Grand musical gestures -Part 1

I've always been a bit of a sucker for Grand Musical Gestures.By Grand Musical Gestures I mean those moments when artists, inspired by either an excess of creative juices or conceivably just a drug-fuelled belief in their own brilliance, plunge... Read More

Taking a look back at Easter

Laura Collins Back Porch Blues Band.Do we need to talk about the Jazz Festival? I think so. After all, I spotted many thousands of people enjoying the vibe downtown and word I hear from the many concerts that I was unable to attend is that they were fantastic.... Read More

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Beauty after the storm. Photo: Tracy Hardy. Send us your photos from around the Bay of Plenty. photos@thesun.co.nz Read More

More eggciting Easter music

Dammit Jim, I'm a columnist not a meteorologist!This is proving eminently true after I happily predicted fine weather for Easter last week. Now, a little closer to the event, there looks like a distinct likelihood of sogginess. Fingers crossed.I... Read More

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Big waves at Tuhua Reef. Photo: Matt Rossiter. Send us your photos from around the Bay of Plenty. photos@thesun.co.nz Read More

Downtown Easter

Another week, and another wet one in the Bay – Jazz Festival organisers must be pleased.I'm just guessing there, of course. That's going on my theory that if so much water is pouring from the sky right now, then there can't possibly... Read More

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Triple rainbow. Photo: Peter Sanders. Send us your photos from around the Bay of Plenty. email: photos@thesun.co.nz Read More

Take the last train to ‘Goneville’

Greetings from somewhere underwater out back of Te Puna.So much for a clear run through till Easter. And it was Easter that I'd promised to write about this week, a guide to all the street entertainment that will be coming your way in a mere couple... Read More

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Omokoroa Beach Wharf. Photo: Mike Berry. Send us your photos from around the Bay of Plenty. email: photos@thesun.co.nz Read More

Shed, quarry, beach: concerts everywhere

Easter. It's coming up fast. Jazz Fest ‘n' all. This column isn't about that.No. Next week I'll have a comprehensive look at the downtown section of the Jazz Festival but for now I wanted to let you know about a last-minute... Read More



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