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

The Mayoral Candidates – Revealed! Part two

Winston Watusi Music Plus It’s time for Part Two of The Great 2019 Mayoral Music Survey. The first four respondents featured last week (see They were: Kelvin Clout, John Robson, Tenby Powell and Andrew...... Read More

Surviving local politics

Daniel Hutchinson From The Hutch The problem with local body elections is that you haven’t got the foggiest idea who any of the candidates are but you really feel like you are supposed to vote. At least in the general elections...... Read More

The AIMS Games a great success!

Clayton Mitchell New Zealand First MP I am very pleased with the result of lasts week’s 2019 AIMS Games. It was amazing to see more than 11,500 young athletes descend on Tauranga to participate in such a positive and lively...... Read More

Concerned community

Simon Bridges National Party Leader I can always tell when our community is angry. I get calls and emails from people letting me know their concerns. This is happening at the moment as people living in the...... Read More

Remember, remember the fifth of November

Tamati Coffey Labour MP The days of New Zealanders recognising Guy Fawkes on November 5, completely unaware that Parihaka shares the same date, are numbered. I was in Wellington, as Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern unveiled a New...... Read More

Count on to Black Caps game at Bay Oval

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian Sideline Sid is counting down the days to the highest profile sporting event ever held in the Western Bay of Plenty. Once considered a sporting backwater, the Western...... Read More

Tropospheric Temperatures 1979 to August 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

The mayoral candidates – revealed! Part one

Winston Watusi Music Plus Politics. It’s a funny old game, innit? We’re counting down to another local election. Time for everyone to try and remember who to punish for messing up Tauranga’s roads, public spaces,...... Read More

It’s the least we could do

Daniel Hutchinson From The Hutch Kia ora koutou When Jacinda was out there on the campaign trail in the last general election telling everyone “let’s do this” I wasn’t entirely sure what  was meant...... Read More

The economy is a team effort

Todd Talks with Todd Muller National MP A strong economy matters and our country – and the Bay of Plenty – should be booming, yet 63 per cent of business leaders think the Government is managing the economy...... Read More

Starting with a full belly

Jan Tinetti Labour MP When the Prime Minister announced recently that thousands of New Zealand children will receive free school lunches my reaction was one of immense happiness and relief because the evidence shows that hunger...... Read More

Iconic thoroughbred race meeting

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian One of the most iconic thoroughbred racing meetings in Australia was run during the weekend - not on the hallowed turf of Flemington or Randwick, but on a dirt course...... Read More

Gigs gigs gigs – music next weekend

Winston Watusi Music Plus  Gigs. Next weekend. Damn, but there’re a lot of them... Starting on Friday (September 13) we once again find ourselves at The Jam Factory. It is a popular spot for, I think, three reasons:...... Read More

Wash your hands

Daniel Hutchinson From The Hutch The very word ‘measles’ just sounds mean and slightly insignificant. Only, it turns out it isn’t insignificant. Measles has been striking fear into everyone over the last few weeks....... Read More

Let’s get things moving

Clayton Mitchell New Zealand First MP Tauranga is expanding at an accelerated rate yet its infrastructure is struggling to accommodate for this growth. Key roads which provide access to some of the Bay of Plenty's largest economic...... Read More

The need for an underpass

Simon Bridges National Party Leader I am receiving lots of feedback from concerned people about the underpass that’s being demolished underneath the Baypark to Bayfair Link. People are justifiably angry...... Read More

Great turnout to rugby triple header

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian Bay of Plenty Rugby should be pleased with the turnout of Western Bay of Plenty Rugby fans to their triple header at the Tauranga Domain on Saturday afternoon. Bay...... Read More