Butter-smooth hydrofoiling

I was driving along The Mall in Pilot Bay when I noticed Richard Bates donning his bright orange helmet. I stopped to say hi, finding him getting ready to head out onto the water. There was a stiff breeze of about nine knots and the tide was still...... Read More

Seeing with the Right Eye

We think of vision to describe how clearly we see things. The impact of vision on our lives is much more profound than just seeing the world clearly – we need it to thread a needle; identify people moving in crowds;  and while driving a car,...... Read More

Barry Lloyd Vercoe’s world premiere

It’s hard to imagine meeting world-renowned composers like Beethoven, Mozart and Stravinsky, yet this month, surprisingly to me, it seems I have.   Right in our midst, living in Tauranga, is award-winning composer Barry Lloyd Vercoe. Composer,...... Read More

Papamoa Patchers

Every Monday, the Papamoa Patchers meet at Arataki Community Centre for a morning of patchworking, quilting, sewing and embroidery. On Saturday, September 15, this enthusiastic group will celebrate their craft with an open day at Mount Maunganui Bridge...... Read More

Finding your tribe

When Melissa Osgood arrived from Auckland to live in Tauranga about two  and a half years ago, she wanted to  connect with people. “I moved here for a more laid-back lifestyle,” says Melissa. “I connected right away with...... Read More

Newcomers and Homecomers

Kathryn Overall is the friendly face  on the Wish You Were Working Here website. Developed by Priority One, the site is a strategic tool for linking the local business network with people relocating into the Bay of Plenty. Kathryn writes the stories...... Read More

Tauranga Heritage Walk

The Tauranga Heritage Walk, an approximate 3km stroll, takes in many of the more important historical features of the city, including the Elms Mission Station. Set up in 2012, the some two dozen information panels along the trail were each coloured...... Read More

Danielle Meier,  wonder woman

Danielle Meier has been regularly running the 21 km trail from Te Puke Quarry Road to TECT Park. “I absolutely love it,” says Danielle, who was unable to run at all from birth until the age of 21. Growing up with extremely painful compartment...... Read More

Building your dream home

If you are on the hunt for a new  home that is creative, unique, modern and sophisticated, the team at Jennian Homes Bay of Plenty  are the people to talk to. But if you want to see for yourself, visit  their new show home on The Boulevard,...... Read More


Steampunk is coming to Tauranga in September with ‘Steam-Tember’. The idea to steer Tauranga into the world of steampunk came to Lindsey Morgan and her husband Mick after attending the ‘Steampunk the Thames’ event. “We...... Read More