Going after what you believe: Miriama Smith – actress, celebrant… and fighter

When Miriama Smith auditioned for her first acting role at 14, she went out to win. Not because she thought ...
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Plastic Free July: Herbal Potential taking the plastic-free challenge

Autumn Falk and Jenni Werth were already committed to reducing unnecessary plastic in their lives but several years ago they ...
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Tauranga Business Women

We love flicking through back issues of focus and reminding ourselves of the amazing and talented women we have featured ...
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Laura Cope, Use Your Own Cup, UYOC

UYOC – Use Your Own Cup to save the planet

Do you know how many ‘recyclable’ and ‘compostable’ takeaway coffee cups are actually being recycled and composted? Sadly, almost none! ...
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Mind matters – Hiria Rolleston on mindset, passion, presence and elite sport

Four days before the National Waka Ama Champs in 2016, singles paddler Hiria Rolleston, from Papamoa, tore her archilles tendon ...
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Fenna Beets – mastering the dinosaur of the ocean

A recipient of the Sir Peter Blake Trust Marine Science Award in 2015, Fenna Beets was always determined to be ...
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Tina Jennen on mending body and healing the mind

Tina Jennen is used to solving problems. As an entrepreneur and business executive, she has learnt to arm herself with ...
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Acorn Foundation – Generous people and causes that matter

“Connecting generous people who care with causes that matter…forever.” This is the mission statement of the Acorn Foundation, and the ...
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Strength and identity in Ta Moko

When Ta Moko artist Julie Paama-Pengelly (Ngaiterangi) was training as a secondary art teacher in the early 1990s, traditional Māori ...
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Firefighter Xavier Kennedy – part of a team

When Xavier Kennedy started her career 13 years ago there were only 56 female career firefighters in New Zealand. It’s ...
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Frances Denz – resilient and adaptable

Courage and determination have characterised Frances Denz’s life, which is littered with achievements and hardship in equal measure. In terms ...
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The face behind ‘Tri Chicks’ – Miranda Clark

Back in 2009, Miranda Clark was watching the Port of Tauranga Half Ironman with friends when she decided she was ...
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Rachel Button – skimming the skies as a helicopter pilot

Boys want to be pilots, girls want to be flight attendants? Rachel Button left that old-fashioned stereotype for dust! Her ...
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Prepare yourself for positivity – the Steffi August way!

‘Think positive!’ Is that mantra really enough to lift us out of motivation funk for longer than, say, 30 seconds? It ...
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How Rachelle Duffy turned leisure time into a business

Leisure for most people is the opposite to work. It’s a time to spend with family and friends enjoying some ...
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Kristin Vermeulen – Racing Woman

Thankfully, few sports these days remain male-only domains. New Zealand women athletes are breaking down barriers in rugby, kayaking, BMX, ...
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Playing competitive sport over 50 – it’s positively, definitely doable!

Whether it’s our lack of time, our flagging fitness or the worrying potential for injury, most of us are less ...
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Rider on the rise – champion show jumper Sam Morrison

When you work with horses, you have to live with the likelihood of being kicked, dumped to the ground and ...
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Hellen Faulkner, HZP+Co – making a difference

Growing up in the Tibetan Plateau, Hellen Faulkner had a happy but very different childhood from the one she is ...
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Jane Kale, St John Ambulance Paramedic and Shift Manager – All in a day’s work

It’s 7 am on a rainy Saturday morning and Tauranga St John shift manager Jane Kale has been at work ...
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Jan Ozanne – Her place of greatest service

focus put a call out to readers to nominate unsung heroines who work tirelessly behind the scenes to improve our ...
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Ann Kerewaro – Plenty of reward for voluntary time

focus put a call out to readers to nominate unsung heroines who work tirelessly behind the scenes to improve our ...
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Jo Wills – Advocating and influencing at the grass roots

focus put a call out to readers to nominate unsung heroines who work tirelessly behind the scenes to improve our ...
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Rebecca Tereu breast cancer survivor focus 2017

Breast cancer survivor – Rebecca Tereu

Rebecca's story - Sharing experiences from life’s valleys Something like an insect bite on her left breast worried Rebecca Tereu. While ...
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Kathryn Clout Focus cover 2017

Breast cancer survivor – Kathryn Clout

Kathryn's story - travelling her journey with tenacity and celebration Kathryn Clout was recovering from a broken ankle when she ...
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Emily Searle Focus magazine 24

Breast cancer survivor – Emily Searle

Emily's story - Dear Boobs letters helping to heal When Emily Searle was having neo adjuvant It was at this ...
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Liza Schneider Tauranga holistic vet

Dr Liza Schneider – Holistic Vets

By Monday morning Tauranga veterinarian Dr Liza Schneider of Holistic Vets already has her week mapped out – patient consultations, x-rays and ...
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Clean Living – Removing toxins on road to wellness

It is somewhat ironic that, as a PhD-qualified research chemist, Bronya Clare has turned the tables to develop and manufacture ...
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Brook Bryers

Bread Artistry – a bakery from scratch

At 3am in Pyes Pa, Brooke Bryers flicks on the oven then the coffee machine at The Artisan Bread Bakers ...
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10 reasons to buy local

Few can deny the ever-expanding allure of the internet when it comes to shopping. Literally, a world-wide selection available at ...
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Jackie Webb

Jackie Webb – A life well run

Running up the Mount is always a hard slog, no matter how many times you do it. On those winter ...
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Christel Clarke

Kickboxing in Tauranga: It takes an attitude

Kickboxing is a family affair for Christel Clarke. She has practiced the martial art since 2001 and, along with her ...
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Kate Apanui

How to change habits for a better life

“I know what I want, but I don’t know how to make it happen.” I hear clients saying this all ...
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always remember

10 things to always remember

We all have bad days where nothing seems to be going right and everything seems to be stacked up against ...
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Denise Arnold Cambodian trust

The Cambodia Charitable Trust

When Denise Arnold, co-director in Tauranga law firm Lyon O’Neale Arnold, travelled to Cambodia in 2007 she had no idea ...
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Linda Inglis – artist

Creativity in the Bay of Plenty - Linda Inglis Linda Inglis is a contemporary stitch artist who values the challenge ...
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Butterfly

10 Quotes to Help You Let Go…And Grow

When we close our hands and desperately hold onto things, we tend to forget that it’s only by opening our ...
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Our First Photo Shoot

A short video showing what went on behind the scenes for our first photo shoot. To read their story here's the link ...
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First Cover Shoot

Totally inspired by these gorgeous, creative women who worked with me on the cover of the first issue of focus ...
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