Don’t be afraid of a holiday

Daniel Hutchinson From The Hutch Stress relief is very important in today’s hectic world and any doctor worth their salt would recommend  a decent break. So that’s what I’ve done. For a solid year, Mrs...... Read More

The Bay’s best little festival

Winston Watusi Music Plus The Bay is becoming a new home for music festivals in New Zealand. Spring Things – on at the Mount’s Soper Reserve over Labour Weekend – Bay Dreams and One Love, The Food Wine & Music...... Read More

The government’s taking action

Tamati Coffey Labour MP I’m glad the Waiariki can see that this Government is tackling the long-term challenges facing our families – challenges like climate change and housing that the previous Government left in the...... Read More

New Zealand sets a high standard for democratic excellence

Clayton Mitchell New Zealand First MP I have just returned from the annual Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference in Uganda. I had the honour of leading the New Zealand Delegation which consisted of myself, the Honourable Maggie...... Read More

Local body elections

Simon Bridges National Party Leader The billboards are down and your mailboxes are free of electioneering material. Running for public office is not an easy job and I would like to sincerely thank all of you...... Read More

Beating up on the RMA

Straight from city council A personal view, by Councillor Steve Morris  The Resource Management Act is the target of bureaucracy haters everywhere and the politician’s whipping boy. Since 1991, the media’s whipped...... Read More

More support and funding for those with cancer

Jan Tinetti Labour MP Every day in New Zealand around 66 people are diagnosed with cancer; a lot of us are affected by this disease. Locally we have amazing support services including the Breast Cancer Support Services. Helen and...... Read More

Sub two-hour marathon a feat to behold

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian In a frenetic weekend of sport that included the Rugby World Cup and all its dramas, the Silver Ferns snatching victory from the Aussie's and Bathurst - one...... Read More

What the hell have you done to the place?

Brian Rogers Rogers Rabbits Rogers has been through major surgery and is now in Rest and Recovery Mode for a few months. Resurfacing this week for a gander at the local and national news scene and I have...... Read More

There’s more to this life than rugby

Winston Watusi Music Plus October this year is a tricky time for promoters and bands: the Rugby World Cup messes everything up. It's not as though every single person in the country obsessively watches rugby. But a lot do. And...... Read More

Make English an official language of New Zealand!

Clayton Mitchell New Zealand First MP Most New Zealanders would be surprised to hear that English is not actually an official language of New Zealand. The languages that currently hold this title are Te Reo Maori and New Zealand...... Read More

Measles out of control

Todd Talks By Todd Muller There have been multiple outbreaks of measles across the country and it has been confirmed New Zealand has now exported two cases to the United States. Already there have been 59 confirmed cases of measles...... Read More

One of the best boxing coaches in the country

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian Tauranga Boxing Club head coach Chris Walker further enhanced his credentials as one of the best amateur boxing coaches in the country, after the 2019 Boxing New...... Read More

Tauranga September Rainfalls

Weather Eye with John Maunder Rainfalls for the month of September have been recorded in Tauranga since 1898, except for 1904, 1907, 1908, and 1909. The graph below shows the range of rainfalls from an extreme high of 274 mm in...... Read More

Pioneering women in the Bay

Winston Watusi Music Plus It’s October already, a month for female singer-songwriters to wend their way  to Tauranga. There has been a huge rise of female singer-songwriters in recent years, the most obvious in terms...... Read More

Guitar players and fans, we need you!

Janne GuitarGirl Spotlight On… A super celebration of all things to do with guitars. Electric or acoustic, whether you play, listen,jam or just admire. Join us on October 10 at the Black Sheep Bar & Grill, just off the main...... Read More

It’s no pie in the sky

Daniel Hutchinson From The Hutch  Kiwis and pies go hand in hand. In fact you could put an actual kiwi in a pie and get away with it because pies are more Kiwi  than kiwis. There is nothing more quintessentially...... Read More

Two years of progress

Jan Tinetti Labour MP Did you know the coalition Government just celebrated two years since the election? That’s two years of meaningful progress to build a New Zealand where people who have been struggling for too long can...... Read More