The Weekend Sun Competitions


Don't miss ‘The Ladykiller's – a hilarious and critically-acclaimed adaptation of the classic Ealing comedy, written by renowned comedy writer Graham Linehan (‘Father Ted', ‘The IT Crowd', ‘Black Books') at 16th Ave Theatre. Mrs Wilberforce has new tenants but they are...


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(Closes: 23-08-2017)

Online company Champers Hampers provides an array of gourmet food and beverage hampers for you to enjoy or gift to your family, friends, staff and clients. The hampers are the perfect gift for Dad this Father's Day. Champers Hampers have a Father's Day beer and treats hamper valued at $99 and delivered...


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(Closes: 25-08-2017)

Talented young musicians from around the Bay of Plenty will compete for the title of Rising Star 2017 in Bay of Plenty Symphonia's next concert. This is the culmination of two competitions for secondary school level students: one for composition and the other, a concerto competition, for performance....


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(Closes: 23-08-2017)


Competition Winners


Let me tell you my plans for next weekend. As it happens, I'm off to Wellington for four days, and looking forward to it immensely since ‘Wellington On a Plate' is happening along with all sorts...


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They say it's never a good idea to meet your heroes. And they're usually right. I've met a few of mine, some through music writing, some just by coincidence, and it's always a bit of a lottery. There've...


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  ‘Cirque Grande' – proudly presented by Zirka Circus, is on its very first tour of New Zealand. The all-new circus sensation presents world-class acts from around the globe. Prepare to...


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Competition is certainly heating up for the entry dishes for the Ora King Salmon Awards. A big thanks to Debbie and the team at The Rabbit Hole for the invite to not only try the entry dish, but to enjoy...


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“We're continually grateful that Kiwis can laugh at themselves.” So says Andrew London, the man behind The Andrew London trio who are playing at the Omokoroa Boat Club on Saturday, August 12. And...


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I was honoured to be asked to write the reviews again this year for the Ora King Salmon Awards. The Ora's were established in 2013 to recognise outstanding contributions from chefs working with Ora...


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When Sally Garner sat in the sun on Norfolk Island, toes tapping to the sounds of Dixie jazz, she didn't imagine that she'd be welcoming the Australian musicians to Tauranga a few months later. Sally,...


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The Weekend Sun has two copies of Sean Bodley's new album Genesis for two lucky readers who can tell us how long Genesis took to make. Entries must be received by Wednesday, July 19....


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The kids at school might have sniggered at former Te Puke High School student Shane Tofaeono's decision to become a professional dancer – but no one is laughing now as he travels the world with internationally-acclaimed...


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Legendary New Zealand pianist, Diedre Irons (MBE, ONZM), is coming to Tauranga with Opus Orchestra, performing the very piece she made her orchestral debut with when she was just 12 years old. The sublime...


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Murder on the Nile, Agatha Christie's own staging of her famous novel, Death on the Nile, is set in the 1940s on a Nile River paddle steamer. The passengers aboard are abuzz when a famous heiress and...


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Brother and sisters, let the power of music compel you to take a journey through soul, country, gospel and blues and hear how it all became rock and roll – can I get an Amen! Award-winning songstress...


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Get ready for an action-packed weekend of strong, empowered women playing a full contact sport on roller skates when ‘War of the Wheels 2017' hits Tauranga next week. Hosted by the Mount Militia...


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Sports fans are in for a treat this month when the National Basketball League's Final Four comes to town. Consisting of the semi-finals and finals of the NBL, the weekend promises to show off the talent...


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The world's best sport, culture and environmental films that let you experience the thrill and challenges of inspiring mountain environments are heading our way. Presented by the New Zealand Alpine Club,...


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Ladies, it's time to get out your pearls, tassels and boa feathers and head to The Grateful Gatsby. Bethlehem Baptist Church is opening its doors for another of its popular ladies' events. The women's...


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The Armageddon Expo is coming to Tauranga for the first time next week. The first Tauranga Armageddon will be held at ASB Baypark Arena on May 27-28. From its inception in 1995, the Armageddon Expo...


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Operatunity's cast of veteran musical performers are coming together on Friday, May 19, at 11am to perform hits from ‘Phantom of the Opera', ‘Les Miserables', ‘Evita', ‘Cats',...


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The Scholars Pro Musica, Tauranga's première chamber choir, open their 2017 choral season with a concert featuring works by Austrian composer F. J. Haydn. While the title of the work “The...


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It was the decade that gave us the Rubik's Cube, mobile phones, Macintosh PCs, Rogernomics, and some of the greatest music ever penned. A night of totally radical music from the 1980s will pump up...


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It's a story that traverses generations and hemispheres – and touches senses and emotions on the way. It's about an enduring rock star in the United Kingdom, an unshakeable fan 10,000km away...


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“Narcotics, noise and nakedness” is how frontman Booga Beazley sums up Head Like A Hole when their debut album ‘13' was released in 1992.   “We'd only recorded our cassette...


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Operatunity combines the two iconic musical forces – the tight harmonies and gorgeous frocks of the Andrews Sisters and the legendary swing style of the Glenn Miller band – for their next...


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Escape Masters is a real-life escape-adventure game experience in Tauranga's Red Square. The experience promises to challenge your thinking as you get locked in a room and try to escape. A group of...


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SunLive is celebrating 30,000 likes on Facebook and to say thank you to all our readers, we are giving one person a chance to stay at Sanctuary Palms in Pihia. In order to have the chance to go in the...


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Bay of Plenty pet owners can be in to win a kit of natural products, which both care for their pets and save on costly vet bills. Nita Maaka couldn't find any products she felt confident in for the...


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If you love the guttural power of rock mixed with the fiery flow of rap then make sure you're down and get down to Mount Maunganui next week. It'll be a night of in-your-face, loud and proud rap-orientated...


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All you lovers of the bizarre better hold on to your tin foil hats because outsider musician, actor and painter David Liebe Hart is landing in Mount Maunganui this month. Hosted by Tauranga Music Sux,...


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A delightful afternoon of operatic arias, orchestral overtures and interludes heralds the beginning of Bay of Plenty Symphonia's 2017 season. The community orchestra presents ‘It's Opera!'...


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For more than 25 years now, legendary Kiwi band Head Like A Hole have rocked stages from Gore to Kaitaia and everywhere in between.  Since bursting on to the scene in 1990, the loveable Wellington...


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