Athenree to Aongatete

The shores of the Tauranga Harbour are home to a number of quiet spots where it is possible to get away from the hustle and bustle of some of the Western Bay of Plenty's more popular beaches over the summer. Athenree Beach is a sheltered estuary... Read More

Ditching the New Year’s resolution

Most of us can agree that New Year's resolutions are a waste of time and a majority of us do not follow through with our commitments. According to Darleen Barton, a leading 'relationship whisperer', life coach, counsellor, mediator... Read More

Welcoming in the New Year

New Year celebrations in Tauranga will follow the same format as last year with an early evening celebration and fireworks on The Strand, followed by a midnight display. An indoor youth event at Queen Elizabeth Youth Centre will also be part of the celebrations. Earlier... Read More

Another NYE date with Trinity Root

Wellington-based band Trinity Roots is headed back to the Bay of Plenty for another New Year's Eve gig. But this time the band is booked in at the Papamoa Beach Tavern in Beach Road, which has morphed from a sports bar into a seaside bar cum restaurant... Read More

Bringing the best days of his life

Canadian musician Bryan Adams was just 10-years-old in the summer of 1969. So was he really saying the ‘Summer of ‘69' was the best days of his life in his chart-topping hit? No, as it turns out. Summer of 69 is a reference to the sexual... Read More

Bay lines up summer gigs

The bay is all set and ready for jam-packed summer boasting some of the nation's most iconic music festivals and events. Kicking it all off are Kiwi favourites Katchafire and the Black Seeds, who open at Mount Park on December 30 where a crowd... Read More

Life’s one long adventure

Kevin Jeffares has been robbed in Rio, robbed in Buenos Aires, robbed in La Paz and stranded in Caracus. The 80-year-old has certainly had his share of scrapes and high excitement. He's jumped out of aeroplanes - “an adrenaline rush, at least... Read More

Exploring our backyard

Everyone has a favourite beach and Waihi Beach is mine. Nine kilometres of flat, golden sand, often described as the gateway to the Coromandel and Bay of Plenty.   My grandparents retired here so I spent most of my summers on the beach as a child.... Read More

20 years of twilight concerts

It all started with Carols by Candlelight in a private garden. Fast forward 20 years and the Katikati Twilight Concerts have become an institution in the town, attracting music lovers from far and wide. The annual event is staffed entirely by volunteers... Read More

From student to mentor

At 18-years-old, Phoebe Robinson, better known as Jeremiah, was one of many who took part in a youth mentor programme for one of Mount Maunganui's most iconic festivals. Now, at 20, she's running alongside the big-guns, as one of 17 artists... Read More