The Sawmill Brewery range from Matakana

Beer with me Matt Martin Sawmill Brewery, the best thing to come out of Matakana since...I have no idea. So I googled Matakana. There is a cool farmers' market and some sculptures of giant pink snails and elephants made... Read More

Renewed commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi

Tamati Coffey Labour List MP As a member of a strong Labour Government, I recently received more than 30,000 signatures backing Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta's actions to strengthen Te Tiriti partnership commitments in... Read More

Shining a light on NZ volunteers

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian Volunteers are the backbone of this great country. The commitment of hundreds of thousands of unpaid workers gives our nation one of the highest standards of living... Read More

Solar Activity and the next Maunder Minimum

Weather Eye with John Maunder The ‘Maunder Minimum' is the name given to the period from 1645 to 1715 when the number of sunspots - ‘storms' on the sun - became almost zero. The period is named after the solar... Read More

Karen takes over the National Party

Haydn Marriner is a Rotorua tourism operator and political junkie. For you boomers out there who don't know what a Karen is, it's the entitled middle-class woman who walks into your workplace and proceeds to belittle you, your work, demand... Read More

Now is the best time to join National

Haydn Marriner is a Rotorua tourism operator and political junkie. If you ever wanted to know when it was the best time to join the National Party, it's now. The party is shedding senior MPs like a dog sheds fur - the old and smelly stuff giving... Read More

The economy and jobs means you!

Todd McClay is the MP for Rotorua and the National Party's spokesperson for Trade and Tourism. It has been a difficult few months for many as the global Covid-19 crisis has cost jobs, livelihoods and businesses that people have spent their lives... Read More

National don't have a chance

Haydn Marriner is a Rotorua tourism operator and political junkie. It's election time and week after week in politics, just when you think things can't possibly get crazier, the notch gets turned up a level and suddenly I am having to delete this... Read More

Resilience tips for small business owners - a Māori perspective

Wairangi Jones is principal advisor for cultural competency training company Tutira Mai NZ Ltd. Tarawera erupted in 1886. It was a cataclysmic unzippering of the mountain that split it in half. A firestorm engulfed the sleeping kainga (villages)... Read More

Excitement builds for the start of club rugby

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian Sideline Sid can't wait for club rugby to kick off on Saturday, June 27, with the icing on the cake being the move to level one. This means local rugby fans... Read More

Standing up to racism

Haydn Marriner is a Rotorua tourism operator and political junkie. I have been putting off writing this column for almost two weeks. I wanted to give the National Party's new leadership time to bed in and reflect on that. I had nearly completed the... Read More

Catch me when I fall

Fletcher Tabuteau is deputy leader of New Zealand First, Under Secretary for Regional Economic Development and a list MP based in Rotorua. In February 2020, the Auditor General released a report acknowledging all the work underway to address New Zealand's... Read More