Let the festivities begin!

The Christmas Art Fest in Papamoa is a way to challenge the notion that a good Christmas is one that involves a lot of spending. It will be a visual and musical celebration of all that is good in human relationships and a reminder of the love that Christmas... Read More

Art deco, ice cream and pachyderms

It's a wonderful blast of art deco, a stop-and-ogle landmark down Mainstreet Te Puke. It's the multi-screen movie complex, the historic Capitol Cinema. And it's up for sale. Architecture aside, the building also boasts a large door... Read More

Biggest Christmas Parade yet

With amazing new floats, a host of well-known cartoon and movie characters, entertainment, music and, of course, the big guy himself, Downtown Tauranga's promising another incredible Trustpower Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 2. Now in its... Read More

Return of the toy run

The annual toy run is back, withhot rods, muscle cars and classics rides ready to cruise through Tauranga for a good cause. The Tauranga Toy Run returns on December 1 for its 14th year, with hundreds of toys set to be donated to the Child Cancer Foundation... Read More

When a scone is an investment

There's scone the noun – as in someone's head. There's scone the verb – to scone someone, to strike them, scone them on the scone. A person can be a scone, implying they're awkward or forever alone, a loser. There's... Read More

Focused on freedom campers

  Freedom campers in the Western Bay of Plenty will sleep “uneasy” when daily monitoring of popular park-up spots starts in mid-December and runs through to early February. Illegal freedom camping in the Western Bay of Plenty District... Read More

Tribute to a motor sport great

He was the first, and is currently the only New Zealander to win the Formula One World Drivers' Championship, and it all started in an MG TF 1500 Denny Hulme bought to go hill-climb racing in the Papamoa Hills as a teenager. The car will be one... Read More

Museum and library decision looms

A steady stream of people has been dropping in to the museum and library info hub open days organised by Tauranga City Council. They include those who previously participated in the project and have popped in for an update, says city transformation general... Read More

Finding joy in colour

There's lots of laughter and heads bowed together in conversation. For some, there is intense concentration. For all, there is a love of colouring. This is the Tauranga Library's adult colouring club – a group that meets once a month... Read More

Teens take major kiwifruit award

Two Western Bay of Plenty teenagers have each scooped a $15,000 Zespri academic scholarship despite vastly differing levels of orchard experience. Katikati College head boy Fergus Chinnery has grown up with kiwifruit while Alex Tomkins ventured onto... Read More