covid-19, since its re-emergence in the community in August in the form of the Delta variant. While the government...... Read More

Life by the numbers

Pick a number - any number - and see how it applies to your weekend just gone by. Numbers, when they are grouped together or put side by side usually paint a picture, and my numbers for the first few days of December lined up better than they have for...... Read More

New Zealand's GOAT heavyweight boxers

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian Sideline Sid believes that "Career on the line for Joseph Parker" is a perpetual headline that New Zealand sporting media pull out each time the Kiwi boxer...... Read More

A city for everyone

Daniel Hutchinson From The Hutch Christmas presents can be placed into three main categories – heartfelt, practical and minimal. Heartfelt gifts are obviously the most time consuming, requiring hours of browsing and a good...... Read More

A city centre with heart

Commision News & Views with Commission Chair Anne Tolley  Tauranga City Council commissioners have made some significant decisions over the past 11 months, but in adopting the refreshed Civic Precinct Masterplan at our meeting...... Read More

Well on our way

Jan Tinetti Labour MP  Covid-19 has provided us with many challenges over the past 20 months, and it’s been an arduous fight against the virus. After such a long time we can sometimes forget why we need to do all of...... Read More

City centre’s new dawn

Nigel Tutt Chief Executive of Priority One  The announcement of the planned redevelopment of the civic precinct is an extremely positive one for the city. I wrote a couple of weeks ago about the resurgence in investment in...... Read More

Why I’m standing once more

Todd Talks with Todd Muller National MP  What a great week National has had. It was superb to see Chris Luxon and Nicola Willis hitting the ground running and our local MP, Simon Bridges, appointed as finance spokesperson. I...... Read More

Woven Not Stranded with Liam Ryan

Winston Watusi Music Plus  New albums are piling up thick and fast, so I better start sharing them with y’all. And here’s a thought: if you’re a Spotify listener (or that of other digital platforms), I’d...... Read More

The return of the Attrill Cup

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian Sideline Sid was delighted to see that Bay of Plenty Cricket has brought back their oldest trophy in the Attrill Cup for competition, after gathering dust on a shelf...... Read More

Tauranga November Rainfalls 1898-2021

Weather Eye with John Maunder The graph below shows the range of Tauranga's November 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

Fixing the ship

Daniel Hutchinson From The Hutch National Party supporters are fully immune to leadership changes, having had two jabs and now a booster shot, thanks to Chris Luxon. Substance rarely beats style when it comes to politics, which...... Read More

A new way of managing Covid-19

Tamati Coffey Labour List MP As we take the next step in our Covid-19 response plan, I know many people here in the Western Bay will be looking forward to a way of life that feels a bit more normal. Our shift to the orange setting...... Read More

Retirement village residents unite!

Simon Bridges National Party MP  A couple of weeks back I accepted a petition from the Retirement Village Residents’ Association, on behalf of the more than 45,000 New Zealanders who live in retirement...... Read More

Meet The Beatles (again)

Winston Watusi Music Plus I’ve spent the week in the company of The Beatles; it has been most enjoyable. I’ve been wading through Mr Jackson’s epic look at a month in the life of the Fab Four, spending about eight...... Read More

Smorgasbord of cricket at Bay Oval

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian A New Year Test Match, the visit of the Dutch team to engage in T20 combat with the Black Caps, and seven games in the ICC Women's World Cup provide a smorgasbord...... Read More