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Popular cosmetics retailer Mecca Maxima opens in Tauranga

On 6 December, the Bayfair Shopping Centre in Tauranga launched some exciting new stores. The most anticipated launch definitely belonged ...
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Climbing Mount Taranaki: a tramper’s must-do

It may not be the tallest peak on the North Island, but it's arguably the most picturesque. Perfectly cone shaped ...
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How to switch off from work and relax on weekends

Modern life can be incredibly stressful - we're working overtime and on weekends; we want to be available for our ...
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Think before you BIN it: how to safely dispose of dangerous items

Planning on getting rid of old paint, weedkiller, electronic goods, tyres or pool chemicals? Not a problem – just don’t ...
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In focus: transformational workshop and other things we loved

In focus is a fortnightly, online update on things that the focus team has loved. New places we have discovered, ...
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Health goals that will transform your life

Overall wellness is a huge goal. In fact, it includes so many aspects that it's literally impossible to incorporate all ...
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8 important quotes for those feeling a bit lost in life

Sometimes, happiness and life goals can be swept away by daily problems and we start questioning the direction we're moving ...
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4 lifehacks for an efficient workplace

Modern lifestyle requires maximum efficiency and productivity at work. We learn to multitask, discover more and more time-management tricks and ...
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Are Lime e-scooters coming to Tauranga?

Lime e-scooters were developed in California in 2017 and, this year, have literally taken New Zealand by storm. The app ...
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Creativity in the Bay of Plenty: Kinsa Hays

Kinsa Hays is an award-winning author and poet. She’s also an artist. When asked what her creative preference is, Kinsa ...
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4 food myths you should stop believing

Searching for food and health information on Google will bring up at least 1,000,000 links for each question you have ...
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Profile: Helen Alice, Breast Cancer Support Service Tauranga Trust

After more than 20 years in the social work field in NZ, the UK and Australia, I’ve settled in Tauranga ...
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Whitewater stars: rafters win gold in Tibet

The NZ Women’s R4 Rafting team brought home gold medals from the Yushu World Rafting Plateau Championships held in Tibet ...
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How to choose the right life coach

Do you want to take the next step in your career but your boss continually promotes others? Or, perhaps you ...
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Striding out: accountant/lawyer to owner of Pole Gear NZ

Gone are the days of holding down a single job for life. Businesses change, economies fluctuate and, as individuals, we ...
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Back to the roots – taking charge of our health with traditional fermented foods

Rather than sit back and enjoy their twilight years, Margaret and Jim Pringle chose a more adventurous retirement plan – ...
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3 amazing Birthday cake recipes

In our crazy busy lives there’s always something intensely satisfying when you create a cake and share it with family ...
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The Dawn Musher – NZ Dry Land Mushing

One Sunday mid-July, focus writer Millie Freeman arrived in Rotorua, pre-dawn, to watch a little-known sporting event taking place in ...
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How IGTV can grow your business

Rivalling YouTube, Instagram has recently launched its own service to share longer-form videos. Though it’s exciting to watch the two ...
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Striding out: customer service rep to mobile vet nurse

Gone are the days of holding down a single job for life. Businesses change, economies fluctuate and, as individuals, we ...
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50 things to see and do in the Bay

After exploring so many of New Zealand’s famous places over the past two years, we felt that it's time to ...
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Tauranga Business Women’s Network event

Last week the Tauranga Business Women’s Network organised a facilitated luncheon event at The Tauranga Club which is always a ...
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6 simple ways to be more mindful at work

We live in a world where the words ‘busy’, ‘work harder’, and ‘stress’ are commonplace. It’s easy to get lost ...
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Ladies at Lunch – are we ready for what the future holds?

Over a delicious meal at Tauranga’s newest restaurant, Viet De Cuisine, our Ladies at Lunch deliberated over whether we’re ready ...
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Viet de Cuisine – satiating demand for Asian cuisine in Tauranga

Viet De Cuisine is Tauranga’s newcomer to the dining precinct, recently replacing one of The Strand’s older players. This restaurant ...
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Rise and reclaim what belongs to you

Life. It can really suck sometimes, am I right? Let’s be real. It’s not all fluffy kittensand sweet smelling roses. We all ...
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In focus: Focus On Women Expo and other things we loved

In focus is a fortnightly, online update on things that the focus team has loved. New places we have discovered, ...
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Summer’s coming! Beauty products to get ready

Summer is only weeks away so be ready to greet it with products that will make you feel and look ...
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Get active with Whānau Passport Challenge

Sport Bay of Plenty announced the 2018 Whānau Passport Challenge - the best chance for the whole family to get active ...
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Welcome to Xanadu – a pre-loved book store in Papamoa

Don’t worry folks – we’re not talking about the1980 fantasy film with Olivia Newton John... Picture a completely full carpark ...
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focus Birthday pop-up in the sun

What better way to celebrate focus magazine’s second birthday than with a mouthwatering lunch on a beautiful winter’s day in ...
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Single mums thrive in business

Multitasking for single mums, who also run their own business, is the lifeblood. Whether aiming to create a better life ...
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In focus: cook book, podcast for ladies and other things we loved

In focus is a fortnightly, online update on things that the focus team has loved. New places we have discovered, ...
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5 powerful life lessons breast cancer taught me

Evidently we all know someone who has been affected by cancer. It’s high on our fear radars but it’s something ...
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Rahera Ohia – Assisting Māori into business ownership

Setting up a business on your own can be a daunting prospect. While many new initiatives flourish into successful enterprises, ...
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The People’s Poncho (Take advantage of the special offer at the end of this article!)

We were very excited to be asked to review The People’s Poncho and with all the rain we’ve had recently, ...
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‘Portia and Bob at the Globe’, conscious media and other things we loved

In focus is a fortnightly, online update on things that the focus team has loved. New places we have discovered, ...
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Three habits you should avoid in the workplace

Remember the article about the four-letter word we need to stop saying in our August/September issue? We've received so many ...
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Carbs to avoid in spring to lose belly fat by summer

Though carbs are considered to be the 'devil's food' in most diets, common sense says not all carbs are the ...
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Business profile: Jeanette Mindham (Tauranga Chamber of Commerce)

I am a people person and thrive on building relationships with people across all environments and cultures to achieve great ...
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Oh My Brow! DB Designer Brands collection review (+giveaway)

Back in May Australian makeup company DB Designer Brands introduced a new brow collection. Our focus editors tested and (spoiler) loved ...
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5 exercises to kick-start your post-baby weight loss journey

Getting back into exercise post baby is rather daunting, and with so much information out there it can be hard ...
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10 steps to peace and balance in your daily life

Our lives are made all the more stressful by the external conditions out there as well as our internal conflicts ...
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Mindfulness and Parenting – how journal writing helps shifting from a place of stress to a place of acceptance

We’ve all been there. The day where you want to tear your hair out. The kids have been fighting non-stop ...
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Business Women’s Network: Groundswell

Tauranga came alive recently with a wide range of events showcasing local inventors and organisations which are leading the way ...
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Fundraise in Style: The Art for Kids evening of fashion and art

Art for Kids, an exclusive evening of fashion and art is happening at the Tauranga Art Gallery on September 8, ...
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Creativity in the Bay of Plenty – Natalya Doudell

Most of her life was spent in Uzbekistan (which was part of the Soviet Union at that time) but a move ...
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Harbourside Restaurant, Tauranga, Miso Glazed Salmon with sango sprouts, mung beans, pickled ginger and miso dressing

Delicious, delectable Harbourside Restaurant in Tauranga

It would be easy to miss if you didn’t know it was there. Tucked under the railway bridge and housed ...
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Ancient Ayurvedic skincare tips that will help your skin look better

Ayurveda's doshas are energetic forces of nature that help us understand ourselves and the world around us and are mostly ...
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The four-letter word we need to stop saying

Laura Tuck explores the one innocent word threatening credibility in conversations the world over – ladies, take note… Not ‘just’ ...
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Rippling waters and ancient forest at Lake Waikaremoana

Despite living in the Bay of Plenty for 13 years, with Lake Waikaremoana virtually on our doorstep, I had never ...
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Walking the Talk – when Action speaks louder than Words

Hello again beautiful busy women! Yes it’s that time again, when we get to explore the realities of balance– and begin ...
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Easy steps to treat work-related illness

Work-related stress is normal and even expected, but for many women it can get way too intense. These days, out ...
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Serenity Spa: 75 minutes of sheer bliss!

Serenity Spa is Tauranga’s newest beauty salon. Located in a back section, close to the heart of Greerton Village, the ...
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Sister power – cooking duo on mission to feed New Zealand

It might be a little tooearly to talk about an ‘empire’, but uber-talented cooking duo Karena and Kasey Bird are ...
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Ladies at Lunch: discussing work-life balance

Over a delicious meal at Harbourside Restaurant our Ladies at Lunch deliberated over our numerous questions that included work-life balance, ...
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7 time-tested ways to be more effective at work

We all have those busy days, when tasks pile up into a skyscraper of things to do, but if things ...
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Kid-friendly veggies – healthy recipes your kids would love

Evidently, it can take up to 15 tastes before a child will accept a new flavour. Double that number when ...
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Historic Village Radio station, Tauranga

Keep going! Why Village Radio volunteers never give up

It’s one of those nasty winter days, when your meant-to-be-rainproof jacket soaks through while you’re trying to lock the car ...
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In focus: The Yoga Body, Our Place and other things we loved

In focus is a fortnightly, online update on things that the focus team has loved. New places we have discovered, ...
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Fab and free: best activities in Tauranga, Rotorua and Hamilton

Our region is a bonanza of natural beauty and it makes sense to get outside with the family and enjoy ...
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5 tips to kick-start your post-baby weight loss journey

Getting back into exercise post baby is rather daunting, and with so much information out there it can be hard ...
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Scrub that! Best scrubs for face, lips and body

With spring around the corner it’s time for a little brush up. Get your face and body ready for warmer ...
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What’s on in the Bay of Plenty this August

Loaded Tough Guy and Gal Challenge, New Zealand International Film Festival, Groundswell and other events not to be missed this ...
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In focus: decorated trees at Greerton Village and other things we loved

In focus is a fortnightly, online update on things that the focus team has loved. New places we have discovered, ...
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foods that make you sleepy

Foods that make you sleepy

It might be a late-night bite to help you fall asleep quickly or a sneaky snack that's preventing you from ...
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Food for fuel – Tahini muesli bars recipe

Tahini Muesli Bars At this time of year, what we eat is fuelling more than our usual energy needs – ...
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Caroline Martelli, MCollections MSkin

Caroline Martelli – Helping women feel good, look good

When you spend an hour with Caroline Martelli, it’s hard not to be tempted by her gorgeous natural skincare products ...
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business, business women, women in business, work-life balance

Work-life balance is outdated! Top execs are shifting to ‘work-life integration’

Many business women these days think 'work-life balance' doesn't reflect the way they juggle their work and family responsibilities anymore ...
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present, past, future, psychology

Where’s your focus? How to stop sabotaging your present

When you use your past to sabotage your present, or focus on the future to escape from it, you become ...
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Alicia Beech

Alicia Beech – Creativity in the Bay of Plenty

Alicia Beech has always loved art and for as long as she can remember, has been drawing, colouring,  painting and ...
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In focus: free-flow journal, Verna Carr’s book and other things we loved

In focus is a fortnightly, online update on things that the focus team has loved. New places we have discovered, ...
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Interior design tips: how to choose the best flooring for your home

Whether it’s a big move or a quick renovation of the old family house, you will be surprised how little ...
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the Legacy Lunch, breast cancer, Mills Reef

Breast Cancer Support Services in Tauranga invite you to the Legacy Lunch 2018

An elegant affair, this is your opportunity to join the Legacy Lunch 2018 - a delightful Friday afternoon (3 August) ...
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reasons to love winter, winter time

8 reasons why winter is awesome!

The winter breeze might be quite annoying but it brings lots of exciting moments and opportunities. Make the most out ...
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chocolate brownie recipe

Skye Blue Kitchens Gluten-Free Chocolate Brownie recipe

Skye Blue Kitchens The Baking Bag mix allows you to make the most delicious gluten free shortbread, cakes, slices, pancakes ...
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Warm up – the healthiest and fanciest drinks to try this winter in Tauranga

If the classic lemon and ginger hot toddy is still your only go-to winter drink option, we challenge you to ...
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Matakana Botanicals Apothecary Sniff Box

For all occasions: Matakana Botanicals Sniff Boxes

Established in 1988 (formerly Les Floralies), Matakana Botanicals uses high quality, locally grown products such as Manuka Honey and Oil, ...
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Papamoa Plum Organics

Plum Organics – the hub of healthy living

Papamoa’s Plum Organics offers an oasis of calm from the busy world we live in, serving its customers and community ...
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In focus: limited makeup set, inspiring books and other things we loved

“In focus” is a fortnightly, online update on things that the focus team has loved. New places we have discovered, ...
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5 Tips to promote health and wellbeing for our pets

For our pets, like us humans, health is freedom from dis-ease. This means they are strong and healthy and do ...
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4 beauty products you’ll need this winter

Staying active, productive and positive is something we all struggle with in winter, when days are so cold and so ...
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Chia pudding recipe by Olivia Murphy, Breakfast Babes

Finding new and exciting ways to fuel and nourish herself and her family is what drives Olivia. She knows how ...
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motivation, inspiration, depression

6 reasons to cheer up when nothing is going right

We all have those days when it seems like nothing is going the way it was planned. Your life is ...
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Five easy steps to looking good in photos every time

Over my career as a portrait photographer, one thing I have heard way too often by women is, “don’t photograph ...
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angel investng, Tauranga, Bay of Plenty, entrepreneurs

Angel investing – advice for entrepreneurs

Renowned American angel investor Bill Payne was in Tauranga recently, offering advice to would-be entrepreneurs, many of them women, who ...
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Vegan hotcakes by Sharna McElligott, The Nourished Eatery

The Nourished Eatery in Tauranga CBD is a plant-based and locally sourced produce cafe. Sharna McElligott is its owner, and the person behind ...
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Listen! Podcasts can grow your business

Vivien Conway and Natasha Meys are the brains behind Ace the Gram and are experienced Instagram growth and engagement specialists ...
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Ladies at Lunch, Macau restaurant, The Strand, Tauranga, Bay of Plenty, focus magazine

Ladies at Lunch: discussing health and wellbeing with women from ASB Bank

Welcome to this new section of focus where a group of awesome business women meet for lunch to discuss a topic ...
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Mount Ruapehu, skiing, New Zealand

A Lifetime Love Affair with Mount Ruapehu

Mount Ruapehu has been a special place for Liz French since she was a child and she has spent some ...
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Join The Papamoa Hills Night Walk 2018!

The Papamoa Hills Night Walks are back for Round 9 on Friday 29 & Saturday 30 June 2018! Help raise funds ...
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Workouts in Tauranga – Putting the FUN into fitness

The most effective exercises are not necessarily the most boring ones. These Tauranga fitness instructors have introduced some exciting and ...
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From Waihi Beach with love: Ahu Aromas review

Ahu means ‘to tend, foster, nurture, treat’ which goes with the Ahu philosophy of ‘nurturing your soul’. focus editors Dee ...
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busy brain syndrome

How to defeat Busy Brain Syndrome

It’s 2.50pm and I’m on a mission to get to the school pick up zone in time where my seven ...
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Life a Plenty – Recuperative retreats help women caregivers recharge

Most women caring for their families understand how life can be busy, stressful and sometimes a downright grind. Most of ...
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World Ocean’s Day 2018: facts to know

Covering more than 70 percent of our planet, oceans are among the Earth’s most valuable natural resources. World Ocean's Day ...
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Jeanette Schäring – ‘Whose water are you?’ at Tauranga Art Gallery

Jeanette Schäring grew up on the west coast of Sweden, surrounded by lakes, rivers, the deep forest and a biodiversity ...
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In focus: ‘Dear Mrs Bird’ book, ‘Ace the Gram’ podcast and other things we loved

“In focus” is a fortnightly, online update on things that the focus team has loved. New places we have discovered, ...
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Are you tired of being TIRED? Rebalancing hormones

Meet Ana and Liv… Ana is mid-30s with three young children. Working full-time with a mortgage to pay off, she’s exhausted most ...
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The naturopathic response to inflammation

Driving on a main route, signs and signposts direct you and alert you to problems ahead. Similarly, our body signals ...
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Rachel Brodie – walking the sustainability talk

Rachel Brodie applies one question to almost every situation she encounters: “Does this make my life better?” It helps her ...
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Things to do in Bay of Plenty this Queen’s Birthday Weekend 2018

Though the forecast says it will be pouring for the next few days, staying at home is not an option ...
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Perfect excuse: today is International Donut Day!

If you're not really into celebrating the first day of winter, cheer yourself up with something sweet... like a donut! ...
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What’s on in the Bay of Plenty? June 2018 events

Concerts, racing, a food show and pet expo - there's so much to enjoy this first month of winter! He ...
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In safe hands – Tauranga Women’s Refuge’s acting manager, Hazel Hape

As a young girl growing up in the Far North, Hazel witnessed her grandparents and parents open their homes and ...
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Mouthwatering Macau in Downtown Tauranga

Nestled in the middle of Downtown Tauranga’s dining mecca, Macau makes waves for all the right reasons. The award-winning restaurant ...
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Shake it, shake it: V&V mylks

Tired of weird unknown ingredients in something as simple as milk? Vigour and Vitality is a selection of RAW, stone-ground ...
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Sailing away for the winter: Tonga aboard a yacht

focus writer Carol Garden is spending this winter in Tonga aboard a yacht. She tells us how her sailing life ...
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Reduce, Reuse, Refill and Refuse: simple ways to avoid single-use waste

This single use problem is one we can deal with, daily, and make a massive difference. This is brilliant news! ...
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Mother’s Day: thank you, kids!

focus decided to celebrate Mother’s Day by asking a few local mums to share the best lessons they’ve learned from their ...
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Kerry Funnell – Lush in lace and leather

Kerry Funnell likes to describe herself as an ‘all round frock tart’. Even on her tax return. To date, no ...
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Ōpōtiki library – The heart of a Librarian

Celebrating its 50thbirthday on 15 December, 2017 and in need of a face-lift, the Ōpōtiki library has seen better days ...
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Gluten-free Carrot Cake recipe

Enjoy this moist and delicious carrot cake with the healthy gluten-free, dairy-free or vegan twist. 3 eggs, room temperature ⅓cup ...
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What’s on in the Bay of Plenty: May 2018 events

Stay warm this May with these wonderful indoor shows, exhibitions and concerts. Whose Water Are You 14 April-15 May Tauranga ...
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Thank God, I’m poor: unattractive people earn more money!

A recent study, published in the Journal of Business and Psychology, shows that people labeled as "unattractive" and "very unattractive" ...
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Designers Brands, beauty, makeup, limited edition

Designer Brands ‘Meet Your Match’ limited collection in moving pictures

Designer Brands Cosmetics are 100% cruelty-free and vegan and made to the highest standards. There's no talc, bismuth or parabens ...
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Portfolio: Meg Davis – Creative Bay of Plenty

Creative Bay of Plenty exists to enable arts and culture to thrive in the Western Bay of Plenty. Meg has ...
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In focus: beauty products, barre attack and other things we loved

“In focus” is a fortnightly, online update on things that the focus team has loved. New places we have discovered, ...
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Parsnip Cashew Mini-loaf – a tasty meal recipe

If you are aiming to eat less meat – or don’t eat meat at all – a nut roast is ...
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Closely guarded – how Heather Jones has survived the security business

People-watching is one of Heather Jones’ favourite things to do. As a Fieldays security team member at Mystery Creek, one ...
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Beauty Tofu, skincare, vegan, detox

Tip to toe: Beauty Tofu organic temple detox review

Beauty Tofu is a relatively new company that, after six years of research, has combined medical and natural therapies to ...
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The HoneyBliss story

Margie Thomas is well-known in Tauranga for her bubbly personality and can-do attitude. She’s also the creator of HoneyBliss, a ...
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Following their passion – successful business women move to Tauranga

Tauranga is booming. As New Zealand’s fastest growing city, it attracts lots of forward-thinking entrepreneurs. Some arrive to launch their ...
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Good Buzz has launched a fundraiser (and it’s your chance to win epic prizes!)

Tauranga-based Good Buzz kombucha has launched a fundraiser for The Kindness Institute. This charity was hand-selected by Amber Campbell, the co-owner and ...
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4 natural beauty products your skin will thank you for

Harsh abrasives, synthetic ingredients, preservatives, and damaging toxins - do we really need them in our skincare and make-up? You ...
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Jenny Tebbutt is aiming for equity in the school system

Jenny Tebbutt is the Managing Director of Raising Achievement Ltd, a Bay of Plenty-based company which works to raise the ...
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Little station, big plans – Dee McKinley’s hard work pays off

Not many people realised what it meant, when a small semi-rural service station on Oropi Road became branded as a ...
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In focus: apple kombucha, tissue masks and other things we loved

"In focus" is a fortnightly, online update on things that the focus team has loved. These past two weeks we ...
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What’s on in the Bay of Plenty: April

From The Royal New Zealand Ballet to NZ Tattoo and Art Extravaganza - 8 events you can't miss in April. Tutus on Tour ...
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Magnificent Kaikoura. Yes, it’s open!

“Yes, we’re open.” We’re so used to seeing these words everywhere in our daily life that they might sound insignificant ...
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What does it mean to achieve balance

In my last article I may have been slightly guilty of having a wee rant about the fact us women ...
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Dry Dock Cafe – serving up great coffee

One of Tauranga’s tiniest cafes is now one of its most successful. During the last eight years the Dry Dock ...
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Putting ourselves first – making health and wellness a priority

When Emma Dowling notices something amiss with her health, she wastes no time in getting it checked out. It’s a ...
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A Skylark Flies: first novel ends an unfinished story

While on her OE in 1981, Robyn Cotton was enjoying a walk in the hills above the village of Lesmahagow ...
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Baby boomers, Millennials, iGen – all the generations explained

Earlier this month, the Pew Research Center announced the official cut off for millennial generation. They concluded that only people ...
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Teacher in the Paddock – From Living Probiotics to Simply Soft Cheese

In her travels, Jane Powell from Papamoa’s Teacher in the Paddock has met people from all over the world and ...
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Exercise after pregnancy: how to get back into a fitness routine

Today we’ll talk about life after bub has arrived, and the factors for a new mum to consider when resuming pre-pregnancy ...
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7 local perfumes to celebrate International Fragrance Day

21st March is International Fragrance Day so let's celebrate with some gorgeous New Zealand made perfumes! A quick history of ...
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Dairy-free mocha cashew cheesecake

My latest effort was a mocha ‘cheese’ cake. The base was a tasty mix of dates and nuts, with coconut ...
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7 things your physio wishes you would do … or keep doing

The physiotherapy profession generally attracts positive, energetic people, and as much as we can, we filter that into you. Try ...
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The gift of life – A liver transplant restores health and wellbeing

This year Annie Haworth celebrates 20 years as a real estate agent in Mt Maunganui. At 62, she’s fit and ...
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Belinda Francis – MediaWorks Northern Regional Manager

MediaWorks is New Zealand’s largest independent broadcaster, reaching kiwis through an extensive platform across radio, television, digital and live platforms ...
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A round trip on the Routeburn Track

Walking the Routeburn Track had been on my to-do list for a long time – ever since doing the Milford ...
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Delwyn Cooper – the woman behind our future badminton champions

Delwyn Cooper has cracked the code, discovered what many have only dreamed of – she’s found the secret to living ...
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Pecan crusted fish with mustard sauce on potato and broccoli mash

Autumn calls for a more comforting food and this pecan crusted fish with mustard sauce on potato and broccoli mash ...
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Jacinta Dignan – young, skilled and striding ahead

Age and gender have never stopped Jacinta Dignan reaching her career goals. In fact, since arriving in Tauranga from Australia ...
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Volunteers – the Heart of Tauranga RDA Equestrian Therapy Centre

Who are volunteers to us? They are our team. They make our riding therapy happen. They are our lifeline. Tauranga RDA ...
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Join Diego Health&Fitness women’s only program

A new women's only health and fitness orientated program is launching at our go-to fitness studio in Tauranga - Diego ...
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V on Wheels detox box: our thoughts

V on Wheels is the first vegan meal delivery in New Zealand and it is based right here, in Tauranga! ...
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How to reconnect with yourself this autumn

Today life moves fast and often, the resulting chaos masks the real whispers of our soul.  Amidst the busyness it’s ...
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5 beauty products that will make you glow

We give you our honest feedback on different products to try. These five beauties made us look and feel gorgeous ...
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Creativity in the Bay of Plenty: Emma Prill

Emma Prill is a Bay of Plenty artist well known for her vibrant and original Flower Garden works which featured ...
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5 reasons we resist change

Change can be creative and fun – you get the opportunity to reboot, refresh or restyle if you choose to ...
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What’s on: March 2018 events

First fall month brings lots of fun and exciting events to the Bay. Where are you off to in March? ...
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Sleepy gypsy? ORA Aromatherapy review

ORA Aromatherapy is a local Bay of Plenty business that creates handmade aromatherapy to enhance wellbeing naturally. There are no parabens, ...
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At work in the kitchen office

The most successful companies are based on true passion. For four Tauranga women who started their businesses from their home ...
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In focus: piano in Cambridge, Black Panther and other things we love

April/May issue deadline made these past two weeks very intense! But we always find time to enjoy little positive things ...
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Horses at dawn – At the racecourse with a trackwork rider

Kseniia Spodyneiko from focus magazine catches up with trackwork rider Tamara Costar to find out more about her passion for ...
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Meandering Through the Motu Road Trail

You can cycle the Motu Road Trail in a day, all 70 or so kilometres of it, plus the extra ...
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7 reasons to eat bananas every day

High calories and carbs earned banana its nickname - "natural bread". Equally fulfilling and equally disastrous for your diet. Bananas ...
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Put yourself at the top of your resolution list

Standing at the start line of a new year I can’t help but gaze hopefully at my new horizons. The ...
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Late summer meal in a bowl: crispy noodle salad and rice bowl salad

The humble side salad generally plays second fiddle to the protein on our plates. But by late summer, traditional salads ...
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Flexing it – Te Puke body builders share their passion

Anna Muir from Te Puke has always been a runner and used to play competitive sport, but keeping fit as ...
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5 essential oils every woman needs in her day

In today's world, women especially, are running at a pretty high vibration. It seems we are doing a lot more ...
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Clean sleeping: 9 tips to help you sleep well

You won't surprise anyone by adopting clean eating habits these days. Anything food-related has been around for a while already ...
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Don’t miss Racing Tauranga race-days in March!

Fresh off the back of two hugely successful ‘Christmas at the Races’ race-days in November and December, Racing Tauranga is ...
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Activated charcoal – is the new superfood really healthy?

Used as a medicine back in ancient times, Activated Charcoal is experiencing a rebirth. It's said to have a powerful ...
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