Events in the Tasman/Nelson Region

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

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Richmond Library Exhibition
(Tuesday 1st–Thursday 31st July 2014)

Acrylic paintings by Jennifer (Blake) Medcalf on display until the end of July.
A native of Yorkshire, Jennifer took up painting as a hobby in 2012.

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Richmond Library: Mystery Ink
(Thursday 31st July 2014)

Calling all 12-17 year olds. Come and find out about the newest books, join in great competitions, talk about your favourite new music and films and share your preferred websites and apps.

Watch for meetings throughout the year.

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CoalTown Blues a Play by Mervyn Thompson
(Friday 1st August 2014)

Friday 1st August: Coal Town Blues, $25, additional $20 buffet available and blackboard menu. Play from 8pm, Dinner from 6pm. A play written by Mervyn Thompson. Performed by Chris Green.

Coaltown Blues depicts both the tragedy and comedy of poverty and politics; the struggles throughout Mervyn’s childhood in a West Coast mining town. It is both a celebration and a lament for the working class roots from which he sprang. Phone 5402985 for bookings.

Written in 1984, Coaltown Blues resonates for audiences today as the realities of life in mining towns again fills our news screens on a regular basis. Coaltown Blues is an intensely personal play by Mervyn Thompson, one of New Zealand’s most significant and controversial playwrights. Somewhat submerged in that controversy when Thompson performed it in 1986, this one-man musical drama is an important New Zealand work which needs to be seen. With about 20 roles, both male and female; performed without the aid of costume or set changes, Coaltown Blues depicts both the tragedy and comedy of poverty and politics; the struggles throughout Mervyn’s childhood in a West Coast mining town. It is both a celebration and a lament for the working class roots from which he sprang.

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Takaka Library - Winter Series 2014 - The Real Macbeth: the truth behind the story
(Friday 1st August 2014)

Shakespeare opened his well-thumbed copy of Holinshed's History of Britain. He wanted to please his employer, the new king...perhaps by twisting the truth a little?

Join Lynn Rain, literary sleuth as she investigates the truth behind the story.

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International Blues Music Day
(Saturday 2nd August 2014)

Saturday 2nd August: International Blues Music Day, $30, additional $20 buffet available and blackboard menu. Dinner from 6pm, Music from 6pm.

Sitting limited to 70 diners only then standing/dancing room only.

Featuring Big Wheelie and the Hubcaps, The Boogie Train,West Coast Blues Band, Denny and Stamp, Russ Mattsen, Ralph Bennett-Eades.

Come and celebrate the regions best Blues Musos and the amazingly versatile genre that is Blues Music! Phone 5402985 for bookings.

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Luke Hurley
(Saturday 2nd August 2014)

Luke Hurley, has been a legend in the NZ music industry for over 30 years and returns to the Inn on Saturday 2nd.
His solo set starts at 8pm and is an intimate evening for fans and newbies alike.

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Pig, Wig, Swig & Jig Barn Dance
(Saturday 2nd August 2014)

Dine on roast pig, don a wig or fancy dress, swig a drink or two at the licensed bar, and jig the night away to live music from Bob Bickerton's Flying Feet. This Golden Bay High School fundraiser is bound to get your trotters tapping!

Tickets $30, available at Golden Bay High School office (tel: 03 525 9914) – book a table of eight. R18, licensed bar, light supper provided

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West Side Story
(Wednesday 30th July–Saturday 2nd August 2014)

Waimea College presents the musical "West Side Story". Based on Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" and a concept by Jerome Robbins, this fast paced show explores the rivalry between two gangs, "The Jets" (Americans) and "The Sharks" (Puerto Ricans). The tension is escalated when Tony, a Jet meets and falls in love with Maria, the sister of the The Sharks leader Bernardo.

The show features well known songs "Maria", "America", "Tonight" and "Officer Kruptke".

Over 100 students are involved in this production as cast, orchestra and technical crew.

Director - Melanie Stewart
Musical Director - Nicholas Sharpe

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Takaka Library: Spirituality and Our Schools
(Monday 4th August 2014)

Have you ever wondered how some of the most important things in life are left out of the school curriculum?

Voon Thean, a parent and ex-teacher, will talk about spiritual curriculum focussed on human nature and educational philosophy, psychology and learning programmes.

Come and share your ideas, feelings and experiences about 'deep education' and nurturing spirituality in your children.

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The Road to Wellness
(Monday 4th August 2014)

Learn how to get healthier, fitter, be less stressed and prevent disease!
An evening of inspiration and information.
If you are suffering from obesity, heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, stress, addictions or poor self worth.
You can choose to change your life to one of wellness and be free of struggles of ill health, addictions and disease.
Discover how the mind plays a BIG part in your health, well-being and life. How we create our diseases and how we can also heal ourselves!
If you are a foodie, find out how changing a few small details in your daily intake and sometimes actually eating more can help you to lose weight and get healthier.
You deserve to be well and feel good

Lesley Evans- Clinical Hypnotherapist, Life Healing Coach, EFT practitioner.
With 10 years experience in the field of addictions, and the emotions underlying them, Lesley will give you some tools to take way with you to start the changes you want to make.

Cher Hunter- Personal Trainer & Nutritional Facilitator
National Nutritional lecturer in the fitness Industry and over 9 years helping people achieve their fitness goals, Cher will teach you how food and exercise can heal you from the inside out!

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Richmond Library: Book Launch
(Wednesday 6th August 2014)

Join author Firooz Zadeh as he presents “The Puzzle of the Middle East, life in Iran and present conditions in Iraq.”

The Power and the Peril of Oil is a must read for those who care about the countless nameless victims, the soldiers serving in harm’s way, and the millions of lives that have been destroyed because of wars for oil.

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Folk Night
(Thursday 7th August 2014)

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

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Jib Jam 2014 Snowboarding Comp
(Friday 8th August 2014)

Friday 8th August: Jib Jam 2014 Snowboarding event, FREE,

Nelsons ONLY snowboard/Ski Event live at The Playhouse

Doors open 530pm, warm ups 6 till 630, Comp from 630 till 730, Finals 745 till 8pm, DJ's from 830 after prize giving.

Massive ramp and rail set up, heaps of fun for the whole family.

Black board menu available on the night plus hot chips and refreshments available all night.


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Takaka Library - Winter Series 2014 - Living with them: the 60 volcanoes of Auckland
(Friday 8th August 2014)

Join Geoff Rennison as he ‘blows his top’ for a talk of seismic proportions.

The land occupied by Auckland City is also home to some 60 volcanoes; the most recent and biggest erupted about 1300AD.

We look at how the volcanic system works and how as a suburban Aucklander, you will be able to tell when a volcano is about to come up through your carport.

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(Thursday 24th July–Friday 8th August 2014)

Wood, Metal, Stone Expo show cases the work of local artists and crafts people. It is a reflection of the rich talent in the Bay.

The Art Bank openned just before Christmas and is become a great success for the Artists and the visitors of Takaka. It is recommended that regular visits are made to the Gallery because the shows will be changing every couple of months.

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Richmond Library: Pop Up Wear Art
(Monday 4th–Sunday 10th August 2014)

Get a taste of the creations of Year 10 WearArt students of Waimea College. Their Wearable Art style garments are made from the waste product of local businesses.

Everything from apple stickers to ties, travel catalogues to protective clothing off-cuts and old overalls have been used to create uniquely Nelson flavoured - uniquely individual outfits.

Richmond Library is showing two of these fabulous creations.

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Winter Workshops
(Wednesday 21st May–Tuesday 12th August 2014)

The Motueka Arts Council's Winter Workshops are on all Winter in the Mouteka region. Workshops include poetry writing with acclaimed poet Riemke Ensing, a presentation by musician Richard Nunns, Needle-craft workshops with the amazing Emma Marshall, and much more - including Improvised Theatre, Dance, Chinese Cookery, Painting, Flute-making, Tie-dying, Hand printing, Mosaics, Silver-jewellery making ... and even more!

To view the programme and register, visit:

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Takaka Library - Winter Series 2014 - Beyond the Roaring Forties: New Zealand’s Sub-Antarctic Islands
(Friday 15th August 2014)

Join Chris Petyt and share his expedition experience to the Sub-Antarctic Islands – those isolated islands which lie scattered across the Southern Ocean, south and east of the South Island.

Cold, wet and windy, with distinctive vegetation and skies full of birds, these islands are also rich in history.

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Takaka Library:Tracing Your Ancestors through Military Records
(Friday 15th August 2014)

Want to research your military ancestors but not sure where to start?

Join Karen Dickerson on this course which will look at the various military records that are available online for New Zealand, UK and Australia.

Bookings essential.

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MUNTED: A play about the Christchurch Earthquake
(Friday 22nd August 2014)

Friday 22nd August: MUNTED: A play about the Christchurch Earthquake, $20, additional $20 buffet available and blackboard menu. Play from 730pm, Dinner from 6pm.

‘MUNTED’ - powerful storytelling, verbatim theatre

The Christchurch earthquake brought an obscure word into common usage – ‘Munted’, meaning wrecked, damaged or ruined.

That’s also the title of a theatrical response to the Canterbury 22 February 2011 earthquake, derived exclusively from interviews with those who experienced it, including Cantabrians, members of the media and other New Zealanders. Three performers bring 15 people to vivid life in this hour long show: From a dentist buried in a hole filled with liquefaction, to a TV cameraman stuck on the roof of his building, to a school teacher and a four year old boy – these are shared stories of hope and loss, finding laughter amongst grief, and a strengthened community in the heart of a shaken city.

Simple storytelling, no costume changes, honest perspectives – this is verbatim documentary theatre at its best. Following a four week season at the Stella Adler Theatre, Los Angeles in July, Munted tours nationally with Arts On Tour NZ in August. See itinerary below.

“A subtle blend of humour, emotional reflection and eye-witness testimony of the Christchurch February earthquake, MUNTED is a powerful example of how well verbatim theatre can work….We are moved by the simple embodiment of the actors showing us the experiences – bemusement, exhilaration, trauma, loss - of those that were there.” Michael Wray, Wellington.

“Powerful and humane, yet often humorous.”
John Smythe, Theatreview

“… a beautifully crafted piece of documentary theatre...It takes absolute skill and professionalism to put together a show like this…” Arrun Soma, journalist.

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Takaka Library - Winter Series 2014 - Words of war: poetry remembers 1914
(Friday 22nd August 2014)

Hosted by Mark Raffills of Live Poets, celebrate National Poetry Day and commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War 1.

Write your own response to the war of 1914 and drop it off at the library to add to the pin-board of commemorative poetry.

Bring along a poem by one of famous WW1 poets to be read at the gathering.

Or just come along and listen, reflect and talk about the wealth of poetry that emerged from WW1.

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European Romance
(Monday 25th August 2014)

Imagine swirling through the ballrooms of Vienna, standing on the banks of the Volga River or the Rhine, wandering the cobbled streets of Europe or gazing on a moonlit sky immersing yourself in romantic European music all without leaving your home town!

We present an Andre Rieu style concert with virtuoso violinist Jessica Hindin and superb classical singers and accompanist featuring favourite European songs, beloved Viennese waltzes, famous arias and ensembles all with energy and joy and more than a little silliness.

Susan Boland
Bonaventure Allan-Moetaua
Amanda Atlas
Penny Dodd
Jessica Hindin

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Richmond Library: Tracing Your Ancestors Through Military Records
(Thursday 14th–Thursday 28th August 2014)

Want to research your military ancestors but not sure where to start?

We’ll look at various military records that are available online for New Zealand, UK and Australia.

A great way to get started on your family history journey.

Bookings are essential. Phone Richmond Library on (03) 543 8500.

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

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

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

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

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

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Richmond Library: Go Digital with Your Slides and Photos
(Friday 8th August–Monday 29th September 2014)

Turn your photographs and slides into long lasting memories. Scanning photographs and slides will ensure you can keep those precious memories for longer.

During August you can book a librarian to help you transform your photographs, certificates, slides and film negatives into a digital format.

Bookings are essential. Phone Richmond Library on (03) 543 8500.

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

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

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

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

If you're into books and reading, living in Takaka and you're aged 9-12, this book club is for you.

Cryptic Turkeys Book Club meets on the third Friday of the month at Takaka Library.
Except for the first meeting of the year which is on 28 February.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Do you enjoy reading and talking about books?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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