Tauranga is one of the country’s main centres for business, international trade, culture, fashion, and horticulture. But what is it that helps foster a sense of pride in our place?


A lifetime of learning and a yearning to bring people together led Pā Ropata to start Tīwaiwaka - a set of six key principles and a collective of people committed to restoring the mauri (lifeforce) of the whenua (land).

Seasonal Kitchen

Winter has surely arrived, and weekends are packed with staying local for the kids’ Saturday sports, a quick trip to the Farmers Market, and making the most of fresh in-season produce.


Throughout Henry Fa’afili’s life he’s had many roles, including rugby pro, partner, and father. His latest role is empowering the next generation of Tauranga’s rangatahi.

Seasonal Kitchen

With shorter days upon us, Holly is finding comfort in crunchy, warm, fragrant dishes made to share.

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Savouring Summer

Holly is making hay while the sun still shines with these recipes that capture the best of the season’s tomato crop.

Off the Beaten Path

The BOP Open Studios art trail weekend will offer fascinating glimpses into the world of vastly different artists, from sculptors using industrial tools to jewellers, potters and painters.

Foodie Finds

The Bay of Plenty’s own food guru, Cherie Metcalfe is a trained chef, founder of the hugely successful Pepper & Me, and author of two cookbooks. So who better to be our crusading culinary correspondent, sniffing out the hottest spots and tastiest morsels in town.

Autumnal Harvest

With shorter days upon us, Holly is finding comfort in crunchy, warm, fragrant dishes made to share.

The Waka of Wellbeing

Tamati Robens (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāi Tahu, Rangitāne) and Morgan Norris met through a common passion for fitness. Seeing whānau and friends go through challenging times with their mental and physical health inspired the young couple to develop a business that focused on helping others experience better health and wellbeing. In 2023, they launched ARO supplements, a plant-based protein business using Te Ao Māori wisdom to encourage better nutritional choices for overall hauora.

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