An eye for the weather

John Maunder. A lifelong fascination with the weather has led John Maunder around the world, and he’s spent 70 years researching the effects of our climate. At age eight John noticed the empty lot next to the BNZ bank in Takaka, where his family...... Read More

The practice of ethical fashion

She’s been shown at fashion weeks both domestically and internationally, and her designs have been worn by big names such as Lady Gaga, Michelle Obama and our very own Lorde. And later this year, Karen Walker will be spending some time here in...... Read More

The life of a marimba musician

For a petite, demure woman, Yoshiko Tsuruta has chosen a large sonorous instrument in the marimba. Yoshiko began learning the piano from the age of three, but her teacher also played marimba and after seeing her play she thought the percussion instrument...... Read More

Street food life

“What’s a churro?” I ask while  visiting the C4 street food truck at Tauranga’s Village Night Market.  “Is it like a sausage?” The couple inside the small food caravan with the black and white striped awning...... Read More

Sustainable Backyards is back!

It’s that time of year again – time to muck in, learn more and do a better job of looking after our ‘backyard’. Envirohub’s annual Sustainable Backyards event is back for 2021, with a few changes. This year, there are...... Read More

A chat with Jackie Clarke

There’s surely no better way to end a sweet Valentine’s Day than with romantic love songs, sung by no less than some of  NZ’s top singing talent. The global pandemic has an ‘up’ side it seems, on chatting with pop...... Read More

An outworldly feature film adventure

Producer Samuel Tomaszyk (Left) and director Paige Jessie (Right) Writing a script during  lockdown, securing funding, and then casting and filming has 18-year-old producer and director Samuel Tomaszyk and Paige Jessie quickly working towards...... Read More

An Auckland adventure

The Wynyard Quarter is great place to while away a few hours. Auckland, The City of Sails, is often maligned for its congested motorways and expensive fuel, but New Zealand’s biggest city is also a beguiling place to spend a weekend. With a campaign...... Read More

To be or to do, that is the question

Deborah Workman loves her profession,  which she balances with resting, rejuvenating and slowing life down a little. “Although I teach I’m learning a lot at the same time. We’re forever doing that figure eight - learning, teaching,...... Read More

Tutus and pointe shoes

“It was always going to be ballet.” A musing from Katherine Skelton, who has dedicated most of her life to the centuries old art form. Katherine started dancing at age four and although she gave jazz and contemporary a try, Ballet is her...... Read More