Walking in a Waikaremoana Wonderland

Active Voicewith Laura WeaserSport BOP Communication Advisor Christmas was cancelled in 2017 – well, for me it was. With a wedding in February, a large get-together held at the start of December with my partner's relations and my family... Read More

Cricket World Cup encounter at the Bay Oval

Sideline SidSports correspondent & historian www.sunlive.co.nz When Sideline Sid left home last Wednesday to catch the West Indies verses South Africa Under 19 Cricket World Cup encounter at the Bay Oval - he had no idea that he would witness an... Read More

The Nork Walk and other good shirt

Brian RogersRogers Rabbits www.sunlive.co.nz There are many reasons why you should wear a shirt, people, and frankly I'm a little disappointed that we are even having this conversation.This has been a difficult time for me, as I've... Read More

Thinking climate change

Todd MullerNational MP   As we begin 2018, I have a request to my counterpart, Minister James Shaw, to ensure the significant climate change discussions that await both parliament and communities all across New Zealand this year are anchored... Read More

Cricket in the Bay

Sideline SidSports correspondent & historian www.sunlive.co.nz What a spectacle at the Bay Oval on Sunday, where India played Australia in a Group B encounter in the 2018 ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup currently being played in New Zealand. In... Read More

Tauranga Annual Average Afternoon Temperatures 1914-2017

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

Why Hunter became Kaiwhakangau

Brian RogersRogers Rabbits www.sunlive.co.nz     There's been no sight of him round the burrow. Not so much as a fuzzy ear or whisker ….not one fresh dropping.     Wise rabbits are, at this time of the year,... Read More

Bringing 2018 into sharp focus

Simon BridgesNational MP simonbridges.co.nz It's that time when you start to think about what you want to achieve over the coming year. Setting goals or resolutions are a good way to do this. As your elected representative I thought it wouldn't... Read More

A holiday filled with darts

Sideline SidSports correspondent & historian www.sunlive.co.nz The Christmas season always brings an extra joy to Sideline Sid with one of his favourite sporting events broadcast on Sky.   There are few sporting events in the world that... Read More

Tauranga Annual Rainfalls 1898-2017

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

Sharks, cakes and roundabouts

Brian RogersRogers Rabbits www.sunlive.co.nz A week into the New Year and some of you are still struggling to come to terms with that fact it's Twenty Eighteen and no longer Twenty Seventeen. Really, people, you've had all year... Read More

Refreshed and ready to get back to work

Todd MullerNational MP   Happy New Year and welcome to another year of my fortnightly The Weekend Sun column – a great tool for communicating with our community. I hope you all made the most of the time off work, saw some sun, and spent... Read More

Making sure your pets stay healthy this summer

 Animal Anecdotes with Nina Smith from Papamoa Village Vets Summer's a great time to live in the Bay, but it brings painful and preventable problems for pets. The ‘grass seed season' is here! Seeds attach to... Read More

Spotlight on Chris Barclay

Spotlight on...with Janne GuitarGirl Born in Invercargill and now Auckland-based, singer-songwriter Chris Barclay loves to ‘shred' on his guitar and put on a show for the audience.Chris started off his musical journey as a drummer,... Read More

Tauranga December Rainfalls 1898-2017

Weather Eyewith John Maunder Tauranga's December rainfalls has ranged 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 276 mm was recorded; and the second driest December was in 1994,... Read More

New Year Dishonours List

Brian RogersRogers Rabbits www.sunlive.co.nz As we move beyond the festive furore for another year, we're doffing our collective caps to the upcoming awards season with a look back at the mad, the bad and the sad of the last 12 months. So... Read More

Safe speed

Simon BridgesNational MP simonbridges.co.nz I feel proud when I drive down Tauranga's Eastern Link at 110km.   It's such a smooth ride, with little road noise and it feels very safe. This section of motorway is one of the safest... Read More

Opinion Poll

Should the Christmas/New Year school holidays be moved to February when the weather is typically better in NZ?

Yes, that is when I would take my holidays.
No, you never know when there is going to be bad weather.

Bay Today


’Summer Pohutukawa Blossom’, part of an iPhoneOgraphy photo-series. Photo: Bill Gibson-Patmore.

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