The Weekend Sun Competition

The year is going by quickly and the Bay of Plenty Garden and Art Festival team is gearing up for 2020 already.

The Festival is back in Tauranga on November 19-22, 2020, and On The Couch, the entertaining chat show starts the excitement.

On the Couch is our first event leading up to the 2020 Festival cycle,” say Bay of Plenty Garden and Art Festival director Marc Anderson.

“It’s a Graham Norton-esque chat show and it’s always lots of fun.

“On The Couch is an opportunity for everyone to have a great night out and be entertained by local celebrities and of course dynamic host and everyone’s favourite bug man, Ruud Kleinpaste.”

The show is fun and offers inspirational insights from our fabulous special guests including The Breeze radio presenter and garden lover Jolene James, an architectural and landscape designer who has been involved in art, sculpture and theatre for many years - Pascal Tibbits, Tauranga Art Gallery director Alice Hutchison who is back from curating and directing in international art galleries, the ‘just brilliant’ artist Jenny Coker, The ‘singing chef’ who is passionate about life, people and food Stephen Wilson and the very creative interior designer John Darke. 

“We’re really excited to be hosting On the Couch with Baycourt for the third year running, and we know everyone who makes it there will have a great night,” says Marc.

On The Couch will be held on Friday, August 23, 2019, 7.30pm at Baycourt. For tickets, visit: and for more information visit:

The Weekend Sun has two double passes to On The Couch for two lucky readers.

Competition Results

Congratulations to our winners Dawn Reynelveld & Kate Mullooley!