Tropospheric Temperatures 1979 to July 2019

Weather Eye with John Maunder The chart below shows that since 1979, when reliable satellite observations became available, there has been little change in the overall trend in the average tropospheric temperatures, apart from milder/warmer...... Read More

All Blacks spring back to life

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian Just when the critics were writing the All Blacks off in their quest for a World Cup three-peat, the team roared back at Eden Park on Saturday night. Putting 38...... Read More

Silver Jews and purple mountains

Winston Watusi Music Plus Songs can be deceptive; songs can mess up your mind. Because pretty much everything, however dark and dangerous, however sad and tragic, can sound good in a song. Even when it's not meant to. The...... Read More

Putting cash back in the cow

Daniel Hutchinson From The Hutch I don’t carry a lot of cash around these days for two reasons. Firstly, I don’t have a lot of cash and, secondly, it tends to disappear when I do have some, which leads back to situation...... Read More

Fair distribution of help

Todd Talks with Todd Muller National MP If we aspire to a flourishing country of equal opportunity we have to recognise some people need more help. Nine months ago the Coalition Government committed to providing 600...... Read More

Steamers back to their old school attacking game

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian Attending a Bay of Plenty Steamers game is a bit like a lucky dip - you never know what you are going to get. Sunday's Mitre 10 Cup encounter at the Tauranga...... Read More

Tauranga Average July Afternoon Temperatures 1913-2019

Weather Eye with John Maunder The graph below shows details of the average daily maximum temperatures, called ‘afternoon', for Tauranga for July from 1913-2019. The temperature for July 2019 was 15.8 degrees Celsius. It's...... Read More

Loserpalooza is coming!

Winston Watusi Music Plus There are two sides to Tauranga. It often seems – possibly with good reason – that we're locked in the musical mainstream, an unthreatening mixture of jazz, blues, folk and cover bands,...... Read More

Reliving the pressure

Clayton Mitchell New Zealand First MP The sale of New Zealand’s valuable assets in recent years has proved to be short-sighted and fundamentally flawed. The sales have created a raft of issues, which the Coalition Government...... Read More

Funding life-saving cancer drugs

Simon Bridges National Party Leader All of us have loved ones and friends who have been affected by cancer. Cancer is the biggest cause of death in New Zealand. Recently I announced National’s plan for...... Read More

Legendary Western Bay boxer hangs up his gloves

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian There are few tougher sports than professional boxing, where two men enter the ring for a monetary reward. Personally, I have a problem with the professional game,...... Read More

Tauranga July Rainfalls 1898-2019

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 1898-2019 shows the range of rainfalls from an extreme high...... Read More

Bringing the boogie to town

Winston Watusi Music Plus Time to celebrate, boogie-lovers - Jan Preston is coming to town! Or should I say, Jan Preston is coming back to town, since the woman they call Australia's Queen of Boogie Piano has a long and strong...... Read More

Buying a home in New Zealand

Clayton Mitchell New Zealand First MP In October last year the Government banned the sale of homes to foreign buyers. In the first few months, the sale of New Zealand properties to foreign owners fell through the floor, down 81...... Read More

Funding family care

Jan Tinetti Labour MP The Government announced recently a major overhaul of disabilities funding which will see family members, including parents and spouses, paid up to $25.50 an hour to look after family members. With around...... Read More

More funding for cancer drugs

Todd Talks By Todd Muller We all know someone who has gone through the cancer journey. The thousands that turn out to some of the Bay’s cancer fundraising events show just how much this disease impacts our lives. The Papamoa...... Read More

From local sport to the big stage

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian Every so often in sport, a group of rising stars will come together in a team before going on to perform with distinction on the big stage. The 2005 Bay of Plenty...... Read More

Arctic and Antarctic Temperatures ..... January 2000 to June 2019

Weather Eye with John Maunder Each month Professor Ole Humlum of the The University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS), in Norway publishes on the web his very comprehensive web site updating a large number of charts and related analyses...... Read More

Searching for life downtown

Winston Watusi Music Plus Walking along Devonport Road is a sad experience these days. Perhaps it was a couple of weeks since I'd been in town but a few days ago when I strolled up the once bustling street it felt like a frowzy...... Read More