Art & Creativity

Health, wealth and waste

Kerri Wheeler, a graphic designer at Sun Media on The Strand, has four reasons for being delighted with her new-found ‘Pluto' diet.   Living in Katikati, Kerri works in Tauranga's CBD. During winter, this means leaving home and... Read More

Creature Tales

It's art that is travelling more than 1000 kilometers, crossing Cook Straight and making its way up here to be displayed at The Art Lounge NZ in Tauranga. It has been created by Christchurch artist Lynda Bell and will holiday in the sunny Bay while... Read More

Puran Singh

Delivering sweets on auspicious days such as when someone has a baby or is getting married is part of Indian culture. For those living in Tauranga though, it meant driving almost 200km to buy the sweets in Auckland and bring them back, hoping they'd... Read More

On the Couch

A brewtastic inventor. A free-flowing artist. A bug man. And a plant breeding geneticist with a passion for garden design. Somehow, amazingly, Michele A'Court will weave these famous four together into a two hour ‘On the Couch' delight... Read More

Don Stewart

Bambinas, minis and kombi vans, they all roared through Piccadilly Arcade. “That's what took the bricks out of the entrance -the kombi van,” says jeweller Neville Stewart. We have bollards there now.” His father, Don Stewart, remembers... Read More


A group of seven Te Puke High School students found themselves thrust into the national limelight when they were selected as one of the eight groups to appear on TVNZ's ‘The Naked Choir'. Entered into the competition in late 2016 by... Read More

Best of the best

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 King. This year the awards are celebrating their... Read More

Building children through music

“I found an article written about me when I was 16,” says Selwyn Ridge Primary School music teacher Andrea Meredith. “I'd just won a trophy playing piano. “In the article it said ‘Andrea would like to become a teacher... Read More

New York to Tauranga

When moving back to New Zealand from four years in New York, actor Tanya Horo chose Tauranga rather than Auckland as her new home. “One thing I took away from New York is that talent is not limited by geography. My industry is film and television,... Read More

Strong families

Sally Duncan is a starter and a doer, a leader who helped found and pioneer Parent to Parent, one of NZ's foremost parenting organisations. It came as no surprise to her recently to discover that her family predecessors were also enterprising and... Read More