Count on to Black Caps game at Bay Oval

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian Sideline Sid is counting down the days to the highest profile sporting event ever held in the Western Bay of Plenty. Once considered a sporting backwater, the Western...... Read More

Tropospheric Temperatures 1979 to August 2019

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

The mayoral candidates – revealed! Part one

Winston Watusi Music Plus Politics. It’s a funny old game, innit? We’re counting down to another local election. Time for everyone to try and remember who to punish for messing up Tauranga’s roads, public spaces,...... Read More

It’s the least we could do

Daniel Hutchinson From The Hutch Kia ora koutou When Jacinda was out there on the campaign trail in the last general election telling everyone “let’s do this” I wasn’t entirely sure what  was meant...... Read More

The economy is a team effort

Todd Talks with Todd Muller National MP A strong economy matters and our country – and the Bay of Plenty – should be booming, yet 63 per cent of business leaders think the Government is managing the economy...... Read More

Starting with a full belly

Jan Tinetti Labour MP When the Prime Minister announced recently that thousands of New Zealand children will receive free school lunches my reaction was one of immense happiness and relief because the evidence shows that hunger...... Read More

Iconic thoroughbred race meeting

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian One of the most iconic thoroughbred racing meetings in Australia was run during the weekend - not on the hallowed turf of Flemington or Randwick, but on a dirt course...... Read More

Tauranga August Average Afternoon Temperatures 1913-2019

Weather Eye with 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...... Read More

Gigs gigs gigs – music next weekend

Winston Watusi Music Plus  Gigs. Next weekend. Damn, but there’re a lot of them... Starting on Friday (September 13) we once again find ourselves at The Jam Factory. It is a popular spot for, I think, three reasons:...... Read More

Wash your hands

Daniel Hutchinson From The Hutch The very word ‘measles’ just sounds mean and slightly insignificant. Only, it turns out it isn’t insignificant. Measles has been striking fear into everyone over the last few weeks....... Read More

Let’s get things moving

Clayton Mitchell New Zealand First MP Tauranga is expanding at an accelerated rate yet its infrastructure is struggling to accommodate for this growth. Key roads which provide access to some of the Bay of Plenty's largest economic...... Read More

The need for an underpass

Simon Bridges National Party Leader I am receiving lots of feedback from concerned people about the underpass that’s being demolished underneath the Baypark to Bayfair Link. People are justifiably angry...... Read More

Great turnout to rugby triple header

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian Bay of Plenty Rugby should be pleased with the turnout of Western Bay of Plenty Rugby fans to their triple header at the Tauranga Domain on Saturday afternoon. Bay...... Read More

Tauranga August Rainfalls 1898-2019

Weather Eye with John Maunder Rainfalls for the month of August have been recorded in Tauranga since 1898, except for 1904, 1907, 1908 and 1909. From January 1898 to December 1904, the observation site was described as the Tauranga...... Read More

The Blues Comes To Town

Winston Watusi Music Plus Some weeks this column wanders. And why not? It's called Music Plus and there's a lot of “Plus” out there to add onto the Music. I am, however, acutely aware from the friendly, if often...... Read More

Getting over the underpass

Daniel Hutchinson From The Hutch I’ve only just come back to this neck of the woods. Last time I lived here was in the 80s and Tauranga and The Mount were  two quite separate places. I was a self-made 16-year-old who...... Read More

The fight to keep the Bayfair underpass

Clayton Mitchell New Zealand First MP Just like everyone else in Tauranga, I was frustrated last month when the NZ Transport Agency announced it would no longer build a new Maunganui Rd underpass as part of the Baypark to Bayfair...... Read More

Giving the people the choice

Todd Talks with Todd Muller National MP A robust and healthy society depends on strong support for our people and communities. The hundreds that turned out to support the removal of the Bayfair underpass last weekend...... Read More

The passing of former mayor Noel Pope

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian It was great sadness that Sideline Sid read about the passing of former Tauranga mayor Noel Pope on SunLive. Noel was a genuine good bloke, who could comfortably...... Read More