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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Takaka Library: Gallery Wall Artist - Struan Clark
(Thursday 6th–Monday 31st August 2015)

Stunning black and white photographs that use line and shape, texture and contrast to draw the viewer into the scene.

Struan Clark is an amateur photographer with an interest in nature, wildlife and the outdoors.

The photographs on display have been taken using a DLSR, a compact digital camera and even an i-Phone.

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Folk Night
(Thursday 3rd September 2015)

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

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Open Mic Night, Takaka
(Thursday 3rd September 2015)

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

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The Deep End- improvised comedy
(Friday 4th September 2015)

Body in Space presents... THE DEEP END at the Playhouse Cafe!

Take a team of intrepid improvisors, plunge them into a whirlpool of audience suggestions and see if they sink or swim! Either way, you're in for a great night of improvised comedy in the style of 'Whose Line is it Anyway?'.

Come early and get yourself a spot of dinner from the delicious menu.

We dare you to jump into The Deep End!

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Appleby School Country Fair
(Saturday 5th September 2015)

A fantastic family fun day out with all the atmosphere of a traditional country fair. Animal nursery, produce, baked goods, books, clothing, white elephant, face painting, bouncy castles, great food and lots of great entertainment! And of course our infamous silent auction! Don't miss it!!

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Rainbow Ski Area Slopestyle
(Saturday 5th September 2015)

FREE Entry! Age Categories: Junior’s 8-15 and 16 and over.
Sports prizes to be won!
Registration in the Ticket Office from 9am.

Be there or be SQUARE!

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Wlld World: A Cats Steven's Tribute
(Saturday 5th September 2015)

Wlld World: A Cats Steven's Tribute
Presented by Bryce Wastney and Friends
Saturday 5th September
Doors open 6pm, Show from 8pm.
$20 presale.
Amazing night of Cat Stevens tunes, history and stories by a world class performer and friends.

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Fathers Day Special offer - Dad's paint for FREE!!!
(Sunday 6th September 2015)

Bring along Dad or even Grandad, and spend the afternoon enjoying a creative family experience. Lots of things to choose from, let the litte ones go crazy with some paint on a mug, or why not capture Dad's and bubbas hand on the same piece! Our cafe will be open to treat Dad to one of our awesome famous American style thickshakes – Chocolate, Malt with Oreos sound good or how about Vanilla Tim-Tams?
Buy one item and get the 2nd item of equal value or less FREE
Booking essential 545 8041
38 Buxton Square,

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Richmond Library: Travelling the World by Bicycle – Jana and Alex talk about their adventures.
(Tuesday 8th September 2015)

Jana and Alex rode their bikes overland from Germany to Indonesia. After crossing 22 countries, cycling 15,000km, and spending 2.5 years on the road, they’ve had countless experiences and adventures. Now they would like to share their story with you.

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Purapurawhetu, by Briar Grace Smith
(PG 13)
(Tuesday 8th–Wednesday 9th September 2015)

Garin College's senior drama students present this award-winning play.

Purapurawhetu was originally commissioned in 1994 and had it's first showing in Wellington in 1997. It has become a NZ classic and is also part of the school curriculum.

Purapurawhetu tells the story of a small Maori community that has a past shrouded in mystery. One day an old woman appears and secrets from the past are revealed. Purapurawhetu is the name given to a pattern of weaving, it means 'many stars' and links to the many people who have gone before.

Come and see the secrets of Purapurawhetu told by these students and connect with this beautiful tale by Briar Grace Smith.

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Open Mic Night, Takaka
(Thursday 10th September 2015)

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

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Piano Recital - JF Robert
(Friday 11th September 2015)

JF Robert will present a recital of classical piano music on Piano on Tour's new concert piano, in historical Golden Bay Anglican Church.


Mozart: Sonata No.4 KV282 in E flat Major
Beethoven: Sonata No.8 op.13 ­­“Pathetique”
Chopin: Nocturnes & Fantaisie-Impromptu
Rachmaninoff: Preludes Op.3 No.2 & Op.23 No.5
Scriabin: Etudes Op.2 No.1 & Op.8 No.12

Book at "Unlimited Copies", 29 Commercial Street, or online. Door sales.

JF Robert has a life-long involvement with music and piano. He's been immersed in the elite musical world since his childhood, starting performing in public in Paris when he was 10 years old and touring in Europe and in the USA. As an adult JF has given and organised many concerts, written music articles for French newspaper Le Monde, and has published several novels and photographs. After falling in love with New Zealand and moving here in 2011, he realised he could bring some of his experience, talent, and passion for classical music to the Kiwi communities. Together with his partner Claire Rouault, he founded Piano on Tour in 2012 with the aim of making classical music more accessible. He has also founded an artist retreat in Marahau: Space Between.

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The Beatles and BeeGees Tribute
(Friday 11th September 2015)

The Beatles and BeeGees Tribute
Presented by Paul Madsen
Friday 11th September
Doors open 6pm, Show from 8pm.
$25. $35 additional for 2 course buffet.
The one the only Paul Madsen hits the Playhouse with his latest offering The Beatles! And an old classic (for him) The BeeGees.
Expect all of the Beatles classics in entertaining show and his Las Vegas toured Beegee act.

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Moutere Inn Road Relay
(Saturday 12th September 2015)

Fantastic opportunity to enter a team in this local road relay event held around the Moutere area.

- 4 lap relay for corporate or social running teams, open to any team from serious to social.
- 4 lap relay for social or competitive walking teams
- Corporate categories for running and walking teams with a great trophy to be won.

Don't miss this opportunity, get your friends or work team together and enter today and enjoy being a part of this fantastic event. Check out the website for details

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Nelson Cake Decorators Guild: Promotional Day with Christine Willoughby
(Saturday 12th September 2015)

Christine Willoughby ( a talented cake decorator from Tauranga) presents a mouse cake topper and plant pot scene.

Please bring your cake decorating kit. Guild Members are willing to share equipment and expertise. This event is open to the public - a really good opportunity, for you, to give it a go.

Materials are covered in the cost of admission.

Please bring a plate for a shared lunch.

The Nelson Cake Decorators & Sugar Artists Guild look forward to meeting you.

Please book in early to avoid disappointment. We need to know numbers to make sure we have enough materials for everyone.

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Blokes in Sheds
(Sunday 13th September 2015)

The humble shed door, sometimes known as a portal to another world, where kiwi blokes disappear to potter & tinker away to their hearts content. Interests may vary from trains, planes, automobiles through to woodworking, distilling, brewing, collecting & much more...
Many of us have no idea, what lurks behind the shed doors in our community, but that's all about to change with Life Education Trusts 'Blokes in Sheds' Tour.
Life Education Trust Nelson Tasman has been lucky enough to get on board some extremely passionate blokes to share what's behind their shed doors, and all for a great cause.
Come along, enjoy the day & help Harold the Giraffe raise funds to allow him to continue to spread the health & social related programs to pre-school, primary & intermediate children in the Nelson/Tasman region.

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Brickwater LEGO Exhibition and Competition
(Sunday 13th September 2015)

Brightwater LEGO Exhibition and Competition. A display of custom, large and rare LEGO sets and a open competition for original LEGO creations. A fundraiser for the Shoshin Kendo Club, Nelson and sponsored by Brightwater School and Toyzone.

Additional activities include: free LEGO play area, colouring competition, LEGO car racing, fantastic LEGO raffles and LEGO for sale.

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Mahana School Centenary
(Friday 11th–Sunday 13th September 2015)

We are very excited that Mahana School will be celebrating 100 years! We welcome all past pupils to join in with our centenary celebrations.
The Syllabus!
Friday September 11th
Welcome Home! Come and wander through the school and see how things have changed, and how some things are just the same! Mix, mingle and meet other attendees and renew old friendships.Enjoy a tour of the school with one of our students and share your knowledge and experiences of the school. During the evening, enjoy a brilliant and exciting centenary school production at the local Upper Moutere Community Centre.

Saturday September 12th
From 2pm onwards some very special centennial events, including afternoon tea and photos from each decade.
6pm Dinner and Dance at Woollaston Estates Winery. Put on your best clothes and enjoy a sumptuous meal and some convivial company with some riveting speeches. (yes we’d love you to share some tales too!) At 8pm its time to put on your dancing shoes and waltz, jive, or boogie the night away. Ticket price is $65 or if you prefer to miss the meal and just mingle and dance afterwards then the price is $10. Booking is essential.

Sunday September 13th
The students at Mahana live in, under and around the trees so what better way to remember this event than to have one of Mahana’s oldest past pupils help us plant a tree. We’ll also be taking a relaxed trip back in time, with a bus tour around Mahana, where you will be able to contribute your experiences and places from the past.

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Second Hand Sunday
(Sunday 13th September 2015)

To find out what to do and to register go online to or and use search phrase: second hand sunday. Registrations need to be in by 9am, Thursday September 10th to get your address online.
If you wish to find stuff that is being freely given, put the 13th September in your diary . You will be able to download the list of addresses from Friday September 11th.

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Tourism industry forum
(Monday 14th September 2015)

One of NTT’s regular events, featuring a Tourism NZ guest speaker & Sharon McGuire presenting about working with OTA.. It will also include a China market update and outline the activities NTT has undertaken in China over the last two years.

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Rainbow Regional Inter-Primary Races
(Wednesday 16th September 2015)

Rainbow AMI Regional Inter-Primary School Champs open to all primary and intermediate schools in the region.

Outline and entry forms to follow.

Contingency date: 17th September.

The event The event is divided into three divisions.
1) Junior (Y1-6)
2) Senior boys (Y7-8)
3) Senior girls (Y7-8)

Teams Junior – team to consist of either boys, girls or mixed (4 members per team)
Senior – team to consist of either boys or girls (4 members per team)
Schools may enter a maximum of 4 teams.
There is no snowboard division for Juniors or Seniors.
Individuals can enter if no team available. Juniors may ski in a senior team but are NOT eligible to receive placing as a junior.

The Race Each Race will be a two run open giant slalom. (May be limited to single run depending on numbers and/or conditions.)
The fastest 3 times per team from two completed runs count for final placings.

Thinking of entering? Consider honing your race skills in the Rainbow Development Programme -

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Country Music Night
(Thursday 17th September 2015)

We have a full backing band. Come in an show us what you can do. Or just enjoy the country music.

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PAUL UBANA JONES sings his Heros
(Friday 18th September 2015)

Paul Ubana Jones: Plays his heros
Friday 18th Sept
Doors open 6pm, Show from 8pm.
$25 for show
The master artist at work live at the Playhouse paying tribute to influences and experiences.

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(Saturday 19th September 2015)

Boogie Train
Saturday 19th September
Doors open 6pm, Show from 8pm.
$10 for show
The best Blues in town!

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Cruise Control Band at The Mapua Sprig and Fern
(Saturday 19th September 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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Hope School Country Bazaar & Silent Auction
(Saturday 19th September 2015)

What an amazing opportunity this year 2015, to come and join us again at out Hope School Country Bazaar and Silent Auction. We have a wide range of stalls and entertainment to accommodate all age groups. EFTPOS is available. The children are well catered for with inexpensive entertainment: Digger and trailer rides, bouncy castles, old school races, beauty stall for mums, face painting, design your own tee-shirt, guess the weight of the Snapper and take it home, our animal petting area. The hope school kids will be performing on stage and the 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. Plenty of on site car-parking available.

Postponement date Sunday 20th September.

We look forward to seeing you all at the Bazaar.

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Lower Moutere Step into Spring 5km Fun Run/Walk
(Sunday 20th September 2015)

The course leaves Lower Moutere School and follows the great taste trail up to the Riverside community. It then turns up community road and reaches Tasman View Road, and oh what a view. But don't stop. Continue down Tasman View road to School Road, ending at the start and the fun gathering to follow.

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Spring Fair, Motueka Rudolf Steiner School
(Sunday 20th September 2015)

Celebrating each season is an important part of Steiner education, and everyone loves to celebrate spring. Everything at the fair is created by the Steiner school community, and is unique to the school.
Come and see how we create Fairyland, meet our Fairy Queen, feed our magic chicken, and find buried treasure at the pirate dig. There are games for pre-school and school age children. The medieval challenge is for the bigger kids who want to try jousting, climbing the crate mountain, archery and "Bolster Bash.
Other attractions are the international food stalls, silent auction, hand craft, home-made preserves and cakes, and live music.

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

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

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

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

Bring along a friend.

Snacks provided.

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Adult Workshop Night - Specialist bowl painting
(Thursday 17th–Thursday 24th September 2015)

Escape the house and come have some creative fun with friends! We have a massive amount of large, gorgeous 'Nelson made' hand thrown bowls just waiting to get painted by YOU! A special night where we will teach you special glazing techniques. They will be perfect as a large fruit bowl, pasta platter, or just something large and decorative to admire for years to come. A two night class to come and explore your creativity, and try something a little bit different, BYO!
$95 (including all materials) 7pm till 9:30pm
Booking essential 545 8041
38 Buxton Square,

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

Learn from 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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CHIA Abel Tasman Coastal Classic 2015
(Saturday 26th September 2015)

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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Lemongrass & the Funk Boys
(Saturday 26th September 2015)

Lemongrass & the Funk Boys play cruisy and funk covers and originals. Everything from Bob Marley to Van Morrison and Ben Harper. This is a free event.

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The Under Ground
(Saturday 26th September 2015)

The Under Ground
Saturday 26th September
Doors open 6pm, Show from 8pm.
$10 for show
All british blokes playing all British music. Expect The Beatles, U2, The Kinks, Oasis, Blur, The Cure, The Who and many more.

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Mapua Makers Market
(Sunday 27th September 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.

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South Island Masters Games 2015
(Saturday 26th September–Sunday 4th October 2015)

The South Island Masters Games is an annual festival of sport and is coming back to Nelson in September/October 2015. Running for nine days it is a chance for people at all levels and abilities to compete in more than 40 different sports.

Many sports have both social and competitive grades so you don't have to be a top performer or even a current competitor to enter. There are no qualification criteria - athletes don’t need to be nominated or to represent a club.

Anyone can enter – as long as they are old enough. Most sports take entries from age 30 or 35 and upwards.

The renowned entertainment programme will include hugely popular themed dance parties.

Programme information is available now on the website at

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Takaka Village Market
(Saturday 25th October 2014–Saturday 24th October 2015)

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

For information or to book a stall phone 03 525 9663 or 027 5566344

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Motueka Library: Babbling Books
(Thursday 5th February–Thursday 5th November 2015)

Babbling Books - a chance to enjoy an informal discussion about what you are reading.

Find out what has others enthused and share your favourite titles.

You are welcome to bring your lunch.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Book club for kids!.

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

The group meets every third Friday during the school term.

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RichmondLibrary: Tiny Tots
(Tuesday 10th February–Tuesday 22nd December 2015)

A hands on session using songs, stories, rhymes and movement for children aged two years and younger with their caregivers.

An opportunity to have fun in the library, interact with your tot using rhymes, songs and movement and introduce them to the wonderful world of books.

Every Tuesday during school term time.

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Takaka Library: Tiny Tots
(Tuesday 10th February–Tuesday 22nd December 2015)

A fun hands-on session for the under-twos.

Songs, movement, rhymes and stories for early learning.

Every Tuesday during term time.

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