The rise of Corporate Boxing

Sideline SidSports correspondent & historian www.sunlive.co.nz Last Sunday was 17 years to the day, since David Tua challenged Lennox Lewis in Las Vegas, for the World Heavyweight championship. No New Zealand boxer has made more of an impression... Read More

Pondering Melbourne Cup pickings

Sideline SidSports correspondent & historian www.sunlive.co.nz The Melbourne Cup has been done and dusted for another year, with a few punters throughout Australia and New Zealand celebrating their luck in picking the right horse in the big go,... Read More

There is no i in 'team'

Active Voicewith Jen RileyCommunity Strength & Balance Leader and with Laura WeaserSport BOP Communication Advisor Back in June, an email went around work asking who would be interested in doing the Tough Mudder, an 18 kilometre mud and obstacle... Read More

Horse racing fan relives Melbourne Cup

Sideline SidSports correspondent & historian www.sunlive.co.nz Just a week out from 'The Race That Stops Two Nations', took Sideline Sid back 50 years to being on course at Flemington to watch the 1967 Melbourne Cup.  The end of a six month... Read More

When the teachers become the students

Active Voicewith Erin KouwenhovenCommunity Sport Advisor (WBOP) Earlier this month, Sport Bay of Plenty helped run the first-ever New Zealand Teachers' Games in Mount Maunganui. New Zealand Secondary School Sports Council (NZSSSC) launched... Read More

Indoor cricket and Steamers

Sideline SidSports correspondent & historian www.sunlive.co.nz Indoor cricket is one sport that has completely flown under Sideline Sid's radar until the Trans-Tasman Masters Indoor Cricket series came to town last week.  Held at the Bay Indoor... Read More

'Discover, Explore and Connect' with your backyard

Active Voicewith Catherine McCulloghSport BOP Community Manager With the weather improving, now's the time to move from the ‘winter hibernation' phase and get out and about, enjoy the fresh air, do some physical activity and as... Read More

Why we recognise sporting excellence in the Bay

Active Voicewith Megan CleverleySport BOP Sport Manager It is that time of the year again where, as a region, we recognise our most outstanding and successful athletes, teams, coaches, officials and volunteers. The 2017 Bay of Plenty Sports Awards,... Read More

Steamers making steady progress

Sideline SidSports correspondent & historian www.sunlive.co.nz Steady progress is Sideline Sid's verdict on the Bay of Plenty Steamers under the guidance coach Clayton McMillan over the last three representative seasons.  Consistency of results... Read More

Under-funded Super Fund

Clayton MitchellNew Zealand First MP The New Zealand Super Fund is punching well above its weight again, generating a 20.7 per cent return for the year to June 30, 2017, and adding another $5 billion to the total. This should be celebrated. What... Read More



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On the ’Bird Walk’, Katikati looking over the Uretara stream to the Kaimai ranges. Photo: Glenice McDonald.

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