Grant Haua conquers Europe

Winston Watusi Music Plus Last week Grant Haua launched Awa Blues, already probably the most significant Tauranga release of the year. It was sent out into the world via a small and quickly sold out show at The Jam Factory which...... Read More

Taking out the trash

Daniel Hutchinson From The Hutch It’s funny what gets people’s blood boiling, and fraud is right up there with the most heinous crimes of all. Even thinking about the various forms of fraud makes my face flush with...... Read More

Property developers and political donations

Straight from city council A personal view, by Councillor Steve Morris In 2018, political donations from property developers and their associates were made illegal in Queensland as part of an effort to improve transparency and...... Read More

Here to help!

Simon Bridges National Party MP Over recent months I’ve given you my views on Tauranga’s big issues in this column: transport, housing, public safety and our CBD. There’s lots more, though,...... Read More

TECT proposal makes sense

Nigel Tutt Chief Executive of Priority One Last week’s announcement of the proposed changes to the Tauranga Electricity Consumer Trust is important from a regional, economic perspective.  Readers will probably be aware...... Read More

From school cricket to the big leagues

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian Sideline Sid has written a number of times about defined and clearly understood sporting pathways being the key to individual and team success. He has also written...... Read More

Tropospheric Temperatures January 1979 to January 2021

Weather Eye with 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

The climate change discussion

Nigel Tutt Chief Executive of Priority One Readers may have noted, or even delved into if they have more time on their hands, the recent draft advice released from the Climate Commission. It has occupied a fair amount of media and...... Read More

The way we deal with waste

Words from the Western Bay Mayor by Garry Webber We’re changing the way we deal with waste in the Western Bay of Plenty, and you have an important role to play. Western Bay of Plenty District Council is starting a council-run...... Read More

No Future at The Historic Village

Winston Watusi Music Plus Writing about promotional (ad)ventures from Your Enabler Presents makes me think of a David Lynch movie. Blue Velvet, to be exact. He was once called Tauranga Music Sux but changed the handle to Your Enabler...... Read More

I want to hear your voice

Todd Talks with Todd Muller National MP As a local Member of Parliament, I appreciate and rely on community feedback to keep me up to date with the issues that constituents are concerned about. I receive many emails,...... Read More

A bolt from the blue

Daniel Hutchinson From The Hutch Electricity has fascinated and frightened people for thousands of years. I think it’s got something to do with the potential energy of something you can’t see. It’s almost magic....... Read More

Grassroots cricket in the Western Bay

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian While Sideline Sid's duties as a local cricket correspondent take him to a myriad of cricket games each season, his attendance at Western Bay B Grade matches...... Read More

Tauranga Annual Rainfalls 1898-2020

Weather Eye with John Maunder Monthly rainfalls for Tauranga have been recorded at several recording sites during the last 123 years. From January 1898 to December 1904, the observation site was described as the Tauranga Harbour,...... Read More

When silly meets serious

Daniel Hutchinson From The Hutch This week we are going to talk about breasts, nudity, trains  and the RMA. It’s basic journalism really – start with the interesting stuff and then kind of peter out at the end...... Read More

Shirley Ryder - Keeping The Faith

Winston Watusi Music Plus There are all sorts of musical stories in Tauranga; Shirley Ryder's must be amongst the more unusual. Not long ago Shirley, a singer/songwriter who had released one poppy album with The Shirleybyrds,...... Read More

Building homes across the country

Jan Tinetti Labour MP Recently the Prime Minister revealed where the 8000 extra public and transitional housing places announced in Budget 2020 will go. Since taking office, we’ve built 4579 new state homes across New Zealand,...... Read More

Improving the CBD

Simon Bridges National Party MP I love the Tauranga CBD. I’ve got a sense of each building’s history and what was, now is and could be, having lived here for 20 years. But there’s no denying...... Read More

A disempowered ‘democracy’ where you’re told, not asked

Straight from city council A personal view, by Councillor Steve Morris Regardless of whether you think race-based wards are ‘racist’ or ‘progressive,’ Minister Nanaia Mahuta has cancelled your right to...... Read More