Mixed reactions about boxing

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian Boxing has been a hot topic in the media in the last few weeks, attracting plenty negative publicity and a myriad of comments from people that have little knowledge...... Read More

Climate change and Villach : Is there a connection?

Weather Eye with John Maunder Among the many climate science meetings I have attended, the most significant, at least in term of climate change is concerned, is my involvement in the UN sponsored International Conference held in...... Read More

Idioms and idiots

Brian Rogers Rogers Rabbits This week, the self-righteous vegans have been getting off their high horse again, with assertions the rest of us will stop using phrases  involving animals, in case we  hurt...... Read More

It seems the traffic just keeps backing up

Straight from city council A personal view, by Councillor Steve Morris It’s not often I take my 1957 Morris Oxford out during rush hour, but when I do, I’m filled with commuter anxiety. It’s not the column...... Read More

Third and final reading for employment bill

Clayton Mitchell New Zealand First MP The Employment Relations Bill had its third and final reading in parliament this week. It has been a work in progress for some time, as the three coalition partners in government have worked...... Read More

The importance of a lifejacket

Todd Talks with Todd Muller National MP Last year, 105 people drowned in New Zealand waters, and 92 of those  deaths were preventable. Tragically, that figure includes nine children under the age of 15, and eight...... Read More

International cricket at Bay Oval

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian The Bay Oval lights will be turned on for international cricket for the first time this season on Friday night. India A and New Zealand A continue their series...... Read More

The Southern Oscillation Index

Weather Eye with John Maunder The Southern Oscillation Index (SOI) is a standardized index based on the observed sea level pressure differences between Tahiti and Darwin, Australia. The SOI is a leading measure of the large-scale...... Read More

Unpacking the Bay of Plenty’s DNA

Kristin Dunne Tourism Bay of Plenty DNA. It’s what makes us all unique and special. Just like individuals, a region’s DNA is its competitive identity and the bedrock for tourists and locals alike. But while our coastline’s...... Read More

PC socks it to sad, sacked, sexist Santa

Brian Rogers Rogers Rabbits Political correctness has slain the last bastion of tradition. Santa Claus has been slaughtered by the whingers who believe he’s sexist. Farmers department store reportedly...... Read More

Giving feels good

Jan Tinetti Labour MP Elsa the Elf Queen is a very special person. Elsa works at Kmart in Bayfair and she invited me to take part in the launch of this year’s Kmart Wishing Tree Appeal. What a wonderful morning it was. I...... Read More

Essential public service workers start to strike

Clayton Mitchell New Zealand First MP The struggle for teachers, nurses, police and other essential public service workers to stay ahead of the cost of living, and gain better recognition for the value of the work they do, has boiled...... Read More

KiwiBuild on life support

Simon Bridges National Party Leader Labour first announced KiwiBuild six years ago, when it was in opposition. It was to solve New Zealand’s housing woes. Since becoming the government, they have consistently...... Read More

Chondroitin: A forgotten hero, part two

Abundant living with John Arts Abundant Health In the last edition we looked at a major research study that confirmed the benefits of a high dose of chondroitin sulphate (CS) for joints affected by osteoarthritis. After looking...... Read More

The Match - Tiger v Phil

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian Last Saturday’s continuous wet weather saw Sideline Sid ditch any plans to go outdoors and instead hit the on button on the television. First up was the televised...... Read More

Sunspots and the Sun

Weather Eye with John Maunder A sunspot is a relatively dark, sharply defined region on the solar disc - marked by an umbra (dark area) which is 2000 degrees Celsius cooler than the effective photosphere temperature. The average...... Read More

Auntie is here to help

Brian Rogers Rogers Rabbits Due to the popularity of the last Auntie Roger, we’ve got some more pearlers for our readers this week. If you have a burning question that can only be extinguished by the...... Read More

Feeling the effects of water restrictions

Straight from city council A personal view, by Councillor Steve Morris Last summer was the first time Tauranga saw water restrictions in 17 years. While common in other districts, they were unheard of here during this century....... Read More

Rangiuru Business Park is the way forward

Clayton Mitchell New Zealand First MP The pace of residential and commercial development in Tauranga is outstripping both Auckland and Christchurch, with ongoing demand that needs to be met. A vast farmland not so many years ago,...... Read More