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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How does your home perform?
(Thursday 24th September–Thursday 26th November 2015)

Learn from Jo Reilly, a Certified Home Performance Advisor, how your home works and how you can improve it, making it warmer, drier and healthier to live in. Particularly suitable for older homes.

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Lindsay Pope - Live Poets Society
(Thursday 26th November 2015)

The Live Poets evening kicks off with musician Los Phoenix followed by an open mic poetry session. Our guest poet, Lindsay Pope, takes the stage around 8:15 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

Thanks to Creative Communities and Community Grants from Rates for their support. Photo courtesy of

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Takaka Library: Law for Lunch - Get Your Affairs in Order
(Thursday 26th November 2015)

Do you have a will? Do you know what powers of attorney are and whether you should have them? Have you ever wondered if a family trust would be right for you?

At this free seminar, Simon Jones, Community Law advisor, will speak about ensuring that your interests, welfare and property are looked after in the event of illness, accident or death.

This is an excellent free opportunity to learn about and ask questions on these legal matters that you just keep putting off.

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Motueka Playcentre Open Day
(Friday 27th November 2015)

Motueka Playcentre is having an Open Day for children ages 0-6 and parents. Come and stay as long as you'd like. It's free to all with lots of activities including painting, water fun, building and climbing. Please bring a lunch box and change of clothes for your child. Come see what we're about and let the children play!

What is Playcentre?
Playcentre is an amazing community of parents who are excited about learning and playing with their child(ren). We focus on supporting the development and growth of the child and family. A social place for parents and children alike!

What Do Children Do At Playcentre?
Playcentre philosophy is based on child-initiated play and recognises the parents as the first and best educators of their own children. Playcentre families receive a unique early childhood experience with opportunities for whānau/families to learn together.

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Monster Fishing Competition
(Saturday 28th November 2015)

We welcome you join in on the fun by entering this years Monster Fishing Competition - Saturday 28th November.

Hopefully we have great weather to go along with a great day on the water.

Weigh in down by the Motueka Marina from 1pm, a sausage sizzle, electronics and boat displays. Bring the family down.

Prize giving at the Post Office Hotel from 7pm. We have lots of great prizes for those master anglers.

Check out the Tasman Bay Anglers Club Facebook page for more details.

Entry Forms at -
Motueka Joinery Company - Old Wharf Road, Motueka
Lower Moutere Store - Moutere Highway, Lower Moutere
Coppins Outdoors - High Street, Motueka
Lifestyle Centre - Main Road, Riwaka
Nicholls Auto Centre - Queen Street, Richmond
Big Blue Dive - Akerston Street, Port Nelson
ENL Nelson - Vickerman Street, Port Nelson

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Party with live music
(Saturday 28th November 2015)

Come along to listen to great music , join in the dancing in a relaxed atmosphere and just have a good time the live band 'Medicine woman".
Catered finger food but bring your own drinks.

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Screenwriting Workshop
(Saturday 28th November 2015)

Screenwriting workshop with Tony Etchells.

Since his first commission for the BBC's medical drama 'Casualty', Tony Etchells has logged nearly two decades of practical experience as a full-time professional screen writer for television. He has worked on 'The Bill', 'EastEnders', Midsomer Murders' and 'Shortland Street', among others.

In this hands-on workshop, Tony hopes to share some tricks of the screen trade, while shedding light on the power of stories which are thousands of years old. Whether you're a novelist, a poet, or just a writer who happens to be curious, you're sure to find this workshop interesting and rewarding.

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(Thursday 26th–Sunday 29th November 2015)

Down with Mondays Presents
A Murder Mystery Show
Thursday 26th , Friday 27th, Saturday 28th (soldout) Sunday 29th November 2015
$20, 8pm start, Dinner available from 6pm. Disco DJ after show.

A classic who done it with a comedy and fun twist. Watch carefully as the mystery unfolds around you. You may be picked to be a character, who knows you may have even done it! Prizes for best dressed and best detectives. (group discounts available)

PURRRRFECT for Christmas Party! Contact the Playhouse direct on 5402985

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Big Bike Tune Up at the Motueka Market
(Sunday 29th November 2015)

Grab a free bike check and tune-up from the Get Moving team at the Big Bike Tune Up at the Motueka Market (Decks Reserve). If you're visiting the market, or just in town on Sunday morning head over to the Get Moving pergola to give your bike some summer cheer, and maybe pick up a bike-related give-away or information on riding in Nelson and Tasman.

Get Moving is supported by Nelson City and Tasman District Councils and is focussed on getting people more motivated to be active and out enjoying some exercise for a healthier, happier lifestyle. So whether you walk, run or cycle find out some fun ways to do it at Get Moving.

For bad weather postponement check

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Come Fly With Us - Motueka
(Sunday 29th November 2015)

The Nelson Male Voice Choir, featuring individual choir soloists and groups present a program of great music." Come fly with us! "
Conductor Andrea Hamilton, pianists Susan Stokes and Pauline Boyd lead the 35-strong choir through songs as diverse as Schubert's "Serenade", Lionel Richie's " Three times a lady" and Frank Sinatra's "Come fly with me".
Individuals from within the choir will step down and showcase their talents , and there will be a few interesting Christmas songs to reflect the coming Yuletide season. Don't miss the best concert of the year!

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Motueka Rudolf Steiner Christmas Market
(Sunday 29th November 2015)

Step into the magic world of the Motueka Rudolf Steiner Kindergarten and experience a Christmas Market of a special kind. Wether you would like to listen to live music and a Christmas Choir, enjoy the homemade delicacies of our cafe, buy beautiful handmade toys and decorations or have a go at making a Christmas craft with your children, it is all happening here on the first of Advent. This beautiful market is unlike any other Christmas Market in this area providing an oasis to retreat from in the hectic pre-christmas times. We would love to see you there and share the magic with you.

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Richmond Pak'nSave Santa Parade
(Sunday 29th November 2015)

This family fun event is for all ages and is a chance to celebrate the start of the festive season.
There are always give-aways for the children and the float winners and Santa on his float will be in Sundial Square at approx 1pm.
If you are wishing to enter a float or your group check the contact details below.

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Sport Tasman Backyard games
(Sunday 29th November 2015)

Bring the family down to your local park for some Frisbee throwing, kite flying, swing ball, tick tac toe and heaps more. FREE family fun.
Sport Tasman and Tasman District Council summer event.

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The Hits Run Mahana 2015
(Sunday 29th November 2015)

Join us for a journey around the gently rolling Moutere Hills, capturing the essence of the area, taking you past the cellar doors of the highly acclaimed Woollaston Estates.

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Motueka Library: Library E-book Tutorials
(Sunday 1st–Monday 30th November 2015)

Did you know that the library has a great selection of downloadable e-resources? Do you know how to access then?

Learn to download free e-books and e-audio books from the library website in free tutorials throughout November.

One to one sessions are available for borrowers wanting to learn how to download and read library e-book or e-audio books on their laptop, e-reader, tablet or mobile phone.

Free, at Motueka Library from Monday to Friday throughout November.

Book your session today.

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Spring Explorer
(Friday 2nd October–Monday 30th November 2015)

Get active this Spring with the Sport Tasman Spring Explorer. Explore Nelson & Tasman's walkways and reserves for FREE! Family friendly, find clues and win prizes. 1st October - 30th November 2015. Register online to receive the map and quiz sheet. Contact Wendy at Sport Tasman 03 546 3309 or

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

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Classical Concert
(Wednesday 2nd December 2015)

Join us for a wonderful afternoon of
classical music by The Doctors Duo (Dr
Andrew Divett, piano, and Dr Gerrit van
der Lingen, violin) and Maria Archer,
soprano. They will be performing works
by Mozart, Brahms, Bach, Schumann,
Schubert, Gershwin and some gypsy tunes.
Followed by drinks and nibbles

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Sport Tasman's Give it a go
(Wednesday 14th October–Wednesday 2nd December 2015)

Sport Tasman's Give it a go spring programme is out now. Try new recreational and sporting activities in a fun group focusing on having fun!

A new and exciting activity each week to give a go. Activities include Frisbee, Squash, Croquet, Table Tennis, Chair Yoga, Self Defence, Badminton & Mini Golf.

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Richmond Library: Mystery Ink
(Thursday 12th February–Thursday 3rd December 2015)

Based at the Richmond Library, Mystery Ink discuss what’s hot and new in books, music and movies.

Get first choice of the new YA books fresh in at the library and win movie passes and books with cool competitions and spot prizes.

A great opportunity to meet new people and have a bit of fun. All welcome, ages 12 to 17.

Come check us out in the Young Adults section.

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Richmond Library: Mystery Ink
(Thursday 3rd December 2015)

Fun, games, prizes, food!

Party time at Mystery Ink! Come along and join in for our annual pizza special with surprise guest!

Mystery Ink is Richmond Library's group for teens where you can discuss what's hot and new in books, music, and movies.

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

All welcome, ages 12-17.

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Motueka Christmas Night Market
(Friday 4th December 2015)

Join us at Deck's Reserve to pick up your Christmas gifts and get in the Christmas spirit. Stallholders will be local craftspeople, artists, and makers of delicious delicacies! This is the same night as the Starlight Christmas parade in Motueka. To apply for a stall, please contact Eva by phone at 021 77 10 11 or email: Cost is $25 per stall. Hosted by Motueka Playcentre.

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Motueka New World, Starlight Christmas Parade
(Friday 4th December 2015)

Get in the Holiday Spirit!

Celebrate with the whole town as they line the streets to watch in wonder. Santa and his sleigh, festive floats, marching bands, colourful street entertainers, music, food and fun for the whole family!

High Street foot traffic only from 6.00pm to 9.00pm
Parade from 7.00pm to 8.00pm
Free Parking. Arrive early, leave late and explore everything Motueka has to offer!

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Gary McCormick Live at The Playhouse - SOLD OUT
(Friday 4th–Saturday 5th December 2015)

The Playhouse Theatre Presents
Gary McCormick
4th (half full) and 5th(soldout) Of December 2015
$25, 8pm start, Dinner available from 6pm. Disco DJ after show.

The one, the only Gary McCormick live at the Playhouse with his hilarious comedy show. Don't hesitate to book as this will sellout.

PURRRRFECT for your Christmas Party! Contact the Playhouse direct on 5402985

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Greenhill Orchestra Concert
(Saturday 5th December 2015)

A Greenhill Orchestra Concert with players from Blenheim (Marlborough Civic Orchestra) as well as Golden Bay Orchestra playing Beethoven Romance for Violin, Mozart Flute concerto, 1st movement, Faure's Elegie for Cello and Dvorak's New World Symphony.

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Mapua Makers Market
(Sunday 6th December 2015)

The Mapua Makers Market is a contemporary craft fair featuring unique and affordable handcrafted items.

We have a wide variety of stalls featuring local craftspeople, many of whom did not sell elsewhere. There is something for everyone at this unique market.

Come along and check out the amazing products and complete your Christmas shopping. There will be tables outside so bring a picnic or buy some delicious food at the Naked Bun and relax after a great shopping experience.

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Motueka A & P Show
(Friday 4th–Sunday 6th December 2015)

All the usual A & P Show fun, and this year celebrating our 80th birthday.

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Tiny Tots, Toys and Teddies Christmas Party
(Sunday 6th December 2015)

The magical and mystical Washbourne gardens are to become alive with the annual Tiny Tots, Toys and Teddies Christmas Party.

A spectacular lineup of children's performers will be on display featuring larger than characters to create a truly memorable experience.

Levity Beet will be along to serenade the audience with an interactive musical show to get everyone up and grooving. He will be joined by larger than life fancy costume characters, pony and cart rides, face painting, and an obstacle course courtesy of the Sport Tasman Active Movement Trailer.

Interactive play activities and games will also be available - sure to keep both young and old amused and active for ages.

So come along, bring your teddy, and join in the celebration.

Free community event, cancelled if wet.

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(Sunday 6th December 2015)

The 9th annual original music festival includes acts from through-out the Tasman region. This year we have...Shunt, Rocksalt, The Dark Country, The Fartbombs, Queen St Crusher, The Bollocks, Chris Rendel, Van Helsing and Des Comody plus one extra act that needs no introduction. Free entry for all!!!

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Arduino Robotics
(Tuesday 20th October–Tuesday 8th December 2015)

Ministry of Inspiration - This senior class for ages 13+, will construct a Bluetooth controlled robot that will navigate based on input from the student's smartphone. Once constructed, the robots will be placed against a series of challenges and competitions that the students will have to overcome through their acquired skills!

The cost of this workshop is $140 which includes students bringing home their own Arduino robot that they have built and programmed. If a student has a lap top computer please bring it along. Nelson College will provide netbooks for students who need them.

Please bring an ice cream container or shoe box to put your pieces in each week.

This workshop requires the students to bring their own blue-tooth device, like a tablet, smart phone, and/or Ipad/Ipod.

This course runs from 20 October to 8 December, Tuesdays.

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Motueka Library: Book Talk - All Guts, No Glory
(Thursday 10th December 2015)

Join author Cheryl Carnahan talking about her book All Guts, No Glory: Nelson Tasman Nurses and Chaplains of World War I.

All Guts, No Glory introduces the courageous nurses and chaplains from the Nelson Tasman area who were often very close to the firing line during World War I.

Meet the author of a very special book marking this important time in local history.

The book talk will be followed by light refreshments and copies of the book will be available for purchase.

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Big Bike Tune Up at the Takaka Market
(Saturday 12th December 2015)

Grab a free bike check and tune-up from the Get Moving team at the Big Bike Tune Up at the Takaka Village Market. If you're visiting the market, or just in town on Sunday morning head over to the Get Moving pergola to give your bike some Christmas cheer, and maybe pick up a bike-related give-away or information on riding in Tasman or Nelson.

Get Moving is supported by Nelson City and Tasman District Councils and is focussed on getting people more motivated to be active and out enjoying some exercise for a healthier, happier lifestyle. So whether you walk, run or cycle find out some fun ways to do it at Get Moving.

For bad weather postponement check

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Brightwater Glo-lites
(Saturday 12th December 2015)

Saturday 12th December 2015
Brightwater Glo-lites is a highlight on the Brightwater Community calendar. The event is held at Snowden's Bush with the local fire brigade, school, kindergarten and church coming together to provide a fun filled evening of entertainment. Come along and enjoy a picnic tea with live music and Christmas carols. Food, refreshments and glo-lites available for purchase or bring your own and enjoy the festive atmosphere. Santa will be making an appearance again this year.

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Carols in the Church
(Saturday 12th December 2015)

Sing through the Christmas Story by candlelight with the Light of Christ Singers in the beautiful Upper Moutere Heritage Church Building.

This family friendly event is an annual event that starts the Christmas season in Upper Moutere with a chance to relax and be entertained amidst the rush of the busy season.

Supper is provided.

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Santa Parade Golden Bay
(Saturday 12th December 2015)

A parade by Golden Bay's Collectable Vehicle and Tractor clubs, a visit by Santa in his sleigh plus performances by the Takaka Citizen's Band and the Motueka Highland Pipe Band. FREE face painting and balloons for parade participants.
Please note that Commercial St will be closed from 10am to noon.

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A Night to Remember
(Sunday 13th December 2015)

"A Night to Remember" with Diana Whittaker Clairvoyant & Medium. A special christmas event connecting you to those you have loved and lost, whoever and wherever they are. Join us for an evening of love laughter and light and awesome psychic energy.

Some extra special gifts from Diana on the night.

Food and drink available throughout the evening from the bar.

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Carols by lamplight
(Sunday 13th December 2015)

Annual celebration held in Bev & Ernie Dyke's woolshed, singing traditional Christmas Carols accompanied by Motueka District Brass, and musical items from "The Sisterhood ' quartet.
This popular event has been held here for about 30 years - a time to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas.
Interruptions from the 'pet sheep' are a 'special feature'of the evening!
People are advised to arrive early to get a seat and wear warm clothing.

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Explore Yourself Retreat
(Monday 7th–Sunday 13th December 2015)

Discover practical methods for exploring your internal world. Experience the different branches of yoga to suit all personalities and receive a broad range of tools to help you uncover who you really are. Leave with an enhanced set of skills to apply to your daily life.

• Hatha yoga class
• Small group discussions
• Guided meditation
• Yoga Nidra (deep relaxation)
• Karma yoga (action with meditative awareness)
• Daily chanting
• Kirtan (singing mantras to music)
• Havan (ancient Vedic fire ceremony)

Every Body is Welcome!


NZ$495 (6 nights) including shared accommodation, all meals & daily schedule
20% non-refundable deposit required to secure your place

Part HANDS accepted.

For Bookings & Information:

Please contact us via email or telephone.

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Kids Community Christmas Party
(Sunday 13th December 2015)

One Huge Childrens Christmas Party for the whole family.

If you have been before you'll know how good it is.

Totally free. Rides, activities and food for all.

Everyone welcome. Cafe for the adults.

And the best thing is it's all free - our gift to you.

Grace Church ~ helping families celebrate Christmas

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Meet Local Writers
(Sunday 13th December 2015)

Do you write? Are you interested in writing? Would you like to meet other people who share your interest?

The local branch of New Zealand Society of Authors is hosting an informal event which will provide the opportunity to socialise, network and share something about your work (if you want to).

Bring your publications, your work in progress, your news, any questions you may have. Bring along your old friends and be ready to make some new ones! Everyone is welcome.

There will be a guest speaker, Tony Etchells, talking about 'Working for the Beeb', a light-hearted look at his 15 years as a screenwriter for the BBC.

Afternoon tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided for a gold coin donation.

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

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

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

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

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Live Poets Society
(Thursday 17th December 2015)

The Live Poets evening kicks off with music from local musicians and an open mic session follows. Our guest poet takes the stage around 8:15 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

Thanks to Creative Communities and Community Grants from Rates for their support.

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Complementary Currency H.A.N.D.S. Market
(Friday 18th December 2015)

How About Non-Dollar System (H.A.N.D.S.) presents a lively summer market on the Takaka Village Green in Golden Bay. Enjoy live music, refreshments and a convivial market scene. Come experience Golden Bay's complementary currency system!

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Matt Harris/Acoustic Blues
(Friday 18th December 2015)

Matt Harris/Acoustic Blues will be playing at the vibrant, "Kai Waka Cafe" in Motueka on Friday the 18th of December from 7pm.

Matt has a tasteful, laid back style, he also cranks out some upbeat blues standards and originals.

He has a rhythmic, bass line, finger-picking guitar style, while wailing away on the harp at times, accompanied by his bluesy soulful vocal.

A resident in Nelson he's looking forward to heading over to play in Motueka at this festive season.

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Motueka Library: Babytime
(Friday 20th February–Friday 18th December 2015)

Babytime is a fun, social and interactive programme introducing literacy and a love of language to babies, as well as helping to develop the bond between parent and child.

Babytime is a 30 minute programme of action rhymes, music, and books especially suitable for children two years and under. We do not limit session numbers.

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Takaka Library: Cryptic Turkeys
(Friday 20th March–Friday 18th December 2015)

Book club for kids!.

A fun session for 9-12 year olds where you can talk books, share your favourite authors, play games, tackle quizzes and have first pick of the new children’s books.

The group meets every third Friday during the school term.

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Cruise Control Band at The Mapua Sprig and Fern
(Saturday 19th December 2015)

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, The Rolling Stones, Credence Clearwater Revival and many other great artists from recent times.

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Gypsy Pickers @ Toad Hall Motueka
(Saturday 19th December 2015)

"Hot rhythms and feel-good music with the power of soul!"

The GYPSY PICKERS are a multi-instrument duo known for their engaging live performances that have kept them busy on the NZ and international touring scene.

These two lively entertainers have a captivating show and an extensive repertoire to suit any event. The Gypsy Pickers make music to move you and make you move - with rock, popular, reggae, bluegrass, celtic, blues, roots, classic hits, jazz, originals and more - to suit the occasion. For a night of floor-shaking dance music or a quality concert experience, the Gypsy Pickers are known for consistently pleasing crowds of all ages.

Experts at their craft on hot guitars, bass, mandolin, banjo, melodica, rich vocals and percussion.

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Tapawera Country Christmas Twilight Fair
(Saturday 19th December 2015)

Join us for a great selection of local and out of town craft stalls. Enjoy a bite to eat on offer from one of our food carts whilst listening to live music in the beautiful setting of the sculpture garden.
This year's fair has a new time of day which is perfect for a relaxed afternoon of shopping. Christmas/Shopping/Relaxed - yes these words can all go together! New stalls and some familiar ones too. There really is something for everyone. A family friendly date to mark in your diaries escaping the hustle and bustle of town with easy parking and a short stroll to a feast for your eyes.
Bring your family and friends for a magical day with plenty on offer.
Gold coin entry with St John's Ambulance as our chosen charity.
Check out our FaceBook page Tapawera Christmas Fair

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Carols by Candlelight at Washbourn Gardens
(Sunday 20th December 2015)

The serene Washbourn Gardens lays host to Richmond's Carols by Candlelight where all your favourite christmas tunes will be sung and celebrated in true festive spirit.

Pack a picnic, bring some warm clothing and come along to share in the tradition that has been spreading christmas joy in Richmond for over 20 years.

Candles available to purchase (gold coin) at the event.

Free community event, cancelled if wet.

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Carols in the Vineyard
(Sunday 20th December 2015)

A friendly Community Carols event held in the beautiful gardens of Neudorf Vineyard (Moutere Hills Community Centre if it's raining)

This is a great chance to celebrate the Christmas season with a band, soloist performances and even a visit from local Muppets Millie and Bonzo.

Bring a rug and some nibbles and join with us. Neudorf Wines available for purchase on the night. A fun night for all ages.

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