One Shot Wonder

Art Beatwith Rosalie Crawford I've heard how four to five hours of makeup time for one actor can result in just a few seconds of screen time in a movie. In early October I saw that first hand while helping make a promo film with the Bay... Read More

First class cricket in and around the Western Bay

Sideline SidSports correspondent & historian With the weather gods smiling on the Western Bay of Plenty over weekend it was a good opportunity to catch up with some cricket watching. The best part was the chance to see some first... Read More

Tackling Drug Abuse

Simon BridgesNational MP We all know about the scourge of methamphetamine, or P, and the impact it has on communities. It's a drug that destroys lives, comes hand in hand with violence and allows gangs and organised crime... Read More

Global monthly temperatures 1979-2016

Weather Eyewith John Maunder Professor Ole Humlum, of the Institute of Geosciences, University of Oslo, Norway, maintains a very comprehensive climate web site and much of this WeatherEye is from his website.  A graph of five global monthly... Read More

Understanding the seasonality of our food

Culinary Conversationswith Peter BlakewayFood writer, caterer and private chef With parents that were market gardeners, fishermen and farmers, we grew up with a strong understanding of the seasons and the anticipation of waiting for the new season's... Read More

Upfront investment

Clayton MitchellNew Zealand First MP   The Student Loans Scheme was really that – a scheme. We now have an opportunity to right one of the great wrongs of recent NZ history, with the introduction of NZ First's Up Front Investment... Read More

Figure of Ate

Brian RogersRogers Rabbits   I need to tell you about my Super Secret Weight Loss Plan. So secret, in fact, that not even I knew about it. Which could explain why, after this winter, the Rabbit is weighing heavier than any... Read More

How well are you aging?

John ArtsAbundant Living Can your biological age be less than your actual age? If it is, you will have better than average health for your age. What steps can we take to have health and appearance better than average? The first... Read More

Targeting our bus service will be targeted

Andrew von DadelszenRegional Councillor Many thanks to those who showed confidence in me by electing me back onto the Bay of Plenty Regional Council. It never ceases to amaze me that many sitting councillors – Tauranga City and Mayoral candidates... Read More

Get over it and get on with it

Straight from city councilwith councillor Steve Morris There's nothing like a council election process to stir up new ideas for our city, mixed with the odd bit of sledging. But now the final whistle's blown and the minority of our... Read More

Here come the scarecrows…

Greeting from Greertonwith Sally BenningMainstreet Manager Greerton Village Our beautiful stunning cherry trees have done their dash for another year – now we're enjoying everything that comes with spring. When we think of springtime... Read More

What does the future hold for Joseph Parker?

Sideline SidSports correspondent & historian There has been plenty of talk in the media about Joseph Parker's likely challenge for a world heavyweight title in the next few months. The good news is that since Tyson Fury... Read More

Latest global troposphere temperatures

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

Resveratrol – a natural compound to help age gracefully

John ArtsAbundant Living You have seen the petrol advertisements offering some special additive to improve your car engine performance. While that may be true we know deep in our cells is a mysterious protein called SIRT1, which... Read More

Presumption and assumption versus investigation and conversation

Clayton MitchellNew Zealand First MP An editorial about possum trapping vs. 1080 led to a lot of misinformed anger. If we base our assumptions on the media alone, how can any of us really know what a person - or political party - is actually advocating? Traditional... Read More

What is ‘real’ in this world?

Michelle's Musingswith Michelle Muller Following a recent stint of medical-assigned bedrest, I found myself watching TV programmes that I normally wouldn't view.  But out of boredom, drug-induced and reduced brain cell capacity... Read More

All aboard for Planet Mars

Brian RogersRogers Rabbits This week it's revealed Earthlings are making plans to live on Mars, despite the fact we struggle to make telephones that won't blow up.The galaxy is clearly not a safe option, while Samsung's... Read More

Welcoming the Aotea Maersk megaship

Simon BridgesNational MP This week it was great to join the hundreds of people who crowded around the base track of the Mount to welcome the biggest container ship to ever dock at Tauranga Harbour. It's a major milestone... Read More

Rugby in the headlines for the wrong reasons

Sideline SidSports correspondent & historian Rugby has once again been in the sporting headlines for all the wrong reasons. People forget that the media is a two-edged sword and that if you court the newspapers, radio and television... Read More

Opinion Poll

Only 38 per cent of electors returned their voting forms in the council elections, did you vote?

I’m not enrolled to vote
I dumped the voting form
I didn’t get round to posting it
I returned my voting form by mail
I dropped my voting form into council

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