A rare manuscript surfaces

I went to hear a light ‘parlour’ version of Handel’s Messiah performed in a church in Katikati. There was something very unique about this edition, but first I chatted with Marjorie Partington, a member of St Paul’s Presbyterian...... Read More

Ear rubs for accommodation

It sounded too good to be true. Ten nights’ free accommodation in San Francisco’s trendy and bohemian-chic ocean-side suburb of Outer Sunset.My own large, one-bedroomed self-contained apartment underneath the owners’ house. In return?...... Read More

Stay on track with trails app

When Junji Kumano and Takayuki Ban visited Tauranga on their recent travel research trip, they tried out the newly-launched Arataki Cultural Walking Trail app developed by local entrepreneurs. Takayuki, a freelance journalist for Japanese travel and...... Read More

Virtually on Track

This summer, Sport Bay of Plenty is encouraging you to grab your sunhat, slap on some sunscreen and get out amongst nature with your smartphone in hand. Wait, what? But doesn’t that go against the grain of putting down the digital devices in favour...... Read More

Its a dog's world

  I’ve been told that dog owners in Tauranga are spoilt for choice with the large number of parks, reserves, beaches and public areas where they can exercise their dogs. However, Mount Maunganui Main Beach, Pilot Bay, Mauao, Moturiki Island,...... Read More

Same but different

  When you fly in to Los Angeles you kind of hope that’s smoke from forest fires you can see. But it’s not. It’s smog. You can see the air here. And you can taste it. It’s not pleasant. In some months, you can feel it too...... Read More


Marineland is returning to the Mount, but not as we once knew it. Yesteryear’s Marineland was located at Moturiki Island, also known as Leisure Island, and was previously an old quarry site in the early 1900s. Blasted out with explosives, the...... Read More

Mid-century millennial

Forty sneaks up on you ever so quietly, and wafts a gentle breeze across your back as it flutters past. Fifty races up to you a few minutes later, and smacks you in the face like a Kenworth truck. For Tauranga’s Karolyn Timarkos, it turned her...... Read More

For the love of penguins

“I don’t do this for the publicity. I only do it for the penguins.” Julia Graham, spearhead of the Western Bay Wildlife Trust, is unbelievably passionate about the fuzzy little blue penguins. So much so that when Rena hit the reef five...... Read More

From Tauranga to Uganda

Isabel Betts has always wanted to help children in need. She has worked for a non-profit missionary organisation called Youth for a Mission for more than 30 years. But it wasn’t until Isabel met a young woman in Uganda that she realised she was...... Read More