We’re off to see the Wizard

Three months, three-to-six days a week, and up to five hours a day – that's how long the cast and crew of The Wizard of Oz (Young Performers' Edition) have been rehearsing to bring the iconic musical to life. But what makes this Tauranga... Read More

Tauranga dancer gets her big break

She didn't know it at the time, but there were two special people at Wellington's St James Theatre for the New Zealand School of Dance's 50th anniversary graduation performance watching Tauranga's Olivia Moore. And it would lead... Read More

A bigger and better event for all

  One of the world's leading reggae music festivals and the nation's favourite festival experience, One Love, returns to Tauranga this summer. Festival promoter Pato Alvarez says the event promises some of the biggest names in music including... Read More

Athenree to Aongatete

The shores of the Tauranga Harbour are home to a number of quiet spots where it is possible to get away from the hustle and bustle of some of the Western Bay of Plenty's more popular beaches over the summer. Athenree Beach is a sheltered estuary... Read More

Ditching the New Year’s resolution

Most of us can agree that New Year's resolutions are a waste of time and a majority of us do not follow through with our commitments. According to Darleen Barton, a leading 'relationship whisperer', life coach, counsellor, mediator... Read More

Welcoming in the New Year

New Year celebrations in Tauranga will follow the same format as last year with an early evening celebration and fireworks on The Strand, followed by a midnight display. An indoor youth event at Queen Elizabeth Youth Centre will also be part of the celebrations. Earlier... Read More

Another NYE date with Trinity Root

Wellington-based band Trinity Roots is headed back to the Bay of Plenty for another New Year's Eve gig. But this time the band is booked in at the Papamoa Beach Tavern in Beach Road, which has morphed from a sports bar into a seaside bar cum restaurant... Read More

Bringing the best days of his life

Canadian musician Bryan Adams was just 10-years-old in the summer of 1969. So was he really saying the ‘Summer of ‘69' was the best days of his life in his chart-topping hit? No, as it turns out. Summer of 69 is a reference to the sexual... Read More

Bay lines up summer gigs

The bay is all set and ready for jam-packed summer boasting some of the nation's most iconic music festivals and events. Kicking it all off are Kiwi favourites Katchafire and the Black Seeds, who open at Mount Park on December 30 where a crowd... Read More

Life’s one long adventure

Kevin Jeffares has been robbed in Rio, robbed in Buenos Aires, robbed in La Paz and stranded in Caracus. The 80-year-old has certainly had his share of scrapes and high excitement. He's jumped out of aeroplanes - “an adrenaline rush, at least... Read More