A deluge of music at the Jam Factory

Winston Watusi Music Plus And we’re off! Yes, New Zealand Music Month is up and running… So, as promised, I’ll be looking at a few upcoming shows this week as it looks like next weekend is peak gigging time for...... Read More

A boost for our economy, and a boost for Kiwi households

Tamati Coffey Labour List MP Around one million New Zealanders will now be warmer with less stress, thanks to the Winter Energy Payment resuming at the start of this month. Our Government introduced this payment to help seniors...... Read More

Consultation offers revealing insights

Commission News & Views with Commission Chair Anne Tolley The responses to the recently-completed community consultation on Tauranga City Council’s 2022/2023 Annual Plan and 2121-2031 Long-Term Plan amendment offer some...... Read More

Tauranga’s horse racing history

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian Racing Tauranga is quietly approaching a big milestone of 150 years of racing at the course in Gate Pa. This milestone will be marked in January 2024. Taking a...... Read More

Global monthly average temperatures since 1979

Weather Eye with John Maunder The following data sets and comments are from the website developed by Professor Ole Humlum who is a Danish Professor Emeritus of Physical Geography at the University of Oslo, and Adjunct...... Read More

Improving Pacific economic development in NZ

Angie Warren-Clark Labour MP  Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio, launched the Pacific Business Village in Tauranga last Friday. This was created by the Ministry for Pacific Peoples using a $16.2 million multi-year...... Read More

Grim numbers show deepening crisis

Todd Talks with Todd Muller National MP Wage data released by Statistics New Zealand this week shows that costs facing households continue to rise faster than wages, deepening the cost of living crisis we’re all...... Read More

New music for NZ Music Month

Winston Watusi Music Plus If April, as T.S. Elliot proclaimed, really is the cruellest month then let’s be thankful it’s over and move straight on to New Zealand Music Month. Of course every month is NZ Music Month...... Read More

The pivotal moments

Daniel Hutchinson From The Hutch When it comes to things that take a long time, it’s important to look out for the defining moments along the way. Defining moments are often trumpeted as a great success – a good news...... Read More

League versus rugby

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian A SunLive rugby league story over the weekend grabbed Sideline Sid's attention, whereby the Coastline District Rugby League is making a tough decision to merge...... Read More

Tauranga April rainfalls & temperatures 1898-2022

  Weather Eye with John Maunder Monthly rainfalls for Tauranga have been recorded at several recording sites during the last 124 years. From January 1898 to December 1904, the observation site was described as the Tauranga...... Read More

Media: drop the bias and report reality!

Democracy HQ A personal view, by Councillor Steve Morris  Five years ago, I wrote a column titled: ‘Old media in its death throes – will democracy survive?’ I predicted trouble ahead for local democracy...... Read More

The Budget is approaching

Todd Talks with Todd Muller National MP  Last week we learnt that thousands of New Zealanders should have been able to return home from November, but due to a recently-revealed decision by government to ignore health...... Read More

A new album from Shirley Ryder

Winston Watusi Music Plus Prolific local singer Shirley Ryder has been at it again: she has a new album and it is ready for release during NZ Music Month. This will be her fifth set of original songs and each has individual sounds...... Read More

Making rules without reason

Daniel Hutchinson From The Hutch  I’m not sure if anyone else is feeling the same way, but the High Court decision on the legality of the MIQ process seems just a tad bit late. Refusing Kiwis entry into their own country...... Read More

David Tua: the master of the left hook

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian Sideline Sid was thrilled to learn that David Tua was inducted into the Boxing Hall of Fame in California over the weekend. Tua was the master of the left hook...... Read More

Missing Jazz? Wait till Matariki!

Winston Watusi Music Plus OK! Orange is here and with it music and we are absolutely indubitably rolling again. Some starts immediately, some will arrive after a predictable lag while bands and musicians rebook gigs. The most affected...... Read More

How to beat inflation

Daniel Hutchinson From The Hutch There’s been a lot swirling around in my head lately and I’m sure others will have had the same problem. There are the two big events going on – pandemic and war – but like...... Read More