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

Nyika wins gold at Commonwealth Games

Sideline SidSports correspondent & historian Kiwi heavyweight boxer David Nyika is entitled to be ranked as one of the best amateur boxers ever produced in our country, since the coming of order in the New Zealand pugilistic ranks... Read More

Commonwealth Games community impact

Active Voicewith Melanie ShortCommunication & Operations Manager I'm reading a great book at the moment called How to Stop Time by Matt Haig, but to be honest, I haven't read it for about 10 days as I have found the secret to stopping... 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

Ancestry-based representation – is it racist?

Straight from city councilA personal view,by Councillor Steve Morris I received a letter in the mail this week inviting me to go on the Maori electoral roll, as I have Maori ancestors, and it got me thinking. Many of those in favour of ancestry-based... Read More

Reflecting on true inspirations

Todd MullerNational MP   Last weekend, as I sat in the natural amphitheatre of the Te Puna Quarry listening to a superb kapa haka performance from our local disabled community, I reflected on a few weeks earlier when I had the pleasure of... Read More

Why future planning needs to happen now

Clayton MitchellNew Zealand First MP As a Tauranga resident, I struggle with traffic and congestion. It quite often takes me more than 35 minutes to get from Golf Road to the Harbour Bridge via Hewletts Road in the morning and again in reverse... Read More

Mental health inquiry well underway

Angie Warren-ClarkLabour MP I was pleased this week to hear an update from Professor Ron Paterson, chairperson of the Mental Health Inquiry, where he said that the inquiry is now well underway. During the election campaign last year issues around... Read More

Hello from Mara National Park, Kenya

Bridget NicholisAcacia Safari Tours This week I am saying ‘Hi' from the Maasai Mara National Park in Kenya. As I have mentioned, no two trips here are the same. Normally the highlight in this park is seeing more than a million wildebeest... 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

We are in this together

Kristin DunneTourism Bay of Plenty The future of tourism  in the Bay of Plenty is literally in your hands.On Monday, April 16, submissions on Tauranga City Council's Long Term Plan – including Tourism Bay of Plenty's bid... Read More

Feel the fear and figure out how to overcome it

Active Voicewith Laura BoucherSport BOP Communications Advisor Risk versus responsibility – it's a simple equation. Less responsibility, less risk. More responsibility, more risk. As children, we're not afraid to climb trees,... Read More

School cricket flying under the radar

Sideline SidSports correspondent & historian Flying under the radar in term one of the school year is an unheralded component of the New Zealand Cricket age-group pathway. The NZ Cricket Schools competitions, which are played... Read More

Opinion Poll

What facilities do you think Tauranga needs?

A large performing arts centre/conference hub
A 50m swimming pool
An outdoor sports and events stadium
A museum
None of the above
All of the above

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