The evolution of Bay Oval

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian Ten thousand people in party mode at the Black Clash at the Bay Oval last Saturday night, was probably a million miles from the minds of the group of cricket administrators,...... Read More

Tauranga Annual Rainfalls 1898-2021

Weather Eye with John Maunder Monthly rainfalls for Tauranga have been recorded at several recording sites during the last 122 years. The rainfall for Tauranga for 2021 was 959 mm. From January 1898 to December 1904, the observation...... Read More

Back to work

Todd Talks with Todd Muller National MP Happy New Year. It’s great to be back at work, with 2022 already well underway for many of us. Thank you to all of the people who kept working throughout the summer break,...... Read More

Enjoying the summer

Jan Tinetti Labour MP I would like to firstly take this opportunity to wish everyone a very a Happy New Year. I hope you all had the opportunity to spend time with your families and friends and some time to relax over the summer...... Read More

Avocados, bypasses, Sir Dave and a dog

Winston Watusi Music Plus  Let’s start in un-bypassed and unlikely-to-ever-be-bypassed Katikati. People must be getting sick of this. Katikati is a beautiful town. Some towns aren’t. Some have shop-fronts and rundown...... Read More

An outstanding and historic shooting achievement

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian A small item tucked away in one of the Sunday newspapers alerted Sideline Sid to an outstanding and historic achievement produced by a Te Puke sport shooter last...... Read More

Tauranga Average Afternoon Temperatures 1914-2021

Weather Eye with John Maunder The average afternoon temperature in 2021 was 20.2 degrees Celsius, which made 2021 the fourth warmest year on record. Temperatures have been recorded in the Tauranga area at several sites in the last...... Read More

Just call me Bob

Daniel Hutchinson From The Hutch  It is one of life’s great mysteries: why are we so drawn to the water? Like tens of thousands of others in the Bay this year I have jostled with other humans on the roads, parked up...... Read More

Rubbish and water

Simon Bridges National Party MP It has been an amazing summer so far in the Bay.   The sun has shone and the beaches and cafes have been heaving, but a couple of things have got my goat. The first is...... Read More

The People of New Zealand vs Nanaia Mahuta

Democracy HQ A personal view, by Councillor Steve Morris  The first rule in politics is don’t tell lies. But that is precisely what some elected representatives around New Zealand are accusing Jacinda Ardern, Nanaia...... Read More

Meet the new year – same as the old year?

Winston Watusi Music Plus  Meet the new year – same as the old year? ...And here we are on the other side. Welcome to 2022: brace yourself... If there’s one thing I’ve learnt from the past couple of years...... Read More

Holiday season cricket

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian Cricket grabbed Sideline Sid's attention from the opening ball of the Ashes Boxing Day test across the ditch, along with all the continual New Zealand Cricket...... Read More

Tauranga December Rainfalls 1898-2020

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

Orange is the new black

Daniel Hutchinson From The Hutch   ‘Tis the night before Christmas and noisy as heck, the sun is still shining and we’re out on the deck. Stockings are hung by the aircon with care – a sweaty Saint Nick...... Read More

Dancing With The Shadows

Winston Watusi Music Plus A lot of writers are deadline junkies. Perhaps it is just the pleasure of procrastination, but it requires the impending rush of a deadline to unleash their creative energy, to get them writing. That’s...... Read More

Milestone wins from a challenging year

Tamati Coffey Labour List MP  The past year has hit Aotearoa hard and New Zealanders have thankfully risen to the challenge, because it could have been so much worse. Thanks to the mandate you gave us, this Labour government...... Read More

Christmas memories

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian Christmas 1976 brought Sideline Sid a present that he still delights in today, when he received the "DB Sporting Records of New Zealand" from under the...... Read More

In the Bleak Mid-winter

Weather Eye with John Maunder In the bleak mid-winter, Frosty wind made moan, Earth stood hard as iron, Water like a stone, Snow had fallen, Snow on snow, Snow on snow, In the bleak mid-winter, Long ago. These words, from...... Read More