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Make your house twinkle and win!

Dig out your trees and baubles, blow up your inflatable Santa and start untangling your strings of Christmas lights, because now is the time to plan for and enter The Weekend Sun Christmas Lights Drive. It's the time of year to dress your house to the twinkling, glittering nines and watch as adults...


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(Closes: 10-12-2019)


Competition Winners

A real laugh fest

Called ‘the funniest farce ever written', Noises Off presents a manic menagerie of itinerant actors rehearsing a flop called Nothing's On. The audience is treated to a hilarious behind-the-scenes...


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The odd couple

In this hilarious female version of The Odd Couple, Olive Madison, like her original male counterpart, is divorced and living in cheerful chaos in her city apartment. At Olive's invitation, the suicidal...


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Winning chutneys made the right way

NoShortcuts Gourmet Chutneys is a small, innovative family business making and distributing hand-crafted, batch-made, premium quality chutneys and relishes. Their delicious selection has received numerous...


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Love, beauty and the planet

Sunny days seem to prompt me to think more than usual about the whole concept of ‘saving the planet'. Partly it's seeing the tuis flutter into the olive tree, finding snails once again taking over,...


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The Bay's best little festival

The Bay is becoming a new home for music festivals in New Zealand. Spring Things - on at the Mount's Soper Reserve over Labour Weekend - Bay Dreams and One Love, The Food Wine & Music Festival,...


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There's more to life than rugby

October this year is a tricky time for promoters and bands: the Rugby World Cup messes everything up. It's not as though every single person in the country obsessively watches rugby. But a lot do. And...


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Fabulous voices and camraderie

  The New Zealand Three Tenors are celebrated for their fabulous voices, their camaraderie, banter and fun, and they're coming to Tauranga.   Operatunity is delighted to present The Three...


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Bay of Plenty Home Show

    The Bay of Plenty Home Show is coming to Trustpower Baypark Stadium on October 18-20 and there'll be something for everyone.   This week's Weekend Sun contains a special edition...


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Revitalising the body from within

Cathedral Cove Naturals new Body Balance Coconut Yoghurts are deliciously nourishing, and full of prebiotics and probiotics to support good gut health to reinvigorate the body from within. They are made...


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Ben Harper to play Mount show

Ben Harper and The Innocent Criminals will return to New Zealand early next year for a five-date tour. The renowned American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, and his band, will play Bowl of...


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Get ready for your next adventure

The NZMCA Motorhome, Caravan & Leisure Show is shaping up to be the biggest ever, with more exhibitors, more outside sites, more external marquees, more great deals. There is simply more of everything!   Event...


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Be astounded and amazed

 Join Zirka Circus on its 10 years anniversary Tour with a brand new show called ‘Into the Future'. This show will bring a whole new level of entertainment to town. Performing arts, theatre...


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Growing great gardeners

A national search is on for young Kiwi gardeners who have a passion for plants and dig gardening. The Yates Budding Young Gardener competition opens on September 1 and is for children aged 5-15, with...


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A colourful performance

Don't miss this stunning concert from Scholars Baroque Aotearoa with Jubilate Ensemble performing Purcell's ‘Come, ye sons of art' and Handel's ‘Te deum and Jubilate'.  Both of these...


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Mountain film festival returns to Tauranga

The Mountain Film Festival is making its way to the Bay of Plenty again this year, making it the fifth year running. Tauranga Mountain Film Festival organiser Richard Watson says they festival is brought...


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Best thing since sliced bread

Breadman is the only one hundred per cent vegan bakery in New Zealand. Everything the bakery makes is certified vegan plus all the organic ingredients used in their breads are grown within 100 kilometres...


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Best thing since sliced bread

Breadman is the only one hundred per cent vegan bakery in New Zealand. Everything the bakery makes is certified vegan plus all the organic ingredients used in their breads are grown within 100 kilometres...


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Not just bedpans and bridge

Last Legs is a black comedy with sex, death and politics, set in the upmarket retirement community. The 16th Ave Theatre presents Last Legs by Roger Hall, directed by Julie Lankshear, from September...


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Showtime spectacular

Operatunity is delighted to present some of the most celebrated and iconic Kiwi entertainers in one show. The Iconic Kiwis show will feature fiddle player extraordinaire Marian Burns with her award...


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Fun and mischief On The Couch

He's got plenty of experience dealing with creepy crawlies and asking questions, and once again resident ‘bug man' Ruud Kleinpaste will be hosting the Bay of Plenty Garden and Arts Festival lead-up...


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Bringing the boogie to town

Time to celebrate, boogie-lovers - Jan Preston is coming to town! Or should I say, Jan Preston is coming back to town, since the woman they call Australia's Queen of Boogie Piano has a long and strong...


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Chris playing at Baycourt

Solo pianist Chris Greenslade is a New Zealander and was a student of leading pianist Bruce Greenfield. He went on to complete his honours degree in performance with Richard Mapp at the Wellington Conservatorium...


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A Showerdome to solve your worries

Steamed mirrors, condensation on walls and ceilings, slippery floors and mould are year-round annoying home issues caused by shower steam, which can add significant costs to house upkeep. Showerdome...


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