Tauranga November Rainfalls 1898-2016

Weather Eyewith John Maunder The graph shows the range of November rainfalls from 1898 to 2016 in Tauranga, from an extreme high of 285 mm in 1916 to a low of only 12 mm in 2009.   The second wettest November was 1967, when 240 mm was recorded;... Read More

Sea of red invades Bay Oval

Sideline SidSports correspondent & historian www.sunlive.co.nz Sideline Sid received a report from Mount Maunganui last Friday, that a sea of red uniforms had invaded the Bay Oval at Blake Park. His first reaction that it was a convention of Santa... Read More

Plenty of challenges face our regional council

Andrew von DadelszenFormer Regional Councillor We've now been sworn in as regional councillors, so please be clear my editorials reflect my personal thoughts, and in no way are intended to represent those as a councillor of the Bay of Plenty... Read More

Two of the better leaders in charge

Todd TalksBy Todd Muller Watching John Key and Bill English in action these last couple of weeks, it's hard not to feel we have two of the better leaders in charge of New Zealand at such a critical time. If NZ was an aeroplane then the Prime... Read More

Old media in its death throes – will democracy survive?

Straight from city councilwith councillor Steve Morris Politicians and the media are in a co-dependency relationship. Politicians need to be seen by voters. And reporters need to pump out thousands of words every week to keep their jobs. A relationship... Read More

Two years on: Lows and highs

Clayton MitchellNew Zealand First MP Two years as an MP has challenged me and opened my eyes to the best and worst of what's going on in New Zealand. When December 2015 arrived, I didn't want to take a break, because there was so much... Read More

Dob in the delinquent and dangerous

Brian RogersRogers Rabbits www.sunlive.co.nz We've said it before and we'll say it again – public sale of fireworks should be banned. Here's another reason, as if we needed any more: Jo Wilson and her family are lucky to... Read More

What are worms and how to treat them!

Vet Checks Inwith Rachael Woodfrom Mount Vet Hospital Roundworms Roundworms are zoonotic parasites, which means they can be passed from animals to humans - especially children. They can also be exceptionally good survivors, with viable eggs... Read More

Poisoning in Pets

Vet Checks Inwith Joerg Thammfrom Mount Vet Hospital What is poison and what to do! There are a lot of different chemicals, drugs and plants that are toxic to our pets, here is a list of some of the most common ones: Rodenticides (rat/mouse bait):... Read More

The start of a festival of cricket

Sideline SidSports correspondent & historian www.sunlive.co.nz The start of summer later this week welcomes the start of a festival of cricket at the Bay Oval at Mount Maunganui. In just over a decade, the Blake Park ground has gone from a wasteland... Read More

Solar activity and the Earth's climate

Weather Eyewith John Maunder A sunspot is a relatively dark, sharply defined region on the solar disc - marked by an umbra (dark area) which is 2000 degrees Celsius cooler than the effective photosphere temperature. The average diameter of a sunspot... Read More

Building a stronger, more prosperous country

Simon BridgesNational MP simonbridges.co.nz New Zealand is continuing to make great strides towards building a stronger, more prosperous country – a country where we can have a great lifestyle and earn a good income that compares well with... Read More

Unsustainable Immigration Is Not A Right

Clayton MitchellNew Zealand First MP New Zealand First is pro-immigration. Yes, you read that correctly. But immigration to New Zealand is not a right. Rich or poor, black or white, Asian or American, we should be limiting our visas to a sustainable... Read More

Do you have an ‘itis’ problem?

John ArtsAbundant Living www.johnarts.co.nz Without inflammation we would not be able to fight infections nor heal from injury. The process of inflammation involves the immune system directing chemicals and cells to heal damaged or infected tissue.... Read More

What’s your average councillor worth?

Straight from city councilwith councillor Steve Morris The Remuneration Authority in Wellington sets the pay of your mayor at $149,814 and city councillors at $70,949 for what they term a “near full-time” role. Committee chairs receive... Read More

Science and other true stories

Brian RogersRogers Rabbits www.sunlive.co.nz This week on RR we are bringing you a crapload of science. That is the collective name for lots of sciences. Today there will be some highly-scientific terms used, as I was a prolific attender of Miss... Read More

Top-level sport watching

Sideline SidSports correspondent & historian www.sunlive.co.nz Having been a spectator at plenty of top-level sport over the years, the atmosphere and action remains just as intense as watching the All Blacks play the Springboks in 1956 - but the... Read More

Tropospheric Global Temperatures 1979 to October 2016

Weather Eyewith John Maunder The chart below shows that since 1979, when reliable satellite observations became available, there has been little overall trend from the average temperatures during the 30-year period from 1981-2010 in the tropospheric... Read More

The role of a local MP

Todd TalksBy Todd Muller After years in the private sector, politics has certainly proved to be an interesting career choice. While the formality and bureaucratic pace of Parliament can at times be frustrating, there is no greater feeling than... Read More



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