Events in the Tasman/Nelson Region

This page contains a list of upcoming events in the Tasman/ Nelson region.

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Motueka Library: Who are You? Genealogy Help
(Thursday 21st August 2014)

Find out how to trace your family history with members of the Motueka Genealogy Society on hand to help you get started.

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ACE Brass
(Friday 22nd August 2014)

ACE Brass (Auckland Chamber Ensemble Brass) will perform in a concert presented by the Motueka Music Group in association with Chamber Music New Zealand.

The group comprises Huw Dann, trumpet; Emma Richards, French horn; John Gluyas, trombone.

Their concert is a wide-ranging exploration of the brass repertoire since the Middle Ages.

Sweelinck | Vantas, Vanitatum
Poulenc | Sonata
Robert Sims |Four Pieces
Mike Svoboda | Concert etudes for trombone
Anthony Plog |Trio
Parinsensis |Congaudeant Catholoci
Cage| Music for…
Peter Maunder|Trio for Brass

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MUNTED: A play about the Christchurch Earthquake
(Friday 22nd August 2014)

Friday 22nd August: MUNTED: A play about the Christchurch Earthquake, $20, additional $20 buffet available and blackboard menu. Play from 730pm, Dinner from 6pm.

‘MUNTED’ - powerful storytelling, verbatim theatre

The Christchurch earthquake brought an obscure word into common usage – ‘Munted’, meaning wrecked, damaged or ruined.

That’s also the title of a theatrical response to the Canterbury 22 February 2011 earthquake, derived exclusively from interviews with those who experienced it, including Cantabrians, members of the media and other New Zealanders. Three performers bring 15 people to vivid life in this hour long show: From a dentist buried in a hole filled with liquefaction, to a TV cameraman stuck on the roof of his building, to a school teacher and a four year old boy – these are shared stories of hope and loss, finding laughter amongst grief, and a strengthened community in the heart of a shaken city.

Simple storytelling, no costume changes, honest perspectives – this is verbatim documentary theatre at its best. Following a four week season at the Stella Adler Theatre, Los Angeles in July, Munted tours nationally with Arts On Tour NZ in August. See itinerary below.

“A subtle blend of humour, emotional reflection and eye-witness testimony of the Christchurch February earthquake, MUNTED is a powerful example of how well verbatim theatre can work….We are moved by the simple embodiment of the actors showing us the experiences – bemusement, exhilaration, trauma, loss - of those that were there.” Michael Wray, Wellington.

“Powerful and humane, yet often humorous.”
John Smythe, Theatreview

“… a beautifully crafted piece of documentary theatre...It takes absolute skill and professionalism to put together a show like this…” Arrun Soma, journalist.

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Takaka Library - Winter Series 2014 - Words of war: poetry remembers 1914
(Friday 22nd August 2014)

Hosted by Mark Raffills of Live Poets, celebrate National Poetry Day and commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War 1.

Write your own response to the war of 1914 and drop it off at the library to add to the pin-board of commemorative poetry.

Bring along a poem by one of famous WW1 poets to be read at the gathering.

Or just come along and listen, reflect and talk about the wealth of poetry that emerged from WW1.

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Packhouse Party - NELSON BIG BAND
(Saturday 23rd August 2014)

Dress- Semi-formal/casual
Bar only – no BYO

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Rimu Grove Food & Wine Matching evening
(Saturday 23rd August 2014)

A specially created 3 course set menu, designed to perfectly match 3 wines chosen by Rimu Grove winery. With an introduction by wine maker Yvan Bosteels.

3 courses plus 3 wines, $49.95

Bookings essential!

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Coaltown Blues Fundraiser for Murchison Area School
(Thursday 21st–Sunday 24th August 2014)

A whole cast of small town characters are brought to life as Chris Green brings his acclaimed revival of this entertaining and moving solo play with songs. COALTOWN BLUES by Mervyn Thompson in a fund raising performance at the Murchison Theatre

“One man kiwi play is a classic … his singing is sublime” Dominion Post

Born during the Depression and raised in a coal mining town north of Greymouth, a mature man shines a light on his experiences of West Coast life. Coaltown Blues is both a celebration of, and a lament for, the working class roots from which the author - Mervyn Thompson sprang.

“Entertainingly insightful and timely revival ...Nearly 30 years after its premiere, performer Chris Green and director Lindsey Rusling allow audiences to at last separate the content of the play, Coaltown Blues, from the playwright /performer, Mervyn Thompson, despite its autobiographical roots in his West Coast childhood...” Theatreview

The historic Murchison Theatre provides the perfect intimate setting for this wonderful play. All proceeds go to Murchison Area School students

“Chris Green was magnificent in Coal Town Blues..Green displayed his incredible talent portraying about 20 roles; Green had to bring each character to life with his acting and singing ability and he did this superbly. His powerful voice filled

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European Romance
(Monday 25th August 2014)

Imagine swirling through the ballrooms of Vienna, standing on the banks of the Volga River or the Rhine, wandering the cobbled streets of Europe or gazing on a moonlit sky immersing yourself in romantic European music all without leaving your home town!

We present an Andre Rieu style concert with virtuoso violinist Jessica Hindin and superb classical singers and accompanist featuring favourite European songs, beloved Viennese waltzes, famous arias and ensembles all with energy and joy and more than a little silliness.

Susan Boland
Bonaventure Allan-Moetaua
Amanda Atlas
Penny Dodd
Jessica Hindin

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Richmond Library: Tracing Your Ancestors Through Military Records
(Thursday 14th–Thursday 28th August 2014)

Want to research your military ancestors but not sure where to start?

We’ll look at various military records that are available online for New Zealand, UK and Australia.

A great way to get started on your family history journey.

Bookings are essential. Phone Richmond Library on (03) 543 8500.

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Little lane twilight market
(Friday 29th August 2014)

Local market with handcrafted goods.
Up-cycling and the yet-to-be
Silent auction and amazing prizes
Delicious food & coffee
Live Music

Fundraiser for Pinnacle House
(a vocational service for those with high special needs)

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Richmond Library: Go Digital with Your Slides and Photos
(Friday 8th–Friday 29th August 2014)

Turn your photographs and slides into long lasting memories. Scanning photographs and slides will ensure you can keep those precious memories for longer.

During August you can book a librarian to help you transform your photographs, certificates, slides and film negatives into a digital format.

Bookings are essential. Phone Richmond Library on (03) 543 8500.

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Moutere Inn Road Relay
(Saturday 30th August 2014)

Fantastic oportunity to enter a team in this local road relay event held around the Moutere area.
- 5 lap relay for composite or social
running teams, open to any team
who wishes to compete.
- 4 lap relay for social or competitive
walking teams
- New corporate categories for running
and walking teams, be the first to win
the trophy.
Don't miss this opportunity, get your friends or work team together and entered today and enjoy being a part of this fantastic event.
check out the website

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Richmond Library: World War I – The Nelson Experience
(Saturday 30th August 2014)

Ever wondered what life in Nelson was like during World War I?

Join Karen Stade, Nelson Provincial Museum’s WW100 Project Content Curator.

Her presentation uses photographs from the museum’s photographic collection and concentrates primarily on experiences at home.

Included are enlistment, farewells, patriotic fundraising, welcoming men home, the Nelson German experience, the end of the war and post-war reflection as well as fundraising for war memorials.

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ZENDA Belly Dance Celebrates 20 Years
(Saturday 30th August 2014)

ZENDA Belly Dance Celebrates 20 Years with a show featuring the 10 members of the ZENDA troupe with some student dancers.
ZENDA was formed by Gretchen Howard to perform in the Wearable Art Show in 1994. Proceeds from the show go to the Brain Injury Association of Nelson.

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Good Vibes 2014
(Thursday 28th–Sunday 31st August 2014)

Friendly dropzone welcomes skydivers for fun, formation, coaching, wingsuit jumping. Come and jump over paradise, meet up with new friends, catch up with mates.
Fireworks August 30th at 7 pm.
Final video showing August 31st.

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Faust Quartet
(Thursday 4th September 2014)

The Faust Quartet, one of the most promising young string quartets in Europe, is being brought to Motueka by the Motueka Music Group in association with Chamber Music New Zealand. Founded in 1996, the Quartet won second prize at the prestigious 2004 ARD International Competition in Munich. Members of the quartet are:
Simone Roggen (violin)
Annina Woehrle (violin)
Ada Meinich (viola)
Birgit Böhme (cello)

John Psathas | Abisheka (1996)
Janáček| String Quartet No 2, ‘Intimate Letters’
Beethoven | String Quartet No 15 in A minor Opus 132

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Takaka Library: Author Robbie Robilliard - Hard Country
(Monday 8th September 2014)

Take this wonderful opportunity to hear a local identity and author talk about her isolated farming life in Golden Bay.

In 1957 the Robilliard family bought 'one hell of a place' - 1500 acres of mountainous, rocky, infertile land beyond the Takaka Hill.

More than 50 years later the family remains there.

Hard Country is their fascinating story.

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Garden Gala
(Saturday 13th September 2014)

'Prepare and Maintain your Garden' is this years theme. Come and join us for a family day out in Tasman. There will be a wide variety of fun for the children, live entertainment and stalls.

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(Saturday 13th–Sunday 14th September 2014)

We believe that nowadays, more than ever, people benefit from taking time out to weave some magic into their lives. Our Expos, Festivals & Fairs give opportunity for you to explore Natural Health & Healing Options, Find Spiritual Guidance and assistance, Be Inspired, Rejuvenated and even just plain old fashioned spoiled rotten!

We have Clairvoyants, Mediums, Astrologers, Mentors, Life Coaches, Natural Plant Medicines, Energy / Spiritual Healing, Fabulous Bodyworkers, Amazing Natural Products, Crystals, Jewellery, Books, Aura Photos and Spiritual Artists. Each show offers something a little different to reflect the local talents and many people visit them regularly to treat themselves to a great day out.

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NELSON SUTER ART SOCIETY. From Sea to Sky. John Caldwell Retrospective Exhibition.
(Monday 25th August–Sunday 14th September 2014)

From Sea to Sky. John Caldwell Retrospective Exhibition.

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Richmond Library: Mystery Ink
(Thursday 18th September 2014)

The Maze Runner movie is coming to town!

How would you survive in The Glade? Could you escape The Grievers?

Come along to the next meeting of Richmond Library's Mystery Ink group and see what all the hype is about.

Mystery Ink is a group of teenagers who discuss what’s hot and new in the world of books, music, movies and online technology.

Check it out in the Young Adults section of the library.

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Life Threads Exhibition
(Friday 15th August–Friday 19th September 2014)

Life Threads is based on the theme of the threads of life. How this can be interpreted through not just textiles, but also all mediums.

The Art Bank is also calling for local Golden bay Artists that may be interested in submitting work for this exhibition. Work needs to be in by the 10th of August.

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Takaka Library – Tiny Tots
(Tuesday 22nd July–Tuesday 23rd September 2014)

Takaka Library presents this fun, hands on session for children two years and younger. Bring the little ones along to enjoy songs, movement, rhyme and stories for early learning in the warmth of the library. All welcome.

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Motueka Library: Babbling Books Book Group
(Thursday 13th February–Thursday 6th November 2014)

Join Babbling Books at Motueka Library to talk about the latest book you've read. Hear what others have been reading and get some great recommendations for your next great read.

Babbling Books' first meeting of the year is Thursday 13 February.
From March on, the group meets on the first Thursday of every month.

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Takaka Library: Silverfish Book Group
(Tuesday 25th February–Tuesday 25th November 2014)

Takaka Library's Silverfish is a book group for all people and all tastes.

We choose a theme, a genre or an author for the month. Or we swap favourite reads. The possibilities are endless.

You can be sure of lively discussion, interesting disagreements and lots of laughs.

You don't have to attend regularly. And if you just want to come along have a coffee and listen, that's fine.

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Takaka Library: Saturday Storytime
(Saturday 1st March–Saturday 6th December 2014)

Head into Takaka Library on the first Saturday of the month and be entertained and enthralled by some great storytellers.

For 3-8 year olds and the young at heart.

Takaka Library's storytime runs during school term times only.

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Richmond Library: Tasman Talks Titles
(Wednesday 19th February–Wednesday 17th December 2014)

Do you enjoy reading and talking about books?

Richmond Library's book group, Tasman Talks Titles, meets on the third Wednesday of the month.

You don't have to attend regularly and you're welcome to come and listen even if you don't have a book you want to talk about.

So if meeting and talking with other readers sounds like you, come along to our next meeting for a cuppa and a chat.

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Takaka Village Market
(Saturday 19th April 2014–Monday 26th January 2015)

A lively Saturday market on the Library Car Park in Takaka, Golden Bay. Come and get your veggies, treats, food, clothes, second hand treasures, seedlings, plants and local art and crafts from the many artists residing in the Bay. Get a coffee and listen to the performing musicians on the market. We will have live music every week.

For information or to book a stall call Peter or Elvira on 03 525 8485 or 0272380009

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