The Great NZ Arts Journey

Recently I was asked to step in at  short notice and speak for three minutes on creativity. During October and November, the Arts Foundation Te Tumu Toi in partnership with Creative NZ and The Chartwell Trust hit the road around NZ to gather stories...... Read More

The secret lives of eels

It’s 10pm and NIWA trucks are  driving along Thornton beach towards the Rangitaiki river mouth, a 10 minute drive West of Whakatane. At 10:30pm Waikato university masters student, Siobhan Nuri will drop her nets to start collecting glass...... Read More

Zoe Kennedy says goodbye

As Zoe Kennedy reflects back on  her life in Tauranga, she says  something extraordinary. “Tauranga gave me my dream.” She pauses and smiles. About a week before Christmas, this stalwart and pillar of local theatre for half...... Read More

Villains of the rock scene

“We are the champions, my friends “And we’ll keep on fighting ‘til the end “We are the champions “We are the champions.” The lyrics to the iconic Queen song are fitting not only for New Zealand’s fight...... Read More

Surf and turf

On a Thursday evening in  Mount Maunganui, a group of 20 or more surfers head into Shark Alley hoping  to catch a wave. After a decent paddle and a few wipeouts, it’s back on dry land for a mean feed and a yarn by the barbecue. A typical...... Read More

Selwyn Ridge filmmakers

When Selwyn Ridge Primary School teacher Sarah Oemcke heard about the International Youth Silent Film Festival, she and fellow teacher Scott Feistt decided to transform their two classes of students into  filmmakers for two weeks. The project...... Read More

A merry, sustainable Christmas

Michael Buble is back on the airwaves and the weather just keeps getting better, meaning Christmas is just around  the corner. From bulk packs of plastic decorations to single-use wrapping paper, producing excessive waste has become synonymous...... Read More

Capturing memories

In a world buzzing with technology and digital, one Tauranga photographer is stepping back in time and focusing  in on the physical. And she’s doing well at it – this year winning numerous international awards for her stunning photography. Donna...... Read More

Decorating tips for small spaces

With house prices continuing to rise more people are purchasing smaller homes to get onto the property ladder.   Studio apartments, compact homes and converted containers are increasing in popularity and just because it’s small doesn’t...... Read More

Katikati kitchen in running for award

A new kitchen in Katikati in the running for an international renovation award. It features in the Best Kitchen category in the Refresh Renovations People’s Choice Awards, going head to  head with other kitchen revamps from Australia, the...... Read More