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The folkies are coming

Winston Watusi Music Plus A whole bunch of people with acoustic instruments are heading towards Tauranga. It happens that way sometimes. Music here used to be very much a matter of famine or feast. Like those buses that eventually...... Read More

Government making change

Tamati Coffey Labour MP Nga mihi o te tau hou Pakeha! I’m kicking things off by stating as many benefits for Māori and Tauranga, delivered by this Government, as I can in 220 words! We launched Tauranga’s Housing...... Read More

Cost of living

Simon Bridges National Party Leader simonbridges.co.nz New Zealand’s economy has a lot going for it at the moment and should be booming. Our terms of trade are at historical highs, interest rates are low and the Government...... Read More

Tauranga Transit: How are we doing?

Clayton Mitchell New Zealand First MP I believe the liveability of a city is closely related to its level of connectivity, which directly relates to the quality of public transport that it offers. Some parts of Tauranga’s...... Read More

Getting ahead in life

Daniel Hutchinson From The Hutch The human race is constantly evolving and nothing gets me  more excited than a good technological advancement. In fact, I hadn’t even sat down at my desk first the morning this week when...... Read More

Super Smash competition

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian www.sunlive.co.nz After several seasons of trying to find the ideal time for the Super Smash competition, NZ Cricket have nailed it this season, with the NZC Major Association T20...... Read More

Solar Activity and Spotless Days

Weather Eye with John Maunder The NASA solar physics website, and other websites such as the Royal Observatory of Belgium, include information on sunspot numbers, spotless days, the ‘Maunder Minimum' and sunspot cycle...... Read More

Things are heating up

Daniel Hutchinson From The Hutch I always chuckle a little bit when I remember the fuss that was made over the beginning of the new millennium - January 1, 2000. I was living in Rarangi at the time, on the East Coast at the top...... Read More

The best music of 2019 (and earlier)

Winston Watusi Music Plus Is it too late to take one final glance in the rear-view mirror? Let’s hope not, as that’s what’s on the cards this week, a quick look back at the recorded music that has enlivened and...... Read More

Thank you to our workers

Todd Talks with Todd Muller National MP As many Kiwis do, I’m making the most of the summer by spending quality time with my family and  friends, catching up on sleep and reflecting on the year that’s...... Read More

Sideline Sid’s 2019 BOP sports awards

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian www.sunlive.co.nz Kiwi sporting journalists are strange creatures around the time of the festive season and the advent of the new year, handing out imaginary awards, for achievements...... Read More

The holiday spirit

Daniel Hutchinson From The Hutch  Aah, the holidays have arrived – or finished depending on your situation. Taking a break can be a lot of hard work and cramming three weeks’ work into the week before Christmas...... Read More

A psychic start to 2020

Winston Watusi Music Plus Happy new year! Resolutions done and dusted? Ready for an exciting new decade? Once again we are outrunning various fictional attempts to imagine the upcoming year. We will not be fighting an endless...... Read More

The Golden Turtle Awards

Winston Watusi Music Plus There are many traditions at this time of year. The last metaphorical grains of sand are about to slide through 2019's hourglass and increasingly tamped-down New Year's Eve celebrations will be...... Read More

Finding a resolution

Daniel Hutchinson From The Hutch I’m always a little bit optimistic about my New Year resolutions. I figure if you aim extremely high, then chances are when you come plummeting back to Earth, at least you might be halfway...... Read More

State Highways and growth paying for growth

Straight from city council A personal view, by Councillor Steve Morris A couple of announcements last week are arguably the most significant move by Government in Tauranga yet. Councils’ borrowing is constrained by the...... Read More

Let’s Recap our discussion documents

Simon Bridges National Party Leader simonbridges.co.nz 2019 has been a big year and I hope you all enjoy a well-deserved break over Christmas and New Year and take the chance to spend some quality time with family and friends....... Read More

Enjoy a Christmas movie

Winston Watusi Music Plus And suddenly it's almost Christmas. It happens like that. Sometime around October shops and supermarkets start playing Christmas music and selling candy canes from specially-themed displays. Then...... Read More