Blogs

There’s a sting in the tale

Brian Rogers Rogers Rabbits www.sunlive.co.nz It is pest time of the year, when we are bombarded with all kinds of annoying, stinging, blood-sucking, tax-grabbing critters. If you have survived the jellyfish, stingrays,...... Read More

Capital Gains Tax for larger properties

Todd Talks with Todd Muller National MP There will be a lot of worried locals as a result of the government’s efforts to re-engineer our tax system - and we’re not talking about the wealthy. The Tax Working...... Read More

Meeting for a catchup

Tamati Coffey Labour MP Firstly, let me mihi to the outstanding efforts of Lee Lucas, Carlo Koppe and the team behind the Tauranga Moana Pride Picnic. While I was unable to be there, Labour wahine toa Louisa Wall, Angie Warren-Clark...... Read More

The next generation of leaders

Straight from city council A personal view, by Councillor Steve Morris In this final part of a series on decisions, I turn to changes in New Zealand’s culture that future leaders will have to navigate. We inherited our...... Read More

A new tax incentive

Clayton Mitchell New Zealand First MP The research and development statistics released last week are great news for New Zealand. They showed that research and development spending across the country grew by $758 million to $3.9...... Read More

The history of the Baker Cup

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian www.sunlive.co.nz If only objects could tell tales, what stories we would likely hear. Last week Sideline Sid had a piece of local sporting silverware that dates back nearly a century,...... Read More

Sunspots and the Sun

Weather Eye with John Maunder A sunspot is a relatively dark, sharply defined region on the solar disc - marked by an umbra (dark area) which is 2000 degrees Celsius cooler than the effective photosphere temperature. The average...... Read More

Sure to sink in a sea of taxes

Brian Rogers Rogers Rabbits www.sunlive.co.nz We take a keen interest in the environment and spend a lot of  time monitoring temperatures, sea levels and other indicators of  global change. Okay, that could also...... Read More

Giving back the land?

Clayton Mitchell New Zealand First MP Current discussions over the possibility of transferring land at Panepane Point back to local hapu has stirred up some controversy in the community, and not without reason. Panepane Point is...... Read More

Hitting the ground running

Simon Bridges National Party Leader simonbridges.co.nz What a great start to the year it has been. We have certainly hit the ground running. Recently, Nikki Kaye, Todd Muller and myself took part in a public meeting in Tauranga...... Read More

It’s cold inside

Jan Tinetti Labour MP At this time of the year, it is very hard to remember how cold Tauranga homes can be in winter. When I was a principal, I remember vividly some of the houses my young pupils lived in were so cold that you...... Read More

R&R over the hill

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian www.sunlive.co.nz In need of some R&R, Sideline Sid and Mrs Sid headed over the Kaimai Range to catch day two and three of the Black Caps verses Bangladesh cricket test at Seddon...... Read More

Global Temperatures 1996 – January 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

The only time it’s okay to talk about poo

Brian Rogers Rogers Rabbits www.sunlive.co.nz Warning: This column contains explicit descriptions of bodily functions, medical procedures and talk of poop. It may offend some readers. Reader discretion is advised. You have...... Read More

The next generation of leaders

Straight from city council A personal view, by Councillor Steve Morris In this final part of a series on decisions, I turn to changes in New Zealand’s culture that future leaders will have to navigate. We inherited our...... Read More

Room for improvement

Angie Warren-Clark Labour MP The Tax Working group’s final report - Future of Tax - released last week has certainly provided plenty of food for thought and emails in my inbox. The main recommendation from the group, which...... Read More

More than just capital gains

Todd Talks By Todd Muller The Tax Working Group report last week has gone much further than just a capital gains tax – they have offered up a suite of up to eight new taxes that the government will look to use to surgically...... Read More

A small nation with a strong reputation

Clayton Mitchell New Zealand First MP In December, New Zealand joined 151 other countries which voted in favour of the United Nations Global Compact for Migration. There has been much public debate and some misguided perceptions...... Read More

Getting publicity for grassroots sport

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian www.sunlive.co.nz Publicity is the name of the game if you wish to showcase grassroots sport to the public. The local water polo community were rewarded for beating the drums of...... Read More