Events in the Tasman/Nelson Region

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

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Event Listings 

(Tuesday 21st–Wednesday 22nd April 2015)

This 35 minute experience follows the story of a local family from Motueka to Gallipoli. The Museum will be transformed by the Histrionics team - let our Guides take you on a journey half a world and 100 years away.

Tickets for public sessions on sale now from Motueka District Museum. Only 120 seats available in total so book fast!

There are six public sessions with 20 seats each. Sessions run Tuesday 21st April 6:45, 7:30 & 8:15pm, & Wednesday 12:15 Matinee and 7:30 & 8:15pm.

PG age 8 up recommended - sessions contain war images, flashing lights & loud noises. You will need to stay on your feet much of the time and follow instructions - part of the time you will need to sit on wooden benches. Please arrive ten minutes before your session begins for an essential briefing.

Please note there is only limited toilet access at museum (best go before you arrive especially with all those loud bangs around) and please leave your bags at home. No food or drink inside the museum please

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(Tuesday 21st–Wednesday 22nd April 2015)

Motueka Museum and Histrionics are proud to present this live theatre event on Gallipoli. Feel part of the action, be prepared to experience sudden or loud noises and flashing lights.

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Nowhere NZ tour
(Wednesday 22nd April 2015)

Nowhere are the touring band plus we have 3 local bands playing as well...Shunt, Rictorscale and The Fartbombs. Entry by donation and since it's a week night 1st band will hit the stage at 7pm and will all be wrapped up by 10pm!!
If you like your music original, live and in your face then this is for you. Not middle of the road...
treat yourself

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Takaka Library: Meet the Author - Emma Stevens
(Wednesday 22nd April 2015)

Come and listen to local author Emma Stevens talk about her book Walking on Ice. Part romantic memoir, part travelogue and part ‘girls own’ adventure.

Emma’s online friendship with the principal of an Inupiaq school led to marriage in the Arctic circle.

She spent six years working alongside her new Yup’ik Eskimo people

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Murray Rogers, Live Poetry Reading
(Thursday 23rd April 2015)

Golden Bay Live Poets’ Society presents poetry with a touch of theatre with local poet Murray Rogers at the famous Mussel Inn. The Live Poets evening kicks off with music from local musicians and an open mic session follows, with Murray Rogers taking the stage around 8:30 pm. Tonight will be a surprise treat of playful theatrics woven into the performance of poetry. All welcome.

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Hannah Curwood and Luckess
(Friday 24th April 2015)

April 24th Friday: Hannah Curwood, Enchanting singer song writer hits the Playhouse, $10, Dinner from 6pm, Show from 8pm.

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Del Thomas
(Saturday 25th April 2015)

Del Thomas has been in the music industry for decades and he’s at the Inn on Saturday 25th from 7pm as part of a nationwide tour. He’ll be playing alternative country, folk and blues in his solo acoustic set. This is a free event.

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The Jews Brothers
(Saturday 25th April 2015)

April 25th Saturday: The Jews Brothers, The long awaited return of the ledgendary Gypsy Jazz band back to Nelson! Expect fun, dancing and even a one armed sax player! $20, Dinner from 6pm, Show from 8pm.

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Explore Your 'Self' - Yogic Lifestyle Retreat
(Monday 20th–Sunday 26th April 2015)

Expand the feel-good factor from the mat and let Yoga permeate all aspects of living, in this practical, holistic introduction to a Yoga lifestyle.

Through daily group sessions, learn to increase balance, harmony and contentment. Discover practical methods for changing your internal world. Explore branches of Yoga to suit all personalities and receive a broad range of tools to help you uncover who you really are.

• Karma yoga (action with meditative awareness)
• Daily chanting
• Satyananda Yoga Nidra™ (deep relaxation)
• Guided meditation
• Satsang (truth talk)
• Hatha yoga class
• Kirtan (singing mantras to music)
• Havan (ancient Vedic fire ceremony)

Every Body is Welcome!

Experience a 1 week Intro to a 1 month In Depth retreat, offered throughout the year at Anahata.


NZ$495 (6 nights) including shared accommodation, all meals & daily schedule
20% non-refundable deposit required to secure your place

Part HANDS accepted.

For Bookings & Information:

Contact Anahata on
or call +64 03 525-9887

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Richmond Park Market
(Sunday 14th September 2014–Sunday 26th April 2015)

The Market will be on every Sunday at the Richmond Show grounds unless there is a conflicting event on or it is wet. It is a great place to stop by for morning tea or lunch as there is some excellent food stalls. Also there is Craft, Local Produce, Art, Plants and some small goods available.

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All Tasman District Libraries: My Dream House
(Wednesday 1st–Thursday 30th April 2015)

Create your dream house and a work of art at the same time.

Visit any of our four fabulous libraries and collect one of our templates. We have castle, caravan, lighthouse or hobbit hole designs for you to choose from. Or you can design your own dream home.

Cut, stick, draw, colour and embellish to your heart’s content. Put furniture in your house. Give your house a name and tell us why it’s your dream house.

Put your contact details on the back of your art and return to one of Tasman’s libraries if you’d like to have your art displayed.

Craft sessions will be available at your library. See your local branch for details.

For 12 year olds and younger.

Artworks will be displayed in your local library during May 2015.

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Richmond Library: Art in the Library - Patrick White
(Wednesday 1st–Thursday 30th April 2015)

View the intricate pen and colour drawings of Riwaka artist Patrick White.

All works are for sale.

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Richmond Library: Meet the Author - Emma Stevens
(Thursday 30th April 2015)

Hear this local author talk about finding true love in the frozen wilds of Alaska.

“Walking on Ice” tells of Emma’s journey from Otago to a new world she shares with the Yup’ik and Cup’ik Eskimo people.

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Motueka's War - WWI commemorations
(Thursday 4th September 2014–Friday 1st May 2015)

The museum is proud to present our latest exhibition – Motueka’s War, WWI commemorations.
We tell the story of how the war affected those living in Motueka and surrounding district – those who went off to fight, those who didn’t return and those left behind to carry on with life as best they could.
This part of the exhibition goes up to Gallipoli. It explains what was behind the outbreak of war; which countries were allies and those that were part of the Central Powers; the various roles in the army; Motueka’s response to the war effort, both men who joined up and fund raising. Training the men, carried out mainly in Trentham, then embarkation and the arrival in Egypt.
We also have stories about our nurses, though not all were from Motueka but do have connections.
There are a number of exhibits from families whose father, grandfather or other relatives went to war, but not all returned.
After Gallipoli, the main exhibition will come out, but there will be an ongoing display of the war battle by battle and the role of honour will, sadly grow.

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Plunket Baby Bonanza
(Saturday 2nd May 2015)

Plunket Baby Bonanza
Hope Hall, Richmond
Over 30 stalls of secondhand children's clothing, toys & nursery items.

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Opera's Greatest Hits
(Thursday 7th May 2015)

Opera's Greatest Hits are used in everyday life in movies and TV. That's because they are simply great songs. We bring you a selection of the most popular opera hits from such composers as Puccini, Verdi, Bizet, Donizetti and Mozart.

Featuring singers:

Derek Hill
Elisha Fa'i-Hulton
Susan Boland
Bonaventure Allan-Moetaua

Accompanied by Gemma Lee

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Mother's Day Retreat With Swami Karma Karuna & Guest Teachers
(Friday 8th–Sunday 10th May 2015)

• Daily yoga classes focused on women’s specific needs
• Meditations for expanding the heart
• Yantra & mantra for focusing and stilling the mind
• Deep relaxation and massage techniques
• Discussion on the needs, joys and challenges for women in modern society
• Fire ceremonies and more…

Join us in this supported environment to share from the heart and nourish the soul. Experience a safe space and the special bond shared between women.

Swami Karma Karuna specialises in women’s health. By blending yogic lifestyle and Sannyasa tradition with motherhood, she brings a unique and practical approach, inspiring the integration of yogic principles into everyday activities.

Private sessions available by appointment:

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The Evolving Woman Health and Balance in Daily Life
(Friday 8th–Sunday 10th May 2015)

Experience the power of an all-women gathering. Find new levels of acceptance of your’self’, untap creativity, soothe the body, let go of the mind and honour your needs.

During the weekend explore the stages or aspects of women and the associated cycles, challenges, joys and transitions. Through yoga practice, relaxation, meditation, sacred sound, dance and ritual, see and experience your Maiden or creative force, your Mother or inner and outer nurturing force, and your Elder or innate Wise Woman.

Other topics include Yoga for healthy cycles, and important transitions such as menopause and pregnancy.

Practice standing in your strength, flowing as needed, accessing creativity and find out how to manage being super woman without a belt and tights!!!

• Daily yoga classes focused on women’s specific needs
• Meditations for expanding the heart
• Yantra & mantra for focusing and stilling the mind
• Deep relaxation and massage techniques
• Discussion on the needs, joys and challenges for women in modern society
• Fire ceremonies and more…

Join us in this supported environment to share from the heart and nourish the soul. Experience a safe space and the special bond shared between women.

Swami Karma Karuna specialises in women’s health. By blending yogic lifestyle and Sannyasa tradition with motherhood, she brings a unique and practical approach, inspiring the integration of yogic principles into everyday activities.

Private sessions available by appointment:
A unique opportunity to receive practices and insights to suit your personality, body type, health challenges and get direction or a personal program, therapeutic applications and health consultations according to your needs.

NZ$395 including shared accommodation, all meals & programmes.

Mother & Daughter; Sisters or Girl Friends Special:
NZ$660 (per couple) including shared accommodation, all meals & programmes.

"Your arms were always open when I needed a hug. Your heart understood when I needed a friend. Your gentle eyes were stern when I needed a lesson. Your strength and love has guided me and gave me wings to fly."

$100 non-refundable deposit to secure your place.
Locals discount available.
Partial HANDS accepted

Registration at 10am.

Bookings & Information:
PH: +64 (3) 525 9887

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Motueka Quilting Connection Quilt Show
(Friday 15th–Sunday 17th May 2015)

Motueka Quilting Connection are holding their annual quilt show in May. See a wonderful display of quilts including the Members' Black and White Challenge, a visiting exhibition from talented NZ quilter Jacqui Karl and the Hoffman Challenge Quilts 2015. There will be a Merchants Mall and a raffle. The $5 admission includes homemade refreshments.

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Texture Exhibition at The Old Post Office
(Sunday 19th April–Sunday 24th May 2015)

Join us to celebrate the result of 9 exceptional local artists responding to the theme, texture. This eclectic range of original art works is a must see.

Make sure you attend the opening, Sunday 19th April 2-4 for a chance to add some of these works to your collection.

The Old Post Office in Upper Moutere is just a 30 minute drive from Nelson, there you will find a delicious selection of deli items, preserves & homewares along with contemporary art and craft. We're lucky to have Harakeke Farm Wines cellar door right next door. Situated in the charming Upper Moutere Village The Old Post Office keeps excellent company with other galleries, wineries and cafes.

Well worth a visit.

The exhibition is on until 24 May...

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Singing Workshop
(Thursday 7th–Thursday 28th May 2015)

Brush up your vocal skills and join the 40 voices of Nelson Bays Harmony to learn an a cappella arrangement of the Beach Boys' song, "In My Room”.

Held over four consecutive Thursday evenings this singing workshop is being offered by Nelson Bays Harmony chorus as an opportunity for women of all ages to brush up their singing skills and experience the buzz of singing 4-part a cappella harmony, in the barbershop style. Barbershop music is arranged to produce beautiful ringing chords that are a buzz to sing and to listen to!

Established in 1995, Nelson Bays Harmony have been teaching women to sing for almost 20 years, and as part of the worldwide Sweet Adelines organisation they have great coaching resources and a team of experienced vocal teachers.

The workshop will cover basic vocal skills such as posture, breathing, resonation etc as well as lessons in the art of singing 4-part harmony. Sheet music and learning tracks for the workshop song will be provided.

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Takaka Village Market
(Saturday 25th October 2014–Saturday 24th October 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 phone 03 525 9663 or 027 5566344

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Motueka Library: Babbling Books
(Thursday 5th February–Thursday 5th November 2015)

Babbling Books - a chance to enjoy an informal discussion about what you are reading.

Find out what has others enthused and share your favourite titles.

You are welcome to bring your lunch.

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Takaka Library: Silverfish Book Group
(Tuesday 24th February–Tuesday 24th November 2015)

Do you enjoy reading and talking about books?

Our book group Silverfish could be for you.

Silverfish is a chance to talk about what you have enjoyed reading and hear about what other people have been reading.

It is a group for all people and all tastes.

We pick a theme, genre or author for the month or just swap favourite books. The possibilities are endless.

You don’t have to come regularly.

You’re welcome to come along to listen and enjoy a cup of coffee.

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Motueka Library: Babytime
(Friday 20th February–Friday 18th December 2015)

Babytime is a fun, social and interactive programme introducing literacy and a love of language to babies, as well as helping to develop the bond between parent and child.

Babytime is a 30 minute programme of action rhymes, music, and books especially suitable for children two years and under. We do not limit session numbers.

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Takaka Library: Cryptic Turkeys
(Friday 20th March–Friday 18th December 2015)

Book club for kids!.

A fun session for 9-12 year olds where you can talk books, share your favourite authors, play games, tackle quizzes and have first pick of the new children’s books.

The group meets every third Friday during the school term.

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RichmondLibrary: Tiny Tots
(Tuesday 10th February–Tuesday 22nd December 2015)

A hands on session using songs, stories, rhymes and movement for children aged two years and younger with their caregivers.

An opportunity to have fun in the library, interact with your tot using rhymes, songs and movement and introduce them to the wonderful world of books.

Every Tuesday during school term time.

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Takaka Library: Tiny Tots
(Tuesday 10th February–Tuesday 22nd December 2015)

A fun hands-on session for the under-twos.

Songs, movement, rhymes and stories for early learning.

Every Tuesday during term time.

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