Events in the Tasman/Nelson Region

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

Featured Events 

These events have been organised or supported by Tasman District Council.

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To add an event, use the regional events website www.itson.co.nz. All events listed in the Tasman District on ItsOn will appear on this page.

Event Listings 


Motueka Library: Babbling Books
(Thursday 4th February-Thursday 3rd November 2016)

Join Babbling Books book group at Motueka Library to talk about a book you have recently enjoyed and to hear some great recommendations.

Babbling Books meets on the first Thursday of every month at 1pm.

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Motueka Library: Babytime
(Friday 5th February-Friday 16th December 2016)

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 held at Motueka Library on Friday mornings during term time. It is a 30 minute programme of action rhymes, music and books suitable for children two years old and younger.

We do not limit session numbers but will try to accommodate as best we can.

We hope to see you there!

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Richmond Library: Tiny Tots
(Tuesday 9th February-Tuesday 13th December 2016)

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 9th February-Tuesday 20th December 2016)

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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Richmond Library: Mystery Ink
(Thursday 18th February-Thursday 8th December 2016)

Mystery Ink is Richmond Library’s group for teens.

Catch up to talk books and movies and get the first pick of the newest titles. Snack and fun diversions included.

All welcome, ages 12-18.

Venue: Constance Barnicoat room, Richmond Library

A great opportunity to meet new people and have a bit of fun.

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Takaka Library: Silverfish Book Group
(Tuesday 23rd February-Tuesday 27th December 2016)

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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Richmond Library: Alzheimers and Dementia Information Sessions
(Wednesday 24th February-Wednesday 28th December 2016)

Do you have questions about Alzheimers and dementia? Not sure where to go to get answers?

Alzheimers Nelson staff will be in the library on the fourth Wednesday of the month to help you find the information you need.

These are informal drop-in sessions. No booking required.

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Takaka Library: Cryptic Turkeys Book Club
(Friday 11th March-Friday 16th December 2016)

If you're into books and reading, living in Takaka and you're aged 9-12, this book club is for you.

Cryptic Turkeys Book Club meets on the third Friday of the month at Takaka Library.
Except for the first meeting of the year which is on 11 March.

Check in and hear what others have been reading and get a look at some of the latest new books.

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Motueka Library: Hell Reading Challenge 2016
(Monday 5th September-Friday 14th October 2016)

Read, report and reward yourself with a free pizza!

Collect a pizza wheel from Richmond or Motueka Library, read 7 Tasman District Library books, report in 3 times to tell us about them and win yourself a free 333 kids Hell pizza.

Once you have received 7 clicks and our stamp you can visit Hell pizza and enjoy!

Limit of one check-in per day. For children years 1-8 (age 5-12). Conditions apply.

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Richmond Library: Hell Reading Challenge 2016
(Monday 5th September-Friday 14th October 2016)

Read, report and reward yourself with a free pizza!

Collect a pizza wheel from Richmond or Motueka Library, read 7 Tasman District Library books, report in 3 times to tell us about them and win yourself a free 333 kids Hell pizza.

Once you have received 7 clicks and our stamp you can visit Hell pizza and enjoy!

Limit of one check-in per day. For children years 1-8 (age 5-12). Conditions apply.

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Richmond Library: Exhibition – Fran Gould
(Thursday 8th September-Wednesday 5th October 2016)

Visit Richmond Library this month to see a selection of extraordinary graphite drawings by local artist Fran Gould.

Fran says she chooses subjects which are "alive with movement and spirit."

During the exhibition, Fran will occasionally spend time drawing in the library. Keep an eye out for her, and if you do see her, she'd love to talk to you about her art, so come over and say hello.

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Richmond Library: Exhibition – Nelson Embroider's Guild
(Thursday 8th September-Tuesday 4th October 2016)

Visit Richmond Library this month to see a selection of extraordinary embroideries, hand stitched by members of the Nelson Embroiderer's Guild.

From intricately patterned cushion covers, to exquisite needle books, the range of embroidery is stunning.

Make sure you visit the exhibition in our glass display cabinets this month.

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Sport Tasman - Spring Explorer
(Friday 23rd September-Wednesday 30th November 2016)

Explore Nelson & Tasman's walkway's and reserves for FREE! Family friendly, find clues & win prizes 23rd September - 30th November.

Get active this Spring with the Sport Tasman Spring Explorer. Explore Nelson & Tasman's walkway's and reserves for FREE! 13 different walks to choose from. Family friendly, find clues and win prizes. 23rd September- 30th November 2016. Register online to receive all information and quiz sheet's. Contact Sport Tasman 03 546 7910 or admin@sporttasman.org.nz.

Thank you to our sponsors:
ASB, O2BHealthy, Lone Star, State Cinemas, Raeward Fresh, Sport Tasman & Richmond Aquatic Centre.

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NZ Textile Experiences Workshops
(Saturday 24th September-Sunday 23rd October 2016)

NZ Textile Experiences has organised a cluster of fibre and textile workshops happening in the Nelson and Tasman region over September and October. Just a hop and a skip over the Cook Straight before or after WOW also with the Nelson Arts Festival coming up in October what could be a better way to celebrate creating Textiles, with most workshops happening in the Artists own creative spaces. Explore hands on creativity in inspiring environments. For further details and to book online visit the web site www.nztextileexperiences.co.nz

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Restoring Calm Mindfulness Retreat with Tash Rix
(Sunday 25th-Friday 30th September 2016)

The busy-ness of our daily lives can leave us feeling overwhelmed and burnt-out. Nourish joy and allow time to slow down and rebalance your life with this relaxed and restorative week of mindfulness and mediation. Daily mindfulness and meditation practices improve wellbeing by increasing self-awareness and emotional resilience, calming the body and mind, and increasing focus and attention.

Join a community of individuals for five days that will help you connect with an experience of calm that is solid and unshakably present.

About Tash:

Tash Rix is an inspiring teacher with over 17 years of intensive meditation practice and experience. Tash is the director of Mindful Living in Mount Maunganui, teaching mindfulness in a pragmatic way – with humour, wisdom and compassion whilst encouraging enquiry and personal growth. She helps people from all backgrounds learn mindfulness to be more present, experience greater joy and overcome stress, anxiety and depression.

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Motueka Library: Weird and Wonderful Inventions
(Monday 26th September-Friday 7th October 2016)

Always dreaming up news inventions? Had an idea for a machine that does your homework or makes you invisible? Want to design your own supercar or batmobile that travels over land and sea and space? Had a good idea for a new Dream catcher?

Now is your chance to get them on paper!

Pop by the library to pick up your entry form and start drawing. Drop your completed entry form back to the library by 7 October to go into the prize draw.

For 5-12 year olds.

Terms and conditions apply. Ask at your library for details.

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Murchison Library: Weird and Wonderful Inventions
(Monday 26th September-Friday 7th October 2016)

Always dreaming up news inventions? Had an idea for a machine that does your homework or makes you invisible? Want to design your own supercar or batmobile that travels over land and sea and space? Had a good idea for a new Dream catcher?

Now is your chance to get them on paper!

Pop by the library to pick up your entry form and start drawing. Drop your completed entry form back to the library by 7 October to go into the prize draw.

For 5-12 year olds.

Terms and conditions apply. Ask at your library for details.

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Richmond Library: Storytime - Weird and Wonderful!
(Monday 26th September-Tuesday 4th October 2016)

Discover the weird and wonderful at your library. Come and see what surprises are in your library these holidays.

Join us for a fun hour of fabulous stories and create some awesome art to take home.

Suitable for 4-9 year olds. Pre-schoolers welcome with an adult. No bookings required.

Free family fun!

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Richmond Library: Weird and Wonderful Inventions
(Monday 26th September-Friday 7th October 2016)

Always dreaming up news inventions? Had an idea for a machine that does your homework or makes you invisible? Want to design your own supercar or batmobile that travels over land and sea and space? Had a good idea for a new Dream catcher?

Now is your chance to get them on paper!

Pop by the library to pick up your entry form and start drawing. Drop your completed entry form back to the library by 7 October to go into the prize draw.

For 5-12 year olds.

Terms and conditions apply. Ask at your library for details.

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Takaka Library: Weird and Wonderful Inventions
(Monday 26th September-Friday 7th October 2016)

Always dreaming up news inventions? Had an idea for a machine that does your homework or makes you invisible? Want to design your own supercar or batmobile that travels over land and sea and space? Had a good idea for a new Dream catcher?

Now is your chance to get them on paper!

Pop by the library to pick up your entry form and start drawing. Drop your completed entry form back to the library by 7 October to go into the prize draw.

For 5-12 year olds.

Terms and conditions apply. Ask at your library for details.

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Kriya Yoga Retreat
(Wednesday 28th September-Sunday 2nd October 2016)

The word kriya means 'activity' or 'movement' and refers to the activity or movement of consciousness. It involves a powerful combination of yoga, pranayama (breathing practices), mudra (psychic gestures), bandha (energy locks) and meditation and has the capacity to quickly evolve the practitioner.

This course will explore the chakras and energy pathways using the meditation exercises of Kriya Yoga and will be integrated with daily hatha yoga, relaxation and chanting classes in a stunning natural location. You will be initiated into the Kriyas in a safe way, with practical applications for your daily life.

Retreat includes:
- Hatha Yoga to awaken the perception of the energy field
- Pranayama, Mudra and Bandha practice
- Initiation into Kriya Yoga Meditations
- Satyananda Yoga Nidra (deep relaxation)
- Discussions on chakras, prana and Kriya Yoga
- Havan (ancient fire ceremony) and Kirtan (mantra and music)
- Karma Yoga (yoga of meditative action)

Investment:
NZ$550 (Early Bird if paid in full by 7th September 2015)
NZ$595 (Standard price)
(4 nights) includes shared accommodation, all meals and programmes.

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Wellbeing for Parents - Introductory Workshop
(Wednesday 28th September-Wednesday 5th October 2016)

Well-being for Parents – Introductory Workshop

Feeling like you are reacting to your child’s behaviour more than you would like to?

Do you find yourself parenting like your parents, when you said you wouldn’t?

Feel like all you want is some peace and quiet?

Do you find yourself wishing for your partner/spouse to walk through the door so they can help with the kids?

If you answered yes to any of these questions then you are not alone.

Wellbeing for Parents workshop is a self-awareness journey to assist you in getting to know yourself a bit better through meditation, visualisation and journaling.

You will also gain tools to help:
• Get out of autopilot
• Cut the stress
• Take notice of your body cues
• Release excess energy (relax)
• Experience everyday tasks with new eyes

Share experiences with other parents

Workshop runs over two Wednesdays (28th September & 5th October) evenings – 6.30-8.30pm (Richmond venue)

Investment $45

Call Crysal 027 257 6096 or Email: info@mindovermatter.co.nz for further information or to book (places are limited and bookings are essential)

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Dawn Godwit Blessing
(Friday 30th September 2016)

2016: Godwit (Kuaka) Blessing

Friends of Motueka Estuaries welcome the godwits (kuaka) to our shores on Friday 30th September.

We would like to formally invite the public to join us for a dawn blessing (Kaupapa). In attendance will be representatives from DOC, members of Te Ātiawa, Ngati Rarua (and associated groups) and Birding NZ members.

Note the change of date and time from earlier years. This is a dawn blessing.

Date: Friday 30th Sept.
Time: 6.30am -7.30am
Place: Motueka Old Wharf, Located on Motueka Quay

Stay for complimentary soup and buns (courtesy of DOC).

Photo © Rebecca Bowater FPSNZ AFIAP. Published with permission.

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Flossie the Balloon Lady at Morrison Square
(Friday 30th September-Wednesday 5th October 2016)

Come and have some fun with Flossie
learning to make cool balloon art.

Session Times:

Friday 30th September: 11.30am-12.30pm or 1.30pm-2.30pm

Wednesday 5 October: 11.30am-12.30pm or 1.30pm-2.30pm

Where: Vacant shop between Jacqui E and Kimberley’s, Morrison Square

T&Cs:
Sessions are free and limited to 25 children per session.

Children must be accompanied by an adult throughout the session.

Bookings are essential – please phone
03 548 9191 or email nelson@morrisonsquare.co.nz.

Confirmation will be returned via email or phone call by Centre Management.

Also check out our school holiday colouring in competition and go in the draw to win Morrison Square Vouchers. Colouring in competitions available in all stores from Friday 23rd September. All entries must be handed in to Centre Management by 9am Monday 10 October to be judged.

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Motueka Library: Construction Makerspace
(Friday 30th September 2016)

Construct and create with Meccano and Connecta at Motueka Library.

Build a solar rechargeable space fleet, or some Meccano dinosaurs. Or how about using our Connecta straws to assemble three dimensional structures? You could also create your own spider with nuts and bolts, or build a Meccano racing car and motorcycle.

Be adventurous - let your building skills loose with these great construction sets.

For 9 years and older. Bookings essential as places are limited.

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Off the Cuff : Oh, the places ...
(Friday 30th September 2016)

The OE is like a rite of passage for New Zealanders, whether it’s backpacking through Europe, trekking in Nepal, a spiritual excursion to India or the bright lights of America. But we also have the best little country in the world with the golden sands of Kaiteriteri, mountainbiking in Rotorua, skiing in Queenstown or camping on the West Coast.

So leave your passport at home and come on down to Off the Cuff: Oh, the places, Nelson’s improv troupe at the Playhouse Cafe on Friday 30 September and let’s see where we’ll go.

Oh, the places …

We might fight battles with dragons, fly a spaceship to Mars, win a gun battle in the Old Wild West or have a whirlwind romance with Ryan Gosling in Paris. Some of this might require a past life, time travel or amazing luck, but with a great imagination we can go all these places and more.

So join us as we go to the places you’ve only ever dreamed of for your adventure trip of a lifetime.

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Zoe Jackson Live at Rimu Wine Bar
(Friday 30th September 2016)

We're delighted to have Zoe Jackson back at the bar this Friday night! Come on down with your brellie and have a glass by the fire. Happening this Friday the 30th September from 6:30-8:30.

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Cruise Control Band at The Mapua Sprig and Fern
(Saturday 1st October 2016)

Be entertained and dance the night away to the beat and groove of Cruise Control, a 3-piece boogie and rock 'n roll band. Hear the songs of Van Morrison, James Taylor, Neil Young, Eagles, Bruce Springsteen, America, Neil Diamond, Elvis Presley, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Credence Clearwater Revival and many other great artists from recent times.

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Spoon Making Workshop
(Saturday 1st October 2016)

Learn to make ethically produced works of art using natural and found objects whilst combining them using basic silversmithing techniques.
Join us in this workshop to create your own unique spoon. You do not need to have previous skills or knowledge, just bring your curious and experimental self.

$80 covers tuition, use of tools and equipment and some basic materials.

Bring along your own favourite beachcombings and other treasures to personalise your creation.

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Apple Grafting Day
(Sunday 2nd October 2016)

The Nelson branch of the NZ Tree Crops Association invites you to an apple grafting day on Sunday October 2nd from 10 am to 3pm.
This will be an opportunity to come along and learn about grafting (and if you wish, take home your own grafted apple tree, for a small fee - grafted trees from $10). Helpful Treecroppers will be on hand to assist.

There will be apple rootstocks available to graft onto. Some small apple trees will also be available for topworking – allowing for multiple grafts on a single tree. Scionwood from a wide range including heritage apples will be available, such as Bramley, Blenheim Orange, Geheimrat Oldenburg, Gravenstein, Sturmer Pippin and Altlander Pfannkuchenapfel.
We have access to an ample covered area so will be able to go ahead rain or shine.

Further information at www.mapuacountrystore.co.nz and www.treecrops.org.nz

For any queries please contact Annie at treecropsnelson@gmail.com

The New Zealand Tree Crops Association is a voluntary organisation promoting interest in useful trees, such as those producing fruit, nuts, timber, fuel, wood, stock fodder, bee forage and other useful crops.

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Kidpower Workshop - HOPE - 16-10
(Monday 3rd October 2016)

Building confidence and personal safety skills through hands-on practice with highly qualified instructors.

Using examples and activities we’ll practice skills to:

- Show awareness and confidence
- Move away from possible problems
- Use voice as a safety tool
- Deal with bullying
- Take the power out of mean words
- Get help from busy adults – and persist!

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Richmond Library: Book Launch - Kate and Caboodle
(Monday 3rd October 2016)

Hear local author Jerri Pirc read her debut book Kate and Caboodle, followed by a weird and wonderful craft session.

The craft session could get messy, so make sure you wear old clothes.

Suitable for children age 3-6 years old. Preschoolers must be accompanied by an adult.

Numbers are limited to 20. Phone 03 543 8500 or book at the library to secure your place.

Find out more about Jerri at www.jerrijpirc.com.

Cash sales only of Kate and Caboodle available at the event, $18.

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Motueka Library: Game On!
(Tuesday 4th-Friday 7th October 2016)

Don't get bored these holidays - drop in to experience a new generation board game or enjoy an old favourite. You can even bring your own game if you want to.

Suitable for families or individuals.

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Motueka Library: Weird and Wonderful Storytime
(Tuesday 4th-Thursday 6th October 2016)

Discover all that's weird and wonderful in your library these holidays.

Join us for a fun hour of fabulous stories and create awesome art to take home.

Free family fun. Suitable for 4-9 year olds. Pre-schoolers welcome with an adult. Limited to the first 30 people to arrive.

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Takaka Library: Carol Marshall - The Hungry Praying Mantis!
(Tuesday 4th October 2016)

Come to the library to hear author Carol Marshall read her charming stories The Hungry Little Praying Mantis, and I am Loved.

In the first book, meet the hungry little praying mantis and find out what she eats all day! This entertaining book will delight young ones and introduce them to the fascinating world of insects.

Then, in the second book, a heart-warming story is told from a child's perspective of discovering the depth of a parent's love. "I am loved when I am happy, I am loved when I am sad, I am loved when I am good, I am loved when I am bad."

Singing likely with the readings of both books!

Suitable for children aged 3-6 years. Preschoolers welcome with an adult.

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Motueka Library: Paper Flowers Workshop
(Wednesday 5th October 2016)

Join us for a vibrant, fun and stimulating workshop making delightful paper flowers.

This workshop is for 13-16 year olds.

Places are limited so bookings are essential. Register and pay by Friday 30 September to secure your place.

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Richmond Library: Create Weird and Wonderful Deep Sea Creatures
(Wednesday 5th October 2016)

Create weird and wonderful deep sea creatures at this fascinating workshop!

First, learn about the weird and wonderful deep sea creatures that inhabit our oceans, then by 'breaking' apart a multitude of electronic devices 'make' your own deep sea creature.

Hot glue guns and drills will be used in this fantastically weird workshop!

Suitable for children aged 8-10 years. The workshop is limited to 20 participants so register at the library to confirm your booking. Payment is required at the time of booking.

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Folk Night
(Thursday 6th October 2016)

A fun and friendly gathering of folk musicians. Join in or just listen.

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Richmond Library: My Ultimate Balloon Twisting Experience
(Thursday 6th October 2016)

Flossie the Balloon Lady will guide you in learning the weird and wacky art of balloon twisting. Create your own weird and wonderful balloon hat to take home.

Suitable for 5-12 year olds.

Book at the library. Payment required at the time of booking. Numbers are limited to 25 participants.

Cost: $7.

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Kidpower Workshop - MOTUEKA - 16-10
(Friday 7th October 2016)

Building confidence and personal safety skills through hands-on practice with highly qualified instructors.

Using examples and activities we’ll practice skills to:

- Show awareness and confidence
- Move away from possible problems
- Use voice as a safety tool
- Deal with bullying
- Take the power out of mean words
- Get help from busy adults – and persist!

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Takaka Library: Armchair Adventures - Canada to Mexico
(Friday 7th October 2016)

In June 2016, Takaka's Brian Alder took on the Tour Divide Challenge with 160 other mountain bikers from around the world.

Travelling self-supported they raced 4418kms from Canada to Mexico, criss-crossing the continental divide on dirt roads and single track trails.

Brian's illustrated talk about his experience and the new cycling discipline of bikepacking will take you on a unique, and incredible, journey.

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Abel Tasman Coastal Classic 2016
(Saturday 8th October 2016)

The Sea. The Sky. The Sand. The Run. New Zealand's premier trail run on The Abel Tasman Coast Track.

Come stride into paradise.

Entry is limited.

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Karaoke Night
(Saturday 8th October 2016)

A fundraising Karaoke evening for the Upper Moutere and Mahana Schools.

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Hatha Yoga Immersion
(Monday 10th-Sunday 16th October 2016)

During this retreat we will explore both the modern approach to Hatha Yoga, whilst also being exposed to the historical elements of Hatha Yoga through the theory and guided practice of Shatkarmas (cleansing techniques). These practices restore your physical system and lighten the body and mind; leaving you feeling revitalized with a set of practices to take away and integrate into your daily life.

The retreat programme Includes:

• 2 Hatha yoga classes per day
• A personalized programme to take away with you
• Cleansing practices
• Group discussions
• Guided meditations
• Karma Yoga (action with meditative awareness)
• Daily Yoga Nidra (deep relaxation)
• Havan (fire Ceremony) & Chanting (healing sound vibration)

Start Time: 3.00pm Monday - arrival/registration
Finish Time: 11am Sunday

Payment is for 6 nights*
Early Bird Price - NZ$650 (payment due by 13 March 2016)
Standard Price - NZ$695
Camping Price - NZ$605

*Prices include shared accommodation, all meals and the full retreat programme. A discounted rate of $50 per night applies if staying the night immediately before or after the retreat.

For more information please email yoga@anahata-retreat.org.nz or call 03 5259887.

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Motueka Library: Garden Talk and Workshop
(Monday 10th October 2016)

Discover which plants attract the birds, bees and other beneficial insects to your garden.

Learn how attracting birds, butterflies and bees to your garden adds ambience and helps our environment.

Make a bird feeder to help create a bird and butterfly friendly habitat.

Join us to participate in Motueka Library's Seed Swap. Exchange your dry saved seeds with one another.

Get information and advice from Darlene and Penny, two well-known gardeners from the Plant Barn.

Bookings required. Call 03 528 1047 to book your spot.

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Motueka Library: Free Computer Classes
(Tuesday 11th October-Tuesday 13th December 2016)

Trying to get connected and unravel those mysteries on your computer?

Now is the perfect time to build up your confidence.

Be in quick to register for a free computer course at Motueka Library.

Learn how to send an email, connect with Skype, YouTube, or research on Ancestry.com. Master transferring digital photos from your camera to a computer and find out about online newspapers and Pinterest. Also, get help finding jobs online and writing a CV.

Check out our website for course dates and details:
http://www.tasmanlibraries.govt.nz/about-us/events/featured-events/stepping-up/

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NLNL Motueka Prince special
(Tuesday 11th October 2016)

No Lights No Lycra is an opportunity to dance to great music in the dark.
The old saying "Dance like nobody's watching" happens, there are no steps to learn, no teacher to follow & no set attire- wear whatever you are most comfortable in.

Prince was a true legend of our lifetime, come appreciate this genius for a solid hour of your life.

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Sky Scrapper Stan and The Ravens
(Wednesday 12th October 2016)

After touring the country in the spectacular show “Bowie, Waiting in The Sky”

(with Eddie Rayner, Jordan Luck, Alastair Riddell and Zane Griff ), Skyscraper Stan returns to New Zealand in October for a nationwide tour.

The first born child of a novelist and a documentary editor, "Skyscraper"; Stan Woodhouse was raised with an innate appreciation for language. Although he had been writing poetry and fiction from a young age, it wasn't until his mid teens that he first turned his attention to songwriting.

Working nights at a basement venue in his hometown, Stan found himself thrust into the limelight after the proprietor heard him singing over a mop bucket. The next year and a half was spent bouncing between the bar and the stage by night and sleeping in University lecture halls by day.

Just shy of his 21st Birthday Stan relocated to Melbourne under the pretense of completing his zoology degree. Which he did, halfheartedly, and all the while moonlighting as a troubadour.

The expansive emptiness of Australia has served as a great inspiration to Stan's songwriting.

His autobiographical and observational lyricism seems to belie his relative youth.

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Don Juan
(Thursday 13th-Friday 14th October 2016)

Leave your inhibitions at the door and join the party for the most fun you’ve had at the theatre for ages.

Five crazy ‘French’ actors greet you as you arrive. They flirt with you. Maybe they fall a little bit in love with you. Then they tell the story of Don Juan – with you.

Don Juan, the character, is the boldest and greatest of men. He does whatever he wants … with sometimes dubious ethical consequences.

Don Juan, the show, celebrates the fool in all of us. It hilariously depicts how we often fail to be the person we wish we were, despite our best efforts.

Directed by award-winning Leo Gene Peters and featuring an audacious cast, brilliant physical comedy and live singing, Don Juan promises a great night out.

“I loved it more than any other performance I’ve ever seen. I laughed so much. So clever.” AUDIENCE MEMBER

Dinner at The Playhouse available from 6pm. Bookings essential.
Please call The Playhouse on 03 540 2985.

By A Slightly Isolated Dog
Presented by the Nelson Arts Festival.

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Gown of the Year
(Friday 14th October 2016)

Grab your garments out of your closet and put them on display. Gown of the year is an opportuinity to showcase in the following competiton categories, Ball Gowns, New Generation Wedding Dresses, Vintage Wedding Dresses, and Fashionable art.
Entry to compete is $5.00 per/item (items must be on a model)
Ticket enty for the night is $10.00 p/ticket (kids under 10 free)

Tickets available from the Motueka Recreation Centre - on sale now.

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