SunLive Competitions

Moved to tears

It has been recounted that as Handel composed his oratorio through 24 days of August and September in 1741, he was moved to tears and sensed the presence of God. The proceeds of the premiere performance in Dublin seven months later were devoted to the relief of prisoners, the support of a hospital and...

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(Closes: 21-11-2017)

Win a special Sunday breakfast

If the idea of breakfast with your favourite jolly bearded man sounds like a good way to spend a Sunday morning, head to SunLive to win the chance to dine with the main Christmas man himself. Bethlehem Town Centre, in partnership with SunMedia, will be hosting ‘Breakfast with Santa' – a...

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(Closes: 28-11-2017)

Christmas Lights Drive 2017

If you are dressing your house to the twinkling, glittering nines enter The Weekend Sun Christmas Lights Drive and go in the draw to win some great prizes, including one of two hampers worth $140 filled with delicious goodies.   It's free to enter! All entered decorated houses will have their...

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(Closes: 05-12-2017)

Competition Winners

Supersuckers playing in the Mount

Donning cowboy hats and kicking out a gleefully trashy brand of throttling, rockabilly-flavoured garage punk, legendary and self-proclaimed 'greatest rock n' roll band in the world' the Supersuckers hit...

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Season's Greetings from the theatre

It's Christmas Eve in the Bunker household, and stress levels are rising. Belinda wants peace and goodwill, Uncle Harvey wants peace and quiet to watch the telly, Phyllis wants another drink and Rachel...

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Leave with a laugh

The mayhem begins the moment the old friends arrive at Connie's house for their weekly bridge club. The ladies have decided to have one last fling for Mary, a recently departed dear friend and bridge partner....

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Sol3 Mio coming in January

Popular music trio Sol3 Mio are playing in Tauranga this January as part of an eight-date tour celebrating Christmas and the beloved Kiwi summer. The boys will perform their signature mix of opera arias,...

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On the edge of inspiration

Be inspired to walk up a mountain or trek thousands of miles to a remote destination at an action-packed Tauranga film screening. Five films from the 2017 New Zealand Mountain Film Festival, which was...

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Devilskin descending on Tauranga

Hamilton rock and metal band Devilskin will be touring New Zealand this October, including a stop at ASB Arena on Friday October 20. They'll be supported by another female-fronted hard rock band, Canadians...

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Topp Twins return with another show

Perennial Kiwi favourites the Topp Twins will be entertaining local audiences once more when they kick off their ‘Heading for the Hills' tour this October. The North Island tour will visit Hamilton,...

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Popular tribute bands coming to town

Fans of Nirvana and the Red Hot Chili Peppers won't want to miss a gig featuring the best hits of these bands at Totara Street. Lounge Apes and Funkadelic Monks are two Auckland-based tribute bands, playing...

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Musical duo join Kokomo show

Marion Arts and Robbie Laven have busy musical lives but they rarely perform together any more. All that is about to change when the duo reunite to play with Kokomo at the 16th Ave Theatre on Friday,...

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Love your garden

Dust off the gloves. Dig out the spade. Get ready to get your hands dirty. National Gardening Week is coming up from October 6-13. The week aims to foster a love of gardening with a focus on growing not...

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Advice from experts and suppliers

The Spring Home Show is the perfect place to find all your home products and service needs under one roof. Step through the doors and feel the buzz of energy and inspiration. Get expert advice from more...

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Tauranga Indie band’s first stop

Indie band Racing is coming to Tauranga this Friday to start their nationwide tour at Totara Street. After impressing fans and critics with a string of singles, Racing has just released their...

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the Last Night of the Proms

Operatunity's Daytime Concert Series presents a variety show of magnificent melodies, singalongs, skits, madness and mayhem so participants can all experience a right royal time. One of the most famous...

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NZ's longest running metal show turns 30

New Zealand's longest running and most popular specialist music show is now 30 years old. The Axe Attack, a show dedicated to heavy metal and hard rock music, has become a household name over three decades...

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Getting fancy and supporting charity

Dust off your suit, pull out your fancy shoes, and get yourself all dolled up for a fantastic night out. The Tauranga Gala Dinner is coming to ASB Baypark Arena on September 29 at 7pm, and aside from delivering...

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Food, fun, and feuding

Detour Theatre is bringing the magic of the kitchen to the stage with its new show ‘The Kitchen Witches'. Isobel Lomax and Dolly Biddle are B Grade cooking show hostesses who have hated each other...

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Win a Father’s Day hamper

Online company Champers Hampers provides an array of gourmet food and beverage hampers for you to enjoy or gift to your family, friends, staff and clients. The hampers are the perfect gift for Dad this...

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The Ladykillers on stage

Don't miss ‘The Ladykiller's – a hilarious and critically-acclaimed adaptation of the classic Ealing comedy, written by renowned comedy writer Graham Linehan (‘Father Ted', ‘The...

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Finding the Bay’s next Rising Star

Talented young musicians from around the Bay of Plenty will compete for the title of Rising Star 2017 in Bay of Plenty Symphonia's next concert. This is the culmination of two competitions for secondary...

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Plans for next weekend?

Let me tell you my plans for next weekend. As it happens, I'm off to Wellington for four days, and looking forward to it immensely since ‘Wellington On a Plate' is happening along with all sorts...

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The legendary Roy Phillips

They say it's never a good idea to meet your heroes. And they're usually right. I've met a few of mine, some through music writing, some just by coincidence, and it's always a bit of a lottery. There've...

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Circus sensation coming to the Bay

  ‘Cirque Grande' – proudly presented by Zirka Circus, is on its very first tour of New Zealand. The all-new circus sensation presents world-class acts from around the globe. Prepare to...

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Ora King

Competition is certainly heating up for the entry dishes for the Ora King Salmon Awards. A big thanks to Debbie and the team at The Rabbit Hole for the invite to not only try the entry dish, but to enjoy...

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Singing and swinging in Omokoroa

“We're continually grateful that Kiwis can laugh at themselves.” So says Andrew London, the man behind The Andrew London trio who are playing at the Omokoroa Boat Club on Saturday, August 12. And...

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The Ora King Salmon Awards

I was honoured to be asked to write the reviews again this year for the Ora King Salmon Awards. The Ora's were established in 2013 to recognise outstanding contributions from chefs working with Ora...

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Top Aussie band to play in the Bay

When Sally Garner sat in the sun on Norfolk Island, toes tapping to the sounds of Dixie jazz, she didn't imagine that she'd be welcoming the Australian musicians to Tauranga a few months later. Sally,...

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Sean Bodley’s new album Genesis

The Weekend Sun has two copies of Sean Bodley's new album Genesis for two lucky readers who can tell us how long Genesis took to make. Entries must be received by Wednesday, July 19....

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Dancing his way around the world

The kids at school might have sniggered at former Te Puke High School student Shane Tofaeono's decision to become a professional dancer – but no one is laughing now as he travels the world with internationally-acclaimed...

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