Art & Creativity

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

Building children through music

“I found an article written about me when I was 16,” says Selwyn Ridge Primary School music teacher Andrea Meredith. “I'd just won a trophy playing piano. “In the article it said ‘Andrea would like to become a teacher... Read More

New York to Tauranga

When moving back to New Zealand from four years in New York, actor Tanya Horo chose Tauranga rather than Auckland as her new home. “One thing I took away from New York is that talent is not limited by geography. My industry is film and television,... Read More

Strong families

Sally Duncan is a starter and a doer, a leader who helped found and pioneer Parent to Parent, one of NZ's foremost parenting organisations. It came as no surprise to her recently to discover that her family predecessors were also enterprising and... Read More


  Gwen Bryce, a highly-stressed Hong Kong based lawyer, came for a visit to New Zealand with husband Lloyd. They fell in love with the country, and began anew way of living.  Nestled in the heart of pastoral Waikato, only 15 minutes from Cambridge,... Read More

Who is Buddy Mikaere?

For six years Buddy Mikaere has been closely involved with the aftermath of the Rena disaster as spokesperson for Ngai Te Hapu of Motiti Island, which appealed last year's decision to abandon the Rena on Astrolabe Reef. “It's been really... Read More

The chef and the onion

At the heart of Tauranga's emergency housing programme are some superb street food cooking classes. “Stephen Wilson is coming in regularly,” says Te Tuinga Whanau social worker Jena Young at one of the Cameron Rd houses. Chef Stephen... Read More

James Atutahi

Lovers of James Atutahi's carvings are in for a treat when Dry Dock Cafe shows a new exhibition of his work this month. Growing up in Maketu, James's family also originates from Northland, as his mother is of Nga Puhi and Ngati Hine, from... Read More