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Popular tribute bands coming to town

Fans of Nirvana and the Red Hot Chili Peppers won't want to miss a gig featuring the best hits of these bands at Totara Street. Lounge Apes and Funkadelic Monks are two Auckland-based tribute bands, playing the songs of Nirvana and Red Hot Chili Peppers, respectively. They'll be coming down to Mount...


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(Closes: 27-09-2017)

Musical duo join Kokomo show

Marion Arts and Robbie Laven have busy musical lives but they rarely perform together any more. All that is about to change when the duo reunite to play with Kokomo at the 16th Ave Theatre on Friday, October 13. Back in the 70s Marion and Robbie fronted one of New Zealand's ground-breaking bands, Red...


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(Closes: 26-09-2017)

Love your garden

Dust off the gloves. Dig out the spade. Get ready to get your hands dirty. National Gardening Week is coming up from October 6-13. The week aims to foster a love of gardening with a focus on growing not only plants but friendships, good health, strong communities and closer connections with nature.  This...


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(Closes: 26-09-2017)


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Advice from experts and suppliers

The Spring Home Show is the perfect place to find all your home products and service needs under one roof. Step through the doors and feel the buzz of energy and inspiration. Get expert advice from more...


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Tauranga Indie band’s first stop

Indie band Racing is coming to Tauranga this Friday to start their nationwide tour at Totara Street. After impressing fans and critics with a string of singles, Racing has just released their...


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the Last Night of the Proms

Operatunity's Daytime Concert Series presents a variety show of magnificent melodies, singalongs, skits, madness and mayhem so participants can all experience a right royal time. One of the most famous...


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NZ's longest running metal show turns 30

New Zealand's longest running and most popular specialist music show is now 30 years old. The Axe Attack, a show dedicated to heavy metal and hard rock music, has become a household name over three decades...


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Getting fancy and supporting charity

Dust off your suit, pull out your fancy shoes, and get yourself all dolled up for a fantastic night out. The Tauranga Gala Dinner is coming to ASB Baypark Arena on September 29 at 7pm, and aside from delivering...


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Food, fun, and feuding

Detour Theatre is bringing the magic of the kitchen to the stage with its new show ‘The Kitchen Witches'. Isobel Lomax and Dolly Biddle are B Grade cooking show hostesses who have hated each other...


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Win a Father’s Day hamper

Online company Champers Hampers provides an array of gourmet food and beverage hampers for you to enjoy or gift to your family, friends, staff and clients. The hampers are the perfect gift for Dad this...


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The Ladykillers on stage

Don't miss ‘The Ladykiller's – a hilarious and critically-acclaimed adaptation of the classic Ealing comedy, written by renowned comedy writer Graham Linehan (‘Father Ted', ‘The...


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Finding the Bay’s next Rising Star

Talented young musicians from around the Bay of Plenty will compete for the title of Rising Star 2017 in Bay of Plenty Symphonia's next concert. This is the culmination of two competitions for secondary...


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Plans for next weekend?

Let me tell you my plans for next weekend. As it happens, I'm off to Wellington for four days, and looking forward to it immensely since ‘Wellington On a Plate' is happening along with all sorts...


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The legendary Roy Phillips

They say it's never a good idea to meet your heroes. And they're usually right. I've met a few of mine, some through music writing, some just by coincidence, and it's always a bit of a lottery. There've...


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Circus sensation coming to the Bay

  ‘Cirque Grande' – proudly presented by Zirka Circus, is on its very first tour of New Zealand. The all-new circus sensation presents world-class acts from around the globe. Prepare to...


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Ora King

Competition is certainly heating up for the entry dishes for the Ora King Salmon Awards. A big thanks to Debbie and the team at The Rabbit Hole for the invite to not only try the entry dish, but to enjoy...


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Singing and swinging in Omokoroa

“We're continually grateful that Kiwis can laugh at themselves.” So says Andrew London, the man behind The Andrew London trio who are playing at the Omokoroa Boat Club on Saturday, August 12. And...


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The Ora King Salmon Awards

I was honoured to be asked to write the reviews again this year for the Ora King Salmon Awards. The Ora's were established in 2013 to recognise outstanding contributions from chefs working with Ora...


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Top Aussie band to play in the Bay

When Sally Garner sat in the sun on Norfolk Island, toes tapping to the sounds of Dixie jazz, she didn't imagine that she'd be welcoming the Australian musicians to Tauranga a few months later. Sally,...


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Sean Bodley’s new album Genesis

The Weekend Sun has two copies of Sean Bodley's new album Genesis for two lucky readers who can tell us how long Genesis took to make. Entries must be received by Wednesday, July 19....


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Dancing his way around the world

The kids at school might have sniggered at former Te Puke High School student Shane Tofaeono's decision to become a professional dancer – but no one is laughing now as he travels the world with internationally-acclaimed...


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Revisiting childhood brilliance

Legendary New Zealand pianist, Diedre Irons (MBE, ONZM), is coming to Tauranga with Opus Orchestra, performing the very piece she made her orchestral debut with when she was just 12 years old. The sublime...


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Death, drama and suspense

Murder on the Nile, Agatha Christie's own staging of her famous novel, Death on the Nile, is set in the 1940s on a Nile River paddle steamer. The passengers aboard are abuzz when a famous heiress and...


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War of the Wheels rolling into Tauranga

Get ready for an action-packed weekend of strong, empowered women playing a full contact sport on roller skates when ‘War of the Wheels 2017' hits Tauranga next week. Hosted by the Mount Militia...


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Basketball finals debut in Tauranga

Sports fans are in for a treat this month when the National Basketball League's Final Four comes to town. Consisting of the semi-finals and finals of the NBL, the weekend promises to show off the talent...


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A mountain of a film festival

The world's best sport, culture and environmental films that let you experience the thrill and challenges of inspiring mountain environments are heading our way. Presented by the New Zealand Alpine Club,...


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Puttin’ on the ritz in Bethlehem

Ladies, it's time to get out your pearls, tassels and boa feathers and head to The Grateful Gatsby. Bethlehem Baptist Church is opening its doors for another of its popular ladies' events. The women's...


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Win with Armageddon

The Armageddon Expo is coming to Tauranga for the first time next week. The first Tauranga Armageddon will be held at ASB Baypark Arena on May 27-28. From its inception in 1995, the Armageddon Expo...


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From Phantom to Les Mis

Operatunity's cast of veteran musical performers are coming together on Friday, May 19, at 11am to perform hits from ‘Phantom of the Opera', ‘Les Miserables', ‘Evita', ‘Cats',...


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‘The Seven Last Words’

The Scholars Pro Musica, Tauranga's première chamber choir, open their 2017 choral season with a concert featuring works by Austrian composer F. J. Haydn. While the title of the work “The...


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Step back in time with AutoMatic 80s

It was the decade that gave us the Rubik's Cube, mobile phones, Macintosh PCs, Rogernomics, and some of the greatest music ever penned. A night of totally radical music from the 1980s will pump up...


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