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

Fishermens Corner

I had been watching the sun rise from the sand below Harrison's Cut in Papamoa. It was cold, about eight degrees. On the way back to the car, half a dozen cars pulled in. The drivers, all men, emerged, congregating near the boat ramp, shuffling... Read More

The Little Yoga Festival

Chakra giant silk flags, craft zones with luscious coloured pencils from Europe and cartridge paper-like art from the 80s. Soulful local musicians and food trucks, enriching workshops and curious talks. Emily Mowbray-Marks is keen to bring us out of... Read More

Design fundamentals

Local architectural designer Jon McAlpine heads Thorne Group Architecture and was the recipient of five awards at the regional Architectural Designers New Zealand awards recently. The homes entered demonstrated a phenomenal diversity, showcasing what... Read More

Warm, green and serene

It's hard to feel at your best if there's a knot forming in your back, or your shoulders are tensing up. Yet becoming your best self is easily within reach when you can relax both your mind and body.  Allowing yourself to fully relax... Read More

Bernie Allen

I nearly got Bernie Allen arrested. During May 2017 we'd completely filled the Cargo Shed in Dive Crescent, Tauranga with thousands of dollars' worth of furniture ready to send through to the Edgecumbe flood victims. Bernie was there every... Read More

Turkish Delight

Cumhur (Jimmy) Akbaba's shisha pipes decorate the counter above his desk. A Turkish water pipe, also called nargile in Turkey, the pipes allow people to smoke flavoured tobacco as it bubbles through water. Watermelon, grape, blueberry and liquorice... 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

Training for entertaining

Katikati horse trainer Rebecca Tasker has recently found herself receiving phone calls and emails from international entertainment and viral media companies. It's not her that they're interested in though, it's her six-year-old clicker-trained... Read More

Athenree Homestead

Just as it does today, from the 1880s to 1906 Athenree Homestead stood grandly next to Athenree Rd, with an elevated and enchanting view of northern Tauranga Harbour. Pioneer Irish settlers Adela and Hugh Stewart came to the site in 1878 and quickly... Read More

Floating in hammocks

Floating above earth in slings that can carry baby elephants. The idea of this conjured up thoughts of hammocks, floating, Dumbo the movie and storks delivering babies so I set off to check it out. I found Float Fitness owner Louise Kirkham's... 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

Is Santa wintering at the Mount?

Some of our readers have asked: “Have you seen Santa at the Mount? He must be on holiday.” Intrigued, I went to find out. Sitting in Pilot Bay, I waited. Within minutes an orange Santa on an orange bicycle flew past me. I caught up with him... 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

Reaching youth with free healthcare

‘HBU?' In text speak it means ‘how about you?' and for young people in the Western Bay of Plenty who can't afford to see a doctor, it's proving to be a life-saver. The Western Bay of Plenty's Mobile Youth Health... 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