Their castle in Omokoroa

For Rachel and BJ Ratana, their three children and dog ‘Old Boy’, their journey to get into their Classic Builders home was so good, it was better than ‘too good to be true’. An old wives’ tale claims that pregnant women...... Read More

The life and times of Prue Gooch

The first show I ever saw was when I was six or seven years old and all 70 students from Glenbrook School in Waiuku were taken to Pukekohe to see Petruchka, a ballet  by Igor Stravinsky. Coming from mostly dairy farms in the area, we were completely...... Read More

Global Kitchen

When Lindy Davis first met English-born restaurateur and chef Lloyd Rooney about five years ago, she was in his restaurant ‘The Cove’ in Waipu for lunch. “We got chatting and he told me little bits about his life coming from London...... Read More

Create the perfect outdoor space

An outdoor living space offers limitless design possibilities, adding to the usable area of a home and the value of the property without extending the building’s footprint, and creating an inviting place to enjoy the outdoors year round. We had...... Read More

Love, beauty and the planet

Sunny days seem to prompt me to think  more than usual about the whole concept of  ‘saving the planet’. Partly it’s seeing the tuis flutter into the olive tree, finding snails once again taking over, and wondering how to...... Read More

Jan Hellriegel

With the high interest in filmmaking here in the Bay of Plenty, it’s quite a win to have Jan Hellriegel coming to The Jam Factory. Not only is she an accomplished singer and songwriter with a national hit single, a pair of major label albums...... Read More

The interweaving  art of Aotearoa

The ancestor of one of Tauranga’s  most famous historical leaders has helped curate a stunning history of early Maori art through to the present day, at the Tauranga Art Gallery. Arpege Taratoa is the descendent of Henare Taratoa, a notable...... Read More

Bijouterie fashion fusion

Sophie Evans and Kerry Funnell are collaborating to bring designer fashion art fusion to the fore at the Fringe Festival at Labour Weekend.   It’s a pleasing blend of clothing and ceramic jewellery, with an organic diffusion of themes permeating...... Read More

Making a horror film with friends

The last time I was involved in a fringe arts festival, it was as part of one of the international arts festivals in Wellington  in the 90s. We rehearsed for months, unleashing a 50-voice jazz choir on what turned out to be an appreciative audience. Hard...... Read More

Annabel Langbein

Annabel Langbein’s aim is to get people into the kitchen cooking simple, healthy meals they’ll enjoy, using fresh, seasonal ingredients. And the Kiwi celebrity chef is achieving that in a myriad of ways – from cookbooks to the silver...... Read More