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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Event Listings


Richmond Library: Sustainability Workshop – Energy Efficiency
(Wednesday 29th March 2017)

There are lots of ways you can trim household expenses and make the best use of resources.

This workshop is the fifth of six weekly workshops about sustainable living at home taking place at Richmond Library.

Come along to this free sustainability workshop at Richmond Library featuring ways to make power savings, keep the home warm or cool and energy efficient transport options.

The workshop will include a presentation from an experienced speaker, followed by small-group practical experiences and activities to try at home.

To book your spot on this free workshop, enquire at Richmond Library or phone: 03 543 8500.

For further information visit: www.sustainableliving.org.nz, or enquire at Richmond Library.

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Motueka Library: Workshop - Spotlight on Joints and Inflammation
(Thursday 30th March 2017)

It's healthy lifestyles and wellness month at Motueka Library.

Learn how to improve your mobility, maintain healthy joints and reduce inflammation during a free workshop with Robyn Fisher from Health 2000 Motueka.

Robyn will share her wealth of experience and describe how essential ingredients can support joint health and well being.

While you're in the library, explore our fantastic collection of books and magazines on health and well being.

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No Lights No Lycra Motueka
(Friday 31st March 2017)

There is no light, no teacher, no steps to learn, no technique, just free movement. NLNL is a space where you can completely let go. Enjoy moving your own way to a mix of old & new music.

Wear whatever, bring water- it gets hot!

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PechaKucha Night Mapua
(Friday 31st March 2017)

PechaKucha Nights are informal and fun gatherings where creative people get together and share their ideas, works, thoughts, holiday snaps -- just about anything, really -- in the PechaKucha 20x20 format.
PechaKucha 20x20 is a simple presentation format where you show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The images advance automatically and you talk along to the images.
We will have around 12 presenters on the night all with fantastically interesting topics to speak about.
Enjoy a beautiful curry and a drink beforehand from 6pm.

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Biochar
(Saturday 1st April 2017)

Biochar is produced by heating wood and other carbon products to high temperatures in the absence of oxygen, and then adding the resulting charcoal to soil. It has many uses in agriculture and horticulture, including soil water retention, effluent control, increased fertility, and carbon sequestration. This workshop will go into some of the details of how biochar can be made and used on a domestic or large commercial scale for these benefits.

Your speaker: New Zealand Biochar solutions is a local group established in 2016 to promote the use of biochar for reducing waste, enhancing long-term soil fertility, and sequestering carbon in the Earth where it belongs, rather than in the air where it contributes
to climate change. Don Graves is a soil biologist who has studied biochar extensively.

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From Caveman to Junk Food - Solutions for our Diminishing Nutrition
(Saturday 1st April 2017)

Description:
Rob and Barbara will take you on the journey from what our ancestors were possibly eating for 3 million years, what happened 10,000 years ago, and where we are now: obesity, heart disease, diabetes. Let’s have a look at demystifying the current food trends, from LCHF, Paleo,and Ketogenic, that have risen up to challenge the food pyramid in the last few years,
and coming up with strategies and diets that are practical for today.
Your speakers: Rob and Barbara Knowles have been local organic farmers for 30 years, always interested in nutrition and healthy (tasty) eating. Their attention was focused on using food as a preventative medicine when their children were faced with challenging health problems. Lucy is now studying nutrition at Otago and David is developing a Ketogenic website in Australia.
For the last few years the Knowles’s have been operating a stall at Motueka Sunday Market,
“Food Nut”, transforming their organic produce into tasty, healthy and nutritional goodies.

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Mozzarella Making for Youth
(Saturday 1st April 2017)

Description:
This fun and hands-on workshop is for the younger generation (12 – 18 years old). Using local milk, you will learn how to turn the fresh milk into a piece of delicious, stretchy mozzarella. Take your own piece of mozzarella home and have it on pizza for dinner!

Your speaker:
Irma Jager lives with her family on a self-sufficiency farm in the Motueka Valley. She has a passion for growing, preparing, preserving and eating (!) her home-grown foods. She is New Zealand’s only certified Primal Health Coach and has a wealth of practical knowledge abouteating a healthy, whole-food diet.

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Paul Ubana Jones
(Saturday 1st April 2017)

Paul Ubana Jones has been the shining light in the New Zealand Blues scene for many a year now. He has criss-crossed the country many times and will be gracing the Playhouse stage on 1st April for what sure to be a sell out.
Book early not to miss out.

Born in London to a Yorkshire mother and a Nigerian father, Paul Ubana Jones was playing guitar by the age of 11, beginning a three decade career that would see him crossing continents and recording seven albums of mostly original songs.

After graduating from a London music college, where he studied guitar and cello, Paul began to forge the solo acoustic style that he has stuck to and developed over the years. In the late seventies, Paul based himself in Provence, Southern France, and toured all over Europe and North Africa, as well as venturing extensively into Canada and the US.

In the late eighties Paul and his family moved to New Zealand, which is still their permanent home. He has continued to perform internationally, to growing acclaim. Concert performances include opening for the likes of Bob Dylan, Patti Smith and touring with: Taj Mahal, Keb Mo’, Tuck and Patti, Crowded House and Norah Jones.

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Dehydrate to Preserve your Precious Harvest
(Sunday 2nd April 2017)

Description:
Dehydrated foods are lightweight and portable, they can be stored at room temperature and the naturally present nutrition remains in the food.
Irma Jager will share her experience with dehydrating a whole range of foods including fruit & fruit leather, vegetables, herbs, activated nuts and even complete meals (like rice/curry).
Go home with the knowledge to preserve foods that are in season.
Your speaker: Irma Jager lives with her family on a self-sufficiency farm in the Motueka Valley. She has a passion for growing, preparing, preserving and eating (!) her home-grown foods. She is New Zealand’s only certified Primal Health Coach and has a wealth of practical knowledge about eating a healthy, whole-food diet.

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Designing Site-Appropriate Foodscapes
(Sunday 2nd April 2017)

Smart design lies at the heart of creating sustainability and productivity of our immediate
surroundings. We will explore what factors to observe, what means we may have available to establish and then maintain our productive environments while minimising subsidies. A wellestablished approach is to employ Permaculture inspired approaches. Naturally we will look at what we may want or need and then develop ways to embed our intentions into the man-made and natural environment. The plan is to make this workshop very interactive. The Tasman Bay bioregion will be
our focus.

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Lacto-Fermentation ~ make your own jar of Sauerkraut
(Sunday 2nd April 2017)

Local fermentation freaks Lynda Hannah and Irma Jager will share their knowledge and
experience about this ancient art of preserving that was practiced before the days of vinegar... During the course you will make your own jar of sauerkraut and also take home recipes for several other lacto-fermented vegetables and fruits. Lots of time for questions and answers.
Each participant will need to bring the following:
- one 1 ltr Agee preserving jar (like the one in the picture, for sale at op-shops or else new at
the supermarket)
- wooden pounder / clean meat hammer
- sharp knife & cutting board

Your speakers:
Lynda Hannah is a herbalist, naturopath, writer, and natural funeral facilitator who grows organic medicinal and culinary herbs on her small farm on the outskirts of Motueka.

Irma Jager lives with her family on a self-sufficiency farm in the Motueka Valley. She has a passion for growing, preparing, preserving and eating (!) her home-grown foods. She is New Zealand’s only certified Primal Health Coach and has a wealth of practical knowledge about eating a healthy, whole-food diet.

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Motueka Rudolf Steiner School Autumn Fair
(Sunday 2nd April 2017)

Join us to celebrate harvest and the bounty of nature. The annual Motueka Rudolf Steiner School Autumn Fair is a child friendly family day. New this year the event will be held on the school farm in Lower Moutere. The much loved games, entertainment and food stalls will be there as usual.

Autumn is the season of abundance, a time of joy and celebration. It is also the time to reflect on the coming winter and prepare our hearts and minds for colder and darker days.

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Motueka Library: Kai Fest - Cupcake Decorating
(Monday 3rd April 2017)

Motueka Library is partnering with Kai Fest to celebrate the local kai of Motueka.

We are taking a creative spin and bringing you a cupcake decorating workshop with Wendy King.

Discover your hidden talents and create small fondant flowers and butterflies for your cupcakes in this fun and interactive kai workshop.

Bring along some cupcakes to decorate.

While you're in the library, explore our great collection of books and magazines on local food and cake decorating.

Bookings essential.

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Motueka, Murchison, Richmond and Takaka Libraries: Opening Lines Mystery Read.
(Thursday 9th March-Tuesday 4th April 2017)

What’s inside? Is it something to quietly read before going to sleep? Or is it a thriller that will get your heart racing?

Read the opening lines of our mystery reads, issue the one that grabs you, then take it home and be surprised by what you’ve chosen. You never know, you might discover a new favourite author!

Take the decision making out of choosing a book, and let the opening lines grab you. Without the cover or genre to distract you, you’re bound to find something unexpectedly good to read.

The Opening Lines Mystery Read is taking place at all of Tasman District Libraries – Motueka, Murchison, Richmond and Takaka.

It’s free to take part (none of the mystery reads are rentals) and it’s fun.

Take home a mystery read today!

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Motueka, Murchison, Richmond and Takaka Libraries: Opening Lines Mystery Read. is on these dates:

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


Nuts About Nuts!
(Tuesday 4th April 2017)

Join Irma for a 2 hour presentation on how to harvest, store and use a variety of local nuts: walnuts, hazelnuts, almonds, macadamias. Learn about the importance of soaking your nuts and thus making them 'activated'. The soaking increases the nutritional value of the nuts and it breaks down problematic compounds. Demonstration of making your own nut milk (almondor hazelnut) and how to use nut flours for baking.

Your speaker:
Irma Jager lives with her family on a self-sufficiency farm in the Motueka Valley. She has a passion for growing, preparing, preserving and eating (!) her home-grown foods. She is New Zealand’s only certified Primal Health Coach and has a wealth of practical knowledge about eating a healthy, whole-food diet.

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Site Visit to Tasman Bay Herbs, Deep Roots Organic Market Garden and Motueka Community Garden
(Tuesday 4th April 2017)

Tasman Bay Herbs
Tasman Bay Herbs is celebrating its 21st birthday having started on the 6th March 1996 when Don Grant and the late Yoka De Houwer bought a 2-hectare kiwifruit block in Dehra Doon Road, Riwaka. They had a dream of supplying the best fresh cut herbs and salads to restaurants and retailers and today supply 60 discerning supermarkets from Warkworth to Queenstown with a range of 35 different varieties.The operation is mainly hydroponic and no harmful sprays are used.

Deep Roots Organic Market Garden

Description: Deep Roots is an organic market garden in Riwaka which has been in production for over 25 years, growing fruit and vegetables on just over an acre.The soil is tended with organic and biodynamic principles and Deep Roots is one of 3 small businesses growing produce on the site. We have examples of most organic growing methods such as composting, worm farming and using green manure crops.
Danielle has been a gardener for 17 years and has worked in all sort of roles from maintaining the grounds of Government House to working on a box scheme that had 800 customers.

Motueka Community Garden
Set up by a group of keen gardeners to enable locals to grow and learn.

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#18 Science of Ice-cream
(Wednesday 5th April 2017)

At 23 litres per person, per year, New Zealanders are amongst the biggest eaters of ice cream in the world, and most recent figures put us at the very top. Come along to this workshop and discover how to make ice-cream using rock salt, an ice cream maker and dry ice. We will also look how we can put ice cream in the oven with an amazing Baked Alaska.

Depending on where you live it will be difficult to get ice-cream home. This workshop is about the ‘Science of Ice-cream’ and not making food to take home.

About your Tutor:

Jo Calt is a Food Technology teacher with over 20 years experience working with kids in the kitchen. She is currently Associate Principal at Parklands School, responsible for the Motueka Technology Education Centre (MoTEC). Jo is passionate about encouraging people of all ages to learn to cook for health and well-being – as well as for fun of course!

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9 day Chanting Immersion
(Navaratri)
(Tuesday 28th March-Wednesday 5th April 2017)

We are celebrating Navaratri with 9 days of spiritual practice and chanting.
We invite you to join us during this important astrological alignment, which is recommended for spiritual practices and inner transformation.

This is a time to share as a group and join in -

daily karma yoga
extended morning chanting
yoga nidra
daily afternoon meditation with special chanting
extra kirtans and havans
group chanting
simple diet and times of silence
includes 3 hours karma yoga (garden/kitchen/service) a day

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9 day Chanting Immersion (Navaratri) is on these dates:

  • 28th March 2017
  • 29th March 2017
  • 30th March 2017
  • 31st March 2017
  • 1st April 2017
  • 2nd April 2017
  • 3rd April 2017
  • 4th April 2017
  • 5th April 2017


EM Technology, Bokashi and probiotic gardening
(Wednesday 5th April 2017)

Description:
We will explore the work of Doctor Higa who (re)discovered EM Efficient Micro-organisms and
the multiple applications of this technology. This technology is applied in - probiotic gardening (natural farming) the aim is to create a healthy environment for the plant and creating a barrier for pathogens. " If the goodies are there the baddies can't come in."
- Use in water and purification and soil remediation,
- Organic waste management convert in highly effective organic fertilizer (bokashi)
- probiotic feed for animals suppressing the need for antibiotic.
- building and health etc,

Your speaker:
Since his training in Thailand in 2004 Michel D’Hondt has been producing EM technology products; Bokashi, EMA, EM5, FPE and Biogenic Manna as well as a probiotic and mineral supplement line in his D'Hondt and Sons Bio-fermented Super Food family business

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Richmond Library: Sustainability Workshop – Loving Your Wardrobe
(Wednesday 5th April 2017)

There are lots of ways you can trim household expenses and make the best use of resources.

This workshop is the final workshop of six weekly workshops about sustainable living at home taking place at Richmond Library.

Come along to this free sustainability workshop at Richmond Library about making the most of your wardrobe by holding clothes swaps, mending and other creative options.

Bring along any clothes that you would like to swap with others during the workshop.

The workshop will include a presentation from an experienced speaker, followed by small-group practical experiences and activities to try at home.

To book your spot on this free workshop, enquire at Richmond Library or phone: 03 543 8500.

For further information visit: www.sustainableliving.org.nz, or enquire at Richmond Library.

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#20 Farm to Table for Children & Community Garden Tour
(Thursday 6th April 2017)

The tour starts at the Motueka Community Garden. Shared activities include planting, propagating, making compost, weeding, watering etc. Volunteers in the garden are gifted with fresh organic produce for their work.

2nd stop at 6pm:
The Motueka Rudolf Steiner School has started a Farm to Table programme to educate children about nutritious food, how to grow it, harvest it, prepare it and share it.

Encouraging children to connect with nature and learn from nature is a key aim of the Motueka Rudolf Steiner School. The school plans to become a farm-based school where nature and outdoor activities are integrated into full curriculum. The Farm to Table programme is a key component. Lindsey Ellison will talk about the programme and show how the school farm will be developed to support this learning.

Your speaker
Lindsey Ellison is passionate about helping kiwis reconnect food with health, and encouraging healthy eating patterns from an early age. She is currently studying toward a Graduate Diploma in Sustainable Practice. Lindsey’s project is to bring food education to Motueka schools.

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Motueka Library: Author Talk - Jeremy Scott
(Thursday 6th April 2017)

Motueka Library brings you author Jeremy Scott.

Jeremy Scott is a highly entertaining, inspirational speaker who will share his incredible experiences on a global cycling adventure that raised $35 000 for charity.

In 2011 Jeremy Scott began his epic solo bicycle journey around the world. His 52 000km journey through 29 countries took him two years, seven months and twenty days to complete. In the process, he raised tens of thousands of dollars for the Australian, British and New Zealand Heart Foundations.

Come to Motueka Library to hear about his adventures first hand.

While you're in the library, explore our books, DVDs and magazines on travel, biking, trekking, tramping and other outdoor pursuits.

For more information about Jeremy visit: http://www.jeremyscott.com.au/

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Herbs - growing, drying, teas
(Friday 7th April 2017)

Herbs have been used for thousands of years by humans, and other animals, to keep themselves safe, flavour food, extend life, alleviate pain, and many other purposes. Until the last two centuries they were the main source of medicine, and still are in many parts of the world. This workshop is about how you can grow, store, and use some favourite herbs in your own garden and kitchen, and touches on some of the medicinal as well as culinary benefits.

Your speaker: Lynda Hannah is a herbalist, naturopath, writer, and natural funeral facilitator who grows organic medicinal and culinary herbs on her small farm on the outskirts of Motueka.

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Hunting
(Friday 7th April 2017)

In this workshop we talk about all things hunting, from stalking, clubs to join, to shooting regulations and what to do with your kill to get it home edible. Neil will answer any other questions you may have.

I have been a hunter for over 40 years both here in New Zealand and in the UK. I have hunted several species of deer from the small Roe deer to Red Stags, shoot and worked on big pheasant/duck shoots in the UK along with my wife, who by the way does a superb job of cooking whatever I bring home. Safety is always paramount hence the reason I became a firearms safety officer. Love the outdoors particularly if it involves taking something home to eat.

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What to do with a lifestyle block? Take The Nutty Option!
(Friday 7th April 2017)

You finally have your dream piece of land and a husband telling you you need to remain employed as the farm will never support you. Do you:
- Admit defeat and agree with him
- Or be determined to prove him wrong
Me being me, I chose the 2nd option. And went about researching and developing a business. OK it hasn’t YET proven financially viable. But here is some of the do’s and don’ts to try and make the farm produce an income and I chose Nuts and Alpacas – but the alpaca one is for another story. I will share with you about growing and selling Almonds, Hazelnuts, Macadamias, Pine nuts and walnuts.

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#19 Big Chef, Little Chef Day
(Saturday 8th April 2017)

Kids grab an adult to bring to this family fun workshop. Together you will cook up a storm to take home and share with your whanau.
Menu: Tomato, coconut and coriander soup; Spianata (delicious rolled pizza) and a Raspberry and Lemon Sponge Pudding. Delicious!

Please remember to bring containers to take the soup and spianata home in. An ovenproof dish would be best to cook the pudding in.

This workshop is recommended for anyone aged 8-88.

About your Tutor:

Jo Calt is a Food Technology teacher with over 20 years experience working with kids in the kitchen. She is currently Associate Principal at Parklands School, responsible for the Motueka Technology Education Centre (MoTEC). Jo is passionate about encouraging people of all ages to learn to cook for health and well-being – as well as for fun of course!

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Beacon Hill Shabby Chic Market
(Saturday 8th April 2017)

A beautiful Shabby Chic market day filled with fabulous products from a variety of local and travelling vendors. Products range from furniture, homeware, giftware, haberdashery, health foods, coffee and much more!

About Beauty are running a gorgeous Day Spa and the team from The Kitchen are keeping us all fuelled with their delicious whole food cafe and coffee.

We have a $2 Entry Fee to raise support for iBring Freedom who do amazing work in East Asia, reaching, rescuing and restoring those trapped in human trafficking.

We look forward to seeing you out here!

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Beekeeping for beginners
(Saturday 8th April 2017)

Description: There's a resurgence in interest in beekeeping as a productive hobby, and this workshop will address some of the questions that beginners have before they get started.
Weather permitting we will look into some hives and explore the life of the honeybee, Apis mellifera. We'll also talk about essential gear. If you have access to a bee suit or bee veil please bring it. There will be some available to use.

Your speaker: Lynda Hannah is a herbalist, naturopath, writer, and natural funeral facilitator
who has been keeping bees for about 7 years, for pollination, honey, and other hive products such as beeswax and propolis that she uses in herbal preparations.

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Event Management Training for Young People
(Saturday 8th April 2017)

Got a great idea and want to organize an event? Not quite sure where to start or what to do?

Then this workshop is for you.

Gain the skills, know how and confidence to run your own event, with free training and support from event and youth worker professionals. Workshops are suitable for young people aged 15-24 years.

What will you learn about?

A lot of useful and practical information that will help you run safe and successful events. Training will cover the following topics:

>I’ve Got A Great Idea! Creating - The Concept
>Show Me The Money - Budgeting, Sponsorship & Funding
> I’m Going To Make It Happen - The Steps
> Safer Partying - Risk Management
>Getting The Peeps - Marketing and Promoting Events
> Delivering the Event

***Lunch Provided***

How do you register?

Spaces are strictly limited. To register your interest, email nelsontasmanevents@gmail.com or message 'Nelson Youth Events' on Facebook.

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What is the REAL cost of REAL food?
(Saturday 8th April 2017)

If you have ever wondered why organic food is more expensive than conventionally grown food then this is the talk for you!
Join Lucy Maxwell who works with local, organic growers & producers to learn more about how paying the REAL cost of REAL food has many more benefits than just putting kai on your plate.
Lucy Maxwell runs Fresh2U Organic Food Delivery which operates a home delivery service bringing the Farmers Market to customers from Picton to Hokitika. Fresh2U has been running for 12 years delivering the best of our districts produce and Lucy has built strong relationships with organic farmers whom she has been talking with & learning from to bring this presentation to you.

Lucy lives locally & has 2 young children. When she isn’t working or parenting, Lucy loves tramping, camping & boating in the Abel Tasman, cooking & creating in the kitchen & being an advocate for our community & environment.

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An Evening with John Wright & The Souwesters
(Sunday 9th April 2017)

New Zealand international Cricketing legend John Wright is coming to Motueka and hosting an evening of stories and songs with The Sou'westers.
8.00pm to 9.30pm on Sunday 9th of April at Motueka Memorial Hall (after the Motueka Kai fest)

John is releasing an album and single about Motueka, 'Drivin into Mot' this has sparked Media interest and Nationwide TV cameras will be in attendance filming at the event as we celebrate the release of beautifully filmed music video featuring Motueka.

John is wonderful story teller with many stories to tell of his travels around the world with his extensive cricketing career both spoken and in song

Mixed in with some great music in one evening with The Sou'Westers and full band

Book now (Meet and Greet Pre-function tickets available.)

All proceed go to Vision Motueka Trust for Motueka Kai Fest Fund.

Supported by Our Town Motueka and Love Motueka

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John Wright and the Sou'Westers
(Sunday 9th April 2017)

Renowned Kiwi sportsman John Wright shows us another side as he launches his album Red Skies right here in Motueka.

On the road as an international cricket coach you clock up hotel hours! John preferred to pick up his guitar and write songs rather than do crosswords. Finally those songs and stories have made their way onto an album recorded over two years with Sou’Westers Liam Ryan and Dean Hetherington.

John will perform with The Sou’Westers including third member Aly Cook who is enjoying a solo career with three Number 1 Country Radio hits in Australia in the last year.

Hear songs from Red Skies performed live for the first time in concert and see the premiere of John’s music video Drivin’ Into Mot featuring wonderful shots of Motueka Valley and township.

The pre-concert function will be at the Senior Citizens Hall from 6:30pm on. This includes Meet & Greet and album signing with John, refreshments and finger food, followed by the concert in Motueka Hall.

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Motueka Kai Fest
(Sunday 9th April 2017)

Motueka Kai Fest.
Let’s celebrate!
Motueka grows great food, thanks to outstanding water, soil, climate and people. Through this festival we aim to bring together our community of many cultures to learn more about and honour one thing which we all have in common – Kai.
The Motueka area is one of the most important and productive food baskets regions in New Zealand, as we as a community can be proud to celebrate this.
The event organisers – a group of people from across the Motueka community – aim to renew awareness around harvest time each year of this special part of Motueka life and celebrate it through community gathering, fun, pageantry, sharing of cultures, sampling and learning.
Motueka Kai Fest will involve the participation of people from across the whole community as participants, entertainers, artists, food processors, teachers, demonstrators and onlookers. The involvement of schools, community groups and food businesses and producers will be central to this celebration.
We want you to make this a fantastic event for Motueka!
For more information about this event, please contact event coordinator Terri Everett at motueka.kai.fest@gmail.com

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Motueka Library: Workshops - Essential Oils to Make and Take
(Monday 10th April 2017)

Join Motueka Library in celebrating their 160th anniversary with Inspire Me workshops.

Discover the therapeutic, healing properties of doTERRA essential oils with Rose Scott in a fun, sociable and interactive workshop.

Then explore Motueka Library's collection of books and magazines on essential oils and similar topics.

Bookings essential.

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Motueka Library: Cath Welsh - Horse Whisperer
(Tuesday 11th April 2017)

Join us in celebrating Motueka Library's 160th anniversary with a visit from horse whisperer Cath Welsh.

Gold Bay writer Cath Welsh writes children's books for horse lovers. Her books entertain and create an awareness for children about wild ponies around the world.

When Cath visits Motueka Library she will read from her books, give advice to young writers on writing and illustrating, and answer questions on horse taming and training using "whispering" techniques.

For horse lovers aged 9-12 years.

Cath will have her books available for purchase. Cash sales only.

For more information, visit Cath's website: www.hillpony.co.nz.

Free.

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Motueka Library: Workshop - Natural Hand Creams
(Tuesday 11th April 2017)

Join Motueka Library in celebrating their 160th anniversary with Inspire Me workshops.

In this fun, sociable and interactive workshop hear how Deborah Pearson creates her natural hand creams and learn how to enhance hand creams with fragrances.

Also, find out how to use edible weeds in salads.

Then explore Motueka Library's great collection of books and magazines on natural cosmetics and edible greens.

Bookings essential. $7.

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My Name Is Moana with Moana Maniapoto and Paddy Free
(Pitch Black)
(Thursday 13th April 2017)

Celebrated singer songwriter Moana Maniapoto is joined by her sister Trina, Pitch Black’s Paddy Free and Karlos Tunks Saunders in a heartfelt tribute to ‘moana’- the ocean - in ‘My Name is Moana’.

An Arts Laureate, Moana competed with 11,000 others to win the Grand Jury Prize of the International Songwriting Contest and has performed on stages all over the world including the Sydney Opera House – twice! Last year she was inducted into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame.

Where once upon a time her main inspiration came from fusing Pakeha western music with traditional Maori music, she now finds synergies between music from a range of cultures. Over the decades, ‘Moana and Tribe’ have performed and learned from First Nation people in the Arctic circle (Sami) and the Borneo rainforest, as well as performing in Taiwan, Korea, Russia, Hungary and the US. In this AOTNZ tour, her activism, which she refers to as ‘artivism’, focuses on the fundamental relationship that we have with ‘moana’ - the ocean.

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Blasts family day out 2017
(Friday 14th-Saturday 15th April 2017)

Blasts family day out 2017

Watch the space we hope to provide even more kids entertainment for 2017

EPIC day filled with fun for everyone!!!
$2.00 per person entry fee will get you,
20+ Bouncy Castles
Water area if sun is shining for those that want to get wet
Water slide
Slip-n-slides
Paddling pool
kids entertainment
Cranksy Clowns
Face painting
Toddler area
Wild oats pony rides
Petting zoo by animal farm
And more to be announced.
Operated rides will be $2.00 per ride
Zorb and body zorb balls
new water tumblars
Mini jeeps
Mini helicopter merry go round
Mini train ride

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

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Blasts family day out 2017 is on these dates:

  • 14th April 2017
  • 15th April 2017


Managing Mind & Emotions Retreat
(Friday 14th-Monday 17th April 2017)

Underlying the physical body are the mind and the emotions, which can enhance positively or play havoc with our lives. In this retreat, explore feelings and emotions around life situations such as family, relationships, work, and past events and receive the skills to manage and direct day to day experiences with balance.

Many times our interactions with people and situations are driven by the brain stem or the instinctual, emotional, unconscious brain. Ancient yogic practices, can help us to activate the frontal lobe or the higher mind, from where we make more conscious decisions and better manage the mind and emotions.

Learn tools to manage and direct the mind and emotions, reduce stress, and bring equanimity to your life with yogic practices such as Hatha Yoga for expression, relaxation practices to reach the roots of emotions, conscious breath to activate the frontal lobe of the brain and an in-depth exploration of the emotions and mind through the meditation practice of Antar Darshan and Antar Mouna.

For more information http://anahata-retreat.org.nz/wiki/tiki-read_article.php?articleId=845

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Managing Mind & Emotions Retreat is on these dates:

  • 14th April 2017
  • 15th April 2017
  • 16th April 2017
  • 17th April 2017


Mapua Easter Fair
(Monday 17th April 2017)

The fair has over 220 stallholders, made up of arts, crafts, garden, fairground and miscellaneous stalls, a school run café, second hand store and silent auction. In addition, the playcentre opens its gates to give a good space for younger children to play and families to relax. We offer a full day of free entertainment on stage and other free activities.. It’s a great day out catering for all ages.

From small beginning’s this has become Nelson region’s biggest fair with over 10,000 visitors each year. The fair is the key annual fundraiser for Mapua Primary School and Mapua Playcentre and is run entirely by volunteers overseen by the Mapua Easter Fair Charitable Trust.

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Baby Sleep Consultant Q & A
(Tuesday 18th April 2017)

Pop in to chat with Amy, a qualified baby sleep consultant about any baby/toddler sleep questions you have.

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Golden Bay Live Poets Society
(Thursday 20th April 2017)

The Live Poets evening kicks off with local music and an open mic session follows. Our guest poet (TBA) takes the stage around 8:30 pm. After a break, the second open mic session will roll from 9.15 pm. Everyone is welcome to attend or participate. Contact Rose at thewritingforest@gmail.com

Thanks to Creative Communities for their support.

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Richmond Library: Exhibition - Georgia Barber
(Tuesday 21st March-Thursday 20th April 2017)

Visit Richmond Library to view Nelson artist Georgia Barber's entry in 2016's 100 Days Project.

Every day for 100 days, Georgia made daily heart forecasts in poetry. They're absolutely beautiful and well worth a look.

For more about the 100 Days Project phenomenon, or to take part yourself, visit: http://100daysproject.co.nz/

You can also find Georgia Barber Art on Facebook

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Richmond Library: Exhibition - Georgia Barber is on these dates:

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


Tom Ryder - UK Singer/Songwriter
(Thursday 20th April 2017)

After seeing Tom Ryder perform, Sir Rod Stewart said to him: “Well done tonight. If you want it, and you love it, stick at it.” Tom has done just that; his debut EP Strings Attached received acclaim across the BBC Introducing network and opened up a fan base as far-flung as Wroclaw in Poland, Grenada in the Caribbean and New Zealand’s South Island. Influenced by Tracy Chapman and Damien Rice, he has been described as "full of passion, promise and pedigree" (BuzzJack) and a writer of “stunning songs infused with meaning and heart” (Indie Music Mag). On the back of a successful tour of England last October, the soulful singer/songwriter has released his new single Here We Go Again to critical acclaim in March 2017.

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Blas Rivera Performs Jazz Sax and Piano
(Friday 21st April 2017)

Blas Rivera from Argentina is back for a second time in New Zealand performing two very unique performances in Nelson. The first, Sax, Piano and stories at the Playhouse followed by Milonga. Blas is a composer, incredible improviser, musician, teacher and performer - he regales us with stories and enthrals us with music. Musicians from all over the world take classes with Blas, he has the ability to appeal to all ages and levels of musical understanding.
Come along and enjoy a wine, a platter or dinner at The Playhouse while passing the evening with Blas.

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Motueka Library: Game On!
(Tuesday 18th-Friday 21st April 2017)

Don't get bored these school holidays!

Drop in to play a new generation board game or enjoy an old favourite.

Bring your own game if you want to.

Suitable for families or individuals.

Free. No bookings required.

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Motueka Library: Game On! is on these dates:

  • 18th April 2017
  • 19th April 2017
  • 20th April 2017
  • 21st April 2017


Motueka Library: Roald Dahl Story Session
(Friday 21st April 2017)

Join us in celebrating Motueka Library's 160th anniversary with a performance of Roald Dahl's deliciously dark humour.

Teller of Tales Nick Duval-Smith will recite poems from Roald Dahl's Dirty Beasts, and read sections of The Giraffe, Pelly and Me and The Witches.

Suitable for ages 6 years and older.

Bookings essential. Free.

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Richmond Library: Workshop – Cupcake Decorating
(Friday 21st April 2017)

Make your scrumptious cupcakes look amazing!

Thanks to Nelson Cake Decorators and Sugar Artists, you can learn some icing and decorating techniques to create your own gorgeously decorated cupcakes.

Suitable for 8-12 year olds.

Limited to the first 20 to register.

$4 per person.

Registrations and pre-payment essential.

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Takaka Library: Waffles and Books for Teens
(Friday 21st April 2017)

Yum! Waffles!

Enjoy scrumptious waffles and books. Bring a friend and enjoy life's simple pleasures!

If you have a favourite topping, bring it along.

We are also going to share and chat about your favourite books, music, apps, websites and more.

So, if you're keen, book it in! Phone: 03 525 0059.

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Kaiteriteri 6 Hour Mountainbike presented by Port Nelson
(Saturday 22nd April 2017)

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.

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

There's a fun vibe to the event, with many in fancy dress. Spot prizes through the day.

Categories:
Solo Man
Solo Woman
Men
Women
Mixed
Workplace Challenge
Intermediate (Yr 7 & 8)
High School (Yr 9 - 13)

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