Events in the Tasman/Nelson Region

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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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Motueka Library: Outdoor Picnic Storytime
(Tuesday 24th January 2017)

You bring the picnic, a towel or blanket and a hat. We'll provide the stories.

Enjoy listening to some great stories while enjoying your summer picnic in Memorial Park next to Motueka Library.

Then have fun creating some pavement art using chalk.

Cancelled if wet.

More Information.


Formidable Vegetable Sound System
(Wednesday 25th January 2017)

Experimental 'ecological edutainment'

For more details please see website.

More Information.


London Klezmer Quartet
(Wednesday 25th January 2017)

Expect exuberant and accomplished performances from this band of Europe’s top Klezmer players. Dance, sing, laugh and cry with the group as they take you on a musical journey across continents and centuries. LKQ brings fresh life to an almost-lost instrumental folk tradition, and the band also features the irresistibly sonorous vocals of Indra Buraczewska in traditional laments, a Warsaw Yiddish theatre hit with a hint of jazz (‘Goodbye New York’) and even a song about beetroot soup!
Their new CD, ‘To the Tavern’ is their fourth, and tells a day-long story that they recreate in performance. LKQ is Ilana Cravitz (violin), Susi Evans (clarinet), Carol Isaacs (accordion), Indra Buraczewska (double bass & vocals).
The London Klezmer Quartet's schedule in 2015-2016 has included a month-long tour in Australia and festivals in Brazil, Switzerland, Germany and the UK (Lichfield Festival, Cambridge Big Weekend, KlezFest London, South Social Film Festival), as well as concerts in venues ranging from theatres and folk clubs to universities and arts centres. This is the band's debut tour of New Zealand.

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Nelson Bays Harmony Open Rehearsals
(Thursday 19th-Thursday 26th January 2017)

Try something new this year! Nelson Harmony welcomes singers to two open rehearsals.

The Chorus are working towards competing at the National Competitions in Dunedin in April.

International and national vocal coaches are visiting over the next few months to polish our performance.

Check us out at www.nelsonharmony.org.nz

More Information.

Nelson Bays Harmony Open Rehearsals is on these dates:

  • 19th January 2017
  • 26th January 2017


Motueka Library: Kiwiana Scavenger Hunt
(Monday 19th December 2016-Friday 27th January 2017)

Can you discover all the kiwiana hidden in the library?

Visit any of our fabulous four libraries (in Murchison, Motueka, Richmond and Takaka) and collect your entry form. Complete the challenge and go in to the lucky prize draw.

For 5-12 year olds. One entry per child.

Read, explore, discover when you visit your library this summer.

More Information.

Motueka Library: Kiwiana Scavenger Hunt is on these dates:

  • 19th December 2016
  • 20th December 2016
  • 21st December 2016
  • 22nd December 2016
  • 23rd December 2016
  • 24th December 2016
  • 25th December 2016
  • 26th December 2016
  • 27th December 2016
  • 28th December 2016
  • 29th December 2016
  • 30th December 2016
  • 31st December 2016
  • 1st January 2017
  • 2nd January 2017
  • 3rd January 2017
  • 4th January 2017
  • 5th January 2017
  • 6th January 2017
  • 7th January 2017
  • 8th January 2017
  • 9th January 2017
  • 10th January 2017
  • 11th January 2017
  • 12th January 2017
  • 13th January 2017
  • 14th January 2017
  • 15th January 2017
  • 16th January 2017
  • 17th January 2017
  • 18th January 2017
  • 19th January 2017
  • 20th January 2017
  • 21st January 2017
  • 22nd January 2017
  • 23rd January 2017
  • 24th January 2017
  • 25th January 2017
  • 26th January 2017
  • 27th January 2017


Murchison Library: Kiwiana Scavenger Hunt
(Monday 19th December 2016-Friday 27th January 2017)

Can you discover all the kiwiana hidden in the library?

Visit any of our fabulous four libraries (in Murchison, Motueka, Richmond and Takaka) and collect your entry form. Complete the challenge and go in to the lucky prize draw.

For 5-12 year olds. One entry per child.

Read, explore, discover when you visit your library this summer.

More Information.

Murchison Library: Kiwiana Scavenger Hunt is on these dates:

  • 19th December 2016
  • 20th December 2016
  • 21st December 2016
  • 22nd December 2016
  • 23rd December 2016
  • 24th December 2016
  • 25th December 2016
  • 26th December 2016
  • 27th December 2016
  • 28th December 2016
  • 29th December 2016
  • 30th December 2016
  • 31st December 2016
  • 1st January 2017
  • 2nd January 2017
  • 3rd January 2017
  • 4th January 2017
  • 5th January 2017
  • 6th January 2017
  • 7th January 2017
  • 8th January 2017
  • 9th January 2017
  • 10th January 2017
  • 11th January 2017
  • 12th January 2017
  • 13th January 2017
  • 14th January 2017
  • 15th January 2017
  • 16th January 2017
  • 17th January 2017
  • 18th January 2017
  • 19th January 2017
  • 20th January 2017
  • 21st January 2017
  • 22nd January 2017
  • 23rd January 2017
  • 24th January 2017
  • 25th January 2017
  • 26th January 2017
  • 27th January 2017


Richmond Library: Kiwiana Scavenger Hunt
(Monday 19th December 2016-Friday 27th January 2017)

Can you discover all the kiwiana hidden in the library?

Visit any of our fabulous four libraries (in Murchison, Motueka, Richmond and Takaka) and collect your entry form. Complete the challenge and go in to the lucky prize draw.

For 5-12 year olds. One entry per child.

Read, explore, discover when you visit your library this summer.

More Information.

Richmond Library: Kiwiana Scavenger Hunt is on these dates:

  • 19th December 2016
  • 20th December 2016
  • 21st December 2016
  • 22nd December 2016
  • 23rd December 2016
  • 24th December 2016
  • 25th December 2016
  • 26th December 2016
  • 27th December 2016
  • 28th December 2016
  • 29th December 2016
  • 30th December 2016
  • 31st December 2016
  • 1st January 2017
  • 2nd January 2017
  • 3rd January 2017
  • 4th January 2017
  • 5th January 2017
  • 6th January 2017
  • 7th January 2017
  • 8th January 2017
  • 9th January 2017
  • 10th January 2017
  • 11th January 2017
  • 12th January 2017
  • 13th January 2017
  • 14th January 2017
  • 15th January 2017
  • 16th January 2017
  • 17th January 2017
  • 18th January 2017
  • 19th January 2017
  • 20th January 2017
  • 21st January 2017
  • 22nd January 2017
  • 23rd January 2017
  • 24th January 2017
  • 25th January 2017
  • 26th January 2017
  • 27th January 2017


Richmond Library: Wheels Day
(Friday 27th January 2017)

Bring your bike and helmet and test your skills on the Ride-on-ramp in the area beside the outdoor courtyard at Richmond Library.

Fun for all the kids!

Cancelled if wet.

More Information.


Takaka Library: Kiwiana Scavenger Hunt
(Monday 19th December 2016-Friday 27th January 2017)

Can you discover all the kiwiana hidden in the library?

Visit any of our fabulous four libraries (in Murchison, Motueka, Richmond and Takaka) and collect your entry form. Complete the challenge and go in to the lucky prize draw.

For 5-12 year olds. One entry per child.

Read, explore, discover when you visit your library this summer.

More Information.

Takaka Library: Kiwiana Scavenger Hunt is on these dates:

  • 19th December 2016
  • 20th December 2016
  • 21st December 2016
  • 22nd December 2016
  • 23rd December 2016
  • 24th December 2016
  • 25th December 2016
  • 26th December 2016
  • 27th December 2016
  • 28th December 2016
  • 29th December 2016
  • 30th December 2016
  • 31st December 2016
  • 1st January 2017
  • 2nd January 2017
  • 3rd January 2017
  • 4th January 2017
  • 5th January 2017
  • 6th January 2017
  • 7th January 2017
  • 8th January 2017
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  • 11th January 2017
  • 12th January 2017
  • 13th January 2017
  • 14th January 2017
  • 15th January 2017
  • 16th January 2017
  • 17th January 2017
  • 18th January 2017
  • 19th January 2017
  • 20th January 2017
  • 21st January 2017
  • 22nd January 2017
  • 23rd January 2017
  • 24th January 2017
  • 25th January 2017
  • 26th January 2017
  • 27th January 2017


A Midsummer Night's Dream
(Friday 27th-Saturday 28th January 2017)

"The course of true love never did run smooth".
Shakespeare’s most loved play performed at the Riverside Community. An evening of hilarious comedy and romance in this story of lovers overcoming disapproving parents, fairies creating mischief and the rude mechanicals performing their play within a play. Suitable for the whole family. Bring a picnic, bring a blanket and prepare to be transported.
No performance if wet - check Facebook.com/nelsonsummershakespeare/

More Information.

A Midsummer Night's Dream is on these dates:

  • 27th January 2017
  • 28th January 2017


Summer Yoga in the Park
(Saturday 7th-Saturday 28th January 2017)

Hatha Yoga. All welcome. Bring a mat and cushion if needed. Koha ($10) proceeds to RedCross Kaikoura. FB KokoroStudio. 021771972. Jeanette Ida

More Information.

Summer Yoga in the Park is on these dates:

  • 7th January 2017
  • 14th January 2017
  • 21st January 2017
  • 28th January 2017


Experiencing Marine Reserves Lake Rotoiti Community Guided Snorkel Day
(Sunday 29th January 2017)

Come and experience Lake Rotoiti with Experiencing Marine Reserves and the Department of Conservation offering free Community Guided Snorkel Day at Kerr Bay in the Nelson Lakes National Park.
Let our snorkel instructors guide you on a freshwater snorkelling adventure.
A snorkel guide, mask, snorkel, wetsuit, hoodie, fins and a floatation board are all provided.

Bring swimming gear, food, water, a change of clothes and sunscreen.

More Information.


Ruby Coast Arts Summer Open Studios #5
(Sunday 29th January 2017)

The Ruby Coast Arts artists are holding Summer Open Studios each Sunday over the summer (excluding statutory holidays).

Not all of our fantastic artists are able to be open each Sunday, please check the website or facebook page first to see who is.

At other times over the summer you are welcome to visit artists on the RCA Trail Map, just check opening times on the map. Most artists prefer a phone call first.

Download the RCA Trail Map from this listing, or visit the website. Maps can also be found at the Java Hut, Mapua Bakery, Mapua Library and Jellyfish Cafe in Mapua and the Motueka i-Site.

Or visit the Ruby Coast Arts facebook page www.facebook.com/RubyCoastArts

More Information.


Sarau Festival
(Sunday 29th January 2017)

This is a late afternoon festival to celebrate the fabulous Moutere Valley and its people, together with the NZ Blackcurrant growing industry - an important crop in our horticultural district. Find out about blackcurrants, and hop growing, together with the other interesting crops and crafts out here in the Valley!
The Sarau Festival has something for everyone - interesting stalls to discover, artisans to chat to, workshops to take part in, and events for children to participate in - all in our spacious open Domain.
Remember to bring along your entries for our wonderful Barker’s Cooking Competition, and to enter the other competitions and workshops, check out our website www.saraufestival.co.nz.
Browse our book stall, listen to our fantastic musicians and enjoy food, wine and beer or yummy blackcurrant juice and deserts as the sun goes down over the Mount Arthur range.
See you at Sarau Festival!

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Tata Titanic Cardboard Boat Race
(Sunday 29th January 2017)

This will be the 20th Tata Titanic Cardboard Boat Race with craft resembling wedding cakes, BMW's, fire engines and planes. Cleverly constructed craft brave the waves for a fun time to win the TAG Trophy. Category and spot prizes donated by local business.
Cardboard and entry forms available mid December from Golden Bay Community Centre 88 Commercial St Takaka, down behind The Brigand Cafe.

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Karen Hunter and Matiu Te Huki
(Monday 30th January 2017)

Acoustic Funk!

For more details please see website.

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Tui DeLight Summer Festival
(Sunday 29th-Monday 30th January 2017)

Welcome to Wainui!
For the third time Tui DELIGHT Summer festival is inviting big and small to celebrate in Wainui, Golden Bay.

Fun for the whole family:
A series of education workshops, live bands from around the world, delicious food, kids programme for all ages, and tours of Tui Community.
Set amongst the beautiful trees of the Tui Events Park. Pack your swimming gear, the beach is only 10min walk away.
See you there! Rain or Shine.

Workshop programme: Sunday daytime & Monday morning
Live music: Sunday afternoon and evening until 11pm

You can mix'n'match your participation. For more details on the programme visit: www.tuitrust.org.nz

Want to stay for the night? For a small extra charge ($15/person) you can camp overnight, too.

More Information.

Tui DeLight Summer Festival is on these dates:

  • 29th January 2017
  • 30th January 2017


Sandcastle Building Competition
(Saturday 10th December 2016-Tuesday 31st January 2017)

FREE Sandcastle Building Competition. Get creative by building a sandcastle these holidays. Simply submit the entry online and be in to win!

Simply register from the 10th December at www.sporttasman.org.nz/sandcastle for a rules sheet. Submit your entry by taking a photo of your creation before the 1st February.

More Information.

Sandcastle Building Competition is on these dates:

  • 10th December 2016
  • 11th December 2016
  • 12th December 2016
  • 13th December 2016
  • 14th December 2016
  • 15th December 2016
  • 16th December 2016
  • 17th December 2016
  • 18th December 2016
  • 19th December 2016
  • 20th December 2016
  • 21st December 2016
  • 22nd December 2016
  • 23rd December 2016
  • 24th December 2016
  • 25th December 2016
  • 26th December 2016
  • 27th December 2016
  • 28th December 2016
  • 29th December 2016
  • 30th December 2016
  • 31st December 2016
  • 1st January 2017
  • 2nd January 2017
  • 3rd January 2017
  • 4th January 2017
  • 5th January 2017
  • 6th January 2017
  • 7th January 2017
  • 8th January 2017
  • 9th January 2017
  • 10th January 2017
  • 11th January 2017
  • 12th January 2017
  • 13th January 2017
  • 14th January 2017
  • 15th January 2017
  • 16th January 2017
  • 17th January 2017
  • 18th January 2017
  • 19th January 2017
  • 20th January 2017
  • 21st January 2017
  • 22nd January 2017
  • 23rd January 2017
  • 24th January 2017
  • 25th January 2017
  • 26th January 2017
  • 27th January 2017
  • 28th January 2017
  • 29th January 2017
  • 30th January 2017
  • 31st January 2017


Jon and Craig Acoustic and Swan Sisters
(Wednesday 1st February 2017)

Acoustic Celtic Country Blues!

For more details please see website.

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Adam Chamber Music Festival - Sotheby’s Gala Dinner
(Thursday 2nd February 2017)

Adam Chamber Music Festival’s Gala dinner gives you a gourmet meal, fine wines, a surprise selection from the festival programme, a chance to catch up with old friends – what better way to start your Festival immersion!

New Zealand String Quartet, Goldner Quartet, James Campbell (clarinet), Matthew Barley (cello)

A surprise selection from the Festival programme.

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Folk Night
(Thursday 2nd February 2017)

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

More Information.


Ron Valente hosts Open Mic Night, Takaka
(Thursday 10th November 2016-Thursday 2nd February 2017)

Open Mic Night hosted by Ron Valente (Gypsy Pickers) at the Brigand Cafe, Takaka. Every Thursday. This is a popular night for locals and travellers. Bring your instruments, songs and dancing shoes for a fun and entertaining evening. Everyone welcome. No cover charge.

Brigand Cafe Bar
Address: 90 Commercial St, Takaka, Golden Bay, NZ
Phone: 03-525 9636

http://www.facebook.com/The-Brigand-Cafe-Bar-100478956714785/

More Information.

Ron Valente hosts Open Mic Night, Takaka is on these dates:

  • 10th November 2016
  • 17th November 2016
  • 24th November 2016
  • 1st December 2016
  • 8th December 2016
  • 15th December 2016
  • 22nd December 2016
  • 5th January 2017
  • 12th January 2017
  • 19th January 2017
  • 26th January 2017
  • 2nd February 2017


SOLD OUT Operatunity Presents: Waltz of My Heart
(Friday 3rd February 2017)

Sue, John, Bonnie, violinist Jess and Paul on piano celebrate the waltz with famous songs in the tradition of Strauss, Lehar, Romberg and Andre Rieu.

Tickets are $34 and include a light lunch after the concert.

Discounts available for groups.

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Julie Bevan
(Saturday 4th February 2017)

Brazilian Jazz

For more details please see website.

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Nelson Buskers Festival - Buskers at Mapua Wharf
(Sunday 5th February 2017)

Nelson Buskers Festival brings you stunning variety shows for the whole family.

The Buskers go on the road! Come to Mapua Wharf to see excellent international performers by the water.

Remember some cash to reward their hard work!

More Information.


Ruby Coast Arts Summer Open Studios #6
(Sunday 5th February 2017)

The Ruby Coast Arts artists are holding Summer Open Studios each Sunday over the summer (excluding statutory holidays).

Not all of our fantastic artists are able to be open each Sunday, please check the website or facebook page first to see who is.

At other times over the summer you are welcome to visit artists on the RCA Trail Map, just check opening times on the map. Most artists prefer a phone call first.

Download the RCA Trail Map from this listing, or visit the website. Maps can also be found at the Java Hut, Mapua Bakery, Mapua Library and Jellyfish Cafe in Mapua and the Motueka i-Site.

Or visit the Ruby Coast Arts facebook page www.facebook.com/RubyCoastArts

More Information.


Alien Nation
(Friday 3rd-Monday 6th February 2017)

Alien Nation is a Waitangi Weekend Party - but it’s not for the faint-hearted: It’s completely outdoors. It doesn’t stop to sleep. There are no scheduled workshops. This is psychedelic bush doof – Kiwi style.
Alien Nation is not a festival – it’s New Zealand’s longest-running dance party: Camping in the stunning Wairoa Gorge offering sunshine, shadey spots and swimming holes while epic techno and psy tunes resound.
Just outside Nelson, via Wakefield or Hope – come and enjoy some stonking beats. But don’t expect to relax.

More Information.

Alien Nation is on these dates:

  • 3rd February 2017
  • 4th February 2017
  • 5th February 2017
  • 6th February 2017


The Eastern
(Monday 6th February 2017)

Country

For more details please see website.

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Waitangi Day at Te Awhina Marae
(Monday 6th February 2017)

Powhiri at 10am - visitors wait outside the gate on Pah St.
Entry by koha - gold coin minimum.

You will learn about the Powhiri ceremony, then experience it with support from the hau kainga (home people). Following the Powhiri there will be various speakers who will share the stories of their people, the Treaty and the lands, and an opportunity to go inside Turangaapeke, our carved house, to learn about the carvings. You will have an opportunity to ask questions or discuss anything you may wish to learn more about.

'Take Away' hangi at 12 30pm $10 each

Cancelled if wet.

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Richmond Library: Exhibition - Bec Brown
(Monday 9th January-Tuesday 7th February 2017)

Visit local artist Bec Brown's exhibition of children's posters at Richmond Library.

The little collection of children's posters was inspired by Brown's two boys who requested each of the animals for their rooms.

For more information about Bec, and to see more of her work, visit her website www.cloudsofcolour.com.

More Information.

Richmond Library: Exhibition - Bec Brown is on these dates:

  • 9th January 2017
  • 10th January 2017
  • 11th January 2017
  • 12th January 2017
  • 13th January 2017
  • 14th January 2017
  • 15th January 2017
  • 16th January 2017
  • 17th January 2017
  • 18th January 2017
  • 19th January 2017
  • 20th January 2017
  • 21st January 2017
  • 22nd January 2017
  • 23rd January 2017
  • 24th January 2017
  • 25th January 2017
  • 26th January 2017
  • 27th January 2017
  • 28th January 2017
  • 29th January 2017
  • 30th January 2017
  • 31st January 2017
  • 1st February 2017
  • 2nd February 2017
  • 3rd February 2017
  • 4th February 2017
  • 5th February 2017
  • 6th February 2017
  • 7th February 2017


Jonathan Crayford Band
(Wednesday 8th February 2017)

Jazz Funk

For more details please see website.

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Fiona Pears and her band
(Thursday 9th February 2017)

‘Electrifying’ – ‘extraordinarily animated’–‘featuring rare and natural charisma’….

These are words used to describe Fiona Pears, the highly talented violinist and composer from Christchurch.

Together with her talented band, featuring Ian Tilley on piano, Pete Fleming on double bass and Burke Goffe on guitar, Fiona will perform music from her own exciting compositions as well as some well-known favourites. Expect a fiery melting pot of flavours!

“The audience couldn’t help but smile as we recognised that here was a musician who not only has an amazingly accomplished technique, but she’s also up on stage having a ball.” The Nelson Mail

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Walk/Run Centre of NZ
(Thursday 9th February 2017)

Join us in a timed walk or run to the center of New Zealand and back, take in the views of our amazing region or race against the clock to see how fast it can be done. We challenge you to continue doing this trail, and aim to better your time over the following months.

Meet on the grass at entrance way from Hardy Street

Event cancellations will be listed on https://www.facebook.com/NelsonParksProgramme

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Zorn and Outlet at the Playhouse
(Friday 10th February 2017)

An evening with Nelson College's OUTLET for whom it is their last gig and Franco-Irish-Burmese-English band ZORN. Original sounds and lyrics that will alternatively invite you to reflect and to dance.
Influenced by The Police and Depeche Mode, some say Talking Heads, ZORN is a new addition to the regional music scene and looking at bringing different tunes to the audience.

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1 Day Bhakti Fest with Sun Hyland, The Gaya Tree & Sw Karma Karuna
(Saturday 11th February 2017)

1 Day Bhakti Fest Celebration on Saturday 11th February 2017 11.30am-11.30pm

- Full day Event with lunch, afternoon tea and dinner included
- Loving Good Food Workshop with Sun Hyland
- Hatha Yoga Sound Journey with Swami Karma Karuna
- The Gaya Tree ‘Sound of Yoga’ Workshop
- Fire Ceremony and Akhanda 5 hour kirtan
I day Bhakti Fest: $95 Please book ahead

There is also the option to join the evening program only

Fire Ceremony and Akhanda 5 hour kirtan on Saturday evening 11th February 2017 6pm-11.30pm
Includes Havan (fire ceremony)and 5 hour Akhanda kirtan
Saturday evening option: $25 Please let us know you are coming beforehand

Saturday Overnight Camping Option available - $50 for the night, includes 1 night camping, Sunday morning Hatha Yoga class and brunch

The Bhakti Fest Celebration is part of the bigger 4 Day Soulfood & Sound Yoga Retreat

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Cruise Control Band at The Mapua Sprig and Fern
(Saturday 11th February 2017)

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

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Flash Electrical beach fun day
(Saturday 11th February 2017)

Fun for the whole family.

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How Great Thou ART Exhibition
(Friday 10th-Saturday 11th February 2017)

This is an opportunity to choose from a wide range of unique artworks.

Relax with Devonshire Teas and take your time and enjoy. This is an event art lovers must not miss!
Eftpos available.

This is a fund raising event for The Richmond Family Support Trust who provide practical support for families in the Richmond area through Ma's Place.
www.masplace.org.nz, and counselling support through PACT -Parents And Children Together

More Information.

How Great Thou ART Exhibition is on these dates:

  • 10th February 2017
  • 11th February 2017


Night Noodle Market
(Saturday 11th February 2017)

For first time in Tasman a noodle market will be held at Washbourn Gardens.The Night Noodle Markets - a fun food event for the whole family with entertainment, music, lanterns and of course mouth-watering food from around the world. An absolute must for food lovers.

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The Bollands
(Saturday 11th February 2017)

Foot Stomping Folk!

For more details please see website.

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2 day Natural Cheese making workshop with David Asher
(Saturday 11th-Sunday 12th February 2017)

This workshop is suitable for both the beginner & the experienced cheesemaker.

COURSE OUTLINE
Day 1 – Begins with a session on dairy fermentation, covering Kefir, Yogurt, Creme Fraiche, & Cultured Butter. In thee afternoon we make lactic cheeses such as Cream Cheese & Chevre, & then we take the same curd & age it into Crottin, Valencay & Saint Marcellin.
Day 2 – We look at rennet cheeses, preparing the basic curd that can become many different styles of cheese, including Camembert, Blue Cheeses, Washed Rind Cheeses, Mozzarella & Feta. On the second afternoon we make an Alpine Cheese. And with its leftover whey we prepare a batch of fresh, warm Ricotta.

2 days of learning will allow you to see many cheeses through the beginning stages of their evolution & provide insight into how all styles of cheeses evolve from the very same milk.

His new, yet old approach to cheesemaking is inspired by traditional practices, & based on the ecology of raw milk. His methods include cultivating starter cultures, growing the fungi that ripen cheeses, & working with the indigenous cultures of raw milk.
About David - www.theblacksheepschool.com

Julie Poolie, former workshop attendee - "This course is awesome!!! I took it this spring here in BC, Canada... Fantastic! It was super expensive here, and completely worth it. It was a really great weekend. I learned a tonne"

Venue: Motueka Community House, Decks Reserve (near I-Site)

To book your place, email jodie.hill@gmail.com

More Information.

2 day Natural Cheese making workshop with David Asher is on these dates:

  • 11th February 2017
  • 12th February 2017


Dovedale Country Affair Festival
(Sunday 12th February 2017)

Take a drive out to the country and enjoy a real country occasion with entertainment and lots of free activities for the whole family.
With live music and entertainment all day and so much to see and do, you'll want to make a day of it. Experience life in the country and join in with traditional country games, including tug-of-war; marvel at the sheepdogs and shearers; step back in time with the wedding dress exhibition in the Church; admire local art in the Hall; back by popular demand is the kids water slide, not to mention the Silent Auction, treasure hunt, farm animals, vintage machinery, plenty of craft and food stalls, raffles and lucky dips!
Ample parking, including accessible parking, with a shuttle bus between the Hall, Church and Reserve for those needing assistance.
Cash EFTPOS facility for a small fee.
Entry is $2 for adults, children free.
Please NO DOGS.
All monies raised goes back into the Dovedale Community.
Next to the school in the Dovedale Recreational Reserve, just 45 minutes drive from Nelson.
Follow the signs from Prices Corner (Neudorf Road turnoff) on theUpper Moutere.
On rain or shine.

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Park Fun Day
(Sunday 12th February 2017)

Games, challenges, more games and don’t forget the bouncy castles! Fun for the entire family! Join us in the ultimate family day in the beautiful Queen’s Gardens. Everyone is welcome!

Meet on the grass area by the water fountain.

Event cancellations will be listed on https://www.facebook.com/NelsonParksProgramme

More Information.


Ruby Coast Arts Summer Open Studios #7
(Sunday 12th February 2017)

The Ruby Coast Arts artists are holding Summer Open Studios each Sunday over the summer (excluding statutory holidays).

Not all of our fantastic artists are able to be open each Sunday, please check the website or facebook page first to see who is.

At other times over the summer you are welcome to visit artists on the RCA Trail Map, just check opening times on the map. Most artists prefer a phone call first.

Download the RCA Trail Map from this listing, or visit the website. Maps can also be found at the Java Hut, Mapua Bakery, Mapua Library and Jellyfish Cafe in Mapua and the Motueka i-Site.

Or visit the Ruby Coast Arts facebook page www.facebook.com/RubyCoastArts

More Information.


PhoneArt Showcase Richmond
(Tuesday 31st January-Tuesday 14th February 2017)

Following on from the success of BoardArt, Arts Council Nelson presents …
PhoneArt - a fun and creative community art installation project for and by people of all ages within Nelson & Tasman.

Students, groups & individuals around the region are busy turning old phones into works of art which will be used collectively to create a large public art installation work!
There are no rules, and anyone can take part.

Phones will be installed around the region starting at the Elma Turner Library in Nelson 4th-25th January 2016, then it moves to the Richmond Library to be on display from 31st January – 14th February, followed by a couple of other venues which are yet to be confirmed. Please keep an eye on our printed arts calendar and website pages for more details: www.acn.org.nz

If you wish to create your own miniature artwork, please collect an old phone from Arts Council Nelson office, or simply use one of your own.
Finished phones will need to reach Arts Council nelson by the end of December 2016 to be included in the project.

This project is assisted with funding from Creative Communities Scheme Nelson.

More Information.

PhoneArt Showcase Richmond is on these dates:

  • 31st January 2017
  • 14th February 2017


Go By Bike Day
(Wednesday 15th February 2017)

Passing cyclists call in for a FREE breakfast of hot English muffins and conserves on your way to work, school or out for an early ride.

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Go By Bike Day is on these dates:

  • 8th February 2017
  • 15th February 2017


The Winery Tour 2017
(Friday 17th February 2017)

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, The Winery Tour will be returning in 2017 with an all star lineup featuring two of New Zealand’s most successful artists of all time, Brooke Fraser and Bic Runga, and exciting newcomer Benny Tipene.

The Winery Tour 2017 will present twelve shows around New Zealand, celebrating the Kiwi summer in the best way possible, with outstanding music and great wine in some of New Zealand’s most idyllic wineries and outdoor venues.

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Rag Poets Band
(Saturday 18th February 2017)

Wellington band with a legendary line up playing covers and originals.

For more details please see website.

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Swap Meet Vintage Car Club
(Saturday 18th February 2017)

The Nelson Vintage Car Club is holding its ‘Annual Swap Meet’ at the Nelson Speedway grounds Lower Queen Street on Saturday 18th February 2017. This event is growing rapidly with increased support from around New Zealand. Sales sites are available at $20 and food outlet sites are $25, these can be booked by contacting Ruth Mercer; Ph. 03 548 6338 email, khmercer@xtra.co.nz
Get your site organised; dig out the old car, bike and truck parts someone may be looking for them and happy to pay a good price. Other second hand goods and memorabilia are acceptable. Complete vehicles can be included for sale on the day, but you need to get your site booked.
Free Public Car parking on the site is available and Public Entry to the sales area will cost $2.00 per person. A range of food and drink stalls will keep you going throughout the day.
Site entry will be via the Pit Gate off Lansdowne Road. SEE YOU THERE.

More Information.


Golden Bay Sustainable Day
(Saturday 18th-Sunday 19th February 2017)

Over two days come and gather at the Community Gardens and listen to a variety of speakers on what they are doing to contribute to a sustainable Golden Bay.

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Golden Bay Sustainable Day is on these dates:

  • 18th February 2017
  • 19th February 2017