Exciting new tech on offer at Toi Ohomai

Information technology students at Toi Ohomai are getting a taste of the future, using exciting new technologies like virtual and augmented reality, 360 video and robotics. Tutor Jacob Van Silfhout has been instrumental in introducing new technologies... Read More


New season curtain and blind designs

When it comes to building and renovating, one of the decisions homeowners face is choosing which curtains and blinds best match the look they're going for. Tony Baker of BOP Curtains and Blinds helps homeowners become inspired by their beautiful... Read More


Experience a DC3 classic scenic flight

Air Chathams and Classic Flyers are bringing you a unique experience and an adventure of a lifetime flying in a 1945 Douglas DC3. This aircraft is a true blue Kiwi, having served with the Royal NZ Airforce, National Airways Corporation, and even an aerial... Read More


Relief work in early childhood centres

Until there is a time when nobody is ever sick, has sick family members, takes holidays, attends training courses or permanent staff don't leave, there will be a need for registered reliever teachers and unregistered relievers to help fill those... Read More


Make a splash in your Barrier Reef pool

Barrier Reef pools have been imported to New Zealand by Andrew and Jocelyn McGilllivray of Tauranga since 2009. The Barrier Reef pool brand is sold and installed throughout New Zealand by retailers who appreciate the great reputation, fabulous designs... Read More


Getting a head start on business degree

When former Aquinas College pupil Jake Hoffart went to Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology to find out about studying business, he thought he wouldn't be starting his studies for nearly two years. Just 15 years old at the time, he was shocked to... Read More


Real estate as it should be

Harcourts real estate agent Rachel Cole will work relentlessly and consistently to help you achieve your desired result. Rachel, who specialises in Papamoa real estate, has a genuine compassion for people, which is displayed through her trusting relationships... Read More


Mainstreet's potpourri of talent

  It's acclaimed as one of the slickest boutique shopping strips in the country. It's our own Mount Mainstreet. Now add another dynamic to the sun, the shops, the eateries, the beaches and scenery – that's the emerging songwriters,... Read More


Live, laugh and look your best

Daylight saving is just a few weeks away so it's a great time to consider investing in some tried and tested cosmetic medicine treatments for the spring and summer social season. Sharon Melrose from Rejuvenation Cosmetic Medicine specialises in... Read More


Free computing course helping Safetrack

Tauranga man Kevin Loney's Safetrack business is taking off in New Zealand and overseas, thanks in part to a free cloud computing course at Toi Ohomai. Safetrack provides personal alarm systems for lone workers and vulnerable people, wireless nurse... Read More


Two great stores in one place

A mother-daughter duo has created a business that incorporates both their interests and creative talents to combine a most unique store. Whether you're after an unusual piece of art, traditional German Christmas ornaments, made-to- measure tableware... Read More


Guaranteed quality in turf services

With flooring being one of the defining aspects of any space it's important to get it right the first time. The Carpet Couple, who are a part of Flooring First, are a family-owned and operated business with 23 years' experience in the industry... Read More


Local pool builder wins top award

Local business Central Pools is celebrating after recently being named Compass Pools dealer of the year across Australia and New Zealand. In four years Central Pools has grown into one of Tauranga's leading pool companies – helped in part... Read More

Kids Corner

New antenatal classes proving popular

Strong demand for new antenatal classes planned for Tauranga has prompted organisers to open up new sessions before the classes even begin. The Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond classes are part of a suite of free education classes and groups being launched... Read More


Greerton Swim Club breaks records

Greerton Swim Club has several new records pending approval after taking part in a recent short course swim meet last weekend. Among them is young swimmer Caitlin Farrell who set her first record in the 100 metre 11-year-old girls' freestyle. She... Read More


Young entrepreneurs shine

Young entrepreneurs have uncovered solutions to real life problems at this year's Young Innovator Awards. The Young Innovator Awards is a local awards programme for students in Tauranga/Western Bay of Plenty which is designed to promote innovation. Event... Read More


Training for rural health

The call for a nationally-focused, multi-disciplinary approach to training rural health professionals is a sensible way to address the longer term health needs of rural communities, says the New Zealand Rural General Practice Network. The network supports... Read More


Search on for NZ's tastiest snarler

Judgement time is drawing nearer for butchers as the hunt is on for the nation's best tasting sausage. Sausage makers from all around New Zealand are perfecting their recipes and preparing to send entries into this year's Great New Zealand... Read More


Te Puke girls bring home bronze

The Te Puke High School girls' squash team returned from the national secondary school squash championships at the weekend with a bronze medal. Team members Iyra Stewart and Amy Horscroft were also selected to represent New Zealand at an upcoming... Read More


Eight golds for Bay building companies

A number of building companies in the Western Bay of Plenty have been recognised this month for their entries in the Bay of Plenty/Central Plateau Registered Master Builders 2017 House of the Year competition. This year's Supreme Award went to... Read More