The so-called demise of the Wellington Sevens

Sideline SidSports correspondent & historian www.sunlive.co.nz It's been interesting to hear and read in the media about the so-called demise of the Wellington Sevens, which is being staged at the Cake Tin in New Zealand's capital city this... Read More

Tauranga Annual Average Afternoon Temperatures 1914-2016

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 below shows details of the average annual daily maximum... Read More

Fifty shades of humanity

Brian RogersRogers Rabbits www.sunlive.co.nz You have to wonder about humanity sometimes. It's been one of those weeks of behaviour extremes from heartbreak to heartwarming experiences. Heartbreaking for our friends and neighbours on the... Read More

Delivering for Kiwi families in 2017

Simon BridgesNational MP simonbridges.co.nz As we launch into 2017, and what will be another busy year, we can have confidence New Zealand is on the right track. We are in capable hands with Bill English and Paula Bennett as leaders, and an energetic... Read More

Exporting value-adding jobs

Clayton MitchellNew Zealand First MP When I see the logging trains heading to the port, I think about all of the jobs we are exporting with them. It's the same with the fishing and farming sectors. Our ‘Primary Industries' could... Read More

Looking forward to 2017

Andrew von DadelszenFormer Regional Councillor At the start of a new year it is time to set some targets to achieve as an elected regional councillor. I will just highlight four. My first priority is to improve our public transport system in Tauranga.... Read More

A new buzz in the bike sheds

Melanie ShortCommunication and Operations Manager - Sport Bay of Plenty E-bikes, they're a water cooler discussion that divides; the cycling purists scoff, while others are sold. An e-bike or electronic bike has an electric motor that assists... Read More

Nothing boring about test cricket

Sideline SidSports correspondent & historian www.sunlive.co.nz Anyone that says test cricket is boring and has reached its use-by date, obviously didn't watch the Basin Reserve test between the Black Caps and Bangladesh over the weekend. The game... Read More

Tauranga Annual Rainfalls 1898-2016

Weather Eyewith John Maunder Monthly rainfalls for Tauranga have been recorded at several recording sites during the last 118 years. From January 1898 to December 1904, the observation site was described as the Tauranga Harbour, from November 1904... Read More

Shining a spotlight on saxophonist Eric Scott

Spotlight on...with Janne GuitarGirl The wonderful thing about being passionate about music is it enables us to meet some wonderful people along the way.   I met Eric Scott recently when he and wife Pam moved to Papamoa and joined the Tauranga... Read More

Banish back to school anxiety

Class Actwith ACG Tauranga PrincipalShawn Hutchinson A new year brings renewed excitement, new opportunities and, of course, new challenges. For many children, these challenges will include heading back to school. Whether it is returning to routine,... Read More

Looking forward to 2017

Andrew von DadelszenFormer Regional Councillor At the start of a new year it is time to set some targets to achieve as an elected regional councillor. I will just highlight four. My first priority is to improve our public transport system in Tauranga.... Read More

A great year coming up!

Clayton MitchellNew Zealand First MP Happy New Year everyone! 2017 is shaping up to be a great one. We have the election coming up later in the year. We don't know exactly when yet, but we are all ready for it. Globally, 2016 saw some monumental... Read More

Welcome to the new National Park

Brian RogersRogers Rabbits www.sunlive.co.nz It's that time of year again when we try to stick to our New Year's Resolutions and the first one that is broken: “I'll never trying to drive in or out of Tauranga at holiday... Read More

The unsung heroes of summer

Sideline SidSports correspondent & historian www.sunlive.co.nz Amongst the unsung heroes of summer in the Bay of Plenty and Coromandel are the volunteer lifeguards, who willingly give up their leisure time to patrol the beaches of the region. With... Read More

Free family fun

Simon NeateCommunication AdvisorSport Bay of Plenty Sport Bay of Plenty and Virtually on Track offer free family fun and a chance to win prizes this summer with Join the Gems and geo-teering.    Join the Gems and geo-teering are... Read More

New Year’s dishonours list

Brian RogersRogers Rabbits www.sunlive.co.nz Celebrating mediocrity, weirdness and quirks of humanity Welcome folks to 2017 and its time to celebrate or lament some of the unmentionable moments of the year past. RR has painstakingly compiled this... Read More

Dishing out roses for the 2016 sporting year

Sideline SidSports correspondent & historian www.sunlive.co.nz With this being the time of the year when the countries sports commentators make up their winners and losers list for the previous twelve months - Sideline Sid has joined the queue... Read More



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