Events in the Tasman/Nelson Region

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

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

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The Margaret Wilson Collection
(Tuesday 2nd September 2014)

The Margaret Wilson Collection. Mrs Wilson was a long-standing Golden Bay resident who built up a private collection of treasures, many with direct Golden Bay connections. She displayed them from the 1970s as the Takaka Museum. In 1985 she decided to sell her collection. Over several years the Golden Bay community raised the funds necessary to purchase the collection and keep it in the area. The Takaka Museum is now known as the Golden Bay Museum. There is a wide range of items in this collection so we are showcasing a sample of items, and will change them throughout the exhibition.

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Faust Quartet
(Thursday 4th September 2014)

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

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

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Folk Night
(Thursday 4th September 2014)

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

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Appleby School Country Fair
(Saturday 6th September 2014)

A fun day out for the family with food, entertainment, face painting, animal nursery, pony rides, plants and produce. There will be books, digger rides, white elephant stall!
Our silent auction is infamous with an amazing array of goods, accommodation, restaurant vouchers (and more!) up for auction. New to the fair this year is an art room- local and NZ artists' work is up for auction...there are some stunning pieces you just wont want to miss! Something for everyone...will go ahead rain or shine!

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Moulin Rouge Burlesque Variety Show
(Saturday 6th September 2014)

*Dynamite pole studio presents*

The next best show to hit Nelson *Moulin Rouge*

Tickets $25 or pre book just for $20 at The playhouse

Pole stars

Burlesque babes


Belly dancing

Kandy Bling heels mini fashion show

and more......

Prizes and giveaways

Mc- Tempest Storm

Sponsers -

Dynamite Pole Studio

Living Dolls Inc

Gizmos Store

Artistic beauty Nelson (make up artist)

Kandy Bling Heels

Performers from around New Zealand

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

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

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

More than 50 years later the family remains there.

Hard Country is their fascinating story.

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Garden Gala
(Saturday 13th September 2014)

Come and have fun with your family while getting all you need for your Spring Garden.
We will have a Food Court, Entertainment, Kids Activities, Silent Auction, White Elephant, Gardening Supplies.
Entry is free and eftpos will be available.

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Mel Parsons and James Nokise Beauty and the Bro
(Saturday 13th September 2014)

Beauty and the Bro – Mel Parsons and James Nokise AOTNZ tour Sep 2014

Saturday 13th September: Mel Parsons and James Noiske: Beauty and the Bro, $20, Music and comedy combine is night of entertainment magic, presented by Arts on Tour NZ.Full menu available from 6pm, Show from 8pm.

Take an acclaimed folk singer and a celebrated Samoan/Welsh comic, and be rewarded with an evening of music and comedy like no other. Mel Parsons and James Nokise combine their considerable talents to bring you their intimate live cabaret show, ‘Beauty and the Bro’.

Nokise has returned from the UK stand-up comedy circuit to perform ‘Soso Gangsta’, his hilarious and slightly true take on New Zealand gang culture. Parsons will be presenting new work, plus a variety of songs from her first two albums – ranging from rollicking country numbers to heartfelt ballads, and accompanied by multi-instrumentalist, Gerry Paul (Grada, Tim O’Brien).

“Parsons has a voice that could work any night in Nashville, yet sounds somehow intrinsically New Zealand – and the songs are good, very good.” –Black Magazine

“Nokise is a fresh, cheeky and (a) remarkably astute voice in today's comedy climate.” -Nik Smythe, Theatreview

For more information, contact:

Diana Moir, AOTNZ publicist, 03 355 2691, 021 126 5738,

Steve Thomas, AOTNZ Trust, or

Mel Parsons,,

James Nokise, 021-289-7778,

James Nokise

A Fred Dagg Comedy Award nominee and two time Billy T Comedy Award nominee, James Nokise has carved out a reputation in New Zealand going after everything from gangs to politicians to pacific Island stereotypes.

Fresh from four years working on the United Kingdom stand-up comedy circuit, he’s also performed at the Edinburgh and Adelaide Festivals, guest lectured at universities, been a member of the award winning Puppet Fiction (Pulp Fiction with Puppets) crew, written Wellington’s popular political satire series, Public Service Announcements, all the while continuing to be a regular host at Wellington and Auckland comedy clubs, as well as a commentator for Radio Live and 531PI.

Not bad for a bro kicked out of a gang in the Hutt Valley.

Mel Parsons

After growing up on the West Coast, Mel Parsons now calls home a hotel room and a suitcase, building her fan base the old fashioned way, winning over audiences on the live circuit. The two time NZ Music Award finalist for Folk Album of the Year, Parsons has received accolades for her 2009 debut record ‘Over My Shoulder’ and for ‘Red Grey Blue’, released to widespread critical acclaim in 2011.

Last year Parsons toured Australia, UK, Ireland, Germany and New Zealand as a solo artist and joined the cast of ‘Fly My Pretties’ for the sold out 23-date ‘Homeland Tour’. She has also spent two years touring as one half of the double bill show ‘The Bitches’ Box and Mel Parsons’, playing in woolsheds all over the country. Parsons is currently working on her third album, due for release in early 2015.

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(Saturday 13th–Sunday 14th September 2014)

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

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

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Motueka Playcentre Open Day
(Sunday 14th September 2014)

Here's your chance to come and see what Playcentre is all about. Bring the kids for a sausage and a jump on the bouncy castle. Will be cancelled if wet.

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

From Sea to Sky. John Caldwell Retrospective Exhibition.

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Nelson Male Voice Choir in Motueka
(Sunday 14th September 2014)

The Nelson Male Voice Choir presents its 2nd Concert in Motueka for 2014. The theme is "From Aotearoa: A Celtic Fantasia. If you are Irish, Welsh, from Scotland, England or a Kiwi" join us in "the parlour" for a heart warming afternoon of song.
You will be surprised at the selection, as have been the choir members. As a special treat our long awaited CD is on sale at $20. Come along and join us, you will be made very welcome.

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(Sunday 14th September 2014)

Sunday 14th September: The Nukes, $15, New Zealand's BEST Uke band, with support from local groups. Dinner from 5pm. Show from 7pm.


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

The Maze Runner movie is coming to town!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Map- improvised stories from a map you help to create!
(Friday 19th September 2014)

The Map is a new concept show from Body in Space's improvisation troupe. It is a long-form piece. This means that the entire show will be concerned with the telling of one, large-scale story, as opposed to the short, unrelated scenes, stories, poems and songs you'd see in a usual Deep End show.

About The Map...
At the start of the night a map is created. You, the audience member, will get to offer up ideas as to what the map will look like. A map of a village will emerge along with details of the structures and people that exist there. This is the stuff from which our completely original story will arise.

The show is entirely improvised based on the map that is drawn and the ideas that are gifted to the performance by audience members. Our professional improvisors will bring the map to life, becoming characters and revealing the secrets that are tucked away in the nooks and crannies of this imagined world.

Get to the Playhouse in Takaka and make history with.... The Map!

The company will be running a workshop the next day for those keen to have a go at improvising themselves.

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Abel Tasman Coastal Classic 2014
(Saturday 20th September 2014)

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

This is a running event only. Walkers will not meet the respective cut off times. The Supporters Walk package accommodates walkers.

Come stride into paradise.

Entry is limited.

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Hope School Country Bazaar and Silent Auction
(Saturday 20th September 2014)

What an amazing opportunity this year 2014 to come and join us again at our Hope School Country Bazaar and Silent Auction as well as being able to vote, all at once. A voting booth is available on site and plenty of parking is provided.
We have a wide range of stalls and entertainment to accomodate all age groups and eftpos is available.
The children are well catered for with inexpensive entertainment: hunting and fishing stall with Crimpy,pony rides,bouncy castles,old school races,crazy hair,face painting, nail art,jolly jars, trailer rides and our animal petting area providing a menagerie of critters to cuddle up too.
Stage Entertainment will include the Waimea College Jazz Band and the Hope School kids performing. The art of sheep shearing is not to be missed.
The Hope hot food tent has become synonymous with high quality fare catering for meat lovers and vegetarians alike.
Local fresh apple juice,home baking, preserves,pre-loved books,clothing, our well stocked plant stall,ice creams and great coffee with some home baking will satisfy anyone's sweet tooth.
Our Silent Auction is always a draw card for bidders looking for a bargain.
We look forward seeing you all on Saturday the 20th of September.

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The Boogie Train live at The Playhouse
(Saturday 20th September 2014)

Saturday 20th September: The Boogie Train, $15, Best blues band in town! Come and and dance up a storm. Full menu available from 6pm, Show from 8pm.


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(Sunday 21st September 2014)

A community expo highlighting all businesses and community groups that support and encourage sustainability in some way. Seminars, demonstrations, stands, kids' activities and much more.

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Spring Jam Skatepark Competition
(Sunday 21st September 2014)

You asked for it. So here it is.

The Tasman Skatepark Tour makes a special return to Motueka this September with a Spring Jam for all skate, bike and scooter shredders.

Three age group categories to be contested, and over a thousand dollars worth in prizes up for grabs.

Alcohol and drug free event. Helmets must be worn by all competitors and it is free to enter, with registrations taken on the day.

Part of the great kids’ activities at Ecofest@Motueka, being held at the Motueka Recreation Centre between 10am-4pm that day.

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Hits of the 50s & 60s
(Monday 22nd September 2014)

We bring you Hits of the 50s and 60s, a time when songs had real melodies, when romance meant romance with real lyrics, and when composers knew something about rhythm. Re-live those hits with our full band of sax, piano and guitar/drum kit with the ever popular Bonnie, an exciting female artist just announced - Suzanne Lynch, and iconic great, Tom Sharplin.

It was a time when we lived life to the full and the music encapsulated the free spirit of the era with greats like Elvis, Dusty Springfield, Rosemary Clooney, the Beatles, Seekers and Carpenters, the Rat Pack and many more adding to the fun!

Suzanne Lynch
Tom Sharplin
Bonaventure Allan-Moetaua

Plus band:
Bruce French
Ron Coleman
Ray Eade

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

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

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Paul Madsen's UK Invasion
(Friday 26th September 2014)

Friday 26th September: Paul Madsen presents THE UK INVASION, $25, The Beatles, Queen, The Beegee and much much more, great night out with a master entertainer. $25 one course buffet available from 6pm.

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Gypsy Pickers
(Saturday 27th September 2014)

Always a favourite at the Inn, the Gypsy Pickers are back with their unique blend of high energy acoustic music. Good for sitting or bouncing around.

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Shabby Chic Market - Beacon Hill
(Saturday 27th September 2014)

Looking for gorgeous shabby chic items in Nelson?

We are very excited to be running our third Shabby Chic Market at Beacon Hill. We will have a wide variety of local stalls exhibiting an inspiring assortment of shabby chic treasures.

We are holding a gold coin entry to raise money for a non profit organisation that works in a red light district in East Asia rescuing and rehabilitating trafficked girls.

See you on the 27th September!

No dogs please
This market is cash only.

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The Deep End Improvised Comedy at The Playhouse
(Saturday 27th September 2014)

Sat 27th September: The Deep End, $15 for adults, $12 for kids. Improvised Comedy at its best. Full menu available from 6pm, Show from 8pm.

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Wanderers Sports Club Pig Hunt Challenge
(Thursday 25th–Saturday 27th September 2014)

Wanderers Rugby Club are holding their annual Pig Hunt Challenge. This event is designed for the whole family with awesome prizes.

There are 3 main section - Juniors 4-9 years free entry, Intermediate 10 - 14 years $10.00 entry fee and Seniors with a ladies only section entry will be $30.00 if paid by the 19th September or $35.00 after 19th Sept. We have extended the prize pool this year so everyone is in the running for awesome prizes. There is also the chance to win your Junior Rugby team some cold hard cash with a share of $500.00 and lets not for get the bragging rights that goes with it. The Trophy is the Rugby Club Challenge/Matt Baker Memorial Trophy.
There is loads of entertainment planned for all, with the kids well catered for with pig carrying, possum tossing, fancy dressed possums and wet and wild type games.
The day is wound up by an impressive hangi that has been prepared by the Clubs hangi master George Paki Paki, and is open to all competitors with extra meals available for $10.00.

Entry forms are available from Brightwater Motors, the Loggers Shop, South Fuels Spring Grove, Nelson Hunting and Fishing, Rai Valley Store.

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Welcome to the Godwits Celebration 2014
(Sunday 28th September 2014)

Every year, around the second week of September, the first of the godwits arrive from their breeding grounds in Alaska. To celebrate this event, the Friends of Motueka Estuaries will display information about the godwits and Birds NZ members will have their telescopes so you can see the birds feeding in the estuary.


1. Viewing of the godwits feeding in the Motueka Estuary.
Date: Sunday 29 September, 10am - 1pm.
Place: Old Wharf, Motueka Quay (near the Janie Seddon wreck.)
Birds New Zealand members will have telescopes for you to watch the godwits feeding in the estuary. There will be a tent with information about the godwit life cycle, and photos of other birds seen in our estuaries. Find out how you can help sustain the wildlife in our area.
The Motueka Art group will be displaying and demonstrating their art works, and there will be various activities for children. Competition winers announced 11am.

2. Speaker: David Melville, ornithologist, talking about the latest godwit research, and what happens to our godwits when they stop over in China
Date: Saturday October 4, 7pm
Place: SeniorNet Rooms, 42 Pah Street, Motueka

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Yoga and Sound
(Friday 26th–Sunday 28th September 2014)

The practices of the Yoga of Sound take us into the realm of the subtle flows of energy within both our external and internal environments.

Explore your superficial perception of sound. The Yoga of Sound aims to extend the boundaries of your perception by refining and ‘tuning’ your awareness of sound and vibration, even into the deeper layers of your individual personality.

The ancient yogis applied these principles in their development of the systems of yogic breath, in particular the syllables which, when chanted, sung or intoned, are considered to have a transformative and harmonising effect on the entire personality. The Yoga of Sound helps to bring one’s internal and external environments into a state of being in tune, rather than in dischord.

Hatha Yoga
Breathing techniques
Yoga of sound
Action with awareness
... and much more

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Richmond Library: Nelson Guild of Woodworkers
(Monday 1st–Tuesday 30th September 2014)

A display of the stunning work of the versatile Nelson woodworkers.

Don't expect amateur carving. These exquisite pieces are from across the spectrum of design.

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Richmond Library:Paintings by Meredith Thorpe
(Monday 1st–Tuesday 30th September 2014)

Come in and admire the water colours by local artist Meredith Thorpe.

Meredith captures the Nelson landscape and all her framed works are for sale.

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

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

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

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Takaka Library: Cryptic Turkeys Book Club
(Friday 28th February–Friday 21st November 2014)

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 28 February.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Do you enjoy reading and talking about books?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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