Building bespoke living spaces

Winter is the perfect time to cosy up inside and enjoy your living spaces. As the weather draws us back inside, the team at The Design Depot can help you get your home ready for the cooler months. The Design Depot showroom on Totara St is beautifully...... Read More

Combining style and sustainability

    Thorne Group has built a light, breezy home that not only stands as a beautiful home, but is also eco-friendly and healthier to live in. The Thorne Group’s new show home at The Lakes seamlessly combines design and eco-consciousness. The...... Read More

Dash Shaw

    With the growing number of animators in Tauranga and Rotorua, it’s great news to hear that Dash Shaw will be coming to town. Thanks to the support of the US Embassy, the Tauranga Art Gallery is flying Dash to New Zealand to speak...... Read More

Allan Bicker

    Chief Fire Officer Allan Bicker has been a volunteer fire fighter for the Papamoa Volunteer Fire Brigade for over 30 years. On the last day of March 2019, he quietly went into the station and hung up his chief’s hat for the last...... Read More

Wahine on Water

    Surf lifeguards from around the Bay of Plenty and Coromandel areas made waves at one of the first Wahine on Water Events, held at Whangamata Beach in April. As part of a BP Leaders for Life Project, young volunteers Phoebe Havill, Phil...... Read More

The spirit of Napoleon in Papamoa

    While exploring the Papamoa waterways, I came across an arched footbridge with an overhanging weeping willow. Taking a photo of this rather romantic scene, I posted the picture to Facebook. Tauranga City Councillor Steve Morris immediately...... Read More

The road that wasn’t there

In New Zealand there are some  56,000 kilometres of paper roads –  streets and towns that exist only on surveyors’ maps. Or do they? Ralph McCubbin Howell has written a deliciously dark fairy-tale called ‘The Road That Wasn’t...... Read More

Koningsdag – the Kings’ Birthday

Warmly welcomed in to the monthly gathering of the Tauranga Dutch friendship group, I find myself surrounded by laughter and conversational buzz. This cosy, warm, comfortable and welcoming vibe is called gezelligheid. Nearly 60 people are seated at...... Read More

The best in barbecuing

Big Smoke in name and big personality in nature. Mike Jeffries, owner of Tauranga’s Big Smoke Barbecue Co. is a right character to chat to. And he’s got a bit of a story behind how he got his passion for barbecued meats. “I’ve...... Read More

Food trucks abound

It’s likely that you’ll get peckish while wandering around the amazing offers available at the Tauranga Home Show. No need to fear though, the organisers have thought of everything! The Tauranga Home Show is proud to feature plenty of...... Read More