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

What an unfortunate series of events!

Art Beatwith Rosalie Crawford The idea for basing a story line off a series of books that so many of us as children fell in love with, came from Angus Stewart and Isabella Perkins, two drama students at Bethlehem College. Lemony Snickett's... Read More

Sustainable Art Challenge

Art Beatwith Rosalie Crawford What's it like to enter the Envirohub Sustainable Art Challenge? I'd heard that Baycourt is packed out every year as the event attracts hundreds to come see trash turned into art and fashion. This year... Read More

Comfort food for pre-winter

Peter BlakewayFood writer As a chef, you know winter is approaching when you've done the last wedding of the season. For me that was two weeks ago, so we're now well into that seasonal no-man's-land where we can feel winter is... Read More

Through the Looking Glass

Insider's Guide to the Festivalwith Liz Frenchwww.nzgardenandartfest.co.nz This year's Garden and Art Festival may be the last for one gardener, but we hope it's not the last for her garden. Gael Blaymires, of The Looking Glass... Read More

The Fountain of Youth

Insider's Guide to the Festivalwith Liz French I'd be kidding myself to think I was still drinking from the fountain of youth. For goodness sake I've recently become a ‘pensioner'. I used my Gold Card to get a discount... Read More

Gardening is like landscape painting

Insider's Guide to the Festivalwith Liz French The Garden Trail is the backbone of every festival and while there may be a myriad of other events at the festival without our gardeners we have no festival. The gardeners who share their private... Read More



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