Growing the Bay of Plenty’s tourism one job at a time

Kristin DunneTourism Bay of Plenty Tourism. It engenders a sense of pride and vibrancy in a place and more importantly attracts people to return and live, to work, to do business and to build new businesses. In the Bay of Plenty our employment... Read More

Tauranga March Rainfalls 1898-2018

Weather Eyewith John Maunder Rainfalls for the month of March have been recorded in Tauranga since 1898 – except for 1904, 1908 and 1909. This graph below shows the range of rainfalls from a high of 504 mm in 1979, to a low of 5 mm in 1943. The... Read More

Holy flashbacks, an update with Batman

Brian RogersRogers Rabbits An old Batmobile sits gathering  dust on my office desk. Batman  is a lonely figure, hunched over  the wheel, wondering where  his life went.There's no sign of Robin. That's... Read More

Ancestry-based representation – is it racist?

Straight from city councilA personal view,by Councillor Steve Morris I received a letter in the mail this week inviting me to go on the Maori electoral roll, as I have Maori ancestors, and it got me thinking. Many of those in favour of ancestry-based... Read More

Reflecting on true inspirations

Todd MullerNational MP   Last weekend, as I sat in the natural amphitheatre of the Te Puna Quarry listening to a superb kapa haka performance from our local disabled community, I reflected on a few weeks earlier when I had the pleasure of... Read More

Why future planning needs to happen now

Clayton MitchellNew Zealand First MP As a Tauranga resident, I struggle with traffic and congestion. It quite often takes me more than 35 minutes to get from Golf Road to the Harbour Bridge via Hewletts Road in the morning and again in reverse... Read More

Mental health inquiry well underway

Angie Warren-ClarkLabour MP I was pleased this week to hear an update from Professor Ron Paterson, chairperson of the Mental Health Inquiry, where he said that the inquiry is now well underway. During the election campaign last year issues around... Read More

Hello from Mara National Park, Kenya

Bridget NicholisAcacia Safari Tours This week I am saying ‘Hi' from the Maasai Mara National Park in Kenya. As I have mentioned, no two trips here are the same. Normally the highlight in this park is seeing more than a million wildebeest... Read More

The benefits of turmeric

John ArtsAbundant Living My motorcycle tour in India in 2015 was a feast for my senses including, of course, my taste buds. Most curry recipes contain the brilliant yellow spice turmeric. It has also been a mainstay  of... Read More

We are in this together

Kristin DunneTourism Bay of Plenty The future of tourism  in the Bay of Plenty is literally in your hands.On Monday, April 16, submissions on Tauranga City Council's Long Term Plan – including Tourism Bay of Plenty's bid... Read More

Feel the fear and figure out how to overcome it

Active Voicewith Laura BoucherSport BOP Communications Advisor Risk versus responsibility – it's a simple equation. Less responsibility, less risk. More responsibility, more risk. As children, we're not afraid to climb trees,... Read More

School cricket flying under the radar

Sideline SidSports correspondent & historian Flying under the radar in term one of the school year is an unheralded component of the New Zealand Cricket age-group pathway. The NZ Cricket Schools competitions, which are played... Read More

Wahine Weather 50 years on - April 10 1968

Weather Eyewith John Maunder The storm that grew out of tropical cyclone Gisele caused the strongest wind ever recorded in New Zealand - 181 km/h (98 knots) gusting 269 km/h (145 knots) at Oteranga Bay west of Wellington. Although it wrought havoc... Read More

Advance Australia Unfair

Brian RogersRogers Rabbits Mate, you're dreaming… no surprises there    The Commonwealth Games have kicked off on the Gold Coast, and after the cricket cheating saga we can expect the games will be played... Read More

Plenty of events in the Bay

Jan TinettiLabour MP The great things that are going on in our community, and the special people who make them happen, never cease to amaze me. Recently, I was privileged to attend three events in one weekend - the Climate Change Forum, hosted... Read More

Our thriving BOP

Simon BridgesNational Party Leader The Bay of Plenty is thriving, and our increase in nominal GDP proves it. We have topped the regions for nominal GDP for the second year running (year ending March 2017), according to Statistics... Read More

Working out a divide between local councils

Straight from city councilA personal view,by Councillor Steve Morris “I mentioned it once, but I think I got away with it” said Basil Fawlty in the Fawlty Towers episode ‘The Germans'. We had some German exchange students... Read More

The start of Baywide rugby

Sideline SidSports correspondent & historian The Baywide rugby season is well and truly under way. While the prize on offer for premier sides is the coveted championship trophy, the 12 contenders started the title race two weeks... Read More

Easter doesn’t have to be the ‘last hurrah’

Kristin DunneTourism Bay of Plenty Who enjoyed the National Jazz Festival last weekend? If you were amongst the 30, 000 people who soaked up the atmosphere, you will know what a great event it is for the city. With the onset of daylight saving... Read More