Boutique gin festival for the Bay

Event specialists Becks Clarke and Amy Kemeys are thrilled to be launching Gincredible - a new boutique festival  on the Tauranga scene. Taking place on Saturday, March 30, and Sunday, March 31, on the Village Green at Tauranga Historic Village,...... Read More

Andy Belcher

I was having a coffee at Grindz with Andy Belcher recently, and we browsed through his book of over 200 photographs. Girls in red cat suits on the back of motorcycles, someone leaping from Auckland’s Sky Tower, the Kaituna Jet, Targa Rally NZ,...... Read More

An epic food fight!

I popped in to Our Place on Willow Street to see what all the food fuss was about. Good Neighbour’s Angela Rogers had her head in a box of lettuce and tomatoes, and was looking for something to attack one of the chefs with. Nearby, Tauranga chef...... Read More

Steve Bird Wines

Sitting with Steve Bird in the garden at Fish Face, it’s hard to believe he’s still not ageing. It’s been quite a while since we last met. I put it down to the grapes, the laughter and the genuine warmth behind the quiet banter. He...... Read More

A master of carving

I called in to see the Waitangi Day-themed exhibitions at the Historic Village on 17th Avenue, and while walking back to the car  I came across Whare Thompson busy at work in the old fire station building. A carver, he’s also been carving...... Read More

Dragons take over Papamoa lake

Across a small Papamoa lake came the shout: “Go Alinghi!” Next to me on the bank, the return call bellows back: “Traitor!” I’m amongst a group of dragons, now out in force on a Papamoa lake. They are chasing the wind and...... Read More

Vintage Garden Party

Tucked away next to the bustle of Cameron Road, a vintage garden party will once again bring elegance from an earlier age to the heart of Tauranga. Tucked away next to the bustle of Cameron Road, a vintage garden party will once again bring elegance...... Read More

Fish market draws crowds

When it comes to the classic Kiwi fish  and chip shop by the wharf, it is hard to beat Bobby’s Fresh Fish Market on  Dive Crescent. The Tauranga institution regularly tops the vote  as one of the best takeaways in town, and if...... Read More

Painted Ukuleles

Incubator Creative Hub director  Simone Anderson is delighted by the public response to their latest exhibition, with over 80 painted ukuleles set to be on display during February and March at the  Historic Village. “We have a ukulele...... Read More

Planning ahead for your pool

Pools Plus specialise in supplying and installing Barrier Reef fiberglass swimming pools in the Bay of Plenty and Waikato areas. These pools are pre-moulded and built in a climate-controlled factory with exceptional building standards, so you can be...... Read More