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 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 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

Year in review and the year to come

Straight from city councilA personal view,by Councillor Steve Morris After years of being able to ‘look but not touch' the waterfront, the opening of the tidal stairs and pontoon was a highlight for me. Like the new Greerton Library... Read More

Mancooks rule supreme on Planet Advertising

Brian RogersRogers Rabbits Women have a long way to go to reach equality with men in the field of outdoor cooking. At least that's the impression we get, after seeing how it is repeatedly portrayed on Planet Advertising. According... Read More

Getting back on the bike

Active Voicewith Laura WeaserSport BOP Communication Advisor Glow sticks, letters and numbers stickers, pipe cleaners and bike helmets – what do these all have in common? A Bike Crafternoon. Part cycle scavenger hunt, part degustation... Read More

Spotlight on Brian Franks

Spotlight on...with Janne GuitarGirl NZ-born musician Brian Franks has been playing bass guitar for 19 years. Brian was born and raised in Kawerau, and though his family didn't perform, they played and listened to music at home. He was first... Read More

In the bleak mid-winter

Weather Eyewith John Maunder In the bleak mid-winter, Frosty wind made moan, Earth stood hard as iron, Water like a stone, Snow had fallen, Snow on snow, Snow on snow, In the bleak mid-winter, Long ago. These words, from the first verse... Read More

Camels and asses kept at bay

Brian RogersRogers Rabbits You know it's getting close to Christmas when one of the Three Kings pulls up outside the office, climbs out of his Nissan and sets about adjusting the tea towel on his head. Either there's... Read More

Museum costs causing concern

Simon BridgesNational MP Over the last couple of weeks my office has been fielding many calls from people about the Tauranga Museum. Many of our callers are upset at how much the project is likely to cost, which has been wildly... Read More

Take some time out this Christmas

Clayton MitchellNew Zealand First MP I can honestly say 2017 has been a very busy and at times very challenging year. The election saw the forming of our new government and the chance to show New Zealand how we can work together to bring about... Read More

Homelessness and begging in the CBD

Straight from city councilA personal view,by Councillor Steve Morris I vividly recall the first time I saw a beggar. I was eight-years-old and on a family trip to Sydney. I saw a man sitting in a doorway asking for money. I was shocked because... Read More

Boxing fans rejoice

Sideline SidSports correspondent & historian Last Sunday's free viewing of the matchup between two double Olympic Gold medallists is one of the entrees that Sky occasionally serve up, to wet the appetite of boxing fans in... Read More

Making gutsy girls

Active Voicewith Debbie GareaFundamental Movement Skills Advisor I love Facebook. As a parent, it's my way of finding out where my four-year-old Daisy and I can go to be outdoors each week. We came across ‘Outdoor Explorers'... 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.

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