Springboks, test matches and Wellington

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian Sideline Sid almost choked on his lunch last week, when he heard a television sports reporter say that the Springboks had never won a test match in Wellington. As...... Read More

Tropospheric Temperatures 1979 to August 2018

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

Lessons from a ten-year-old

Rogers is taking a break this week to rest and recharge after last week’s fishing expedition. This week we have guest writer Rosalie sharing the wealth of knowledge she learned from young Eva in the weekend.   I was babysitting on Saturday...... Read More

The 2018 ratepayers’ report

Straight from city council A personal view, by Councillor Steve Morris We’re lucky to have the Taxpayers’ Union. It’s an independent organisation that seeks greater efficiency and transparency on how your taxes...... Read More

MP firmly grounded in Tauranga

Simon Bridges National Party Leader   Neither a pleasure cruise nor a bed of nails. Simon Bridges, MP for Tauranga, is assessing his first six months as leader of the National Party and leader of the...... Read More

Saving the environment from wet wipes

Clayton Mitchell New Zealand First MP Last week I was asked to attend a meeting at Tauranga City Council to discuss the growing concern over the use and disposal of wet wipes which claim to be biodegradable and flushable. Not all...... Read More

Future thinking

Mary Parker The Fast Track Life Coach “The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.” Nelson Henderson. Some years ago, I was in Oregon staying with a friend. I was out on their...... Read More

Get involved at an early age

Angie Warren-Clark Labour MP A reoccurring theme that is discussed in the political world is, how do we get more younger people engaged in the political process? With many younger people busy studying, working and funding their...... Read More

Early bird catches the sporting action

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian One had to be an early bird to keep up with the sporting action over the weekend. While most eyes were on the Mighty All Blacks and the New Zealand Warriors, an...... Read More

Balancing growth with our bouyant cruise sector

Kristin Dunne Tourism Bay of Plenty   Championing tourism is a skilful balancing act. The balance between growth and unlocking the best outcome for both the cruise sector and our Coastal Bay of Plenty community is...... Read More

Treasures in an era of texts and emails

Jim Bunny Rogers Rabbits Rogers is incommunicado this week, out on the high seas catching his dinner. So we’ve got a guest writer to pen some letters on letters.   It was an innocent...... Read More

Suffrage 125th Anniversary

Simon Bridges National Party Leader The first word that springs to mind when I think about the suffrage campaigners is bravery. To go against the system takes enormous courage and strength of spirit. The result...... Read More

Let’s celebrate

Jan Tinetti Labour MP It was wonderful to be part of the recent Tauranga Women’s Lifestyle Expo, and to see women come together and really enjoying themselves, tasting food, trying different products and generally having a...... Read More

Changing the face of racing

Clayton Mitchell New Zealand First MP The report into the state of New Zealand’s racing industry by Australian expert John Messara was released last week, and was largely welcomed by racing enthusiasts who are at their wit’s...... Read More

Let’s play!

Active Voice with Catherine McCullogh Sport BOP Community Manager Play is at risk in our modern lifestyles. Many of us took play for granted in our younger years, and have fond memories of getting together with the neighbours...... Read More

Reality shot for NZ Racing industry

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian The New Zealand racing industry was given a shot of reality last week, with the release of the "Review of the New Zealand Racing Industry", by well credentialed...... Read More

Tauranga August Rainfalls 1898-2018

Weather Eye with John Maunder Rainfalls for the month of August have been recorded in Tauranga since 1898, except for 1904, 1907, 1908 and 1909. From January 1898 to December 1904, the observation site was described as the Tauranga...... Read More

Mr Trump could be right about fake news

Brian Rogers Rogers Rabbits I was watching a documentary with the grandchildren and quickly became suspicious about the information screened. It was a dramatisation of the life of early mankind; when prehistoric...... Read More