Improving local democracy

Straight from city council A personal view, by Councillor Steve Morris  If there’s one thing the world could do without these days, it’s politics without compromise. Our political culture is influenced by the...... Read More

Looking through the haze

Daniel Hutchinson From The Hutch There’s a song from a guy called Afroman that I think would  be the perfect theme for this  year’s election. Yes, there is a massive health crisis facing the world. Borders...... Read More

The return of greyhound racing

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian The return of greyhound racing at the start of May became the springboard for a remarkable feat by Palmerston North greyhound trainer Lisa Cole. On Friday, May...... Read More

Tropospheric Temperatures 1979 to April 2020

Weather Eye with John Maunder The chart below shows that since 1979, when reliable satellite observations became available, there has been little overall trend in the average tropospheric temperatures, apart from milder/warmer temperatures...... Read More

Live music is back!

Winston Watusi Music Plus The music scene at the moment reminds me of one of those David Attenborough documentaries. We've all seen them: gorgeous time-lapse photography takes us through the cycles of a waterless dessert, months...... Read More

Reading the stars

Daniel Hutchinson From The Hutch As one of the few white men who has broken the glass ceiling and attained a middle management position, I feel it is time to stand up and be counted on the matter of bigotry and intolerance. It...... Read More

Cricket legend Daniel Flynn retires

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian The retirement of ND and Bay of Plenty Cricket legend Daniel Flynn flew under the radar for many cricket fans with the sudden closure of the 2019/20 cricket season...... 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

Live music – it’s a tricky one

Winston Watusi Music Plus As I write this we are about to end level 3; as you read this we will have just entered level 2. Things are changing. Many of us – including at the Watusi Country Club and Sanitarium - just spent...... Read More

Hanging onto autumn

Daniel Hutchinson From The Hutch There is a little bit of  peer pressure at the moment to take a holiday and ‘explore my own country’. The problem is, who actually feels like going anywhere in the last few weeks...... Read More

Budgets, borrowing and who pays

Straight from city council A personal view, by Councillor Steve Morris Councils usually adopt their budgets to determine next year’s rates by June 30. However, this year, several councils are looking at finalising their...... Read More

Keeping New Zealanders in employment

Simon Bridges National Party Leader New Zealanders have made a lot of sacrifices over the past couple of months and this has led to our country’s health response to COVID-19 being an effective one. We’ve...... Read More

The scramble for copy duing lockdown

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian The coronavirus shutdown, which has closed down professional sport throughout the world, has seen sports writers and commentators scrambling to find copy to write...... Read More

Good Business

Professor Jens Mueller Good Business After more than 30 years of living in Tauranga, I still see many of the same faces and firms, working hard, enjoying our great lifestyle – and hoping that the next year will be better for...... Read More

Tauranga Average Afternoon Temperatures April 1913-2020

Weather Eye with John Maunder Temperatures have been recorded in the Tauranga area at several sites during the last 100 years, including the current Tauranga Airport site from June 1990. It's very common for areas such as Tauranga...... Read More

Still art in isolation

Winston Watusi Music Plus I have a strange tale for you today. It involves the notion of being an artist and, I guess, that age-old question: what is art? I find the whole “being an artist” question quite an interesting...... Read More

Fast track to success

Daniel Hutchinson From The Hutch I’m thrilled to announce big projects that make jobs and earn lots of money. For years developers have been complaining that red tape and whingy neighbours have been denying them the opportunity...... Read More

Rethinking New Zealand’s economic future

Clayton Mitchell New Zealand First MP We are in our second week under Alert Level 3. While many restrictions around physical distancing are still in place, many businesses have resumed their operations which is vital for our economy. Much...... Read More