Bye bye jazz festival – hello new music

Winston Watusi Music Plus We all know about what they say about famines and feasts and buses. It’s also true of music. Sometimes I struggle to think of something to write about. These are not those times. We’ve just...... Read More

A+ for identity

Daniel Hutchinson From The Hutch  The recent furore over how Christian schools should cater for their LGBTQIA+ students has forced me to confront my own identity and beliefs. Frankly – or Francine as the case may be...... Read More

Celebrating our first Matariki public holiday

Tamati Coffey Labour List MP  I’m really proud that we’ve delivered on Labour’s election commitment to establish a public holiday to celebrate Matariki. For the first time this year, people here in the Waiariki...... Read More

A well-deserved retirement

Todd Talks with Todd Muller National MP This week sees the retirement of Tauranga Boys’ College principal Robert Mangan after 14 years in the top job, 33 years teaching at the school and more than 40 years involved...... Read More

BOP cricketer makes international debut

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian Before the demise of sport coverage in Bay of Plenty daily newspapers and radio coverage, the selection of a Western Bay of Plenty young man making his international...... Read More

Concerned about someone with memory loss / dementia

Better Understanding Dementia with Ruth Thomas EnlivenPlus It’s not unusual for someone with dementia, or their loved ones to try and hide what’s happening. The worry is that no-one will understand or be able to...... Read More

The writing of a book

Weather Eye with John Maunder Over 50 years ago in April 1968 when I was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography in the University of Victoria in Canada, I remember very well when on a Wednesday morning the representative...... Read More

Reducing our waste

Green Goals with Josh Cole Green Party Every day there is, somewhere in Tauranga, a line-up of red, yellow, green or blue bins on the streets. These testify to the work being done by the people in the waste and recycling department...... Read More

Happy Matariki – it’s jazz fest time!

Winston Watusi Music Plus The only thing I’ve got to say this week about the Port of Tauranga 59th National Jazz Festival is a reminder. Here’s that reminder: there are still tickets available for concerts at Baycourt;...... Read More

By-election a seismic shift

Democracy HQ A personal view, by Councillor Steve Morris The result was never in doubt, but National’s share of the vote has sent shockwaves as far away as the Beehive. National candidate Sam Uffindel won more than 56 per...... Read More

Building a stronger education system

Jan Tinetti Labour MP Our Government is working hard to build an education system that gives every student in Tauranga, and across the country, the best chance to succeed. As part of this work, our School Investment Package has...... Read More

Hello Sam, and goodbye Three Waters!

Todd McClay National MP for Rotorua Congratulations to Sam Uffindell Tauranga’s new MP. Sam ran a fantastic campaign – he remained focused on issues important to local people and worked tirelessly from when he was selected...... Read More

The big bang theory

Daniel Hutchinson From The Hutch  Well whanau, our oppressive, overbearing government has forced another public holiday on us and now we must rise up and consider what this means – or not, if you feel like a sleep-in. Despite...... Read More

Baywide rugby and the Jordan Cup jigsaw

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian When I became curious about the background of a Western Bay of Plenty Rugby Sub-Union trophy, that was about to be re-allocated for competition in 2001, I couldn't...... Read More

Gangs, gangs, gangs

Green Goals with Josh Cole Green Party There has rightly been a lot of talk of late about gang issues and the general conversation has really lacked any solutions that will negate the need for gangs to even exist in the long...... Read More

Benefits of the Budget

Angie Warren-Clark Labour MP  Last week Minister Andrew Little and I attended a launch event at Tauranga Hospital to celebrate Bay of Plenty District Health Board joining the National Bowel Screening Programme. Bowel cancer...... Read More

Simply not enough Police at the front line

Todd Talks with Todd Muller National MP  When the Prime Minister relieves the Police Minister from her duties and gives the job to a more senior Minister, it’s a clear admission that the job was not being done...... Read More

Nutters, climate deniers, and many bands

Winston Watusi Music Plus Tauranga’s been in the news a bit recently; you’ve got to be proud. As only the fifth-largest city in the country we tend to get a little passed over, so any time we come to national prominence...... Read More