Best of Tauranga Newsletter - October 2008

Greetings from BoTCom, and here’s a promise: you won’t read anything about the global financial crisis in this newsletter. Yes, we know it’s serious, but one does need a break from all that doom and gloom.
There is much in the (increasingly) sunny Bay of Plenty to be thankful for, and we are pleased to report on new ventures, that have emerged in spite of you-know-what.

 No.8 Farm Tours is a good example – a new tour business that allows ‘townies’ to experience the rural life of New Zealand. No. 8 wire is now part of New Zealand’s history and folklore – the easy-to-bend wire that was popular for fixing broken machinery, and almost anything else.  Set up by Andy and Sarah Somerville, the No.8 half-day tour takes visitors by 4WD bus to a deer farm and then a working sheep and cattle farm. 

Spotlight also focuses on a brand new gift and souvenir store downtown Fancy That, that specialises in stuff that’s ‘Pacifically New Zealand.’ Long-time former manager of the Tauranga Visitor Centre (iSITE) Francis Campbell and husband Bill are behind the venture.’

We also urge another look at some of the innovative health and other products made from kiwifruit, on sale at Kiwi 360, near Te Puke.  Some of the biggest-selling lines include kiwifruit jam and chocolate. You can also buy Comvita’s jars of kiwifruit and honey. Health products that are based on kiwifruit include Kiwi Crush, a ‘digestive enhancer,’ and Phloe Healthy Bowel.

Still in Spotlight, Aerius Helicopters has launched a brand new island trip to Tuhua, or Mayor Island.  Until now, getting to the island has meant a lengthy boat trip – an obstacle for those who aren’t confident sailors.

And we also focus on a new kaimoana (seafood) festival coming up in Dive Crescent. Seafood lovers note that food on the day includes mussel fritters, whitebait fritters, seafood kebabs, smoked fish and wild foods such as pig and venison.  

See below as usual, for our tips on coming events. Now that spring is here, don’t forget that tickets are now on sale for ‘the region’s largest garden party,’ the Bayleys Garden and Artfest, 10-16 November


Don’t Miss...
Blue Light Carters Kids Gone Fishing Day

A fun-filled day of fishing for you and your kids. Bring the whole family. Free sausage sizzle and drinks, and meet Carters fishing guru Graeme Sinclair Heaps of spot prizes. Registration forms available from Carters Tauranga and Mt Maunganui, or the Durham Street Police Station. Or register on the day, Saturday 8th November, Tauranga Bridge Marina, Southern Break Pier, 1:30 pm to 4 pm. More information: Wendy Nicholls, Tauranga Police, 577 4430.

Tauranga 2008 Kart Street Race
The Tauranga Kart Street Race is the only kart street race in New Zealand – a huge drawcard  for drivers, supporters and spectators alike. The fast 1.2 km circuit runs is near the city end of Cameron Road. Adults $10, family pass $25, and under 5’s are free. Sunday 9 November.

Garden & Artfest
Gardens from tiny urban oases, to rambling country gardens, provide the perfect backdrop for the work of local artists. This year the Garden Trail features 115 gardens and ‘artstops’ from Katikati to Te Puke. The Bayleys Garden and Artfest begins on 10 November and runs to November 16th. Major events include the Wearable Flower Show by floral fabric artist, Jenny Gillies, in Bethlehem Town Centre on Fri 14 & Sat 15 Nov. More information: phone 570 2525 or

Jimeoin On Ice
Jimeoin (don’t ask how to pronounce it) is described as everyone’s favourite Irish-Australian comedian who sets a wicked self-deprecatory tone with precise detail. His routines are sustained solely by the most subtle of facial expressions as he explains the fine line between looking cunning or appearing sleazy. ‘He extends to some nonchalant physical comedy, tottering around the stage like a chicken crossing a minefield or extolling the virtues of a top – rather than front-loading washing machine.’On at Baycourt Theatre, Friday, 14 November, 8 pm. Adults $34. 

Swingin’ Jazz
A high-energy show with all of those songs that we all know and love, from Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald, to Michael Buble'. The auditorium resembles a 40’s jazz club, with waited tables, glitzy costumes, high energy dance and a variety of jazz singers. On Saturday, 22 November, at 8 pm, Westside Theatre, 17th Ave. General admission $23. Phone 0800 4 TICKET.

Tauranga Moana Seafood Festival
Celebrate first class kaimoana (seafood)! Organisers of the inaugural festival say ‘bring along your love of seafood, NZ culture and creativity.’ All dishes are $5 with the exception of whitebait fritters and crayfish. Also on the menu...seafood kebabs, paua fritters, salmon kebabs, mussels, cockles, wild pork, venison, oysters, rewana bread, fish n' chips, coconut fish...Live entertainment includes Kanikani Fire dancers and Sharmin. On in Dive Crescent, Saturday 29 November, 5.30 pm to 10.30 pm. Tickets $20, Phone Phone: 0800 4 TICKET.

Tinman Triathlon
One of the country’s longest running most prestigious...and Tinman Triathlon is a terrific event for spectators. Individuals and teams compete – swim, cycle, and run - over sprint and standard distances. The Tinman is the ideal lead-in event for athletes competing in the Port of Tauranga Half Ironman. Held at Pilot Bay, Mount Maunganui, Sunday 30 November from 8am. More information:

Gardens galore! Three couples will tour some of the Bay’s finest gardens... not to mention the work of local artists. The three – Jane from Katikati and Elaine and Angela both from Tauranga, will reach receive two 2-day passes to the Garden and Art Fest in November. And two Best of Tauranga guide books are on their way to Chris in the UK and Sue in Hong Kong.

New Prizes...
This time we’re giving away a $30 voucher from Tuscany Cafe, located at the Historic Village in 17th Ave. And two lucky winners will take away 2 double passes valued at $70 to experience Mills Reef Stars Under the Stars, on Sunday 25th January 2009

Offbeat ...
We took a tip from the Sideswipe column in NZ Herald and tracked down Kiwi Speak, a new book by Justin Brown that celebrates how New Zealanders really speak - then and now, with heaps of home-grown sayings.

1. "It was a bloody mish, alright" (as in it was a mission).
2. "She went mad so I shot her." (Dad's response to the often asked, "Where's Mum?")
3. "Had a fight with the lawnmower, mate?" (yes, a bad haircut).
4. "Relax, you're soaking in it" (from an ad for Palmolive featuring Madge, who told a woman it was good for their dishpan hands).
5. How about a Waitakere Daiquiri? (Bourbon and Coke.)
6. "Here come the turds" (third formers).

Posted: Wed 01 Oct 2008






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