Heart of Maketu

I discovered this week that not only is Maketu the home of Maketu Pies and Masterchef winners Karena and Kasey Bird, but it’s also home to a vibrant community hub with a huge heart. Maketu Health and Social Services or Maketu Hauora has a dream...... Read More

Little Fish Underwater Photography

His photos are beautiful, ethereal and captivating – and he started by shooting marine life and the Rena wreck. And now Bay of Plenty photographer Dale Hobson is passionate about taking other-worldly photos of models underwater. It’s the...... Read More

Bethlehem’s community hub

For years I cycled past a paddock down from our orchard in Moffat Rd. Sometimes it had a horse grazing but mostly I remember that it lay fallow. These days it’s home to not just the Bethlehem Community Church and a community garden, but is a...... Read More

Beautiful and unique

It’s lovely to feel the temperatures climbing and seeing a little more sunshine. Christmas and the festive season are just around the corner so its an ideal time to freshen up your appearance and attend to some of the less positive effects of...... Read More

Kiwi Can

As I sat in the hall at Otumoetai College, I couldn’t help but remember back to my first year there as a 13-year-old, sitting in assembly. A quiet introvert, involved in hockey, netball, and music, I had barely developed an opinion of my own,...... Read More

Making friends across the Pacific

The Anchor AIMS Games is all about making friends amongst the other teams, having fun and playing sport. This year there was an even stronger Pasifika component than before with students, coaches and parents travelling to Tauranga from the Cook Islands,...... Read More

Fixing foot pain

Do you suffer from foot pain that just won’t go away? Do you have bunions and think surgery is the only option? The team at Corrective Foot Solutions might have the answer. The clinic is a podiatry practice specialising in an effective and advanced...... Read More

Nature Needs Us

I was first introduced to the idea of conservation when I was an 11-year-old student at Otumoetai Intermediate. Our teacher Betty Bennett took our Form 1 class down the bank below the school to the boggy marsh area below and talked to us about what...... Read More

Making Kaiate Falls swimmable again

Crystal Jones is passionate about the future of the Kaiate Falls and surrounding streams. As one of the landowners in the area, she is determined to reduce the E.coli contamination in the streams feeding into the Kaiate Falls by fencing the streams...... Read More

Kim Westerskov

While talking with multi-award-winning wildlife photographer Kim Westerskov,  I realised most of his life has been  one big adventure. Attacked by an octopus, cuddled by a baby whale, and diving under Antarctic ice are only a few of the many...... Read More