Health & Beauty

Asking for help

Sometimes families need more than the police to help them find loved ones in the grip of meth. Occasionally, they need services such as those provided by International Private Investigations Limited. The Tauranga-based firm has been operating since November... Read More


Free and back to basics

Keeping up with 21st Century digital tools might make technophobes break out in a cold sweat, but a new course on offer at Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology could change all that. The NZ Certificate in Computing, User Fundamentals Level 2, is a free... Read More


Dealership invests in swim lessons

Farmer AutoVillage is the latest local company to respond to a BaySwim initiative to sponsor swim lessons for preschoolers from families experiencing financial hardship and can't afford swim lessons. “It's critical our children have... Read More


Welcome home former students

When more than 350 people arrive at Pongakawa School this weekend, in a way they'll be returning to their second home. Tomorrow morning they'll be aptly greeted onto the grounds by current students singing Kiwi musician Dave Dobbyn's... Read More


Papamoa’s princes

Frogs have been appearing overnight in Papamoa homes, to the delight of many residents. “If you find a frog in your house it's probably been attracted by the lights,” says Otago University's Professor Phil Bishop. “These... Read More

Know your Local Real Estate

Loving what I do

From first time home buyers and sellers to those in pursuit of their next purchase, real estate agent Susan Northey will assist you in your journey because everyone's story and lifestyle is different. She knows that there is more to what someone... Read More


Building exactly what you want

When Bevan and Lisa Hyland decided to build their new home, they decided to build with Signature Homes – a good decision, says Lisa. “It's the first time we've built so it can be a bit stressful, but we were taken through the... Read More

Kids Corner

Parent seminar to explore child’s play

A free evening in Katikati titled ‘Go outside and play' is on offer for parents to explore how play builds children's brains and grows their creativity – and why screens cannot do either. The evening will be held on Thursday,... Read More

Health & Beauty

A heart attack that broke my heart

He stuck me on a New Zealand Railways bus in Ashburton bound for Dunedin on Sunday, April 6, 1969. “Your dad's not well. You should go home.” It was a laconic South Canterbury farmer couching the news that my father was dead. Struck... Read More


A solution to housing?

More than 300 Bay of Plenty residents seem to be looking for a different way forward – and they've shown their interest with their feet. The people packed into Mauao Performing Arts Centre in Mount Maunganui on Wednesday night were united... Read More


Be smart about water use

Tauranga City Council wants to remind people about using water efficiently and effectively. TCC and fellow Bay of Plenty councils have joined forces with Irrigation New Zealand to run a summer ‘SMART Watering' campaign. The campaign offers... Read More


Wall to wall action

Tauranga's Cole Armstrong is leading the 2016-2017 D1NZ National Drifting Championship – and this weekend he'll race round three at Baypark, which for first time will house all of the action inside the stadium. The 17,000-plus capacity... Read More


Catering for every occassion

Brooklyn has been a firm favourite place for me to dine for a long time, so I was pleased to be able to do this review for owner Rohan McCloskey. What do I like about Brooklyn? The surroundings always feel really relaxed and comfortable. It works for... Read More


How clean is your carpet – really?

If you put a white sheet on your carpet or lounge suite – how often would you have to wash it? Every day, once a week, once a month? Colours and patterns on carpets and upholstery hide the dirt – but just because you don't see it, it... Read More

Know your Local Real Estate

Understanding clients’ needs

Derek and his young family moved to Tauranga from Dunedin 38 years ago, and fell in love with what the Bay has to offer. Much of his career has been involved in delivering high levels of innovative customer service and in training others in service delivery. “Listening... Read More


Overcoming isolation and loneliness

David's “pretty good stuff – a little guy who gets stuff done”.And that's direct from Kim – a fiercely independent 80-something-year-old.And David says if Kim hadn't been confined to a wheelchair, if life had... Read More


Support your community and enjoy a tax cut

A 33 per cent tax credit is available on all charitable donations made by March 31. Acorn Foundation's operations manager Margot McCool is hoping many will see the benefit of joining the growing list of locals who are joining Acorn Foundation to... Read More


A wheel Bay battle in motocross champs

Two Mount Maunganui riders will go head-to-head in Rotorua this weekend to keep alive their efforts to secure the MX1 class crown in the 2017 New Zealand Motocross Championships. Cody Cooper, who drives Honda, is the MX1 class defending champion and 2017... Read More

Health & Beauty

An elegant dress from Tauranga

The dress of a Tauranga designer wandered its way to Monaco and into this week's international Laureus World Sport Awards on the hips of New Zealand's most successful Paralympian. Sophie Pascoe – known for representing NZ in swimming... Read More

Kids Corner

An insight into the life of a Plunket nurse

An interview series that reveals the challenges and rewards of life as a Plunket nurse has been launched by Plunket in a bid to raise awareness and funds for the organisation. The Making a Difference series is a feature of Plunket's 1000 Days to... Read More