By-election a seismic shift

Democracy HQ A personal view, by Councillor Steve Morris The result was never in doubt, but National’s share of the vote has sent shockwaves as far away as the Beehive. National candidate Sam Uffindel won more than 56 per...... Read More

Building a stronger education system

Jan Tinetti Labour MP Our Government is working hard to build an education system that gives every student in Tauranga, and across the country, the best chance to succeed. As part of this work, our School Investment Package has...... Read More

Hello Sam, and goodbye Three Waters!

Todd McClay National MP for Rotorua Congratulations to Sam Uffindell Tauranga’s new MP. Sam ran a fantastic campaign – he remained focused on issues important to local people and worked tirelessly from when he was selected...... Read More

The big bang theory

Daniel Hutchinson From The Hutch  Well whanau, our oppressive, overbearing government has forced another public holiday on us and now we must rise up and consider what this means – or not, if you feel like a sleep-in. Despite...... Read More

Baywide rugby and the Jordan Cup jigsaw

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian When I became curious about the background of a Western Bay of Plenty Rugby Sub-Union trophy, that was about to be re-allocated for competition in 2001, I couldn't...... Read More

Gangs, gangs, gangs

Green Goals with Josh Cole Green Party There has rightly been a lot of talk of late about gang issues and the general conversation has really lacked any solutions that will negate the need for gangs to even exist in the long...... Read More

Benefits of the Budget

Angie Warren-Clark Labour MP  Last week Minister Andrew Little and I attended a launch event at Tauranga Hospital to celebrate Bay of Plenty District Health Board joining the National Bowel Screening Programme. Bowel cancer...... Read More

Simply not enough Police at the front line

Todd Talks with Todd Muller National MP  When the Prime Minister relieves the Police Minister from her duties and gives the job to a more senior Minister, it’s a clear admission that the job was not being done...... Read More

Nutters, climate deniers, and many bands

Winston Watusi Music Plus Tauranga’s been in the news a bit recently; you’ve got to be proud. As only the fifth-largest city in the country we tend to get a little passed over, so any time we come to national prominence...... Read More

The Great Race

Daniel Hutchinson From The Hutch Usually, at this time of the electoral cycle, locally-elected councillors are being super nice to everyone. Everyone vying for the few positions available musters up their most popular ideas and...... Read More

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