Reminisicing on the Steamers vs British Lions match

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian The Steamers first-up match against Otago at the Tauranga Domain on August 11, will bring back memories for Sideline Sid, of the day that twenty thousand rugby fans...... Read More

I won’t stand for Mayor this election

Straight from city council A personal view, by Councillor Steve Morris It’s easy to be cynical in an era of fake news and spin. In modern politics, style seems to trump substance and words speak louder than actions. It’s...... Read More

They’re driving us crazy

I’m getting a few mixed messages from the people making all the important decisions. For starters fossil fuel burning cars are bad – they contribute to the warming of the planet. All the good scientists agree the planet is warming and the...... Read More

Spotlight on: the Grant Haua Trio

Janne GuitarGirl Spotlight On… Ever wondered what happened to soul music? The stuff that makes you dance like an uninhibited child? It's on the comeback, as three local lads and seasoned musicians, Grant Haua, Brian Franks...... Read More

Music – from Matariki to the Mount

Winston Watusi Music Plus As Matariki events continue, calls are out to create a public holiday. This isn’t a new thing. Just as Matariki rolls round annually so do voices asking for it to be recognised as a new holiday. Each...... Read More

Talking Finance

Simon Bridges National Party Leader The questions came thick and fast for Paul Goldsmith at a recent National Party morning tea in Mt Maunganui. Paul is the newly appointed spokesperson for Finance and Infrastructure...... Read More

The unsung heroes

Clayton Mitchell New Zealand First MP There are a significant number of New Zealanders caring for high-needs family members in their own homes. The work they do is vital and largely unheralded, but it can also be stressful on both...... Read More

Remaining clubs prepare for Baywide rugby semi-finals

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian We are now leading into the business end of the Baywide rugby year for the remaining contenders. Baywide highs and lows during the club season will range from...... Read More

Tauranga June Average Afternoon Temperatures 1913-2019

Weather Eye with John Maunder Temperatures have been recorded in the Tauranga area at several sites during the last 107 years, including at the current Tauranga Airport site from June 1990. The graph shows details of the average...... Read More

Declaring a climate emergency?

Straight from city council A personal view, by Councillor Steve Morris Let’s talk about emergencies. When a ship’s sinking and there’s no room in the lifeboats, the captain was expected to ‘go down with...... Read More

The rise of the ‘Silent New Zealander’

Todd Talks with Todd Muller National MP Talking to people in The Bay I get a sense many have become increasingly frustrated. These are people who are focused on living their life as best as they can, working hard and...... Read More

Tackling the mental health crisis head-on

Clayton Mitchell New Zealand First MP The mental health crisis which New Zealand faces has been building for years and has been below the radar for far too long. Now it is out in the open. The statistics don’t lie, and they’re...... Read More

Mulling over movies with a warm wine

Winston Watusi Music Plus Music Plus is the name of the column so I tend to skip between a solid diet of music and a smorgasbord of related cultural food groups. This week we’re munching on movies... It seems like good timing,...... Read More

Tauranga June Rainfalls 1898-2019

Weather Eye with John Maunder It is considered that the homogeneous rainfall series described here is a fair and true record of what the rainfall would have been if the current observation site (Tauranga Airport) had been used since...... Read More

Western Bay racehorse who went from rags to riches

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian A century in time has dulled the memories of the rags to riches tale of a Western Bay of Plenty racehorse that mixed it with the best in the country. Surveyor,...... Read More

Country legends and folk concerts in NZ

Winston Watusi Music Plus So here we are on the long road back from winter; it’ll be summer before you know it... Yep, last weekend marked the year’s shortest day – June 22 – an auspicious sort of day if...... Read More

Teachers doing the best they can

Todd Talks By Todd Muller The great privilege of this job is the diversity of local people that you get to meet and listen to in any given day. Over recent times I have listened quietly to the stories of our primary school teachers....... Read More

Street names and corrected headlines

Straight from city council A personal view, by Councillor Steve Morris Tauranga City Council is not proposing to replace any street names. Close observers of the news last week would have seen that both media outlets in Tauranga...... Read More

Limiting Speed

Simon Bridges National Party Leader I get lots of feedback about traffic and how difficult it is to move around Tauranga. It is an unfortunate growing pain as infrastructure has fallen behind the growth of...... Read More