Art & Creativity

Papamoa cruisers

Iain Bibby has a long rope as part of his bicycle kit. “If anyone breaks down I can tow them,” he says. He is meaning the possibility of any ‘Papamoa Cruiser' mobility scooter breaking down on one of their jaunts. Iain loads mobility... Read More

Spreading your wings

In life you are either a passenger or a pilot. Which one will it be? If you're leaning towards having more control, then take the plunge and really learn to soar with Solo Wings Aviation Centre in Tauranga. There's a knot of nerves settling... Read More

A unique kiwi style

Greg Straight is an Auckland-based artist and illustrator who spent his childhood drawing, surfing and spending his summer holidays with his family in Papamoa. “My aunty and uncle used to live on Papamoa Beach Rd and I have so many great memories... Read More

Health, wealth and waste

Kerri Wheeler, a graphic designer at Sun Media on The Strand, has four reasons for being delighted with her new-found ‘Pluto' diet.   Living in Katikati, Kerri works in Tauranga's CBD. During winter, this means leaving home and... Read More

Creature Tales

It's art that is travelling more than 1000 kilometers, crossing Cook Straight and making its way up here to be displayed at The Art Lounge NZ in Tauranga. It has been created by Christchurch artist Lynda Bell and will holiday in the sunny Bay while... Read More

Puran Singh

Delivering sweets on auspicious days such as when someone has a baby or is getting married is part of Indian culture. For those living in Tauranga though, it meant driving almost 200km to buy the sweets in Auckland and bring them back, hoping they'd... Read More

On the Couch

A brewtastic inventor. A free-flowing artist. A bug man. And a plant breeding geneticist with a passion for garden design. Somehow, amazingly, Michele A'Court will weave these famous four together into a two hour ‘On the Couch' delight... Read More

Don Stewart

Bambinas, minis and kombi vans, they all roared through Piccadilly Arcade. “That's what took the bricks out of the entrance -the kombi van,” says jeweller Neville Stewart. We have bollards there now.” His father, Don Stewart, remembers... Read More


A group of seven Te Puke High School students found themselves thrust into the national limelight when they were selected as one of the eight groups to appear on TVNZ's ‘The Naked Choir'. Entered into the competition in late 2016 by... Read More

Best of the best

I was honoured to be asked to write the reviews again this year for the Ora King Salmon Awards. The Ora's were established in 2013 to recognise outstanding contributions from chefs working with Ora King. This year the awards are celebrating their... Read More