Sideline Sid recalls cricket history

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian While we all look with awe when world sporting records are beaten and significant international marks overcome, they almost certainly will be broken one day in the...... Read More

New Zealand First: A moderating influence of NZ politics

Clayton Mitchell New Zealand First MP Over the weekend, Simon Bridges announced that National would refuse to work with New Zealand First after the next election. I believe this is strategic error for Bridges and I agree with the...... Read More

Loving St Valentine’s Day

Winston Watusi Music Plus Love is in the air: only a short time now and we can embrace the romantic charm of St Valentine's Day. Regular readers might be surprised at a jaded sceptic such as myself waxing enthusiastically about...... Read More

The Department of Solutions

Daniel Hutchinson From The Hutch There are a lot of problems to solve this week in our beautiful  but tortured land. The Bay of Plenty has become just that lately – plenty of crime, plenty of rough sleepers and beggars...... Read More

Will you be able to fish out at Motiti Island?

Simon Bridges National Party Leader One of the great things about living on the East Coast is our proximity to the ocean and all the benefits that come with it. Although it has been a while since I’ve...... Read More

Upgrading the Bay of Plenty’s roads, hospitals and schools

Angie Warren-Clark Labour MP It might not be something we think about often, but infrastructure keeps our country going. We rely on our roads and rail network to get to work, take our family on holiday and stock our supermarkets....... Read More

Te Puke’s longstanding cricket history

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian The first recorded cricket match was played in Nelson in March 1884 between the surveyors of the New Zealand Land Company and a Nelson side. In those long ago times,...... Read More

Next week’s deluge of music

Winston Watusi Music Plus  So that was January was it? A twelfth of the year gone already? Now we're on to February but, good news, public holidays just keep rolling in. We all took the beginning of this week off to celebrate...... Read More

Potential for growth

Jan Tinetti Labour MP I have always enjoyed spending time in Tauranga’s CBD and it was great to see so many people enjoying it as well over the Christmas break. The city is changing, it is transforming. Recently one of New...... Read More

Climate change: a balanced perspective is needed

Clayton Mitchell New Zealand First MP We now live in a world rife with fake news and an unreliable, biased media. During this confusing time in history, it is incredibly important that our children are receiving a balanced and...... Read More

Getting out of town

Daniel Hutchinson From The Hutch It’s great news that finally something is going to be done about State Highway 2 north  of Tauranga. I say this with great sincerity and excitement for the simple reason; I don’t...... Read More

Thoroughbred horse racing

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian While thoroughbred horse racing flies under the radar of the mainstream media for 51 weeks of the year, the Karaka Millions and the National Yearling Sales bring...... Read More

Tauranga December Rainfalls 1898-2019

Weather Eye with John Maunder The graph below shows the range of Tauranga's December rainfalls, from an extreme high of 447 mm in 1962 to a low of only 4 mm in 1930. The second wettest December was 2018, when 278 mm was recorded The...... Read More

B-Side Band's ship of fools

Winston Watusi Music Plus It's always nice to welcome the year's first album launch. At least I assume it's the year's first. What with being January - the time of beaches, barbecues and cocktails – there...... Read More

Riding the wave

Daniel Hutchinson From The Hutch Fire and Emergency sparked the ultimate civic response exercise over the weekend. Even its own staff were surprised by the alarms that rang out right along the east coast of the Bay of Plenty. It...... Read More

Confidence in our sunscreens

Todd Talks with Todd Muller National MP It’s that time of year when the holidays are over and we’re getting back to the reality of daily life. I hope that, like me, you have enjoyed some time off with your...... Read More

Cost of living

Simon Bridges National Party Leader New Zealand’s economy has a lot going for it at the moment and should be booming. Our terms of trade are at historical highs, interest rates are low and the Government...... Read More