A fanfare for Annabelle

“They gave me a thousand dollars,” says Mount Maunganui College student, Annabelle Stewart, who now has a flash new Bach Stradivarius professional trumpet in her sights. Umm…I suspect it was $2000 Annabelle. Yes, the Tauranga Harbour... Read More

Chatting on the couch

It's an idea bourne out of comfort, from relaxing and not really thinking about much at all. Garden and Arts Festival organiser Marc Anderson says the idea came to him when he was least expecting it. “I was sitting on the couch at home and... Read More

NZ Teachers' Games in town

We've got the AIMS games – now Tauranga will also play host to the inaugural New Zealand Teachers' Games in October. The teachers' games are an opportunity for teachers and other school staff to have fun with their colleagues... Read More

Experience Indonesia

If you've ever wanted to experience the wonders of Indonesia, now is the time to get a taste with Multicultural Tauranga's first ‘Living in Harmony' event for 2017 on Tuesday, August 15. Multicultural Tauranga has been running... Read More

Film Festival comes to town

Tauranga will host the New Zealand International Film Festival at Rialto Cinemas from August 24 to September 17. More than 40 films are on offer, including foreign language films, documentaries and New Zealand short films. Among the documentaries is... Read More

The Circus comes to Baycourt

The movie is Charlie Chaplin's ‘The Circus' – directed and produced by Chaplin, written by Chaplin and starring Chaplin 'The Little Tramp' himself. It's about the ringmaster of a struggling circus who hires Chaplin... Read More

Musical Katikati son on the rise

Formerly of Katikati, Auckland-based beat maker Montell2099 is making waves in the music world. Real name Montell Pinny, the electronic musician has been building a following for himself on SoundCloud, with his tracks being played more than two million... Read More

From Papamoa to the world

He had half an idea of being a butcher, perhaps a taxidermist. Even an engraver, etching intricate scrollwork on firearms. It would have been a natural progression from his Wairoa boyhood where there was always wild pigs, deer, knives, hunting and gathering,... Read More

The spirit of Freddie Mercury

There's the signature ‘tache', clinging white pants, glistening torso and little else. And he's belting out ‘We Will Rock you', as he does 150 times a year from the UK to South Africa to New Zealand. All the Freddie... Read More

Clarion call for a new trumpet

“I cannot explain in words how much it means to me.” A passionate, gifted 16-year-old expressing her connection with music, with her trumpet. “I love that amazing, freeing feeling of playing,” says Year 12 Mount Maunganui College... Read More