Fillies and fashion fever!

Ladies and Gentleman – it's time to don your fancy frocks and frills, grab your wallets and gather the kids – because tomorrow Racing Tauranga is hosting a horse racing and fashion in the field event for everyone. The Bayleys International... Read More

Painting the town – literally

Some of the CBD's streets and walls are being given a cosmopolitan dress-up by some of the world's finest street artists. “It's a chance for Tauranga to position itself as a city with a rich arts scene,” says Tourism Bay... Read More

Jim's fifth tilt at the trophy

Tauranga horse trainer Jim Pender has been four times lucky – training four winning horses to claim the Windsor Park Stud Japan NZ International Trophy at Tauranga Racecourse. Tomorrow – at The Bayleys International Raceday's feature... Read More

Seawall now short term patch up

“They just wanted us out, plain and simple”. And whenever Brenda Butler – former manager of the Cargo Shed arts collective on Dive Crescent – sees another cruise liner across the harbour, whenever she sees the empty Cargo Shed,... Read More

Japan Cup returns

The headlines read: ‘Stakes boosted'. Robert Silson had announced an extra $3000 to the stakes in the Japan-Bay of Plenty International horse race, making it the third richest 1600m event in New Zealand. It was big news for Bay of Plenty... Read More

Bypass wanted – now!

While Katikati residents will be “dancing in the street” upon hearing the New Zealand Transport Agency is adding a bypass for the town to its State Highway 2 Waihi to Tauranga programme, two long-time supporters want the project to start swiftly. The... Read More

This one’s for Morgan

He could have worn his hot pink skirt. Or his orange kilt. It was a toss-up. But Tauranga man Ross Steele opted for his orange tutu – apparently quite a cheeky little number. “Because orange is my favourite colour. And for a bit of fun,”... Read More

Badges take to their boards

The Police will be hitting the beach – not for crime fighting but to try and tame the waves. The Bay of Plenty is known for its beaches, and this year Omanu Beach will be hosting more than 85 men and women of the force in its waves. The annual... Read More

Warning over buses plan

Tauranga City councillors have been warned not to increase city parking fees before they increase cycle track and bus numbers in Cameron Rd. BikeNow spokesman and sustainable business network co-ordinator Glen Crowther spoke about the council's... Read More

Her voice is silenced – for now

“I am trying not to blub – so I will leave you with ‘The Organ, The Dance Band and Me'.” With that she flicked off the microphone, the red ‘on air' lights on the studio console dimmed and died –and Bonnie... Read More

Richard's birthday bash

A very special, and very famous guest is flying in from Australia for Richard O'Brien's ‘75 Years of Frock ‘n' Roll' 75th birthday celebrations next Friday, March 24, at Tauranga's Baycourt Theatre. ‘Neighbours'... Read More

Review: Service with a smile

Our current family in-house joke when we are on our way to Wharf Street Eatery, is where else can you call out “Oi” in a restaurant and get instant service with a smile and a bit of cheek. This is what makes Wharf Street Eatery a real family... Read More

Riding for a great cause

Get your motor running and head out on the highway because the annual Tauranga Ulysses Motorcycle Club Charity Easter Egg & Toy Run is roaring back into life. Now into it's 26th year, hundreds of motorcycles will rumble through the streets of Papamoa... Read More

Nice by name and nice by nature

“I do what comes naturally. I make the cruise line passengers feel they have a friend ashore.” Ned Nicely, meeter and greeter. “I am at the bottom of the gangway and this face may be the first or second visitors meet after the sniffer... Read More

From pest to plate

Imagine a steaming pile of possum. We're not talking on the side of the road, but rather at the dinner table, piled on your plate, in the form of a stew. Possum, maybe throw in some beef stock, carrots, potatoes, and don't forget the onions... Read More

Stung by their own silliness

They're worldly wise, have been travelling for years. But at the same time the Chilean cousins are a little naïve and now they're slapping themselves. “It's so terrible and so sad,” says 31-year-old Chilean visitor Iguacia... Read More

Private collection opens to public

When the doors of McFall Museum open to the public on Sunday, March 19, its highly likely people will have a chance to lay their eyes on vintage tractors, machinery and memorabilia they might not otherwise see. To many, Morris McFall's private collection... Read More

Arts and culture make a city tick

The newspaper headline yelled ‘$40 million invested in kiwifruit'. “Well, imagine if that headline read ‘$40 million invested in arts and culture' instead,” says Dawn Hutchesson, a creative sector specialist. “What... Read More

Do funerals need to cost so much?

Who has $10,000 to spend on a funeral these days? Instead, you could leave hard-earned funds for your spouse, children, grandchildren or a chosen charity to utilise constructively in this competitive modern world. Choosing Simply Cremations to care for... Read More

Six decades of sweet cookies

It's that time of year again. Girl Guide biscuit season. But this year is a little different. This year, Girl Guide biscuit sales will hit their 60th anniversary. Yes, New Zealanders have been chomping on the Guide cookies for 60 years. Tauranga... Read More