Maimoa join Mataatua festival

Maori singing sensations Maimoa will perform at the Mataatua Kapa Haka Festival this weekend. Maimoa knocked Justin Bieber off the iTunes NZ Music Charts last year and have played at a number of sold out music festivals across New Zealand, most recently... Read More

Creating musicians at a young age

Taking students with a passion for music and turning them into budding teachers one one goal the Bay Plays strives to achieve. The not for profit charitable organisation wants to encourage more people to take up music and is hosting an open day on Wednesday... Read More

Cuban Festival kicks off in Rotorua

The Aotearoa Cuban Festival kicks off today in Rotorua with a wide range of free classes throughout the city. The community programme is packed with free activities to give locals an opportunity to check out demonstrations and performances and join classes... Read More

What’s On? Taonga puoro workshop

Good morning, SunLive readers, and welcome to what is going to be a wet Sunday. The MetService has us down for ‘rain becoming persistent morning, heavy at times'. There will also be a chance of thunderstorms this afternoon, although the high... Read More

New creative market steps into breach

It's steadily filling a gap left by the closure of the Cargo Shed Arts and Crafts Market. It's the new ZEE Market in the Community Hall at 169 Elizabeth Street, just before the Takitimu roundabout – a showcase for local artists, crafters... Read More

Baypark cancelled and Waipuna Hospice

Good morning Sunners and welcome to the first day of a rainy weekend. If you are trying to find something to do this weekend, other than shopping, you might be out of luck at least for today. Due to the hideous weather, many events have had to either... Read More

Reviving the ‘voices’ of the past

For Tauranga's Jo'el Komene, his taonga puoro are a connection to the soul. He has about 25 of the traditional Maori instruments he has made and taught himself to play. Different variations of their use double that number to around 50. While... Read More

Call for better tourism planning

A call for the city council to get a better grip on tourism management is being made by Tourism Bay of Plenty CEO Kristin Dunne. “We will have 100,000 more visitors coming through the port next season,” says Kristin. “We are going from... Read More

Artists wanted to brighten cabinets

Creative Bay of Plenty is working with Keep New Zealand Beautiful and Chorus to get some beautiful art onto local telecommunications cabinets as part of the ‘Paint Your Cabinet Beautiful' campaign. It is an opportunity for four local artists... Read More

Maori metal band sign international deal

New Zealand's ‘Te Reo Metal' sensations, Alien Weaponry, have signed an international deal with Napalm Records in Europe, which will see their debut album marketed and sold worldwide. The deal comes in the wake of the band signing with... Read More



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An uncommon butterfly spotted: New Zealand Admiral. A good start to the new year. Photo: Murray Smith.

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