Blogs

Thoroughbred horse racing

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian www.sunlive.co.nz 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 simonbridges.co.nz 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

Making sure everyone has a warm, dry place to call home

Angie Warren-Clark Labour MP With the Christmas break behind us and that list of New Year’s resolutions posted to the fridge, it’s around this time that we start looking to the year ahead. Whenever I attend the Papamoa...... Read More

Kiwi boxers chasing olympic dream

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian www.sunlive.co.nz Nine Kiwi boxers, including Western Bay of Plenty's Ariane Nicholson, are currently chasing an Olympic Dream. They are preparing in Thailand for the Asia/Oceania...... Read More

The folkies are coming

Winston Watusi Music Plus A whole bunch of people with acoustic instruments are heading towards Tauranga. It happens that way sometimes. Music here used to be very much a matter of famine or feast. Like those buses that eventually...... Read More

Government making change

Tamati Coffey Labour MP Nga mihi o te tau hou Pakeha! I’m kicking things off by stating as many benefits for Māori and Tauranga, delivered by this Government, as I can in 220 words! We launched Tauranga’s Housing...... Read More

Cost of living

Simon Bridges National Party Leader simonbridges.co.nz 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

Tauranga Transit: How are we doing?

Clayton Mitchell New Zealand First MP I believe the liveability of a city is closely related to its level of connectivity, which directly relates to the quality of public transport that it offers. Some parts of Tauranga’s...... Read More

Getting ahead in life

Daniel Hutchinson From The Hutch The human race is constantly evolving and nothing gets me  more excited than a good technological advancement. In fact, I hadn’t even sat down at my desk first the morning this week when...... Read More

Super Smash competition

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian www.sunlive.co.nz After several seasons of trying to find the ideal time for the Super Smash competition, NZ Cricket have nailed it this season, with the NZC Major Association T20...... Read More

Solar Activity and Spotless Days

Weather Eye with John Maunder The NASA solar physics website, and other websites such as the Royal Observatory of Belgium, include information on sunspot numbers, spotless days, the ‘Maunder Minimum' and sunspot cycle...... Read More

Things are heating up

Daniel Hutchinson From The Hutch I always chuckle a little bit when I remember the fuss that was made over the beginning of the new millennium - January 1, 2000. I was living in Rarangi at the time, on the East Coast at the top...... Read More

The best music of 2019 (and earlier)

Winston Watusi Music Plus Is it too late to take one final glance in the rear-view mirror? Let’s hope not, as that’s what’s on the cards this week, a quick look back at the recorded music that has enlivened and...... Read More

Thank you to our workers

Todd Talks with Todd Muller National MP As many Kiwis do, I’m making the most of the summer by spending quality time with my family and  friends, catching up on sleep and reflecting on the year that’s...... Read More