Events in the Tasman/Nelson Region

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

Vote 2016 - Candidate Information Sessions

Thinking of Standing for Council?

Come along to one of the information sessions for prospective candidates. Find out about the roles of Mayor, Councillor and Community Board member, nominations and campaigning.

Date Time  Venue
Tuesday 28 June 5.30 - 7.00 pm

Takaka Bowling Club

Hiawatha Lane, Takaka 

Wednesday 29 June  5.30 - 7.00 pm

Motueka Service Centre meeting room

Hickmott Place, Motueka

Thursday 30 June  5.30 - 7.00 pm

Tasman District Council chamber

Queen Street, Richmond

Featured Events 

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

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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 


All about Apples
(Monday 7th December 2015–Thursday 30th June 2016)

IT'S ALL ABOUT APPLES at the Motueka District Museum this summer.
Beginning December, the museum has a major exhibition covering the history, transportation, types and economic benefits to the district of APPLES. Before this exhibition closes in June, there will be activities for children and adults (practice your apple peeling skills
now!) Watch out for specific events in local advertising.

More Information.


Richmond Library: Tasman Talks Titles Book Group
(Wednesday 16th December 2015–Wednesday 21st December 2016)

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: Babbling Books
(Thursday 4th February–Thursday 3rd November 2016)

Join Babbling Books book group at Motueka Library to talk about a book you have recently enjoyed and to hear some great recommendations.

Babbling Books meets on the first Thursday of every month at 1pm.

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Motueka Library: Babytime
(Friday 5th February–Friday 16th December 2016)

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 held at Motueka Library on Friday mornings during term time. It is a 30 minute programme of action rhymes, music and books suitable for children two years old and younger.

We do not limit session numbers but will try to accommodate as best we can.

We hope to see you there!

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Richmond Library: Tiny Tots
(Tuesday 9th February–Tuesday 13th December 2016)

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 9th February–Tuesday 20th December 2016)

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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Takaka Library: Silverfish Book Group
(Tuesday 23rd February–Tuesday 27th December 2016)

Do you enjoy reading and talking about books?

Our book group Silverfish could be for you.

Silverfish is a chance to talk about what you have enjoyed reading and hear about what other people have been reading.

It is a group for all people and all tastes.

We pick a theme, genre or author for the month or just swap favourite books. The possibilities are endless.

You don’t have to come regularly.

You’re welcome to come along to listen and enjoy a cup of coffee.

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Takaka Library: German Language Nest
(Monday 29th February–Monday 28th November 2016)

If you’re wanting to keep German alive in your family, cosy up with your kids at Takaka Library’s new German Language Nest.

Sessions are facilitated by our German-speaking Children’s Librarian, Doris Symmons. The Nest aims to foster the spoken German language for children, by sharing stories, songs, rhymes, craft and everyday speech.

Meeting on the last Monday of every month (except during school holidays), sessions will alternate between the library and an outside venue elsewhere in the community.

Phone Doris, 03 525 0059 for more details on date and venue.

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Motueka Library: Teen Book Group
(Wednesday 2nd March–Wednesday 21st September 2016)

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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Richmond Library: Job Finders Club
(Wednesday 13th April–Wednesday 21st December 2016)

Are you between jobs? Would coaching, computer skills or interview tips help? Drop-in between 11am-12pm to find out how we might help you.

The first two - three of months of Job Finders Club, our drop-in sessions will focus on finding out what our job seekers need and how we can help.

We’ll use this information to develop an ongoing programme of training and support. Individual coaching and advice will also be available at the weekly sessions.

Come along to Richmond Library to find out how we can help you find the job you're looking for!

Free.

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Motueka Library: Free Computer Classes
(Tuesday 3rd May–Tuesday 5th July 2016)

Trying to get connected and unravel those mysteries on your computer?

Need help finding jobs online and writing a CV?

Is Google a mystery to you? We can help you with our Google and the internet course.

Learn how to send an email, connect on Facebook or sell items on TradeMe.

Master transferring digital photos from your camera to a computer and find out about informative library databases online.

Now is the perfect time to build your confidence.

Be in quick to register for a free computer course at Motueka Library.

Check out our website's Featured Events page for course dates and details.

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Richmond Library: "Rob Roy" Herbert Exhibition
(Thursday 2nd June–Wednesday 6th July 2016)

Come to Richmond Library for a feast for the eyes.

Local artist "Rob Roy" Herbert is currently exhibiting a range of beautifully executed landscapes set in and around the Motueka Valley.

These gorgeous oil paintings will transport you straight to some of our most lovely local environments.

Visit the Gallery Wall the next time you're at Richmond Library and see for yourself.

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Richmond Library: The Book Explorer's Club
(Wednesday 15th June–Wednesday 6th July 2016)

Read, make, create, craft, quest - become a literary explorer with Richmond Library's Book Explorer's Club.

This adventurous club is for Year 5 and 6 kids looking for some after school explorational fun!

Only a limited number of lucky kids can join the club though, so register at Richmond Library to make sure there's a space for you.

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Hatha Yoga Immersion
(Monday 20th–Sunday 26th June 2016)

During this retreat we will explore both the modern approach to Hatha Yoga, whilst also being exposed to the historical elements of Hatha Yoga through the theory and guided practice of Shatkarmas (cleansing techniques). These practices restore your physical system and lighten the body and mind; leaving you feeling revitalized with a set of practices to take away and integrate into your daily life.

The retreat programme Includes:

• 2 Hatha yoga classes per day
• A personalized programme to take away with you
• Cleansing practices
• Group discussions
• Guided meditations
• Karma Yoga (action with meditative awareness)
• Daily Yoga Nidra (deep relaxation)
• Havan (fire Ceremony) & Chanting (healing sound vibration)

Start Time: 3.00pm Monday - arrival/registration
Finish Time: 11am Sunday

Payment is for 6 nights*
Early Bird Price - NZ$650 (payment due by 13 March 2016)
Standard Price - NZ$695
Camping Price - NZ$605

*Prices include shared accommodation, all meals and the full retreat programme. A discounted rate of $50 per night applies if staying the night immediately before or after the retreat.

For more information please email yoga@anahata-retreat.org.nz or call 03 5259887.

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The Umpire Strikes Back- A Star Wars Parody Play
(Thursday 23rd–Sunday 26th June 2016)

The Tasman Coastal Players present
The Umpire Strikes Back
Thursday 23rd, Friday 24th, Saturday 25th , Sunday 26th June
Doors open 6pm, Show from 8pm. Sunday Matinee 4pm.
$15 for show plus food option if desired.
A hilarious parody of the Sci- Fi series Starwars.
Theatre at it's best, sharp, witty and fun for all.

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Nature's Healing Matrix
(Friday 24th–Sunday 26th June 2016)

Teresa Goodin (Taranaki) will lead a special weekend retreat on the sacred plant medicine of Aotearoa. Learn how to gently restore balance and harmony to all aspects of one’s being with vibrational medicine and native plant essences. All participants will create a personalised flower essence blend made with First Light Flower Essences of New Zealand®.

www.teresagoodin.com

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Takaka Library: Craft Open Home
(Friday 24th June–Friday 26th August 2016)

Come and learn a new skill, brush up on an old one or complete that project or craft of your choice that has been years in the cupboard.

Bring along your knitting, crochet, card-making kit, patchwork or craft of choice and chat, learn and create together.

A wonderful opportunity to share, learn, meet new people and enjoy your community space in the library.

All welcome.

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Two Evenings of Chocolate and Wine at Mahana Cellar Door
(Saturday 25th June–Friday 1st July 2016)

Indulge in bespoke Chocoyo chocolates, designed to match the tasting notes of each Mahana wine, followed by an exquisite three course dinner. Wine purchases and chocolate orders available on the night so you can re-create your favourite pairings at home!

Only $68 per person

Bookings are essential as spaces are limited. Price includes wine and chocolate tastings and three course meal.

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Soul Connection: an evening with Diana Whittaker, Clairvoyant Medium
(Sunday 26th June 2016)

Diana Whittaker is an extremely talented Clairvoyant medium and has agreed to be part of our fundraiser evening for Sue Waters (see below for details of the cause).

Come along and see Diana in action at Riverside Community Centre, at the Riverside Community, 289 Main Rd Lower Moutere (Moutere Highway) on Sunday 26 June.

6.30pm: Doors open for free soup & mingling
7.00pm: Show begins

Tickets $35.00 (16 yrs & over)
Available from Whitwells Menswear Motueka (from Saturday 11 June onwards)
or contact 021-130-5051 / 027-810-2377

Refreshments available to purchase from 6.30pm

This is a fundraiser for Sue Waters’s Life -Saving Surgery. See Sue's Givealittle page for more information:
https://www.givealittle.co.nz/cause/sueannewaters

And listen to the recent Radio New Zealand interview with a mesh campaigner and a NZ surgeon on the issues round surgical mesh:
http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/ninetonoon/audio/201803190/surgical-mesh-campaigner

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Motueka Library: The World of Colour
(Monday 27th June 2016)

Come along to Motueka Library and learn some new art skills or rejuvenate your arty side.

Learn how we encounter colour in our every day lives, in nature, in our homes and how it affects us.

Explore the theory of colour, looking at colour wheels, cool and warm colours, the harmonies of colour and blending.

Put your learning into practice and enjoy some painting in a relaxed atmosphere.

Meet new friends and chat over a morning tea or coffee.

Most materials are included - but you'll need to bring a small paintbrush and a magazine or two to cut up.

Contact Motueka Library to book your spot in the class.

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Candidate Information Session
(Tuesday 28th June 2016)

Are you considering standing for election to the Tasman District Council this year?

Keen to learn more about what is involved in representing the community as the Mayor, a Councillor or a Community Board member?

Come along to this information session for prospective candidates to find out more about the business of Council and the roles of elected members.

We'll provide an overview of the election process, including details about nominations and campaigning.

Outgoing Tasman District councillor Judene Edgar and Golden Bay Community Board chairperson Carolyn McLellan will be available to answer questions and offer a first-hand perspective.

To register your interest or find out more, contact Electoral Officer Sandra Hartley.

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Candidate Information Session
(Wednesday 29th June 2016)

Are you considering standing for election to the Tasman District Council this year?

Keen to learn more about what is involved in representing the community as the Mayor, a Councillor or a Community Board member?

Come along to this information session for prospective candidates to find out more about the business of Council and the roles of elected members.

We'll provide an overview of the election process, including details about nominations and campaigning.

Outgoing Tasman District councillor Judene Edgar and Golden Bay Community Board chairperson Carolyn McLellan will be available to answer questions and offer a first-hand perspective.

To register your interest or find out more, contact Electoral Officer Sandra Hartley.

More Information.


FREE MIGRANT INFO NIGHT
(Wednesday 29th June 2016)

FREE Migrant Info Night
English Language & Inclusion
facilitated by Citizens Advice Bureau

Presentations from English Language Partners
and Parenting Support for Migrants

Join us for complimentary drinks and nibbles,
and Question and Answer session.

More Information.


Thoroughly Modern Millie
(Wednesday 29th June–Saturday 2nd July 2016)

"Thoroughly Modern Millie" tells the story of young Millie Dillmount, who moves to New York city in search of a new life for herself. It's a New York full of intrigue, jazz and lots of dancing.

Her plan is simple: find a job as a secretary for an eligible bachelor, and then marry him. Millie's "thoroughly modern” plan starts to go awry very quickly though. Her landlady plots to kidnap Millie’s best friend and sell her into slavery in Hong Kong, her wealthy boss only appears interested in her typing skills and the man she becomes friendly with doesn't have a penny to his name.

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Candidate Information Session
(Thursday 30th June 2016)

Are you considering standing for election to the Tasman District Council this year?

Keen to learn more about what is involved in representing the community as the Mayor, a Councillor or a Community Board member?

Come along to this information session for prospective candidates to find out more about the business of Council and the roles of elected members.

We'll provide an overview of the election process, including details about nominations and campaigning.

Outgoing Tasman District councillor Judene Edgar and Golden Bay Community Board chairperson Carolyn McLellan will be available to answer questions and offer a first-hand perspective.

To register your interest or find out more, contact Electoral Officer Sandra Hartley.

More Information.


Cabaret
(Friday 1st–Saturday 2nd July 2016)

An extravaganza of music, dance and drama by the students of Motueka High School. Includes a light supper.

Art exhibition opens at 6.30pm, show starts at 7pm

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The Boogie Train
(Friday 1st July 2016)

Boogie Train
Friday 1st July
Doors open 6pm, Show from 8pm.
$20 for show, plus food options
The BEST blues band in town! Amazing 4 piece boogie blues band that is guaranteed to get you on the dance floor.

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Cruise Control Band at The Mapua Sprig and Fern
(Saturday 2nd July 2016)

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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Motueka Playcentre Fundraising Quiz
(Saturday 2nd July 2016)

Motueka Playcentre are holding their annual fundraising quiz on Saturday the 2nd of July,

Only $30 for a team of 4 - which includes team nibbles. Starts at 7.30pm at the Motueka Golf Club.

An experienced quiz master is booked. We have fabulous prizes, auctions and raffles.

Register your team with Abby 027 340 8939

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Brightwater School Winter Gala / Auction
(Sunday 3rd July 2016)

Come and enjoy the festive atmosphere of our winter gala. The gala has all the ingredients for a great day out at Brightwater School.
Huge array of items in the silent auction, hot food with a winter flavour, children's games including lazer tag, climbing wall, bouncy castles, pony rides, pre school entertainment, live music, chocolate wheel, raffles including firewood, cake, jam and pickle stalls, secondhand books, toys and clothing, tombola. Real coffee with homemade cakes. There is always something for all ages.

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Motueka Library: Paper, Scissors, Glue
(Monday 4th July 2016)

Come along to Motueka Library and learn some new art skills or rejuvenate your arty side.

Create your own landscape collage, and a Matisse style abstract with Marian Painter. Focus on fragments of colour and texture.

Use abstract works, text and pictures to build up your collage.

Meet new friends and chat over a morning tea or coffee.

Some materials are supplied - but you'll need to bring a pair of scissors and a magazine or two to cut up.

Contact Motueka Library to book your spot in the class.

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Motueka Library: Te Wiki o te Reo Maori - Learn Some Maori Language
(Monday 4th–Thursday 7th July 2016)

Motueka Library are serving up a lunchtime taster treat of te reo Maori with Melissa Savage to help celebrate our language during Te Wiki o te Reo Maori.

The theme for this year is te reo tautoko - behind you all the way. This is about using te reo Maori to support people, to inspire and to cheer on.

Join us to learn some common te reo Maori greetings, words or phrases, discover our Maori resources and meet some guests.

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Motueka Library: Te Wiki o te Reo Maori - Kapa Haka
(Tuesday 5th July 2016)

Students from Parklands School will be helping us celebrate Maori Language Week with a kappa haka performance.

Come along and join us for some Maori cultural music and dance in your local library.

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Motueka Library: Te Wiki o te Reo Maori - Discover Our Maori Resources
(Wednesday 6th–Friday 8th July 2016)

A show and tell of our up to date range of Maori books and online resources for children and adults.

Includes books for children and adults on history, for research, myths, Matariki, crafts, learning the language and more.

Relevant online resources will assist with homework, research and your natural curiosity.

Visit Te Ara: Encyclopaedia of New Zealand, Digital NZ, the Te Awhina Marae Motueka website and learn a Maori word a day on the Kupu Maori website.

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Folk Night
(Thursday 7th July 2016)

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

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Motueka Library: Winter Book Sale
(Friday 8th–Saturday 23rd July 2016)

You will find lots of bargains at our Winter book sale during the July school holidays.

There are lots of bargain pre-loved books for children and adults just waiting to entertain you.

Our fine selection of used books are very reasonably priced.
Adult books: $1 each.
Children's books: .50c each.

We look forward to seeing you at the Motueka Public Library Winter Book Sale!

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The Reading of the Will Murder Mystery
(Friday 8th–Saturday 9th July 2016)

Down with Mondays present
The Reading of the Will Murder Mystery
Friday 8th and Saturday 9th July
Doors open 6pm, Show from 8pm.
$20 for show plus food option if desired.
A night of “who done it” with this talented cast of actors...were you the murderer, or will you be murdered?

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Mapua Makers Market
(Sunday 10th July 2016)

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. At this July market as well as the variety of craft stall we will also be trailing an Epicurean Artisan Corner featuring handmade food products (such as pasta, cheese, jams etc). There really is something for everyone at this unique market.

Come along and check out the amazing products. 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 Library: Young and Old Scavenger Hunt
(Monday 11th–Saturday 23rd July 2016)

The hunt is on!

Can you discover the young animals hiding around the library and match them with their whanau?

Visit any of our four fabulous libraries to collect your entry form. Complete the challenge and go in to the Lucky Draw to win a voucher.

One entry per child.

Read, explore and discover when you visit your library this winter.

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Murchison Library: Young and Old Scavenger Hunt
(Monday 11th–Saturday 23rd July 2016)

The hunt is on!

Can you discover the young animals hiding around the library and match them with their whanau?

Visit any of our four fabulous libraries to collect your entry form. Complete the challenge and go in to the Lucky Draw to win a voucher.

One entry per child.

Read, explore and discover when you visit your library this winter.

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Richmond Library: Cath Welsh - Horse Whisperer
(Monday 11th July 2016)

Join author Cath Welsh to hear about her books and life as a horse whisperer.

Golden Bay writer Cath Welsh writes children's books for horse lovers. Her entertaining books are not only a great read but raise awareness about wild ponies around the world.

Cath has spent years working with wild ponies in Wales and New Zealand. She is also involved with the Kaimanawa pony rescue.

During this engaging presentation, Cath will read from her books, give advice about writing and illustrating, and answer questions about horse taming and training, and using "whispering" techniques.

For horse lovers aged 9-12 years old.

Cath's books will also be available for purchase (cash only sales).

For more information about Cath, visit her website: www.hillpony.co.nz.

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Richmond Library: Storytime - Young and Old
(Monday 11th July 2016)

Join us at the library in celebrating our fabulous whanau and what makes us unique.

We'll be having a fun hour of wonderful stories and create some awesome art to take home.

Free fun for the whole family.

Come and see what surprises are in your library these holidays.

Suitable for 4-9 year old children and their carers. Pre-schoolers welcome with an adult. Limited to 50 people, so contact us now to register your interest.

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Richmond Library: Young and Old Scavenger Hunt
(Monday 11th–Saturday 23rd July 2016)

The hunt is on!

Can you discover the young animals hiding around the library and match them with their whanau?

Visit any of our four fabulous libraries to collect your entry form. Complete the challenge and go in to the Lucky Draw to win a voucher.

One entry per child.

Read, explore and discover when you visit your library this winter.

More Information.


Takaka Library: Ministry of Science
(Monday 11th July 2016)

Bring science alive with this hand on session for the curious!

Be a scientist for the morning. Grab your lab coat and head to the library.

Fun for sure, mess possible, learning guaranteed.

This workshop is for scientists aged 5-10 years old (5 and 6 year olds need to be accompanied by an adult caregiver).

Limited spaces, bookings essential.

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Takaka Library: Young and Old Scavenger Hunt
(Monday 11th–Saturday 23rd July 2016)

The hunt is on!

Can you discover the young animals hiding around the library and match them with their whanau?

Visit any of our four fabulous libraries to collect your entry form. Complete the challenge and go in to the Lucky Draw to win a voucher.

One entry per child.

Read, explore and discover when you visit your library this winter.

More Information.


Motueka Library: Storytime - Young and Old
(Tuesday 12th–Thursday 21st July 2016)

Join us at the library in celebrating our fabulous whanau and what makes us unique.

We'll be having a fun hour of wonderful stories and create some awesome art to take home.

Free fun for the whole family.

Come and see what surprises are in your library these holidays.

Suitable for 4-9 year old children and their carers. Pre-schoolers welcome with an adult. Limited to 40 people, so contact us now to register your interest.

More Information.


Richmond Library: Game On!
(Tuesday 12th July 2016)

Beat the boredom with board games!

Don't get bored - drop in to Richmond Library to experience a new generation board game or enjoy an old favourite.

Bring your own game if you want to, or have a go at one from our collection.

Try your hand at old favourites like Scrabble, dominoes or draughts; or learn a new game like Ticket to Ride or Headbanz.

Fun for everyone - families, individuals, friends, children or adults.

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Takaka Library: Holiday Fun
(Tuesday 12th–Tuesday 19th July 2016)

Come and see what surprises are in store for you at your library these holidays.

Join us for a fun hour of fabulous stories and create some awesome art to take home.

Free family fun.

Suitable for 4-9 year olds., Preschoolers welcome with an adult.

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Richmond Library: Big Block Build
(Wednesday 13th July 2016)

Is it a creature, is it a vehicle, is it a building or something completely unique? Unleash your imagination and make something - anything! - using just 60 jumbo Lego-style blocks.

Create a team to take part in our 20 minute challenge to build something using our jumbo Lego-style blocks. This will be photographed to add to our Library facebook page.

Suitable for teams of family or friends. You may bring one prop per team - such as a toy or flag. Let your creativity go wild!

Suitable for 4 years and older children. Contact us now to register your interest in this fun free event.

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Richmond Library: Starlight Storytime
(Thursday 14th July 2016)

Join us for some starry stories and craft during our magical night time story time.

Suitable for children 4-10 years old and their carers.

Limited to 25 children. Contact us now to book your spot.

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