Range of emotions at the Olympic Games

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian www.sunlive.co.nz The Olympic Games invokes a full range of emotions; from the absolute joy of the two high jumpers who chose to share the Olympic gold medal, to the despair of failure...... Read More

Biomass... and when a country runs out of rubbish

Weather Eye with John Maunder Some of the answers to the complexities of the climate system are given in my recently published book Fifteen shades of climate... the fall of the weather dice and the butterfly effect. The following...... Read More

Warmer homes initiative a win-win

Jan Tinetti Labour MP When I was principal at a local school here in Tauranga, I saw first-hand the consequences of people living in cold, damp homes. The impact on the health and wellbeing of children and older people is particularly...... Read More

Labour’s insulting gift

Simon Bridges National Party MP simonbridges.co.nz  It’s become clear that the government doesn’t see the seriousness of New Zealand’s gang problem. Since Labour took office in 2017 we’ve seen an...... Read More

New arrivals, new releases, new gigs…

Winston Watusi Music Plus  After last week’s sustained rant we’ve got snippets this time; strap on those short attention spans. And the snippets du jour are a distinctly mixed bag: new releases, new arrivals in...... Read More

Anyone's guess as to who will win the Baywide premier championship

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian www.sunlive.co.nz Bay of Plenty club rugby followers are in need of a crystal ball to select the winner of the 2021 Baywide premier championship. Six of the eight starters in the...... Read More

Polar bears... increasing or decreasing?

Weather Eye with John Maunder Some of the answers to the complexities of the climate system are given in my recently published book Fifteen shades of climate... the fall of the weather dice and the butterfly effect. The following...... Read More

Grateful for healthcare

Todd Talks with Todd Muller National MP New Zealanders are fortunate that we receive free health care; many people live in countries where it costs a fortune to have a baby, treat cancer or repair injuries. My wife Michelle...... Read More

The great Tauranga slow down

Democracy HQ A personal view, by Councillor Steve Morris  Admissions that NZ Transport Agency and council are deliberately increasing congestion to force people to walk, cycle or catch a bus has hit a raw nerve. Ask people...... Read More

Rebuilding better in the Bay of Plenty

Angie Warren-Clark Labour MP  The recent outbreaks in Australia have been a timely reminder that when it comes to Covid, we’re not out of the woods yet. One of my daughters lives in Melbourne and they’re in lockdown...... Read More

The day the music died?

Winston Watusi Music Plus  A few weeks back I wrote of APRA’s annual Silver Scroll songwriting awards. Specifically I wrote that the Australasian Performing Right Association have stripped 2016’s winner, Thomas...... Read More

Key features of council strategies

Stephen Selwood  Sustainability and climate change initiatives weren’t the headline features of Tauranga City Council’s 2021-31 Long Term Plan, but if you look a bit deeper, many of our planned investments are designed...... Read More

The debut of new sports at the Olympics

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian www.sunlive.co.nz Four new-age sports will debut at the Tokyo Olympics, with the introduction surfing, sport climbing, skateboarding and BMX freestyle, joining the more the more traditional...... Read More

Tropospheric Temperatures January 1979 to June 2021

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

Matariki – let’s celebrate our very own holiday

Tamati Coffey Labour List MP If you like the thought of celebrating a public holiday that you won’t find anywhere else in the world, keep reading! Our government is delivering on a pre-election commitment, where New Zealand...... Read More

Speaking freely

Simon Bridges National Party MP simonbridges.co.nz Freedom of speech is a fundamental right that has been preserved in New Zealand and liberal democracies worldwide. Sadly, this could be about to change, with Labour proposing...... Read More

Pathway to reduce homelessness

Nigel Tutt Chief Executive of Priority One  Last week Te Tuinga Whānau launched a pathway to reduce homelessness in Tauranga. The campaign goes by the catchphrase ‘Tauranga - a safe anchorage for all’, which captures...... Read More

Remembering Simon Elton

Winston Watusi Music Plus  You’ll have to give me a little leeway with this column; it’s hard to find the right tone just before deadline when you hear a friend has died. Especially when he was the person that...... Read More

A proud tradition in the Olympic 1500m

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian www.sunlive.co.nz Jack Lovelock's 1936 Olympic Gold Medal in the 1500m, laid down the legacy for Nick Willis in his attempt to earn further glory in the glamour event on the track...... Read More