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Sideline SidSports correspondent & historian www.sunlive.co.nz While New Zealand Warriors critics point to the failure of the Mount Smart sides failure to win a NRL championship since formation in 1995 – spare a tear for Cronula that have...

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Weather Eyewith John Maunder El Niño and La Niña are complex weather patterns resulting from variations in ocean temperatures in the Equatorial Pacific. El Niño and La Niña are opposite phases of what is known as the...

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Brian RogersRogers Rabbits www.sunlive.co.nz I've just dialled up the year 2036 on my time machine. We can report that 20 years from now some things have changed since 2016, some have not. John Minto is into his sixth term as mayor of Christchurch....

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Todd TalksBy Todd Muller People should feel safe at home with their family. For most of us, this is the reality. Sadly, for some of us, it is not. For some people home is a place of terror. Half of New Zealand's homicides are family...

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Clayton MitchellNew Zealand First MP At Thursday night's opening of our new Tauranga electorate office, the Rt. Hon Winston Peters' speech also opened the door to a radical overhaul of the Tauranga Transport network: No more tolls on Route K, and...

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Art Beatwith Rosalie Crawford Local primary school musical productions are so worth going to. This week it was Omanu Primary School's turn with their show ‘Pirates and Mermaids'. Recently Selwyn Ridge Primary School also produced...

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Sideline SidSports correspondent & historian www.sunlive.co.nz One sports story that flew under Sideline Sids radar while on some R&R over the ditch, was the All Black debut of former Steamers prop Kane Hames against the Wallabies in Sydney. In...

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Weather Eyewith John Maunder The latest global average temperatures of the troposphere – those observed from US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration satellites – are computed by the University of Alabama at Huntsville in...

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Art Beatwith Rosalie Crawford Recently, as part of BOP Film, I helped organise the Give Back screening of Disney's Pete's Dragon, where all those in the Bay of Plenty region who were involved in making the movie could come see it, ahead of the...

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Brian RogersRogers Rabbits www.sunlive.co.nz If you see some strange lights in the sky on Saturday night, don't panic. It's not an invasion from outer space or the return of disco. It's the coastguard putting on a demo for us,...

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Clayton MitchellNew Zealand First MP With so much bad news and a worsening local housing situation, it's a pleasure to be able to report a little good news for one working Tauranga family.Local 'Mum' works as a study-support teacher, as an after-hours...

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Simon BridgesNational MP simonbridges.co.nz Here in the Bay, we love getting outdoors and spending time with nature. From exploring native species in our beautiful forests to scaling mountain ranges in our world-famous national parks, getting outside...

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Sideline SidSports correspondent & historian www.sunlive.co.nz This week's blog was written as Sideline Sid and Mrs Sid return home on the big bird over the big Tasman sea. Five weeks on the Sunshine Coast went like a flash and Sid can now...

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Weather Eyewith John Maunder Temperatures have been recorded in the Tauranga area at several sites in the last 100 years, including the current Tauranga Airport site from June 1990. The graph shows details of the average daily maximum temperatures,...

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John ArtsAbundant Living www.johnarts.co.nz Last week we looked at research into the healing power of turmeric. The active ingredient curcumin is the actual brilliant yellow pigment. I find it fascinating that nature's most potent healing...

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Clayton MitchellNew Zealand First MP Local Tauranga student Jake Hoffart spends his weekends baiting and catching possums – and turning a profit from it. Being one of countless Kiwis who spend their free time out in it, Jake understands full...

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Todd TalksBy Todd Muller Aren't the AIMS Games extraordinary? More than 9000 intermediate children from across New Zealand,competing in over 20 sporting and performance activities, cheered on by increasingly weary but reliably supportive...

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Brian RogersRogers Rabbits www.sunlive.co.nz Sounds like we'll be getting aftershocks 'til the cows come home. They could carry on for two years, say scientists. The aftershocks, that is. Not the cows.  The cows haven't...

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Sideline SidSports correspondent & historian www.sunlive.co.nz Three weeks of rugby withdrawal symptoms came to a end last Saturday, when Sideline Sid got to catch the Sunshine Coast premier preliminary rugby union final, with a berth to the winner...

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