Bountiful books

The Harringtons were looking forward to retiring to Tauranga, but they weren’t expecting to get bored. But instead of sitting idle, they set out to share their passion for books. In 2014, Tony and Rhonda Harrington started a business - Harrington...... Read More


Nestled on a laneway in downtown Tauranga is an unassuming gallery that could easily be mistaken as street art on a wall. Hiding behind the distinct black and white geometric painting is a bright, light space with walls adorned with perfectly placed...... Read More

Gone to the dogs

When Shelley Clark adopted her first Schnauzer she never expected it to lead to a new hobby and more than a decade of sharing her skills. It was suggested Shelley try dog agility with her dog Tully, who came to her at 18 months old, to increase their...... Read More

Mount Maunganui’s rising star

With the eyes of the world on New Zealand as a desirable place to be, coupled with recent government investment into a growing screen industry, the film and television community has its eye on Connor Johnston as one of the country’s next young...... Read More

NZ’s microfabrication technology

If you’re under 30 years old, the history of 3D printing is older than you think. I’ve been fascinated with 3D printing since its infancy in the early 1980s, watching models being built up in layers and avidly reading about home inventors...... Read More

Purple Patch

At 40 years old, Purple Patch has seen generations of people come through its doors, from children finding a toy to treasure, to a friend finding a gift for an expecting mum. The store is one of the longest-standing retailers in Tauranga’s CBD,...... Read More

Finger on The Pulse

The new era thrust upon us by the global pandemic has provided an interesting opportunity for a locally-based cruise ship director who has shifted his overseas office to a makeshift studio in Papamoa. Darren McColl, who lives with wife Mylinda Reid McColl...... Read More

Exploring film-making silently

The International Youth Silent Film Festival New Zealand Regionals are happening again in 2018 and look set to be bigger and  better than before.The 2017 competition and VIP Red Carpet Awards night at Baycourt in Tauranga were both huge successes,...... Read More

A cairn of stones

From the age of nine, my sisters and I would explore the headland at Omokoroa. Our small bach was nearby, and after a day on the water, we’d go blackberry or raspberry-hunting up through the trees and bush area. It was mostly overgrown, and we...... Read More

Morning Melodies

My phone rang. “Oh Rooosalieeee,” purred Alys Ingrid Wicksteed’s velvet voice, “you simply must hear about what we have planned - it’s going to be fabulous!”  She mentioned Bob Addison, the city’s Steinway...... Read More