Never mind winter, the Bay of Plenty is one hot outdoor destination! Just take a look at the new video developed by Tourism Bay of Plenty that showcases a heap of adrenaline sports, gorgeous landscapes, etc. Check it out here on Youtube, it’s well worth a watch. In Spotlight, we flick on some of the more thrilling adventures to get you warmed up on a cold day.
Alimento - local winner of the Best Cafe Awards – is all about family, say owners Carly & Cameron Ward. Carly and Cameron are the front of house hosts, while Carly's parents, Janet and Ian Walker - take care of the administrative side of the business. The pair say “keeping it in the family” is important to them, and this includes Cameron's sister, Megan whose art work adorns the cafe walls. The cafe’s head chef is Argentinian Santiago Correa, who’s been with the cafe since 2007. His extensive cafe and restaurant experience includes Rosehip Cafe in Parnell, an award- winning Auckland cafe (where the Prime Minister has been seen to breakfast). The Bay of Plenty runner up is Bravo in Mid City Mall, owned by well known restaurateurs Jack and Nancy Hogg.
Four Bay of Plenty restaurants have been picked as finalists in Monteith’s Beer & Wild Food Challenge. The four are, CSB Gastro Bar, Mount Bistro, Number 8 Cafe, and The Porch Kitchen and Bar. The four were chosen from public voting. Judges will visit all the finalists to select five to go through to a ‘cook off’ in Auckland on August 23. The winning restaurant or bar takes home the title of National Winner Monteith's Beer & Wild Food Challenge, along with a cash prize of $10,000.
Meanwhile, Bowentown Beach Holiday Park was one of the six finalists for the AA Spirit of Hospitality Award for Excellence in Holiday Parks. The awards recognise New Zealand holiday park host service and hospitality excellence. The winner was North South Holiday Park in Christchurch.
Iconic Kiwi clothing company, Kathmandu, has confirmed its commitment to a new location in downtown Tauranga. The store moved into the former Ezibuy building in Elizabeth Street on a ‘trial basis.’ Paul Stern, Acting General Manager, Marketing, Kathmandu says the success of the move, including a significantly higher profile, has seen Kathmandu confirm it as a long term location.
Some good news for local air travellers...Air New Zealand has acknowledged feedback from locals who want more frequent flights to and from Tauranga, and “more value for money.” The airline says one of the common themes was concern over the cost of last minute fares from Tauranga to cities such as Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. A spokesman says “a new pricing strategy” has greatly reduced the number of customers paying higher fares. He says they’re also looking to add more seats to their regional network and increase the number of flights to and from Tauranga, particularly over the peak season. The airline is also tipping an increase in the number of grabaseat fares out of Tauranga.
Quicker than you can say ‘Port of Tauranga’! Entries to next year’s Port of Tauranga Half Ironman - one of New Zealand’s most popular half ironman events – sold out in a record 58 minutes. “This is a unique event where a world champion can line up on the beach alongside an age grouper who can take part as an individual or team,” says Sport Bay of Plenty CEO Wayne Werder.
The Papamoa company that exports racy land yachts world-wide, Blokart, recently celebrated its 10th anniversary. The sport is now undertaken in 27 countries, with an estimated 10,000 machines throughout the world.
Art Galleries Catch Up
Tauranga Art Gallery:
Bohemians of the Brush: Pumpkin Cottage Impressionists
This exhibition demonstrates the importance of a small rustic cottage at Silverstream, near Wellington, to New Zealand's first Impressionist painters. The exhibition tells the story of painter James Nairn and his colleagues who went against the mainstream and developed an indigenous, Impressionist style of painting in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, rebelling against the insincerity of the dominant romantic landscape imagery of the time. It features paintings, historic objects, a DVD and catalogue written by curator and art historian, Jane Vial. The Pumpkin Cottage paintings were donated to the Expressions Trust for the people of Upper Hutt in 2009, by collectors Ernest and Shirley Cosgrove, who collected them over a period of 30 years. Exhibition runs until August 22nd.
Edward Bullmore: Life Studies
A suite of life studies painted by Edward Bullmore mainly during his time in London, during the 1960s. Edward Bullmore (1933 - 78) taught to support his art career and his first teaching post was at Tauranga Boys' College in the late 1950s, during which time he held his first solo exhibition as guest artist of the Tauranga Art Society. Wanting to learn and develop his art career further, Bullmore spent most of the 1960s in Europe. Bullmore grew homesick for New Zealand and returned in 1969 to teach in Rotorua until his death in 1978, aged only 45. In 2006, his widow Jacqueline gifted a large collection of his works to the Tauranga Art Gallery in memory of the time he spent in Tauranga. Exhibition runs until August 22nd.
The Laundromat Art Project Space:
Keith Abbott: Ancestral Mythology
Oil on panel. The artist gives a talk on Tuesday 3rd August, 7.30 pm to 8.30 pm. Opening night is Thursday 5th August, 5.30 pm to 8.30 pm. (further information www.laps.co.nz)
Two family passes to the Mount Saltwater Hot Pools are on their way to Glennis and Michael, both from Tauranga.
Winter isn't quite over yet, so we thought we'd give you another shot at having a free hot pools soak. Omokoroa Thermal Holiday Park has kindly donated 2 family passes to visit their naturally heated thermal pools.
Auntie and Me
Hilarious West End Comedy with an all NZ Cast! Dame Kate Harcourt and David McPhail star in this deliciously dark comedy. When an embittered, self-involved bachelor arrives to care for the dying aunt he hasn't seen since childhood. Venue: Baycourt Theatre, August 10, 7.30 pm to 9 pm.
LIBERACE - Live from Heaven
The story of legendary showman Lee Liberace - his music, his story, his life! Starring UK's leading pianist, entertainer and actor Bobby Crush in this hilarious, critically acclaimed West End musical comedy hit. Written and directed by Julian Woolford. Venue: Baycourt Theatre, Sunday 15 August.
50 Plus Lifestyle Show
A must attend for active 50-plus year olds. The Show offers a wide variety of products and services, with plenty to touch, taste, hear, sample and experience firsthand. Venue: QE Youth Centre, Friday 24 September, 10 am to 4 pm.
The Lakes - Festival of Running
Test yourself out over a fast, certified and measured 5 or 10kms. Then take part in "The Lakes- Festival of Running" Organised by Athletics Waikato BOP - this is a chance to have fun and see what running is all about. Events for all age groups. Venue: The Lakes Boulevard, Tauriko, Saturday August 21. Contact: Malcolm Taylor 576 0000.