Blogs

The 2018 ratepayers’ report

Straight from city council A personal view, by Councillor Steve Morris We’re lucky to have the Taxpayers’ Union. It’s an independent organisation that seeks greater efficiency and transparency on how your taxes...... Read More

MP firmly grounded in Tauranga

Simon Bridges National Party Leader simonbridges.co.nz   Neither a pleasure cruise nor a bed of nails. Simon Bridges, MP for Tauranga, is assessing his first six months as leader of the National Party and leader of the...... Read More

Saving the environment from wet wipes

Clayton Mitchell New Zealand First MP Last week I was asked to attend a meeting at Tauranga City Council to discuss the growing concern over the use and disposal of wet wipes which claim to be biodegradable and flushable. Not all...... Read More

Future thinking

Mary Parker The Fast Track Life Coach “The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.” Nelson Henderson. Some years ago, I was in Oregon staying with a friend. I was out on their...... Read More

Get involved at an early age

Angie Warren-Clark Labour MP A reoccurring theme that is discussed in the political world is, how do we get more younger people engaged in the political process? With many younger people busy studying, working and funding their...... Read More

Early bird catches the sporting action

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian www.sunlive.co.nz One had to be an early bird to keep up with the sporting action over the weekend. While most eyes were on the Mighty All Blacks and the New Zealand Warriors, an...... Read More

Balancing growth with our bouyant cruise sector

Kristin Dunne Tourism Bay of Plenty   Championing tourism is a skilful balancing act. The balance between growth and unlocking the best outcome for both the cruise sector and our Coastal Bay of Plenty community is...... Read More

Treasures in an era of texts and emails

Jim Bunny Rogers Rabbits www.sunlive.co.nz Rogers is incommunicado this week, out on the high seas catching his dinner. So we’ve got a guest writer to pen some letters on letters.   It was an innocent...... Read More

Suffrage 125th Anniversary

Simon Bridges National Party Leader simonbridges.co.nz The first word that springs to mind when I think about the suffrage campaigners is bravery. To go against the system takes enormous courage and strength of spirit. The result...... Read More

Let’s celebrate

Jan Tinetti Labour MP It was wonderful to be part of the recent Tauranga Women’s Lifestyle Expo, and to see women come together and really enjoying themselves, tasting food, trying different products and generally having a...... Read More

Changing the face of racing

Clayton Mitchell New Zealand First MP The report into the state of New Zealand’s racing industry by Australian expert John Messara was released last week, and was largely welcomed by racing enthusiasts who are at their wit’s...... Read More

Let’s play!

Active Voice with Catherine McCullogh Sport BOP Community Manager Play is at risk in our modern lifestyles. Many of us took play for granted in our younger years, and have fond memories of getting together with the neighbours...... Read More

Reality shot for NZ Racing industry

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian www.sunlive.co.nz The New Zealand racing industry was given a shot of reality last week, with the release of the "Review of the New Zealand Racing Industry", by well credentialed...... Read More

Tauranga August Rainfalls 1898-2018

Weather Eye with John Maunder Rainfalls for the month of August have been recorded in Tauranga since 1898, except for 1904, 1907, 1908 and 1909. From January 1898 to December 1904, the observation site was described as the Tauranga...... Read More

Mr Trump could be right about fake news

Brian Rogers Rogers Rabbits www.sunlive.co.nz I was watching a documentary with the grandchildren and quickly became suspicious about the information screened. It was a dramatisation of the life of early mankind; when prehistoric...... Read More

Have your say on renting law

Angie Warren-Clark Labour MP Jacinda Ardern’s government is making the laws about renting a home fairer and more modern, and we want to hear what you think. The government is committed to addressing the country’s current...... Read More

Diverse views and communities

Todd Talks By Todd Muller It has been a busy week balancing my responsibility as a local MP with my role as Opposition Spokesperson for climate change. The week started with an inspirational and challenging visit to the Papamoa...... Read More

Big changes on the buses

Straight from city council A personal view, by Councillor Steve Morris This December will see the start of Tauranga’s new and much-improved bus network. Our colleagues at Bay of Plenty Regional Council (they run...... Read More