Exploring Shadow & Light…

Music Plus with Winston Watusi Continuing to celebrate New Zealand Music Month, it's time to fill what has become a gaping hole in the column's recent content - no 'Shadow & Light'. Which means I'll... Read More

What whales are gossiping about…

Roger Rabbits with Jim Bunny Grunts, groans, snorts, barks, clicks, whistles and thwaps. Onomatopoeia - words that phonetically represent the sound they describe - oink, meow, roar. I love the word 'thwap' - the... Read More

Local roads of national significance

Talking Politics with Sam Uffindell, Tauranga MP This week Transport Minister Simeon Brown announced the launch of the coalition Government's Roads of Regional Significance programme. Building world-class infrastructure... Read More

From the Other Side of the Ditch: Boxing Governance Contrasts Between New Zealand and Australia

Sports correspondent & historian with Sideline Sid This week's edition is being written from the other side of the ditch with Sideline Sid and his long suffering wife taking a break in sunny Queensland. The two-fold... Read More

Sunspots and the Climate and the Maunder Minimum

Weather Eye with John Maunder The 'Maunder Minimum' is the name given to the period from 1645 to 1715 when the number of sunspots - 'storms' on the sun - became almost zero. The period is named after the solar... Read More

Beatniks, turkeys and MetroGnomes

Music Plus with Winston Watusi We're about one-third of the way through New Zealand Music Month - and thank you for asking, yes, there is a plan. It's pretty simple: write about the many shows happening,... Read More

Bloke lessons for Mother’s Day

Roger Rabbits with Jim Bunny Listen up all you heartless, thoughtless, self-centred guys - you have about 24 hours to bring your relationship back from the brink. You don't really want to turn a celebration of motherhood... Read More

Another history sporting gem

Sports correspondent & historian with Sideline Sid Regular delving into local sporting history has produced another true gem that ranks up with Rotorua's J Hinton's five successive wickets and Trent Boult's two hat-tricks... Read More

April weather for Tauranga 1898-2024

Weather Eye with John Maunder Monthly rainfalls for Tauranga have been recorded at several recording sites during the last 126 years. From January 1898 to December 1904, the observation site was described as the Tauranga... Read More

Bah humbug coastal path!

Roger Rabbits with Jim Bunny Wouldn't life be easier if we didn't have to deal with people? The attention seekers, the moaners and the self-entitled, the selfish, the fakes, the bullies, the complainers, the yellers... Read More

Seeing the benefits of phone-less days

Talking Politics with Sam Uffindell, Tauranga MP On Monday, the National-led Government's 'phones away for the day' policy came into effect in schools across New Zealand. Many schools began to implement this policy... Read More

Band and Deliver for Music Month

Music Plus with Winston Watusi There is a time for every season under heaven and currently it's time for New Zealand Music Month. I mentioned it last week and I hope to no one's great surprise we're... Read More