Devonshire tea at the Elms

  The South Pacific Packard Car Club decided to motor to the Bay and visit The Elms Te Papa Tauranga. A couple of committee members had visited about 12 months ago and were so impressed with what they saw, they wanted to bring the club down from... Read More

Antony Warnes

  Baz Mantis Photography Antony Warnes was re-introduced to a collection of his past paintings this week. The substantial oeuvre constitutes favourite and significant works gathered from people who have acquired pieces over a 50-year period. “I... Read More

Its a dog's world

  I've been told that dog owners in Tauranga are spoilt for choice with the large number of parks, reserves, beaches and public areas where they can exercise their dogs. However, Mount Maunganui Main Beach, Pilot Bay, Mauao, Moturiki Island,... Read More

Same but different

  When you fly in to Los Angeles you kind of hope that's smoke from forest fires you can see. But it's not. It's smog. You can see the air here. And you can taste it. It's not pleasant. In some months, you can feel it too... 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

Comfort and style

  It's about quality, comfort and survival. It's about putting your money where it'll last. Contemporary Classics in Mount Maunganui is the place to go if you are looking to buy quality, long-lasting and comfortable furniture, and... 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

Brew Buddies

A canny synergy has come about through the new business collaboration between Mount Brewing Company and Funk Estate. Joining forces to form the production company Brew Buddies, both beer brands are now produced at the Newton Street site in Mount Maunganui.... 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

Kazel Cass

I was keen to get a bit more ‘green' - take more responsibility for my plastics, cans and bottles, aspire to greater self-sufficiency and find out more about worm farming. Not that I wanted to have a worm farm, but I had this hazy notion... 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

The authentic feel

Sometimes it isn't about the food, it's about the experience. The smells, the sights, the laughter and the memories. With Great Spice in Bureta, it's about all of the above and more. Great Spice is all about the ‘great'... 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

Strategy and distraction

My sister Bev wasn't coping. We were in Taupo on a Friday night and she knew there would be garage sales the following morning but didn't know where. Coming from the South Canterbury town of Fairlie, population about 1000, garage sales aren't... 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


Marineland is returning to the Mount, but not as we once knew it. Yesteryear's Marineland was located at Moturiki Island, also known as Leisure Island, and was previously an old quarry site in the early 1900s. Blasted out with explosives, the... Read More

Summer loving

With summer just around the corner, now is the perfect time to get your indoor-outdoor flow just the way you want it. If you're wanting to treat yourself and your home, it could be time to get some new indoor furniture, and The Design Depot in... Read More

Kate Bruning

There's lots to love about Kate Bruning. Her kitchen is pink. There are swans heads floating out of platters on the walls. She has a large farmhouse table covered in a blue and white polka dot tablecloth. But it's her laughter while pouring... 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