Events in the Tasman/Nelson Region

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

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(Saturday 28th–Sunday 29th March 2015)


Super excited to announce even more for 2015...

EPIC day filled with fun for everyone!!!
$2.00 per person entry fee will get you,
20+ Bouncy Castles
Water area for those that want to get wet
Inflatable Water slide
Foam area
Paddling pool
Live kids entertainment
Kath Bee
Adam all sort coming from christchurch
Mad Beats with dance crews
Rebecca bignall dance academy
Annesbrook dance school
fairy Lou
Cranksy Clowns
Lolly scramble
Toddler area by stoke toy library
Animal farm
WISH events stall
Little miss beautiful stall
ZM Hits organising classic kids games
Egg and spoon racers, tag of war, sack racers and more
Operated rides will be $2.00 per ride
RDA pony rides
Zorb balls
Water walkers
Mini jeeps
Mini train ride
Mini helicopter ride
Cransky clowns and fidgety foo face painting.

Great variety of food, drink and Ice cream stalls for all to enjoy or bring a picnic. Find us on facebook to keep up to date Blast entertainment hire ltd.

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Mapua Community Library Literary Festival
(Friday 27th–Sunday 29th March 2015)

Short story and limerick writing competitions now open for all age groups.
And still to come, three days of fun in beautiful Mapua where you can meet some of New Zealand's favourite authors - Joe Bennett, Barbara Else, Charlotte Grimshaw, Carl Nixon and Dylan Horrocks. Join quiz master Joe Bennett on Friday night at a quiz in the Bowling Club. Joe also leads a writing workshop for adults on Saturday. A great opportunity for children to get some writing tips from Barbara Else on Saturday morning in the Library. Kath Bee will be performing for younger children in the Library on Saturday afternoon. And the Community Hall will be transformed into a crime scene, "Who Dunnit Hall", as our guest authors transport us into their worlds on Sunday afternoon.

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Mystery Bike Ride
(Sunday 29th March 2015)

A family focussed fun cycling event in Golden Bay where the destination, journey and even the start location is a surprise on the day.
Dressing up is encouraged, entertainment along the way, lunch is provided and fun is assured.
Everyone is in the draw to win a bike!

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Piano Recital - Claire Rouault - Golden Bay
(Sunday 29th March 2015)

Acclaimed French pianist Claire Rouault will present a recital of classical piano music, on Piano on Tour's new concert piano.

- Schubert: Impromptus No. 2 & 3
- Brahms: 4 pieces for piano Op.119
- Chopin: Barcarolle / Waltzes / Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise Brillante Op.22

Book at "Unlimited Copies", 29 Commercial Street in Takaka, or online.
Door sales: cash sales only

Claire Rouault was chosen amongst the “favorite places and people in NZ” for 2014 by “North&South” magazine.

Claire performed her first solo concert with an orchestra when she was 11 years old. She studied at the National Superior Music Conservatory of Paris, France's top music school (Piano First Prize with honours). She won two major competitions, the Claude Kahn competition (2001) and the Anton Rubinstein Competition (2003).

Together with her partner, Claire created “Piano on Tour”, which endeavours to make high quality music concerts more accessible in New Zealand.

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Tapawera Mountain Bike Challenge
(Sunday 29th March 2015)

Designed to be a very family friendly event local farmers co-operate to allow access across areas of private land.
The event starts at 10am at Blue Rock which is in the Matariki area off Tadmor Valley. Signage is posted from the Tadmor Bridge at Tapawera Village.
Courses are different each year and include routes suitable for small children all the way up to challenging courses for skilled athletes.

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University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Regional Festival 2015
(Saturday 28th–Sunday 29th March 2015)

Local Secondary School students performing excerpts from Shakespeare. Open to the public. Location: Waimea College Hall. Adults $8, Students $4, Under 5 yrs free.

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Art Hub Exhibition
(Monday 9th–Tuesday 31st March 2015)

This exhibition includes Yvonne's flax weaving and other fibre works. Also encaustic wax, lino prints and wood prints. She says; "My work explores the materials of life through bold and energetic processes; my hope is that the viewer through line, form, texture & materials, is engaged through a time, place or feeling.”

Also artwork by : Helena Morris, Pam Wood, Joyce Griffin, Vicki Cowling, Barbara McIntosh & Cushla Moorhead.

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Folk Night
(Thursday 2nd April 2015)

A fun and casual evening of folk music. Join in or just listen.

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Boogie Train Easter Special
(Friday 3rd April 2015)

April 3rd Friday: Boogie Train Easter Special, The best blues band in town hits the best venue in town for Easter Friday. Remember everywhere will be closed so come along for a boogie and a three course meal. $50, includes show and 3 course meal.

As it is Easter Friday, you MUST be dining with us to enjoy the show.

call 5402985 for bookings

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Playhouse Grand Quiz Night
(Saturday 4th April 2015)

April 4th Sat: Playhouse Grand Quiz Night, In association with The Mapua District Business Association, this is the biggest Quiz Night of the year, book early as it always sells out! Proceeds go to the MDBA commitment to raise money for the great taste trail. $5 per person, Teams of up to 8 people. Dinner from 530pm. Quiz from 730pm.

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Absolute Wilderness Adventure Race
(Friday 3rd–Sunday 5th April 2015)

Absolute Wilderness Adventure Race Explained
This is an authentic achievable adventure race for teams of 3-people, either male or mixed teams (female teams - refer A team travel together through the entire course, in other words, it’s not a relay, it’s a team challenge. As a team, you’ll navigate your way through the course visiting a series of checkpoints (CP) using just a map and a compass, no GPS sorry, that’s cheating. Once you reach all the checkpoints your team can go to the finish line. The race is made up of a number of stages of either rafting, mountain biking and hiking. The exact details of the course are kept a secret until the maps and course are released the eve of the event.
If you’re a first time adventure racer, the 3-hour event is a good kick off. Keep in mind this is the projected winning time, teams on the 3-hour event tend to take 3-6 hours to finish the tasks. The 6-hour event an intermediate adventure race and is a step up with teams on course typically for 6-10-hours. The 12-hour event, well, that pretty speaks for itself.

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Mapua Easter Fair
(Sunday 5th April 2015)

The Mapua Easter Fair is considered to be one of the largest one day events in NZ.

This is it's 32nd year to welcome visitors to Mapua for a great day of fun, crafts, food and entertainment. Stall holders come from throughout NZ selling handmade crafts, furniture, artwork, food items and more.

You will be tempted with a selection of food styles from around the world. In addition the Easter Fair Cafe offers their famous brownies, cakes, savories and freshly squeezed homemade lemonade.

Take time to sit, relax and enjoy entertainment performed by the regions talented youth. There is a children's corner with face painting, treasure hunts, and space for creativity. The Chocolate Wheel is everyones favorite! There is no chocolate in sight - just great prizes and products donated by regional businesses and merchants.

There is plenty of free parking - just follow the signs as you head into Mapua. You will be greeted by locals who will ensure you get to one of several parking paddocks. Fingers are crossed the weather will be fine.

Finally, NO Dogs Please as they are not allowed on the domain.

We look forward to seeing you at the Mapua Easter Fair

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Awaken, Expand and Heal - Easter Weekend Retreat
(Friday 3rd–Monday 6th April 2015)

If your car has blocks in the fuel line it won't run properly, therefore you need to take it to the workshop for a tune up, in the same way this retreat is like an overhaul of your physical and mental bodies so the underlying vital force can flow in an unimpeded way.

Your prana (life force) sustains mental functions, emotional expressions and physical health, and the blocked or erratic flow of this energy can lead to mental and physical imbalances. In this day and age of constant pressure, sensorial stimulation and stress, there is dissipation of energy and our fuel tanks are becoming empty affecting relationships, work and the quality of our lives.

In this four-day retreat explore a rarely taught technique to help you develop awareness of this subtle dimension of your being. Learn practices to conserve, direct and boost your mental and physical body for total health and wellbeing.

This retreat includes:
• Hatha Yoga for increased energy flow
• Mudras to conserve and direct energy/prana
• Pranayama - breathing practices to vitalise and tranquilise
• Guided meditations and relaxation to heighten your perception of prana
• Informative talks on conservation, direction and boosting your life force
• Yogic practices of kirtan (singing mantra to music) and havan (ancient fire ceremony)

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Jason McIver Band,
(Thursday 9th April 2015)

April 9th Thursday: Jason McIver Band, with support from Elisha Hobbs. Great music from expat local lad made good. $10, 8pm start, dinner available all night.

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Takaka Library: Pizza and Books
(Friday 10th April 2015)

Come and rave about your favourite author, share the latest video clips and your top reads.

A wonderful opportunity to chat about your latest fave book, film or game - whatever blows your hair back.

When you're not talking, munch on a scrumptious Dangerous Kitchen pizza.

For Year 8 students and up.

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The Andrew London Trio
(Friday 10th April 2015)

April 10th Friday: The Andrew London Trio, Hot Club Sandwich lead singer brings you all your favorite tunes from HCS plus much more. $20. Dinner from 6pm, Show from 8pm.

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Kaiteriteri 6 Hour Mountainbike sponsored by Port Nelson
(Saturday 11th April 2015)

6 Hours of fun riding through the Kaiteriteri Mountainbike Park.

Enter solo if you dare, or in relay-style teams of 2, 3 or 4 to share the 6 hours of riding.

This year the event will be based at the Kaiteriteri Beach Motor Camp during the April School Holidays so why not stay the weekend and try the Mountainbike Rogaine event the following day as well.

Laps take approximately 20-30 minutes depending on fitness and ability, with the course suitable for those with basic mountainbike skills and above.

Solo Man
Solo Woman
Workplace Challenge
Intermediate (Yr 7 & 8)
High School (Yr 9 - 13)

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Apple Fair
(Sunday 12th April 2015)

Turn your harvest apples into juice. Step back in time at Willow Bank heritage village. So much to see and enjoy. There will be apple pressers and crushers making your Apples into juice.
We encourage you to bring apples if you have them although there will be some there.

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Go Wild With Weaving 2015
(Saturday 11th–Sunday 12th April 2015)

Go Wild. Have Fun.
Six fabulous basketry workshops, weaving natural materials such as willow, flax, bark, cabbage tree leaves. Choose one from six different tutors and over two days make yourself a gorgeous basket.

Go to for all details of workshops, tutors, materials

Earlybird price of $295 if paid before 31 January 2015. Includes tuition, materials, two lunches and an evening meal. Otherwise price is $330, payable by 11 March 2015.

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Kaiteriteri Mountainbike Rogaine
(Sunday 12th April 2015)

Join the Nelson Orienteering Club and Kaiteriteri Mountainbike Park for the inaugural Kaiteriteri Mountainbike Rogaine.

The aim is to collect as many points from the checkpoints located throughout the Kaiteriteri Mountainbike Park within the two hour timeframe. More distant checkpoints give you more points but use up more time, so plan your route wisely.

Maps are provided on the day. Bikes and helmets compulsory.

Categories are adults, college and families. Teams are 2-4 people.

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Murchison Library: April Allsorts
(Tuesday 7th–Tuesday 14th April 2015)

It’s time for Awesome April Allsorts!

Come and see what surprises are in your library these holidays.

Join Jewell Lemon for an hour of fabulous stories and create some awesome art to take home.

Suitable for 4-9 year olds and parent helpers welcome.

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Richmond Library: April Allsorts
(Tuesday 7th–Tuesday 14th April 2015)

It’s time for Awesome April Allsorts!

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.

Free family fun.

Suitable for 4-9 year olds. Pre-schoolers welcome with an adult.

Limited to the first 50.

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Takaka Library: April Allsorts
(Tuesday 7th–Tuesday 14th April 2015)

It’s time for Awesome April Allsorts!

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.

Free family fun.

Suitable for 4-9 year olds. Pre-schoolers welcome with an adult.

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Motueka Library: Just Chillin' with Kath Bee
(Wednesday 15th April 2015)

Boogie into April by singing and dancing along with award-winning children's entertainer Kath Bee.

Kath will sing Allsorts of songs including those from her CD Allsorts.

Enjoy a toe tapping time with Kath's catchy tunes and fun lyrics.

Suits toddlers to 10 year olds.

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Motueka Library: April Allsorts
(Tuesday 7th–Thursday 16th April 2015)

It’s time for Awesome April Allsorts!

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.

Limited to the first 40.

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New Zealand String Quartet
(Thursday 16th April 2015)

This concert by the New Zealand String Quartet is presented by the Motueka Music Group in association with Chamber Music New Zealand.

The programme will include favourites from the string quartet repertoire.

Mozart| String Quartet no 20 in D major, K 499
Shostakovich| String Quartet No.4
Dvorak | String Quartet No 14 in A-flat major Op. 105

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The Great North and The Bads
(Thursday 16th April 2015)

April 16th Thursday: The Great North, highly regarding folk groups touring their lastest album, $10, Dinner from 6pm, Show from 8pm.

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Autumn holiday art workshop week at Pottering About!
(Monday 13th–Friday 17th April 2015)

Fantastic arty creative week for all abilities of budding young artist! Monday: Make your own birdhouse out of clay Tuesday: tie-dye your own t-shirt Wednesday: bubble glaze a bowl, Thursday: decoupage a dinosaurus Friday: Paint your birdhouse.
Drop the kids off for 2 hours of fun and 4 completed projects over the whole week. Or if you want just come for individual days not a problem :)
$110 for full week or $26 individual days
Mid-morning tea included. Age 7 +
Call us for more details 03 545 8041

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Alpine Lodge Loop the Lake 2015
(Saturday 18th April 2015)

The course is an anticlockwise circuit of Lake Rotoiti commencing from the Lake Rotoiti lakefront. Approximately 25km.

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Paul Madsen Presents CCR and Queen Tribute
(Friday 17th–Saturday 18th April 2015)

April 17th and 18th : Paul Madsen Presents: CCR and Queen Tribute,
Paul Madsen presents his new tribute act to Credence Clearwater Rival followed by his classic take on Queen. With over 20 years of performing all around the world from Las Vegas to Lyttelton. Don't miss this amazing entertainer make laugh, sing and most importantly dance! $25, add $35 for a 2 course set menu. Dinner from 6pm, Show from 8pm.

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Garden Design Tour
(Sunday 19th April 2015)

A self drive tour of 12 professionally designed gardens across the Nelson-Tasman region. This is a real treat, as the privately owned gardens haven’t previously been available for public viewing. An all day affair, the tour includes a broad range of gardens, each presented by its Designer who will be available to answer questions. The day’s programme also includes Devonshire Tea in a poolside setting. So grab your friends and join us for a fabulous day out.

You can follow the programme from two alternative routes: either start in Nelson or start in Richmond – download the programme following the link on your ticket.

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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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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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Motueka Library: Teen Book Group
(Wednesday 1st April–Wednesday 23rd September 2015)

Motueka Teen Book group is for High School students in the Motueka area.

Our group meets twice a term to chat about books, what’s new and favourite reads.

Enjoy the first pick of new books, listen to guest speakers, and participate in fun activities.

Bring along a friend.

Snacks 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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Richmond Library: Tasman Talks Titles Book Group
(Wednesday 18th February–Wednesday 16th December 2015)

Tasman Talks Titles is a chance for you to talk about what you have enjoyed reading and to hear about what other people have been reading.

You'll also get to see a selection of new titles which the library has purchased.

Tasman Talks Titles meets on the third Wednesday of the month at 3.00pm

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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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