Rotorua group performing in Korea

Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry says two cultural exchanges between New Zealand and Korea this year will have cultural and economic benefits for both countries. “Rotorua's Te Arawa Cultural Group are performing in front hundreds... Read More

What’s On? Squash & Herman’s Hermits

It's Sunday, and you're looking for something to do, aren't you? The MetService is predicting a cloudy final day of the school holidays, with south-westerlies and a high of 15 degrees, so not too bad a day to get out and about in a... Read More

Inspiring Bay YouTubers

The hunt is on for New Zealand's next big YouTube stars. Aspiring storytellers from the Bay of Plenty can apply for a share of a new joint $300,000 Skip Ahead fund to help develop and launch original web series. Google and NZ On Air have teamed... Read More

Special documentary screening

Two residents took matters into their own hands and have organised a special screening of a new documentary in Tauranga. The film, Winter at Westbeth directed by Rohan Spong, is a documentary about elderly residents that are part of an unique art community... Read More

Teen premieres second short film

A young Tauranga filmmaker has premiered her second short film, and has set her sights on completing a feature-length film in the near future. Rose McMahon's short film ‘Bleach' had its first screening at Village Cinema on Tuesday night. “Without... Read More

NZ women composers recognised

A London-based pianist is coming to Tauranga to showcase her unique programme, which highlights music by New Zealand women composers. Pianist Xenia Pestova, who studied music in New Zealand, is coming back to perform contemporary music by living composers.... Read More

Missing music sheets found in Tauranga

Missing for more than 100 years, two manuscripts of music by the renowned English composer Gustav Holst have been rediscovered in the library of the Bay of Plenty Symphonia. What had become of these original manuscripts from 1906, handwritten and signed... Read More

A 1920s silence cinema experience

  Be sent back in time to the roaring 20s with Night Owl Cinema's Tauranga silent cinema experience. Night Owl Cinema and Baycourt, for the third year, are presenting a Silent Cinema – Charlie Chaplin's The Circus at Baycourt Community... Read More

Clarion call for a new trumpet

“I cannot explain in words how much it means to me.” A passionate, gifted 16-year-old expressing her connection with music, with her trumpet. “I love that amazing, freeing feeling of playing,” says Year 12 Mount Maunganui College... Read More

Mount shine again at Stage Challenge

Mount Maunganui College came a close second in the 25th Stage Challenge Open Division, recently held at Auckland's ASB Theatre. Their piece Chain Reaction is a story based on the 2011 Fukushima earthquake that devastated Japan. They portrayed the... Read More



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Silhouetted sunrise on July 14th. Photo: Janet Hetherington

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