Love the space you live in

The Design Depot’s top 10 tips to styling your home. Your home should be a reflection of your personal style, and we’re here to help you achieve that. It’s important to think about not just how you want your home to look but the overall ...... Read More

Mr G is home

A son of Tauranga is bringing his greatest treasures to the Tauranga Art Gallery. The aspects of life that mean the most to Mr G will be on display over the coming months, in his first ever solo exhibition. On the outside of the gallery, a single letter...... Read More

Painting with no boundaries

Walking into Kelcy Taratoa’s atrium installation at Tauranga Art Gallery, you realise that there really are no boundaries to art, design and colour. On one wall, a strong kowhai yellow beckons. Facing it are muted greys and blues, and linking...... Read More

Performative art in Tauranga’s heart

One afternoon in late September  I discovered the Sumer Gallery while walking through the Waihirere Lane, an alleyway between Wharf St and Spring St. I was taking a short cut on my way to the library. Tauranga art lover Pete Morris had already...... Read More

Style that you can see through

Windows and doors add the  wow factor to any home so we take the time to find out how the  experts do it. When building or renovating your home, it is imperative to work with trustworthy businesses that prioritise top-notch workmanship. That’s...... Read More

Their castle in Omokoroa

For Rachel and BJ Ratana, their three children and dog ‘Old Boy’, their journey to get into their Classic Builders home was so good, it was better than ‘too good to be true’. An old wives’ tale claims that pregnant women...... Read More

The life and times of Prue Gooch

The first show I ever saw was when I was six or seven years old and all 70 students from Glenbrook School in Waiuku were taken to Pukekohe to see Petruchka, a ballet  by Igor Stravinsky. Coming from mostly dairy farms in the area, we were completely...... Read More

Global Kitchen

When Lindy Davis first met English-born restaurateur and chef Lloyd Rooney about five years ago, she was in his restaurant ‘The Cove’ in Waipu for lunch. “We got chatting and he told me little bits about his life coming from London...... Read More

Create the perfect outdoor space

An outdoor living space offers limitless design possibilities, adding to the usable area of a home and the value of the property without extending the building’s footprint, and creating an inviting place to enjoy the outdoors year round. We had...... Read More

Love, beauty and the planet

Sunny days seem to prompt me to think  more than usual about the whole concept of  ‘saving the planet’. Partly it’s seeing the tuis flutter into the olive tree, finding snails once again taking over, and wondering how to...... Read More