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

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

Ring-a-ling you ding-a-lings

A chime is the melodious sound of a bell being struck.On the Daisy Hardwick boardwalk, which circumnavigates  the Waikareao Estuary, bells chiming, or ringing, should be as much a part of the ambience as the cries of the tui, the kingfishers, herons,... Read More

Searching for her local heroes

Sitting in a car, head on the steering wheel, surrounded by a bunch of strangers and her precious little girl, Melissa September felt the moment where she thought her eyes would close for the last time. “In that moment, I knew I was going to die,”... Read More

About-turn on housing policy

Leaving developers to inform council policy on housing outcomes for Tauranga has been slammed in a housing report presented to councillors. The Tauranga City Council's traditional hands-off approach has failed and the market has not delivered housing... Read More