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

The best homes

  Bob Wheeler, and Michael Idiens arrived in Bethlehem, Tauranga on their nationwide journey seeking New Zealand's top quality builds in this year's Registered Master Builders 2017 House of the Year competition. They are judging two of... 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


  Gwen Bryce, a highly-stressed Hong Kong based lawyer, came for a visit to New Zealand with husband Lloyd. They fell in love with the country, and began anew way of living.  Nestled in the heart of pastoral Waikato, only 15 minutes from Cambridge,... Read More

Warm up with a decadent winter pudding

Ingredients:160g butter, soft100g brown sugar4 eggs80g macadamia nuts, chopped100g white chocolate buttons1/2 cup semolina flour1/2 tsp baking powder1 cup plain flour1/2 tsp salt1 Tbsp ground cardamon1 cup of milk For the sauce:150g butter200g brown... Read More

Who is Buddy Mikaere?

For six years Buddy Mikaere has been closely involved with the aftermath of the Rena disaster as spokesperson for Ngai Te Hapu of Motiti Island, which appealed last year's decision to abandon the Rena on Astrolabe Reef. “It's been really... Read More

The chef and the onion

At the heart of Tauranga's emergency housing programme are some superb street food cooking classes. “Stephen Wilson is coming in regularly,” says Te Tuinga Whanau social worker Jena Young at one of the Cameron Rd houses. Chef Stephen... Read More

Form Building leads winning team

The recent awards won by Mangatawa Tari exemplify how a good ‘design and build' project works, with a strong collaborative approach with our client, design team and sub-contractors. After the sheep shearer's building which housed the... Read More

James Atutahi

Lovers of James Atutahi's carvings are in for a treat when Dry Dock Cafe shows a new exhibition of his work this month. Growing up in Maketu, James's family also originates from Northland, as his mother is of Nga Puhi and Ngati Hine, from... Read More

Inside Rob’s shed

The roller door goes up on Rob Hicks' green shed and an unbelievable sight greets us. Among the model planes, boats, uniforms, cars, and tanks is Rob's model for a Tauranga Historical Precinct. “This is what I thought you might want... Read More

Creative communities

“I'm all right in the summer, but I'm a dead loss in the winter,” Dawn Barber remembers saying when asked what she was going to do on her retirement. It was the early 90s and Dawn and her husband Ron had just sold Lindisfarne,... Read More

Talking tiles

They're going to be there for a very long time – in the bathroom, in the kitchen, in the lounge or the bedrooms. Wherever you plan to put your tiles, choosing the right ones can be one of the most important decisions a homeowner can make... Read More

Rebecca’s leading the charge

She could ‘do the job' as a right-handed batting fielder. “But no runs to boast of.” She played cricket just for the enjoyment. “But I love the game.” And her name is uttered in the same breath as New Zealand cricketing... Read More

Tauranga music maestro

Murray Mason sees new change coming to the music tapestry of Tauranga. As Tauranga's Big Band music director for nearly 13 years, Murray has found one of the demands of his job – keeping the band full with members – both challenging... Read More

Meet the ideas man

Ken Evans is never short of an idea. A fence post for the roof. “So you don't fall off.” A honeycomb roof for privacy and warmth – and, something called a wheel-less trailer. “Did you get that? A wheel-less trailer.”... Read More

She said ‘yes!’

He gets down on one knee and pops the question: “Will you marry me?” It's the proposal she's been dreaming of. They kiss, celebrate and share the news with loved ones. It can be hard to pull yourselves away from the magical moment.... Read More

In the arms of an angel

It was a way of helping others when she couldn't help herself. A way of filling the bellies of those in need when hers was always empty. Brigitte Mouat started the meal-delivering charity Arms of Angels because she is unable to eat. “I have... Read More

Stitching history into fashion

Fashion trends come and go, but there's rich history stitched into this particular knitwear. More than six decades of history drapes elegantly over coat-hangers in Ebony Boutique stores across the country. Colin and Neil Wakefield founded family-run... Read More

Crafting tempting dishes

Bringing a Mediterranean style of cooking to your kitchen is easier than you think, and it's a small change that your taste buds will thank you for. Using quality ingredients makes simple meals come to life. Open a can of true Italian tomatoes... Read More

Man of many talents

There's a calm serenity in the way Robbie Lavën speaks, it's like Pachelbel's Canon verbalised. He's a thinker. Before every answer there's a slight pause, a half-beat, before offering up an insight with metronomic... Read More