Spotlight on Brendan McCarthy

Spotlight on...with Janne GuitarGirl Brendan McCarthy was born and bred in Dunedin and grew up in a household where  music was a primary focus.   He began playing guitar at the age of nine, and formed his own bands throughout high school,... Read More

Spotlight on John Baxter

Spotlight on...with Janne GuitarGirl As a small child, John Baxter remembers a jukebox in the cafe where his mother worked, and his father listened to Johnny Cash and 50s rock 'n roll music. Although born in Yorkshire, England, John moved to New... Read More

Spotlight on Ian Clark

Spotlight on...with Janne GuitarGirl   Born in Ventnor, Isle of Wight, UK, Ian Clark picked up some basic piano skills as a youngster, having two elder sisters who played instruments in their childhood. But it wasn't until his teens that... Read More

French music sparkles at Tauranga park

Tauranga Musicawith Prof Barry Vercoe Mus D. Tauranga Musica injected French flavour into its 2017 Concert Season when Les Bon Vivants played at Tauranga Park Auditorium on Sunday afternoon. Three skilled musicians – all principals from the... Read More

Miss Sea ‘blew me away’

Spotlight on...with Janne GuitarGirl I first saw this talented young woman perform a couple of years ago, and she literally ‘blew me away' when I saw her using a piece of Marley downpiping for a didgeridoo. She looked like she had a... Read More

Desperately seeking Bansky

Polly Mustard Dear Banksy, Once again I board a flight on the airline that shall remain nameless, and I arrive at my destination only 10 minutes late after having decanted 2 passengers and their luggage before departure. Why? Trying... Read More

Spotlight on Aongatete festival

Spotlight on...with Janne GuitarGirl I've had the great pleasure of being involved in helping to run this annual event on the property of my good friends, Paul and Penny Hoggard, at 156 Work Rd, Katikati, usually near the last weekend in... Read More

Stephen’s under the spotlight

Spotlight on...with Janne GuitarGirl   The great thing about being passionate about music is that I get to meet some wonderful people to perform alongside. Stephen Calvert moved to Tauranga from Palmerston North a little more than two years... Read More

Shining a spotlight on saxophonist Eric Scott

Spotlight on...with Janne GuitarGirl The wonderful thing about being passionate about music is it enables us to meet some wonderful people along the way.   I met Eric Scott recently when he and wife Pam moved to Papamoa and joined the Tauranga... Read More

Film workshops with BOP Film

Art Beatwith Rosalie Crawford The recent huge interest in film making generated by the BOP Film community has resulted in requests for workshops for people keen to learn about the many facets of making a movie.BOP Film's Just 3 Girls. Who... Read More

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Are you happy with a Labour/NZ First/Green coalition?

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