Lily’s time in the House

Jan Tinetti Labour MP Youth Parliament was recently held in Wellington and I was extremely fortunate to have an outstanding young woman, Lily Pearce, from Tauranga Girls’ College as my Youth MP. For my column this week I’ve...... Read More

Maiden speech done, hard work begins!

Straight to the point With Sam Uffindel Tauranga City MP On Tuesday, August 2, I was sworn in and delivered my maiden speech in the House. What an honour and thank you Tauranga for sending me there! I also delivered on my by-election...... Read More

The history of the Commonwealth Games

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian The current XXII Commonwealth Games in Birmingham looks set to be amongst the most successful for the New Zealand team. The team is looking to surpass the 17 gold...... Read More

Sunspots and the Maunder Minimum

Weather Eye with John Maunder The ‘Maunder Minimum' is the name given to the period from 1645 to 1715 when the number of sunspots – ‘storms' on the sun – became almost zero. The period is named after...... Read More

Spreading the local reggae vibe

Winston Watusi Music Plus Sychronicity. Not just the name of a Police album - it's something that happens. It's rare that “the simultaneous occurrence of events which appear significantly related but have no discernible...... Read More

Helping Kiwis with the cost of living

Angie Warren-Clark Labour MP Our Government has worked hard to lift incomes and make life more affordable for Kiwi families. Now, as we move forward with our plan to grow a secure economy for all, we’re providing further cost...... Read More

New approach to find Links Ave solution

Commision News & Views with Commission Chair Anne Tolley Tauranga City Council is looking to empower a community panel to come up with solutions to the safety and traffic volume issues which have plagued Links Avenue in recent...... Read More

Critical workers being treated abysmally

Todd Talks with Todd Muller National MP  It’s becoming more apparent weekly how little this government cares about the New Zealanders who work on our frontline, helping to keep us safe in emergencies. These...... Read More

The weather of the past

Weather Eye with John Maunder The weather of the past : July 27 1863, July 28 1939, and July 1993 Each day the New Zealand Herald publishes "On this day" which relates to the weather on that day in the past. In view...... Read More

Rugby is alive and well in WBOP

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian To the naysayers that try to tell us that club rugby draws little interest, with the professional game taking all the attention – they weren’t trying...... Read More

Bring back our train!

Green Goals with Josh Cole Green Party In the 2020 election campaign, the Greens released a policy to restore the Golden Triangle Railway between Auckland, Hamilton and Auckland. The money would come from the significant savings...... Read More

Reggae, blues, folk – Music is all around

Winston Watusi Music Plus Another week gone and more people seem to be re-embracing live music. This is nothing but a good thing. Wear a mask, keep your distance, whatever works for you, but get out and enjoy a bit of music –...... Read More

Time to get busy

Straight to the point With Sam Uffindel Tauranga City MP It’s been one month since we won the Tauranga by-election. The final results showed a majority victory with a margin of 6354 votes, more than double that of the...... Read More

More cost of living support for New Zealanders

Tamati Coffey Labour List MP We’ve taken the next step in our plan to support Kiwis with the cost of living. To fight inflation and ease the pressure on people here in the Waiariki, we’ve extended the fuel tax cut, reduced...... Read More

Ease student hardship with free public transport

Green Goals with Josh Cole Green Party The Government must lift student incomes now! New evidence shows thousands of students are living in poverty, with many struggling to pay rent and put food on the table. Everyone in this...... Read More

All Black losses nothing new

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian An air of pessimism set over Aotearoa in the weekend, after 'our' beloved All Blacks limped off the Cake-Tin with their fourth loss in their last five test...... Read More

Southern Oscillation Index

Weather Eye with John Maunder For further information on a range of weather and climate matters see my recent book Fifteen shades of climate... the fall of the weather dice and the butterfly effect. Available from Amazon. The following...... Read More

Preparing our kids for great careers

Nigel Tutt Chief Executive of Priority One As we head into the second half of the year, many BOP students and their parents will begin looking into career options, and it is a good opportunity to consider what the future may hold...... Read More

Energy? Anger? It's dead simple

Winston Watusi Music Plus The word 'punk' means different things to different people – and that's even before you start using it as a musical term. Once you start trying to define 'punk' musically you...... Read More