A red guitar and playing the blues

Winston Watusi Music Plus As the music scene returns to normal so does this column; this week we’ve got a blues gig and a new album. The album, My Red Guitar, is by Tauranga local  Ian Gilmour, recorded at Whakamarama’s...... Read More

Free stuff for everyone

Daniel Hutchinson From The Hutch The Green Party has come up with a great solution to something – I’m not sure what exactly – with its new tax policy. Basically if you don’t already earn $325 a week, you...... Read More

Bring back the Mount Borough Council?

Straight from city council A personal view, by Councillor Steve Morris “I’ll be in Tauranga at 10 o’clock” I say. “You’re already in Tauranga,” comes the response from a Council colleague. “No,...... Read More

The return of the Mitre 10 Cup

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian The saying that ‘the more that things change - the more that they stay the same' seems to have come true in this years Mitre 10 Cup. When the Mitre 10...... Read More

The Southern Oscillation Index...1880- 2020

Weather Eye with John Maunder The Southern Oscillation Index (SOI) is a standardized index based on the observed sea level pressure differences between Tahiti and Darwin, Australia. The SOI is a leading measure of the large-scale...... Read More

New music – there’s a lot of it!

Winston Watusi Music Plus Some weeks things simply don’t work out the way you planned. Following a column talking about local studios and the types of albums they produce, I planned to review a debut album from songwriter...... Read More

Out of love with online

Daniel Hutchinson From The Hutch I have a bit of a love hate relationship with the internet. It has revolutionised the way we store and access information but it has its faults as well. You can attempt to cure your disease while...... Read More

Small businesses can incur big costs

Professor Jens Mueller Good Business  When you’re Paul the Plumber, are you a business? I love it when these creative artsy people design new logos for businesses – it makes even the smallest business look flash...... Read More

Is Council ‘insolvent’?

Straight from city council A personal view, by Councillor Steve Morris The statement by the Mayor last week that Tauranga City Council was ‘insolvent’ caught many by surprise, including Councillors and Council staff. ...... Read More

Super Rugby to lift rugby fan spirits

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian While Sideline Sid, along with the rest of the country, has had little to smile about in the last three months, the arrival of Super Rugby Aotearoa on the small...... Read More

Global Temperatures 1996 – May 2020

Weather Eye with John Maunder Global temperatures are compiled for various areas including global (land-ocean), global (meteorological stations), three latitude bands, and hemispheric, by the Goddard Institute for Space Studies...... Read More

Recording studio insights

Winston Watusi Music Plus It's an odd feeling, but things seem to be returning to normal. And once again, as I follow foreign news from America, Britain, India, even little Singapore which started so well, all I can say is...... Read More

Barking up the wrong tree

Daniel Hutchinson From The Hutch I might be paranoid but is anyone else worried about Muffin Mclay? All over the world people are tearing down symbols of colonialism and here we have an Old English Sheepdog hanging out on the waterfront,...... Read More

Serving Tauranga as your local List MP has been an honour

Clayton Mitchell New Zealand First MP As some of you may know by now, I will not be seeking re-election at this year’s 2020 general elections. This means that this term will be my last as a List MP based in Tauranga. I did...... Read More

Council’s post-COVID budget

Straight from city council A personal view, by Councillor Steve Morris Councils around the country are re-drafting their annual budgets following COVID-19. Tauranga City Council’s new budget sees a $20m reduction in revenue...... Read More

Billy Graham honoured with Queen's Birthday Award

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian The Queen’s Birthday award to former boxer Billy Graham, making him a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, recognised his decades long work in developing...... Read More

Tropospheric Temperatures January 1979 to May 2020

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 temperatures...... Read More

Local boy makes good (jazz)

Winston Watusi Music Plus Brighton, like many English cites, has a vibrant jazz scene; and there’s a drummer from Tauranga right in the midst of it. Mainstay of the scene is a black Berklee-trained American from Philadelphia,...... Read More

Turn a frown upside down

Daniel Hutchinson From The Hutch First up, I’m going to indulge in a shameless shout-out to the crew here at The Weekend Sun who have picked up a few accolades at the recent NZ Community Newspaper Association Awards. Patting...... Read More