Leading the way with Destination Management

Kristin Dunne Tourism Bay of Plenty We all know what an exceptional place the Bay of Plenty is to live and explore. And now we can share our love of “our place”. Over the next year we will transition into an insight-lead...... Read More

You're proud of them…are they proud of you?

Melissa Gordon Primary School Sport Director Sport Bay of Plenty Term two is the busiest term of the school year in regards to sporting events across the Bay of Plenty calendar. Last week was the Bay of Plenty Rippa Rugby event...... Read More

Jockey's steeplechase opening talk of the town

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian www.sunlive.co.nz The advent of social media ensured that a sensational comeback by jockey Aaron Kuru in the opening steeplechase of the Manawatu Racing Club meeting last Saturday,...... Read More

Sirens are go

Straight from city council A personal view, by Councillor Steve Morris I’m excited to tell you about council-approved funding for tsunami/civil defence sirens in the Mount and Papamoa next year. Funding is available for...... Read More

Villach 1985 and Climate Change

Weather Eye with John Maunder Among the many climate science meetings I've attended, the most significant – at least in terms of climate change is concerned – was my involvement in the UN-sponsored International...... Read More

New old museum for Tauranga

Brian Rogers Rogers Rabbits www.sunlive.co.nz You’re welcome to sniff our ropey old relics We’ve solved the apparent problem of Tauranga not having a museum. We’re opening our own. The Sun’s new...... Read More

Mental health benefits of physical activity

Brad Haimona Active Families Advisor Sport Bay of Plenty Participation in sport and physical activity enhances not only physical wellbeing, but reduces incidences of some forms of depression and anxiety. There is strong evidence...... Read More

Must-win encounters for championship contenders.

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian www.sunlive.co.nz With just five rounds of round robin play in the Baywide rugby competitions before the top four are found in each grade to fight out the playoffs - each of the next...... Read More

Changes to prison numbers

Todd Muller National MP   Recently, the government announced their goal of reducing prison numbers by a third. Like many New Zealanders, I am not explicitly pro-incarceration – in fact, in many cases, I fall at the...... Read More

Change has come to Tauranga City Council

Straight from city council A personal view, by Councillor Steve Morris The past few weeks have seen council hear submissions and make decisions on the $5 billion, ten-year budget. The recent by-election of Cr Robson has had...... Read More

Bottom-up economy - the focus of this Budget

Clayton Mitchell New Zealand First MP Budget 2018, that was announced in mid-May, has many benefits for all New Zealanders. One of its main focusses is to better support hard working New Zealanders who struggle to support their...... Read More

What causes osteoarthritis? (Part 1)

John Arts Abundant Living www.johnarts.co.nz Osteoarthritis is the most common cause of joint pain. The real driver behind cartilage loss is the health of specialised cells called chondrocytes. These amazing cells secrete and...... Read More

Busy recess and our sustainable future

Angie Warren-Clark Labour MP Every three-to-four weeks, Parliament breaks for “recess”, which means that Parliament is not sitting. Despite what the name suggests, recess doesn’t mean we’re spending time...... Read More

Hibernation is for bears

Lauren Atkinson Recreation Advisor Sport Bay of Plenty Remaining active over winter is a struggle for many people – so take comfort in the fact that you’re not alone when you don’t want to exercise on a dark,...... Read More

Rugby to come before the new cricket season

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian www.sunlive.co.nz The furthest thing from the mind of local sports fans as winter starts to take a grip is the game of cricket. While the Bay Oval will again host a myriad of top-level...... Read More

Tauranga May Rainfalls 1898-2018

Weather Eye with John Maunder Apart from the exceptional rainfall of 634 mm in May 2005, the graph shows a small decrease in overall May rainfalls over the last 120 years when two recent adjacent 50-year periods are compared. The...... 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.