Inside Rob’s shed

The roller door goes up on Rob Hicks' green shed and an unbelievable sight greets us. Among the model planes, boats, uniforms, cars, and tanks is Rob's model for a Tauranga Historical Precinct. “This is what I thought you might want... Read More

Creative communities

“I'm all right in the summer, but I'm a dead loss in the winter,” Dawn Barber remembers saying when asked what she was going to do on her retirement. It was the early 90s and Dawn and her husband Ron had just sold Lindisfarne,... Read More

Talking tiles

They're going to be there for a very long time – in the bathroom, in the kitchen, in the lounge or the bedrooms. Wherever you plan to put your tiles, choosing the right ones can be one of the most important decisions a homeowner can make... Read More

Rebecca’s leading the charge

She could ‘do the job' as a right-handed batting fielder. “But no runs to boast of.” She played cricket just for the enjoyment. “But I love the game.” And her name is uttered in the same breath as New Zealand cricketing... Read More

Tauranga music maestro

Murray Mason sees new change coming to the music tapestry of Tauranga. As Tauranga's Big Band music director for nearly 13 years, Murray has found one of the demands of his job – keeping the band full with members – both challenging... Read More

Meet the ideas man

Ken Evans is never short of an idea. A fence post for the roof. “So you don't fall off.” A honeycomb roof for privacy and warmth – and, something called a wheel-less trailer. “Did you get that? A wheel-less trailer.”... Read More

She said ‘yes!’

He gets down on one knee and pops the question: “Will you marry me?” It's the proposal she's been dreaming of. They kiss, celebrate and share the news with loved ones. It can be hard to pull yourselves away from the magical moment.... Read More

In the arms of an angel

It was a way of helping others when she couldn't help herself. A way of filling the bellies of those in need when hers was always empty. Brigitte Mouat started the meal-delivering charity Arms of Angels because she is unable to eat. “I have... Read More

Stitching history into fashion

Fashion trends come and go, but there's rich history stitched into this particular knitwear. More than six decades of history drapes elegantly over coat-hangers in Ebony Boutique stores across the country. Colin and Neil Wakefield founded family-run... Read More

Crafting tempting dishes

Bringing a Mediterranean style of cooking to your kitchen is easier than you think, and it's a small change that your taste buds will thank you for. Using quality ingredients makes simple meals come to life. Open a can of true Italian tomatoes... Read More

Man of many talents

There's a calm serenity in the way Robbie Lavën speaks, it's like Pachelbel's Canon verbalised. He's a thinker. Before every answer there's a slight pause, a half-beat, before offering up an insight with metronomic... Read More

A roller derby rebel

You walk past her and she stands out. Pink hair, bandana for a headband, funky reading glasses and a pretty face. An interesting, creative character. Caitlin Burns is a graphic designer by day, and by night, she'd “lay people out” if... Read More

A successful 14 years

An email comes through the newsroom desk with Trish Rae's signature on it. It's usually attached with a polite but direct instruction for publishing. The email goes unanswered, and the newsroom receives another email – a gentle reminder... Read More

Family away from home

It's the small things that capture children's attention – the twinkling sound of two wooden blocks in a metal bowl, the feeling of smooth polished wood under little toes, the brightly coloured markers on white paper. And it's... Read More

From waste to waist

Pies, pizzas, roast beef, a crate of fresh produce, bagels, international sweets, 20 dozen eggs, a sack of bakery food, 20 2L milk containers; all packed high into four full trolleys – and that's just today's haul. All from one supermarket,... Read More

Morris and his machines

Morris McFall believes there are three types of collectors. “There are hoarders; people who collect [items] and like to keep them in their working clothes. And people like me, who want make them look like new again and restore them to full working... Read More

A furniture hub

We're all different. We know what we like and what we don't like. It's what makes us unique. It's also what can make renovating a home, or buying new furniture so fun. Dad wants one of those as-seen-on-TV recliner chairs, the... Read More

A need for speed

They were slowing down from 250km/h. Don Watson in the lead, Bernie Gillon behind him and Peter Brock heading up the rear. Then it all went horribly wrong. Don's car somersaulted, landing upside down on a safety wall on the Mount Panorama race... Read More

Walking the high wire of life

There's a loud collective gasp as Keely Tyler-Dowd does ‘the drop'. It looks dangerous, potentially is dangerous. It's guaranteed to set a couple of hundred little hearts pounding and leave an equal numbers of little faces wide-eyed... Read More

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