Solar activity and the Earth's climate

Weather Eyewith John Maunder A sunspot is a relatively dark, sharply defined region on the solar disc - marked by an umbra (dark area) which is 2000 degrees Celsius cooler than the effective photosphere temperature. The average diameter of a sunspot... Read More

Building a stronger, more prosperous country

Simon BridgesNational MP New Zealand is continuing to make great strides towards building a stronger, more prosperous country – a country where we can have a great lifestyle and earn a good income that compares well with... Read More

Unsustainable Immigration Is Not A Right

Clayton MitchellNew Zealand First MP New Zealand First is pro-immigration. Yes, you read that correctly. But immigration to New Zealand is not a right. Rich or poor, black or white, Asian or American, we should be limiting our visas to a sustainable... Read More

Do you have an ‘itis’ problem?

John ArtsAbundant Living Without inflammation we would not be able to fight infections nor heal from injury. The process of inflammation involves the immune system directing chemicals and cells to heal damaged or infected tissue.... Read More

What’s your average councillor worth?

Straight from city councilwith councillor Steve Morris The Remuneration Authority in Wellington sets the pay of your mayor at $149,814 and city councillors at $70,949 for what they term a “near full-time” role. Committee chairs receive... Read More

Science and other true stories

Brian RogersRogers Rabbits This week on RR we are bringing you a crapload of science. That is the collective name for lots of sciences. Today there will be some highly-scientific terms used, as I was a prolific attender of Miss... Read More

Top-level sport watching

Sideline SidSports correspondent & historian Having been a spectator at plenty of top-level sport over the years, the atmosphere and action remains just as intense as watching the All Blacks play the Springboks in 1956 - but the... Read More

Tropospheric Global Temperatures 1979 to October 2016

Weather Eyewith John Maunder The chart below shows that since 1979, when reliable satellite observations became available, there has been little overall trend from the average temperatures during the 30-year period from 1981-2010 in the tropospheric... Read More

The role of a local MP

Todd TalksBy Todd Muller After years in the private sector, politics has certainly proved to be an interesting career choice. While the formality and bureaucratic pace of Parliament can at times be frustrating, there is no greater feeling than... Read More

Do you have an ‘itis’? – Part 3

John ArtsAbundant Living Inflammation can be the cause of disease or it can be as a consequence. If your health problem has the suffix ‘itis' then inflammation is central to the problem. Some ‘itis' diseases,... Read More

Earthquakes – the wake-up call we needed

Straight from city councilwith councillor Steve Morris Last week I shared the work we've done with tsunami evacuation routes during the last three years and my view – that we need to add loud sirens to the email and text alert system. Three... Read More

Bay chef is back!

Culinary Conversationswith Peter BlakewayFood writer, caterer and private chef As some of you know by now I've started as a tutor of culinary arts at Toi-Ohomai Institute of Technology – yes I know, it's still the Bay of Plenty... Read More

Civil Defence: Amendments and Requirements

Clayton MitchellNew Zealand First MP The recent earthquakes and seismic activity we have seen in New Zealand, and the devastation caused, really brings home the urgent need for implementation of the Civil Defence Emergency Management Amendment... Read More

Mr Chump and the Cowdashians

Brian RogersRogers Rabbits  We've been quite busy here at RR Headquarters. Along with dealing with a natural disaster, we've been clearing out the spare room and making up the sofa bed for Miley Cyrus and the... Read More

Flea and worm treatments important for pets

Vet Checks Inwith Joerg Thammfrom Mount Vet Hospital Regular flea and worm treatments are important for your pets, and you! So what is the best way to do this?? A mistake seen all too often is the "more is better" approach that some people take... Read More

A weighty issue

Sport Bay of Plenty  As a nation we are fixated on weight and it is no wonder with the eye popping obesity statistics and an undeniable increase in long-term chronic health conditions exacerbated by excess weight. It is a common misconception... Read More

Tauranga's boxing greats

Sideline SidSports correspondent & historian Sideline Sid was delighted to see SunLive share the success of local professional boxer Jonathan Taylor on Sunday morning. Taylor, who few gave any chance of lifting the NZPBA Super... Read More

The Southern Oscillation Index (SOI)

Weather Eyewith John Maunder The Southern Oscillation Index (SOI) is a standardized index based on the observed sea level pressure differences between Tahiti and Darwin, Australia. The SOI is a leading measure of the large-scale fluctuations in... Read More

Opinion Poll

What did you do when quake hit the Kaikoura area early last Monday morning and a tsunami warning was sent out?

Heeded the warning and quickly made our way to higher ground.
Didn't receive a tsunami warning at all.
Received a tsunami warning from Civil Defence but was too late - when we woke that morning.
Ignored the warning.

Bay Today

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