Clock ticking down to Olympic start date

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian Debate continues on whether the 2021 Olympic Games should/will take place as the clock ticks down to July 23 start date. The XXX11 Olympiad will be the first time...... Read More

Tauranga Average Afternoon Temperatures April 1913-2021

Weather Eye with John Maunder Temperatures have been recorded in the Tauranga area at several sites during the last 108 years, including the current Tauranga Airport site from June 1990. It's very common for areas such as Tauranga...... Read More

It’s New Zealand Music Month, hooray?

Winston Watusi Music Plus It's New Zealand Music Month; the concept still seems a bit strange to me. I get the idea of course. Lest New Zealand music be lost in the glut of overseas sounds let's set aside a particular month...... Read More

New Bins and the reverse ‘Robin Hood’ tax

Democracy HQ A personal view, by Councillor Steve Morris The new rates-funded bins will reduce recycling trips to the transfer station and save our family-of-four at least $100-per-year. However, there’s zero satisfaction...... Read More

Beware of Covid envy

Daniel Hutchinson From The Hutch You can’t catch Covid from a newspaper column, so I wasn’t expecting to be immunised until July at the earliest, along with the rest of the herd. It happened quite accidentally. You...... Read More

Warming up this winter

Jan Tinetti Labour MP The mornings and evenings have been a wee bit chilly in Tauranga this week and so it’s very timely that the Winter Energy Payment resumed last weekend on May 1, ensuring that around a million New Zealanders...... Read More

Commissioners, rates and results

Simon Bridges National Party MP I disagree with Tauranga having Commissioners run our Council. I don’t believe it was principled or necessary and it basically means we’ve the Labour Party from Wellington...... Read More

The return of the PGA to the Bay of Plenty

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian A sizzling 11-under final round on Sunday, gave Auckland golf professional Tae Koh the 85th edition of the New Zealand PGA championship, played at Te Puke Golf Club...... Read More

Tauranga April Rainfalls 1898-2021

Weather Eye with John Maunder Monthly rainfalls for Tauranga have been recorded at several recording sites during the last 122 years. From January 1898 to December 1904, the observation site was described as the Tauranga Harbour,...... Read More

Three for the road - jazz, folk, blues

Winston Watusi Music Plus Sometimes I'm a bit torn about what to put in this column. There are generally two directions things can go. Firstly, and the most tempting, is I can have a bit of a rant about something. That is,...... Read More

Remembrance and Reforms

Angie Warren-Clark Labour MP Last week as we commemorated Anzac Day and remembered the sacrifice given to our nation by those who served in the two great wars and other conflicts around the globe, we find ourselves still in the...... Read More

Infrastructure the key to new housing

Todd Talks with Todd Muller National MP Part of being an effective electorate MP is staying connected with constituents and key stakeholders. As well as holding monthly drop-in clinics for constituents to share their...... Read More

Bin there - done that

Daniel Hutchinson From The Hutch There are a few burning issues  facing humanity at the moment but the biggest conflagration locally is the roll out of wheelie bins and other receptacles by the Tauranga City Council. Curiously...... Read More

It’s time to work smarter

Nigel Tutt Chief Executive of Priority One A couple of weeks ago the New Zealand Productivity Commission released a report about our country’s economic productivity and how we could improve it.  The commission, chaired...... Read More

The running of the thoroughbred race

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian Last weekend saw the running of a thoroughbred race, which attracted crowds in the thousands during the 1940 through to the 1970’s, with a number of great...... Read More

Tropospheric Temperatures January 1979 to March 2021

Weather Eye with John Maunder The chart below shows that since 1979, when reliable satellite observations became available, there has been little overall trend in the average tropospheric temperatures, apart from  milder/warmer...... Read More

The pleasure of being a business in the BOP

Annemarie Quill. Connie Richards is at a girls’ lunch in the Mount. It’s Saturday, a long weekend and over a few gin cocktails, the girls start discussing their latest ‘must-have’ purchases, sharing tips on great finds. Thirty-eight-year-old...... Read More

Crunch time for the Oscars

Winston Watusi Music Plus Anzac Day, or at least the public holiday for it, coincides with the Oscars. It has not been a good year for awards shows. Nights of glitz and glamour aren't the same without the glitz and glamour....... Read More

Death and taxes

Daniel Hutchinson From The Hutch Like a clap of thunder and a bolt of lightning out of a blue sky, the Government is changing our  health system. Amongst other things, Health Minister Andrew Little is promising to “treat...... Read More