Meaty entertainment

AMPAULwith Paul KendonArts and entertainment blogger The Tauranga Girls' College and Tauranga Boys' College's production of Sweeney Todd opened to a packed house at Baycourt Theatre last night. It was a show of two halves with... Read More

Toe tapping original compositions

AMPAULwith Paul KendonArts and entertainment blogger She Jus Greedy played at the Welcome Bay Sports Club at the weekend and it was a real treat. Hitting the stage a little after the Chiefs game against the Hurricanes on Friday night half time... Read More

Hunger Games hits the target

Laura's screening with Laura Weaser The Hunger Games. Directed by Gary Ross. Out now in cinemas. Considered as the new Twilight craze, and smashing box-office records, The Hunger Games sets the standard in teen fiction films by taking aim... Read More

Remake one-ups the original series

Laura's screening with Laura Weaser 21 Jump Street. Directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller. Out now in cinemas. Bad hair… Motorway explosions, car chases, sliding across your bonnet because you are too cool to walk around your car... Read More

Nature’s own festival

Laura's screening with Laura Weaser Sundaise, set on Dickey's Flat, is a festival of arts, craft, music, culture and arts. Away from the world, the beautiful festival describes itself as a “collection of like-minded souls gathering... Read More

‘Dawn’ fails to shine a light

Laura's screening with Laura Weaser Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part One. Out on DVD now. Let me first address an important bias that may influence this review. 1)    I despise to my core the idea of Twilight, everything associated... Read More

A dizzying English history lesson

Laura's screening with Laura Weaser Anonymous. Directed by Roland Emmerich. Out now on DVD. What if one of the greatest literary figures of our time was nothing more than an illiterate idiot who was merely a mouthpiece of a well-known Earl?... Read More

Personal journey an anecdote for greater loss

Laura's screening with Laura Weaser Brother Number One. Out now in selected cinemas. Directed by Annie Goldson. Bookended by a brother's journey, Brother Number One leads the viewer through Cambodian history as told by Whakatane born... Read More

Setting women’s rights back 100 years

Laura's screening with Laura Weaser Directed by Douglas McGrath. Out now on DVD and Blu-ray. Since feminist movements in the 1970s-1980s, there has been the age old question of: can a women juggle career and family, or does she have to decide... Read More

The battle that became a complicated war

Laura's screening with Laura Weaser Warrior. Directed By Gavin O'Connor. Out on DVD March 7. Every man is a warrior, driven to fight not only physically against others, but emotionally against society, economy and even family. Visually... Read More

Opinion Poll

Only 38 per cent of electors returned their voting forms in the council elections, did you vote?

I’m not enrolled to vote
I dumped the voting form
I didn’t get round to posting it
I returned my voting form by mail
I dropped my voting form into council

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