Subtle product placement, part one

Brian RogersRogers Rabbits An astute reader commented this week that she really enjoys the “cheeky and subtle” ways that Rogers occasionally drops a mention of advertisers into the page 2 column. Well, when I heard... Read More

What is Bay Venues and what does it do?

Straight from city councilA personal view,by Councillor Steve Morris You may have noticed when visiting the pools or one of our community halls that there's a sign on the wall emblazoned with the ‘Bay Venues' logo. Bay Venues... Read More

The future of our growing city

Simon BridgesNational MP Tauranga is moving ahead in leaps and bounds. Our city is growing at such a fast rate, we must move with it and continue to build on and develop what we already know is a great place to live, work, and... Read More

Teacher shortages avoidable

Clayton MitchellNew Zealand First MP Our educators on the front line are describing a perfect storm that needs to be addressed. Increased immigration means more students, increasing housing costs – to buy or to rent – and higher living... Read More

Spotlight on Brendan McCarthy

Spotlight on...with Janne GuitarGirl Brendan McCarthy was born and bred in Dunedin and grew up in a household where  music was a primary focus.   He began playing guitar at the age of nine, and formed his own bands throughout high school,... Read More

Help for sore joints (part 3)

John ArtsAbundant Living Back in 2011, some interesting emerging research suggested traditional osteoarthritis supplements were targeting the wrong ingredient. Most supplements were heavily weighted towards glucosamine sulphate... 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 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

Tropospheric Temperatures 1992 to September 2017

Weather Eyewith John Maunder The chart below shows that since 1979, when reliable satellite observations became available, there has been little overall trend in the average tropospheric temperatures, apart from  milder/warmer temperatures... Read More

Spotlight on John Baxter

Spotlight on...with Janne GuitarGirl As a small child, John Baxter remembers a jukebox in the cafe where his mother worked, and his father listened to Johnny Cash and 50s rock 'n roll music. Although born in Yorkshire, England, John moved to New... Read More

Helpful advice for sore joints (Part 2)

John ArtsAbundant Living I spoke to a client today who had been affected by osteoarthritis in his hips and shoulders. We created a personalised joint health programme that included supplements that can help promote healing in... 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

Talking Tauranga's transport future

Straight from city councilA personal view,by Councillor Steve Morris As you would have noticed, the city's roads are under pressure during peak times. With an additional 50,000 homes to be built in Tauranga over the next 30 years it's... Read More

Married at NZ First Sight

Brian RogersRogers Rabbits The groom looked as handsome as ever in his trademark pinstripe suit. Distinguished, some might say, but still classy after decades of relationship turmoil, speed dating, a stint as ‘The Political... Read More

Ranfurly Shield returns to the heartland of New Zealand

Sideline SidSports correspondent & historian It was fantastic to see the Ranfurly Shield return to where it truly belongs in the heartland of New Zealand, after Taranaki took the "Log of Wood" from Canterbury on Friday night.   In... Read More

Two-wheeled adventure – whatever the weather

Active Voicewith Melanie ShortCommunication & Operations Manager While I'm not one to notice the weather – more of a ‘just get on with it' type – this winter and spring have really made their mark with plenty of rain. As... Read More

Tauranga September Average Afternoon Temperatures 1913-2017

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 shows details of the average daily maximum... Read More

Weird week in the news biz

Brian RogersRogers Rabbits Greetings Sunners We've had extraordinary feedback from last week's column – the piece on Winnie The Pooh and his friends, post-general election. The Sun has been overwhelmed* with... Read More

Time to pull up the drawbridge?

Straight from city councilA personal view,by Councillor Steve Morris I recently asked a group ‘how many of us were born in Tauranga?' No one raised their hands. It's rare to find someone who has been here all their lives. It's... Read More

Opinion Poll

Are you happy with a Labour/NZ First/Green coalition?

Yes, it’s good news for the country.
No, New Zealand is screwed.
Will have to wait and see what happens.

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