Best of Tauranga Newsletter - October 2010

Kia Ora, from the BoTCom team, as we welcome back those delightful Daylight Saving days - and contemplate balmy summer evenings (Stop whingeing! They will happen).

If learning a new water sport from sailing to kite surfing is high on your wish list for this summer - a spot at the edge of Tauranga Harbour is the perfect place to start.  Elements Watersports based beside the harbour in Kulim Park is a centre with a strong track record. In Spotlight we profile this company that offers a big variety of courses and packages, along all the right equipment and instructors to get you sailing, paddling, windsurfing and more. Get along to their Open Day on Sunday 3rd October at Kulim Park for a ‘taster’ of what they have to offer.

And while Tauranga is well known for its dolphin watching, a local adventure tours company offers some offbeat experiences – including a kayak tour to watch stingrays feeding. Adventure Bay of Plenty also runs Kayak with the Seals tours at this time of year. See Spotlight for more details.

The latest Lonely Planet New Zealand guide book is out, showering praise on the Bay of Plenty.  The writers say Tauranga is an old workhorse “reborn as a show pony.” Mount Maunganui is rated as “an enclave unto itself, with great cafes and restaurants, hip bars and fab beaches.”  You will of course, find more detailed information right here in BoTCom, but if you must buy LP, we have a good tip to save you heaps. You can buy the Bay of Plenty chapter for a mere $5 Australian online at shop

Where to stay in the Western Bay? Awards are a pretty good guide and two well known Bay of Plenty companies are in the finals of the Tourism Industry Awards. They are Waihi Beach TOP 10 Holiday Resort, and Katikati Naturist Park. The winners will be unveiled on October 14.

How many food stores can claim to ‘taste everything’ before they sell it? The new Gourmet Trader in Maunganui Road, downtown the Mount, does exactly that says owner Dave Todd. GT offers up some tempting Kiwi-made produce such as Pic’s ‘really good peanut butter which comes from Nelson, and Proper Had Cooked Crisps made with Marlborough sea salt- also from sunny Nelson.  There is a lot of farmer’s market type produce, says Dave, including Base Camp venison from the Kaimais. We went snooping and also found a big range of Italian canned goods, juices and a wall full of spices. Green Bean ‘eco tableware, plates, forks, etc, all made from untreated bamboo, is a nice novelty line.    

Art Galleries & More ...Catch Up  

Tauranga Art Gallery  

The Making of the Word Witch
Margaret Mahy is one of the world's best-loved children's authors who has delighted young and old alike for the past fifty years, with her whimsical tales that set fire to the imagination. The Word Witch is a collection of Mahy’s poems, from school readers, collections, picture books and her personal papers, a project that was spearheaded by author Tessa Duder in 2008. Each of the book's 66 poems has been illustrated by renowned illustrator David Elliot, either with a single image or with a storyboard approach. An exhibition ‘that will not only delight, but inspire, the child in all of us.’ Runs until December 12th

Whakapapa: Get Down Upon Your Knees
Reuben Paterson's glittering, painted-on-canvas installation comes direct from the 6th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT) in Brisbane. Tauranga Art Gallery is the first venue in New Zealand to have this work. Whakapapa: Get Down Upon your Knees is about family and lineage. Paterson's lineage is diverse, being Mäori and Scottish, and the objects from which Paterson has drawn inspiration, explore both his Scottish ancestry and the nuance of Paterson's iwi, Ngati Rangitihi and their long association with art and craft. The installation also includes a DVD based on whakapapa, ancestry and roots.
Runs to 31st of October.

Just what does it mean to be Kiwi?  Harrisons Gallery has selected 21 of New Zealand’s leading contemporary, renowned for depicting Kiwi icons and national symbols. These artists have each created works of art that symbolise our lifestyle. We New Zealanders have long seen ourselves as a nation that  enjoys a fairly simple way of life, based around small rural communities, family, culture and farming. We see this reflected in the likes of the A&P Shows, L&P, fish and chips at the beach, Redband gumboots, rugby and more. This ‘What it is to be Kiwi’ exhibition will surround you with things you recognise! Runs until October 18th, Harrison’s Gallery, 106 11th Ave.

The University of Waikato is continuing its spring free lecture series. The Centre for Continuing Education is working in partnership with the Tauranga Historic Society to bring you Beyond the Battle of Gate Pa: Tauranga Moana in the1870s, a five part series. All the lectures start at 6.30 pm sharp in the Bongard Centre, Cameron Road.  For further information and bookings, contact 577 5376, or email 

For those who love to write, and for lovers of books alike...the Imprints Conference 2010 -  No Easy Options? Being a Writer in New Zealand. Three renowned NZ writers discuss the pros & cons of being a writer in Aotearoa: Emily Perkins, Steve Braunias and Dame Christine Cole Catley (Chaired by Dr Mark Houlahan,University of Waikato).  Book on 577 5376 or email nyree Venue: Baycourt Theatre, Saturday October 16.


Congrats to Ethan who will soon be walking on water as they say, with a free lesson from the local experts in stand up paddle boarding, East Coast Paddler.

And Angelei will soon be off to the leafy village of Greerton with $50 towards a nice shopping spree - courtesy of Greerton Village Mainstreet.



New Prizes

Attention wannabe water babies...So you’ve never sailed or windsurfed?  Here’s your chance to have a go. Elements Watersports are offering two Experience Sessions worth $65 each - for you and your mate. (find out more about this unique water sport school in Spotlight).  We’re also giving away 2  double tickets to the Garden and Artfest that runs from 8-14 November.

Don’t Miss...

Tauranga Record Fair
Remember those black vinyl things? From Fifties rock 'n' roll through to the 80’ wave to soul, funk, dance, folk, jazz and blues. More than a dozen traders/dealers/collectors will have stalls covering all this and more. Score that record before someone else does. Venue: Temple Bar, Harington Street, October 10th, general admission $2. 

Bay of Plenty v Southland 2010 ITM Cup Season
Check out the gladiators of provincial rugger. The Cup Season will feature the best of provincial rugby - with14 teams, more than 400 players – and the Ranfurly Shield and a new trophy up for grabs. Check out the Bay of Plenty Steamers.  Venue: Baypark Stadium, October 14, 2.35 pm.  Info: 574 2037 or

Dollar A K Team Relay
Ever wanted to run a marathon, but not sure if you could go the distance? The ‘$ A K’ team relay marathon lets you team up with 3 of your workmates, family or friends to run a marathon together! Whatever your fitness, there’s a distance for you - 7k, 14k or 21k (half marathon) course. Venue: Fergusson Park, Sunday, October 17,   7:30 am to 2 pm.  Info:

Bay Salsa Festival 2010 - Everybody Dance Now Showcase and Afterparty
The Showcase and After Party are part of the two-day, three-night extravaganza held over Labour Weekend. Showcase starts at 7:30 pm and Afterparty at 9 pm. Bay Salsa presents a community-based initiative jam-packed with workshops, parties, and more. Venue: Baycourt Theatre, October 23 and 24, 7.30 pm to 2 am. Info on workshops -

Anika Moa - Solo Tour
Top Kiwi songstress Anika Moa’s solo tour of NZ. As always, Anika lays bare her soul & casts a tender and cheeky grin across every song and crowd. Venue: The Colosseum, 17 Harington St, October 24, 7.30 pm. General admission $32, Door sales $40.

Tauranga Garden & Artfest
If you haven’t already – think about booking now! While local artists exhibit at over 80 ‘Stops’ on the garden and art trail, the festival has scored a coup -  securing an outdoor exhibition featuring the work of 40 Kiwi sculptors. TV cook Peta Mathias and Bugman Ruud Kleinpaste are among the speakers who’ll cover topics including sustainable gardening, fabulous fungi, and taking the perfect flower photo. This seventh biennial event runs from November 8 to 14 in the Western Bay. Many attractions free - Garden trail passes start at $29 for one day. Book at Ticket Direct - 0800 - 4TICKET,

Posted: Fri 01 Oct 2010






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