Food

Eat your greens, get your gains

Just because you're pumping iron doesn't mean to have to be eating it in your red meats. Julie Therize-Conroy proves you can be superhuman, especially if you eat your greens. The vegan powerlifter says she's been plant-based for more... Read More

Kids Corner

The cost of being in uniform

On the brink of the new school year research has confirmed uniforms are still a financial curse for many parents. And on the back of that research, the national clothing retailer Postie Plus has launched a range of cheaper generic uniforms to cater for... Read More

Health & Beauty

Streamlined cardiac centre at hospital

It's a flash new facility for heart patients at Tauranga Hospital – a new cardiology centre providing close-to-home, one-stop-shop care. The Cardiac Catheterisation Laboratory, or Cath Lab, started receiving patients this week. The lab means... Read More

Gardening

Bird gardens the best kept secret!

It's often hard to find a good spot to take the family in the holidays. But I have the perfect place – and it's a destination that just keeps on giving to people young and old. My toddler loves entering Katikati Bird Gardens because... Read More

Pets

Tauranga’s cat care entrepreneur

Finding work can be hard these days, so one enterprising Tauranga woman has started her own business instead. Twenty-two-year-old Bianca Bainbridge is on the Autism spectrum, which means finding regular, meaningful employment can be difficult. Recent... Read More

Business

Beach access for all

Mount Maunganui could lead the country in having an access mat that enables wheelchair access to the beach. That's if Metro Marketing's managing director Michelle Whitmore has her way. Michelle, with the backing of Tauranga City Council,... Read More

Sport

Looking to toss, tumble and thrive

The Bay Twisters group is ready for an upgrade. Bay Twisters chairperson Rebecca Grigson says the building they currently practise in – and consequently throw girls in the air in – is too small for their growing not-for-profit group. “Because... Read More

Business

Sponsoring swimming lessons

Tauranga businesses and individuals are being urged to get behind a BaySwim initiative to fund swimming lessons for children in families experiencing financial hardship. BaySwim manager Matthew Strange says pre-school children from families who cannot... Read More

Gardening

For the love of boysenberries

Craig McNaughton is carrying on a 30-year family tradition of growing boysenberries at Papamoa. And it's a tradition that let's many families – from the Bay and all over New Zealand – continue their own festive family pastimes.... Read More

Food

Spinning up smoothies to save food waste

While we usually crank out the whizzer when daylight saving shows its face, Tauranga's Lillybeth Melmoth has been slurping the cool food year-round. Even in winter. But her efforts have ramped up after winning a blender at a recipe swap breakfast... Read More

Kids Corner

Ongoing learning important

Classrooms may be closed for 2016, but keeping children switched on to learning is a great way to mentally prepare them for the year ahead in 2017. ACG Tauranga principal Shawn Hutchinson encourages students to use their school holidays as a time to... Read More

Pets

Giving your pooch time-out this summer

The summer holidays is the most sociable time of the year for humans – but does your dog love all of the constant attention? Well, they could be a social butterfly – but they may also want to ditch the partying and socialising at points. So... Read More

Sport

Festival of multisport in town

What does a grueling half marathon, a 5km scenic run and a quick 400m dash have in common? They're all part of a three-day multisport festival in Mount Maunganui on January 6-8. The third edition of the Mount Festival of Multisport will transform... Read More

Health & Beauty

Fluoride decisions at national level

Water New Zealand says the Government's new bill giving District Health Boards the responsibility of managing the fluoridation of local public water supplies is a good move but the legislation could go further. Water NZ chief executive John Pfahlert... Read More

Sport

Tryathlons run in the family

When Finlay Arnott lines up at Mount Maunganui's Arataki Park to take part in the Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon event this Sunday, one very special spectator will understand the feelings he's going through – his mum Sarndra, who took part... Read More

Kids Corner

Kids with the Christmas spirit

At this time of year most kids are busy dreaming about all of the presents they're going to wake up to on Christmas Day. But there are some who know others aren't as fortunate as them, so decide to do a little giving of their own. That was... Read More

Kids Corner

Making a pledge towards healthy kids

Fonterra has pledged support to the New Zealand Ministry of Health's Healthy Kids' Industry Pledge, which aims to help reduce rates of obesity in children in New Zealand. In signing up to the Healthy Kids' Industry pledge, Fonterra... Read More

Gardening

Land a permit before lighting a fire

Cooking outdoors and enjoying an evening round a camp fire are synonymous with the Kiwi summer and for landowners, summer is also a time to light fires as part of cleaning up their properties. However, it is illegal to light a fire in the open without... Read More

Food

Happy kilojoule light Christmas

Can the words ‘healthy' and ‘Christmas dinner' be uttered in the same sentence? The concept of a healthy Christmas may seem absurd, after all, traditional Christmas kai like roast pork, crackling, plum pudding with brandy butter... Read More

Business

Never too old to learn

The first batch of graduates from Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology's Bachelor of Creative Industries walked across the stage this week at Holy Trinity Church. The three-year degree offers majors in Visual Art, Graphic Design, and Fashion Design.... Read More