Does our plan strike the balance?

Commission News & Views with Anne Tolley Consultation has now opened on Tauranga City Council's draft 2024-2034 Long-Term Plan, which continues our focus on investing in our future, making things fairer and doing the mahi.... Read More

The development of the Bay Oval

Sports correspondent & historian with Sideline Sid Traditional cricket fans believe that the holy grail of the game is test match cricket. February 2024 will see the fifth test match at the Bay Oval since the ground-breaking... Read More

The Southern Oscillation Index (SOI)

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... Read More

The Honours List of ‘Bad-assed’ birds

Roger Rabbits with Jim Bunny I've watched the Northern Royal Albatross surf the breezes off windswept Taiaroa Head. Exhilarating stuff. Up to 12kg and three metres from wingtip to wingtip, they don't even have to flap... Read More

Unemployment and reducing inflation

Chief Executive of Priority One with Nigel Tutt Unemployment figures released by Statistics NZ last week will have a significant effect on the New Zealand and local economy in the year or two ahead. Our country, like... Read More

No shame in asking for help with dementia care

Better Understanding Dementia with Ruth Thomas from EnlivenPlus We all need help at some point, but when a loved one has dementia that help is even more important. Over the years I've met so many people who feel they... Read More

Blues & BBQS – but mainly blues!

Music Plus with Winston Watusi This week it's all about blues - and here's an extravagant statement to open with... It may sound like an exaggeration, but I reckon the NZ Blues & BBQ Festival 2023,... Read More

New cricket format raises eyebrows

Sports correspondent & historian with Sideline Sid There were a few eyebrows raised by local cricket watchers when the Bay of Plenty Cup premier club competition underwent a change of format at the start of the 2023-24... Read More

Solar Activity and the next Maunder Minimum

Weather Eye with John Maunder The 'Maunder Minimum' is the name given to the period from 1645 to 1715 when the number of sunspots - 'storms' on the sun - became almost zero. The period is named after the solar... Read More

Happy Christmas, ho-bloody-ho

Roger Rabbits with Jim Bunny A heads up - there's 45 shopping days until Christmas. Or thereabouts. We might want to start thinking about it. We might also want to start thinking about the difference between... Read More

Oozing talent from Octogenarians

Music Plus with Winston Watusi Just occasionally, as we rush towards the precipice, it can feel like time is standing still. I've felt that recently, enjoying in the same week both a new Martin... Read More

Looking back to the 1967 Melbourne Cup

Sports correspondent & historian with Sideline Sid History buffs tend to collect things - and I am no exception having collected sporting memorabilia over half a century. The oldest piece I have, is a 1936 Auckland... Read More