Best of Tauranga Newsletter - March 2009

Greetings from the BoTCom team. At the top of the wish list…more of these sun-drenched autumn days, perfect for hitting the outdoors without over-heating.

In Spotlight, we focus on where shanks pony can take you…some of the many walkways around Tauranga, and a family-friendly tramp just up the highway in the Kaimai-Mamaku Forest Park. And we also preview the Echo Walking Festival – it’s free! In these write-ups you’ll find something for all ages and fitness levels.

We also take a closer look at local chef Peter Blakeway (who runs Deli on Devonport with wife Anne), and where he went in the Bay to film for the TV food show Taste NZ. It's not by any means, Peter’s first bite at cooking on the telly. We’re certain it won’t be his last. And Tauranga’s Restaurant Alley, Wharf Street, has a brand new Thai restaurant, with the catchy name of Thai@Tauranga.

Also in Spotlight, we gaze upon ‘assemblage art’ at the Tauranga Art Gallery – and like what we see. Don’t miss the work of a Kiwi pioneer of this colourful art form.

Look for BoTCom’s blue VW kombi van and banner at the Relay for Life! We’ll be pounding the track and taking lots of pics of this worthwhile community party in the park, that raises funds for the Cancer Society. Give us a couple of days, and whip into our photo gallery – you might spot yourself.

Local Lingerie Pioneers say ‘Meet the Milkman...’
The Tauranga women who rescued pregnant mums from nana-knickers, are setting out to save blokes as well. The Co-owners of Hotmilk maternity lingerie, Lisa Ebbing and Ange Crosbie are moving into the male market with a new range of milkMAN boxer shorts. And they’re searching the globe for a suitable model with a ‘Search for the milkMAN’ contest. Fathers or soon-to-be dads submit an image of themselves in a pair of boxer shorts to the HOTmilk website, where they will be subject to public vote (or women can submit a pic of their man). “There’s a lot of focus on mother and baby during pregnancy and the early stages of parenthood,” says Lisa Ebbing. “We wanted go a little way to make fathers feel included.” The lucky winner will receive US$5000 to spend on luxury travel for his “burgeoning family.”

Sunniest...but Wettest
Climate watchers will already know that Tauranga was the warmest and wettest, but also the sunniest of the six main centres in February. NIWA has released a climate summary for the month, that shows we had well above average temperatures for February, and a heat wave for six days that started on the 7th of February. The heat wave peaked on the 11th when temperatures at Tauranga Airport were the highest recorded since 1941. Ironically, at the same time, rainfall in the region was well over double the normal - at 190 mm for the month. Tauranga still managed the most sunshine hours in the country - 225 hours in total!

A $50 voucher for Papamoa’s pleasant watering hole, Rain Bar at Papamoa, goes to Ngaire, from the Bay of Plenty. And the winners of our National Jazz Fest tickets are Susan and Lorraine, both from Tauranga. (Don’t forget to check out our guide to what’s on and where at the Festival)

New Prizes…
We have a $40 voucher for someone to sample some of the luscious stuff on Prenzel shelves, the tasting room and gift store in Willow Street. And perfect for tough times, we have a $50 shopping voucher for Palm Beach Plaza, the Heart of Papamoa.

Don’t Miss….

Half 4 Heart Half Marathon
The Half 4 Heart is a great event for the whole family – which offers ½ Marathon, 10km, 5km, 3km, and run and walk options. Start & finish in Fergusson Park, Matua, The event takes in some of Tauranga’s most stunning scenery. It’s a fund raiser for the local Heart Foundation and you can win a trip for two to Vanuatu for 7 nights. Entry forms are available at your local sports shop or Sport BOP.
Venue: Fergusson Park, Sunday 5 April, 7.30am to 12.30 pm.

47th National Jazz Festival Tauranga!
Over 40 jazz bands and 12 different stages over five days at Easter will keep you swinging. International headline act is four times Grammy award winning The Blind Boys of Alabama, a legendary soul and gospel group. The Festival line up continues with jazz performers including Hollie Smith, Charmaine Ford, Phil Bradhurst’s Chick Corea Tribute Band, the Tropical Downbeat Orchestra. New stuff this year: the Jazz Village, and The Sebel Trinity Wharf Jazz Riverboat.
Various venues, begins April 9. Website:

Biggest, Bestest Sandcastle in the World & Best Merperson
Build all day between the tides – big as you like – with a team of any size. Judging is at 3pm with a first prize of $100, second prize $50, third prize $25, plus $10 hourly prizes on the hour for the Sweetest Sandcastle. Plastic or wooden spades, or garden trowels, NO metal spades. More information visit
Venue: Papamoa Domain, Easter Saturday, April 11.

4th Annual 2009 NZ Rock Paper Scissors Champs
Bit offbeat, yes... the Tauranga heats in the run up to the Nationals in Christchurch in June. Prizes up for grabs include trip to the Gold Coast for NZ champ. Enter a team (themed if you want) or fly solo. Starts 16 April, 9 pm, World’s End Sports Cafe, Fraser Cove. Admission free. More information:


Or is it men who are from Visa?

Adam's hairdresser in Tauranga told him about overhearing one of his apprentices while she was cutting the hair of a gent with obvious balding: "Are you busy?" he asked. "Yes, very," she replied. "So, hair still grows in a recession?" "Oh, I'm sorry," she said, "but when the follicle has been destroyed, the hair can never regrow..." (Sideswipe, NZ Herald)

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