Cycling the length of NZ

The Dingle Pedallers, made up of four gentlemen with an average age of 70, are cycling the length of the country to raise funds for the Graeme Dingle Foundation. The distance of 3000 km is expected to take  them about 40 days. “They will...... Read More

Georgia Bavington

Georgia Bavington’s goal to swim the Cook Strait could be achieved earlier than planned. Currently fifth on the list of potentials, the 15-year-old could get called up any day to tackle the challenge.   Georgia started planning the Cook...... Read More

Bethlehem’s kauri country cottage

I met Brian and Meg Claxton during  the Bay of Plenty Garden and Art Trail  in November. I have cycled past their house, located part way up the Waihi Road, as a 13-year-old, and driven by many times. But I hadn’t noticed it until...... Read More

Anthony Green, the loquacious baker

Fig and fennel, rye, sourdough,  poppy seeds and something else delicious and new. Tucked away in Tauriko, the aroma of freshly baked bread and  coffee is indescribable. Anthony Green, at Pocket Bakery in Hotuhotu Street, has launched a new,...... Read More

Sparkling Dîner en Blanc

Two white fox faces swirl through a magically intimate tableau.  Did you really see them? You glance back, but the Delphic duo have vanished again into the late summer hues, momentarily caught in an ethereal theatre of grace and elegance. Over...... Read More

Painting colour into lives

Suzy Cels loves colour. I first met her during the Bay of Plenty Garden and Art Festival and found myself captivated by the layers of colour in her native  bird paintings. Our photographer Bruce Barnard walked into her Oropi studio and didn’t...... Read More

Oropi Sunday Market

One Sunday morning I found myself  on a mission to buy a unique baby shower gift for my niece, who is expecting  her second child. I decided to motor up through the Oropi countryside to the Oropi Sunday Market, to see if I could find a ‘one-off’...... Read More

Waitangi Day Festival

A celebration of Waitangi Day will be held in two locations across Tauranga on Wednesday, February 6. Live music, food stands and cultural performances will feature at both Mount Drury and the Tauranga Historic Village. The free “sea and village”...... Read More

Back to school safety

The nightmare many parents worry about was captured in the immortal words of Liam Neeson’s character Bryan Mills from the film Taken. “What I do have are a very particular set of skills, skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills...... Read More

Adding life to the city

It used to be where Tauranga citizens  went to pay their rates, lodge a building permit or complain about overgrown fire hazards around the city. Now the former home of the Tauranga City Council has been reinvigorated into a funky retail, food,...... Read More