How not to die

Late December I kept receiving text messages from a friend saying: “Hey, how about you write about Veganuary?”  Finding a free moment I messaged back: “What’s that?” She replied: “It’s like Movember, but...... Read More

What's up Mr G?

Graham Hoete, aka Mr G, was busy before and after Christmas painting a mural on the back wall of the Mount Maunganui cinema. Again. Specialising in photorealism with spray paint, he’d previously painted his father there. Now he was painting highly...... Read More

French fries and family ties

When I accompanied my sister  Andrea to London, I managed to talk her into breaking up the flights by  stopping off in Paris. We jumped on the hop-on hop-off bus and whisked around the city. On our second day, she went shopping and I went to...... Read More

New artisan market

ARTbop and The Black Sheep  Bar & Grill have joined forces to create the Affordable Art & Artisan Fair, which will take place on the last Sunday of every  month excluding December.Located at The Black Sheep Bar & Grill on the corner of Plummers...... Read More

Sandcastle spectacular

Four hours of concentration is etched  on Brett Muir’s face as he applies the  finishing touches.While most people go to the beach to soak up the sun, the surf, and the sand, Brett goes for  the possibility.Where some children spend...... Read More

Community garden grows

The idea for creating the  Mount Community Garden was conceived in 2011 by members of the Mount Maunganui Lions Club. A steering committee was appointed and enthusiastically set about the task. Leigh Pettigrew is an original member who has seen...... Read More

Art with a past

Two very different styles of art will soon call Tauranga’s The Art Lounge NZ home. Sarah Albisser and Anya Mowll both have different art styles, and their creations will be on display until January 4. Sarah’s collection ‘Line Complexity’...... Read More

Meeters and Greeters

Cruise ship season got underway with the arrival of the 108,865 tonne Golden Princess on October 10. Over 80 cruise ships and thousands of passengers are expected in to the Port of Tauranga over 70 days, with two or three cruise ships coming on the same...... Read More

Magical Maketu - A day away in the Bay

Magical Maketu is located on Okurei Point, just 20 minutes away from Bayfair. The Tauranga Eastern Link has pulled this coastal town closer to Tauranga, and along with it Newdicks Beach, which is on the south-eastern side of Okurei Point; and Little...... Read More

Jamie Harkins

Jamie Harkins has been painting Mount Maunganui street scenes at night, getting ready for an exhibition in February. But he’s not painting the main tourist tootle along Maunganui Road and around the beach roads.   Instead he’s slipped...... Read More