The Blues Comes To Town

Winston Watusi Music Plus Some weeks this column wanders. And why not? It's called Music Plus and there's a lot of “Plus” out there to add onto the Music. I am, however, acutely aware from the friendly, if often...... Read More

Getting over the underpass

Daniel Hutchinson From The Hutch I’ve only just come back to this neck of the woods. Last time I lived here was in the 80s and Tauranga and The Mount were  two quite separate places. I was a self-made 16-year-old who...... Read More

The fight to keep the Bayfair underpass

Clayton Mitchell New Zealand First MP Just like everyone else in Tauranga, I was frustrated last month when the NZ Transport Agency announced it would no longer build a new Maunganui Rd underpass as part of the Baypark to Bayfair...... Read More

Giving the people the choice

Todd Talks with Todd Muller National MP A robust and healthy society depends on strong support for our people and communities. The hundreds that turned out to support the removal of the Bayfair underpass last weekend...... Read More

The passing of former mayor Noel Pope

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian It was great sadness that Sideline Sid read about the passing of former Tauranga mayor Noel Pope on SunLive. Noel was a genuine good bloke, who could comfortably...... Read More

Global Temperatures 1996 – July 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

Making music at the film festival

Winston Watusi Music Plus It's Film Festival time again! Yep, the Tauranga leg of the New Zealand International Film Festival kicked off last night with a little bit of French magic, La Belle Epoche, which sounds like it...... Read More

Complaints will get you nowhere

Daniel Hutchinson From The Hutch There was a startling new discussion document released this week that had me and the cat scratching our heads a wee bit. Actually the cat was scratching his head because that’s just what he...... Read More

What do you love about Tauranga?

Jan Tinetti Labour MP Most people I talk to say it is the city’s natural beauty, its beautiful beach, harbour and the surrounding hills. What I have noticed lately is the large amount of rubbish and litter I see, particularly...... Read More

Off the boil

Simon Bridges National Party Leader I have visited many local businesses here in Tauranga this year with a wide range of products and services. There is no doubt that businesses have lost confidence, that means...... Read More

Tropospheric Temperatures 1979 to July 2019

Weather Eye with John Maunder The chart below shows that since 1979, when reliable satellite observations became available, there has been little change in the overall trend in the average tropospheric temperatures, apart from milder/warmer...... Read More

All Blacks spring back to life

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian Just when the critics were writing the All Blacks off in their quest for a World Cup three-peat, the team roared back at Eden Park on Saturday night. Putting 38...... Read More

Silver Jews and purple mountains

Winston Watusi Music Plus Songs can be deceptive; songs can mess up your mind. Because pretty much everything, however dark and dangerous, however sad and tragic, can sound good in a song. Even when it's not meant to. The...... Read More

Putting cash back in the cow

Daniel Hutchinson From The Hutch I don’t carry a lot of cash around these days for two reasons. Firstly, I don’t have a lot of cash and, secondly, it tends to disappear when I do have some, which leads back to situation...... Read More

Fair distribution of help

Todd Talks with Todd Muller National MP If we aspire to a flourishing country of equal opportunity we have to recognise some people need more help. Nine months ago the Coalition Government committed to providing 600...... Read More

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