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Bay of Plenty Cricket Player of the Month Awards

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian www.sunlive.co.nz With plenty of time on his hands, Sideline Sid was cleaning up some of his cricket files the other day, when he stumbled on his Bay of Plenty Cricket Player of the...... Read More

Global Annual Temperatures 1880 – 2019

Weather Eye with John Maunder Global temperatures are compiled for various areas including global (land-ocean), global (meteorological stations), three latitude bands, and hemispheric, by the Goddard Institute for Space Studies...... Read More

Reasons to be cheerful – Part 42

Winston Watusi Music Plus To help make your lockdown a little less trying we are doubling our weekly dose of Winston. His regular column will continue on Fridays and now every Monday he will expound on things currently making him...... Read More

The Tauranga Cup

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian www.sunlive.co.nz Last weekend, a thoroughbred race that dates back over a century was run at the Gate Pa track. The Tauranga Cup, over one and a quarter miles, was run almost continuously...... Read More

Don't mind the blues

Winston Watusi Music Plus Greetings from lockdown. We're all in the same boat now... I got in early, going into self-isolation 30 hours before the entire country after picking up the youngest Watusi, who had wisely decided...... Read More

Life in a bubble

Daniel Hutchinson From The Hutch Hmmmm, very quiet outside. Too quiet. Mrs Hutch has just left for work but not before telling me how essential she is – for the third morning in a row. Rest home health care assistants –...... Read More

Global Temperatures 1996 – February 2020

Weather Eye with John Maunder Global temperatures are compiled for various areas including global (land-ocean), global (meteorological stations), three latitude bands, and hemispheric, by the Goddard Institute for Space Studies...... Read More

The big silence begins...

Winston Watusi Music Plus This is the way the world ends, not with a bang but with a slowly descending silence. Things are not going well right now. I sat down with a friend for a drink a couple of days ago. We joked that by the...... Read More

Keep calm and carry on

Angie Warren-Clark Labour MP This past week saw some momentous announcements as our government pulled out all the stops to protect the health of New Zealanders and the health of our economy in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic. The...... Read More

Keeping ourselves safe

Simon Bridges National Party Leader simonbridges.co.nz I understand many of you will be worried in light of recent events regarding COVID-19. The reality is that this is an unprecedented event and I don’t blame you for...... Read More

We’ll defeat the virus!

Straight from city council A personal view, by Councillor Steve Morris Being a small, isolated country at the bottom of the world, nearly 2000km from our nearest neighbour sure has its disadvantages but it doesn’t feel...... Read More

Mountains out of mole hills

Daniel Hutchinson From The Hutch Having studied a few faces this week, I can see there are more worry lines and big eyes than usual. These are classic symptoms of severe worry brought about by exposure to significant eventitis. This...... Read More

Tropospheric Temperatures 1979 to February 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

Jazz is not dead...

Winston Watusi Music Plus “Jazz is not dead” - that's what Frank Zappa famously said; he added “It just smells funny”.  It's a good line. I almost hesitate to repeat it since it has been so...... Read More

Why the fear?

Todd Talks with Todd Muller National MP Upon becoming president in the height of the global depression, Franklin Delano Roosevelt said the only thing we have to fear is fear itself. Those words seem apt as I watch the...... Read More

The numbers don’t lie

Daniel Hutchinson From The Hutch Some people have a very low opinion of numbers. The things they say about numbers verges on slander – they’re boring, soulless things. ‘Numbers don’t tell you everything’,...... Read More