Building Kiwi homes for over 15 years

The opening of the first new showhome for A1 Homes was a memorable milestone for owners  Julie and Bruce Clayton. The couple, who have owned the A1 Christchurch franchise for 15 years, launched the showhome at Papamoa’s Golden Sands subdivision...... Read More

Quintessential Kiwi Villa

Amy and Adam Turner, and their two littlies Harper & Leo, are your quintessential cool,  young family. Their first home couldn’t be more befitting. Luck didn’t play a hand in getting them here, Amy and Adam paid their dues flatting...... Read More

The ARRC Wildlife Trust team

I stopped in at ARRC Wildlife Trust  to see Liza. Or Dr Liza Schneider, as she’s formally known. Much more than a modern version of Noah and his ark, ARRC - Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre - Wildlife Trust director and veterinarian...... Read More

TMT Youth theatre turns ten

For the last decade, a youth show at Tauranga Musical Theatre – TMT –  has been staged, involving actors  aged 10-18 years. This summer, the youth theatre reaches their ten-year milestone with The Little Mermaid Junior opening...... Read More

Embracing souls with music

Paul Ubana Jones has a considerable sized NZ tour planned for 2019, with 25 concerts booked, and audiences looking forward to hearing him perform recent and new songs. He’s playing at The Jam Factory in  Tauranga on February 6. “In...... Read More

The Jam Factory

I’d heard that my old classroom-turned-music-room  from Otumoetai Primary School had been transformed into something now called  The Jam Factory. I had fond memories of learning four chords on a ukulele in this room, during lunchtimes...... Read More

Behind the scenes

Back in the summer of 2018, it seemed there was a gig to suit just about everyone’s musical taste buds. Diehard fans paid witness to a performance from Bryan Adams that was straight from the heart, got right in the middle of the action at Bay...... Read More

The wonder of Christmas

The Tauranga Christian Writers group is part of a nationwide collective of authors, editors and writers. Founded in 1983, NZ Christian Writers groups meet monthly to encourage and help up-skill people’s writing. This month, instead of writing...... Read More

Legendary NZ rocker

I phoned Maurice Greer about  his upcoming gig in Tauranga, thinking he probably lived in a rock legend haven somewhere in the hinterland outskirts  of Auckland. As it turns out, he just lives down the road in Papamoa. It was a beautiful...... Read More

A family business

The sweet fragrance of roses and strawberries wafting across the fields is the unmistakable smell of summer. Large trees burst with bird song, and all around the Somerfield Berryfruit Farm in Oropi, rows of plants are dotted with juicy red berries. At...... Read More