November's musical pile up

Winston Watusi Music Plus November's annual musical frenzy usually peaks around the end of the month. The impending arrival of Christmas is to blame of course as work functions proliferate and the opportunity arises to reclaim...... Read More

It’s not just grass, it’s cricket

There is nothing more amusing than watching a diehard cricket fan explain the basics of a test match to a complete novice. How can anyone sit there for five days watching a person dressed all in white, walk slowly down a paddock, turn around, run back...... Read More

Fast changes for safety

Angie Warren-Clark Labour MP Last election Labour echoed community calls to prevent crime, to minimise the harm associated with it and to keep our communities safe. That’s why we campaigned on increasing the number of police...... Read More

The 2019 ratepayers’ report

Straight from city council A personal view, by Councillor Steve Morris The Taxpayers Union have released their 2019 report ranking councils by rates, debt, and staff costs. How do Tauranga City Council’s results compare? Tauranga’s...... Read More

Making the right decisions

Inside City Council A personal view, by Councillor Andrew Hollis And colour me another week down. This week or so has been filled with a whirlwind of high level seminars all with the view of getting us new councillors up to speed. I...... Read More

Cricket test matches

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian As Sideline Sid counts the hours down to the historic first cricket test at the Bay Oval on Thursday, he remembers back to going to his first test match nearly a...... Read More

The Southern Oscillation Index

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 large-scale...... Read More

New music, new shows, new app

Winston Watusi Music Plus Since we live in such a tech-savvy interconnected world, you'd think it would be getting simpler, not harder, to find stuff. We're certainly told that it's easier, with information at our fingertips,...... Read More

It’s decision time

Daniel Hutchinson From The Hutch Winston is in the limelight again but I’m not 100 per cent sure what the court case is all about. As far as I can tell it stems from an overpayment of his super which he promptly paid back...... Read More

Keeping rates closer to inflation

Straight from city council A personal view, by Councillor Steve Morris I had a good feeling when paying our rates invoice for the first time. A sense of pride that we were financially contributing to the running of our community....... Read More

Better housing for Tauranga

Simon Bridges National Party Leader In National’s last term of government we transferred Tauranga’s state housing stock to Accessible Properties, the old IHC. This was about doing a better job for...... Read More

Proud to be working with ‘incredible’ people

Tamati Coffey Labour MP From congratulating Te Arawa Lakes Trust for acquiring Maketu Pies and keeping local jobs in local hands, to local kapa haka success, I’m excited to be the MP for the Waiariki. I mihi to all kura who...... Read More

International T20 cricket

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian A handful of spectators witnessed four games of International T20 cricket took place at Blake Park last Friday and Saturday.. The New Zealand Blind Cricket team,...... Read More

Tauranga October Rainfalls 1898-2019

Weather Eye with John Maunder The graph below shows the range of Tauranga's October rainfalls, from an extreme high of 357 mm in 1916 to a low of only 7 mm in 1984. The second wettest October was 1928, when 269 mm was recorded;...... Read More

The truth according to Van and Frank

Winston Watusi Music Plus Two albums have been on heavy rotate recently at The Watusi Country Club. There's the fantastic new offering from a legendary veteran who is churning out albums at his fastest rate ever and a fascinating...... Read More

That wild night of fire

Daniel Hutchinson From The Hutch The scene of the crime was a gravel parking area. It was chosen carefully, with specific attention to the wind direction. There must be no collateral damage. Implements include a solid metal plate,...... Read More

Pay rises for a select few

Inside City Council A personal view, by Councillor Andrew Hollis Just when the council is supposed to be coming together on behalf of ratepayers to make positive change of our first orders of business was to gift a massive...... Read More

Taking a stand

Angie Warren-Clark Labour MP This week has seen the second reading of the Government’s Zero Climate Bill. I am a member of the Environment Select Committee, which has received 10,000-plus submissions. More than 800 of those...... Read More

Rise in cost of living

Todd Talks with Todd Muller National MP As the heat rose last week so did the national statistics for hardship grants for electricity and gas. There was no warmth for some last winter as payments rose by 46 per cent and...... Read More