Entertainment

Magical wonder of elegant dining

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 there!...... Read More

Bay racers head to Leadfoot

The Leadfoot Festival is back for 2019, bringing with it a unique mix of classic cars, vintage motorcycles and motorsport legends. Each year, New Zealand racing legend Rod Millen opens his private grounds at the Leadfoot Ranch to host more than 150...... Read More

National Jazz Festival takes centre stage

Jazz fans will be treated to six days of music and excitement in April, as the Bay comes alive for the National Jazz Festival Tauranga and the National Youth Jazz Competition. The festival - the longest running of its type in the Southern Hemisphere...... Read More

When her lungs lit up like a Christmas tree

She can still get the crowds grooving and cheering her on like groupies at their favourite singer’s gig. But Debbie Walker’s voice is different now - not as powerful as it could be, but deeper and hoarse. Two years ago she was clutching...... Read More

Throwing everything at their sport

It takes more than throwing a Frisbee in a park for your dog to catch. Pro Disc Golf is a gruelling sport that requires great aim and a strong arm. Disc Golf is a flying sport in which players throw a disc at a target. Using rules similar to golf,...... Read More

Local Wild Food Challenge returns bigger and bette

Wild food enthusiasts from across the Bay of Plenty are planning their menus and waiting expectantly for Whakatane’s Local Wild Food Challenge. Challenge entrants will present dishes using wild ingredients sourced from land and the ocean. The...... Read More

Events for the long weekend

Tauranga will enjoy an influx of people celebrating Auckland Anniversary Weekend, with music, dancing and good vibes on the cards this long weekend. Three events, which are expected to bring in the crowds, will be the One Love Festival, a Nirvana,...... Read More

Silly spin on a classic story

“You can be called the director, but you can’t direct a show without a good team.” It’s not a one-man band, but Jonty Climo is the brain behind 16th Avenue Theatre’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’ show. The 19-year-old,...... Read More

Steamers success heightens stadium demand

It’s one of those moments to decide which side of history you want to be on. It’s not a question of if, but when, the city gets a sports stadium, says Tauranga City Councillor Max Mason. “I think a stadium is one of those things that’s...... Read More

Fifth and final

For as long as Isaac Schuler can remember, September has always been about the AIMS Games. Sure, there was a bit of rugby thrown in during his early years, when the 11-year-old’s father Kevin was coaching the Bay of Plenty, but otherwise New...... Read More

Greerton Village Cherry Blossom Festival

There is just over five weeks until Greerton Village’s flag ship event - the Cherry Blossom Festival. This will take place on Saturday, September 22, on Chadwick Road and at Greerton Village School. The school will be running their annual Gala...... Read More

Synchronised strength

It’s not just about pinched noses and a face full of makeup. These girls have incredible breathing control, and every movement requires great strength, endurance and grace. Synchronised swimming is harder than it looks. It’s a combination...... Read More

There’s walking and there’s walking

  Margaret Parker surprised herself. She was totting up how far she’d walked recently, and it came to more than 6000 kilometers in the last five years. “That’s not bad, is it?” she asks. When most of us are struggling...... Read More

Tackling the mother of all adventures

Stolen passports and getting stuck on a ferry in the middle of the Caspian Sea for three days has failed to deter two Tauranga men from their mission to travel a third of the earth to raise money for Crohn’s and Colitis New Zealand. Simon Dawson...... Read More

Keeping the kids busy over the school holidays

If you’re looking for activities to keep the kids busy these holidays, check out some of these: The Tauranga Performing Arts Competitions are returning to Baycourt from July 6-15, with around 900 young people competing in Highland dancing, tap...... Read More