Sporting glory in NZ

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian Many New Zealand sports fans are familiar with the deeds of boxers 'Torpedo' Billy Murphy and Bob Fitzsimmons, who brought early sporting glory to the country...... Read More

Tropospheric Temperatures January 1979 to June 2020

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 history of famous sporting faces in NZ

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian While New Zealand is a tiny nation tucked away at the bottom of the world, three of the most recognisable faces in world sport stopped off in New Zealand to showcase...... Read More

Punk rock, percussion, synths – mucho live music

Winston Watusi Music Plus The floodgates have opened, the damn has broken, the cows are coming home to roost. Yes, it is again all on in the live music scene. Bands are frantically booking gigs, venues are filling up, and once...... Read More

The absolutely abundantly obvious

Daniel Hutchinson From The Hutch So, clearly the deputy prime minister of the Cook Islands jumped the gun announcing travel will shortly be possible for  New Zealanders seeking to  escape the winter blues. I had no sooner...... Read More

Tauranga June Average Afternoon Temperatures 1913-2020

Weather Eye with John Maunder Temperatures have been recorded in the Tauranga area at several sites during the last 108 years, including at the current Tauranga Airport site from June 1990. The graph shows details of the average...... Read More

My problematic idiomatic attic

Rosalie's Writings with Rosalie Liddle Crawford I was climbing up a ladder to see if I had an attic the other day, mainly to check if there was insulation. Immediately I realised I had a problem. There was no attic. So, then,...... Read More

Returning to something like normal

Winston Watusi Music Plus One more week and one more small sign that we're returning to normal. Concerts in the Gallery at the Te Puna Quarry Park are kicking off again this Sunday (July 12). This show, like many others there,...... Read More

How to cage a Kiwi

Daniel Hutchinson From The Hutch Everyone has an opinion on  what should happen with the thousands of people trying to get back into the country so I feel like I should try and summarise some of these ideas. The first school...... Read More

Local rugby fans showing their support

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian Parking was at a premium at Maramatanga Park last Saturday, when Sideline Sid caught up with his first club rugby game in nearly a year. The delayed start to this...... Read More

Now is the best time to join National

Haydn Marriner is a Rotorua tourism operator and political junkie. If you ever wanted to know when it was the best time to join the National Party, it's now.  The party is shedding senior MPs like a dog sheds fur - the old and smelly stuff...... Read More

Tauranga June 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

A red guitar and playing the blues

Winston Watusi Music Plus As the music scene returns to normal so does this column; this week we’ve got a blues gig and a new album. The album, My Red Guitar, is by Tauranga local  Ian Gilmour, recorded at Whakamarama’s...... Read More

Free stuff for everyone

Daniel Hutchinson From The Hutch The Green Party has come up with a great solution to something – I’m not sure what exactly – with its new tax policy. Basically if you don’t already earn $325 a week, you...... Read More

Bring back the Mount Borough Council?

Straight from city council A personal view, by Councillor Steve Morris “I’ll be in Tauranga at 10 o’clock” I say. “You’re already in Tauranga,” comes the response from a Council colleague. “No,...... Read More

The return of the Mitre 10 Cup

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian The saying that ‘the more that things change - the more that they stay the same' seems to have come true in this years Mitre 10 Cup. When the Mitre 10...... Read More

The Southern Oscillation Index...1880- 2020

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

New music – there’s a lot of it!

Winston Watusi Music Plus Some weeks things simply don’t work out the way you planned. Following a column talking about local studios and the types of albums they produce, I planned to review a debut album from songwriter...... Read More

Out of love with online

Daniel Hutchinson From The Hutch I have a bit of a love hate relationship with the internet. It has revolutionised the way we store and access information but it has its faults as well. You can attempt to cure your disease while...... Read More