Moochi Mount

It’s been 19 years and now it’s time for them to come back to the beginning. New Zealand clothing brand Moochi started out in Mount Maunganui and is now returning to its roots to open a store just 50m from where it all began. “Nineteen...... Read More

Kristian Lomath

“Concussion is a weird thing and  I wouldn’t wish it on anyone,” says  painter Kristian Lomath. Bruce Barnard and I were standing at the door of Kristian’s new studio, marvelling at the canvases  and colour. Having...... Read More

The collection of Valentine Scrivener

Janice Giles and July Alvos. The artistic spirit of the late Valentine Scrivener has been brought to life again this week in a Tauranga shop window, showcasing her unique collection of clothing and millinery. Born on Valentine’s Day 1931, Valentine...... Read More

Poukai at Huria Marae

Charlie Rahiri rang me to see if I’d like to see behind the scenes of an annual royal marae feast. “We’re feeding four hundred,” says Charlie, who oversees the April banquet at Huria Marae. “Two hundred and sixty are seated...... Read More

Dixie jazz on the Tauranga harbour

  On Easter Friday in the late afternoon, I joined the Kewpie as it set off on a cruise across the Tauranga harbour. The one-hour sunset cruise turned out to be a special highlight of the Easter Jazz Festival. For three evenings over the weekend,...... Read More

Seren-Aid – eat good and do good

I slipped into a seat at Curate Church  one evening and turned to say ‘hi’ to the person next to me. A great surprise to  find it was none other than “Knightrider” Nathan W. Little, one of my most  favourite-in-the-world...... Read More

Are these yours?

Natasha Curd messaged me asking if  The Weekend Sun could help with a  family mission. “My grandma’s late husband, who passed away nearly two years ago, owned a framing shop. There are some family photos all framed that weren’t...... Read More

Curbing food waste in Tauranga

A group of five, including two pursuing PhD’s, have developed a way of curbing food waste in Tauranga. “We started a Facebook page and Instagram - @eightmecom – which connects Tauranga and Mount Maunganui businesses with customers...... Read More

The stories of NZ’s kiwifruit pioneers

I couldn’t wait to read Elaine Fisher’s new book ‘Seeds of Success -  the Stories of New Zealand’s Kiwifruit Pioneers’. Commissioned by NZ Kiwifruit Growers (NZKGI) to mark its 25th anniversary in 2019, I knew it...... Read More

A pivotal moment

I’ve met a lot of people around Tauranga who one day just have a pivotal moment. They step back from their lives a moment, take a look at what they’re doing, what their skill  set is, and realise they can do something more. Something...... Read More