Issue 30 Oct / Nov 2020
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The Unsettling Work of JK Russ
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Perusing this issue and seeing all the cool upcoming events in our area makes it feel like summer (and, hopefully, something a bit closer to normality) is really on its way. Great news that the Escape! literary weekend, cancelled earlier this year due to lockdown, has managed to re-group with a great line-up for October (see page 32). Also this month, you can check out what the clever creatives at Zinefest have been up to (8), or join in a slew of workshops and fun activities that have kicked off at Our Place Tauranga, including family sessions in the school holidays (14). In art news, we cover the story behind JK Russ’ thought-provoking atrium exhibition at the Tauranga Art Gallery (54). We also get the lowdown on the new City Art Walk (page 20) — downl›oad the app, take yourself on a tour of intriguing artworks in Tauranga’s city centre, and get the full story behind them. A brilliant idea.s Vegan Vibes (47) is on 24 October — this festival gets bigger and better every year as more people are looking to eat less meat and find other delicious alternatives. Head there for the great kai, enlightening talks and an array of products from new food offerings to Ayurvedic and wellness products. Pāpāmoa’s crowd-pulling Thursday night Dinner in the Domain kicks off for the summer season on 26 November, and look out for details of Matua’s new weekly Dinner in the Park, beginning in December. We know this has been such a tough year in many ways but we’re feeling grateful to be in a beautiful part of this great country. Kia kaha everyone. The Our Place team PS Tauranga Christmas in the Park has been announced for 5 December, so pop that in your diary for the whole whānau!
Welcome 5 What’s Up
Our Place Tauranga
TLBM shopping guide
Walk the Talk Tauranga’s new City Art Walk app
Road Trippin’ The Hōpara camper
Read All About It The Escape! festival
The Fruit Guy Roger Young & his cold-pressed juices
Photo Essay Pool night at Club Mount Maunganui 40 Good Vibes Vegan Vibes festival & recipes 47 Future Shock JK Russ at Tauranga Art Gallery 54 Save the Last Dance By Elric James 64 Delicious Gather cafe in Pāpāmoa 66 Events Guide
Check out the clever, compact Hōpara camper on page 27.
What’s Up Read All About It A zine is a small, homemade/ self-published magazine about any topic under the sun. Zinefest is a free annual event where you can come and peruse the latest clever, witty and poignant zines, and meet the creative folk behind them. The line-up this year includes well-known artist and author of Rufus Marigold, Ross Murray, local artist and writer Kalou Koefoed aka Rolling As Kalou, who’ll also run a comic workshop, and Aucklandbased Little Life Workshop with zines, jewellery, stickers and more. Up-and-coming talent from Toi Ohomai will also be showing their zines. Come along, 10am–3pm on Saturday 17 October at the Tauranga Art Gallery. @taurangazinefest
Viva Italia! Now the weather is warming up, the outdoor area at Clarence Hotel will be more in demand than ever, and to make it even more appealing, owners Noel Cimadom and Kim Smythe have just launched Bar Centrale (in place of Iki Bar), to prove Italians Do It Better. We know they already serve superb Italian at sister restaurant Alpino, and Bar Centrale will continue in that vein with highlights like excellent pizza, cured meat platters, ox tongue spiedino (skewers) with salsa verde, beef carpaccio, and stracciatella with orange and mint. Inside, the refurb has given the dining room a classy European vibe — with an aperitivo in hand, you’re taken right back in Italia. Open breakfast through dinner, seven days. clarencetauranga.co.nz @centraletauranga
Short & Sweet The Show Me Shorts Film Festival opens at Rialto Tauranga on 18 October with The Sampler, which shows a selection of the films, including Hāngī Pants (pictured above) by Pāpāmoa filmmakers Jake Mokomoko and wife Claire Varley, which is making its world premiere. There are 75 short films and three music videos in this year’s international programme, and for the first time (due to Covid-19), an online programme (running 2–28 October) is also being offered alongside the national in-cinema series. Look out for David, which stars Will Ferrell — it comes to Aotearoa hot off the back of its Cannes world premiere and the Toronto Film Festival. showmeshorts.co.nz
What’s Up Keep Your Cool
Out of the Box
Mount Made, the supreme local ice cream joint, has now relocated to a shopfront in the Mount, priming itself for those summer crowds. Aside from their always-creative ice cream flavours using great local products, they are using the new kitchen to bake donuts, Swedish buns and toasties made from their own bread. Coffee and thickshakes are available too. 262 Maunganui Rd, Mt Maunganui @mountmade
Tauranga Christmas in the Park is on 10am–5pm on 5 December at Blake Park in Mt Maunganui. Bring the whole whānau down to enjoy a full day of music, food and fun. It’s free (including free rides and entertainment), but you’re encouraged to bring a gold coin and/or food/gift donations, which are distributed to local charities. The musical line-up features Anika Moa, The Harmonic Resonators, Tauranga Big Band and more.
Send Sunshine is a new online “luxe gift boxing” business based at Pāpāmoa Beach. There are a wide range of boxes to gift for any occasion, such as Cocktail Garden with cocktail book, insulated tumbler and Six Barrel Soda syrup; Eco Warrior Mumma with thoughtful gifts for a new mum; or Golden Girl with a gold water bottle, hand cream and candle. sendsunshine.co.nz @sendsunshinenz
The Whole Picture ReDefined is a new custom-built “health, wellness and movement” centre in Pāpāmoa. Aside from hosting around 75 classes per week, from hot and warm yoga, reformer and barre Pilates, and a range of different fitness training techniques, there’s also weights, infrared sauna, massage and physio. It’s all about improving your overall wellbeing by having access to the latest fitness techniques and holistic services, all under one roof. redefined.nz @nzredefined
Tauranga Christmas in the Park
Back to Life Cirkel Life is a new fashion brand for kids 9 to 13 years old. Based in the Mount, it aims to be a closed-loop, sustainable label, so clothes are made locally from up-cycled clothing that would otherwise be destined for landfill, and off-cuts/leftover samples from local brands. Owner Karlie Morrow says, “I’m trying to create a product that uses minimal virgin resources so we can clothe our kids with as little harm to their future world as possible.” Her focus is on natural fibres, but any synthetic fibres she may use will be kept in the loop for as long as possible until New Zealand has the technology to be able to recycle them. cirkellife.co.nz @cirkellife
Our Place Tauranga
Street Food with Style Story: Josie Steenhart Illustration: Christopher Duffy
Quality ingredients, an open mind and serious chef skills are behind the success of Hashtag Street Food’s delicious offerings.
It’s not every day that a Swiss chef formerly more familiar with fine dining and fancy restaurants sets up a food truck selling fusion street food. But Bay of Plenty residents already familiar with Hashtag Street Food count themselves as #blessed that it was Tauranga Claudy Schenk (pictured above) fell for when he first visited New Zealand back in 2006. “I was a traveller, running out of money, picking kiwifruit in the area, and I was like wow, I love Tauranga!” says Claudy. “So I started to look for a job as a chef here and I got a job at the Kestrel, an old Auckland ferry that they brought to Tauranga and made into a flash, fine dining restaurant.” Swapping silver service and white linen for paper plates and pull-apart chopsticks, Claudy and business partner Josephine Si Aceron (known by everyone as
Nini), also a chef, launched the Hashtag Street Food truck three years ago. They’ve never looked back. “Actually, I love it,” says Claudy. “I love the freedom of moving about everywhere, the vibe of the markets, living without too much pressure, kind of a gypsy life — but not really a gypsy!” Hashtag now has two outlets: a container at Our Place Tauranga and their roving truck most frequently found on Salisbury Avenue in the Mount. As well as serving dishes created by two chefs using the best free-range and organic ingredients they can get their hands on, Hashtag’s point of difference is its eclectic yet successful fusion of cuisines. “Our food is like a reflection of how the world is now, just a mix of flavours, and it gives us unlimited freedom of creation because we’re not stuck on one
kind of cuisine,” explains Claudy. “For example, our pork belly comes on a souvlaki bread, so more like a Greek-style flatbread, the chipotle aioli is more like South American and the pork belly is Asian glazed so more Chinese-style — three continents in one dish — and we love it, I love it, I love that idea!” The latest offering to get Claudy and local foodies excited is Hashtag’s take on classic Kiwi fish ‘n’ chips. “I’ve always been kind of against fish ‘n’ chips, you know, oily… But we came up with a really nice fusion fish ‘n’ chips. I don’t want to say it’s healthy, but it’s not a bad one… It’s very fresh, with a tempura beer batter using MBC beer, and a Vietnamese slaw. “We just started that dish and I believe it’s going to work well.” @hashtagstreetfood
91 Willow St, Tauranga CBD
Mean Meal Deals OPT’s food area has had a makeover, and the food and drinks are better than ever and open for even longer. Come on down and try one of these great deals. Hash Tag Street Food
Everyday, 12-2pm. Deal Super-fresh fish and chips (pictured left) and an MBC core-range beer, cider, house wine or gin slushie for $19.
El Cartel Mexicano
All day Sunday. Deal Any burrito plus a frozen margarita for $16.
All day Saturday. Deal Grab a $12 paddle, which lets you experiment with any of the 36 taps of craft beers and ciders. Weekdays, 12–2pm. The Lunch Rush Deal Crack into any of the MBC core range for $7.
Johney’s Dumpling House
All day Thursday. Deal 5 dumplings (vegan or meat) and any MBC core-range beer, cider, house wine or gin for $12. Note the new hours for OPT food outlets and High Tide bar: Tues, Weds & Sun, 11am–7pm; Thurs 11am–8pm; Fri & Sat 11am–9pm.
RedHearing know how to throw a party and they’re promising that In Bloom, on 14 November at OPT, will be “an extravagant collection of colour, boogie and epic times”. Three of Aotearoa’s brightest DJs are lined up: Flamingo Pier, Frank Booker (above) and Bontempo. ticketspace.nz/events @redhearing
Date with Kate
Kate Hall, aka Ethically Kate, is a sustainable-living blogger, activist and educator. At this intimate event, 7–9pm on 29 October, she’ll provide practical tips about living with less waste and making ethical purchases, and she also aims to connect like-minded people. Expect snacks, drinks and great chats. Tickets, events.humanitix.com
Mylk (owned by Renae and Dan, pictured above) will be opening at OPT on 23 October and will be all about excellent vegan offerings. There’ll be coffee, shakes and iced drinks as well as delicious sweets from Hello Rosie — think heavenly baked chocolate cheesecake, doughnuts and notella-stuffed cookies.
Our Place Tauranga
Happening this Month Weekly Tues Re:Maker: Convert a Shirt*
4–6pm. Rescue an unwanted business shirt and convert it to a cool summer top. Learn simple construction techniques that’ll have you looking at men’s shirts in a whole new way. Bring your own shirt, set your own pace; some experience helpful but not necessary. Cost: $75.
Wed Re:Maker: Trendy Mender*
5.30–7.30pm. Bring along your favourite torn garment and turn a flaw into a feature. Learn the traditional Japanese hand sewing technique of boro stitching to mend your garment and make it unique. Scrap fabric and threads supplied or bring your own patches. Cost: $30 (or $50 for two people)
Thurs Re:Maker: Knitted Rag Rug* & Fri 9.30am–12.30pm. Learn to make t-shirt yarn
Cherie Metcalfe from Pepper & Me
from your old shirts (and clothing provided by us). Choose your design and knit a rug, placemat, coaster, cushion or bag. You’ll learn techniques to join the knitted pieces into a cohesive, one-of-a-kind, fully recycled project! Basic knitting skills required. For participants aged 12+. Cost: $75.
9.30am–12.30pm. Learn to sew a vessel from nature’s waste using cabbage tree base and other natural materials, plus yarns, fabric and ribbons. All materials are provided, but you’re encouraged to bring your own buttons, feathers, shells etc for decoration. A small basket can be completed during class, larger ones may need to be finished at home. Basic sewing skills required. For participants aged 14+. Cost: $75.
2 & 9. Re:Maker: Fun for Families*
Re:Maker: Nature’s Vessels*
Fridays 5–8pm, Saturdays 5-8pm and Sundays 12.30–3.30pm.
10am–12pm. Have fun and make your own creations. Experiment with wood, rubber, paper and other salvaged goodies waiting to be repurposed. Bring your imagination to life! Cost: $50 per workshop for 1 adult and 1 child aged 3+.
BBQ Chat & Tasting
Brought to you by Pepper & Me, Under the hood BBQ, Avons Butchery & Samba charcoal.
Re:Maker: Tinker Morning for all Ages* 10am–12pm. Build, imagine and play with second-hand materials to make your own creation. Each session will be unique. You might repurpose wood to build a gigantic marble track or create a moveable sculpture using low voltage motors. Cost: $20 per hour for 1 adult and 1 child.
91 Willow St, Tauranga CBD
Re:Maker: Paper Pulp Family Fun (2 sessions)*
12–2pm Learn the art of paper pulping. Made from recycled paper, this material works similarly to clay and can be moulded to create anything. Session 1: Craft your very own pulp creation — bowl, vase, sculpture, animal etc. Session 2: Sand, paint and decorate your creation to bring home with you. Cost: $50 total for 2 workshops for 1 adult and 1 child aged 5+.
Re:Maker: Sculpture for all Ages*
10am–12pm. Learn how to safely use tools to create your own mobile or sculpture. Come with an idea or be inspired by the salvaged materials available on-site. Work collaboratively on a larger project or make something on your own. Cost: $50 per workshop for 1 adult and 1 child.
Flamingo Pier will play at In Bloom
Re:Maker: Paper Pulp Adult (2 sessions)*
5.30–7.30pm. Details as above in Family Paper Pulp sessions. Cost: $50 total for 2 workshops.
Boomerang Bags Sewing Bee
10.30am–2.30pm. Come along and help!
Flowers & Fragrances
Ethically Kate on Tour
7–9pm. See page 13 for more details. ethicallykate.com
November Flowers & Fragrancee
6–9pm. See page X for details, perfumeplayground.co
Boomerang Bags Sewing Bee
10.30am–2.30pm. Come along and help!
6–11pm. See page 13 for more details. ticketspace.nz/events
Marmalade Skies EP launch
6.30–10.30pm. From hard-hitting punk guitar riffs to wavy spring reverb surf tones, their sound is a little mix of everything.
* Note for all Re:Maker Space workshops: places are limited to 10 participants. Please register on remakerspace.co.nz or email email@example.com. New workshops are coming all the time, so check the online calendar.
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4. The Little Big Markets
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12. Bouncing Brilliance
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Support little businesses and let everyone know about it! Get yourself one of these stylish Little Big Markets totes and fill it with the amazing products you buy from locals at the markets. littlebigevents.co.nz/shop
Walk the Talk Taurangaâ€™s new City Art Walk app gives locals the chance to discover the stories behind the fascinating artworks right on their doorstep. 20
Tauranga city centre has some great public art, from famous pooches to tidal stairs and the best street art in the country. Have you ever wondered about the stories behind the artworks? Or maybe youâ€™re curious about the artist behind the work and how they created it...
Photo: University of Waikato
The pouwhenua Te Toka a Tirikawa carved by Whare Thompson. Opposite page: Stained-glass window at the entrance of Tauranga City Library.
Photo: Anne Shirley
Launching 17 October, Tauranga’s new City Art Walk is a public art experience that navigates 20 selected artworks in Tauranga’s city centre. Taking one to two hours, the trail can be enjoyed by downloading the free app, grabbing a printed map from Our Place or other businesses around the city, and putting your walking shoes on! The experience has been created by Supercut Projects, a local business that works with the creative and heritage sectors, and is passionate about connecting locals and visitors with cultural tourism experiences. Project developer Sonya Korohina believes public art gives people a sense of place and wellbeing. “Now, more than ever, we need to be outdoors and giving love back to our city. Humans are social beings, yet social distance will still be a requirement for a while. City Art Walk can be enjoyed by anyone, anytime — grab the kids, your nana or your best friend — and it’s free,” she says. Artists and artwork commissioners have provided the content for the app, sharing with the viewer why each work was created for that particular site and some of the stories behind their vision for the piece.
Stories Old & New Art needs an audience and City Art Walk will bring renewed interest to works of all ages. One of the earliest pieces are stained-glass windows installed in 1989 at the Willow Street entrance of the Tauranga City Library. Designed by Neale Blaymires and assisted by Paula Dennison, the two artists were part of Viewpoint, a leadlight studio located in the eighties on Elizabeth Street. Further along on Durham Street, the University of Waikato showcases a series of artworks commissioned in 2019 to breathe life into its newly built Tauranga campus. Whare Thompson, known for his works at Pukehinahina, Te Ranga Reserve and Trustpower, was appointed Lead Coordinating Artist for the commissions. Of Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Whātua and Te Whakatōhea descent, Whare’s close connections to the mana whenua of Ngāi Tamarāwaho, and Tauranga Moana iwi guided his approach to ensure that the artworks would reflect the history, heritage and mana of Tauranga Moana. Whare contributed a number of major artworks and
City Art Walk features the carved pouwhenua Te Toka a Tirikawa and Te Pou Ruawhetū, a celestial panel. Both take pride of place in the campus ātea facing Durham Lane. Te Toka a Tirikawa signals a welcome to the campus. Stylised as a traditional pouwhenua (land marker), it’s carved from ancient kauri pulled from a North Waikato swamp. The work refers to the story of Kinomoerua and Apanui Ringamutu, and the symbolism of the rock formation that guards the entrance to Tauranga harbour. Also overlooking the ātea is Te Pou Ruawhetū, which tells the story of Rehua, Lord of the Stars, and the gift of knowledge to Tāne. Made from two engineered and fabricated aluminium panels, a lighting system activates the artwork, day and night. For viewers on City Art Walk, these artworks together show Whare’s versatility as an expert in both contemporary and traditional artforms.
Experience the City Art Walk From 17 October you can discover these stories and more by downloading City Art Walk from Google Play or Apple. Or visit the website: cityartwalktga.stqry.app @cityartwalktga
Artist Jasmine Kroeze
Photo: Kenrick Rhys
By Ellie Smith
Jasmine Kroeze in front of her inner-city mural, Urban Jungle, which is part of the City Art Walk. Meeting Jasmine Kroeze, the boss lady behind Pinch & Punch, it’s hard not to be swept along by her ambition and drive to keep pushing herself as a creative. A born and bred Waikato girl, Jasmine studied fashion at what was once Bay of Plenty Polytechnic. After graduating, and a number of jobs where she learnt tricks of the trade including five years in boyswear — “drawing a lot of dinosaurs!” — she took a chance, branching out on her own and launching a fashion label. Establishing her own business has meant Jasmine has not been limited to one medium. With her feet still firmly planted in the New Zealand textile industry, she has also dabbled in graphic design, branding, illustration and, more recently, public murals. In 2018, she saw
an artist callout by Creative Bay of Plenty for their Love Our Laneways initiative as part of the Groundswell Festival of Innovation. Even though she had never painted a mural before, she took a chance and sent her idea in. The sheer scale of murals drew Jasmine to enter — it was much different to her usual commissions. She was also keen on an opportunity to showcase her art out and about in the community. Jasmine loves knowing she’s responsible for making a previously dark and drab wall in Tauranga’s CBD come to life. She knows that while not everyone will love it, that’s the nature of art; the chance to experiment and liven up the city is something she views as a privilege. Working on murals has opened up a whole new creative community in the Bay of Plenty,
which Jasmine has relished being part of. The Love Our Laneways project meant she tackled her first mural alongside more seasoned artists Shane Walker and Alex McLeod, who gave her support, advice and practical tips. They also taught her to trust herself and just go for it. The result, Urban Jungle, is a dynamic, vibrant piece with Jasmine’s signature abstract aesthetic. Jasmine has since been a part of the street-art festival Street Prints Mauao 2020 and looks forward to creating more murals in the future. When asked what her career highlight is, she responds simply with, “every day”. pinchpunch.nz @pinchandpunch Read more about Jasmine’s mural Urban Jungle and her artistic practice on the City Art Walk app.
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JK Russ, Hard Sell Future (detail), 2020
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A love of exploring Aotearoa was the inspiration behind two friends creating HĹ?para. We check out the coolest little camper around. By Sarah Nicholson
The pair’s affinity for the outdoors and love of travelling around Aotearoa made Hōpara the perfect idea for them.
They both went to Tauranga Boys’ College, roomed together at Otago University, got jobs as accountants at KPMG in Tauranga and are currently flatmates in the Mount — so it’s no surprise Perry Farrell and Mat Hansen went into business together. Their company Hōpara hires out a ‘teardrop’ camper, and it may just be the chicest, coolest and most convenient set-up you’ve seen. The idea was sparked when Perry saw lots of small campers in the US. It got him thinking. “I said to Mat, ‘Let’s do something cool, in an industry that we’re proud to be a part of’”. “We didn’t want to just make a product and tell people they need it...” Given his job, Perry was well placed to run the numbers and after presenting them to Mat, he didn’t need too much convincing. “Perry also showed me the photos and I was like, oh my god, these things are amazing, they’re just so unique,” says Mat. Perry’s nana also went in for the proposal — she agreed to a loan, which enabled the pair to import their camper from Europe. “Nana gave us a pretty solid interest rate and we’re slowly paying it off,” says Perry. The pair’s affinity for the outdoors and love of travelling around Aotearoa also made Hōpara (meaning ‘explore/to go about’) the perfect idea for them. “We’ve always had the exact same interests — love the outdoors, love surfing...” says Mat.
Some of their favourite spots to take the camper include Anaura Bay on the East Cape, Opoutere and Pikowai Bay (near Matata). And although they’re yet to take the camper as far as the South Island, when they do, the Catlins will be on the top of the list. “It’s raw nature — those cliffs, the whole scene,” says Perry. “You get a little campsite, set up a fire and you wake up to beautiful pumping waves — with heaps of seals and sharks,” he laughs.
The Glamper The compact camper doesn’t have a bathroom, but pretty much everything else you’d want for an escape. Inside, there’s a double bed, USB port (with fan you can attach), reading lights and music speaker. The back opens up to cleverly reveal a full kitchen: two-burner gas stove, a fridge, sink with running water, crockery and electrical outlets for other equipment. Overhead lighting is from a string of led lights and you can install a small table on the side. Mat and Perry have taken care with the small details — you’ll find things such as a stovetop espresso maker and posh washing up liquid. The camper is relatively light (less than 500kg), so it’s fine for most vehicles with a tow bar, it’s very fuel efficient and if you aren’t confident backing trailers, they have videos and backing techniques, and have
The HĹ?para camper means you have all mod cons on hand, no matter where you travel. Opposite page: Friends Perry (left) and Mat.
The back of the camper lifts up to reveal a functional kitchen, sink with running water and overhead lighting. found they can teach anyone very quickly. If all else fails, you can push it yourself. Once it’s out and about, the stylish camper markets itself — it’s a real head-turner and there’s often a stream of curious people taking photos and asking questions. Even in the most unlikely of places, as Mat discovered recently: “I was on my way to East Cape and we were parked up on the side of the highway having lunch and a dude literally did a complete U-turn with a massive skid, we thought it was a crash, then came back to us and asked what the hell was behind the car.”
publish all the trips we really enjoy — luckily there’s heaps around here, so many hidden gems,” says Mat. “We’re trying to make every hire personal, adds Perry, “so if someone emails us, we would love to use our experience to help them pick their destination.” The travel advice will include pinpointing waterfalls, walks, surf spots and great camping grounds — all the discoveries they’ve made on their travels. “As the camper isn’t self contained, we try to give places people are legally allowed to go, like a DOC campsite with all the facilities,” says Perry. “We really love New Zealand and we want to pass our knowledge on to make sure everyone has a good time with the camper,” says Mat. “Luckily with our adventures and surf trips, we know where to point people.”
The Personal Touch The pair already have trip ideas ready to send out to anyone interested, but they are currently working on putting their trip-planning inspiration in a new section of their website called ‘adventures’. “We’re going to
Read All About It Tauranga’s Escape! literary festival has relocated to an actionpacked weekend in October, with a line-up of accomplished storytellers from across Aotearoa coming to town.
Re-setting Escape! as a sleeker, pop-up event was a no-brainer for the team behind the ‘little festival with big ideas’. And although it’s being done on a shoestring, the team says there’s no stinting on quality. Escape!, scheduled for June but cancelled after New Zealand went into Covid-19 lockdown, will take place on 17–18 October with events at the University of Waikato in Durham St on Saturday, and X Space at Baycourt on Sunday. “Our speakers have been so happy to come and support us,” programmer Sandra Simpson says. “That’s been really encouraging as we try and plan during what are still very uncertain times.” A crowd favourite at the last Escape! in 2018, awardwinning journalist Tom Scott returns to open the festival, this time to talk about his new biography of double VC winner Charles Upham. Launched in August to coincide with the 75th
anniversary of the end of WW2, Searching for Charlie is about Upham’s rip-roaring war. Authors with new books include Brannavan Gnanalingam, whose latest novel Sprigs has been receiving first-class reviews despite its dark subject matter; crime writer Nikki Crutchley with The Murder Club; and Tina Shaw, whose novel Ephemera, about a New Zealand coping with a post-pandemic landscape, came out in March, just before lockdown. Outdoor-swimming advocate Annette Lees will share her year of swimming outside wherever she happened to be, as well as stories about famous swims and swimmers, including, she promises, some from the Bay of Plenty. Topic-theme panels include death and bereavement (author and GP Dr Andrew Corin, former funeral director Greg Brownless and hospital chaplain, the Rev. Matiu Best); intersections between Western science and Mātauranga Māori (Professor Shaun Hendy and
Dr Kura Paul-Burke); and trying to predict the future in a Covid-19 world (including business commentator Rod Oram and small-town champion Karen Summerhays). A cohort of Escape! guests are also involved with publishing, and the festival is delighted to be featuring so many books and writers from small, independent publishing houses. Love Letters sees panellists, including Tauranga authors Debbie McCauley and Dr Andrew Corin, sharing their love letters to authors and books. Escape! closes with another great storyteller, Te Radar, who will take his audience on a travelogue through this country’s weird and wonderful history in an illustrated presentation created for the festival.
Tickets for Escape! include a $60 day pass and $5 student tickets. Tickets, taurangafestival.co.nz and Baycourt box office.
The exciting line-up for Escape! includes, clockwise from top left: Tom Scott talking about his biography of Charles Upham; crime writer Nikki Crutchley; Annette Lees on her year of swimming outside; author and GP Dr Andrew Corin; Brannavan Gnanalingam on his new book, Sprigs; and the always-entertaining Te Radar.
By Josie Steenhart
Roger Young grew up on a Tauranga orchard, became a star of the Wellington’s hospo scene (launching establishments such as Fidel’s Cafe and Havana Bar), and now he’s set his sights on cold-pressed juices. 34
Roger (at back, third from left) in the ‘90s with his Little Gringo’s crew and the delivery fleet.
While for some Roger Young is known as the Fidel’s Cafe guy, or the Havana Bar cocktail guy, or if you’ve been around a while maybe even the pizza guy — he’s even known by many as the unofficial mayor of Wellington’s Cuba Street — but having grown up on an orchard just outside of Tauranga, it appears that all along it’s fruit that really has his heart. “I’ve owned Fidel’s here in Wellington for 25 years,” he tells me from his office late one Friday afternoon, where he’s sipping a Hulk, an aptly-named green juice packed with locally grown spinach, celery, kale, lettuce, parsley, wheatgrass and lemon juice — his personal favourite of the celebrated concoctions from his latest venture (more on that shortly). “Before Fidel’s, when I first moved down from Tauranga in 1991, I opened a pizzeria called Little Gringo’s and a few years after that I opened a bar and restaurant called Havana, which we’ve had for 18 years now; it’s a beautiful little establishment.
“All of them are Cuban-themed, because I absolutely fell in love with Cuba when I was at Otumoetai College — I was at Tauranga Boys’ College but I got ah, evicted, for being a naughty boy — and in social studies I did a project on Cuba. So that’s how the Cuban thing sort of started — and we’re on Cuba Street of course. “And then we’ve had The Brother’s Coldpress coming up five years. It’s quite a bit different. Me and my partner were also rum runners — we were importing rum from Cuba for quite a few years, so it was a nice change from alcohol to fresh juice,” he laughs. The latest venture kicked off from initial attempts at home juicing, which led to the discovery of coldpress juice (“basically you’re keeping all your healthy enzymes and goodness intact as you juice it”), and a new revolution was born. “I bought a small cold-press machine for Fidel’s and we just couldn’t keep up,” explains Roger.
“We had one person who, all they were doing was juicing, and making milkshakes and smoothies, which we’re really well known for, so it was really high in labour. I thought gosh, I need to look for a bigger machine…” These days The Brother’s Coldpress juices are stocked in many of Wellington’s top cafes, eateries, grocery stores and supermarkets, while the online store does a roaring trade with health-conscious punters up and down the country. And as the size of the juicing machines have grown, so too have the quantities of fruit and vegetables. “We use a lot of sources — places in Hawke’s Bay, Gisborne, we get organic tangelos from a really lovely guy in Whakatāne, there’s an organic farm just out on the West Coast north of Otaki that we’re currently in negotiations with to grow a lot more stuff just for us. So we’re sourcing it from all over the country,” he says. And if anyone knows how to source fruit and veg, it’s Roger.
Roger in his days selling watermelons around the country.
“We’d offload the fruit and veg all the way through the South Island, then at Bluff oyster time, we’d go and pick up hundreds of sacks of oysters and drive them all the way through the night, across on the ferry, back to Tauranga.
“I grew up on an orchard just out of Tauranga, in Tauriko,” he says. “It was an amazing place to grow up — being able to go surfing each day and being brought up in the country. “My parents bought what was to start with a chicken farm and it had a bit of citrus fruit, and then they got rid of the chooks and got into feijoas, kiwifruit, tamarillos, we had a bit of passionfruit as well. My parents were really big gardeners, they absolutely loved it.” It was from there that Roger’s dad, with whom he clearly shares entrepreneurial genes, came up with the idea of taking their fruit to the South Island, selling directly to communities without easy access to the diverse plethora of fruit being grown up north — which back in the ’80s was almost everyone. “My parents would pick it all fresh and drive it down; my dad bought an 18-wheeler truck and we’d drive to the South Island and deliver to schools, Plunket societies... places where these communities would come.
It would be dropped off and from there dispersed to the community. My dad was like Father Christmas — fresh watermelon from Te Teko, from Tauranga, from Pukehina. We used to do a watermelon juice with lemon over the summer, called the Pink Panther,” says Roger. It was just so much fun as a kid going on these big road trips to the South Island — we’d go right down as far as Bluff.” Seeing no point returning home with an empty truck, the Young’s refilled their trailers with local goodies to transport back north. “We’d offload the fruit and veg all the way through the South Island, then at Bluff oyster time we’d go and pick up hundreds of sacks of oysters and drive them all the way through the night, across on the ferry and back to Tauranga. My mum would already have an ad in the Bay of Plenty Times: oysters and mutton birds for sale. We’d set up all these trestle tables with shucking knives, and family and friends would just start shucking oysters…
“In summertime we’d bring back apricots and cherries; we’d always bring back a load of something even schist from the Haast and this pebble off the beach just out by Riverton for a huge development in Waipu Cove.” And the spirit of revolution was strong in the Young family even then. “I remember back in the day when they had the Apple and Pear Board, my dad was so dead against that every transaction had to go through them, so we used to sneak down to the Hawke’s Bay in the night, onto the back of someone’s farm, load up all the apple and pears, then drive through the night. It was awesome fun!” It was his first adult job, selling Bay of Plenty watermelons around the country, that led to his first business Little Gringo’s pizzeria. That opened the way to Fidel’s, and the rest, as they say, is history. “I was doing a load of watermelons to the South Island with my girlfriend at the time and her uncle had a pizzeria in Dunedin, right opposite the university, called
Above: The Brothers Coldpress’ industrial-sized juicer. Right: Vibrant bottles of nutrient-filled juices.
Poppa’s Pizzas. We parked up on an empty section next to it, and were selling the watermelons off the back of the truck at Orientation Week. Just watching, I realised how successful his business was. I just went, wow, let’s open a pizzeria!” The pizzeria was Little Gringo’s, located at the then notoriously dodgy end of Cuba Street. “Black Power had their headquarters just off Cuba street, at night time no one would actually walk around there. But it was just hilarious — on the first day we had to close the doors after an hour, we couldn’t keep up, we were inundated! It was long hours, we were doing 100-hour weeks there for a long time. “It was so fun, you know, I think we were paying $120 for the
building and the back half was where we lived, so we basically walked through the door, straight into the cafe. But when Roger and his girlfriend went separate ways four years later, it was time for something new. “I was stuck with the lease,” says Roger. “I went travelling for a bit in South America and came back with quite a few different ideas and yeah, that’s how Fidel’s and Havana were born.” Which brings us to today, where Roger has gone full circle, back to his roots. “I guess I got back into what I was doing growing up on a farm, selling fruit and veg, but now I’m putting it into bottle form and selling it!” thebrotherscoldpress.com
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Good i b V es The ever-popular Vegan Vibes festival returns to Mount Maunganui with delicious food, tastings, expert talks, workshops and all-round great entertainment.
Left: Vegan Vibes brings together the Bay community, as well as visitors from out of town. Opposite page: Buffy Ellen of Be Good Organics will be speaking about balancing your hormones and stress through a plant-based diet.
The number of people heading to Vegan Vibes grows every year, as Kiwis of all ages are reducing their meat consumption, or choosing not to eat meat at all, and looking for different inspiration for their plate. So while Vegan Vibes is definitely a brilliant day for vegans, it’s also great for flexitarians and people that are just interested in trying new food, hearing about the latest products and having a fun family day out. Of course a highlight of the day-long festival is parking up and eating all the super food on offer, and the offerings will be impressive yet again. There’ll be baking from Charlie Mia, raw treats from Real Rad Food and Love Raw, and epic burgers from Rotorua’s FTP Vegan Eats. Local fave Hello Rosie will also be there with its famous donuts, as well as snickers pie, pinky pie and notella-stuffed cookies, and savoury options, like mac’n’cheese bites, Hawaiian burgers and buffalo burgers. Auckland-based Megan May from the famed Little Bird
Organics is heading down with her team. She’ll be speaking about ‘plant-based recipes to thrive on’, sharing tips and demonstrating some of her favourite recipes. Megan believes plant-based eating shouldn’t be just about what you can’t eat, but should focus on all the amazing nutrient-rich whole foods that you can eat, and that really help our bodies thrive. Megan will also have a stand on the day selling products and serving dishes from her muchloved Little Bird Kitchen. Other speakers in the exciting line-up include Buffy Ellen of Be Good Organics. Buffy’s a nutritionist, naturopath and medical herbalist who has just started Be Good, an online plantbased cooking school and natural health education hub. She’ll be talking about how to balance your mood, stress, sleep and hormones through a plant-based diet. Ben Eitelberg of Fitness Locker, an adventurer, environmentalist, endurance sports coach and athlete, will speak about
‘plant-based for sport, health and our environment’. Holistic health and wellness expert Sarah Tanner will speak about her philosophy, which encompasses not only nutrition but breath, sound and reiki work. The day will showcase some of the best products on the market, and you’ll be able to meet the faces behind Tempeh Deli, Pop Organics popcorn, Date Mate date spread, Merkaba hemp products, Good Vibes Fungi (fresh organic mushrooms), as well as Yoga Tribe Eco yoga mats and Ayurvedic products, organic oils and perfumes. Bring an appetite and a big shopping bag, and be ready for an inspiring day.
Vegan Vibes, 10am–3pm, 24 October 2020 at Soper Reserve, 95 Newton St, Mount Maunganui. Entry: $15, children (under 12) free. Tickets: ticketfairy.com or door sales. @veganvibesnz
Get some springtime inspo from these recipes by two food lovers that are coming to Vegan Vibes.
Kimchi Pancakes By Megan May, Little Bird Organics “This recipe is from my book Little Bird Goodness and it’s one of our most loved recipes in the cafe and at home. It uses one of my favourite fermented foods: kimchi. Koreans have known about the benefits of kimchi for centuries, but the rest of us are only just cottoning on to the probiotic properties and general deliciousness of this fermented dish. Most kimchi contains fish sauce, so if you’re vegan, find someone who makes a vegan version or make your own — it’s easy, this recipe is based on the kimchi recipe in the same book.”
M A K E S 8 PA N CA K E S (SERVES 3–4) 2 cups kimchi 2 cups chickpea flour 3 tbs tapioca starch or arrowroot 2 tbs sesame oil TOPPING 1/4 avocado, sliced (per person) 2 tbs cashew aioli 2 tbs sweet chilli sauce Watercress or mesclun mix Sesame seeds, to sprinkle
To prepare the pancake batter, mix kimchi, flour, tapioca starch or arrowroot and 1 1/2 cups filtered water together in a bowl, making sure there are no lumps. Let it sit overnight or for at least 8 hours before using — this allows it to ferment and create a fluffer and crispier result (a lot like a naturally occurring baking powder). It also makes it more digestible as the chickpea flour sours and ferments. You can store it in the fridge for about a week once it has fermented. Heat a medium non-stick pan over medium heat, add sesame oil, then add about 1/2 cup of the batter (it will be about 1cm thick). Cook about 3–4 minutes or until golden and crispy, then flip over and cook for another 3 minutes. It’s important to cook it all the way through, so give it a little extra cooking time at a lower heat, if you’re feeling unsure. Repeat for remaining batter. Place kimchi pancakes on serving plates and top with avocado slices, cashew aioli, sweet chilli sauce, watercress or mesclun and a sprinkle of sesame seeds, then serve. littlebirdorganics.co.nz
Grilled Asparagus with Hollandaise By Buffy Ellen, Be Good Organics “This vegan hollandaise uses cashews for the creaminess and black volcanic salt to add that eggy edge. Black volcanic salt is an absolute magic dust in the kitchen — its sulphurous flavour (think Rotorua) means you can add an eggy flavour to anything. The hollandaise is good on top of any veges, as a dynamite dipping sauce, or stirred through pasta with some wilted spinach and peas.”
SERVES 2 OR 4 AS A SIDE 2 bunches asparagus 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil Chopped parsley and toasted hazelnuts, to serve HOLLANDAISE SAUCE 1 cup raw unsalted cashews* 3/4 cup water Flesh of 1/2 lemon 1/2 shallot or 1/8 onion 1 clove garlic 1 tsp dijon mustard 3/4 tsp black volcanic salt 1/2 tsp ground turmeric or 2 drops of turmeric essential oil
Preheat oven to 180°C. Snap off woody ends of asparagus (about 3cm). Place spears in an ovenproof dish and drizzle with olive oil, 1 tsp sea salt and cracked pepper. Mix and bake for about 12 minutes or until tender. While the asparagus is in the oven, add the hollandaise sauce ingredients to a blender with 3/4 cup water. Combine until super smooth and creamy. It’s best to chill the hollandaise in the fridge for a few hours before serving to thicken it up. (Refrigerate leftover hollandaise for 4–5 days.) Drizzle the hollandaise on top of the baked asparagus and top with fresh parsley and hazelnuts. For a main meal, serve with hot wholegrain toast or an English muffin, or with a side of potato salad. Enjoy! *Soak your cashews in cold water for 1–5 hours (or 5 minutes in hot water). This softens them, making it easier on your blender and easier to get that super-smooth consistency. begoodorganics.com cookingschool.begoodorganics.com @begoodorganics
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The artwork with an apocalyptic edge that JK Russ began in 2019 has now become kind of prophetic, given the state of the world. We learn more about her show at Tauranga Art Gallery.
Artist JK Russ has a favour to ask of anyone who visits Tauranga Art Gallery in the next few months — take a photo of yourself, friends or family on the chaise longue in front of her large scale collage work Desert Bird Life Soirée, and post it to social media so she can see. The Las Vegas-based Kiwi artist has had her work installed without being physically present before, but the circumstances and challenges surrounding the installation of her latest work at Tauranga Art Gallery (global pandemic anyone?!) understandably hit different. Desert Bird Life Soirée forms part of a larger piece, Hard Sell Future, which fills the entire atrium with silhouetted flocks of birds, dynamic human/ animal hybrids and collaged scenes with a strongly apocalyptic feel. The entire process, from proposal to concept to finished installation in Tauranga Art Gallery’s vast atrium, has been achieved by JK via phone and Zoom with the gallery staff and the assistance of her New Zealand representation, Paulnache gallery.
“We were able to manage the process within quite a short time,” says JK from her Las Vegas studio via, you guessed it, a Zoom call. “It was a relief when the works managed to get into New Zealand quite quickly. And then it’s all come together amazingly. So many people worked so hard to make it happen. “I had work in a collage-themed exhibition at the Dowse Art Museum in Lower Hutt a few years ago now, again without being able to be there in person but all managed through Paulnache, and I’ve had some shows at the gallery there in Gisborne. Some of them I have been able to come over for… But we’re getting used to working out the best ways to transport works long-distance, without it being crazy expensive as well.” Hard Sell Future is made up of “a mix of vinyl, fabric and paint” — most of which was transported in pieces from Las Vegas, as well as the aforementioned chaise longue, which wasn’t. “The first Desert Bird Life Soirée was at the Delano Las Vegas, another hotel here that has featured
The chaise longue allows people to “sit and be part of” the intriguing artwork, Desert Bird Life Soirée. Opening pages: Details of artwork in Hard Sell Future.
a number of Las Vegas-based artists, with installations in their hotel lobbies. We’d had a chaise longue there so that guests could come and sit and be part of it, and I was really hoping we’d be able to do that in Tauranga as well,” explains JK. “I’d said to the gallery ‘whatever you can find’, as obviously shipping a piece of furniture over is completely impractical, but they found a chaise longue and covered it beautifully, and it’s a part of it now. So I’m really hoping that people, when they go in there, will take some photographs of themselves or their friends and maybe post them online so I can see, because I love it when people are really immersed in it, part of it.” It could be assumed that the 12-piece work, which JK laughingly admits is “kind of grim”, draws on the global occurrences of recent months, but she actually began it in mid-2019, so it’s all taken on a somewhat prophetic vibe. “I was feeling a bit overwhelmed with all the things that were going on in the world, already, when I started on that work,” she says. “I was feeling like we were heading towards a global apocalypse with growing environmental and human crises. “I had these burning staircases in the sky and things like that, and then of course since then there’s all the fires that have happened, not only
in Australia, but in actual fact when I look out the window today, the mountains are invisible and the sky is kind of brown and all the smoke from California is coming over the mountains to Las Vegas. The city is completely immersed in smoke, it’s crazy… And as I continued to work on it I kept hearing more and more about all these kind of apocalyptic things going on. It just felt like somehow the work became even more weighted with other things.” JK’s collages start with the “traditional cutting and pasting” from her substantial archive of books and magazines, collected over the years, “and if I’m working on a larger scale like at the gallery in Tauranga, then I’ll scan them in digitally and scale them up.” I ask about the figures in her work, which could be interpreted as humans wearing animal masks, but JK says she thinks of them as “more like hybrid creatures”. “I started doing those in New Zealand, but the creatures then were more sea creatures generally, jellyfish, things like that. I think being in New Zealand, being near the water, meant that the water and water creatures appeared a lot more, and then when I came here where they have spiders and snakes and things — I’ve been terribly afraid of spiders particularly all my life — I decided I’d
More recently, JK has introduced bird creatures to the mix. “I think being here in Las Vegas, it does feel quite exotic... A lot of people like going out on the Strip and the women always look amazingly gorgeous — to me they are almost like exotic birds. But also, there are the birds of the desert — the eagles and falcons.” incorporate those into the collages. Partly as a way of trying to overcome my own fear, but also I think there’s something quite powerful... particularly when you’re combining a female image with something that’s a little freaky like a big spider or a snake.” More recently, JK has introduced bird creatures to the mix. “I think being here in Las Vegas, there’s people from all over the place, so it does feel quite exotic; people get very dressed up. A lot of people like going out on the Strip and the women always look amazingly gorgeous — to me they are almost like exotic birds. But also, there are the birds of the desert — the eagles and falcons.” JK says that while there are no New Zealand native birds in Hard Sell Future, visitors to Tauranga Art Gallery will see at least a few familiar ‘faces’. “Some of the birds are ones we do have in New Zealand, like the herons.” Something with local birdlife might be in the works though, and perhaps
JK will be able to bring that one home herself. “I have got some books of New Zealand birds and I’m thinking of making some works that focus on those…” “I do feel a bit sad I won’t get to see [Hard Sell Future], I would love to be there. We used to go for holidays to Mount Maunganui when I was a kid and I visited the art gallery there a couple of years ago on a trip down through the North Island — beautiful area, beautiful gallery, and I know there’s a really strong arts scene. I would love to spend more time there — what a beautiful part of the world.”
Hard Sell Future is on until 7 February 2021 at the Tauranga Art Gallery, cnr Wharf & Willow sts, Tauranga artgallery.org.nz
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And to drink...
And to drink...
Pop this unctuous brie on the cheese platter with your favourite paste and crackers, pour a glass of Misty Cove’s Landmark Pinot Noir, and your night will be made. Aside from pinot noir, try this brie with a fruity (but not too tannic) merlot, or a ripe Cru Beaujolais from a good vintage, such as 2017.
Feta cheese needs a bright, fragrant white wine to stand up to its salty, intense flavour. The herbal, grassy notes of the Delta Sauvignon Blanc is just the thing. Invite friends over, serve some fish or seafood with a top-notch feta salad, pour the sauvignon, and you have the al fresco lunch of your dreams.
Add slices of pan-fried halloumi to a warm roast vegetable salad with freshly picked salad leaves, serve with crusty bread and a glass of crisp, vibrant Toi Toi Sara’s Rosé, and an easy dinner is served. You could also balance the cheese’s saltiness with an aromatic riesling (this would also be great with feta).
For more information on Black Market, visit blackmarket.co.nz
Tauranga Zinefest 2020
FREE ENTRY Saturday 17 October 10am - 3pm Tauranga Art Gallery, 108 Willow Street
Zines, cartoons, art prints, badges, workshops, make your own and so much more.
Save the Last Dance By Elric James
The first episode of the Netflix series The Last Dance premiered on the 19th of April 2020. It arrived at a time when we basketball fans were like junkies without a fix — Covid-19 had reached pandemic level, countries were thrown into lockdown, and any possibility of live fixtures was well and truly off the table. This is an embarrassing admission, but I didn’t really begin to acknowledge the severity of the situation until the NBA suspended its season indefinitely after a player tested positive for Covid (days prior to the positive result, the player in question, the Utah Jazz’s Rudy Gobert, had jokingly wiped his hands all over the media microphones, sarcastically spreading the virus. Good luck living that one down, Rudy). You’d think a barrage of media coverage describing thousands infected worldwide, hundreds fatally, with many, many hospitalised, would’ve sobered me up to the threat to humanity — but no, it was the halting of a basketball competition that really opened my eyes. I remember thinking, if the NBA — one of the most popular and financially lucrative sports leagues in the world — was ready to abort the season, forgoing billions in revenue, then, excuse my phrasing, shit must be real. Another shameful admission: part of my frustration at the cancellation of the basketball
was my favourite player was in the midst of a stellar season, his team sitting atop of the western conference standings, and it was all going to be for nought… These concerns are trivial, I know. Especially considered in the context of life and death, and economic collapse. It’s just that I love basketball. It has been, and will be for as long as it’s around, one of the few ways my mind can escape some of the harsher realities of life. I’ve followed the NBA since the early ‘90s — my own days of balling came to an end after a schoolyard altercation with another kid left me with a broken nose. Our memories will likely differ, but I recall repeatedly driving past him to the basket with the finesse of a young Allen Iverson. The only way he could get stops was to go full ‘Bad Boy Pistons’ and sucker-punch me in the face (kid was lucky I was five-feet high and rising — not the six-foot-six giant I am today). Back to The Last Dance. It’s a ten-part series that follows the career of basketball icon Michael ‘Air’ Jordan and the champion Chicago Bulls of the ‘90s. Prior to its release, the closest we’d got to sports on TV for a while was watching Joe Exotic being dragged around the big cat enclosure by one of his tigers, so naturally The Last Dance was met with unbridled enthusiasm — and it only furthered Jordan’s claim as the GOAT. I was fortunate enough to watch his
final championship run (his sixth title and second three-peat) live on TV in the ‘90s. I remember it fondly because my mother was off work and she watched the games with me (I should’ve been in my final year of school, but I’d lost interest by that point). Together we witnessed sporting greatness, and we did it over a collection of tasty treats from the supermarket. When I was a young, I only viewed ‘His Airness’ through the lens of basketball and boy did he look good, with his hang-time, fade-aways and buzzer-beaters. But when I sat down and watched The Last Dance in April, as the world was unravelling around me, I couldn’t help but feel like I was chasing the dragon. I struggled to see past Michael Jordan, the man — compulsive gambler, abusive teammate and capitalist; who shirked politics and black advocacy. Jordan’s incendiary talent and compulsion to win will rightfully see his name remain at the forefront of the GOAT debate, but personally… I’m saving the last dance for someone else — someone with the talent of Michael Jordan and the spirit of Martin Luther King, Jr. Now try and tell me that person wouldn’t be the greatest of all time…
THE LAST DANCE (2020) Netflix Documentary Series Directed by Jason Hehir
Gather Photography by Ilk
Clockwise, from top left: Gather’s cabinet food game is strong; the bustling cafe full of happy locals; fresh salads are on offer every day. Opposite page: Steph and Sam with their daughter, Rumi.
Community was front of mind when Steph and Sam Meaden took over the lovely cafe, Gather. “It’s a place for the people of Pāpāmoa, and beyond, to connect and come together over good food and coffee,” says Steph. The couple also own the popular beachside joint Tay Street Store, so they’re familiar with all the local goodness on offer in the area. “We’ve always been passionate about supporting New Zealand and Bay products, and we carry this theme through both places,” says Steph. And they certainly walk the talk, offering local gems such as Roa kombucha, Nomad juices, Webster’s Tea and Sandbank, which supplies the mixes for delicious smoothies and smoothie bowls.
Wildflour’s baking is a highlight at Tay St and it also supplies Gather with delights such as cinnamon scrolls and cheese scones, plus the cafe makes its own salads, breakfast brioche buns and sammies. Auckland’s Mt Atkinson Coffee Roasters, which works directly with Ugandan coffee farmers, do a custom blend for Gather. Steph credits her team with much of their success. “We are so lucky to have local hospo legends running the show at Gather and a wonderful manager, Brit, who works across both places. We couldn’t have done this without them all!” 552 Pāpāmoa Beach Road, Pāpāmoa Beach gatherpapamoa.co.nz @gather.papamoa
& Macadamia Bar M A K E S 1 T R AY Line a slice tray (about 20 x 30cm) with baking paper both ways, letting it overhang so you can lift the bar out.
3/4 cup macadamias (we use Harbourside Macadamias from Katikati) 1/2 cup cashews, almonds or walnuts 1 cup raw buckwheat 1/4 cup chia seeds 1/4 cup cacao nibs 1 cup pumpkin seeds (toasted and cooled, or raw) 185g coconut oil 1/4 cup cacao powder 225g runny, smooth peanut butter (we use Ceres Organics) 140g pure maple or brown rice syrup 1 tsp pure vanilla extract (we use Heilala Vanilla) 1/4 tsp sea salt 200g raw dark chocolate (or your favourite dark chocolate)
Add all dry ingredients, except cacao powder, to a big mixing bowl and set aside. Melt coconut oil in a bowl over a pan of boiling water, or use microwave. Once melted, add cacao powder, peanut butter, syrup, vanilla and salt, then whisk until fully combined. Add wet mixture to dry, then combine. Pour into the lined slice tray and refrigerate for 30 minutes to 1 hour or until set. Once set, melt chocolate in a bowl over a pan of boiling water, then pour over the slice. Refrigerate to set, then slice into rectangle bars or squares.
Heaven Scent If your idea of heaven is spending the evening discovering a range of natural scents, crafting your own personalised spring perfume, and being guided through creating your own perfect bouquet, this event is for you. Coming to Tauranga for one night only, this three-hour workshop, which will be hosted by scent designer Rosie Holt and florist Shaye Woolford, will inspire, educate and uplift.
Come along to this evening designed for the senses, and create a personalised perfume and lush seasonal bouquet.
Personalise Your Perfume Owning a florist business for five years gave Rosie a keen nose for natural essences. This led her to working with perfumes and fragrance, and she’s now hosted floral sensory experiences all over the country. At the workshop, you’ll have access to a scent lab of more than 30 natural essences infused with native botanicals, flower essences and aromatic blends — all specifically designed to create shifts in mood and motivation. You’ll also have the tools and materials you need to create your very own perfume as a take-home roll-on 10ml eau de toilette.
The Perfect Bouquet Shaye from On My Hand is well known for her exceptional floristry work and events styling. She will supply guests with an array of seasonal blooms to choose from, then share her tips and tricks around creating a gorgeous bouquet, including placement, and how to visually balance the arrangement and select complementary colours.
Book Now Refreshments from Dhall & Nash wines and Antipodes Water will be provided, alongside a delicious grazing table. Each guest will also receive a goody bag with gifts from Together Journal, Whittaker’s and Ecostore.
Perfume Playground / On My Hand Promotion
Shaye from On My Hand at her studio (top left) and Rosie running a Perfume Playground workshop (left). 6-9pm, 12 November, Our Place Tauranga. Tickets, $300. To book, perfumeplayground.co More info, @perfumeplayground 71
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Our Place Events Guide Sat
Tauranga Farmers' Market 7.45am–12pm, Tauranga Primary School, 5th Ave, Tauranga
16–18. Tauranga Home Show 10am–5pm, Trustpower Baypark Arena, door sales
Mount Farmers' Market 9am–1pm, every Sunday, 123–141 Maunganui Rd, Mt Maunganui.
2020 General Election: Get out & vote!
Tauranga Zinefest 2020 10am–3pm, Tauranga Art Gallery, free entry (see page 8 for details)
The Little Big Markets 9am–2pm, Pāpāmoa Pony Club.
Toi Ohomai Open Day 10am–2pm, Toi Ohomai Windermere Campus, 70 Windermere Dr, Tauranga
Alcohol Ink: Clock Candle & Pot Workshop 9.30am–3.30pm, The Artery, The Historic Village, Tauranga, theincubator.co.nz
3. Bay of Plenty Pet & Animal Expo 10am–4pm, Trustpower Baypark Arena, eventfinda.co.nz
The Little Big Markets 9am–2pm, Coronation Park, Mt Maunganui
2020 General Election voting opens! vote.nz
BloomCo Hot Pink Zumba 3–4.30pm, Queen Elizabeth Youth Centre, crn 11th Ave and Devonport Rd, Tauranga
Ice Skating at Fraser Cove Shopping Centre 10am–5pm, Fraser Cove Shopping Centre
10–11. Tauranga Women’s Lifestyle Expo 10am–4pm, Trustpower Baypark Arena, door sales 11.
Taste Tauranga Craft Trail (beer & tapas) 2–5pm, Downtown Tauranga, eventbrite.co.nz
Remake Yourself 12–1pm, The Pilates Loft Tauranga, 77 Devonport Rd, eventbrite.co.nz
13, 18 Taste Tauranga Tapas Trail & 20. 5.30–9pm, Downtown Tauranga, eventbrite.co.nz 15.
5–course Degustation Dinner & Wine Tasting 5.30–9.30pm, Trinity Wharf Tauranga, 51 Dive Cres, Tauranga, eventbrite.co.nz
Oropi School Calf Club & Pet Day 9.30am–2pm, Oropi School, 1334 Oropi Rd
The Test Tube: Evo(lutionary) Market Event #1 6–9pm, The Incubator, The Historic Village, Tauranga, free entry
Lawrence Arabia NZ Single Tour 7–9pm, The Jam Factory, The Historic Village, tickettailor.com 19.
Te Moana Glow Show (kids) 3 performances, Baycourt Community & Arts Centre, ticketek.co.nz
The Shows Must Go On 7.30–9.30pm, Baycourt Community & Arts Centre, ticketek.co.nz
22– Kirchen Takeover: Eat Your Memories 15/11 7–10pm, secret location, Tauranga, kitchentakeover.co.nz 24.
Bay Park Speedway Grand Opening Night 6.30–10pm, Trustpower Baypark Arena
Vegan Vibes 10am–3pm, Soper Reserve, Mt Maunganui, ticketfairy.com (see page 47 for details)
Switch Stance Surf & Skate Demo Day 1–4pm, Pāpāmoa Skatepark, Parton Rd
Ōtūmoetai Primary School 125th Anniversary 11.30am, Otumoetai Primary, 236 Otumoetai Rd
Hocus Pocus Halloween Ball 8.30pm–1am, The Rising Tide, ticketspace.nz/events
31. Oktoberfest Tauranga 2020 3–10pm, The Historic Village, Tauranga, eventfinda.co.nz
20. Albi & The Wolves 8–11pm, The Jam Factory, The Historic Village, eventspronto.co.nz
Popstars: The 90s Musical 7.30–10pm, Tauranga Musical Theatre, iticket.co.nz
Mitre 10 Mega Tauranga City to Surf 7am–1.30pm, Tauranga Yacht & Power Boat Club, Tauranga, eventpromotions.co.nz
Tauranga Woodcrafters Show 2020 10am–4pm, Mount Sports Centre, Mt Maunganui
6. Blindspott NZ Tour 7–11pm, Trustpower Baypark Arena, eventfinda.co.nz
The ABBA Show 8–10.30pm, Baycourt Community & Arts Centre, ticketek.co.nz
Tauranga Diwali Festival 2020 4–9pm, The Historic Village, Tauranga
The Little Big Markets 9am–2pm, Pāpāmoa Pony Club, Pāpāmoa
The Little Big Markets 9am–2pm, Coronation Park, Mt Maunganui
Alcohol Ink: Zebra Painting 9.30am–3.30pm, The Artery, The Historic Village, theincubator.co.nz
Mt Maunganui Sanitarium Weet–Bix Kids TRYathlon 7am–1pm, Arataki Park, Mt Maunganui, tryathlon.co.nz
Tauranga Waldorf School Fair & Open Day 10am–3pm, Tauranga Waldorf School, 364 Welcome Bay Rd, Welcome Bay
Overcoming Anxiety: Helping Children & Young People Find their Brave 9am–3pm, Trinity Wharf Tauranga, 51 Dive Cres, Tauranga, compass.ac.nz
Flowers & Fragrance 6–9pm, Our Place Tauranga, 91 Willow St, perfumeplayground.co (see page 70 for details)
Dinner in the Domain 5.30–8.30pm, Pāpāmoa Domain
Roller Skating Disco 5.30–7pm, Mount Sports Centre, door sales
The Little Big Markets 9am–2pm, Coronation Park, Mt Maunganui
The Moa Experience 8km & 15km run/walk. 9am–1pm, Summerhill Farm, Poplar Lane, Pāpāmoa Hills, themoaexperience.co.nz
Christmas at the Races 10.30am–6.30pm, Racing Tauranga, 1383 Cameron Rd, racingtauranga.co.nz In Bloom 6pm, Our Place Tauranga, ticketspace.nz/ events, (see page 13 for details) The Boss: Tribute Show 7.30–10.30pm, Baycourt Community & Arts Centre, ticketek.co.nz
The Little Big Markets 9am–2pm, Coronation Park, Mt Maunganui
Matua School Christmas Night Market 5.30–9pm, Matua Primary School, 145 Levers Rd, Matua
Heart & Sole Run Series 3–4.30pm, Fergusson Park, Matua, heartandsole.nz An Intimate Evening with Stan Walker 6.30–9pm, Holy Trinity Tauranga, 215 Devonport Rd, ticketspace.nz/events