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

Training for entertaining

Katikati horse trainer Rebecca Tasker has recently found herself receiving phone calls and emails from international entertainment and viral media companies. It's not her that they're interested in though, it's her six-year-old clicker-trained... Read More

Athenree Homestead

Just as it does today, from the 1880s to 1906 Athenree Homestead stood grandly next to Athenree Rd, with an elevated and enchanting view of northern Tauranga Harbour. Pioneer Irish settlers Adela and Hugh Stewart came to the site in 1878 and quickly... Read More

Floating in hammocks

Floating above earth in slings that can carry baby elephants. The idea of this conjured up thoughts of hammocks, floating, Dumbo the movie and storks delivering babies so I set off to check it out. I found Float Fitness owner Louise Kirkham's... 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

Is Santa wintering at the Mount?

Some of our readers have asked: “Have you seen Santa at the Mount? He must be on holiday.” Intrigued, I went to find out. Sitting in Pilot Bay, I waited. Within minutes an orange Santa on an orange bicycle flew past me. I caught up with him... 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

Reaching youth with free healthcare

‘HBU?' In text speak it means ‘how about you?' and for young people in the Western Bay of Plenty who can't afford to see a doctor, it's proving to be a life-saver. The Western Bay of Plenty's Mobile Youth Health... 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

The best homes

  Bob Wheeler, and Michael Idiens arrived in Bethlehem, Tauranga on their nationwide journey seeking New Zealand's top quality builds in this year's Registered Master Builders 2017 House of the Year competition. They are judging two of... 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

Warm up with a decadent winter pudding

Ingredients:160g butter, soft100g brown sugar4 eggs80g macadamia nuts, chopped100g white chocolate buttons1/2 cup semolina flour1/2 tsp baking powder1 cup plain flour1/2 tsp salt1 Tbsp ground cardamon1 cup of milk For the sauce:150g butter200g brown... 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

Form Building leads winning team

The recent awards won by Mangatawa Tari exemplify how a good ‘design and build' project works, with a strong collaborative approach with our client, design team and sub-contractors. After the sheep shearer's building which housed the... 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

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