Tauranga Average Afternoon Temperatures 2020

Weather Eye with John Maunder The average afternoon temperature in 2020 was 20.3 degrees Celsius, which made 2020 the second warmest year on record. Temperatures have been recorded in the Tauranga area at several sites in the last...... Read More

Eclectic January touring

Winston Watusi Music Plus Many people I know switch off a bit at this time of year. While a lot of folk are now back at work and the beaches are becoming quieter, there are a bunch of others still on holiday, not paying a lot of...... Read More

The gift of eyesight

Angie Warren-Clark Labour MP Hey everyone, I hope you all had an excellent Christmas and safe New Year. I've been a little quiet during this festive season as I've been recovering from eye surgery for a detached retina....... Read More

Tauranga wishlist for 2021

Simon Bridges National Party MP As we start 2021 I am hoping for an exciting year. Our local business people and community volunteers will be gearing up and so too must our Labour Government. Prime Minister...... Read More

It is better to have loved and lost

Daniel Hutchinson From The Hutch This week we are going to talk about loss. It’s a tricky subject but someone has to tackle it. Not so long ago, our family cat died. In his early years Thomas would fight every feline adversary...... Read More

Sid's thoughts on up-coming club rugby season

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian With the second half of the local club cricket season kicking-off last weekend, Sideline Sid's thoughts wandered to up-coming club rugby season in March. While...... Read More

Wobbling into the New Year

Daniel Hutchinson From The Hutch Personally I like a relaxing, low-key summer break. If I can avoid becoming a news story for a bored and embittered journalist who has to work while others play, then it’s a success. However,...... Read More

Start the year with a little blues

  Winston Watusi Music Plus So we're now over a week into 2021. Hmmm... There was a vague sense that once we farewelled that savage Year Of Our Lord 2020 things would change. Unsurprisingly, that hasn't happened. It's...... Read More

Cricket captures nations attention

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian Cricket has had Sideline Sid's attention, left, right and centre, since the Boxing Day Test kicked-off at the Bay Oval. 'Build it and they will come'...... Read More

Take Care Tauranga

Jan Tinetti Labour MP This summer will be our first under COVID conditions. In the past year New Zealand has significantly lifted its ability to respond to COVID. But we know the pandemic is raging overseas and this is a tricky...... Read More

Tauranga December Rainfalls 1898-2020

Weather Eye with John Maunder The graph below shows the range of Tauranga's December rainfalls, from an extreme high of 447 mm in 1962 to a low of only 4 mm in 1930. The second wettest December was 2018, when 278 mm was recorded The...... Read More

The Golden Turtle Awards for 2020

Winston Watusi Music Plus This is the last column of the year and it comes with traditions. There's a cocktail recipe coming up, and I'd like to offer a big swoop of the Bogie Fedora to the finalists of this year's...... Read More

The little things matter

Daniel Hutchinson From The Hutch It’s that time of the year when we pick the lint out of our belly buttons and gaze at our navels. But not us – this year our piercing gaze is firmly fixed on the font. In recent months...... Read More


Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian Desmond Joseph Ferrow passed away in early December 2020, aged 87 years of age, after a life well lived. While Des Ferrow was a very well known Western Bay of...... Read More

In the Bleak Mid-winter

Weather Eye with John Maunder In the bleak mid-winter, Frosty wind made moan, Earth stood hard as iron, Water like a stone, Snow had fallen, Snow on snow, Snow on snow, In the bleak mid-winter, Long ago. These words, from...... Read More

Farewell 2020

Angie Warren-Clark Labour MP 2020 has been an epic year and one which will forever be recorded in history as both memorable and momentous for a number of reasons stemming from the covid-19 global pandemic. We learned so much in...... Read More

The Mudcats are coming to town

Winston Watusi Music Plus We're taking next week off, so this'll be the last column before Christmas. Traditionally for this one I try to include a bunch of recommendations for Christmas presents, involving local music. That's...... Read More