Time for the budget

Todd Talks with Todd Muller National MP   So by the time you are reading this we will have had this Government’s second to last budget. Although I don’t yet know the detail, significant debt funded...... Read More

Smile – it’s only money

Daniel Hutchinson From The Hutch  Before Grant and Jacinda had even popped their cheese rolls in the oven on Budget Day, the Team of One here at Hutch headquarters was doing its own sums. As the shadow Finance Minister for...... Read More

Getting down to business with rugby

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian Sideline Sid can't wait for the wet and cold of winter. Fueling his longing is the business end of the BOPRU Baywide premier rugby competition. While the nine...... Read More

Southern Oscillation Index

Weather Eye with John Maunder For further information on a range of weather and climate matters see my  recent book Fifteen shades of climate... the fall of the weather dice and the butterfly effect. Available from Amazon. The...... Read More

Lean, green tourism machine

Daniel Hutchinson From The Hutch  Something strange happened the other day – I met a fresh foreigner. In my spare time I run a small lawn mowing and landscaping business, and I was asked by a third party to provide an...... Read More

Get the Bay moving again!

Todd McClay National MP for Rotorua With New Zealand’s busiest port and the bustling kiwifruit industry the Bay of Plenty is a big contributor to the country’s economy. In fact without the goods we export there would...... Read More

By-election a chance for tangible commitments

Nigel Tutt Chief Executive of Priority One  The Tauranga By-election brings a relatively rare chance for Tauranga to get a significant amount of political attention as parties aim to take Simon Bridges’ vacant seat. The...... Read More

A deluge of music at the Jam Factory

Winston Watusi Music Plus And we’re off! Yes, New Zealand Music Month is up and running… So, as promised, I’ll be looking at a few upcoming shows this week as it looks like next weekend is peak gigging time for...... Read More

A boost for our economy, and a boost for Kiwi households

Tamati Coffey Labour List MP Around one million New Zealanders will now be warmer with less stress, thanks to the Winter Energy Payment resuming at the start of this month. Our Government introduced this payment to help seniors...... Read More

Consultation offers revealing insights

Commission News & Views with Commission Chair Anne Tolley The responses to the recently-completed community consultation on Tauranga City Council’s 2022/2023 Annual Plan and 2121-2031 Long-Term Plan amendment offer some...... Read More

Tauranga’s horse racing history

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian Racing Tauranga is quietly approaching a big milestone of 150 years of racing at the course in Gate Pa. This milestone will be marked in January 2024. Taking a...... Read More

Global monthly average temperatures since 1979

Weather Eye with John Maunder The following data sets and comments are from the website developed by Professor Ole Humlum who is a Danish Professor Emeritus of Physical Geography at the University of Oslo, and Adjunct...... Read More

Improving Pacific economic development in NZ

Angie Warren-Clark Labour MP  Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio, launched the Pacific Business Village in Tauranga last Friday. This was created by the Ministry for Pacific Peoples using a $16.2 million multi-year...... Read More

Grim numbers show deepening crisis

Todd Talks with Todd Muller National MP Wage data released by Statistics New Zealand this week shows that costs facing households continue to rise faster than wages, deepening the cost of living crisis we’re all...... Read More

New music for NZ Music Month

Winston Watusi Music Plus If April, as T.S. Elliot proclaimed, really is the cruellest month then let’s be thankful it’s over and move straight on to New Zealand Music Month. Of course every month is NZ Music Month...... Read More

The pivotal moments

Daniel Hutchinson From The Hutch When it comes to things that take a long time, it’s important to look out for the defining moments along the way. Defining moments are often trumpeted as a great success – a good news...... Read More

League versus rugby

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian A SunLive rugby league story over the weekend grabbed Sideline Sid's attention, whereby the Coastline District Rugby League is making a tough decision to merge...... Read More

Tauranga April rainfalls & temperatures 1898-2022

  Weather Eye with John Maunder Monthly rainfalls for Tauranga have been recorded at several recording sites during the last 124 years. From January 1898 to December 1904, the observation site was described as the Tauranga...... Read More

Media: drop the bias and report reality!

Democracy HQ A personal view, by Councillor Steve Morris  Five years ago, I wrote a column titled: ‘Old media in its death throes – will democracy survive?’ I predicted trouble ahead for local democracy...... Read More