A furniture hub

We're all different. We know what we like and what we don't like. It's what makes us unique. It's also what can make renovating a home, or buying new furniture so fun. Dad wants one of those as-seen-on-TV recliner chairs, the... Read More

A need for speed

They were slowing down from 250km/h. Don Watson in the lead, Bernie Gillon behind him and Peter Brock heading up the rear. Then it all went horribly wrong. Don's car somersaulted, landing upside down on a safety wall on the Mount Panorama race... Read More

Walking the high wire of life

There's a loud collective gasp as Keely Tyler-Dowd does ‘the drop'. It looks dangerous, potentially is dangerous. It's guaranteed to set a couple of hundred little hearts pounding and leave an equal numbers of little faces wide-eyed... Read More

Finding hope in a home

Rebecca and Nathan Christie have 11 children living with them this week. There could be another 11 there next week. Some stay for a week, some stay for a month, some will live there for years. And they will leave little legacies – crayon drawings... Read More

Familiar flooring

You know them, they're familiar. They've been with you for a while now – in your home, your friend's home, your office, school or hospital. Gerrand Floorings has been underfoot for more than 30 years. Gerrand Floorings'... Read More

Paula’s passion

She's been the face of a museum in Katikati for four years. One of the most controversial council legacies of the Western Bay of Plenty. The hardest time of her life. But Paula Gaelic's purpose stands strong in front of her toughest critics.... Read More

Cuttings and chats

In 1947 India and Pakistan gained independence from Britain, U.S. Air Force pilot Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier, and Anne Frank's ‘The Diary of a Young Girl' was published. People were watching Humphrey Bogart, Bob Hope, Dorothy... Read More

Richard’s rocking birthday

“My daughter wanted these boots but I said: ‘Sorry darling they're mine',” he smiles. The attire is appropriate. The interview and photographs are to promote Richard's ‘75 Years of Frock ‘n' Roll'... Read More

A head-turner from the start

It's egg shape and bubble-like windows stop and shock many. “You often see people and their mouths drop open – especially when I open the front door and get out the front,” says Tauranga's Gaven Armit, who is talking about... Read More

Comfort and style

It's time to sort out your tired bathroom! Whether you are updating to suit the needs of a growing family, wanting something more accessible or are picturing the latest trends sitting in the most important room in your house, the team at Bay Bathroom... Read More

Creating the extraordinary

They stand out from the crowd. The one at the Mount nods to the timeless style and history of a weatherboard villa, while creating a relaxed vibe in keeping with it's beach location.The one in Omokoroa is commented on time and again for its stunning... Read More

February in three-part harmony

Tony Hicks is the third part of a three-part harmony. “But only by mistake.” He's part of that distinctive amalgam of sound that is the signature of The Hollies – the 1960s pop rock Hall of Famers, who are heading to Tauranga... Read More

Out-of-the-ordinary ice-creams

If you like ice-cream, hold on to your cone as you are going to fall in love with Duck Island ice-cream. With 17 flavours to select from, there will definitely be a favourite amongst them that will keep you going back! The most tempting for me are the... Read More

When weeding really counts

A special place of breath-taking beauty now stands where a quarry once scarred the hillside of Te Puna. And Jo Dawkins has been on the entire journey of its transformation from a dis-used rock quarry to the world class facility it is today. And mostly... Read More

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... Read More

Understanding is everything

Pinc & Steel gives hope, strength and courage to many cancer patients throughout the Bay of Plenty. Therapist and physiotherapist Cath McFadyen says it's about minimising the side effects from cancer and the associated treatments. “We empower... Read More

A model lifestyle

Mount Maunganui's Melanie Jayne had a choice to make. A fantastic career opportunity in Auckland, or summer fun with son Ezekiel Bevan. It wasn't a tough choice. “For me, as a mother, family time is more important than any job. He's... 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

A woman's choice

Tauranga mothers may not realise it, but they're paving the way for birthing mums around the country. The city's own primary birthing centre, Bethlehem Birthing Centre, has been a hit with mothers and families since it opened in November... Read More