Take one, leave one is a hit

As an avid reader, Hairini's Karen Williamson jumped at the chance to set up a neighbourhood book exchange outside her front gate six months ago. The bright yellow box on Wickham Place, highlighted with blobs of blue, green and red, holds about... Read More

All roads lead to Gore

For 23 years she was the Sunday morning voice of Village Radio, a friend to the city's elderly and lonely. They loved her company, they loved her music and they loved her. Then, almost a year ago to the day, Bonnie Leonard switched off her microphone,... Read More

‘Pap power’

He introduces himself as Mr Sausage – a name well-earned and well respected. “I barbecue sausages for 300 kids in just a couple of hours,” Mr Sausage says proudly. “I love it. The kids are just wonderful.” Three hundred... Read More

Tots in tune with the environment

They may be just three or four years old, but the children of Katikati Kindergarten are helping to feed their local community and learning to protect and enhance their environment. The kindergarten's environmental philosophy, developed over the... Read More

Te Puna Country Fair

A relaxing day of country fun for the whole family is on offer at Te Puna School's 2018 Country Fair on March 17, from 10am-2pm. It will be jam-packed with fun activities for all, with flavour-filled food and stalls, a coconut shy, plate smash,... Read More

Broadening your sense of taste

Milk on a stick or a vegetable sorbet sounds like a recipe for a disaster, but 15 tertiary students are making it work by serving up some tasty, locally-grown dishes. Toi Ohomai culinary students, in collaboration with Tauranga Farmers Market, are challenging... Read More

Bottle bins create wrong effect

It looks heartening, but can also be an eyesore and a menace. The recycling bins stationed around town are often chock-a-block with bottles, and bottles that can't be crammed down the spout are mounting up around the bins. It seems when a city's... Read More

Flicking off the switch

The lights will go out across the world and the globe will be in unison for just one hour in a symbolic commitment to the planet this month. Earth hour will be celebrated in Tauranga with a combination of fun and education at the Protect Our Paradise... Read More

Sophie's transformation

There is no uncertainty in Sophie Iwakiri's voice when she declares that she will change the education system in Japan. The 18-year-old exudes confidence - she is bubbly, happy and self-assured. The world is hers, and she can't wait to make... Read More

Common scams in the UK

The United Kingdom may be renowned for its welcoming and well-mannered locals, but in reality, travelling through the country isn't all tea and biscuits. Like most places in the world, petty thieves and opportunists pose a real threat. And with... Read More