An amazing young pianist

Twelve-year-old Shan Liu.   Bay of Plenty Symphonia players are all set for their ‘Gift of Music’ concert at Baycourt on this Sunday, April 10. The concert features an amazing young pianist, 12-year-old Shan Liu from Auckland. ...... Read More

Gift of music live on-stage

Shan Liu, at the piano, rehearses for ‘Gift of Music’ with BOP Symphonia. Despite the uncertainties of Covid, Bay of Plenty Symphonia players have been enjoying rehearsals – with suitable precautions, of course – for their first...... Read More

Flagship site for PCR testing

  After continued increases in demand for saliva-based PCR Travel Certificates, Rako Science has opened a flagship site in the Bay of Plenty.   The Tauranga flagship site has ample appointment capacity, is wheelchair accessible and has...... Read More

Growing great orchards

Southern Cross Horticulture is a family-owned operation that has been planting, growing and exporting kiwifruit for more than 40 years. Today, they are one of New Zealand’s largest and most successful orchard developers and growers of SunGold...... Read More

Helping tamariki fly

George McMillan with his garden windmill birds. Homes of Hope volunteers want to make a meaningful contribution and a difference in the lives of children who come to them from very hard places. Homes of Hope is a charity that is passionate about delivering...... Read More

Brookfield GP’s are back

Nigel and Helen Gregory, the owners of Brookfield Pharmacy, are looking forward with anticipation to the return of a medical centre in the Brookfield area. Twenty years ago, when the New World supermarket expanded its operation, Brookfield Medical...... Read More

Can-do attitude

  Josh O’Connell and Zane Flannagan.   No matter what your latest building project is, the team at Creative Build Group would love to help. “We are a team of two local builders who love our work and are equipped to provide...... Read More

Wonky Donkey at Baypark

  Worldwide number one bestselling author Craig Smith, aka the ‘Wonky Donkey Man’ will be performing at Trustpower Arena these school holidays!   Craig will be performing lovable tunes from his collection of bestselling books,...... Read More

The mark of a good celebrant

    The year 2020 was like no other but 2021 is here, and what is before us? “I am not absolutely sure, but my service as a funeral celebrant and director will always be as it has been,” says funeral celebrant Mike Savage. The...... Read More

Supporting your local bins

  2020 has been a year for the independent small business! Despite all the challenges that we’ve faced as a community, one big positive is the reignited passion to support local.   Tauranga Hire Bins’ owner Kieran Leigh has...... Read More