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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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Revisiting childhood brilliance

Legendary New Zealand pianist, Diedre Irons (MBE, ONZM), is coming to Tauranga with Opus Orchestra, performing the very piece she made her orchestral debut with when she was just 12 years old. The sublime...


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Death, drama and suspense

Murder on the Nile, Agatha Christie's own staging of her famous novel, Death on the Nile, is set in the 1940s on a Nile River paddle steamer. The passengers aboard are abuzz when a famous heiress and...


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War of the Wheels rolling into Tauranga

Get ready for an action-packed weekend of strong, empowered women playing a full contact sport on roller skates when ‘War of the Wheels 2017' hits Tauranga next week. Hosted by the Mount Militia...


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Basketball finals debut in Tauranga

Sports fans are in for a treat this month when the National Basketball League's Final Four comes to town. Consisting of the semi-finals and finals of the NBL, the weekend promises to show off the talent...


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A mountain of a film festival

The world's best sport, culture and environmental films that let you experience the thrill and challenges of inspiring mountain environments are heading our way. Presented by the New Zealand Alpine Club,...


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Puttin’ on the ritz in Bethlehem

Ladies, it's time to get out your pearls, tassels and boa feathers and head to The Grateful Gatsby. Bethlehem Baptist Church is opening its doors for another of its popular ladies' events. The women's...


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Win with Armageddon

The Armageddon Expo is coming to Tauranga for the first time next week. The first Tauranga Armageddon will be held at ASB Baypark Arena on May 27-28. From its inception in 1995, the Armageddon Expo...


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From Phantom to Les Mis

Operatunity's cast of veteran musical performers are coming together on Friday, May 19, at 11am to perform hits from ‘Phantom of the Opera', ‘Les Miserables', ‘Evita', ‘Cats',...


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‘The Seven Last Words’

The Scholars Pro Musica, Tauranga's première chamber choir, open their 2017 choral season with a concert featuring works by Austrian composer F. J. Haydn. While the title of the work “The...


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Step back in time with AutoMatic 80s

It was the decade that gave us the Rubik's Cube, mobile phones, Macintosh PCs, Rogernomics, and some of the greatest music ever penned. A night of totally radical music from the 1980s will pump up...


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Can you escape?

Escape Masters is a real-life escape-adventure game experience in Tauranga's Red Square. The experience promises to challenge your thinking as you get locked in a room and try to escape. A group of...


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Win with SunLive

SunLive is celebrating 30,000 likes on Facebook and to say thank you to all our readers, we are giving one person a chance to stay at Sanctuary Palms in Pihia. In order to have the chance to go in the...


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Caring for your pet

Bay of Plenty pet owners can be in to win a kit of natural products, which both care for their pets and save on costly vet bills. Nita Maaka couldn't find any products she felt confident in for the...


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Unleash the rap-rock in the Mount

If you love the guttural power of rock mixed with the fiery flow of rap then make sure you're down and get down to Mount Maunganui next week. It'll be a night of in-your-face, loud and proud rap-orientated...


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‘It’s Opera!’ with BOP Symphonia

A delightful afternoon of operatic arias, orchestral overtures and interludes heralds the beginning of Bay of Plenty Symphonia's 2017 season. The community orchestra presents ‘It's Opera!'...


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HLAH celebrates ‘13’ with 13 shows

For more than 25 years now, legendary Kiwi band Head Like A Hole have rocked stages from Gore to Kaitaia and everywhere in between.  Since bursting on to the scene in 1990, the loveable Wellington...


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Uplifting beauty of sound

An award-winning Auckland ensemble comprising of five leading early music exponents are making their way to Tauranga next month. Tauranga Musica in association with TrustPower is hosting Affetto...


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Sentry duty on the Mount base track. Photo: Mike Berry.

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