Grateful for healthcare

Todd Talks with Todd Muller National MP New Zealanders are fortunate that we receive free health care; many people live in countries where it costs a fortune to have a baby, treat cancer or repair injuries. My wife Michelle...... Read More

The great Tauranga slow down

Democracy HQ A personal view, by Councillor Steve Morris  Admissions that NZ Transport Agency and council are deliberately increasing congestion to force people to walk, cycle or catch a bus has hit a raw nerve. Ask people...... Read More

Rebuilding better in the Bay of Plenty

Angie Warren-Clark Labour MP  The recent outbreaks in Australia have been a timely reminder that when it comes to Covid, we’re not out of the woods yet. One of my daughters lives in Melbourne and they’re in lockdown...... Read More

The day the music died?

Winston Watusi Music Plus  A few weeks back I wrote of APRA’s annual Silver Scroll songwriting awards. Specifically I wrote that the Australasian Performing Right Association have stripped 2016’s winner, Thomas...... Read More

Key features of council strategies

Stephen Selwood  Sustainability and climate change initiatives weren’t the headline features of Tauranga City Council’s 2021-31 Long Term Plan, but if you look a bit deeper, many of our planned investments are designed...... Read More

The debut of new sports at the Olympics

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian Four new-age sports will debut at the Tokyo Olympics, with the introduction surfing, sport climbing, skateboarding and BMX freestyle, joining the more the more traditional...... Read More

Tropospheric Temperatures January 1979 to June 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, at times, milder...... Read More

Matariki – let’s celebrate our very own holiday

Tamati Coffey Labour List MP If you like the thought of celebrating a public holiday that you won’t find anywhere else in the world, keep reading! Our government is delivering on a pre-election commitment, where New Zealand...... Read More

Speaking freely

Simon Bridges National Party MP Freedom of speech is a fundamental right that has been preserved in New Zealand and liberal democracies worldwide. Sadly, this could be about to change, with Labour proposing...... Read More

Pathway to reduce homelessness

Nigel Tutt Chief Executive of Priority One  Last week Te Tuinga Whānau launched a pathway to reduce homelessness in Tauranga. The campaign goes by the catchphrase ‘Tauranga - a safe anchorage for all’, which captures...... Read More

Remembering Simon Elton

Winston Watusi Music Plus  You’ll have to give me a little leeway with this column; it’s hard to find the right tone just before deadline when you hear a friend has died. Especially when he was the person that...... Read More

A proud tradition in the Olympic 1500m

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian Jack Lovelock's 1936 Olympic Gold Medal in the 1500m, laid down the legacy for Nick Willis in his attempt to earn further glory in the glamour event on the track...... Read More

The year without a summer

Weather Eye with John Maunder Some of the answers to the complexities of the climate system are given in my recently published book Fifteen shades of climate... the fall of the weather dice and the butterfly effect. The following...... Read More

An attractive place to grow business

Nigel Tutt Chief Executive of Priority One Recently, local private equity firm Oriens Capital announced they had raised capital for their second fund. This involved them reaching their initial raise of $80m, although the fund is...... Read More

Still available to assist

Todd Talks with Todd Muller National MP  My family has been touched by the many messages of good wishes we received prior to Michelle’s back surgery last week. The operation was successful but she cannot do...... Read More

Mid-year changes on the way

Jan Tinetti Labour MP  We’re past halfway in the year now, and temperatures here in Tauranga have certainly dropped. At this time of the year people always mention to me how grateful they are for the government’s...... Read More

Time to get on with the job

Commision News & Views with Commission Chair Anne Tolley  After a month of intensive community engagement, more than 2000 face-to-face conversations, 34 community meetings, close to 1800 submissions and around 50 hours of...... Read More

Bob Dylan, a birthday, and Te Puna

Winston Watusi Music Plus I’ve been thinking this week about community; a couple of events on July 24 show again that it’s happening and growing all around us. First of all though, I must mention an upcoming Bob Dylan...... Read More

From a NZ ring to the Olympic Games

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian Little did Sideline Sid know that when he called a 16-year-old David Nyika into the ring at the 2011 Boxing New Zealand National Championships, that a decade later,...... Read More