Visiting the big carrot off-season

Ohakune, the land of the big carrot, is a popular ski destination during winter but has a somewhat lonely feeling in the off-season. However, even if you’re not that keen on snow sports, Ohakune and the surrounding area has plenty to offer. I...... Read More

A roadie to Rotorua

A nearly annual weekend away with my four sisters and my mother is always something I look forward to. The opportunity to step back into our own childhoods, where we are reliving holidays with laughter, board games, practical jokes and plenty of activities,...... Read More

A vist to the Chatham Islands

A visit to the Chatham Islands has always been on my travel list, but with other overseas destinations cropping up over the years I never quite got there. Now that overseas travel has been restricted, New Zealanders are encouraged to see their own...... Read More

Purple Patch

At 40 years old, Purple Patch has seen generations of people come through its doors, from children finding a toy to treasure, to a friend finding a gift for an expecting mum. The store is one of the longest-standing retailers in Tauranga’s CBD,...... Read More

Coast, community and kai

Real estate agent Jono Hutson and artist Saras Howie share a passion for community, health and vegetarian food. Throughout the summer of 2020/21, the Raglan couple served delicious food from what locals call the Tiny Shop - a 2.8 square metre shop...... Read More

Finger on The Pulse

The new era thrust upon us by the global pandemic has provided an interesting opportunity for a locally-based cruise ship director who has shifted his overseas office to a makeshift studio in Papamoa. Darren McColl, who lives with wife Mylinda Reid McColl...... Read More

Skincare for winter

As the temperature starts to drop and summer sun fades, so too may our summer glow, leaving us with a drier, duller complexion. While this can be combated with the basic golden rules of skin care: drinking lots of water, sun protection and healthy...... Read More

Ad-Lib with Jennifer Ward-Lealand

Jennifer and Anna Jullienne in ‘Two Ladies. Photo: Michael Smith. At the age of seven, Jennifer Ward-Lealand made her stage debut by chance. Some 51 years later, she still loves her craft. Back then, dad Conrad Lealand took Jennifer to a play...... Read More

Life hacks for cats

Bean with his human Grant Dyson   I’ve often been curious, wondering what my cat Arthur would write if he ever stopped snoozing and set his mind to it. Now I don’t have to ponder any longer, as Grant Dyson’s cat Bean has written...... Read More

Wedding magic

When it comes to your wedding, there’s nothing that feels too special. From the flowers to the food, the dress to the dancing, the day should be perfect. And for those wanting an extra special day, Peppers on the Point can deliver all of that...... Read More