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Jimmy Barnes: A working class boy

“Oh, kee-or-ah,” a husky Aussie voice with a slight Scottish inflection rasps over the phone. “I love New Zealand, I'm glad to be coming to talk to you guys and spread the word.”...

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Waikato Home & Garden Show

More than 30,000 people are expected to visit the Waikato Home & Garden Show which is taking place in Hamilton next month. Featuring more than two acres of outdoor displays and seven huge pavilions...

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Carnage ensues at 16th Ave Theatre

The latest show out of 16th Ave Theatre is a ‘comedy of manner, without the manners' that's guaranteed to leave you in stitches. Opening Wednesday night the theatre company presented French playwright...

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A warm winter afternoon show with Kokomo

After a nearly five-month break away from the stage, Kokomo is chomping at the bit and raring to get back to business this month. The band's six stalwarts of Tauranga's music scene are promising something...

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Love and family Under the Same Moon

Cultural misunderstandings, confused backpackers, an estranged family and a wayward Hong Kong matriarch who arrives in New Zealand uninvited for her granddaughter's wedding. There'll be lots of laughs,...

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American punks coming to town

One of America's most critically acclaimed underground punk bands will be bringing the noise to town next week. As part of their first ever tour to New Zealand, New Jersey punk trio Screaming Females...

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Recipe to enhancing your lifestyle

A Mount Maunganui woman has written a fresh cuisine recipe book which she says is to help uplift and enhance your lifestyle. Amanda Sloan's ‘Fresh Cuisine' recipe book contains sugar and gluten-free...

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Three sisters, one magical concert

An award-winning trio of Kiwi chamber musicians and sisters is heading to Tauranga to perform next week. Tauranga Musica Incorporated is hosting The Trinity Trio, featuring pianist Tina Kim, violinist...

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Bringing Fame to the Bay

Tauranga Girls' College and Tauranga Boys' College are teaming up to bring ‘Fame' to the Bay. ‘Fame – The Musical' is based on the movie of the same name and is set in the 1980s...

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Brilleaux's 'fabulous and groovy' gig

Get down and get loose with “the fabulous, most groovy” Brilleaux in Mount Maunganui next weekend. Having just returned from a recent tour of the United Kingdom and Italy, the hard-hitting...

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Warm reggae beats at Totara St

Escape the winter's gloom and bask in the warmth of reggae beats and beautiful harmonies when Tomorrow People hit Mount Maunganui next week. After a busy schedule of touring the Pacific Islands and...

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The black and white Gray fans

‘In the Still of the Night' remains one of the best known doo-wop songs – written by Fred Parris and the Satins and covered by Boyz II Men and Debbie Gibson. It even figures in films like...

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A musical exploration through time

Bay of Plenty Symphonia's upcoming concert Time Travels will take the audience on a musical journey from the 17th Century to the 1900s.  Taking place at St Mary's Church on Elizabeth St, it...

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Savage night out at The Mount

Prepare for a savage night of electronic and dance music on Friday night in Mount Maunganui. Jacman & Savage entertainment presents Savage and a handful of the finest Kiwi DJs and artists with...

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Fantastico Italian film festival

Paolo Rotondo and partner Renee Mark have put together a superb offering of new films and return hits from Italy's dynamic film industry for the new Cinema Italiano Festival 2016 coming to Tauranga...

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Reggae to rule Totara St next Friday

Expect a reggae-fuelled night next Friday, May 20, at the Totara St venue at Mount Maunganui Performing Arts Centre. Totara St – dubbed as “the Bay's newest hot spot for live entertainment”...

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Circus comes to town

Following its 10-day stint in Papamoa, Zirka Circus is bringing its fourth tour of New Zealand to Tauranga. Zirka Circus' new show ‘Cross the Ocean' is coming to Jordan Field Memorial Park on...

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For the mighty republic of Anzakistan

You won't find Anzakistan on any map, but if Chopper gets his way it'll soon be the mightiest of mighty superpowers the world's ever seen. Australian comedian Heath Franklin presents ‘Chopper...

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Attack of the Heavy Metal Ninjas

They're metal, they're heavy, they're ninjas and they're heading to Mount Maunganui next week. New Zealand's own Heavy Metal Ninjas are set to enthral and captivate the crowd and their imaginations...

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Aroused by Wolves giveaway

Three up-and-coming Kiwi acts are planning on lighting up audiences in Mount Maunganui next week. Strangely Arousing, Albi and The Wolves and soloist Zarek Silberschmidt, with support from local lads...

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Sol3 Mio giveaway

In a small way, life has come full circle for Sol3 Mio with the operatic trio set to perform two shows in Tauranga in March. Baritone Moses Mackay remembers the two shows he and tenor cousins Pene...

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Twelfth Night giveaway

Romance, mistaken identities and crossdressing escapades lie at the heart of Summer Shakespeare Tauranga's inaugural production this month. The city's newest theatre troupe is proud to present Shakespeare's...

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On the Lawn giveaway

The annual outdoor celebration featuring some of New Zealand's best craft food, beer and wine is making a welcome return Mount Maunganui next weekend. On The Lawn returns on Sunday, January 31, with...

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Opinion Poll

What did you do when quake hit the Kaikoura area early last Monday morning and a tsunami warning was sent out?

Heeded the warning and quickly made our way to higher ground.
Didn't receive a tsunami warning at all.
Received a tsunami warning from Civil Defence but was too late - when we woke that morning.
Ignored the warning.

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