Arctic and Antarctic Temperatures ..... January 2000 to September 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

A (Gitbox) Rebellion at the Village

Winston Watusi Music Plus It is rather stating the bleedin' obvious to point out that it gets busy at this time of year. So busy that last time I missed out mentioning a fantastic show happening this weekend at The Jam Factory....... Read More

All in the same boat

Daniel Hutchinson From The Hutch Aaaah Christmas is nearly upon us, so it’s nearly time to panic. Usually I leave these thoughts until much later but consumerism caught me with a sneaky jab to the thorax. This year, to get...... Read More

My Visit to the Ports of Auckland

Clayton Mitchell New Zealand First MP I recently completed a two-day placement at the Ports of Auckland through the Business Parliamentary Trust, which is an organisation that works to foster goodwill and understanding between Parliament...... Read More

National putting the safety of New Zealanders first

Simon Bridges National Party Leader simonbridges.co.nz Last week National released the seventh in our series of Discussion Documents, this one on law and order. As the party of law and order, this is in our DNA. The number of...... Read More

An end to the ‘building boom’?

Straight from city council A personal view, by Councillor Steve Morris “He’s predicted twelve of the last three recessions,” it was said about one economic commentator. Economists rarely forecast the future...... Read More

Chapter closed on colorful character

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian www.sunlive.co.nz The recent death of legendary Australian bookmaker Bill Waterhouse, at 97 years of age, closed the chapter on the life of one of the most colourful and controversial...... Read More

Sorry, I didn’t get the memo

Daniel Hutchinson From The Hutch My confidence has been eroded this week. It all started on Sunday when Civil Defence sent out its mobile emergency alert to everyone in the country – except me. What’s that all about?...... Read More

Solar Activity and Spotless Days

Weather Eye with John Maunder The NASA solar physics website, and other websites such as the Royal Observatory of Belgium, include information on sunspot numbers, spotless days, the ‘Maunder Minimum' and sunspot cycle...... Read More

Farewelling Rosie O’Gradys

Winston Watusi Music Plus Everything has its time and eventually that time passes.  For better or for worse, things change. Ever since I arrived in Tauranga in the mid-eighties there has been a Chinese restaurant at 88 Devonport...... Read More

Kind-hearted Kiwis

Jan Tinetti Labour MP It all started last year when I visited the Solomon Islands and went to a school with a library but no books. The children were so eager to learn and they read anything they could get their hands on, even...... Read More

A better bus system that saves rates

Straight from city council A personal view, by Councillor Steve Morris It’s easy to forget that Tauranga’s Bay Hopper is run by BOP Regional Council and not TCC. Last month, Parliament enacted legislation that allows...... Read More

Working together is key for tackling challenges facing Tauranga

Clayton Mitchell New Zealand First MP When challenges present themselves, the best way to approach them is by working together. Tauranga is currently facing a whole raft of challenges with its infrastructure as it continues to...... Read More

Black Caps historic win over England

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian www.sunlive.co.nz The Black Caps win over England in the historic first cricket test at the Bay Oval was the icing on the cake of an amazing five days of cricket at the Blake Park...... Read More

Global Temperatures 1996 – October 2019

Weather Eye with John Maunder Global temperatures are compiled for various areas including global (land-ocean), global (meteorological stations), three latitude bands, and hemispheric, by the Goddard Institute for Space Studies...... Read More

November's musical pile up

Winston Watusi Music Plus November's annual musical frenzy usually peaks around the end of the month. The impending arrival of Christmas is to blame of course as work functions proliferate and the opportunity arises to reclaim...... Read More

It’s not just grass, it’s cricket

There is nothing more amusing than watching a diehard cricket fan explain the basics of a test match to a complete novice. How can anyone sit there for five days watching a person dressed all in white, walk slowly down a paddock, turn around, run back...... Read More

Sorry, I didn’t get the memo

Daniel Hutchinson From The Hutch  My confidence has been eroded this week. It all started on Sunday when Civil Defence sent out its mobile emergency alert to everyone in the country – except me. What’s that all...... Read More

Fast changes for safety

Angie Warren-Clark Labour MP Last election Labour echoed community calls to prevent crime, to minimise the harm associated with it and to keep our communities safe. That’s why we campaigned on increasing the number of police...... Read More