Home & Living

Finding hope in a home

Rebecca and Nathan Christie have 11 children living with them this week. There could be another 11 there next week. Some stay for a week, some stay for a month, some will live there for years. And they will leave little legacies – crayon drawings... Read More

Familiar flooring

You know them, they're familiar. They've been with you for a while now – in your home, your friend's home, your office, school or hospital. Gerrand Floorings has been underfoot for more than 30 years. Gerrand Floorings'... Read More

Cuttings and chats

In 1947 India and Pakistan gained independence from Britain, U.S. Air Force pilot Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier, and Anne Frank's ‘The Diary of a Young Girl' was published. People were watching Humphrey Bogart, Bob Hope, Dorothy... Read More

Restoring a little lady

When Simone Anderson is pitching caravan awnings for the hordes of Bay of Plenty holidaymakers in the hot sun this festive season she'll be thinking of the moment she finally gets to unwind with her beloved Olive. For the first time! “When... Read More

A lab with X-factor style

  From the beaches of Indonesia to the beaches of Bay of Plenty – the shells of a decorative piece have travelled more than 7000 kilometres to end up in StyleXLab in Tauranga. The gorgeous handcrafted Christmas tree adorned with white shells... Read More

A Gentleman and his orchids

He pinches his index finger and thumb tenderly around a stem, tipping it slightly so his eyes meet the stigma. Then this gentleman's soft spot for the species comes tumbling out. “There's always something new opening – that's... Read More

Blooming in Bethlehem

A treasure is blooming out in Bethlehem, and it's much bigger than it looks from the road. Tucked away on the side of Moffat Rd is one of Tauranga's largest and most expansive family owned garden centre with a long history of community connection... Read More

Not just a busy bee

The humble bumblebee is the focus of the New Zealand Bumblebee Conservation Trust (NZBCT), which is on a mission to educate Kiwis about the necessity of bees for the long-term survival of our planet.The new charitable trust, established to promote the... Read More

A girl's best friend

Lobo the labrador looks gentle, loving, and makes you want to pat him. But please don't. This lovely lab is a working dog, not a pet. The assistance dog is also six-year-old Georgie Farrell's best friend. The black labrador goes everywhere... Read More

Timeless quality

As a child, at the start of spring, a little Yvonne Perry would bring bunches of flowers from the garden – and the neighbours' no doubt – and insist on arranging them in Agee preserving jars around the house. “I recall how proud... Read More