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Every year The Food Shows in Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch offer tens of thousands of New Zealanders the chance to taste and buy from a huge range of the very best food, drink, and kitchen equipment. Entry tickets include access to dozens of free cooking demos from celebrity chefs in the...


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A change in the weather can mean added humidity and moisture in the air, as the rain increases but the temperature follows suit. Home ventilation systems typically comprise of an above-the-ceiling-roof-cavity, centrally mounted fan, which distributes drier filtered air from the roof cavity...


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Full of plots, tricks, murders and lies, the story of ‘Othello' is Shakespearean tragedy at its very best. Othello, a Moor, is a highly esteemed general in the service of Venice. The victim of a malicious campaign of deception by his one-time friend, Iago, Othello's jealousy is inflamed; leading...


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As the old adage goes ‘there is no rest for the wicked' and nothing could be truer for metal heavyweights Devilskin.   On the back of their number-one platinum selling album ‘We Rise' and recent tour of England and USA, the four-piece band from Hamilton are starting their The Mountains...


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There has been a notable increase in requests for espresso martinis lately and after being asked for our recipe, I thought I'd share it with everyone: Chill one double shot of fresh coffee (we're after...


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Four of New Zealand's most celebrated musical talents are heading to Tauranga as part of the Church Tour 2015 this October. Musical maestros Delaney Davidson, Barry Saunders, Marlon Williams and Tami...


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For those who love theatre but have short attention spans, ‘Snip' and ‘Bonking James Bond' is the theatrical event for you. Two short plays are better than one! Merv Beets directs these...


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  Craig Newland enjoys going to the movies. His favourite films are ‘Blade Runner' and ‘One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest'. He reckons it's too expensive nowadays not to sit back and...


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You might recognise Neil Billington, but you may not know why. Neil, who is coming to town next weekend to perform at the Tauranga Art Gallery, is one of the finest harmonica players to emerge from...


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Georgina Richards is a loud and boisterous sports fan, especially when the Tall Ferns are playing. That's because she was one. The 26-year-old still has her basketball singlet – it's hanging...


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What an awesome turnout for the Hairy Maclary community day last Saturday! The Strand had a fantastic atmosphere with loads of smiling kids covered in face paint, clutching their balloons, their parents...


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Antipodes is introducing a new supreme daily organic skin booster that helps keep the skin looking its youthful best. The beauty experts at Antipodes say the Worship Superfruit Antioxidant Serum helps...


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Guy Williams has had a bad year. He's been blocked by Sonny Bill Williams on Twitter, struggled to find a balance between work and a social life – and he's out of love. His upcoming New Zealand...


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This September Tauranga will be the first stop of Hello Sailor's 40th Anniversary Tour and guitarist Harry Lyons says the lads are bursting to go. “We've been going back through our catalogue...


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Two ‘baby steps' towards developing a vibrant and diverse Strand are underway, and that's very exciting stuff. The Hairy Maclary statue installation must be recognised as the first. A lot of...


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This is a cry to arms to all you Bay of Plenty metal heads out there: Step up for 8 Foot Sativa! The Kiwi metal masters are teaming up with legendary rockers Head Like A Hole to bring their wild ways...


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“You just can't beat that raw energy when someone's face is three foot away from yours,” says guitarist Nigel Regan. Mount Maunganui's Brewers Bar should then provide the perfect venue...


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 English rock band 10cc is coming to Tauranga for a one night only performance in November. Band members Graham Gouldman, Rick Fenn, Mick Wilson, Mike Stevens and Paul Burgess, will perform at...


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As I commented in my last column, I'm very keen to introduce Simply Pure Limited's Chatham Islands Black Robin Rare Gin and the Fiordland Blue Duck Rare Vodka from Simply Pure's Rarefied Spirits to...


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A beautifully crafted concerto by New Zealand composer Martin Lodge, and written for NZ Symphony Orchestra principal bassoonist Preman Tilson, is inspiring Opus Orchestra's newest heartwarming concert...


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Eventually all of us will shuffle off this mortal coil, but by being remembered by those who are still alive we can live forever. This notion is certainly achieved in Matatoki writer Meghan Hawkes'...


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An exceptional young chamber music group featuring flute, oboe, bassoon and piano will be playing in the city this month as part of Tauranga Musica Inc's 2015 Concert Series. The Mimosa Ensemble's...


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Another fantastic Pink Ribbon Breakfast was held at The Phoenix, raising more than $8000 for this worthwhile cause. A very sincere and well-deserved thank you goes out to Melissa Lawrence for co-ordinating...


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To provide a unique night out, Tauranga companies Corporate Casino and Total Entertainment Solutionz are collaborating to create the Viva Las Vegas experience in the city on July 4. Viva Las Vegas...


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Wellington blues musician Darren Watson and Dunedin alt-folk/country troubadour Matt Langley are teaming up to encourage people to ‘shoot their televisions'. As part of their 14-show ‘Shoot...


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The Metropolitan is the world's biggest purpose-built opera house – hailed as home to the world's best voices. A few big blocks across Manhattan is Broadway – home to the musical, Rogers...


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Tonnes of snow and plenty of other winter-themed installations will turn Papamoa Tavern's garden bar area into a winter wonderland this month. Party-goers are encouraged to dress up in their winter...


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Film buffs and outdoor adrenalin junkies listen up – this month Tauranga is to become one of 400 communities in 40 countries to host this year's Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour. The...


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Foodies will have the chance to taste what seriously good food is all about at the Seriously Good Food Show next weekend. More than 130 food companies will be on show at ASB Arena, Baypark, on Saturday...


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Want to listen to a performance from three distinguished musicians with extensive international performance experience who have dayjobs as NZ School of Music lecturers in classical performance? Then...


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  Full of life and brimming with laughter is how Detour Theatre's next production is being described.   ‘Steel Magnolias' live on-stage performance at Detour Theatre from June 17 to...


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Each year the Seriously Good Food Show likes to do something different. This year it's the Tri-Theatre. What is the Tri-Theatre? With seating for 300 people looking down onto the three stages, the...


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Much-loved Wellington band Trinity Roots is hitting the road and coming to the Bay of Plenty to celebrate the release of their third studio album ‘Citizen'. They perform at Mount Maunganui's...


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The winds of change are sweeping the sleepy island of Karukam. A new resort promises a brighter future for all until fate puts the hopes of the community in the hands of Sidu – the village idiot! Kicking...


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