Art & Creativity

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Lesley Smith loves trains. As a school girl, little Lesley Carroll, as her name was then, would gaze out the windows of her Mount Maunganui classroom and watch the wharf “goings-on”. The school was later moved from Totara Street, and Lesley's... Read More

Look and feel great

It's important to feel comfortable in the skin you're in – it's the only one you'll have. So if you get an odd rash or want something checked, Skin Dermatology can help. Head dermatologist Dr Ben Tallon has plenty of experience... Read More

Future Machine infiltrates the city

  Wandering through the gardens at The Elms Te Papa Tauranga, one is suddenly aware of something new. Standing on the front lawn is a sculptural piece that appears to be concrete blocks stacked on top of each other. On closer inspection, it's... Read More

Tauranga Art Lovers

Pete Morris was climbing Mauao one day last summer when he met Dr James Su, a visiting cruise ship passenger. The doctor was admiring the view but was also keen to see Tauranga's art. “His question to me was ‘where are the art galleries?'”... Read More

Heather Anne Atkins

After coming out of brain tumour surgery, artist Heather Anne Atkins was told that she might be permanently blind. But it was through this hardship Heather picked up a paint brush began to make art. A pottery artist since the 1980s, Heather has had many... Read More

Real Cowboy

I met Phill Palmer at one of the Bay of Plenty Film monthly network meetings. Over from Te Aroha, he was keen to connect with local film makers and due to start his next film Real Cowboy – a kiwi comedy western. I caught up with him at the Tauranga... Read More

Messy Church

I was being sent messages from a Facebook friend about a Death Cafe in Papamoa. And something about a messy church. Also, why was the movie ‘Monsters University' being screened in a funeral parlour? So many questions! What was going on over... Read More

Susan Harrison-Tustain

How many ways can I say ‘how marvellous'? I'm lost in the timelessness of the paintings of Susan Harrison-Tustain. Transcended to another place and time; and awed, I find her work quietly astonishing. Softly colourful and atmospheric,... Read More

Plaque from the past

Olive Love phoned me. “I've got something you need to see.” I knew she had a dozen or so donkeys, a large St Bernard dog named Frodo and a tortoise named Yoda. And a cat. I wondered what else she could possibly have, I was intrigued. She... Read More

Looking for the Regent

When I was nine, we moved from a dairy farm in Aka Aka, Waiuku to a citrus fruit orchard in Bethlehem. It was 1969 and I filled up my first film on my first camera with photos of the cows we'd left behind. Another ‘first' memory was... Read More