Twenty 20 cricket debate

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian Ever since Twenty 20 cricket was introduced to New Zealand a decade and a half ago, debate has raged about the virtues of the smash and bash competition. T20 initially...... Read More

Sea Level Changes

Weather Eye with John Maunder Global (or eustatic) sea-level change is measured relative to an idealised reference level, the geoid, which is a mathematical model of planet Earth’s surface. Global sea-level is a function of...... Read More

Highway robbery

Brian Rogers Rogers Rabbits Stand and deliver, suckers! Once upon a time,  highway robbers were the swashbuckling, handsome rascal types who thrust their demands and hips in front of the stagecoach...... Read More

Todd talks tax

Todd Talks By Todd Muller Whilst out and about in our community last week, a gentleman mentioned to me on his doorstep that he believes the government has a tax problem. While I agreed with him at the time, upon reflection my view...... Read More

Failing to plan is planning to fail

Straight from city council A personal view, by Councillor Steve Morris Councillors have been expressing the community’s frustration to NZTA (the government agency responsible for State Highways) regarding several projects...... Read More

The beauty of our flaws

Mary Parker The Fast Track Life Coach “When the Japanese mend broken objects, they aggrandise the damage by filling the cracks with gold. They believe that when something has suffered damage and has a history it becomes more...... Read More

The price of petrol

Angie Warren-Clark Labour MP There has been a lot of talk about the price of petrol recently. It’s clear to see that Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is right when she says that New Zealanders are being fleeced by the petrol...... Read More

Steps to getting on the property ladder

Alisha Brady from enableMe Tauranga There’s no doubt getting into the property market is tough. Giving up smashed avocado won’t do it – at least until you’ve skipped it every day for 20 years! If savings...... Read More

Looking back on the years

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian As we reach our seventies, more of our contemporaries fall at the hurdles in the last straight. A couple of weeks ago one of my real good mates passed away unexpectedly,...... Read More

Top honours for taking tourism to the next level

Kristin Dunne Tourism Bay of Plenty Hard work pays off. Tourism Bay of Plenty is the proud recipient of the first-ever Regional Tourism New Zealand Supreme Award.   This is extra special, as it was created to recognise...... Read More

Sporking about with the lingo

Brian Rogers Rogers Rabbits Some of the world’s most troubling dilemmas have been tackled on this page in the 18 years Rogers has  been Rabbiting. One of those issues was solved in 2015 when...... Read More

Successfully managing a growing city

Straight from city council A personal view, by Councillor Steve Morris Our population has reached 135,000, and is growing at 2.5 per cent a year. The good news for home owners is that demand keeps increasing house values and,...... Read More

Decked out in pink

Simon Bridges National Party Leader It is not often I go searching in my wardrobe for something pink to wear. Apart from ties, pink isn’t a feature in my work attire, but there is always an exception...... Read More

Are you renting? We want to hear from you.

Jan Tinetti Labour MP Next week, my Labour colleagues and I will be holding public meetings in Tauranga to talk with the community about the proposed changes to the residential tenancy laws. We would like to hear from renters and...... Read More

Values and focus

Mary Parker The Fast Track Life Coach “Always remember, your focus determines your reality.” George Lucas. Research shows that writing down our values, and focusing on how much our day reflects those values, takes us...... Read More

Success for NZ First

Clayton Mitchell New Zealand First MP The weekend’s New Zealand First AGM and 25-year celebration was a huge success, with delegates and party supporters from all over New Zealand travelling to Tauranga for the sold-out event. It...... Read More

Sidline Sid 'trys' NFL

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian One sport that Sideline Sid usually bypasses on the box is Australian Rules Football. However on Saturday he took his once a year look at the game, with the end...... Read More

How lucky are we in the Bay of Plenty?!

Active Voice with Zane Jensen Sport BOP Regional Facilities Advisor There’s no doubt sport and recreation plays a big part in New Zealand’s culture. What that means can be very different from one person to the next,...... Read More