Hunt for the magic elixir

Sideline SidSports correspondent & historian www.sunlive.co.nz Sideline Sid is on a mission to track down the elixir that was given to the Northland team at half-time against the Bay of Plenty Steamers, in their Mitre 10 Cup clash in Whangarei... Read More

What players really want from their club

Active Voicewith Chloe PettersonSport BOP Insights Analyst As the winter sports season draws to a close, it's a time to reflect on the reasons why players feel engaged with their club. Sport NZ research into club satisfaction shows 61% of... Read More

Tropospheric Temperatures 1979 to July 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 a period of somewhat milder... Read More

Do I need extra magnesium in my diet? (Part 2)

John ArtsAbundant Living www.johnarts.co.nz   As a nutritional medicine practitioner, magnesium is one of my most commonly prescribed supplements. This is because it is involved in numerous body processes and can help problems in a number... Read More

Tsunami sirens back on the agenda

Straight from city councilA personal view,by Councillor Steve Morris Next year you will have the opportunity to choose between two types of siren for council to warn you during a civil defence emergency (including tsunami). Our staff are beavering... Read More

Some bad ideas for disciplining brats

Brian RogersRogers Rabbits www.sunlive.co.nz Child discipline has come up for much debate this week as the government unveils plans for a military-style boot camp for youth offenders. That's a great idea; finally a government with the guts... Read More

R&R in 'enemy territory'

Sideline SidSports correspondent & historian www.sunlive.co.nz Sideline Sid and Mrs Sid have found themselves deep in enemy territory on their annual R&R, away in the far north of our beautiful country.  It was only after arriving in the top... Read More

Tauranga July Average Daily Maximum Temperatures 1913-2017

Weather Eyewith John Maunder The graph below shows details of the average daily maximum temperatures, called ‘afternoon', for Tauranga for July from 1913-2017. The temperature for July 2017 was 14.4 degrees Celsius, which was the second... Read More

Help fulfil your child's sporting dreams

Active Voicewith Dave ClarkCoaching & Development Team Leader As parents in today's society, it's easy to get immersed in the sporting world. From ferrying your children to their next training, or coaching their team, to heading off... Read More

Do I need extra magnesium? (Part 1)

John ArtsAbundant Living www.johnarts.co.nz Magnesium is one of the most commonly prescribed supplements by natural health practitioners. The nutritional medicine textbook ‘Integrative Medicine' (Rakel 2012) is a well-respected reference... Read More

The future of 'council flats'

Straight from city councilA personal view,by Councillor Steve Morris There were a few headlines bandied about in the media last week that may have caused concern among residents of Tauranga's elder housing. So, let's be clear. Tauranga... Read More

Greens agony and Labour pains

Brian RogersRogers Rabbits www.sunlive.co.nz   What a week in the news. There's scandal, accusations, admissions, sadness and drama. Metiria's fallen on the sword. Jacinda's riding high in the saddle. Glenn Campbell's fallen... Read More

Effective communication key to club growth

Active Voicewith Zane JensenSport BOP Community Sport Advisor From texting and social media, to meeting with a colleague or first introductions, we're regularly communicating (and in more ways than ever). But it's important to remember... Read More

Tauranga July Rainfalls 1898-2017

Weather Eyewith John Maunder Rainfalls for the month of July have been recorded in Tauranga since 1898, except for 1904, 1907, 1908, and 1909. The graph for the period 1898-2017 shows the range of rainfalls from an extreme high of 348 mm in 1951,... Read More

Go the Steamers!

Sideline SidSports correspondent & historian www.sunlive.co.nz The Baywide rugby season came to a conclusion last Saturday with the last three of the six Bay of Plenty Rugby Union club titles decided. Arataki took out the Premier Two crown after... Read More

Is there such a thing as a no-win scenario

Straight from city councilA personal view,by Councillor Steve Morris Councillors have a natural instinct to want to please their constituents. Call it a survival instinct, but some decisions will make you unpopular whatever the outcome. A recent... Read More

State Sloway Two

Brian RogersRogers Rabbits www.sunlive.co.nz   The whanau was driving along State Sloway 2 this week, thinking of all you lovely folk at Omokoroa and wondering ‘Why are you all going to town at the same time?' When it dawned,... Read More

Spaces and Places, where to next…

Active Voicewith Stephanie KellySport BOP Regional Facilities Advisor   In May 2017 the six local authorities who make up the Bay of Plenty region endorsed the Bay of Plenty Spaces and Places Strategy, a high level strategic framework for... Read More

Boxing, squash and rugby

Sideline SidSports correspondent & historian www.sunlive.co.nz Watching a young David Tua defeating Kali Meehan in the opening round of the Heavyweight final at the New Zealand championships in 1989, captured on video, got this sports fan thinking... Read More



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Salisbury Wharf at the Mount, c. 1950. Locals queuing up ready to board the ferry to Tauranga. Photo: Craig McFarlane.

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