Educating your children about activity

Lena Kairau Active Families AdvisorSport Bay of Plenty It's a new year full of new resolutions and new exciting things to look forward to. For some parents, it can be hard to find time, the motivation to exercise, or suitable fun activities... Read More

Mount on the world cricket map

Sideline SidSports correspondent & historian Mount Maunganui has arrived on the world cricket map with a bang, courtesy of the ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup. With seven games including the Grand Final at the Bay Oval, television... Read More

Getting back into Parliament

Todd MullerNational MP   I have really enjoyed this summer, managing to spend a bit of time of my family and enjoying the quite extraordinary hot spell.  I can remember a couple of times as a boy where the temperature was over 30, not... Read More

A great year of positive change

Clayton MitchellNew Zealand First MP So 2018 is underway, and I'm expecting it to fly by quicker than last year. With our new coalition government in place and a relatively quiet start to the new term so far, I think Kiwis will see a lot... Read More

Preparing for winter and crayfish

Angie Warren-ClarkLabour MP There's nothing like that first 4.30am alarm of the year to let you know that the official work year has begun again. Happy New Year! This week we're back in parliament, which also marks the government's... Read More

Nature Overload

Brian RogersRogers Rabbits Welcome back to normality, Sunners, at least for those returned to school, work or whatever else  fills your day. For those still on holiday or just about to leave, good on you! You worked hard... Read More

Spending February behind bars

Active Voicewith Michelle BarnsSport BOP Recreation Advisor I don't normally make a New Year's resolution, but for 2018 I have made a commitment to spend February behind bars. Handle bars. Every year at Sport Bay of Plenty the month... Read More

A T20 decider for all

Sideline SidSports correspondent & historian What a night at the Bay Oval on Sunday evening, when the Black Caps took on Pakistan in the ICC International Twenty20 series decider. The game had everything that is great about the... Read More

Sunspots and the Maunder Minimum

Weather Eyewith 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 the solar... Read More

The damaging effects of pop music on formative minds

Brian RogersRogers Rabbits We've been concerned for quite some time about the health ailments affecting some of my age group. Particularly the lunatic fringe who read this column.Many of you are losing your minds and... Read More

Tauranga, you are really amazing

Jan TinettiLabour MP Happy New Year! I'm sure many of us had a wonderful time over the festive break. Tauranga is certainly a beautiful place to experience the idyllic New Zealand summer of sun, surf and sand. Firstly I want to acknowledge... Read More

A call to action and a call for change

Simon BridgesNational MP Are you going away this long weekend, and if so, will you be travelling over the Kaimai Range to Hamilton?   As magnificent as the Kaimai Range is, the roads around this region have cost a lot... Read More

Walking in a Waikaremoana Wonderland

Active Voicewith Laura WeaserSport BOP Communication Advisor Christmas was cancelled in 2017 – well, for me it was. With a wedding in February, a large get-together held at the start of December with my partner's relations and my family... Read More

Cricket World Cup encounter at the Bay Oval

Sideline SidSports correspondent & historian When Sideline Sid left home last Wednesday to catch the West Indies verses South Africa Under 19 Cricket World Cup encounter at the Bay Oval - he had no idea that he would witness an... Read More

The Nork Walk and other good shirt

Brian RogersRogers Rabbits There are many reasons why you should wear a shirt, people, and frankly I'm a little disappointed that we are even having this conversation.This has been a difficult time for me, as I've... Read More

Thinking climate change

Todd MullerNational MP   As we begin 2018, I have a request to my counterpart, Minister James Shaw, to ensure the significant climate change discussions that await both parliament and communities all across New Zealand this year are anchored... Read More

Cricket in the Bay

Sideline SidSports correspondent & historian What a spectacle at the Bay Oval on Sunday, where India played Australia in a Group B encounter in the 2018 ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup currently being played in New Zealand. In... Read More

Tauranga Annual Average Afternoon Temperatures 1914-2017

Weather Eyewith 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 below shows details of the average annual daily maximum... Read More

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