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

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Todd TalksBy Todd Muller In recent weeks there have been some excellent headlines in our local papers, which show our community is heading in a great direction. The summery weather you've enjoyed at the beach is expected to help bump up gold...

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Matt CowleyTauranga City Councillor This week I've asked Otumoetai/Pyes Pa Ward councillor Bev Edlin to provide her thoughts on the year ahead. Thanks Matt, 2015 is already presenting some interesting challenges for TCC councillors. As we...

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Dazz SwitallaFlavour SecretsNo.1 The Strand Chef www.no1thestrand.co.nz The hot sunny days have driven a lot of us inside during the heat of the day – once again this year I'm using the siesta initiative. It's nice to rest or...

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Brian RogersRogers Rabbits www.sunlive.co.nz Mid-summer and some Kiwis are feeling the itch. This week we have a rash of reports.For some it's the seven-year itch, according to a recent study, New Zealanders are more likely to divorce...

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Sideline SidSports correspondant & historian www.sunlive.co.nz Is there a better place in the world to be in the height of summer than the Western Bay of Plenty? There are lazy days, plenty of sun and a myriad of sporting events to follow in Tauranga...

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Weather Eyewith John Maunder The graph below shows the range of Tauranga's December rainfalls, from an extreme high of 447 mm in 1962 to a low of only 4 mm in 1930.   The second wettest December was 2011, when 276mm was recorded; and the...

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Dazz SwitallaFlavour SecretsNo.1 The Strand Chef www.no1thestrand.co.nz Rustic peach and baked semolina flanThe summer sun brings out the colour and flavour of our favourite summer stone fruits –and often chargrilling brings it out even more...

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Brian RogersRogers Rabbits www.sunlive.co.nz It's that time of year when so many Kiwis feverishly complete the work of getting their homes and gardens immaculate, their properties looking spectacular…so they can then completely abandon...

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Matt CowleyTauranga City Councillor There are many issues on Tauranga City Council's ‘to do' list for 2015. They include major decisions I'm eager to resolve. The biggest item on our agenda this year is council's Long...

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Sideline SidSports correspondant & historian www.sunlive.co.nz What a great sporting weekend we had in the Western Bay last Saturday and Sunday. Downtown Mount Maunganui was abuzz with the half ironman and all the other associated events, while...

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Brian RogersRogers Rabbits www.sunlive.co.nz Welcome to another year in the Sun. One of my most successful resolutions was to get more input from those around me, to write this column. So far that plan is working well, since the newsroom and some...

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Dazz SwitallaFlavour SecretsNo.1 The Strand Chef www.no1thestrand.co.nz Finally summer has arrived and a more casual relaxed holiday mood takes hold, effecting everything in your life. The heat slows you down and you increasingly opt to eat more...

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Matt CowleyTauranga City Councillor Thousands of people enjoyed the atmosphere throughout the Mount during New Year's period, even though I heard some locals bond over how much they hate this time of year. It sparked a few topics for locals...

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Weather Eyewith John Maunder A superimposed graph of five global monthly temperatures January 1979 to October 2014 is shown below. As the base period differs for the individual temperature estimates, they have all been normalised by comparing...

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Sideline SidSports correspondant & historian www.sunlive.co.nz Western Bay of Plenty Black Cap quick bowler Trent Boult reached an iconic milestone on the second day of the Boxing Day test in Christchurch, when he became just the 12th Kiwi bowler...

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Weather Eyewith John Maunder In the bleak mid-winter, Frosty wind made moan, Earth stood hard as iron, Water like a stone, Snow had fallen, Snow on snow, Snow on snow, In the bleak mid-winter, Long ago. ****************************** These words,...

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Brian RogersRogers Rabbits www.sunlive.co.nz The Sun newsroom has painstakingly pored over the year's headlines and judged for your reading pleasure, the 2014 Awards for contribution to the community and incredulity.Here they are, in no particular...

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Dazz SwitallaFlavour SecretsNo.1 The Strand Chef www.no1thestrand.co.nz It seems like a such long time ago that I've been on a picnic or been under canvas. Maybe it's that we don't venture into the countryside or the beach like...

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