Katikati has the Christmas spirit

  The avocado capital of New Zealand  is one of Saint Nick’s main stopovers this year. The word is out that Santa is into upcycling and a green avocado  Christmas. I had to go see. I found Barry, the bloke who sits outside Katikati’s...... Read More

Loved recipes from Aquinas College

On opening a copy of Aquinas College PTA’s newly published cook book, ‘From Our Kitchen’, I’m struck first by the images. Photos of people stand alongside stunning images of food. There’s immediately a sense of timelessness...... Read More

Looking for books by NZ authors

It’s that Christmas time of year when  we need to find ‘just the right present’ to give. My sister Andrea knows that I love second-hand books, so I thought I’d  hunt for some myself. I started browsing NZ authors on...... Read More

Christmas shopping  at the charity shops

I’ve discovered that the charity shops around town have much more than just pre-loved items. Often it’s possible to find unused treasures, once bought and now extravagantly discarded. You can while away an hour or more discovering the quirky,...... Read More

Getting creative with saving penguins

I’ve decided to become a backyard trapper. I always loved watching Daniel Boone, America’s great frontiersman and explorer when I was growing up, and somehow  the word ‘trapping’ fits with a lost  childhood ideal. Trapping...... Read More

Baz Mantis, a musician helping musicians

Photo: Gerard Carmichael. I first met Baz Mantis when Marilyn Collins-Smith floated happily past me last October, Baz beside her, both dressed up ‘fab’.  I snapped a blurry phone photo,  capturing the moment. Later I realised...... Read More

Fun for everyone at BayStation

It’s the time of year where the stress  starts to mount, people forget to relax and things can get a bit overwhelming. But it’s still important to have a little fun! BayStation, located at Trustpower Baypark, offers all the fun you could...... Read More

Perfect on Tenth

Almost exactly two years ago  Dr Anuya Deshpande arrived in the Bay of Plenty from Gisborne, where she had been a GP and cosmetic doctor for 10 years. While many Aucklanders arrive here from the opposite direction looking to slow down, Dr Anuya...... Read More

Warm salad

Warm salad of peppered venison salami, halloumi and strawberries with pineapple and mango dressing Ingredients (serves four) 1 chip strawberries, halved and stalks removed 12-15 slices pepperoni salami 150 grams of halloumi cheese, sliced A few small...... Read More

From Tragedy to Success

Stepping into Barbara Wilson’s garage, one expects to see a car. Instead a large loom nearly fills the single garage space. “I used to have four of these,” says Barbara. “Circumstances got me into it when I lost the use of my...... Read More