Best of Tauranga Newsletter - May 2010

Greetings from the BoTCom team. The slide into winter seems very slow and gracious (the comment is sure to prompt a polar blast to coincide with this newsletter ). The latest figures out from Niwa, the weather watchers, shows we were the sunniest centre in April (read more below). 

It’s intriguing to contemplate places and activities around the Western Bay which are quite unique in New Zealand, if not the Southern Hemisphere.  One of those is the delightful Haiku Pathway in Katikati, which celebrates its 10th anniversary on June 6. In Spotlight, we profile this poetic pathway, described as an unlikely home for one of the finest haiku monuments outside Japan.

If you want a little more exercise, and some stunning coastal views, we recommend the Papamoa Hills Regional Park. It’s a walk with much to recommend it, including the chance to stand on an ancient Maori pa site.

On the shopping scene, if you’ve been curious about much-hyped eco-friendly Ecoya candles –  from 42 Below vodka founder Geoff Ross – they are on sale at homeware store Nest in Devonport Road.  If you are keen to ‘buy local,’ try the superb range at Flicker Candle Emporium in the Goddard Centre.

Quick Bites  

Tauranga was New Zealand's sunniest city in April, clocking up 207 hours of sunshine. The country’s weather analysts at Niwa out Christchurch as the next sunniest centre on 167, with Auckland well behind at 165 hours.  Tauranga was also one of the warmest cities in the country – tied with Auckland to record a mean air temperature of 16.2C.

A unique opportunity on the Tauranga waterfront...  the historic ferry boat Kestrel is on the market. The 39 metre Kestrel, the last survivor of Auckland’s historic ferry fleet, was bought by a local businessmen Mark Scapens and re-fitted as a floating restaurant in 2004. However the restaurant closed and the boat’s been untenanted for two years. Mark Scapens says his goal is to ‘do the best by the Kestrel, as an important part of New Zealand's ferry history.’ The 105 year old, kauri vessel is being offered with or without the adjoining pontoon, building and attachments.  The access lease is running out so Kestrel needs a new home, says Mark Scapens. ‘A new owner will require a vision, a suitable berth and a passion for historic vessels.’ For more details see

Meanwhile,  Tauranga should see a few more super yachts turning up from the northern hemisphere, if plans for a multi-million dollar marine park work out. The Harbour Central Marine Precinct (HCMP) plans call for a “state of the art marine business park” on council-owned land – a development predicted to boost the local economy by over $100 million annually. The initiative involving marine retail, marine offices, boat building and refit facilities, has been designed “to attract the multi-billion dollar international marine industry to the region.”    

Art Galleries Catch Up

At Tauranga Art Gallery, Kathleen's Collection: the Kathleen Kirkby Collection comprises 26 works that were collected by Kathleen Kirkby and her father, Sir Robert Anderson, throughout their lives. The collection is now housed in the family home, Anderson Park Art Gallery, in Invercargill.
Kathleen favoured works by New Zealand women artists such as Frances Hodgkins, M.O. Stoddart and Airini Vane, as well as works that had a femininity, or sentimental quality about them. It is likely the European etchings were collected by Robert Anderson on his travels. The collection is also a reflection of fashion, and to some extent a 'who's who' of the art world. Kathleen Kirkby spent 55 years living in Tauranga, during which time she devoted much of her time to the Red Cross.  She died in 1992. The exhibition is on until Sunday June 27th.

Of Course I meant it When I Said I didn’t Mean it is an exhibition of Jill Sorensen’s work at TAG.  Drawing is central to Sorensen’s art, a tool she uses to investigate two fundamental functions of the brain - thinking and non-thinking. Naturally right-handed, Sorensen uses her left hand to draw from her imagination without conscious thought, a form of 'automatic' drawing. Sorensen then uses her right hand, or the thinking side of her brain, to reposition and adjust her drawings.

Sorensen's figures are a combination of pony or rabbit type figures often with human features, in which she expresses the idea that things are not always as they seem. Through her complex characters, Sorensen explores the concept of cheating and lying and in particular, how this manifests in celebrity culture.  Jill Sorensen is Auckland based, a fine Arts Lecturer at Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design in Auckland.  The exhibition also runs until June 27.

Visit Harrison’s Gallery to see Splash- Strokes of Genius, which is an original art exhibition featuring   New Zealand’s best watercolour paintings. The exhibition runs from Saturday 26th June to July 14th. At 106 11th Ave, Harrison’s is not only a leading fine art gallery, it’s an art school. 


Sandra is the winner of a $50 voucher for the Mount’s newest cafe and restaurant, Number 8, at 8 Maunganui Road. 

And Lynley has won a $30 voucher for Alimento’s tasty nosh in 1st Ave.   

New Prizes...

We have a $40 voucher to give away from Kiwiana Gifts & Souvenirs at Mount Maunganui. And to celebrate Tauranga's own aviation museum Classic Flyers 5th birthday, one winner will get their hands on a copy of the 2010 Tauranga City Airshow DVD.

Don’t Miss...

12th Independent Artists Exhibition
An exhibition of local and out of town artists from Whakatane, Coromandel, Auckland, and Hamilton. Venue: Baycourt Exhibition Space, Friday June 4, 9.30 am to 4.30 pm. All paintings for sale. Free Entry.

Mount Joggers & Walkers Half Marathon
Go on, have a go...24th 1/2 Marathon, 10km and 5km run and walk, starting with walkers at 8.30 am. Venue: Main Beach, Mount Maunganui, Sunday June 6.  Tel 5780016

The Era of Swing
Swing along with Operatunity and some special guest instrumentalists, as we enjoy this fantastic era with the songs and music of Glen Miller, the Rat Pack and more. Venue: Holy Trinity Church, 215 Devonport Road, Tauranga, Friday June 11. General admission $27, group prices. Tel 0508-266 237

Art Exhibition
Presented by Tauranga Society of Artists Inc in Baycourt Exhibition Space. A variety of works in a range of prices for all tastes available from emerging artists to experience artists.  Venue: Baycourt Exhibition Space, Friday 18 June & Sat 19 June, 9 am to 9 pm, and Sun 20 Jun (9 am to 3 pm). 

Whakamarama School Possum Hunt & Family Fun Day
The school event is billed as fun for everyone (except the possums of course). Join a team and go on the hunt or go along on Sunday for the weigh-in, prize-giving and family fun day - lots of activities, food, kids games, competitions, etc. Venue: Whakamarama School, Friday June 25, 7 am to 4 pm.  Tel 552 5044

One Flew Over a Cuckoo's Nest
Presented by Tauranga Repertory. A play by Dale Wasserman from the novel by Ken Kesey. Directed by Ben Hambling. Can sanity be mistaken for insanity when an inmate is saner than the institution?  Venue: 16th Ave Repertory Theatre, Wednesday June 9 - Saturday, 26 June. 8 pm – 10 pm.


Very odd mix...

Posted: Sat 01 May 2010






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