Art & Creativity

Classic, contemporary style

Word of mouth is a wonderful thing. And after 26 years of building a reputation for selling exclusive remarkable design furniture, Contemporary Classics has definitely got people talking. So often a customer will return to the Mount Maunganui store and... Read More

Escaping the rat race

New Zealand photographer and author Russell Meek has left the rat race behind. After two decades of globetrotting, the Kiwi landscape and commercial photographer and author has moved from Auckland to Mount Maunganui. “I'd just come back from... Read More

Working with wax to make art

  It's an unusual art form – dripping hot wax to create images – but one Tauranga woman has embraced it with gusto. Local artist Jo Pedersen has been exploring the art form for several years, and says it adds a different dimension... Read More

The therapy of Lego

Calais Janes was the engineer, Tyrone Te Pohe was the supplier, and Megan Clews was the builder. From an outside perspective, this scene looks like three children and an adult playing with Lego. But it's so much more than that. These three children... Read More

A fusion of engineering and beauty

It was a very special ring with a very special sparkle. The couple wanted diamonds – stones of all shapes and sizes: round, princess and baguette cut. “It challenged him as a jeweller, but the end result was something quite incredible,”... Read More

Five, six, seven, eight

“Five, six, seven, eight.” I move, turn, shake and shimmy to the beat in shadow of the choreographer. Dancers fill the two-storey purpose-built studio in downtown Santa Monica, Los Angeles. The atmosphere is pumping. The Jackson 5's... Read More

Katikati’s kite man

He unravels another kite, pulling it out of a nook in his Coffin Club-made coffin standing against a wall in the garage. Both the kites and the Coffin Club have a special place in John Russell's heart. And so does the next kite, and the one after... Read More

Love the skin you’re in

Are you taking good care of your body's biggest organ – your skin? Skin Centre dermatologists Nicky Abbott and Susan Simpkin certainly hope you are. “People forget that skin is actually a living part of your body,” says Nicky. The... Read More

Art attack

There is one piece of advice that ACG Tauranga teacher Leana Buxton passes on to all her students: Never give up. An accomplished artist in her own right and a recent finalist of the prestigious 2016 Miles Art Award, the 32-year-old is a testament to... Read More

Cruise on in

Venture into Downtown Mount Maunganui and you're greeted with the energy and excitement of a bustling main street. The smell of fresh roasted coffee and delicious food aromas from restaurants and cafés drift through the air, and shopping... Read More