Take one, leave one is a hit

As an avid reader, Hairini's Karen Williamson jumped at the chance to set up a neighbourhood book exchange outside her front gate six months ago. The bright yellow box on Wickham Place, highlighted with blobs of blue, green and red, holds about... Read More

All roads lead to Gore

For 23 years she was the Sunday morning voice of Village Radio, a friend to the city's elderly and lonely. They loved her company, they loved her music and they loved her. Then, almost a year ago to the day, Bonnie Leonard switched off her microphone,... Read More

‘Pap power’

He introduces himself as Mr Sausage – a name well-earned and well respected. “I barbecue sausages for 300 kids in just a couple of hours,” Mr Sausage says proudly. “I love it. The kids are just wonderful.” Three hundred... Read More

Tots in tune with the environment

They may be just three or four years old, but the children of Katikati Kindergarten are helping to feed their local community and learning to protect and enhance their environment. The kindergarten's environmental philosophy, developed over the... Read More

Te Puna Country Fair

A relaxing day of country fun for the whole family is on offer at Te Puna School's 2018 Country Fair on March 17, from 10am-2pm. It will be jam-packed with fun activities for all, with flavour-filled food and stalls, a coconut shy, plate smash,... Read More

Great day out for Ford lovers

Everything Ford will be celebrated this Sunday when Mount Maunganui's Blake Park fills up with cars from the iconic brand. The All Ford Day is back for its 19th year in the Bay of Plenty, and Ford Muscle Car Club president Barry Gordon says it's... Read More

Local barbecue team smoke up storm

It was an amazing job by first time Meatstock competitors Smokey Mount Beachside BBQ. Shane Southby, a banker, scientist Dion Young and Andrew Targett, a chef, took their barbequing skills to Auckland for the Meatstock festival and barbeque – a... Read More

Learning from the sea

Make a splash during Seaweek with an educational and family-fun harbour event. The Happy Harbour Fun Day features hands-on outdoor activities that relate to Tauranga Harbour's land, water and wildlife. On Saturday, March 3, Bay of Plenty Regional... Read More

Petrol-heads getting pumped

Motorbikes, muscle cars, hot rods and all things motorised - that's what will be on display as part of the Bay of Plenty Coastal Cruisers Motorcycle Club's motorcycle and hot rod show. “There's going to be cars and bikes on show... Read More

A hark back to the 1980s

If you were a teenager in the 1980s, you were bound to have bopped along to one or more tunes from The Mockers, and maybe even set up your tape recorder to record them off the radio. While ‘Forever Tuesday Morning' never quite made it to... Read More