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

Delectable delights

Life is all about treating yourself and those you care about. If you've been out in the garden, you deserve a break. If you've taken your dog for a walk or cycled around the Brookfield boardwalk, it's easy to pop in for a well-earned... Read More

The hobby of honey

Wayne Apiti throws out apiary terminology and jargon like a seasoned pro, but although he's been involved with bees for five years, he's new to the apiary game. “People were keeping hives on the family property, after signing Dad to... Read More

Restoring a little lady

When Simone Anderson is pitching caravan awnings for the hordes of Bay of Plenty holidaymakers in the hot sun this festive season she'll be thinking of the moment she finally gets to unwind with her beloved Olive. For the first time! “When... 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

The colours of learning

Wild Willow, Teddy, Japonica, Butter and Brie – it sounds like the beginnings of a nursery rhyme. Fitting, given it's actually the colour palette of the recently-opened Elm Tree Early Learning Centre in central Tauranga. “The colours... Read More

Boat building a dragon

Paul de Wild is building a dragon is his kitchen. Drogon from ‘Game of Thrones'. Life size. Wearable. “This is our ‘normal,” says the boat builder by trade, referring to how he and wife Rozanne spend their spare time at... Read More

A social breakfast

There is nothing better to start the day than a ‘social breakfast'. It was a real pleasure to review the new breakfast menu for Mount Social Club. My first impressions when handed the menu were: ‘Wow, finally a breakfast menu with a... Read More