Presenting South Africa

With 11 official languages, a melting pot of cultures, and a vast and diverse landscape, South Africa is a wonderful beast all of its own. Tauranga local Brett Yeatman will be presenting the wonders and delights of South Africa next Tuesday, October... Read More

Mount Rock Fest returns

The Mount Rock Fest is returning for its second year with organisers aiming to build on the awesome local support for the event. The one-night concert at Totara Street on October 28 will provide valuable exposure for home-grown, indie rock bands, as... Read More

Pop-up restaurant will pop-up

It's not often a restaurant opens to such critical acclaim and closes a week later. However, it's been confirmed. Greenpark Primary's pop-up restaurant, The Ruapehu, will be back. It was so successful it'll pop-up, positively... Read More

Slam poetry comes to Tauranga

Aspiring poets keen to perform their work live will have a chance to do just that next Wednesday at the Tauranga Poetry Slam. The event, similar to others held around the country, will serve as a regional heat to find a Bay of Plenty finalist for the... Read More

Campaigning for peace

  While New Zealand's signing of the United Nations' Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons went largely unnoticed during the frenzy of the General Election campaign, one group of Tauranga locals made sure it wasn't entirely... Read More

New murals in Katikati

The fabric of Katikati – what it is and where it's come from – is depicted in murals and other artworks around the town. Sixty nine in all – now make that 71 because two of perhaps the finest yet murals produced in the town are... Read More

Space, time and cityscapes

An art exhibition is transforming four popular sites reflecting the hustle and bustle of Tauranga city life. The Future Machine, which is part of the Tauranga Arts Festival, features work by seven artists including Richard Maloy, Steve Carr, Chris Corson-Scott,... Read More

Speedway season ready to roll

Bay of Plenty petrol heads and speed demons will be lining up on the grid for the opening of the 2017/2018 season at Baypark Family Speedway on October 21. The opening night of the season will see sprint cars, super saloons, saloons, stock cars, mini... Read More

A creative, intelligent soul

A sale of artwork intended to support the Bay of Plenty hearing-impaired community more than 30 years ago will now go ahead after the pen and ink prints turned up again recently. Hearing Support Bay of Plenty put out a call in The Weekend Sun on September... Read More

200th anniversary of birth

They'll gather in the early morning gloom on the slopes of Hopukioe or Mount Drury. About 50 people all told – and adherents of the global faith of Baha'i. And as the sun rises on Saturday, October 21, there will be readings and prayers... Read More

Do disasters impact on votes?

A University of Auckland research student has arrived in Tauranga to gently prise open two major local disasters to gain an insight into how they affected voting behaviour. Misha Parkinson, a political studies and geography graduate, is writing a 12,000... Read More

Maddie, Ziggy and a demon

Maddie Mckenzie didn't wish for anything fanciful – she didn't want to be flown to the moon, or Disneyland, be a millionaire, or meet Katy Perry. When the Make-A-Wish Foundation offered to create a little hope, a little happiness for... Read More

Life is a circus performance

If you want to go to school and clown around, that's absolutely fine with Rowan Ford Dawson. Because he's made a career out of it and now he's part of a plan to introduce circus performing to the school curriculum. “The plan is... Read More

Battle of the Kaimais

Off the back of a strong performance against Otago, the Bay of Plenty Steamers will take on Waikato in the Bayleys Battle of the Kaimais on Saturday afternoon. In a highly-contested final Mitre 10 Cup round robin match at the Tauranga Domain, the Barrett... Read More

Melbourne Cup Charity Carnival

Ladies, find your fascinator, and gents, dig out your top hat because the Melbourne Cup Rotary Charity Carnival is back. Tauranga Te Papa Rotary has been busy organising the third annual charity carnival, but there's still time to buy your tickets. This... Read More

All aboard for popular show

It's addictive apparently. And it traverses the generations. Ask the Oldfields. Dad Mike Oldfield built a model railway for his son when he was a boy. Now the son's about 50 and starting on a beginner's N gauge railway, scale 1:148-1:160,... Read More

When cultures meet

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be inside a video game? If you step inside the lift at Tauranga Art Gallery you'll come pretty close. Papamoa artist Kereama Taepa's work ‘Insert Coin', commissioned by the art gallery... Read More

When the cupboard was bare

“Blimmin' darling woman!” That's how a cash-strapped Papamoa mum describes the Samaritan who stepped in and salvaged a dire situation at the supermarket checkout this week. “It was an amazing act of goodwill,” says... Read More

Three cheers for space

  For two years they've been hunting for a better place to practise. A big open space, with high ceilings and room to tumble. And finally, after two years, they've found one. Founder and chairperson of local cheerleading club Bay Twisters... Read More

All Mainstreet’s my stage

‘The Power of Love' by Huey Lewis and the News. Campbell ‘Mack' McKenzie will be giving the 1985 hit the treatment at the Mount Busking Festival this Sunday. “Very much a band song,” says guitarist and songster Campbell.... Read More