Tauranga April Rainfalls 1898-2017

Weather Eyewith John Maunder Rainfalls in Tauranga during the month of April 2013 and April 2014 and April 2017 were all relatively wet, with April 2013 recording 284 mm – the seventh highest April rainfall since 1898 – and in April... Read More

Police need our support

Clayton MitchellNew Zealand First MP Police are crucial to ensure a safe, functioning New Zealand. We hope we'll never need them, but we need to know they're there, and ready to go, if we ever do. The Bay of Plenty is – like the... Read More

Disturbing news from the world of science

Brian RogersRogers Rabbits www.sunlive.co.nz Keep your Nerf gun handy, just in caseTwo very disturbing stories emerged from the world of science this week. Firstly, the possible existence of an alien megastructure orbiting a mysterious star in... Read More

Funding an ‘iconic’ bridge too far?

Straight from city councilA personal view,by Councillor Steve Morris The term ‘iconic' is used to describe almost any proposed structure to be built with public money these days. Few, if any, live up to the meaning of the word, however... Read More

Spotlight on Bluesman Brown

Spotlight on...with Janne GuitarGirl I first saw Graham Brown or 'Brownie' performing at The Junction in Thames when I travelled there with muso friends Stephen Calvert and Graham Jones, who backed me on bass guitar and harmonica when I played... Read More

Budget in the Bay

Todd TalksBy Todd Muller Budget 2017 is delivering for Bay of Plenty exporters and the local economy that they contribute to by taking bold steps to improve access into rapidly emerging Middle Eastern Markets. Traditionally when we think of large... Read More

Baywide rugby first round trophy up for grabs

Sideline SidSports correspondent & historian www.sunlive.co.nz The first trophy of the current Baywide rugby season will be decided on Saturday, with the completion of the premier qualifying rounds of play. Twelve teams kicked off in the balmy... Read More

How to beat the winter blues

Active Voicewith Sonia LyndsSport BOP Recreation team leader What a beautiful autumn weekend we have just had! Yes, you can feel that snow has landed somewhere down the country, but when the sun comes out, we still flock to the great outdoors to... Read More

Miss Sea ‘blew me away’

Spotlight on...with Janne GuitarGirl I first saw this talented young woman perform a couple of years ago, and she literally ‘blew me away' when I saw her using a piece of Marley downpiping for a didgeridoo. She looked like she had a... Read More

Real youth solutions offered

Clayton MitchellNew Zealand First MP   What is a country supposed to do when 6.78 per cent of its population makes up 50 per cent of its crime statistics? That 6.78 per cent in New Zealand is our young people, aged 15-19 years old. They have... Read More

Three most vexing questions: Answered here today

Brian RogersRogers Rabbits www.sunlive.co.nz The days are cooler and shorter and the usual seasonal arguments are flying.Mankind and womankind are debating the most vexing questions, some that have divided the human race for generations.•... Read More

Dissecting the budget

Simon BridgesNational MP simonbridges.co.nz By this time next week we would have heard the Finance Minister deliver his Budget speech and we will be dissecting what this means for our community. A number of announcements have already been made,... Read More

Public transport a big issue

Andrew von DadelszenCurrent BOP Regional Councillor Our Tauranga City ratepayers are frustrated with a costly bus system that just isn't working. There has been copious workshops both at Tauranga City Council (whose responsibility is the... Read More

For richer or poorer?

Vanessa Dodunskifrom Enable Me When you first “consciously coupled” with your partner, things looked fine.  You are both in good jobs with good prospects. Your spouse worked hard, progressed quickly, you both enjoyed the perks... Read More

Thumbs up to the Trail Fairies

Melanie ShortCommunication and Operations Manager - Sport Bay of Plenty Did you know the Bay of Plenty has the highest preference for outdoor pursuits in New Zealand?* This isn't surprising, of course, considering the huge array of options... Read More

Climate Extremes in NZ: Tauranga has one of them

Weather Eyewith John Maunder Climate extremes in New Zealand, since instrumental records became available in the 1850's, show a range from the highest temperature of 42.4 degrees Celsius recorded in Rangiora on February 7, 1973, to the most intense... Read More

RIP Ian and Brian

Sideline SidSports correspondent & historian www.sunlive.co.nz When one reaches the seventh decade, one sees a good number who started the race of life around the same time, falling at hurdles in the home straight. In recent weeks, two good acquaintances... Read More

Going Green

Rebekah Sharpfrom Elm Tree Early Learning Centre Growing children who live sustainably, respect nature and have a heart for the environment is easy with these great tips from Rebekah Sharp from Elm Tree Early Learning Centre. Be a good role model... Read More



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