Arm-wrestling with the Grim Reaper – a dark story

Roger Rabbits with Jim Bunny We forego the usual diet of flannel, fluff and blarney to share an up-close and personal account of dancing and dicing with the UVs. I win Lotto every six months. Not a multi-million dollar... Read More

Reggae with a Rastafari message

Music Plus with Winston Watusi People tell me I take music too seriously; who am I to argue? Someone has to. This week the wit and intelligence of Kim Hill disappeared from radio - thanks for all... Read More

Do you use a turmeric supplement? – Part 5

Abundant Life with John Arts Nutraceuticals are naturally occurring compounds that have a therapeutic benefit. This includes vitamins and plant-sourced compounds like antioxidants and inorganic sources... Read More

The history of the World Lineal Heavyweight title

Sports correspondent & historian with Sideline Sid There is plenty of noise around Joseph Parker's next fight against Deontay Wilder in Saudi Arabia on December 23. Parker will go into battle in the ring on the... Read More

A climate overview to get things into perspective

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,... Read More

Bad-assed birds – Round 2!

Roger Rabbits with Jim Bunny Well, just one bandit, one enemy aircraft, swooping out of the macrocarpa and lining up on a deadly low level run at the chicken coop. 'Clobber the bastard,” the farmer told me. Black... Read More

Soundtracks, songwriters and Big Muffins

Music Plus with Winston Watusi I had intended to turn this week over to music reviews. The lede was debut album 'Soul Exodus' from John Michaelz and the Black Brothers Band, local reggae... Read More

Does our plan strike the balance?

Commission News & Views with Anne Tolley Consultation has now opened on Tauranga City Council's draft 2024-2034 Long-Term Plan, which continues our focus on investing in our future, making things fairer and doing the mahi.... Read More

The development of the Bay Oval

Sports correspondent & historian with Sideline Sid Traditional cricket fans believe that the holy grail of the game is test match cricket. February 2024 will see the fifth test match at the Bay Oval since the ground-breaking... Read More

The Southern Oscillation Index (SOI)

Weather Eye with John Maunder The Southern Oscillation Index (SOI) is a standardized index based on the observed sea level pressure differences between Tahiti and Darwin, Australia. The SOI is a leading measure of the... Read More

The Honours List of ‘Bad-assed’ birds

Roger Rabbits with Jim Bunny I've watched the Northern Royal Albatross surf the breezes off windswept Taiaroa Head. Exhilarating stuff. Up to 12kg and three metres from wingtip to wingtip, they don't even have to flap... Read More

Unemployment and reducing inflation

Chief Executive of Priority One with Nigel Tutt Unemployment figures released by Statistics NZ last week will have a significant effect on the New Zealand and local economy in the year or two ahead. Our country, like... Read More