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Issue 32 Feb / Mar 21

The Inaugural Mount Surf Festival

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Home Farm’s Lush Edible Gardens

Cultural Storytellers Arataki Systems

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There are so many people that are driven to affect real change in our community. We’re lucky enough to meet these people every issue. This time, our diverse and inspiring range of changemakers includes Jim and Brandon from Home Farm (page 32). These guys are turning barren corners of Mount Maunganui backyards into thriving gardens packed with nutritious food. They’re not only passionate about their chemical-free, regenerative approach, but just as keen to share that knowledge with clients and the wider community, so people can connect with their land and know how to grow fruit, herbs and vegetables. We also meet Lee Timutimu, co-founder of the Arataki Cultural Trails app (50), who’s dedicated to sharing knowledge of the Māori culture through his modern approach to traditional storytelling. And we chat to the Tauranga women who founded Good Change (67) and are spreading the environmental word through their natural cleaning products. To top off a great summer, the Mount finally has a festival for its surfing community. Head to Mt Drury on 27 February for The Mount Surf Festival (58) and check out all the inventive board shapers and associated creative folk. Speaking of creatives, our photo essay illustrations from artist Sam Young will definitely make you smile (42). Keep enjoy the beach and barbecues! The Our Place team

















Making Waves



What’s Up



Our Place Tauranga

The inaugural Mount Surf Festival


TLBM Shopping Guide

Good Thinking

The women behind Good Change



Planting the Seeds

Keeping it Reel

Home Farm’s edible gardens

By Elric James



Free & Easy


Photo essay: Sam Young’s art

Bar Centrale’s Sicilian Fish Stew



The Storytellers

Events Guide

The Arataki Cultural Trails app


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What’s Up Open Minds Creative Bay of Plenty has taken a deep dive into what makes local creative people tick with its new interview series, Creative Patapatai. The series documents and celebrates the Bay’s most interesting artists, performers, educators and cultural leaders, such as artist Julie Paama-Pengelly (pictured), and each interview reveals influences, daily creative process and unique worldview. You’re bound to be inspired by a look into the minds of our area’s painters, filmmakers, dancers and more. Do you know a creative who would make a great interview? Email: rose@creativebop.org.nz → creativebay.nz

And All That Jazz The 58th National Jazz Festival has an exciting programme of events in Tauranga at Easter (1–4 April), with performances from some of the best jazz musicians in Aotearoa. There’s sure to be something to take your fancy, from world-class concerts at Baycourt, such as jazz-influenced orchestral music from BOP Symphonia, featuring piano soloist Soomin Kim (pictured). There’s fun for the whole family at the TECT Jazz Village at The Historic Village on Good Friday, where you can relax on the lawn with a drink and listen to the likes of Tauranga’s own Big Band, Miho’s Jazz Orchestra, and the Hipstamatics. There’s also a two-day Downtown Carnival jazz party, sunset jazz cruises on the Kewpie, an elegant Jazz High Tea with Lady Larisa, and a swinging Big Band Tea Dance. → Tickets, ticketek.co.nz and Baycourt Box Office. More details, jazz.org.nz

Go Green The annual Sustainable Backyards is back again with a month-long calendar of nearly 100 environmental events across the Bay. The Underwater and Land Clean Up Festival on 21 March at Pilot Bay has music, entertainment, and games for kids, on top of the beach and harbour clean up. Another highlight is the Climate Change: “Doing the Mahi” Speakers Forum on 26 March. Expert panellists will be talking about what we can do at an individual, community, business and government level. → envirohub.org.nz 13

What’s Up

Sounds Like Summer Mount Maunganui artist and songwriter Bluey Green (aka Mitch Horton) has released the first single from his debut EP, the uplifting summer song, Morning Sunshine. “It’s a dreamy, indie-popmeets-surf-rock gem,” says Mitch, noting the song’s optimistic tone is a reaction to moving on from the year that was 2020. In an unlikely twist, the song’s video is from a 1977 skiing video (directed by Sam Neill, no less) that Mitch unearthed while looking for something beachy. The vibe was just right for the song — check it out. linktr.ee/blueygreen @blueygreensings

Baby & Me Yoga teacher and mum of two Lauren Parker (pictured with her firstborn at a mum-and-baby class) has retrained in baby yoga and massage, and is running classes and workshops in the Mount and surrounds. In class, you’ll meet other parents, relax, and learn techniques to help settle, soothe and bond with baby. Lauren says the yoga is also great for developmental play. Her aim is to have people “refreshed and empowered”. → b-ora.com/babyora @babyoranz

Waitangi Day in Tauranga Moana The Historic Village will be the hub for our local Waitangi Day festival (10am– 4pm on 6 February). Organised by Ngati Pūkenga ki Tauranga Iwi Trust, amongst other organisations, the free event will feature live music, Māori arts and cultural performances, and workshops, such as carving or brush calligraphy, where you can create a handwritten whakataukī to hang at home. There’ll also be educational sessions about the Treaty and local history, and much more. → Full programme and workshop schedule, waitangidaytauranga.co.nz 14

What’s Up

What’s Cooking? Monday and Tuesday are often the ‘at home’ nights, even for the most social of butterflies, and if cooking a nutritious dinner is a tall order, especially after a long day at work, here’s a solution. Queree (pictured at front) and Maria have launched Mondays Pantry. They can cook and deliver you delicious vegetarian kai on either night (free delivery in 3116). It’s all about pie and salad — just choose your portion (full, half, single), or get a bit of everything with the Leftovers Lunchbox. The pie might be creamy cauli, zucchini and spinach filo, or a shepherd’s pie full of walnuts, lentils and veges, while salads range from wild rice packed with greens to classic tabouli. The menu is posted on Instagram and you simply DM your order. đ&#x;Œşđ&#x;Œşđ&#x;Œşđ&#x;Œş → @mondayspantry

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Power Walk The Waipuna Hospice Super Hero Walk/Run encourages people to embrace their super hero, and celebrate the heroes in their lives, both past and present. You can dress up (there’ll be prizes!) and by registering, you’ll be raising much-needed funds to care for people in the community with terminal illness. → Register, waipunahospice.org.nz/super-hero-2021

Flying Colours The Holi Colour Splash is a joyous, free event for the family. There’ll be DJs, Indian dance, henna art, delicious vegetarian food and a Holi-themed art activation for children. Holi is an ancient Indian festival — the message is that country, culture, creed and colour should not be an issue in society; that people should embrace and welcome each other. The playful event sees people colour each other with dry powder, bringing with it a feeling happiness and openness. → 12-4pm, 20 February at Memorial Park, Tauranga

Our Place Tauranga

Clean Living If you ask 23-year-old Charlotte Greer why she chose to launch a small business selling cleaning products, her initial answer is simple: “Remember that dingy flat where you lived with a bunch of randoms? Yeah, that’s why cleaning products.” The longer answer involves studying economics and management at uni, attempting to practice sustainability as a student (which she describes as “laughable due to how expensive everything is”), followed by a global pandemic that both put paid to heading off on the classic Kiwi OE and left her with a lot of time on her hands. “I graduated in lockdown — my cap and gown was a shower cap and my dressing gown,” Charlotte says, laughing. “My plans for my big OE went out the window. So, since it looked like I wasn’t going anywhere any time soon, I took my travel money that I’d been saving for years and turned my attention towards Veto. “I paid for everything myself, so I couldn’t afford to hire a designer to design the logo or the labels, I did that all. To make the products, I’ve taken over my parent’s garage. I sourced all my ingredients locally and if I couldn’t find it within driving distance, I figured out how to make it. I had to teach myself how to start a website and how to use social media. There is a lot of DIY with the making of Veto. It’s all me, baby!” Veto, which means ‘I forbid’ in Latin, began as just one multipurpose product — washing powder for both dishwashers and washing machines. Looking for further ways for people to reduce plastic in their homes, a dishwashing soap slab, a spot stain remover bar and a cleaning powder that can be used as bathroom scrub or dissolved in water to make an all-purpose surface spray soon followed. “I wanted people to have something they could introduce into their lives that was practical, effective and simple but just so happened to be sustainable,” she says. It was Charlotte’s entrepreneurial spirit and DIY attitude that caught the eye of the ReMaker Space team — the innovation hub within Our Place Tauranga that provides resources to create more sustainable communities — and at the start of this year, she set up shop in one of the cleverly converted ReMaker shipping containers. Furnished with personal (and sustainable, of course) touches such

as an upcycled redwood bench made by her dad and her grandmother’s old coffee table, Veto’s new space functions as a refillery but also gives visitors the opportunity to experience the products firsthand. It also gives Charlotte hands-on experience in a bricks-and-mortar business — an opportunity she describes as “amazing”. “As a small business, having the chance to see what a brick-and-mortar version of your brand may look like within a size-appropriate scale is unbelievable. Tauranga is so expensive as is, but as a small business starting out, the opportunity from ReMaker Space has allowed me to plan, scale, fail and problem-solve what Veto may look like in different circumstances. “Also, being surrounded by other creatives and brands whose goal is to create a sustainable community through their own redesigning of resources, means I can learn from others, hear ideas and collaborate to make new products.” Key opening hours: Wednesdays 11am-3pm, Thursdays 2pm-7pm, but may also be open at other times throughout the week. @veto.zerowaste vetozerowaste.online 18

Story: Josie Steenhart Photo: Erin Cave

Veto’s Charlotte Greer now has the first physical shop for her sustainable cleaning products in amongst a community of like-minded folk at the ReMaker Space.

91 Willow St, Tauranga CBD


Hands in Air

Summer Food + Drink Deals

OPT is getting ready for two banging events. First out of the gates is S.O.S Sounds Of Summer ft Body Ocean. This event will bring together top DJs and producers with a stage focusing on house and techno, and a container serving a side of drum and bass. 6.30–11.30pm, February 20, eventbrite.co.nz. The next week is Saltwater Sounds with Cloak Bay, Tom Verberne, Casper and Spin Ciggie. 7.30pm– 12am, 27 February. ticketfairy.com

The OPT food containers are dishing up summer’s best meal deals! Hash Tag Street Food’s killer fish and chips and an MBC core-range beer, cider, house wine or gin slushie for $19 (every day, 12–2pm); Johney’s Dumpling House has 5 dumplings and a drink (as above) for $12 (all day Thursday); El Cartel Mexicano offers 2 Acapulco fish tacos for $15 (every day); and Pizza Library Express has a 12” pizza of the day and Coke for $15 (everyday, 11–3pm). Who’s hungry?

Summer Supping High Tide bar has two new beers on tap right now (cans coming soon), so we asked the guys at Mount Brewing Co Brewery to give us the lowdown: Mountie Pilsner “Rich and crispy, cracker-like Pilsner. Proudly brewed with New Zealand’s hops: Motueka, Nelson Sauvin and Riwaka, to deliver a zesty, lychee, citrussy flavour and aroma. Beer geek pilsner.” Golden Hour Hazy XPA “This dry, tropical, juicy XPA represents the pure bonds between hops, malt and yeast. Here, we pay tribute to Idaho-7, Sabro and Nectaron hops, where a massive boil-free, double dry hop addition has meant exceptional drinkability.” 19

91 Willow St, Tauranga CBD


ReMaker Space The new ReMaker Space is a hub dedicated to rethinking our approach to waste, focusing on the circular economy and sharing skills and ideas within the community. Here are some summer event highlights — see more at remakerspace.co.nz

Let the Games Begin ReMaker is set to play host to an event series called Living in Harmony, which is inspired by Multicultural Tauranga. It kicks off with a games night, 5.30–9.30pm on 18 February, which is an Indian culture appreciation event. Come and learn to play a popular Indian board game (pictured) with the help of local experts — or if you already know, just join in! (The boards have even been made using recycled materials at the Remaker Space.) There’ll be Indian music and a pop-up kitchen serving up delicious home-style Indian food. remakerspace.co.nz

Sweet Talk

Chop, Chop

Get on the sweet side of someone you love and bring them along to the Valentine’s Day baking workshop, 6pm–7.30, February 14. Sip bubbles while you learn simple cake and cookie decorating skills and you’ll still have time to head out for dinner after. $75 per couple, including a treatbox to take home. eventbrite.co.nz

The workshop Make a Chopping Board: Woodwork & Power Tools 101 by the Re-Creators will give you more than just a lovely chopping board. You’ll be taught woodworking and how to safely use tools, plus provide tips that will help you get started on your own creative projects. 9am–12pm, 19 February. therecreators.co.nz 20

91 Willow St, Tauranga CBD


Happening in February/March February 14.

Live music: Solomon Crook 2–5pm. Come along to hear this local pop musician work his magic. Paintvine Paint & Wine Night: Summer in NZ 3.30–5.30pm. Take a brush in one hand, a drink in the other and get painting a masterpiece! No previous painting experience necessary. paintvine.co.nz Valentine’s Day Workshop 6–7.30pm. Join us to celebrate Valentine’s Day by making your own delicious love-themed treat box. For more details, see page 20. eventbrite.co.nz


Living in Harmony: Games Night 5.30–9pm. Learn an Indian board game and enjoy music and delicious Indian food. For more details, see page 20.


Make a Chopping Board: Woodwork & Power Tools 101 9am–12pm. Learn all about woodworking and come away with a great chopping board. For more details, see page 20. therecreators.co.nz


Newly created chopping boards at the ReMaker Space.


Paintvine Paint & Wine Summer: Kōwhai Tui 3.30–5.30pm. paintvine.co.nz


S.O.S Sounds Of Summer ft Body Ocean 6.30–11.30pm. See page 19 for details. eventbrite.co.nz Wooden Furniture Restoration 9am–12pm. The ReCreators will teach you how to restore wooden furniture and safely use tools and materials. therecreators.co.nz



T.S.O. Shows Presents: Saltwater Sounds 7.30pm–12am. See page 19 for details. ticketfairy.com

10–11 Living Sustainably Seminars & Workshops 3.45–6.30pm. Sign up, remakserspace.co.nz


VanLife Series at ReMaker Space 10–12am. Learn ways of thinking through storage and design options, and strategies to incorporate into a van, tiny home or not-so-tiny home. Register at eventspronto.co.nz 22

Movie: Just Eat It 5–9pm. Part of the Sustainable Backyards month (see What’s Up section for details). envirohub.org.nz


Dynamic Events Co. Presents That 90s Party 6pm–12am. Details to come.


43rd National Youth Jazz Competition: Dine & Jam 6–8pm. nationalyouthjazz.org.nz

When you buy local, it has a positive impact on the whole community. Check out these fantastic products from The Little Big Markets and see all the market dates on page 84.

Zen Float Spa

Wilde The Label

Are you living or being lived? Floatation makes it easy to free your mind from distraction and your body from gravity, so you can become better at what you do. Float Therapy allows your mind, body and soul to be free. zenfloatspa.co.nz

Home style for the wild at heart. Lifestyle brand Wilde The Label, focuses on sustainability, craftsmanship and an untamed elegance. It creates ethical, natural pieces, hand dyed and block printed, to tell a story. wildethelabel.com

Webster’s Tea

Tyce & Co

The Kids’ Store

Determined to redeem the Kiwi cuppa from dusty tea bags, Webster’s Tea was started in a shed in Tauranga. Using only quality organic ingredients, the loose leaf teas taste ridiculously good! Order online for delivery to your door. websterstea.co.nz @websters.tea

Tyce & co is an eco store created by a young entrepreneur with a desire to help others live more sustainably. There’s natural skincare, plastic-free travel mugs, beeswax wraps and more, all from other local Kiwi businesses. tyce.co.nz @ tyce_co

The Kids’ Store is a family focused concept store that sells thoughtfully designed clothing, interiors, books, toys and accessories for newborns to early teens. The team is always happy to help you to make choices, and make your family feel special. thekidsstore.co.nz


Tildy & Co

The Cottage Gallery

Slab Ceramics

Hand-poured soy candles made in the sunny Bay. Soy candles, scented soy wax melts, soy tealights, bath salts and more. Soy blended from 100 per cent pure soy beans and botanical oils. No nasties. Custom orders. Tildy & Co @tildyandco

Brian and Meg Claxton have a boutique craft business specialising in pounamu (greenstone), which they carve and create beautiful taonga, much loved pieces of jewellery. 329 Waihi Rd, Judea, Tauranga thecottagegallery.co.nz

Slab Ceramics is a mother/ daughter duo from Pāpāmoa Beach. Specialising in hand-built and wheel-thrown ceramics, their approach is holistic and they specialise in sculptural vessels as well as dinnerware and mugs. slabceramics.co.nz


Renee Renata Creative

One Small Change

Are you ready for summer? Ruapuke’s towels will ensure you’re set for anything from lazy picnics and long beach days to sunset drinks. Compact, lightweight and 100 per cent eco-friendly cotton. RRP $25–$89. ruapuke.com ruapuke_

Home of the popular upcycled tyre tube earrings. Designs are inspired by our native birds, especially the huia. All earrings are handmade, making them one of a kind. Also from The Incubator Creative Hub, Journey + Co and social media. @mylittlesidebusiness

One Small Change makes its handmade, conscious homewares Pāpāmoa. The sustainable, reusable products are stylish and functional. Custom order a rope bowl for your favourite indoor plant or dining table centrepiece. onesmallchange.co.nz


Me & The Brave

Malsea Body Co

Lyrise and Co

Founded by Tania Eves, Me (Tans) & The Brave (our community of diverse, badass women) is all about empowerment. What started as a small hat label is now an evergrowing range of lifestyle products and tools to inspire women. meandthebrave.com

Based in Omokoroa, our beautiful bath and body products are freshly handmade in small batches. We are warriors for our environment: our vegan body products are cruelty free and in earth-friendly, waste-free packaging. malsea.com

Whether it’s restful surrounds or vibrant hues, Lyrise and Co caters to your needs, creating a cosy ambience. The beautiful vintage Turkish rugs and cushion covers will add warmth and texture to any interior or exterior space. lyriseandco.co.nz lyriseandco

Lady Blue

EJ Wood Watercolours

Drawing the Way

Lady Blue is a women’s clothing line designed in New Zealand. Sustainability is key so expect clothes that are long wearing, trans-seasonal and for everyday elegance. Designs are limited in number to keep your individuality. ladyblue.co.nz

E J Wood Watercolours specialises in original fine art prints, linen cushions, cards, art magnets and vinyl decals. The artworks are inspired by the beauty of the Mount’s environment, especially the native flora and beach. ejwoodwatercolours.co.nz

Drawing the Way is a Mount-based illustration and graphic design studio. A couple who travel New Zealand spreading joy with their maps and paintings of the places they visit. Also renown for custom paintings and quirky portraits. drawingtheway.com


Coco Studio

Bubala Creations

Blue Baobab

With a focus on personalised gifts, wedding signage and home organisation, Coco Studio creates all-handmade custom labels, gifts and decor. On top of the online range, you can request items that you may like them to create! cocostudio.co.nz

Janeeliz creates unique resin ocean-themed art with colours that reflect the beauty, movement and colours of the ocean and beach. The range includes art, art with function, new/recycled and custom homeware and decor. $10–200. @bubalacreations

Blue Baobab New Zealand is a boutique online shop with beautiful, unique home decor products, including Skinny laMinx scatter cushion covers and upholstery fabric, and women’s Silver Lining Gumboots, both from South Africa. bluebaobabnz.co.nz

Black Shed Pottery

Birdy Design

Bay Botanics

A small-batch potter working from their black shed in beautiful Gisborne. Bespoke and unique handcrafted goods made to be functional yet beautiful to look at and hold. Each and every piece is unique and irreplaceable. blackshedpottery.co.nz

A botanical/nature/wildlife muralist and illustrator, Birdy Design specialises in (mostly) black and white custom designs. Also provides journal sketching workshops in Whangamata or preferred location. birdy-design.com

Turn your home into a green oasis, without spending a fortune, by buying from your local houseplant grower. Kat, the bae of Bay Botanics, will share her extensive knowledge to make sure your new houseplants survive and thrive. baybotanics


Alivate Activewear

Myaura Naturals

Kai Fusion Catering

Giving waste a second chance, Alivate stands for minimising fast fashion and consumerism by creating thoughtfully designed movement pieces from regenerated waste. All manufactured in New Zealand too. alivateactivewear.com

The Bay’s Myaura Naturals uses ethically sourced, plant-based ingredients to create its skincare. Check out its bottle-free herbal shampoo, conditioner and shaving bars that are also free of colour or artificial fragrance. myaura.co.nz

A boutique catering company specialising in gourmet street food in and around the Bay of Plenty. Kai Fusion caters everything from weddings to corporate and family events. The aim is to create food that you won’t soon forget! @kaifusioncatering

Lulu Avarcas


Pure Intentions Gifts

Designed in New Zealand and handcrafted in Spain, check out these new season Lulu Avarcas Flatforms in butter-soft nubuck leather with studded detailing. For the fashion savvy. RRP $130. 6/22 Hull Rd, Mt Maunganui luluavarcas.co.nz

Based in Mount Maunganui, Noxen is a lifestyle brand with a focus on functionality, and the owners love surfing, sports and the community. Check out its surf apparel, caps, hooded poncho towels and more. noxen.co.nz @noxensurf

Pure Intentions Creative Gifts has candles made from pure soy wax and phthalate-free fragrance oils with pure essential oils. The divine candles all sit in dreamy reuseable ceramic bowls, and they’ve even grown or collected all their plants. @pureintentionsgifts


Koa Organics

Aloha Poke

Golden Balls

New for the summer markets, this Rotorua company produces 100 per cent naturally made magnesium products to relax your muscles and calm your nervous system so you get a deep sleep. koaorganics.co.nz @KoaOrganics

Aloha Poke is a fantastic local food truck serving colourful, nutritious and tasty Hawaiian-style poke bowls. Think flavours such as salmon, tuna or vegan, with deliciousness like charred corn, avocado and edamame. @alohapokenz

Takoyaki, an Osaka street food, is Shinji Mizuno’s soul food. At Golden Balls, he shares his vego version filled with mushies, cabbage and spring onion, brushed with takoyaki sauce and mayo. Private functions, catering and merch available too! @goldenballs__

Isle of Eden

The Cookie Shaq

Daisy Chains Pet Apparel

Kiwi brand Isle of Eden creates bold eyewear for bold people, along with high-quality design, sustainability and fair pricing. Products are made from earthfriendly materials, and it offers a repair and upcycle programme. Isleofeden.co.nz @isle_of_eden

Shaqiel Simonsen is the 20-yearold baker and mad sweet-tooth creator behind the brand The Cookie Shaq. His aim is simple, to create New Zealand best cookies. Pictured are his first five overloaded cookie flavours, with more to come! @the_cookie_shaq

Daisy Chains Pet Apparel was started by Abbie and Jared in 2019. They had always wanted to create a brand that brought people joy, and now they create practical and stylish walking accessories, such as harnesses, leashes and collars. daisychains.nz


Seasonal brews, for seasonal surf wear

Our seasonal range of brews, that we adjust with the sea temperature, can be likened to essential surf wear. From the freedom of wearing a pair of boardies in the heat of summer to full steamers in the depth of winter, so whatever the conditions, we’ve got a brew for you.

Suit up at mountbrewingco.com


Plant the Seeds

Story by Sarah Nicholson Photography by Jane Keam

Jim and Brandon from Home Farm create edible gardens in the urban environs of Mount Maunganui. While they’re at it, they aim to share their gardening knowledge, inspire people to grow more organic food and to ultimately enrich the health of the community.

It was then they realised their shared passion and this eventually led to forming Home Farm — their edible landscaping service was kicked off.

Fruit trees and vege plants used to be a standard feature in the humble Kiwi backyard. Now, oftentimes people’s priorities for their time and/or outdoor areas are different, meaning many people simply don’t know how to grow their own food. Enter Home Farm. The brainchild of friends Jim Annear and Brandon de Beer, the business came about when the pair discovered that they had a similar zeal for an organic, sustainable approach to gardening. Now they work as a team to come into backyards in Mount Maunganui and create lush edible gardens for people to enjoy. The pair are clear on their vision for Home Farm. “We want to encourage healthy and resilient communities — not just human communities, plant communities and soil communities too,” says Jim.

The Vision Essentially, Jim and Brandon come into properties and plant food — it might be modest-sized custommade planter boxes for backyard veges; or perhaps transforming a lack-lustre lawn into a thriving food forest complete with fruit trees. Their chemical-free ethos extends to Brandon’s building of the planter boxes: “We use fresh macrocarpa, locally milled, nothing treated. “We love connecting people back to their backyards,” says Brandon. “A generation ago, we knew how to grow food in our backyard and now it seems we’ve lost that knowledge. People used to grow stuff to share, then brought it together as a community. Kids need to know where their food comes from and get their hands deep into the soil. We want to bring that education back into the home and re-establish people being part of that process.” “As well as benefitting from the healthy produce, having plants in your backyard and watching them grow is good for your mental wellbeing,” adds Jim.

Teaming Up Jim studied horticulture and worked at Be Organics store in the Mount, and it was there he first came across Six Toed Fox Organics (see our story about the property at ourplacemagazine.co.nz). Inspired by its fresh produce coming into the shop, he eventually ended up working on the farm for about three years. In that time, he soaked up a wealth of knowledge about regenerative farming practices. Jim felt his next move should involve sharing those learnings. “I wanted to bring that knowledge back into the Mount — to regenerate the connection between the community and the environment.” Brandon came to gardening from a different route: he moved from South Africa, was beekeeping in Wānaka, then moved to Mount Maunganui where he began building. During this time, Brandon was developing an interest in issues like soil health and he increasingly felt the building industry was at odds with his beliefs. “The amount of waste going into landfill, lots of toxic materials — I knew as a husband and a father, I was literally taking years off my life,” he says. One day he contacted Jim to get advice. “I was trying to figure out a way to get out of the building industry, so I gave Jim a call to figure out what I should study,” says Brandon. “It was an intense phone call!” says Jim, of their 45 minute discussion.

Life Down Under Whatever the scale of the project, for Jim and Brandon, it always starts at the same place — the soil. “We want to bring that vigorous new life to gardens, so we set up lasting systems that will continue to regenerate the soil. If we prioritise the soil, then we have healthy plants, healthy humans,” says Jim. “We use organic garden mix, mulch and systems that hold the water. We dig out sand and work upwards to create rich, absorbent soil.” They certainly have their work cut out for them in the sandy Mount. “We bring in a lot of soil!” Brandon laughs. Once the all-important eco system below the surface is established, they allow it to flourish. “We don’t disturb what’s under the surface — we don’t really dig, it’s just about adding more compost,” says Brandon. 33

Opening page: Jim (left) and Brandon, right where they love to be, in the garden. This page: As part of their service, the pair can return to gardens for regular maintenance sessions, when they check the health of plants, cut back, replant and add compost when necessary.


Above: Brandon adds the final touches on a custom three-bay compost set up. Left: Jim reads a leaf for an indication of health. This can reveal deficiencies or maybe pest damage. Below: Brandon with the Flow Hive, which allows people to pour honey straight from the hive without disturbing the bees. Next page: The pair dig deep to plant grapes for a client. Jim says he’s always remembered the advice he once got: “Dig a $10 hole for a $1 plant”. Page 38: Many (even small!) hands make light work.



“Like in nature — nothing is bare. It doesn’t always look photograph perfect, but when you realise what’s going on, it’s beautiful.”

Local Projects Some Home Farm clients have gardening smarts but perhaps not the time, however many don’t have the experience but want to provide their family with fresh produce. Some jobs are for small spaces — you may have spotted the two lush self-watering planter boxes on castor wheels that were created to beautify Tay Street Store. Others are larger — an exciting project in Arataki saw the team dig up a lawn to establish a

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You won’t find neat rows of each vegetable in a Home Farm garden. It’s all about diversity — different plants and species all supporting each other and working in harmony; what Jim refers to as “a multidimensional backyard”. Plants are added at different stages and are interspersed throughout the garden or planter box, so the result is a resilient mix of veges, herbs, insect-friendly flowers and perhaps fruit trees, all happily together. Home Farm employs practices such as “chopping and dropping” — so rather than yanking out seeding plants, which disturbs the soil (and also uproots the dormant weed seeds), they are cut off at the base. They are either laid down in the garden to decompose and fertilise the soil or popped in compost — the roots stays in the soil. “Once you chop the plants at the base, those roots become a part of the fertility cycle,” explains Jim.

The soil health is also managed through planting. “In hot weather, you really need to protect the soil so we do lots of ground covers of leafy microgreens — like rocket and coriander. We kind of make this carpet and all the other stuff emerges out of it,” says Jim. “Like in nature — nothing is bare, nothing is exposed,” says Brandon. “It doesn’t always look photograph perfect, but when you realise what going on, it’s beautiful.”


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“We’re not about holding knowledge for ourselves, we want to keep sight of the fact we are a community-based company and we want to connect with like-minded people.” Knowledge is Power

food forest. It consisted of 18 fruit trees, with a variety of herbs and flowers that attract beneficial insects, as well as creeping, ground-covering plants, such as melons and pumpkins. “It created a diverse food system, so when a plant grows, it has a whole supporting community around it,” says Jim. “Every plant attracts certain life.” The pair provide other services too. Harking back to his bee expertise, Brandon has installed a Flow Hive at one property. “It’s an Australian invention where you have honey on tap,” he explains. Flow Hive honey comes straight from the hive, without disturbing the bees. Brandon’s also custombuilt a three-bay compost system for another client. Jim and Brandon offer a monthly subscription service so they can return to ensure everything is fed and healthy. “People want to harvest food but don’t have the time or energy to re-plant and re-seed, so that’s also part of our business,” says Brandon. They can also check on the compost, turning it over to ensure the contents are decomposing nicely.

The pair are keen to give as much back as possible — it’s key for them to share their knowledge with clients and the wider community. “We’re not about holding knowledge for ourselves, we want to keep sight of the fact we are a community-based company and we want to connect with like-minded people,” says Brandon. “For example, we know there are lots of young people that are keen to start growing their own food.” That community spirit and drive to share their expertise shapes the bigger vision for Home Farm. “In the future we’d like to hold workshops, such as community composting, making planter boxes — taking them to areas that don’t have this knowledge,” says Brandon. For now, the guys are happy in their work. “It’s a privilege to be in someone’s backyard,” says Jim. @homefarm.nz 40

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↑ Knocking things into shape, cutting back plants and making room for more growth. ← An array of lush veges, along with edible nasturtiums and dianthus flowers — Home Farm always plants certain flowers to distract or repel insects away from veges and fruit, and to attract beneficial insects.

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The Māori tech company behind the Arataki Cultural Trails app is continuing the Māori oral tradition in a very modern way and, in doing so, hopes to foster cultural understanding and preserve stories.

He aha te kai ō te rangatira? He kōrero, he kōrero, he kōrero. What is the food of the leader? It is knowledge. It is communication — Māori whakataukī (proverb) The Māori oral tradition of passing down significant stories, songs and sayings, about everything from whenua (land) to whakapapa (genealogy) is a critical part in teaching Te Reo, tikanga (customs) and history. Preserving this precious tradition is a constant challenge for Māori in colonised Aotearoa. Arataki Systems, a Māori tech company launched in Tauranga, has come up with a modern way to pass down these stories. Its phone app, Arataki Cultural Trails, allows people to listen to historical and cultural stories at significant sites in the Bay of Plenty and beyond. The app is not only a way of reinvigorating the vital oral tradition of Māori storytelling, it also aims to preserve these important stories for future generations. “Narrative at place — mountains, rivers, oceans, is an especially important part of our culture; whenua is important to us,” says the company’s co-founder and CEO, Lee Timutimu (Ngāti Awa, Ngāi Te Rangi, Tūhoe, Ngāti Porou). Lee runs the company with his younger brother, Denym Harawira, CIO (Ngāti Awa, Ngāi Te Rangi, Tūhoe), and cousin Clayton Low, CTO (Ngai Tai, Tūhoe), along with three other Māori employees. Lee says one of Arataki’s visions is “to bridge the cultural gaps between communities in Aotearoa”, pointing out how key the stories are for non-Māori too. “We’ve purposefully not charged the end user to access the stories because this is an incredibly important part of what we do.” Arataki Systems is the merging of two different areas where Lee has been forging a path for many years. “I have spent the last 20 years in IT, specifically in support roles, but I also have a background in the Māori storytelling space, and this company brings those two worlds together.” Stories for Tamariki Lee’s side project for the past 11 years is called Te Reo Wainene o Tua, a collective of Māori storytellers that have been reinvigorating the oral tradition around Aotearoa. The publicly funded 51

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↑ Tauranga’s verdant Kopurererua Valley is one of the trails on the Arataki Cultural Trails app. Opening page: The owners of Arataki Systems, left to right, Denym Harawira, Lee Timutimu and Clayton Low. 52

“I spend a lot of time building trust... That’s the only way you’re going to get access to these treasured stories. Once you have that, people will start guiding you to the caretakers of their stories.” Cultural Trails Lee sees these same connections being made through the Cultural Trails app they’ve created, which connects the wider community with their area’s stories. “I want to provide accessibility to these stories for Māori, but certainly for non-Māori too — I think it provides an opportunity to be educated and informed, and perhaps develop some empathy,” he says. “For example, when we set up at Mauao base track and shared stories at culturally significant sites, there was a lot of feedback coming through from both Māori and non-Māori saying, ‘Wow, we didn’t even know these stories, this is really cool’. It’s not like they disregarded the stories, they didn’t know they were there, even though they lived next to Mauao.” Gathering stories for the Cultural Trails app takes time, with protocols to follow. “I spend a lot of time building trust — working through the process with


initiative involves free Māori storytelling events for children at most major libraries in New Zealand. The events are full immersion and Lee chooses the storytellers carefully to appeal to kids. “We have a roster of storytellers we access — many work in Māori media, such as Scotty and Stacey Morrison. It was important for us to engage people that were already prominent in the minds of our children, as I knew we’d be competing with technology — kids are very connected to their devices. Once we get them in the door, the rest is easy,” says Lee. He relishes that moment when kids engage with the story being told — often it’s about a direct ancestor — and a breakthrough happens. “That is what’s kept me in this particular initiative for so long. I have literally seen hundreds of connections being made between our storytellers and our kids — babies right through to teenagers. It makes it all worth while.”

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Art included in The University of Waikato Sculpture Trail on the Arataki Cultural Trails app: ↑ Brett Graham, Te Matariki, 1994; ↗ Sophie Hermann, L Blocks, 2014. Sculpture Trail. There are also stories along Hamilton’s Te Awa river ride, where you can walk inside parts of the pest-proof enclosure at Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari and hear stories about the maunga (mountain) from the perspectives of tangata whenua. The Arataki team have a global vision, with a plan to share the platform with other indigenous communities that want to tell their stories. “We’ve already established a business partnership with First Australians in South Australia, Ngarrindjeri, and we’re working on that now. It will kind of be the pilot for other indigenous partnerships,” says Lee. “Our goal is to share 1 million stories” it states on the Arataki site — a mighty challenge. “I’m pretty certain we won’t achieve that during our lifetime, but it does lean in to our goals of being able to pass this to the next generation,” says Lee. “We want to create inter-generational impact — we hope it endures for the next few generations, it’s not just about now.” Ⓟ

iwi, hapū, marae, whānau etc. That’s the only way you’re going to get access to these treasured stories,” says Lee. “Once you have that, people will start guiding you to the caretakers of their stories. It’s not something we can hurry — we take all the time we need.” Once those stories are on the app, they’re free to access. Each guide to an area consists of a collection of stories — you’re able to download any stories to your device when you have wifi. The app is proximity activated, so when you get to the site, it sees your GPS location and will automatically activate the relevant story. If you’re offline, the stories are activated by bluetooth beacons or using a QR code. The bottom line, you don’t need an internet connection when you’re being guided on any of the walks. Arataki’s clients mainly include local councils and central government, as well as iwi. The stories stay on the app while the client pays a subscription. That virtual hīkoi around Mauao base track was the very first guide four years ago, and now other guides include the Kopurererua Valley and the University of Waikato

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Seems like we’ve all been waiting for Mount Maunganui’s first surfbased festival — the two organisers have been blown away by the amount of support they’ve received. Here’s what to expect on the day. 58

Holly Gear and Leo Ferraris hatched their plan to launch The Mount Surf Festival during lockdown. 59

Brit Holly Gear and Argentinian Leo Ferraris both came to New Zealand with plans to stay for a maximum of six months before moving on. Two years for Holly and four for Leo later, both are now very happily settled into life at the Mount, with no plans to leave. However, last year wasn’t ideal, having to cancel plans for a trip to Europe to visit family, and then surfing outings and highly anticipated events axed again and again thanks to Covid-19. But instead of just baking sourdough like the rest of New Zealand, the pair put their heads together and The Mount Surf Festival was born. The couple have been pleasantly surprised to find huge enthusiasm for the inaugural event, which promises an ever-growing list of surfboard shapers (such as Whare Heke from ALT Surf Works — profile follows), local producers of surf/ocean-related goods and a tasty handful of local food outlets. Plus the Mount Sliders Log Jam (a grassroots longboarding comp) is also taking place the day after. “We came up with the event during lockdown, when the world as we knew it stopped — surfing was illegal and the events, gigs and occasions we’d looked forward to for months were being cancelled and postponed,” says Holly. “For the last two years Leo has been talking about how he’s wanted to set up an event in the Mount — it’s such a destination but there weren’t any events of this scale to celebrate surfing or bring surfers together,” she says. “We wanted to create something to work towards, look forward to and bring the community together after a challenging year,” says Holly. “The Festival aims to not only celebrate surf… but also celebrate the Mount and the lifestyle we enjoy here.” The couple are keen to stress the festival is not just for hardcore surfers — all are welcome and should find something of interest. “There are so many people that love surfing, or are just interested in the lifestyle, whether they’re kids or adults, families or older people, so we just wanted to create an event that they could all attend,” says Holly. “It’s not going to be an exclusive event where somebody doesn’t feel welcome because they don’t know about surfing. It’s such a popular sport but it can be intimidating or maybe feel like it’s exclusive, but it shouldn’t. Whether you’re a surfer or not, we want you to enjoy a day out at the Mount.” It’s also about more than just pure surfing. “Through the event, we want to promote living a healthy lifestyle and reaping the benefits of the great outdoors, create a focus on the importance of sustainability and care for the planet, and celebrate the community’s creativity,” explains Holly. “Sustainability is a big part, we definitely want that message to be present at the festival. Almost unintentionally, a lot of the brands we like and have explored for the festival do have a sustainable and

environmental message,” she says. “There’s Goodlids hats and caps made with hemp, a jewellery company called Found Treasure that’s all handmade within New Zealand and sustainably sourced, Sol — a sunscreen and zinc company that’s also handmade in New Zealand and that’s all reef safe. And we’ve actually also secured another shaper company called Verdure from Wellington, and they use a lot of recycled materials and wood to make surfboards. They’ll also have an eye on sustainability in the actual running of the event too. “We’re going to try to encourage all the vendors to be plastic free and offer composting bins and things like that,” says Holly. With neither having any previous experience in organising festivals or events, Holly says it’s been “quite a fun learning curve”, adding, “We’ve met so many cool people and brands along the way.” Holly says the planning has exceeded their expectations: “We’ve managed to secure brands and vendors and shapers that we wouldn’t have dreamed would be at the first one. We plan to do one every year and had in mind each one would be bigger and better. We thought the first one would just be a bit of a trial run, but we’ve just been firing emails at people and they’re all so excited to come and really keen to be a part of it.” The Mount Surf Festival, 10am–3pm, 27 February, Mount Drury. Ticketed after party at Astrolabe Brewbar themountsurffestival.com 60

“Through the event, we want to promote living a healthy lifestyle, create a focus on the importance of sustainability and care for the planet, and celebrate the community’s creativity.”

Mount shaper Jordan Griffin, of Jordan Griffin Surboards, will be at the festival along with nine other shapers. ↖ On the day, check out The Market — a collection of stalls run by New Zealand brands associated with the ocean and surfing, such as Ruapuke towels (pictured), Lovely Creatures artwork and Billy Bags board bags. 61

Whare Heke reckons The Mount Surf Festival has been a long time coming.

that over into surfboards.’ So I thought, I’d gone broke being an artist so why not go broke being a surfboard shaper,” he laughs. “I was taught how to hand shape, that was maybe nine years ago, when we were still going back and forth to the States for the art scene. Then we had a kid and it really sucked for a one year old to be dragged all over the States to art shows, so we decided to stay in New Zealand,” says Whare. “I’m Ngāti Pūkenga, so this is my rohe, my tribal base — we live about 500 metres from our marae, 200 metres from my dad and mum’s farm. I’ve moved into a house I remember from when I was 3 or 4 years old — my uncle used to live here. “I don’t put Mount Maunganui on my surfboards, I put Rangataua Bay, which is the bay right next to our house, but the Mount is such a central part of who we were growing up, so it was just great to come back home. It’s a great environment for a kid as well — Niwha’s a full water baby, she loves the ocean, getting outdoors, she’s really into mountain biking…” Whare says there’s enough infrastructure around the Mount to support an event like The Mount Surf Festival that encompasses “more than just going for a surf — making it a celebration of the whole lifestyle and environment of the ocean…” “I’ve seen so many art shows in the States and seen the vibrancy that can be brought to communities through festivals like this. There’s going to be surfboard makers, there’s going to be food people, there’s going to be clothing people, people providing products for skin that’s impacted by the ocean… It’s a chance to talk shop, talk stories with a bunch of like-minded people, to make it a celebration of New Zealand inventiveness and resilience in a really tough market and tough time right now.” Whare says the festival will also be a fantastic opportunity for a lot of the smaller guys in the New Zealand surf world. “It’s a chance for them to showcase a few things and to just put their hand up and say, ‘Hey, look at us!’ I think that’s a great thing.” Ⓟ

Describing himself laughingly as an “elder statesman” of The Mount Surf Festival, born-andbred local shaper Whare Heke says he’s “really stoked” to be a part of the event. Whare, 53, started surfing at the Mount as a 13-year-old and now runs boutique surfboard company ALT Surf Works with his wife Ann Snyder. “The ocean is such a massive part of the community here, and certainly the whole Bay of Plenty area, but it’s always focused on boating, fishing and sailboats... there’s more money in those markets, so they take the bulk of the focus and attention. “I have thought for a while there was space in the market for a surf-based festival — if you look at the Noosa Festival, The Single Fin Mingle [in Christchurch], the Salty Sirens Festival in Gisborne, there’s all these events developing around the idea of community and surfing,” says Whare. “So I think the Mount is a great location — certainly it’s one of the worst surf locations in New Zealand, haha, but it has the population base, it has the access, to allow a festival like this to be a pretty neat thing.” Having spent much of his adult life in the US working as a professional artist specialising in carving and 3D sculpture, Whare returned to the Bay of Plenty a few years before the arrival of daughter Te Mako Niwha, now six. He’s always had strong ties to both the local surf scene and the community. “My dad worked at the Marineland at the Mount [an outdoor aquarium on Moturiki/Leisure Island], so we were always down at the beach, and we started seeing surfers when we would go to hang out with him. I was always a board geek, harassing shapers and asking them questions, I got into it that way,” he says. “After being in the States for many years, I got back to New Zealand and realised making a living as an artist here was fairly difficult. Then Murray Valentine [a fellow shaper] was like, ‘Given your background and what you do, you should transfer 62

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Hot Summer in the City

Summer is calling and New Zealand’s biggest city is turning up the heat with Summernova, a festival series of events and activations across the region. Here’s why you don’t want to miss out on what Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland has to offer this summer...

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Amid event cancellations around the world, Auckland’s hosting of the 36th America’s Cup presented by PRADA is finally underway. The city’s waterfront has been transformed with new infrastructure built for the events, team bases and a Race Village designed in true PRADA style. Indeed, Auckland has sprung to life with the sights and sounds of one of the largest international sporting events since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. But the on-water action is just the start of the excitement — Auckland Unlimited, the region’s newly formed cultural and economic development agency, has curated a programme of events and activations to wrap around the racing cycle and ensure there’s never a dull moment during the long, hot summer in the city. Introducing Summernova, a festival series that boasts an impressive line-up of 20 events in its very first summer. From food and wine festivals to live music, arts and cultural showcases, sporting events and more, there’s truly something for everyone in Auckland this summer. Steve Armitage, Auckland Unlimited General Manager — Destination, says together with the 36th America’s Cup, Summernova will ensure Auckland is the place to be. “The 36th America’s Cup is a massive draw card for racing fans and Cup supporters to come to Auckland and cheer on Team New Zealand and the international syndicates,” says Armitage. “With Summernova, we wanted to extend that proposition beyond the America’s Cup with a range of events for all ages, stages and preferences. Summernova does just that, spanning the fourmonth event period from December to March, to create opportunities for everyone to take part in the excitement, reconnect and just have some fun after an incredibly challenging year.” This includes Waterbourne, a 23-day beach festival on Takapuna Beach on Auckland’s North Shore. Kicking off 27 February, Waterbourne Beach Festival is an extravaganza of on-water activities, professional sports, international food and contemporary kai, cultural days, a rooftop bar and live music from some of New Zealand’s best acts, including Dave Dobbyn, Anna Coddington and Paige. And the best part — it’s mostly free, with only a handful of ticketed events. Another standout is Island Time on Motutapu, delivered in partnership with Endeavour Live, the people behind Rhythm & Vines, and local iwi Ngāi Tai Te Haerenga. Island time will see guests travel by ferry or private boat to Motutapu Island for a day of premium food and wine, laid back beats and

education about one of the Hauraki Gulf’s most precious taongas. Also in the line-up are events like the Bike AKL Bike Rave, a five-part yoga series in stunning outdoor locales, fitness festivals, outdoor art exhibitions, street food fairs and much more. It’s this diversity, Armitage explains, that makes Summernova so appealing. “With Summernova, we’ve been delighted to work with leading event organisers and community groups alike to deliver a festival programme that represents everything that makes Tāmaki Makaurau unique,” he says. “It’s a festival series that highlights the strengths of our creative industries — at a time when we couldn’t be more privileged to enjoy awesome events.” Keen to get amongst it? Don’t miss out! Head to Summernova.co.nz to check out the full line-up. Summernova has been supported by Auckland Unlimited on behalf of Auckland Council. 64

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← Check out the sights, sounds and deliciousness of Takapuna’s Sunsetter Festival. ↑ L.A.B., a headlining Summernova act, will bring Mount Smart Stadium to life, along with more music from Kiwi favourites Mako Road, Ladi6 and more. ↙ Get the family on the water at the Waterbourne Beach Festival.

Get set for these Summernova events! → Louis Baker and Auckland Philarmonia Orchestra (11 Feb) → Street Kai on Takutai (12 Feb) → Bike AKL Bike Rave 2021: The Sundowner Edition (13 Feb) → Sunsetter Food, Wine & Music Festival (13 Feb) → Young at Art (21 Feb – 21 March) → Faraday Street Festival (26 Feb) → Island Time on Motutapu (27 & 28 Feb) → Waterbourne Beach Festival (27 Feb – 21 March) → The 119th Helensville Show & heritage train experience (27 Feb) → LiveFit Health & Fitness Festival (13 – 14 March) → Morning People at Waterbourne Takapuna (21 March) → L.A.B. at Mount Smart Stadium (27 March) → Auckland Live Summer in the Square (Ongoing, Dec – Feb) → Love Your Maunga ki Maungauika (Multiple Dates, Dec – March) → WE-AR Summernova Yoga (Multiple dates, Feb – March) → Sustainable Coastlines Summernova Series (Multiple Dates, Dec – March) → Summernova Festival at the Village (Multiple Dates, Dec – March) → Satellite Show of Toi Tū Toi Ora (Ongoing, Dec – March) → And much more!








Good Thinking Story by Sarah Nicholson

A cloth invented in Scandanavia decades ago is now the ecofriendly must-have for New Zealand kitchens, thanks to two Tauranga women who’ve launched the company Good Change.

� The Good Change Eco Cloth is available nationwide, as well as for fundraising initiatives. ↓ Eco Wipes are the latest product, designed to replace your single-use kitchen towels. Opening page: Kristy Hunter (left) and Stine Smith.


“We thought, we need to make our cloth available to everyone, but it can’t be $15, no one’s going to buy that. If we can make it affordable, we can scale it, get it to a lot of people, and change habits without breaking the bank balance.” Would you be surprised to know that one of the most popular eco cloths on the market was actually created in Sweden in 1949? And how did the Good Change Eco Cloth — something you may well have in your kitchen right now — finally take off on these shores? Good Change was launched in 2019 by two Tauranga mothers and entrepreneurs, Stine Smith and Kristy Hunter. Stine originally heralds from Denmark so was familiar with the cloths: “We always used them at home.” A Swedish gent first came up with the idea of using 70 per cent wood pulp and 30 percent cotton. The wood element was a genius move as it resulted in a quick-drying cloth, which was less likely to harvest bacteria and harbour an unpleasant smell. “So they’ve been around for 70 years because they are just a really good, functional cloth,” says Kristy. Stine was reminded about the cloths when she spied them in a New Zealand gift shop. “They were wrapped in plastic, it was $15 for one cloth and I remember thinking — we can do better than this.” It didn’t take long to figure out there was a yawning gap in the market. “That category had nothing,” says Stine. “I’d go to the supermarket and see all these plastic-wrapped cloths — no eco alternatives.” And so the Eco Cloth was the start of Good Change making small changes for good in Kiwi households. Good Change’s cloths are made in Germany, the wood is from sustainable forests, they use natural plant-based dyes for the modern designs, and they can be home composted at the end of their life. In a market that includes frequent green washing (eg synthetic cloth labels that use terms like biodegradable and sustainable, when it’s solely referring to the packaging), it can be confusing for consumers. “Many people don’t realise microfibre cloths have tiny particles of plastic that are released into the waterways,” says Kristy, “If you think of all the synthetic cloths used each year and how many end up in landfill…” says Stine. “So we thought, we need to make our cloth available to everyone, but it can’t be $15, no one’s going to buy that. If we can make it affordable, we can scale it, get it to a lot of people, and change habits without breaking the bank balance.” And scale it they did, in real go-getting entrepreneurial style. ”We were on the road the whole time. Every single week, we’d be like: where are we driving to now?!” says Stine. “We’d fill the whole car with cloths,” says Kristy. “We wouldn’t book any

appointments — we’d just bowl on in and meet the buyer at the supermarket.” “I think we just didn’t really know what to do, so we thought we’d just go and ask if we can get it on shelves straight away!” says Stine. This proved a successful strategy, with the smart design and sustainability factor immediately appealing to many buyers. Within six months they had established themselves in supermarkets throughout the country, as well as a host of local organic/health stores. They also offer the cloths for fundraising — the first highly successful fundraiser was at their children’s school, Omokoroa No. 1. “The kids went out and sold the cloths, and $2 per pack went to the school,” says Kristy. “It also created an education piece for the children — you’re communicating with them about planet health and how to change from plastic to natural alternatives in the home.” A bigger version of the Eco Cloth followed after receiving feedback at in-store demos: “Men would come up and say, ‘I love this concept but I’ve got really big hands’,” says Kristy. It’s subsequently proved popular for washing the car, bike or even the boat — “if it goes overboard, it just goes back to nature”. In-store feedback also inspired their latest product — rolls of reusable bamboo towels, an alternative to single-use kitchen wipes and paper towels. They are thick, absorbent and strong, can be machine washed up to 75 times, then home composted. New products are in the works, including a sponge scourer that’s free of plastic and synthetics. “We’ve got to start somewhere, nothing is perfect — obviously there’s processing involved in what we’re doing, but there’s really no footprint afterwards,” says Stine. “And if you can make one small change, then it can amount to something big across all the households in New Zealand,” says Kristy. The women also aim to make small changes beyond the kitchen — with every pack of cloths sold, they provide a Cambodian family with a water filter, and they also work with Sustainable Coastlines. “We really want our company to be a vehicle for doing good things,” says Stine. “We want our products to enable better changes, the money we make to be used to support good causes, and the PR we get to talk about changing people’s mindset.” goodchangestore.com 69


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Keeping It Reel Story by Elric James

Every time I go past the abandoned cinema on Maunganui Road I think of The Last Picture Show. Released in the early 70s, and directed by a young American filmmaker by the name of Peter Bogdanovich, The Last Picture Show is a melancholic coming-of-age tale set in small town Texas. The film’s poster has the tagline: “Nothing much has changed…” and this is true of the familiar depiction of directionless teens and small town ennui. However, there was one notable change happening within the narrative — the closing down of the town’s movie theatre due to the increasing popularity of television. Before I give in to your expectations and start declaring the death of cinema is finally upon us, let me first try and quickly establish what cinema is, exactly. While there’s no straightforward answer, most attempts at defining it usually begin with the invention of photography in the nineteenth century — an occasion often regarded as one of the most important events in history. From there, static pictures progressed to motion pictures, achieved by running a reel of single frames through a film projector at the continuous speed of 24 frames per second; in essence replicating what the eye can see. This early era of motion pictures was warmly embraced by the public, although the shift from silent to sound film in the 1920s was met with resistance from film purists who saw it as the death of an art form. Obviously these critics failed to realise the real threat to the art of cinema was not the sound of actor’s voices, but rather things that would arrive much later — DVDs, The Pirate Bay, Netflix, and finally, a global pandemic. Bogdanovich was clearly wary of the impact of technology on cinema, even 50 odd years ago. And with The Last Picture Show, maybe he was acknowledging the death of cinema as being somewhat inevitable? In the film, the movie theatre provided an escape for the disillusioned youth. It was where

they went for their collective experience, which made its closure all the more poignant. While the cinema experience is a ritual not exclusive to any one space, place or time, it does have a consistent tradition — around the world cinema brings together crowds of strangers who sit row upon row in a darkened theatre united in silence, their eyes fixed to the front of the room, as projected images flicker in succession across a large white screen. As enduring as this tradition has felt in the past, it’s clearly at the mercy of new technology, and of course global health, as evidenced by that desolate building sitting across from Coronation Park. Do I really think cinema is dead? No, but I do think we might finally be witnessing the end of the cinematic tradition as we know it — sure, the rise of television and home video had earlier provided a domestic substitute to the commercial cinema experience, but the digital age has presented a whole ‘nother level of easy consumption. And for those of you like myself, who are saddened by the fading of this tradition, and who lament the fact that the cinema experience has become a mostly solitary one as opposed to a communal one, we need only remind ourselves that the function of cinema has remained intact — the capacity for mass communication. The digital age has simply meant the tools used to create, reproduce and distribute, are more varied and efficient; even if it has come at the expense of the collective cinema-going experience. Bob Dylan may have been right when he sung: “the times they are a-changin…” in the 60s. But Bogdanovich wasn’t half wrong when he wrote: “nothing much has changed…” a decade later. THE LAST PICTURE SHOW (1971) Directed by Peter Bogdanovich Starring Jeff Bridges & Cybill Shepherd 73


Bar Centrale Photography by Jay Drew

The inner-city gem Bar Centrale is a fun yet polished Italian hotspot that’ll keep you coming back time and again.


↑ Left to right: Whether it’s an Italian drop or local star, Bar Centrale’s fantastic wine list has something for every occasion; a shower of pecorino is the final addition to the unctuous braised duck pappardelle. ← Bar Centrale is known for its excellent selection of creative cocktails. creamy balls of burrata and on-point tiramisu, as well as drinks such as Campari and prosecco to set the scene. When you see the hefty Italian pizza oven sitting pretty at the end of the bar, you know they mean business. One of the other things to love about Bar Centrale is the surroundings. Relax at an alfresco table and appreciate the lush garden and the grand historic building (the former post office), and bask in some rays. Inside, warm timber gives the interior a welcoming vibe, with the addition of elegant European touches such as marble, exposed walls and vintage lights. It’s all about having fun, being very well looked after and leaving satiated and happy after every visit. Make sure you keep your eye out for live music nights, special dinners and other great events!

So the pressing question: is Bar Centrale at the Clarence a bar, restaurant or cafe? Well, it’s actually all of those things and, most importantly, it does them all very well. In essence, it’s a buzzing haven of deliciousness in the Tauranga CBD. Yes, you can have a relaxed breakfast meeting, a social lunch with the gang, after-work drinks, a fun dinner date... and pretty much anything in between. There’re snacks, pizzas and full meals; aperitifs, well-executed cocktails and excellent wines (from here and abroad). Just take your pick. Enjoy cicchetti (snacks) with drinks, perhaps baccala and bottarga (cured fish roe) with some moreish, puffy pizza bread on the side, or the fresh oysters or Italian cured meats. If a shared meal is your deal, the bigger plates are perfect, including the very fine porchetta with braised fennel and charred lemon, or maybe the grilled prawns with native finger lime and salsa verde. The Italian classics are all in attendance too: superb pizza, housemade pasta, beef carpaccio,

51 Willow St, Tauranga 07 985 9722 clarencetauranga.co.nz @centraletauranga 75


Photograph: Brydie Thompson

Here’s a seafood-packed Italian recipe that’s bursting with flavour. Try making it for your next dinner party — it’s bound to impress the crowd.

Sicilian Fish Stew Recipe by Bar Centrale

SERVES 8 1 tbs extra virgin olive oil 250g arrow squid, cleaned, cut into triangles and scored 16 banana prawns, peeled with heads on 250g firm skinless white flesh fish (such as kingfish), cut into 2cm chunks 16 green lip mussels, cleaned and debearded 1 punnet cherry tomatoes, halved 1 bunch basil, leaves picked Broth 6 crayfish heads 1 tbs extra virgin olive oil 1 onion, peeled and diced 1 large fennel bulb, diced 4 sticks celery, diced 12 cloves garlic, peeled and sliced 2 dried bay leaves 1 long red chilli, deseeded and finely diced 100ml brandy 100ml cognac 2L fish stock 6 cans Italian peeled tomatoes 1g saffron threads

Preheat oven to 180⁰C. For the broth, place the crayfish heads in a roasting pan, toss with a little oil, then roast in the oven for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, place a large saucepan over mediumlow heat, add the oil, onion, fennel, celery, garlic, bay leaves and chilli, and cook for 5 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Increase heat to medium and deglaze the pan by stirring in the brandy and cognac, then cooking until the alcohol smell has gone. Add the crayfish shells, stock and tomatoes, bring to boil then add the saffron. Reduce heat and simmer for 2 hours uncovered. Allow to cool for 20 minutes, then add to a food processor (include shells) and blend well. Strain through a fine sieve into a clean bowl, pushing with a ladle to ensure you get all the flavour. Discard solids. For the stew, place a large frying pan over high heat, add the oil and cook the squid, prawns and fish for 30 seconds each side (until half cooked), then add the mussels and broth and bring to the boil. Simmer until mussels open (discard any that don’t), then add the cherry tomatoes and season with salt and pepper. Ladle into bowls, garnish with basil and serve immediately with a hunk of focaccia on the side.


THERE’S NO BETTER PLACE TO SPEND TIME TOGETHER If you’ve got friends and family coming to stay, check out noplacelikehome.co.nz or your local i-SITE for ideas on the best things to do and see in the Bay!

Ask a local expert! Book activities, theatre tickets and domestic travel at the Tauranga i-SITE. 103 The Strand, Tauranga 07 578 8103

Explore your backyard at noplacelikehome.co.nz



Berry picking: if you’re in the Bay durin g late spring and summer, a trip to a local berry farm is an absolute must. Check out Black Stump Berries Pāpāmoa and Somerfield’s Tauranga on Facebook.

Katikati Bird Gardens: beautiful and tranquil gardens with birds running freely. Wheelchair friendly. birdgardens.co.nz

Brewbus: if you or your guests love craft beer, the Brewbus tour will take you straight to the Bay’s most delicious pours including backyard brewers you won’t find on the beaten path. brewbus. co.nz

Riverbug: Experience local whitewater adventures on fun, inflatable riverbugs! riverbug.nz Scenic helicopter flight: what better way to see the Bay than from the air? Take a scenic flight with adventurehelicopters.co.nz Skydive Tauranga: there’s a reason people travel to the Bay for this tandem skydive – it’s one of the most beautiful in New Zealand. skydivetauranga.com

Waimarino glow worm kayak tour: start the tour with wine and cheese next to Lake McLaren, then take an easy kayak adventure to the most densely populated glow worm canyon in New Zealand. glowwormkayaking.com

V8 Trikes: enjoy a private tour and spectacular coastal views – from an exciting V8 Trike! v8triketours.co.nz

Kiwifruit Country: take a ride through a working orchard on kiwifruit-shaped carriages. See why we make the world’s best kiwifruit – and taste the deliciousness at the shop after the tour. kiwifruitcountry.com Local markets: check out the Tauranga Farmer’s Market (every Saturday morning, Tauranga Primary School) or the Mount Farmer’s Market (every Sunday morning, Te Papa o Ngā Manu Porotakataka). Visit littlebigevents.co .nz or gourmetevents.co.nz for more foodie event information.


Aqua Station at Baywave: a pirate-them water playground that’s perfect for 3 to 12-year-olds. baywave.co.nz

Classic Flyers: a fun and unique experience for kids. Make sure you check out the fantastic café too! classicflyersnz.com Marshall’s Animal Farm: the kids will ls love getting up close to all sorts of anima from emus to miniature horses. marshallsanimalpark.co.nz

Arataki Trails App: hear the stories of Mauao (Moun t Maunganui). Download the Aratakai Cultural Trails app for a guided tour as you walk around the base track of our sacred maunga. arataki.co East Coast Paddler: discover how Māori lived on Mauao (Mount Maunganui) centuries ago as local guides share legends and history. eastcoastpaddler.co.nz The Elms | Te Papa Tauranga: this historic house is one of the oldest heritage sites in New Zealand. Learn the history as you take a tour through the house, ground s and library. Tours run 7-days a week (excluding Christm as Day). theelms.org.nz The Historic Village: Tauranga’s thriving centre for arts, retail, weekend markets and community well-being. Drop by and chat with the artists at The Incubator or visit the Whipped Baker for the most incredible doughnuts! historicvillage.co.nz

The Tauranga Art Gallery: discover fascinating artwork from leading local, national and international artists. Visit the gallery’s retail space for unique gifts to take home. artgallery.org.nz


IDEAS FOR BEACH & OCEAN LOVERS Bay Explorer: spot marine life with help from the crew and enjoy drinks from the boat’s on-board bar for the perfect day on the water. bayexplorer.co.nz

Bay Karts: outdoor kart racing fun with an all-weather track. There are family-friendly racing options, or more advanced options for the petrol head in your life! baykarts.co.nz

Dolphin Seafaris: learn about local marine life from the on-board Wildlife Guides while you look out for dolphins, whales, turtles, little blue penguins and seals. nzdolphin.com

Baystation: the Bay of Plenty’s home of blokarts and drift trikes now also offers paintball and laser tag – four activities, one location. baystation.co.nz

East Coast Paddler: learn to stand-up paddleboard right under Mauao with the experts from East Coast Paddler. Look out for the orange gazebo at Pilot Bay from October to April. eastcoastpaddler.co.nz Fishing charters: let the experts take you to the fishing hot spots and enjoy catching (and eating!) the freshest Bay of Plenty fish! blueocean.co.nz or taurangamarinecharters.co.nz

Escape Rooms: be a real-life detective in a themed room. escaperoomsnewzealand.com/Tauranga, flummox.co.nz Tenpin Tauranga: send the teens off for bowling, arcade games and delicious pizza. tenpintauranga.co.nz

Surfing: everyone should try catching a wave in the Bay once! Check out one of these excellent surf schools: surfschool.co.nz, southpacificsurf.co.nz, surflessons.co.nz, nzsurfacademy.co.nz or hakanikisurf.co.nz

The Aviator: an incredible VR motion experience with real New Zealand Airforce seats, a motion platform and replica F-18 Hornet cockpit. theaviator.co.nz The Cave: a virtual reality and e-sports wonderland. Based in Pāpāmoa. thecave.nz


Serving Dinner in Papamoa & Matua every week. Street Food, Live Music, Craft Beer Dinner in the Domain Thursdays, 5:30PM-8:30PM

Papamoa Domain, 561 Papamoa Beach Road. @dinnerinthedomain

Dinner in the Park Sundays, 5:30PM-8:30PM Matua Park, Hall Road. @dinnerintheparkmatua

Totes... Available online at littlebigevents.co.nz/shop or get yours at The Little Big Markets.

Coronation Park, Mt Maunganui. February 6th, March 6th, April 3rd. Papamoa Pony Club, Papamoa. February 20th, March 20th, April 17th. @thelittlebigmarkets

Our Place Events Guide Thu

Dinner in the Domain 5.30–8.30pm, Pāpāmoa Domain


Gourmet Night Market 5–9pm, Coronation Park, Mt Maunganui


Tauranga Farmers' Market 7.45am–12pm, Tauranga Primary School, 5th Ave, Tauranga


Dinner in the Park 5.30–8.30pm, Matua Park, Matua

February 2O21


The NZ Creedence Clearwater Revival Tribute Show 5–8pm, The Entertainers Club, cnr Cameron Rd & 13th Ave, Tauranga


Tasters Series V2 5–7pm, Excelso Coffee Roasters, 112 3rd Ave, Tauranga, eventbrite.co.nz


Silver Ring or Pendant Workshop 11am–3pm, The Artery, The Incubator, theincubator.co.nz TAG Art Studio for adults: Ink Illustrations 5–7pm, artgallery.org.nz

Mount Farmers' Market 9am–1pm, 123–141 Maunganui Rd, Mt Maunganui.



2021 Mount Zoukfest 8am–11pm, Mt Maunganui Lifeguard Service, 21 Adams Ave, eventfinda.co.nz


Paintvine Paint & Wine Night: Piwakawaka 7–9pm, Cornerstone Pub, paintvine.co.nz


Holi Colour Splash 12–4pm, Memorial Park, Tauranga Night Owl Cinema — Happy Feet 7–10.30pm, Koikoi Reserve, 12 Double Bay Rd, The Lakes, eventfinda.co.nz

Tauranga Moana Waitangi Day Festival The Historic Village. For details, see What’s Up section.

Reid & Ruins 7.30–10.30pm, Baycourt Community & Arts Centre, ticketek.co.nz

The Little Big Markets 9am–2pm, Coronation Park, Mt Maunganui 6–7

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The Little Big Markets 9am–2pm, Pāpāmoa Pony Club, Pāpāmoa

One Love Festival 11am–10pm, Tauranga Domain, onelovefestival.co.nz

Villainy: Summer 2021 Tour 8pm, Totara St, Mt Maunganui, moshtix.co.nz

TECT Rescue Helicopter — Open Day 2021 10am–2pm, Tauranga Hospital Hoody Time & Bosho — Truth Tour 2021 3–10pm, Social Club, 305 Maunganui Rd, Mt Maunganui, eventbrite.co.nz

Generation Homes Women’s Triathlon 7am–12pm, Pilot Bay, triathlontauranga.org.nz


Paintvine Watercolour Night — Kereru 7–9pm, The Freeport Bar, paintvine.co.nz

The Howard Morrison Quartet Take Two 7.30–10pm, Baycourt Community & Arts Centre, ticketek.co.nz

Wonder Woman Ethical Fashion Show 5.30–7.30pm, Tauranga Yacht & Power Boat Club, eventspronto.co.nz

12–14. Gincredible — The Bay of Plenty Gin Festival Various times each day, Wharepai Domain, eventfinda.co.nz 13.



CBOP Creative Connections Lunch 12pm, Trinity Wharf Tauranga, creativebop.org.nz The Teen Brain – Tauranga 7.30–9pm, Tauranga Girls’ College, eventfinda.co.nz

Children’s Ward Charity Ball 6pm–12am, Trustpower Baypark, eventbrite.co.nz 1



Sam Bartells — Let’s Go Tour ll 7pm–12am, Home of Mood, 18/159 17th Ave, Tauranga, eventfinda.co.nz


RANGATAHI X 10am–4pm, Ngāi Te Rangi, Tukorako Ln, 25 Taiaho Pl, Mount Maunganui, Free. mytauranga.co.nz The Mount Surf Festival Mount Drury. See page 58 for more details.

March 2O21 6.


We Run The Night 8pm, Mt Drury, werunthenight.co.nz 13–14. Mauao Super Slam 9am–7pm, Mt Maunganui Beach 14.

Marra Sprint Triathlon 7am–12pm, Pilot Bay Beach, Mt Maunganui triathlontauranga.org.nz


Celtica – A New Era of Irish Heritage 7.30pm, Baycourt Community & Arts Centre, ticketek.co.nz

Elemeno P – High Fidelity Vinyl Release Tour 8pm–12am, Totara St, Mt Maunganui, eventfinda.co.nz

The Big Bike Film Night 7–9.15pm, Tauranga Boys’ College, trybooking.com

Lisa Chandler’s The Dividing Lines exhibition Opens at Tauranga Art Gallery, artgallery.org.nz The Little Big Markets 9am–2pm, Coronation Park, Mt Maunganui Royal New Zealand Ballet: Tutus on Tour 2 & 6.30pm, Baycourt Community & Arts Centre, ticketek.co.nz


Heath Franklin’s Chopper: The Silencer 7.30–8.30pm, Baycourt Community & Arts Centre, ticketek.co.nz


An Evening with Marlon Williams 7.30pm, Baycourt Community & Arts Centre, ticketek.co.nz

6 & 7. Ashton Family Circus & Dylan Daisy’s Magic Show 9am–5pm, Memorial Park, Tauranga 7.


Night Owl Cinema — Aquaman 7–10.30pm, Memorial Park, Tauranga, eventfinda.co.nz

Blackcaps v Australia, 5th T20 12pm, Bay Oval, Tauranga, ticketek.co.nz The Extravaganza Fair 4–9pm, Memorial Park, Tauranga The Little Big Markets 9am–2pm, Pāpāmoa Pony Club, Pāpāmoa

The Little Big Markets 9am–2pm, Pāpāmoa Pony Club, Pāpāmoa 24.

The Wiggles ‘We’re All Fruit Salad’ 2021 Tour 10am & 1pm, Baycourt Community & Arts Centre, livenation.co.nz


Bill Bailey — En Route to Normal 8pm, Trustpower Baypark Arena, ticketek.co.nz

12–13. Two Ladies 2–10pm, Baycourt Community & Arts Centre, ticketek.co.nz 13.

Christina Pataialii & Laurie Steer exhibitions Open at Tauranga Art Gallery, artgallery.org.nz

Waipuna Park – Wander Dogs Walk 10am, Waipuna Park Pavilion, Welcome Bay

Leaving Jackson — The Johnny Cash and June Carter Show 7.30–9.50pm, Baycourt Community & Arts Centre, ticketek.co.nz 30.

TCC Worm Farming Workshop 10.30am–12.30pm, The Historic Village, Tauranga, eventfinda.co.nz 2

Waste Free Parenting Workshop with Kate Meads 6–8pm, The Historic Village, Tauranga, eventfinda.co.nz

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Our Place Magazine Issue 32  

Our Place magazine celebrates our area and champions our locals. It draws in curious minds and introduces lesser-known businesses, movements...

Our Place Magazine Issue 32  

Our Place magazine celebrates our area and champions our locals. It draws in curious minds and introduces lesser-known businesses, movements...