Reefer + Endum

Brian Rogers Rogers Rabbits Scary but true. Rogers Rabbits is back, for a limited time only. But I promise you, readers, you’ll be wishing for a hasty return of Hutch by the time I’ve finished...... Read More

Blues, punk, swing - more august music

Winston Watusi Music Plus Last week I started looking at live music in August. This week? More of the same. I know I keep going on about it, but for someone who keeps a constant eye on the music scene in the Bay, seeing well-known...... Read More

Is Tauranga still NZ’s ‘Happy City’?

Rosalie's Writings with Rosalie Liddle Crawford Happy news has been scarce lately. I was reading the news headlines this week. They go something like ‘The economy, something, something, you’re still poor’ and...... Read More

Tauranga July Rainfalls 1898-2020

Weather Eye with John Maunder Rainfalls for the month of July have been recorded in Tauranga since 1898, except for 1904, 1907, 1908, and 1909. The graph for the period 1898-2020 shows the range of rainfalls from an extreme high...... Read More

Films, music – it’s all on for August

Winston Watusi Music Plus I used to assume that when days start getting longer, they also get warmer.  Sadly that’s not true. And with the arrival of August imminent, a bit of warmth would be very welcome. Even as I...... Read More

A political box of chocolates

Rosalie's Writings with Rosalie Liddle Crawford We’re halfway through the year and I was wondering what’s happened with everybody’s New Year resolutions? Did they fly out the window on January 2? What we really...... Read More

Panepane Purakau – it’s the right thing to do

Words from the Western Bay Mayor by Garry Webber This week, Western Bay of Plenty District Council voted in support of consulting with the public about a proposed return of ownership of the eastern end of Matakana Island, known...... Read More

A vision for Mount Maunganui at last

Straight from city council A personal view, by Councillor Steve Morris Remember the old tv ad: ‘don’t leave town till you’ve seen the country’? I don’t – I’m too young – but the...... Read More

Solar Activity and the next 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

Living in the Goldilocks zone

Rosalie's Writings with Rosalie Liddle Crawford Our future phones need to be smarter and have unique user settings. For example, if we were able to set our phones to ‘politician’ mode, there would be a common warning...... Read More