Events in the Tasman/Nelson Region

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

Summer Event Guide

Every year, the Tasman District Council produces a guide for locals and visitors to help promote the events, attractions and businesses of the Tasman District.

Copies are distributed free to all households, and are available at i-Sites, libraries and Council Service Centres.

Featured Events 

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

Add An Event 

To add an event, use the regional events website www.itson.co.nz. All events listed in the Tasman District on ItsOn will appear on this page.

Event Listings 


No Lights No Lycra
(Tuesday 27th January 2015)

No Lights No Lycra is a dance night that was started in 2009 in Melbourne by unconventional dance students Alice Glenn and Heidi Barrett. There is no light, no lycra, no teacher, no steps to learn, no technique, just free movement. No Lights No Lycra is a place where you can completely let go and shake out the stresses of the week in a friendly, non-threatening, drug and alcohol free atmosphere. It’s a place to experience new tunes and revisit old favourites, a time to lose yourself in the music while working up a sweat.

Check us out on Facebook: No Lights No Lycra Motueka

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Adam Chamber Music Festival 2015 Gala Dinner
(Thursday 29th January 2015)

What a wonderful way of easing into ten days of spectacular music making by partaking in our traditional Gala Dinner. Delicious food, fine wine and a delightful musical taster of what's to come in the Festival with our special guests, all served up in the iconic Woollaston Estates cellars. 'If music be the food of love, play on!' Price includes three course meal, wine, concert and bus transport from Nelson.

New Zealand String Quartet, Ying Quartet, David Griffiths (Clarinet), Helen Webby (Harp).

A surprise selection from the Festival programme.

Bus leaves Nelson School Of Music at 5.20pm. To book a bus go to www.music.org.nz

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Julian Temple Band
(Friday 30th January 2015)

Jan 30th Fri: Julian Temple Band, fresh of a world tour come and join in on the some surf folk music. $10. Dinner from 6pm, Show from 8pm. Bookings recommended.

Julian Temple Band formed in Dunedin, New Zealand in February, 2004. They have independently recorded and released four albums; In Sea (2006), Quiet Earth (2009), Balance Escapes (2010) and Upsidedownbackwards (2012).

Within a week of its release, "Upsidedownbackwards" debuted on the Official New Zealand Music Chart quickly climbing to number 7 over five weeks. The band have toured extensively across New Zealand, Australia and the U.S.A.

Temple released his solo album titled Nowhere Fast in October 2011. To promote the work, the troubadour embarked on a world tour which saw him play three countries in three consecutive nights and tour the U.S.A., Australia and New Zealand for six months.

After a change in line-up during 2012, including the addition of a violinist, JTB commenced work on their fourth studio album and various tours around N.Z. and abroad. After the success of "Upsidedownbackwards" in N.Z. the band relocated to the U.S.A. where they are actively touring now.

Members: PMK (drums), Paul McMillan (bass/vocals), Julian Temple (guitar/vocals), Alex Vaatstra (violin) and Albert Sanudo (bass).

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Motueka Art Group annual exhibition
(Sunday 4th–Friday 30th January 2015)

A wide variety of styles and mediums available.

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Motueka Library: Meet the Author - Suzanne Clark
(Friday 30th January 2015)

We are delighted to host local author Suzanne Clark who will talk about her recent book, His Father’s Will.

The novel is based on the life of William Tyrrell, born in Takaka on 24 December 1891.

Information was researched from a framework of authentic material set alongside family stories, events of the time and seasoned with the author’s imagination.

Come and hear Will’s tale as he grows from troubled boyhood to a man who fights adversity at every turn and strives to make his way in the world.

Light refreshments will be served.

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Pic's Peanut Butter Tours
(Monday 12th–Friday 30th January 2015)

Come and see the world's best peanut butter being made! We'll even give you a taste at the end to prove it really is the best.

Tours run Mon - Fri at 11am, 11:45am, 1pm and 1:45pm. They are free, approximately 40 minutes long and suitable for adults and children. Bookings essential!

Parking can be difficult. Bunnings kindly allow Pic's tour folk to use their car park. Once parked, keep the Bunning's building on your right and head to the end of the car park. There's a little walking path that follows the stream. Once on it turn right and head for the little bridge. From there you can see the Pic's factory. It's a pleasant three minute walk all up. (Not suitable for wheelchair access).

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Run for Deanna
(Saturday 31st January 2015)

A 5-6km run or walk options available, Deanna loves bright crazy colours do dress up is welcome. Register to run or walk or sponsor a Tahunanui school student.

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Around the World in 80 Days, Richmond
(Saturday 31st January–Sunday 1st February 2015)

The Body in Space Theatre Company presents its 2015 Outdoor Summer Theatre season, the steam-punk adventure, 'Around the World in 80 Days.' Adventurous comedy, which sees Victorian Englishman, Philleas Fogg, attempting to win a wager of the utmost difficulty: travelling around the world by steamboat, train and any other means in just 80 days! It's impossible, what what!

Jules Verne's classic story has been very punctually and punctiliously adapted by Mark Brown and is brought to you by the same celebrated team that bluffed their way through 'The Importance of Being Earnest' in 2013 and 'The Three Musketeers' last year.

Bring along a picnic and a donation for the actors and enjoy lively outdoor theatre in a delightful setting. It's fast becoming a Nelson favourite. See you at 6.30pm. Don't be late, whatever the cost!

Note: This year, if raining, the show will NOT be held indoors.
Note B, being the second note: Admission is technically free but we would strongly recommend the minimum of $10 for an adult and $5 for a child.
Note B-2: Contrary to popular belief there is NO HOT AIR BALLOON in this play.

PS... Outdoor Summer Theatre will also play in Nelson this year! Jan 23rd - 30th, Fairfield House, 6:30pm. Matinee Sat 24th at 2pm.

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Collingwood Summer Food Fair
(Sunday 1st February 2015)

Venison, wild pork, goat, rabbit, mussels, scallops, hangi, spit and more. Free after entry. Live music, pay bar, bouncy castle. And our world famous Wife Carrying Race.

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SALMONELLA DUB Full Band at the Playhouse - SOLD OUT!
(Sunday 1st February 2015)

1st show sold out but check out the show on the 2nd Feb.
The Playhouse is very proud to present SALMONELLA DUB in all its glory live on stage FEB 1st 2015, Nelson anniversary weekend!

Needless to say THIS WILL SELLOUT...so please get your tickets NOW to avoid disappointment.
$39 + BF.
Here is a direct link to the event ticketing page: http://www.eventbrite.co.nz/e/salmonella-dub-full-live-band-mapua-playhouse-theatre-tickets-14644103909?aff=eorg

You can also come out to the Playhouse for your tickets.

Dinner and refreshments will be available all evening, but it is first in first serve for seating as there will be a big old dance floor left free for dancing. Outside dining will be encouraged in our lush gardens.

Plus!!! There is a FREE BUS!!! WOW...Call us to confirm your spot. 5402985
These are the times...Bus leaves Nelson at 6pm from Isite.
Stops at Stoke 615pm at the bus stop across from the shops on main road
Richmond 630pm across from the City Council.
Playhouse at 645.
Motueka 715 in front of Coffe Cart.
Mapua at 730 in front of tavern.

Feb 1st :
Bus leaves Nelson at 430pm
Stops in Stoke 445pm
Richmond 5pm
Playhouse at 515pm
Same places as the 1st.

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Sarau Festival
(Sunday 1st February 2015)

This is a late afternoon festival to celebrate the fabulous Moutere Valley and its people, together with the NZ Blackcurrant growing industry - an important crop in our horticultural district. Find out about blackcurrants, and hop growing, together with the other interesting crops and crafts out here in the Valley!
The Sarau Festival has something for everyone - interesting stalls to discover, artisans to chat to, workshops to take part in and events for children to participate in - all in our spacious open Domain.
Remember to bring along your entries for our wonderful Barker’s Cooking Competition, and to enter the other competitions and workshops, check out our website www.saraufestival.co.nz.
Browse our book stall, listen to our fantastic musicians and enjoy food, wine and beer or yummy blackcurrant juice and deserts as the sun goes down over the Mount Arthur range.
See you at Sarau Festival!

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SALMONELLA DUB Full Band at the Playhouse
(Monday 2nd February 2015)

Due to popular demand, The Playhouse is very proud to present SALMONELLA DUB in all its glory live on stage FEB 2nd 2015, Nelson anniversary weekend!

Needless to say THIS WILL SELLOUT...so please get your tickets NOW to avoid disappointment.
$39 + BF.
Here is a direct link to the event ticketing page: http://www.eventbrite.co.nz/e/salmonella-dub-full-live-band-mapua-playhouse-theatre-tickets-14644103909?aff=eorg

You can also come out to the Playhouse for your tickets.

Dinner and refreshments will be available all evening, but it is first in first serve for seating as there will be a big old dance floor left free for dancing. Outside dining will be encouraged in our lush gardens.

Plus!!! There is a FREE BUS!!! WOW...Call us to confirm your spot. 5402985

Feb 2nd :
Bus leaves Nelson at 430pm
Stops in Stoke 445pm
Richmond 5pm
Playhouse at 515pm
Same places as the 1st.

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Washbourn Gardens Fair 2015
(Monday 2nd February 2015)

Arts & Crafts, music, clothing, baby products, food, jewellery, homemade towels, plants, chutneys, toys, entertainment, plus loads more products on sale. Come along and help support our annual Playcentre fundraiser for a day of fun.

If wet Fair will be postponed to:
Friday 6th February (Waitangi Day)

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Luminate Festival 2015
(Wednesday 28th January–Wednesday 4th February 2015)

Luminate is a vibrant summer festival of cutting-edge live and electronic music, visual and performing arts, inspirational knowledge-sharing and pioneering environmental initiatives.
Luminate offers a diverse range of live music and electronica spanning five zones. Delivering an international line-up alongside our home-grown talent, you’ll find world grooves, gypsy, folk, jazz, blues, roots, reggae, dub, psytrance, techno, house, dubstep, glitch-hop, tribal drumming and lots more.
Workshops include permaculture, yoga, science, health, drumming, dance, circo-arts, music, and traditional crafts. With a village market, healing zone, tribal drum circle, circus space, performance arts and lots of activities for children, there is plenty to pack into this eight-day multi-facetted experience.
Luminate is renowned for its strong environmentally conscious focus. Bring your own plates/cups for the market. All cafes run by Luminate are vegetarian and Organic. With no rubbish or recycling bins on site you pack out what you bring in. Eco amenities include composting toilets and solar showers.
Enjoy spacious camping in a stunning natural environment. Luminate is a non-alcohol, family-friendly event.

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The Big Band Era
(Thursday 5th February 2015)

Discover the Era of the Big Band as our singers and 'Glen Miller' band present hits from big band icons: Glen Miller, Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey and Henry Mancini and greats such as Ella Fitzgerald, Doris Day, Frank Sinatra, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong and Billie Holiday.

Featured Singers:
Elisabeth Harris
Bonaventure Allan-Moetaua

Band
Mike Booth
Bruce French
Pete France
Grant Winterburn

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Ben Nevis Helibike
(Friday 6th February 2015)

Part of Konica Minolta Bikefest Nelson - This trip is ONLY intended for Mountain Bike Riders with a VERY GOOD set of skills and a suitable bike to match. Strictly Limited Numbers for safety reasons
The Track Grading for this ride is 5+and there are several sections where it is necessary to carry your bike. Taking a big heavy downhill bike is not recommended, a slightly lighter “All Mountain” bike is recommended instead due to the carrying involved. Best described as a Mountain Bike Adventure rather than Mountain Bike Ride.
We take you up in a Helicopter to the top of Ben Nevis where there are incredible views and a sense of “being up there” before experiencing four unique types of riding on the way down:
Alpine Tussock Track with some rocks and drops.
Steep Beach Forest track with lots of roots and wheel catchers. A ridge section leading into Open Grassland and some easier flowing Beach Tracks.
A run down the Ben Nevis Downhill Tracks in the exotic forest. The cost for the Helicopter is paid on the day. There is no cost for the ride back down. There will also be transport options to the lift site at the top of the Wairoa Gorge at extra cost if you are unable to get there yourself.

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Mountain Bike Orienteering
(Friday 6th February 2015)

Part of Konica Minolta Bikefest Nelson.

Mountain Bike Orienteering - Cunning biking! Test your fitness and your navigation. A fun event for the whole family with two courses to choose from ranging from approximately 10km and 4km. Instruction is available for newcomers and any others who would like it. Try a new skill!

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AvantiPlus Richmond Lakes to Sea
(Saturday 7th February 2015)

Brought to you by Tasman Wheelers, this is a scenic road ride from Lake Rotoiti in St Arnaud to Rabbit Island. This event is a fundraiser for the Tasman Wheelers Benchmark Teams.

More details coming soon.

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Tui DeLight Summer Festival
(Saturday 7th February 2015)

Welcome to Wainui!
For the third time Tui DELIGHT Summer Festival is inviting big and small to celebrate in Wainui, Golden Bay on Saturday, Feb 7th from 1-11pm.

Fun for the whole family:
Seven live bands from around the world, delicious food, kids programme for all ages, and tours of Tui Community.
Set amongst the beautiful trees of the Tui Events Park. Pack your swimming gear, the beach is only 10min walk away.
See you there! Rain or Shine.

For more details visit: www.tuitrust.org.nz/delight

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YULIA live at The Playhouse
(Saturday 7th February 2015)

Feb 7th Sat:
‘Beautiful Song;’ - An Intimate Evening with Yulia.

The beautiful Yulia returns to the Playhouse with a new show of breath taking songs. $30, Limited early bird tickets $25. Dinner from 6pm, Show from 8pm.

Yulia (full name Yulia MacLean) is a Russian-born New Zealand classical crossover singer. Her first solo album Into The West went platinum in its first week of sales in New Zealand. She won two NZ Music Awards; 'Best Female Solo Artist' and 42 Below 'Best Selling Album in New Zealand'. She has supported Amici Forever and Russell Watson with two sold-out tours in Tokyo. Yulia's albums Into the West and Montage had three top 40 radio hits in New Zealand, "Into the West", "Angel" and "We're All Alone". Yulia was the first female vocalist in New Zealand to have two back to back number one hit albums.[5] Yulia's voice was once described as a "lovely rich contralto with passion and conviction", and she also have the ability to perform in the mezzo-soprano range.[6][7]

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Dodzy Memorial Enduro - SOLD OUT
(Saturday 7th–Sunday 8th February 2015)

* This event sold out in 1.2 minutes! However you have another chance! Enter the competition to win two very valuable tickets with Bikefest and ItsOn! Just click on the competition icon below.

Part of Konica Minolta Bikefest Nelson - The Dodzy Memorial is an inspiring event held in the memory of James Dodds (Dodzy). Dodzy helped shape mountain biking in NZ, through his and partner Gabby’s skills courses, his race mentoring and through his trail building and bike design. We need to remember that the Dodzy Memorial Enduro is exactly that: a time to remember James Dodds, and to ride and race on trails that he helped design and build.

And so, with this in mind.... here's all the juicy details: In a nutshell:
An Open Shuttle day on Saturday the 7th, (including a short seeding run open all day).
The good old Deville debrief in Nelson on the evening of Saturday 7th.
Race day with three timed runs proceeded by a prize giving will follow on Sunday 8th.

Full details visit the facebook page: www.facebook.com/DodzyMemorialEnduro

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Richmond Library: Get Moving – Free Yoga class
(Monday 9th February 2015)

Want to try yoga?

If you are over 18 and have a basic fitness level try this free class.

Book your place today at the Information Desk at Richmond Library.

In association with Contours Richmond.

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Go By Bike Day
(Wednesday 11th February 2015)

Call into The Quiet Revolution Cycle Shop for a FREE brekky of hot English muffins and conserves on your way to work, school or if you're out for an early ride.

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Go By Bike Day - Bikers Breakfast
(Wednesday 11th February 2015)

Free breakfasts are available for cyclists on Go By Bike Day, Wednesday 11 Feb, 7;30 - 9am. Anyone out and about on their bike in the morning can stop for a breakfast snack snacks and spot prizes at these venues:
• Takaka Village Green
• Motueka Clock Tower
• Richmond Sundial Square

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Go By Bike Day - Bikers Breakfast - Golden Bay
(Wednesday 11th February 2015)

Free breakfasts are available for cyclists on Go By Bike Day, Wednesday 11 Feb, 7;30 - 9am. Anyone out and about on their bike in the morning can stop for a breakfast snack snacks and spot prizes at these venues:
• Takaka Village Green
• Motueka Clock Tower
• Richmond Sundial Square

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Go By Bike Day - Bikers Breakfast - Tasman
(Wednesday 11th February 2015)

Free breakfasts are available for cyclists on Go By Bike Day, Wednesday 11 Feb, 7;30 - 9am. Anyone out and about on their bike in the morning can stop for a breakfast snack snacks and spot prizes at these venues:
• Takaka Village Green
• Motueka Clock Tower
• Richmond Sundial Square

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Go By Bike Day - Tasman Breakfast
(Wednesday 11th February 2015)

Part of Konica Minolta Bikefest Nelson - Get more exercise, save money, care for the planet and have fun. All the reasons you need to go by bike.

Go By Bike Day is a day to ride your bike to the shops, ride your bike to a date, ride to school with your kids or just go for a ride to feel the fresh air! We are celebrating your efforts to ride a bike on Go By Bike Day with a free breakfast. So encourage your family, your friends or your work colleagues to Go By Bike!

Tasman Breakfasts
Where: Takaka Village Green
Motueka Clock Tower
Richmond Sundial Square.
Time: 7.30am - 9am

Details: Free breakfasts are available for cyclists in Tasman. Anyone out and about on their bike in the morning can stop for a breakfast snack snacks and spot prizes at these venues:

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Richmond Library: Get Moving – Free Core Strength class
(Wednesday 11th February 2015)

Want to try a Core Strength class?

If you are over 18 and have a basic fitness level try this free class.

Book your place today at the Information Desk at Richmond Library.

In association with Contours Richmond.

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Motueka Library: Author Robbie Robilliard and Hard Country
(Thursday 12th February 2015)

Join us for this inspired and entertaining story of a determined woman and her family life on an isolated farm in Golden Bay.

Robin and her husband, Garry, arrived in Golden Bay in 1957. They had always longed to own their own sheep station but it didn’t turn out to be the life they had envisaged.

Light refreshments provided.

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Delaney Davidson
(Friday 13th February 2015)

Feb 13th Fri: Delaney Davidson, Don't miss this prolific sing song writer on his tour around the country. Fresh from an American tour he will be at his bad ass best. $15 pre sales. $20 on the door. Dinner from 6pm, Show from 8pm.

Part man part wheel, Delaney Davidson is part wandering minstrel, part travelling salesman. One hand holds a small brown suitcase; his trade, his ghost orchestra, the other holds his guitar. One foot firmly in the Blues Trash corner of the ring, the other on the road, you could say Delaney sees music as he sees geography, and that although he has certain preferences, in fact all territories are up for grabs. Ireland, Germany, Italy, Brazil, UK, Switzerland, Mexico, Austria, Romania, Belgium, Holland, Russia, France, USA, Argentina, Australia and New Zealand, all destinations on the ten year Solo Tour with which Davidson has turned homelessness into a success of its own. Man of a thousand faces, his work with paint, music, film and concept all has traces of his unique take on life. Part new world and part old world, this duality is echoed in the flavours he evokes with his work; Past VS present, too loud for folk VS too quiet for rock, Light VS Dark, Davidson’s restless work refuses to be still for the portrait it is asked to sit for. A pattern we see in his own restless life, indeed, the apple never falls far from the tree.

“One rotten apple ruins the whole barrel” laughs Delaney when asked to describe his work. “But then I think we all need a few rotten apples, and sometimes that’s where the flavour comes from, ripe vs rotten, where does one cross over into the other”

This approach of DIY has a special flavour of its own, and can continually be seen in Davidson’s work. “Necessity is the mother of invention, and a low budget will lead to all sorts of beautiful stand-in potential. Whistling instead of violins. I love to see things take a step, and I think people like to see the triumph of a good idea over a slick production, I think it gives them hope and inspiration. Ultimately the result of hi gloss is alienation and a removed and depressed let down feeling of not being good enough. I say let it all go!”

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Konica Minolta Bikefest Nelson Bingo
(Saturday 31st January–Friday 13th February 2015)

The Konica Minolta Bikefest Nelson Bingo competition is open to everyone and is a great way to enjoy Nelson's cycleways and bike paths.

Visit all the locations and complete the message to go into the draw for a Merida Matts 10V Bike, plus lots of other minor prizes.

How it works:

Look out for the Bingo Sheet which will be inserted in the "Nelson Live" paper on Thursday 22 January. Alternatively, you can download the sheet from this page from 31 January or pick up a copy at the Nelson City Council.

Once you have the sheet you can start completing the tasks and ticking the boxes. Completed sheets should be brought to the Get Moving tent at Carnivelo on 13 February. All entries will go in the draw for prizes and if the message is completed, you will go in the draw for the bike.

The Map
On 31 January, a map will be posted on www.bikefestnelson.co.nz to help you find the letters to complete the sentence on the sheet. The letters will be located on Nelson City Council information boards.

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MurchisonLibrary: Author Robbie Robilliard and Hard Country
(Friday 13th February 2015)

Join us for this inspired and entertaining story of a determined woman and her family life on an isolated farm in Golden Bay.

Robin and her husband, Garry, arrived in Golden Bay in 1957. They had always longed to own their own sheep station but it didn’t turn out to be the life they had envisaged.


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Diamonds in the Rough | Wheel Woman MTB Coaching
(Saturday 14th February 2015)

Part of Konica Minolta Bikefest Nelson.

It's ladies day out on the trails! Women have the chance to ride with and learn from the raddest female riders around the country.

Ashley Burgess is touring around New Zealand stopping at five towns and spreading the love of riding. Next stop is Nelson! She''ll be joining forces with local women's cycling guru Emma from Wheel Woman and Mandy Richards from Escape Adventures to conduct this ladies' only riding day full of skills sessions, a group ride / shuttles, finishing off with beer and snacks.

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Unicycle Fun Day and Picnic at Mapua Waterfront Park
(Saturday 14th February 2015)

Part of The Big Weekend at the Konica Minolta Bikefest Nelson -

Fun for all ages! Family Fun day. Unicycle races against the clock on a time trails course. Unicycle demonstrations and workshops, the bike skills trailer will be there to have a go. Family picnic day, music and entertainment, on the day art competition.

Entry Fee: To race the cost will be $1.00 per circuit for under 18s. $2.00 for seniors. Race as many circuits as you like. Hire cycles available - $1.00 per circuit. Free to watch and be entertained!

Registration is required prior to racing (from 11am) The fastest time in each category wins! Lots of great prizes for male and female winners in each category: over 7 – 10yrs, over 10 – 13yrs, over 13 – 16yrs, over 16 – 18yrs, 18+ (senior).

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Unicycling Family Fun Day
(Saturday 14th February 2015)

A Mapua based event as part of Bike Fest Nelson.
All things unicycling - demostrations, learn how and have a go, unicycling competition - time trials and prizes. Also an 'on the day' art competition with prizes. Come for a picnic on the Waterfront Park and enjoy the fun!

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Bhakti Yoga Weekend - Kirtan, Sound, and Bhakti Fest
(Friday 13th–Sunday 15th February 2015)

Experience the amazing benefits of sound, music and vibration! Including yoga postures, meditation and nada yoga, this retreat aims to open the heart chakra, encourage expression and induce a subtle awareness of sound with kirtan musicians visiting from around the world.

Emotions can either bind you or liberate you. Transform lower emotions into higher expressions through heart opening, uplifting yoga, sound, and meditation practices.

Bhakti Yoga - the yoga of the heart; is a shortcut to go beyond the mind and stresses of daily life, bringing one closer to the essence of the self.

Nada Yoga (Yoga of Sound), singing devotional songs (Kirtan), chanting scales with chakra awareness, and listening for inner sounds, all untie the knots within the mind and body. Fast track your open heart surgery during this weekend of kirtan, sound and bhakti fest!

Including:
• Chanting & self expression
• Experience subtle vibrations
• Meditation on primal sounds
• Yoga postures integrated with mantra
• Kirtan (sanskrit chants sung in call and response)
• Akhanda Kirtan (several hours of continuous kirtan)

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Brightwater Wine & Food Festival
(Sunday 15th February 2015)

Hold onto your holiday groove, grab a friend and head to the Brightwater Wine & Food Festival, for all-day entertainment, fantastic food, and award-winning wine and beer.

Set in a stunning vineyard location, Brightwater Wine and Food festival is all about local! For those partial to a glass of something classy in the sun, explore the best Nelson has to offer with our leading wineries, or snaffle a beer or cider from our stellar craft breweries

For the foodies, there will be gourmet food stalls to explore. Entertainment line up to be confirmed - check our website for more details.

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Brightwater Wine and Food Festival Ride
(Sunday 15th February 2015)

Part of The Big Weekend at the Konica Minolta Bikefest Nelson -Ride to the Brightwater Wine and Food Festival along the Great Taste Trail and reward your cycling efforts with some local wine and food! Get together a group of your friends, grab a bike and make a day of it.

You can start anywhere you like along the Great Taste Trail. For the appropriate maps, check out the Nelson to Richmond map and the Richmond to Wakefield map from the Heart of Biking website.

The Brightwater Wine and Food Festival starts at 11.30am. If you are riding from Nelson, allow two hours (start around 9.30am), if you are riding from Richmond, allow one hour (start around 10.30am).
Thanks to Richmond Rotary, there will be marshals at the key intersections along the way from 10.30am to 12pm

Getting home: The festival finishes at 5pm. Again, thanks to Richmond Rotary, there will be marshals at the key intersections from 4.30pm to 6pm. However, if you decide not to ride home, you can leave your bike in secure parking for the night and catch the bus home . You can pick up your bike on Monday morning.

Brightwater Wine and Food Festival - more details www.bwff.co.nz

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Dovedale Country Affair Festival
(Sunday 15th February 2015)

This year’s annual Dovedale Country Affair is bigger and better than ever. A real country occasion with entertainment and lots of free activities for the whole family.
With live music all day, including headline duo the Gypsy Pickers, you'll want to make a day of it. Experience life in the country and join in with traditional country games, including tug-of-war; marvel at the sheepdogs, duck roundup (yes), and shearers; learn how Dovedale played its part in the first world war from a great exhibition, and browse the art from Motueka Art Group; back by popular demand is the kids water slide, not to mention the silent auction, motorcycle sidecar rides, farm animals, vintage machinery, plenty of craft and food stalls, raffles and lucky dips!
Ample parking, including disabled parking, with a shuttle bus between the Hall, Church and Reserve for those needing assistance.
Cash EFTPOS facility for a small fee.
Entry is $2 for adults, children free.
All monies raised goes back into the Dovedale Community.
Next to the school in the Dovedale Reserve, just 45 minutes drive from Nelson.
Follow the signs from Prices Corner (Neudorf Road turnoff) on theUpper Moutere.
On rain or shine.

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Kaiteriteri Family Adventure Race
(Sunday 15th February 2015)

Part of The Big Weekend at the Konica Minolta Bikefest Nelson -

Mountain Bike Adventure ride for the whole family. Get an introduction to the family-friendly Kaiteriteri Mountain Bike Park with this ride through the easier tracks in the park. Along the way learn about our conservation efforts, and back by popular demand is the Paintball Pest Shoot (supervised, no real animals will be harmed in this shoot!) and finish it off with a free ice cream back in the newly upgraded Skills Zone

Contact details: David Ryder on (03) 528 2850 or email david.ryder@talleys.co.nz

SPONSORED BY: NBS - Nelson Building Society.

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Motueka Family Fun Ride
(Sunday 15th February 2015)

Part of The Big Weekend at the Konica Minolta Bikefest Nelson - Bring your bike and join in the fun. Cycle around the Motueka Estuary. What will you see on the way?

Meeting Point: Motueka Skate Park, Old Wharf Road, Motueka

Start Time: 1pm

Registration: Register on the day.

Contact: Jody Maru, Motueka Sport Tasman Ph. 03 528 8228

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Womens Work
(Saturday 13th December 2014–Sunday 15th February 2015)

The Womens Work Exhibition showcases 25 established women artists, half of whom are Golden Bay locals and the other half from other locations around New Zealand. Their response to the theme includes traditional and contemporary examples of womens work in a variety of media, from the fine art principals of drawing, painting, printmaking, photography and sculpture, to the more traditionally based crafts and objects that include stitching, dyeing, weaving and manipulating textiles, clay, copper, leather, paper, wool, glass and various fibres such as willow and harakeke. Some of the work has echoes from early colonial times but rendered in such ways that make the work contemporary and topical. Other work relates to the present day, introducing technological methods giving rise to new ways of thinking and creating.

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Akhanda Kirtan - Chanting, music and singing
(Sunday 15th–Monday 16th February 2015)

Open the heart, expand the mind, uplift the soul through the vibration of music, mantra and dance.

Join us for a night to remember as we journey together to the depth of the heart, using the instrument of music for creative expression.

Delve into the practice of Kirtan, the yoga of the heart and emotions. In kirtan, mantras are chanted in a call-and-response method with musical accompaniment. The repetition of the ancient mantras becomes a tool to release the mind from its patterns and to connect with the heart.

Kirtan is a very powerful and uplifting practice of yoga that opens the heart, calms the mind and harmonises the body's systems.

Arrive at 5pm in time for Havan (ancient fire ceremony)

Bring a plate of vegetarian food to share for dinner
Open your heart from 7:30pm - 12:30am and take part in the Akhanda Kirtan - an experience not to be missed!

$25 for the evening

Please call us to let us know you will be joining us (03)525-9887 - See you there!!!

Why not join the full Bhakti Fest weekend retreat

Bookings & Information:
PH: +64 (3) 525 9887
EMAIL: yoga@anahata-retreat.org.nz
FB: www.facebook.com/anahata.yoga.retreat (external link)

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Richmond Library: Get Moving – Free Balance and Body Resistance class
(Tuesday 17th February 2015)

Want to try a Balance and Body Resistance class?

If you are over 18 and have a basic fitness level try this free class.

Book your place today at the Information Desk at Richmond Library.

In association with Contours Richmond.

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Shivaratri Celebration - Havan and Kirtan
(Wednesday 18th February 2015)

Experience the amazing benefits of Havan, music & vibration!

Enjoy Shivaratri celebrations with us. This night of Shva, is one of the most auspicious nights in Vedic traditions.

Havan is an ancient fire ritual or ceremony performed to invoke and connect with nature and the cosmic energies. It helps purify the elements in the environment and within us, and they are performed to heal and protect ourselves and others.

Kirtan is an uplifting practice of yoga that opens the heart, calms the mind and harmonises the body's systems. It is a practice of Bhakti Yoga that helps us to come into direct contact with the heart.

Join us for a shared dinner, havan and kirtan festivity.
Please bring a vegetarian meal to share.

KOHA appreciated.

For bookings and information contact:
yoga@anahata-retreat.org.nz or +64 (03) 525-9887

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Jamie Emerson, Live Poetry reading
(Thursday 19th February 2015)

Golden Bay Live Poets’ Society presents Jamie Emerson at the famous Mussel Inn in Golden Bay. The Live Poets evening kicks off with music from local musicians and an open mic session follows with Jamie taking 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 thewritingforest@gmail.com

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Richmond Library: Get Moving – Free Yoga class
(Friday 20th February 2015)

Want to try a Yoga class?

If you are over 18 and have a basic fitness level try this free class.

Book your place today at the Information Desk at Richmond Library.

In association with Contours Richmond.

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Swap Meet Nelson Vintage Car Club
(Saturday 21st February 2015)

The Nelson Branch of the Vintage Car Club host a swap meet at their new grounds at Lower Queen St.

Sites available $15.

Should be something for everyone.

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Family Bike Ride Day
(Sunday 22nd February 2015)

Team up with family and friends for an enjoyable fun bike ride from Central Takaka School to the East Takaka Domain. Test your skills on the "Bike Elements, a series of raised board-walks including a see-saw. Cool down with chilled Takaka Springs Water. Free face painting and spot prizes. Sausage sizzle available.

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Focus and Intuition - Yogic Lifestyle Retreat
(Monday 16th–Sunday 22nd February 2015)

Experience yogic lifestyle through active immersion into the daily life of Anahata. Take part in practices that are aimed specifically at helping to remove distractions from the mind, and enhance the balance between the inner and outer awareness to help bring focus, develop the witness and unfold intuitive knowledge.

Learn how to access the third eye which is also called the command centre. The energy centre of Ajna chakra, once developed and purified by yoga and meditation practices ultimately enables us to receive inspiration and knowledge accessed from deep within. Intuitive insights transcends all mental processes and is simply a feeling or a vision that we know is just right.

Receive support and a daily focus in guided group sessions. Learn yogic principles to apply to your daily life. Enjoy regular yoga and meditation classes as well as ancient ceremonies that will imprint your heart for lifetimes.

Includes:
• Hatha Yoga to develop a one pointed mind and body
• Pranayama(breathing) practices to clear the mind
• Satyananda Yoga Nidra (deep relaxation)
• Meditation to help awaken Ajna (third eye) chakra
• Om chanting
• Karma Yoga (action with awareness)
• Kirtan (sacred chanting to music) and Havan (ancient Vedic fire ceremony)

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