Steamers back to their old school attacking game

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian Attending a Bay of Plenty Steamers game is a bit like a lucky dip - you never know what you are going to get. Sunday's Mitre 10 Cup encounter at the Tauranga...... Read More

Loserpalooza is coming!

Winston Watusi Music Plus There are two sides to Tauranga. It often seems – possibly with good reason – that we're locked in the musical mainstream, an unthreatening mixture of jazz, blues, folk and cover bands,...... Read More

Reliving the pressure

Clayton Mitchell New Zealand First MP The sale of New Zealand’s valuable assets in recent years has proved to be short-sighted and fundamentally flawed. The sales have created a raft of issues, which the Coalition Government...... Read More

Funding life-saving cancer drugs

Simon Bridges National Party Leader All of us have loved ones and friends who have been affected by cancer. Cancer is the biggest cause of death in New Zealand. Recently I announced National’s plan for...... Read More

Legendary Western Bay boxer hangs up his gloves

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian There are few tougher sports than professional boxing, where two men enter the ring for a monetary reward. Personally, I have a problem with the professional game,...... Read More

Tauranga July Rainfalls 1898-2019

Weather Eye with John Maunder Rainfalls for the month of July have been recorded in Tauranga since 1898, except for 1904, 1907, 1908, and 1909. The graph for the period 1898-2019 shows the range of rainfalls from an extreme high...... Read More

Bringing the boogie to town

Winston Watusi Music Plus Time to celebrate, boogie-lovers - Jan Preston is coming to town! Or should I say, Jan Preston is coming back to town, since the woman they call Australia's Queen of Boogie Piano has a long and strong...... Read More

Buying a home in New Zealand

Clayton Mitchell New Zealand First MP In October last year the Government banned the sale of homes to foreign buyers. In the first few months, the sale of New Zealand properties to foreign owners fell through the floor, down 81...... Read More

Funding family care

Jan Tinetti Labour MP The Government announced recently a major overhaul of disabilities funding which will see family members, including parents and spouses, paid up to $25.50 an hour to look after family members. With around...... Read More

More funding for cancer drugs

Todd Talks By Todd Muller We all know someone who has gone through the cancer journey. The thousands that turn out to some of the Bay’s cancer fundraising events show just how much this disease impacts our lives. The Papamoa...... Read More

From local sport to the big stage

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian Every so often in sport, a group of rising stars will come together in a team before going on to perform with distinction on the big stage. The 2005 Bay of Plenty...... Read More

Searching for life downtown

Winston Watusi Music Plus Walking along Devonport Road is a sad experience these days. Perhaps it was a couple of weeks since I'd been in town but a few days ago when I strolled up the once bustling street it felt like a frowzy...... Read More

A growing economy needs a positive population

Clayton Mitchell New Zealand First MP New Zealand has become one of the most sought-after countries in the world for immigrants. Is it because of our small population? Our stunning outdoor environment? Our non-corrupt, egalitarian...... Read More

Incentivise not penalise

Simon Bridges National Party Leader I visited a top performing car yard in Mt Maunganui recently. There were hundreds of cars on the lot. Many of these would incur a price increase of up to $6350 if the Government’s...... Read More

Te Puna take out the Baywide rugby competition

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian Dreams do sometimes come true - just ask the army of Te Puna Rugby Club supporters who were at Maramatanga Park on Saturday, as their boys lifted the Baywide Premier...... Read More

Global Temperatures 1996 – June 2019

Weather Eye with John Maunder Global temperatures are compiled for various areas including global (land-ocean), global (meteorological stations), three latitude bands, and hemispheric, by the Goddard Institute for Space Studies...... Read More

Research and development benefits

Clayton Mitchell New Zealand First MP With its eyes firmly focused on generating a more productive economy and supporting innovation, the Government has fine-tuned its Research and Development tax credit scheme, to allow loss-making...... Read More