Bay Endodonics charity day

Dr. Darryl Violich of Bay Endodontics, the only qualified and registered root canal specialist in the Bay of Plenty is running a charity day on Monday, 3 July 2017. All fees received on the day will be donated to Brave Hearts Tauranga. Brave Hearts... Read More


Local swimming school wins

Tauranga's BaySwim has won two national swim school awards. The swim school – which is part of Bay Venues – was announced a two-timewinner at the annual Swim Coaches and Teachers of New Zealand conference over the weekend. BaySwim won... Read More


More volunteers needed for Tauranga ReStore

Habitat for Humanity's Tauranga ReStore is on the hunt for more volunteers to complement their current staff. Tauranga ReStore manager Craig Teaz says at the moment they have around 25-30 volunteers who do at least one three-hour shift a week. “We... Read More


Got room in your heart?

Hi, my name is Milly. You may recognise me. I was originally adopted out last September when I was around three months old. Unfortunately circumstances have changed with my owner and I am no longer able to be cared for. I am such a wonderful dog, I... Read More


Try a 'Lotato' today

The humble potato is not what it used to be. Lambasted by health fanatics worldwide for being too high in carbohydrates, there is now a low carb alternative – Lotatoes. The potato growers working with T&G (originally Turners & Growers) have produced... Read More

Kids Corner

New opportunities for BOP disabled youth

An organisation that provides life-changing experiences for young people with disabilities is about to arrive in the Bay of Plenty. Recreate NZ currently helps more than 400 families in Auckland, Waikato and Christchurch by providing fun outdoor adventures,... Read More


New options for starting school

The ability to have children start school in a group rather than in dribs and drabs as they blow out the candle on their 5th birthday has been welcomed by local principals. But school communities will be consulted before any changes are made. The passing... Read More

Health & Beauty

Organ donation rates increase

Efforts to increase New Zealand's deceased organ donations and transplant rates have resulted in a record number being carried out in 2016, says Health Minister Jonathan Coleman. Organ Donation New Zealand figures show a total of 61 deceased organ... Read More

Health & Beauty

Take care of your child’s cough this win

Winter has arrived and along with it the sound of coughs. Coughing is common in children, especially when they are pre-school age, and is usually short-lived. However some coughs can be a sign of an infection. One cough to be aware of is a ‘wet... Read More

Health & Beauty

Attack winter’s demons with citrus

‘Tis the season of sniffles and sneezes, coughs and wheezes. And tissues. ‘Tis also the season for citrusy, tangy flavours. Mandarins, oranges and lemons are plentiful – they taste great and are a good source of vitamins and minerals... Read More


Kids, money, responsibility and success

The day the cleaner walked out the front door never to come back was the day the McQueen kids were first confronted with the harsh realities of making and managing money. “We start right here,” says Hannah McQueen, the accountant with a master's... Read More


Divine gift of persimmon

The tree is a stunning specimen – broad-spreading angular branches, the fruit are like bright glossy orange Christmas baubles deliberately dangled from the tree and, in the fruit bowl and on the plate, they look and taste spectacular. They are... Read More


Beautiful Besp-Oak furniture

Besp-Oak NZ is New Zealand's largest stockist of solid oak furniture. Previously based in Pukekohe, the team has recently relocated to the Bay of Plenty and is excited at the prospect of a new start here. Seven years ago, Chris Joblin, principal... Read More


The kitchen renovation specialists

Dream Doors is a kitchen renovation company specialising in amazing kitchen facelifts, and brand-new kitchen design and installation. Bringing their customer focused values and talents to the Bay of Plenty are Dan and Kylie Sheridan, who moved here from... Read More

Health & Beauty

Gym membership up in winter

A number of Kiwis struggle to keep active and healthy when winter temperatures plummet, but a leading New Zealand exercise expert says gym membership numbers actually go up in winter. Richard Beddie, chief executive of Exercise NZ, says winter is no... Read More


Bay of Plenty housing stock rises

The total number of residential properties available for purchase in the Bay of Plenty has risen, according to spokesperson Vanessa Taylor. Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Wellington and Canterbury all showed a lift in total housing stock for... Read More


Celebrating 10 years on the corner

Downtown Tauranga is home to one of the region's most influential retailers, House of Travel. In the heart of the city, it has become an iconic local business, well-respected by Tauranga holiday makers, and business travellers connecting with their... Read More

Kids Corner

New guidelines for play

Regular active play and good quality sleep are among new activity guidelines recommended by the Ministry of Health for under-fives. "Regular active play and good quality sleep are important to every child's health and development, but are particularly... Read More


Middle aged men in lycra

  Playing a multitude of characters, one of New Zealand's most beloved actors, Mark Hadlow, is bringing his trademark high energy and childlike enthusiasm to Baycourt. MAMIL, a show by Gregory Cooper, once again proves that, now in middle age,... Read More


Water leak-proof your home

AquaTrip is a permanently-installed water leak detection system with an integrated automatic shutoff valve that functions as a water trip switch, constantly monitoring all the plumbing pipes, fittings and water-using appliances on your property. It... Read More