The Southern Oscillation Index

Weather Eye with John Maunder The Southern Oscillation Index (SOI) is a standardized index based on the observed sea level pressure differences between Tahiti and Darwin, Australia. The SOI is a leading measure of the large-scale...... Read More

Live music – it’s a tricky one

Winston Watusi Music Plus As I write this we are about to end level 3; as you read this we will have just entered level 2. Things are changing. Many of us – including at the Watusi Country Club and Sanitarium - just spent...... Read More

Hanging onto autumn

Daniel Hutchinson From The Hutch There is a little bit of  peer pressure at the moment to take a holiday and ‘explore my own country’. The problem is, who actually feels like going anywhere in the last few weeks...... Read More

Budgets, borrowing and who pays

Straight from city council A personal view, by Councillor Steve Morris Councils usually adopt their budgets to determine next year’s rates by June 30. However, this year, several councils are looking at finalising their...... Read More

Keeping New Zealanders in employment

Simon Bridges National Party Leader New Zealanders have made a lot of sacrifices over the past couple of months and this has led to our country’s health response to COVID-19 being an effective one. We’ve...... Read More

The scramble for copy duing lockdown

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian The coronavirus shutdown, which has closed down professional sport throughout the world, has seen sports writers and commentators scrambling to find copy to write...... Read More

Good Business

Professor Jens Mueller Good Business After more than 30 years of living in Tauranga, I still see many of the same faces and firms, working hard, enjoying our great lifestyle – and hoping that the next year will be better for...... Read More

Tauranga Average Afternoon Temperatures April 1913-2020

Weather Eye with John Maunder Temperatures have been recorded in the Tauranga area at several sites during the last 100 years, including the current Tauranga Airport site from June 1990. It's very common for areas such as Tauranga...... Read More

Still art in isolation

Winston Watusi Music Plus I have a strange tale for you today. It involves the notion of being an artist and, I guess, that age-old question: what is art? I find the whole “being an artist” question quite an interesting...... Read More

Fast track to success

Daniel Hutchinson From The Hutch I’m thrilled to announce big projects that make jobs and earn lots of money. For years developers have been complaining that red tape and whingy neighbours have been denying them the opportunity...... Read More

Rethinking New Zealand’s economic future

Clayton Mitchell New Zealand First MP We are in our second week under Alert Level 3. While many restrictions around physical distancing are still in place, many businesses have resumed their operations which is vital for our economy. Much...... Read More

New Zealand can be proud

Jan Tinetti Labour MP New Zealand has left the full lockdown of Alert Level 4 behind. Hooray! If everyone in our team of five million continues to be careful and work within the rules, at every Alert Level from 4-1, hopefully we...... Read More

Support local and support NZ business

Todd Talks with Todd Muller National MP It’s been an extraordinary time for New Zealand since March. For some, Levels 3 and 4 have been stressful, scary and confusing. Others have taken a compulsory break from...... Read More

COVID-19 and public works

Straight from city council A personal view, by Councillor Steve Morris Government spending during recessions to ‘prop up’ an economy when businesses and households reduce spending is a cornerstone of Keynesian economics....... Read More

Warriors fans' rollercoster ride

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian The rollercoaster ride for the ever faithful New Zealand Warriors fans is about to kick off again. The Kiwi representatives in the NRL crossing the ditch for a...... Read More

Tauranga April Rainfalls 1898-2020

Weather Eye with John Maunder Monthly rainfalls for Tauranga have been recorded at several recording sites during the last 122 years. From January 1898 to December 1904, the observation site was described as the Tauranga Harbour,...... Read More

COVID-19 and the Kiwi spirit

Straight from city council A personal view, by Councillor Steve Morris Before lockdown, New Zealand’s daily percentage increase of COVID-19 cases was higher than both Italy and Spain. Just five weeks later, we’ve...... Read More

Work must now begin to rebuild our economy

Clayton Mitchell New Zealand First MP As alert level 4 lapsed last Monday, many businesses resume their operations after having to shut down during the lockdown. The past five weeks would not have been easy for them, but thanks...... Read More

Farewell Phil, welcome to the Tami show

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