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Sunday, April 19, 2015

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Now, if you've read even a couple of mycolumns, you'll know I'm very passionate about helping to create or support events that will help The Strand become a vibrant and exciting destination. Usually, we'll try and think outside the box for ideas or events to keep the momentum going. But this time,...


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It's 1.8m wide and 2.1m high – and it eats people. Figuratively, of course. The giant ‘plant' is the focal point of Tauranga Musical Theatre's latest production – ‘Little Shop of Horrors'. “It's big enough for people to fit inside it,” says Tauranga Musical...


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April 19 brings a special concert to Baycourt. Beginning its 40-year anniversary celebrations, Bay of Plenty Symphonia will perform ‘Gypsy!' – a chance to indulge in an afternoon's colourful...


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Have you heard of Johann Jacob Schweppe? You may recognise his last name. Johann created and patented the ability to carbonate water and he did it in 1783. And if that's not enough, he's also responsible...


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The 16thAvenue Theatre cast is putting the fun into dysfunctional, with their brand new musical comedy that lifts the lid on the perils of family life, premiering these Easter holidays.  The...


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With NZSale opening at Fashion Island this week – NZSale is going to give a lucky winner a free gift of fragrance. Nestled in Papamoa, the array of outlet stores offer a large range of clothes...


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One of Australia's leading nutrition specialists and women's health experts Dr Libby Weaver is coming to Tauranga to help women understand the mysteries and magic of the female body. With a background...


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Speaking from Miami the legendary Jimmy Cliff offers a friendly “hello my friend” in a thick Jamaican accent that instantly puts you at ease. The often and rightly dubbed ‘godfather...


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Offerings of mouth-watering seafood accompanied with a variety of entertainment is what people can look forward to on Valentine's Day.  More than 25 vendors will be offering everything from...


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Wow, it's February all ready and look at the weather so far. With perfect barbecue weather and all the fresh produce around, we're certainly spoilt for choice. There's loads of fresh corn to be barbecued...


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Get lost in a fantasy at Te Puna Quarry Park with Summer Shakespeare in the Bay's inaugural production of ‘A Midsummer Night's Dream'. Produced by Twice as Good Productions, Shakespeare's comedic...


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An illusionist, ventriloquist, shadow puppeteer, mime and comedian walk into a pub one day, the barman turns around and says “G'day Raymond, what'll it be?” Australian performer Raymond...


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Summer is well and truly here, with an exciting range of new fashions and season sales at Fashion Island. Nestled in Papamoa, the array of outlet stores offer a large range of clothes and items at...


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Jim Beam has been brewing Kentucky bourbon for more than 200 years – and at some point, many will have tried their white or black label. There's also the green label – a rye bourbon,...


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He doesn't usually get to spend much time soaking up the sights and sounds when he's in Tauranga for a gig. In fact his during last visit in mid-December, Jeremy Elwood and fellow ‘7 Days' comedians...


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Seven hours of live music, food, drinks and fun times for a mere $25 will be on offer at Papamoa's first big music event for 2015.   The Summertime Blues Festival will feature the musical stylings...


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New Zealand musician Dave Dobbyn has lost count of the gigs he's performed in Tauranga from Th'Dudes to DD Smash and 31 years a solo artist. He remembers the early days fondly. Like the time he played...


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With the abundance of strawberries available, let's look at using them as the base ingredient for cocktails and even mocktails. Try slicing strawberries, then letting them soak in Cointreau for about...


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Welcome to 2015 everybody. I think this year's going to be very positive for the Bay of Plenty. Especially for Tauranga, as entertainment groups strive to bring a diversity of events offering a more...


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What do you get if you cross a pantomime horse with a musical? Songs, laughs and entertainment, according to the young performers at 16th Avenue Theatre.   Known for laugh-a-minute, fast-paced...


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After a six-year hiatus, Kids Fair - The Family Expo is returning to the Greenlane's ASB Showgrounds on January 17-18 from 10am-5pm daily. With the venue packed with entertainment, exhibits, free...


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The sweet sounds of three singer-songwriters filled Major Toms in Mount Maunganui for a free gig this month. It is part of Auckland multi-instrumentalist Ezra Vine's summer tour, which sees him joining...


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There's no better body care products, made from natural organic New Zealand ingredients, than those from Pure Blend. Pure Blend has a huge range of products covering facial, lip, oral, hair, hand...


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Be a responsible drinker – that's the message the new drinking regulations are trying to get out there. It's not a ‘stop drinking' message. By being responsible for how, when and what...


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The Clash of the Titans Tour featuring Dragon, The Exponents and The Feelers is heading to Mount Maunganui and Coroglen this month. The Weekend Sun has a number of prizes to give away including the...


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There's no better home care products, made from natural organic New Zealand ingredients, than those from Pure Blend. Pure Blend has a huge range of products to cover most cleaning requirements, including...


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When the V8 jetsprint boats power their way into Mount Maunganui's ASB Stadium again in 2015 – Tauranga's Ken Goebel is guaranteed to be there front and centre. There's no way he's going to...


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The jokers from TV3 hit comedy satire show ‘7 Days' will be returning to Baycourt Theatre in Tauranga for a sold-out show on December 17. If you missed out on a ticket and are feeling gutted,...


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Bigger, better and more are the words being used to describe Devilskin's Summer Surrender tour. One of New Zealand's top hard rock bands, Devilskin are once again hitting the roads as they tour the...


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Keen music-lovers are invited to celebrate the festive season with Tauranga blues band – Kokomo – next Friday. Presented by Tauranga Music, Kokomo's 2014 Christmas Party at Mauao Performing...


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‘If it isn't broken, don't drink it'. What a slogan and also a great way to introduce Broken Vodka – a premium New Zealand vodka. Created in a backyard shed down Wanaka way, Broken Shed...


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Choosing home care products made from natural organic New Zealand ingredients is high on my priority list. I've been using Pure Blend products for several years now, and I'm totally addicted to them....


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