Best of Tauranga Newsletter - September 2010

Greetings from the BoTCom team, as we head into’s out there somewhere.

Met forecasters say reassuringly that the gloomy weather – including a savage local hailstorm – is in fact a sign that winter is finishing.  A Met Service forecaster said: ‘these thunderstorms are the first signs of spring. It's normal and although it might look a bit bad, it's good news...’

Perfectly timed for warmer weather, Tauranga’s popular boat show is poised to return from September 10 to 12 - after a no-show last year because of the recession. Three large pavilions will feature at the Tauranga Boat and Leisure Show - the Hunting and Fishing Adventure Pavilion, Bay Fisher Pavilion and Education Pavilion.

Organiser Graeme Martin says there will be over 100 exhibitors with new boats, great fishing gear, and new products. He says there will be show specials, top prizes, educational areas, live entertainment, great food, live cooking demos, and a kidzone. The Tauranga Volunteer Coastguard has joined forces with the Boat Show this year and a Coastguard raffle is a key prize.

The sport of stand up paddle boarding (SUP) will be one new feature of the show, with Red Air inflatable boards on display.  These are family-friendly boards which are also perfect for anyone who has problems transporting or carrying a normal stand up paddle board, as they pack up so small. There will be a special discount show price for boards, and the opportunity to win one if you can fully inflate it in under 3 minutes. The Red Air stand will have information on the new SUP school, East Coast Paddler. ECP is run by local couple Hiria and Seaton Rolleston, who are also ambassadors for the top Hawaiian brand C4.  Read about the couple’s school in Spotlight.          

The Boatshow is on at Baypark Stadium from 10 am Friday 10th September, to 5 pm Sunday 12th. 

Also in Spotlight, we point to a unique local experience – a ride in a M.A.S.H chopper, the distinctive Bell ‘47 operated by Adventure Aviation, the only one in the country.  And you don’t need to be a history buff to appreciate the Tauranga Military Collection which has over 6000 historical items on display.

Sadly, one of Taranga’s long-standing outdoor stores, Stoney Creek in Willow Street, has shut its doors – but the good news is you can still buy its range online. The  website sells high quality gear for tramping, hunting, backpacking and travelling. The site sells the complete range of Stoney Creek clothing and accessories (made locally by a separate company).  For further information, email

We don’t normally send people scuttling off to other websites, but deserves a mention. The site was launched in Auckland in July and has been rolled out across the country, with Tauranga included. The website is able to offer one ‘crazy’ deal a day because it has so many businesses as members. To mark the launch of the Tauranga page, locals were offered $15 movie tickets for Bay City Cinemas for just $5 - a 66% discount. The Grab site is a joint venture between Shane Bradley and APN News & Media and its motto is Buy Together – Save Together.   
It’s about to get a lot easier to get from Tauranga to Christchurch and back.  Air New Zealand has announced it will more than double the number of flights between Tauranga and Christchurch, from five to eleven return services per week. “In response to customer feedback the additional flights at peak times facilitate same-day travel for business travellers, enabling them to maximise their time in Christchurch,” says Bruce Parton, Group General Manager Australasia. “The additional capacity is being introduced as we start to see signs of the anticipated recovery in demand for domestic travel within New Zealand,”says Mr Parton. The new flight schedules are now on sale, for travel from early February.

On the local food scene, Waihi Beach restaurant, the Porch Kitchen & Bar, has
taken out the 13th annual Monteith’s Beer & Wild Food Challenge after a hotly contested cook-off against six other chefs from around New Zealand. Chef Brad King’s dish, ‘Boarack Meets Underbelly’, was a meaty wild boar rack and slow-roasted boar belly matched with Pilsner Beer.

Waimarino Adventure Park, the kayak-focused park on the banks of the Wairoa River, is holding an 'Awesome Action Day' on September 28th. The fun-filled day from 10 am to 4 pm, is open to kids on school holidays, their parents and holiday programme providers. Free activities include warm pool, warm-water slip ‘n’ slide, low ropes course, diving boards, Tarzan swing, and gladiator pole. You can buy tokens for one to $4 to try a range of other activities including The Blob, kayaking, inflatable slide, pedallos, and climbing Wall, face painting, BBQ & drinks.  More details:

Get naked but stay warm... Katikati Naturist Park has a special offer described as a ‘totally enjoyable winter weekend.’ The award-winning Park’s deal covers two nights accommodation for two, a massage, unlimited use of saunas and spas, and free use of all the park’s recreational facilities. The cost is $220 for a Park motel complete with Freeview TV, or $190 for a chalet. In the words of Joan and Kevin Sampson, ‘take yourself on a risk free adventure.’

Don’t forget to grab a copy of the Tauranga Arts Guide from Creative Tauranga in Willow Street. It is packed with information on local artists, galleries, and organisations. You can also download the Guide from

Art Galleries Catch Up

Tauranga Art Gallery
The Asian consists of Heather Straka’s original oil painting of a Shanghai poster-girl from the 1920-30s, along with 50 identical images of the same woman produced by 50 artists working in the Dafen Oil Painting Village in Shenzhuen, southern China. The copy artists have each signed their version of Straka’s Asian Girl painting.  The Asian questions the significance of the original versus the copy. She poses the question what is original and what is copy? And can you spot the difference? The exhibition runs until Sunday 26th September.

The seven paintings in Pat Hanly's The Seven Ages of Man were commissioned by Hamish Keith in 1975 for the then-new Medical School 'Link' building in Auckland. Hanly's suite of work references Shakespeare's ‘all the world's a stage’ monologue from As You Like It, and coincides with a period of self-discovery he began with his Who Am I?/I Am/Do It works at the start of the 1970s, culminating with the Golden Age series. Pat Hanly (1932 - 2004) initially trained as a hairdresser before studying art at the Canterbury School of Fine Arts. Seven Ages runs until 10 October.

Double Vision at Creative Tauranga’s Community Gallery is a collusion between local writers and artists. Poetry or prose is matched with an art work ‘to complement, rather than compete.’ The aim was to produce ‘something totally original that allows both artists and writers to show what they can do and intrigue, amuse or infuriate readers and viewers.’ The exhibition runs until September 15, at the Gallery, 112 Willow Street. 

At Laundromat Art Project Space, Priscilla Brown’s ‘Space Oddity’ uses fibreglass, resin,  gesso and ink, and ink on paper drawings. Her canvases are large white orbs featuring areas of painting and, in order to see everything, one must walk around the object and observe it from different points of view.

Also at LAPS, Phillip Rozieur’s Man the Humping Guns explores ‘uncomfortable and unsettling notions that underpin our social existence,’ including hyper-masculine and overtly feminine characters who inhabit a surreal world. There are old-time gangsters and gun toting soldiers. Women are depicted both inflicting cruelties as well as enduring them.  LAPS is at 92, 2nd Ave,


Congratulations to Namita and Alison who each won a family pass to Omokoroa Thermal Holiday Park's relaxing hot pools.

New Prizes

Greerton Village Mainstreet has donated a $50 Shopping Voucher for a spending spree at the Greerton Village shops. And learn a new sport for summer! One hour of free stand up paddle board (SUP) coaching with new school East Coast Paddler (conditions apply)

Don’t Miss...

Grumpy Old Women
Director David McPhail urges the men of New Zealand to take the Grumpy Women in their lives out for an evening of fun, with this sensational UK comedy hit. Heading the New Zealand cast of Grumpy Old Women is Film and TV leading lady and Dancing With The Stars diva, Geraldine Brophy! Geraldine will be performing alongside Pinky Agnew and Lyndee-Jane Rutherford. Venue: Baycourt Centennial Theatre, Friday, 10 September, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm.

The Tauranga Boat Show
Now in its 11th season, the Tauranga Boat and Leisure Show continues to showcase the region’s finest in maritime expertise, products and services. New boats, great fishing gear, live seminars, show specials, top prizes, new products, educational areas and so much more.  Tauranga’s only live marine show. Venue: Baypark Stadium, 10-12 September.

Tauranga Spring Home & Leisure Expo
Now in its fourth year, the Tauranga Spring Home & Leisure Expo is the Bay of Plenty's only spring home & lifestyle event, featuring the highest quality displays by the region’s top kitchen, bathroom, furniture players - with some wonderful outdoor lifestyle options also on display. Baypark Stadium, 17th September - 19th September.

Healthy Living Festival 2010
This is a festival for ‘all walks of life,’ with many different natural health therapists on hand to demonstrate and talk to visitors.  Free seminars will run all weekend on different health and metaphysical topics. Venue: Mount Sports Stadium, Saturday 18th September and Sunday 19th, 10 am to 5 pm, admission $3.00.

‘Awesome Action Day’ at Waimarino Adventure Park is on September 28th. The fun-filled day from 10 am to 4 pm is open to kids on school holidays, their parents and holiday programme providers. Free activities include warm pool, warm-water slip ‘n’ slide, low ropes course, diving boards, Tarzan swing, and gladiator pole. You can buy tokens for one to $4 to try a range of other activities including The Blob, kayaking, and the inflatable slide. Venue: Waimarino, 36 Taniwha Place, Bethlehem, off State Highway 1. More details:

Posted: Wed 01 Sep 2010






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