Contest set to help contestants ‘grow’

Eight contestants will take on theoretical and practical events, to test their knowledge and skills in a competitive and fast-paced environment, on July 20 at Mount Maunganui College in a bid to win the 2022 Bay of Plenty Young Grower competition. The...... Read More

Global avocado community heading to NZ

New Zealand’s growing avocado industry will take the spotlight in April 2023 when Aotearoa hosts the World Avocado Congress for the first time ever. With a global avocado market worth approximately US$8billion in 2020, and expected to grow to...... Read More

Living the good life on French’s Farm

In comparison to the serenity of the paddocks of sheep, goats, pigs and cows outside, the store at French’s Farm is a hive of activity. “Welcome to our madness,” laughs Katherine Hughes, daughter of business owners Mike and Robyn...... Read More

Mount Eliza keeps maturing

Big wheels of cheese, gaining speed, bouncing and bobbing their way over humps of green tussock and lumps of cow-trodden earth, chased eagerly downhill by contestants, is something you’d to expect to see in the UK. Not this time – and with...... Read More

Legend of the Concert Series

He’s a legendary Kiwi music icon who needs no introduction – but when it comes to performing the Port of Tauranga 59th National Jazz Festival’s Concert Series, Midge Marsden says the pleasure is all his. “It’s a very prestigious...... Read More

Downtown Carnival goes back indoors!

For this year only – the upcoming 59th Port of Tauranga National Jazz Festival’s two-day Downtown Carnival on June 25-26 is returning to its roots. Instead of being staged outdoors, the Downtown Carnival is back inside the bars and restaurants...... Read More

Soak up jazz this Matariki!

A new event showcasing live outdoors jazz in all its glory at Mount Maunganui – with a line-up of ‘groove-meister’ musicians – will make every body want to move this Matariki Friday, June 24. The day-long free event –...... Read More

National Youth Jazz Competition

Rising popularity of jazz among youth, a Covid rebound and extra time from the National Jazz Festival’s postponement means the 44th National Youth Jazz competition will be the biggest yet. More than 500 students will descend on Baycourt Community...... Read More

Still loving the land at 92!

My grandad is 92 years old and he’s still got farming fever. Yes, you read that right. As a hearty nonagenarian, Geoff Le Gallais is still fattening and finishing beef cattle at his Tauriko farm. As long as the grass keeps growing, he has no...... Read More

The wisdom of organic gardening

From pharmacist to fashion designer, Brenda Donald has worn many hats, but it’s a passion for the land that’s taken her into organic farming. As former owner of Central Parade Pharmacy, her focus on human health also aligned well with her...... Read More