JUNE 2017


I am not ashamed anymore!


Fashion on the street

Step into vogue

Are you ready for the school ball?

Winter dresses


Cosmetic tattooing

Sebastian professional transcends limits of styling with new Dark Oil

Self love and happiness

What is skin health, and why is it so important?


Be Your Own Architect, change YOUR life

Glaucoma The Sneak Thief of Sight!

Screw Motivation, What You Need Is Discipline…


I believe that we travel not to escape life but for life not to escape us


Hide, disguise, enhance

How to: industrial chic

Providing Window Furnishing Trends for 34 Years


Easy care with ground covers

Savage lancewood - how's that for a name?


Good old fashioned Kiwi dishes, Thai cuisine and seafood creations

Leek, Potato & Ginger Soup

NorthTec serves up great hospitality traning!


Kia Soul 1.6 Turbo joins line-up


Book reviews

From the big kids desk


Matariki Whanau Festival 2017

Own your look and be kind

Young new choreographer steps up at Waipu Museum Artntartan Wearable Art Awards


Young Country Kerry Hines


Make a clone - never be alone

New from the Kiwi coast


From the big kids desk


It’s just over a month since we re-opened Storytime down at the Town Basin, and one of the most enjoyable business experiences for me. Storytime is one of the few stores where kids are allowed to touch and play, their smiles, giggles and laughs are our reward.

I bought Storytime from long-time owner Annemarie Florian knowing only how I felt transported back to my childhood when I visited. The goal that it continues to be a place kids love to visit was foremost in my planning, as well as continuing the 35 year legacy as a valuable resource for teachers and parents.

We have had a 3 year old arrange our toy soldiers, leaf art presented to our lovely store manager Kelly by a 4 year old, and dozens of mother’s day messages left on our window by the kids. The kids tell me every day how much they love Storytime, long may it continue.

During May we focused on restoring our book stocks and now have hundreds of titles in store again, many from local kiwi authors. More toy stock is arriving each week and I love walking around the shop seeing what new treasures are available. As winter keeps us indoors I’m sure you will find something to entertain and engage a curious young mind.

I can’t wait to tell you what’s happening next at Storytime…

- Peter, The Big Kid @ Storytime.

Space News

space news

June brings Matariki and the yearly reminder to look up. Whether you eagerly await their dawn arrival, or engage in celebration and fellowship that surrounds our local new year, the night sky at this time of year is rich and rewarding.

Prominent this winter are both Jupiter and Saturn, the two largest planets. Notable not only for their stunning views through the telescope, but also for the spacecraft currently in orbit around them. Juno is exploring Jupiter at distances of just a few thousand kilometres and giving us some incredible pictures, and the Cassini spacecraft is diving between the rings and Saturn as its mission comes to an end this year.

Throughout June and July at Planetarium North we are running the Stargazers Guide to Matariki every Saturday evening. We explore the history, culture, community and science woven into the celestial curtain of our evening sky. Last year we sold out some evenings and expect this new extended program in 2017 is sure to do the same.

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