Off the beaten track

Sideline SidSports correspondent & historian www.sunlive.co.nz Last week Sideline Sid and Mrs Sid took off for a few days of R&R in the Eastern Bay of Plenty. One of Sid's missions in the last few years while on holiday, has been to visit places... Read More

A safer New Zealand for women and families

Todd TalksBy Todd Muller The Government is working hard so women and children are safer in their communities – and in their homes. Our $500 million Safer Communities package, which Prime Minister Bill English and Police Minister Paula Bennett... Read More

TCC rates – why the poor pay more

Straight from city councilwith councillor Steve Morris Last week I shared with you the story of a senior couple living off national superannuation struggling to pay rates that are rising faster than inflation. I expressed my frustration that some... Read More

Tips for joint health

John ArtsAbundant Living www.johnarts.co.nz Sometimes it really is possible to achieve multiple health goals. A good anti-inflammatory diet will help arthritic joints, help you lose weight and improve your general health. Just as poor diets can... Read More

Spotlight on Aongatete festival

Spotlight on...with Janne GuitarGirl I've had the great pleasure of being involved in helping to run this annual event on the property of my good friends, Paul and Penny Hoggard, at 156 Work Rd, Katikati, usually near the last weekend in... Read More

Keeping track of your offspring: Lesson 101

Brian RogersRogers Rabbits www.sunlive.co.nz Enjoying yourselves this summer? Someone can soon put a stop to that. Or so the Fun Police think. All over the country, good clean fun is getting the brakes firmly applied, as Health and Safety, noise... Read More

Wellbeing an important part of education

Class Actwith ACG Tauranga PrincipalShawn Hutchinson As a school that prides itself on care and compassion, we have a huge responsibility to the students who study with us each day. Not only are we providing them with a safe, family-oriented learning... Read More

Big news in New Zealand boxing

Sideline SidSports correspondent & historian www.sunlive.co.nz The big news in New Zealand boxing in the New Year is the agreement of the parties involved with Joseph Parker and Hughie Fury. The arguement is for their boxers to meet (somewhere... Read More

'Go by Bike Day' sending the right message to cyclists

Cathy BellRecreation AdvisorSport Bay of Plenty People across the Bay of Plenty ditched their cars, buckled their helmets and pushed the pedal for “Go by Bike Day” last week. Sport Bay of Plenty set up pit stops around central areas... Read More

Steps to help joint health – Part 3

John ArtsAbundant Living www.johnarts.co.nz Nutritional therapy can have a profound effect on reducing the inflammation central to osteoarthritis. Much of the pain and loss of function in arthritic joints is from unwanted inflammation. Fortunately,... Read More

Funding a new iSite – are rates fair?

Straight from city councilA personal view,by Councillor Steve Morris Last week at City Hall we discussed building a new and improved information centre combined with an iport cruise ship arrival building and public toilets to be located together... Read More

Ms Lorde and the whiners and whoopers

Brian RogersRogers Rabbits www.sunlive.co.nz It was so enlightening to read a political lecture from Ella Yelich-O'Connor… oops, I mean Lorde, this week, headlining the news with her premonition of a storm for Mr Trump.Now not being... Read More

Spotlight on The Margarita Fund

Spotlight on...with Janne GuitarGirl I first met Christian Cole and Anaia Barnett when they moved to Tauranga in 2016. The talented duo turned up at a Tauranga Acoustic Music Club open mic night at Tauranga RSA in Greerton, where I was performing... Read More

Poor law thwarts emergency housing app

Clayton MitchellNew Zealand First MP Finding solutions to short-term housing problems is being thwarted by the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015. After discussions with local agencies and community groups on homelessness, one creative idea we've... Read More

Better connectivity for New Zealanders

Simon BridgesNational MP simonbridges.co.nz Connectivity has become an essential part of modern life. High quality internet makes a difference to the way we run our local businesses, with access to the digital economy and greater commercial opportunities. In... Read More

Public transport is our number one priority

Andrew von DadelszenCurrent BOP Regional Councillor In January I laid out my priorities as a regional councillor. My first priority is to improve our public transport system in Tauranga. There is widespread support for this, and already there have... Read More

Cycling cranks up around the Bay

Lauren AtkinsonRecreation AdvisorSport Bay of Plenty Cycling activity across the Bay of Plenty is about to crank up with Sport Bay of Plenty's Bike Month and the national Aotearoa Bike Challenge now underway for February. The Aotearoa Bike... Read More



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