The big spends you probably haven’t heard of

Straight from city councilA personal view,by Councillor Steve Morris Remember the old saying ‘look after the pennies and the pounds will look after themselves?’ It’s sound financial advice but when it comes to local politics the...... Read More

Fuel tax increase a blow

Simon BridgesNational Party Leader Over the past couple of weeks there has been a lot of discussion and outrage about the new petrol taxes the government is introducing. A nationwide fuel tax increase of between nine and 12 cents...... Read More

Protecting our future

Jan TinettiLabour MP Here in the Bay we are feeling the full effects of climate change. Being on the coast we are very vulnerable to environmental changes. We have experienced an increasing number of very destructive storms, with homes and businesses...... Read More

Big changes for the racing industry

Clayton MitchellNew Zealand First MP One of my favourite family pastimes is going to the races. I enjoy the thrill of the races, the bustling crowds at the tracks, the comradery and the friendly, family atmosphere the day holds. People who attend...... Read More

Growing the Bay of Plenty’s tourism one job at a time

Kristin DunneTourism Bay of Plenty Tourism. It engenders a sense of pride and vibrancy in a place and more importantly attracts people to return and live, to work, to do business and to build new businesses. In the Bay of Plenty our employment...... Read More

Tauranga March Rainfalls 1898-2018

Weather Eyewith John Maunder Rainfalls for the month of March have been recorded in Tauranga since 1898 – except for 1904, 1908 and 1909. This graph below shows the range of rainfalls from a high of 504 mm in 1979, to a low of 5 mm in 1943. The...... Read More

Holy flashbacks, an update with Batman

Brian RogersRogers Rabbits An old Batmobile sits gathering  dust on my office desk. Batman  is a lonely figure, hunched over  the wheel, wondering where  his life went.There’s no sign of Robin. That’s...... Read More

The benefits of turmeric

John ArtsAbundant Living My motorcycle tour in India in 2015 was a feast for my senses including, of course, my taste buds. Most curry recipes contain the brilliant yellow spice turmeric. It has also been a mainstay  of...... Read More

Wahine Weather 50 years on - April 10 1968

Weather Eyewith John Maunder The storm that grew out of tropical cyclone Gisele caused the strongest wind ever recorded in New Zealand - 181 km/h (98 knots) gusting 269 km/h (145 knots) at Oteranga Bay west of Wellington. Although it wrought havoc...... Read More

Opinion Poll

Should schools be able to fine parents for parking illegally?

Yes, schools should have the right to fine those putting children in danger.
No, it should be left for police to handle.