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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

Baby steps towards eco-living

Kate Meads was a petrol head, still is. The rumble of the V8 is in her blood and family – her husband, Vaughan, is a mechanic. So it's ironic that today, we're talking sustainability, ways to protect the environment and reduce our waste... Read More

Putting the ‘real’ in real estate

They employ more than 13,000 staff, more than 1900 property management professionals, manage about 230,000 rental properties and help about 220,000 homeowners and purchasers successfully buy and sell property every year. Those are the national figures... Read More