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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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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Richmond Library: Mystery Ink
(Thursday 18th February–Thursday 8th December 2016)

Mystery Ink is Richmond Library’s group for teens.

Catch up to talk books and movies and get the first pick of the newest titles. Snack and fun diversions included.

All welcome, ages 12-18.

Venue: Constance Barnicoat room, Richmond Library

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

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Richmond Library: Alzheimers and Dementia Information Sessions
(Wednesday 24th February–Wednesday 28th December 2016)

Do you have questions about Alzheimers and dementia? Not sure where to go to get answers?

Alzheimers Nelson staff will be in the library on the fourth Wednesday of the month to help you find the information you need.

These are informal drop-in sessions. No booking required.

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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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Takaka Library: Cryptic Turkeys Book Club
(Friday 11th March–Friday 16th December 2016)

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 11 March.

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

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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!


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Ron Valente hosts Open Mic Night, Takaka
(Thursday 16th June–Thursday 11th August 2016)

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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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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Takaka Library: Harry Potter Lucky Draw!
(Friday 1st–Friday 29th July 2016)

Be in to win a copy of the new script book Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Part One and Two, due to be published on 31 July at midnight.

Just take out any Children's or Young Adults fiction book during the month of July, fill in the slip and go in the draw (one entry per check out).

The prize will be drawn on Friday 29 July.

The Lucky Draw is only available at Takaka Library.

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Save Our Snails - Giant Land Snails of Te Tau Ihu
(Tuesday 5th–Saturday 30th July 2016)

Now showing … a fascinating exhibition about Powelliphanta (Aotearoa’s very special carnivorous land snails). Museum open every day 10-4, with access through Anita’s Stitch ‘n Sew in the Old Post Office.
A super large model (sorry, not for touching) and a video including a snail swallowing a worm (like spaghetti!) plus displays of several specimens and interesting panel info. The exhibition was prepared by and is on loan from Nelson Provincial Museum. Did you know that powelliphanta are essentially shellfish that adapted to live on land? Amazing creatures and most are found in NW Nelson & Westland, with some of the 21 species under threat of extinction due to predators like possums, pigs and rats

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Richmond Library: Richmond Creative Fibres Exhibition
(Wednesday 6th July–Tuesday 2nd August 2016)

Pop into Richmond Library to see a beautiful exhibition of felted creations by members of Richmond’s Creative Fibres group.

In the glass display cabinets in the Adult Fiction area.

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Richmond Library: Good Crafternoon!
(Wednesday 20th July–Wednesday 28th September 2016)

How long has it been since you worked on that knitting project? And what about that embroidery you’ve been meaning to finish?

Join us at Richmond Library for an hour and a half of crafting. It’s a great opportunity to finish a project, or start a new one, and spend some enjoyable time with other crafters.

Bring along your craft project – knitting, hand sewing, mending, crochet, drawing, scrap-booking, or whatever half-finished, almost-started project you like – and work on it with other crafters at the library.

Free, but you need to bring all your own materials and craft supplies.

Every Wednesday afternoon until October.

Bring your lunch, or grab something from the Library Café.

All welcome. Bookings not required.

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Lindy Valente - Fridays at Mapua
(Friday 29th July–Friday 19th August 2016)

Lindy Valente, singer-guitarist (of the Gypsy Pickers) entertains for happy hours overlooking the sea at the picturesque Boat Shed Cafe - Mapua inlet. Performing popular, jazz, blues, world, rock and originals. If you're hungry there's excellent food as well!

The Boatshed Cafe Bar is accessed by driving (or walking) through the Leisure Park, Mapua. Turn off Aranui Road onto Toru Street, keep going across the causeway and right through the Leisure Park (slowly please!). Plenty of parking close to the cafe.
Phone - (03) 540 2656

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Sarau Winter Book & Fabric Sale
(Saturday 30th–Sunday 31st July 2016)

Come and support our second Sarau Winter Sale! This year we're including fabric and wool alongside the always popular second hand book sales.
The Nelson Embroiderers Guild are running a bric-a-brac stall and delicious light refreshments will be available.
Sale runs Saturday & Sunday 11am - 3pm both days.

All proceeds from this years sales are going towards the MHCC garden & playground development project.

Come and join the fun and fundraising!

Let us recycle all that unused fabric, balls of wool sitting in boxes and books collecting dust!
To donate, please deliver them to the MHCC on Friday 29th of July, between 5 - 6pm or on Saturday 30th between 9 - 10am.

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LMS Craft and Carboot Sale
(Sunday 31st July 2016)

Lower Moutere School annual Carboot and craft fair
Everyone welcome, sites $15.00 no size restrictions
Sell anything other than food items as we will be running a sausage sizzle and café on the day

Along with lots of craft and carboot sales we have;
sausage sizzle
bouncy castle
and more

If you would like further information or to book a site ($15.00 payable on the day) please contact 021 069 3258 or email

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We will Rock You
(Sunday 31st July 2016)

The Nelson Male Voice Choir present an enjoyable selection of music with a mix of old & new. Music from Billy Joel, Queen, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Robbie Williams, Bob Dylan, Frank Sinatra & others feature in the concert.

Our conductor is Andrea Hamilton and she will be accompanied by Pauline Boyd and Susan Stokes on keyboard

The choir has recently returned from a successful tour with concerts in Blenheim, Kaikoura & Rangiora culminating in Ashburton at the NZ Male Voice Choir festival. In Wakefield we will bring you the best songs from our tour!

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Folk Night
(Thursday 4th August 2016)

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

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Fullpower - for Women and Teenage Girls
(Thursday 4th August 2016)

Practise setting clear and caring boundaries with your loved ones.

Gain effective skills and the confidence to take charge and get help when in trouble, threatened, harassed, bullied or assaulted.

Using examples relevant to adults of all ages, we’ll practice skills to:

- Set and protect personal boundaries

- Deal with sexual harassment / unwanted attention

- Project an attitude of awareness and confidence

- Use voice as a safety tool

- Take charge of emotional triggers

- Deal confidently and effectively with verbal aggression

- Stop aggressive confrontations before they start with a few simple habits

- Use powerful physical self-defense skills that need little strength and no ongoing practice. This workshop includes full force practice with a padded instructor.

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Motueka Library, Motueka Museum and Muses Cafe: Family History Month Quiz
(Thursday 4th August 2016)

Calling all families, children aged 6-12 years, parents, grandparents and carers.

Motueka Library, Motueka Museum and Muses Café are bringing you an exciting family event for Family History Month.

Begin your historical adventure at Muses Café, which will be open from 2.00pm until 3.30pm for afternoon tea. Muses will be selling delicious gingerbread folk to celebrate Family History Month.

Move on from the café to Motueka Museum at 3.30pm and take part in the Museum's exciting, interactive quiz about historically significant local families. Learn about important names around town, check out old objects and photos, and fossick through secret drawers to discover the answers to the quiz.

All correct entries go in for a prize draw. The prize is a ride in the Museum's own 1929 Cadillac past the historic cemetery!

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Richmond Library: Introduction to Family History
(Thursday 4th–Thursday 11th August 2016)

If you are thinking about starting on the journey to discover your ancestors, then this two session course is perfect for you.

You will learn how to locate online family history information using both free genealogy websites and subscription databases, including

Bookings are essential as numbers are limited.
Online bookings only. Book at

For more information phone 03 543 8500.

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Richmond Library: Family History Month - Family History Friday
(Friday 5th August 2016)

Drop by the Research Room to start your family history journey of discovery.

Find out about the Waimea South Genealogy and History Collection, the Local History Collection and much more.

Some highlights include unpublished family information, historic photographs, Roll of Honour and directories of local service people who served in the Boer War, World War One and World War Two.

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Takaka Library: George Gershwin and Friends
(Friday 5th August 2016)

Come out of the cold and banish those winter blues with an hour of fabulous music.

Alan Swafford shares his passion and knowledge of all things musical as he serenades his audience with tunes and tales of George Gershwin.

Listen once again to iconic songs like I got rhythm, Our love is here to stay, Summertime and many more.

Alan will be brilliantly supported by the C.A.M.P. String Quartet.

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Two Evenings of Wild Game Inspired Winter Feasting at Mahana Cellar Door
(Friday 5th–Saturday 6th August 2016)

Join us for bubbles followed by a delicious game inspired three course dinner. Wine recommendations for each dish on the night so you can purchase to complement to your dishes perfectly.

Only $75 per person

Bookings are essential as spaces are limited. Price includes glass of bubbles on arrival and three course dinner.

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Easy Tiger
(Saturday 6th August 2016)

A five piece from the Moutere Hills playing a mixture of indi and classics with a twist. From Costello to Pixies to PJ Harvey.

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St Arnaud Mountain Film Festival
(Saturday 6th August 2016)

Best of the New Zealand Mountain Film Festival that is held in Wanaka each July, featuring the best outdoor action films from New Zealand and overseas. 5 hours of films with breaks for food and beverages. Being held in the Lake Rotoiti Community Hall in St Arnaud for the second year.

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Motueka Library: Haiku Poetry Competition
(Monday 8th–Friday 19th August 2016)

Calling all adults, young adults and children!

Celebrate nature through haiku poetry.

A traditional Japanese haiku is a three line poem with 17 syllables, written in a 5/7/5 syllable count. Haiku poetry often focuses on images from nature and emphasises an element of the human condition.

Email your entry to with Haiku Competition in the subject line by 5pm on Friday 19th August.

Poems will be judged by poet Lesley McKay and the winner will be announced at the Poetry Extravaganza evening on Friday 26th August, 6.30pm-7.30pm.

The winning entries will receive a prize.

All haiku poems will be displayed in the Motueka Library and the winning haiku poems will be featured on the Tasman District Libraries Facebook page, website and published in The Guardian newspaper.

Terms and conditions apply. Please refer to or call into Motueka Library for these.

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Motueka Library: Family History Month - Create a Time Capsule
(Friday 12th August 2016)

Calling all children, families, parents and grandparents.

Help your children create a top-secret time capsule that their future selves will treasure for a lifetime.

Time capsules are a fantastic way to take a slice of the present and preserve it for the future.

Gather together memorabilia that represents your child's life today.

Create lists and other written details that form a snapshot of who they are today.

This adventure is one that stands the test of time!

We invite you to make a time capsule with your children and share the joy of making it now and opening it many years from now. You'll be glad you did!

Bookings required.

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Richmond Library: Family History Month - Slide Scanning
(Friday 12th August 2016)

Do you have boxes of slides that you haven't seen for years?

Richmond Library's Imaginarium has the solution for you. An easy to use slide scanner that saves your precious memories onto a memory stick.

We'll give you a taster in how to use the scanner, and you'll be surprised at how easy it is.

No bookings required but space is limited.

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Takaka Library: Family History Month - Family and Local History Resources in Golden Bay
(Friday 12th August 2016)

Find out what resources are available locally to help you get started on your family history research journey.

Sally Gaffney will introduce you to the services and resources offered by the Golden Bay Museum as well as the considerable resources held by Takaka's Genealogical Group.

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Cruise Control Band at The Mapua Sprig and Fern
(Saturday 13th August 2016)

Be entertained and dance the night away to the beat and groove of Cruise Control, a 3-piece boogie and rock 'n roll band. Hear the songs of Van Morrison, James Taylor, Neil Young, Eagles, Bruce Springsteen, America, Neil Diamond, Elvis Presley, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Credence Clearwater Revival and many other great artists from recent times.

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How To Create Philosophical Discussion in the Classroom
(Tuesday 16th August 2016)

How to Create Philosophical Discussions in Your Classroom!

Julie Arliss, from Academy Conferences, is a well-known author and lecturer, currently at King’s College in Somerset. She is a very experienced teacher as well as a member of the Philosophy of Religion and Ethics INSET team for the largest RS A-level examination board in the UK. She works internationally with teachers and students across the globe and is at the forefront of developmental work with universities throughout the UK.

This PD opportunity will benefit ALL teachers from primary to secondary from ALL subject backgrounds.

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Motueka Library: Family History Month - Introduction to Your Family History
(Thursday 18th August 2016)

Getting started with your family history can be a bit overwhelming.

Learn about the various resources you can delve into to find snippets of information and treasures from the past.

Local genealogists will give beginners pointers on where and how to get started researching their family histories.

Gain hints and tips from these specialists and discover your heritage.

Bookings required.

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A Weekend of Yoga and Mindfulness
(Friday 19th–Sunday 21st August 2016)

Shed the stresses of every day life and enjoy some peace and tranquility. This retreat is an opportunity not to be missed with Yoga and Mindfulness teacher Jamila Knopp. The energy of the Wangapeka retreat centre is special and transformative. The surroundings are in beautiful nature with amazing views. We will explore an introduction to mindfulness, with yoga classes each day and guided meditations. The yoga classes will be Hatha yoga type classes and are suitable for everyone – from beginners to more experienced people. We will also explore restorative yoga. This retreat will provide you with the tools to relax, re-balance and re-charge your mind & body.
This is a residential course (you will have your own single room) with vegetarian meals provided.

About Jamila:
Jamila’s passion for the healing arts began in the early 1990’s when she qualified as a Reiki Practitioner and started taking Yoga classes. She completed her Yoga teacher studies at the Yoga Vidya Centre in Germany and has been teaching yoga since 16 years. She moved to New Zealand in October 2000 and studied Ayurveda at Wellpark college in Auckland. After three years of intensive study Jamila gained her Ayurvedic Practitioners Diploma. It was through yoga and her training in yoga that Jamila became first aware of mindfulness. In 2015 Jamila completed the 8 weeks online MBSR (mindfulness based stress reduction) course through the University of Massachusetts, which is the original course by Jon Kabat-Zinn (founder of the MBSR courses). Then Jamila continued her passion for mindfulness and trained to be a Mindfulness teacher with Shamash Alidina.

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Richmond Library: Family History Month - Ancestry Library Edition
(Friday 19th August 2016)

This workshop focuses on tips for effective searching of, as well as an overview of records available for the UK and New Zealand to help you trace your ancestors.

-Search tips for using
-Record collection for New Zealand
-Record collections for the UK
-Viewing Public Member Trees
-How to send records home from the library

Bookings essential as numbers are limited.
Online bookings only.
Phone 03 543 8500 or go to to book your place.

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Takaka Library: Family History Month - The Onekaka Iron Works
(Friday 19th August 2016)

Join Robert Jenkin for an audio-visual presentation on Onekaka's isolated, audacious, Kiwi can-do ironworks.

2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the building of the first successful ironworks in New Zealand - the Onekaka ironworks.

Robert Jenkin has thoroughly researched this fascinating piece of Golden Bay's industrial past with his recent article published in New Zealand Memories magazine.

Don't miss this opportunity to learn more about this interesting period in local history.

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Motueka Library: Poetry Extravaganza Evening
(Friday 26th August 2016)

Join us in celebrating National Poetry Day with poetry readings by accomplished poet Lesley McKay.

Lesley has won the Poems in the Waiting Room poetry contest twice and has published poems about the Christchurch earthquake's Red Zone.

Enjoy this opportunity to be touched by the magic of poetry, to get involved in the poetry community and discover poets.

Share your own poem or a favourite poem or just listen and enjoy.

Light refreshments will be provided.

All welcome.

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Richmond Library: Family History Month - Tales From The Tablelands
(Friday 26th August 2016)

Join us in the library for a talk by author Ray Salisbury who is writing a non-fiction book called Tales From The Tablelands: The History Behind Mt Arthur.

Ray Salisbury is a freelance writer and photographer whose work regularly appears in Wilderness magazine.

His first book Cape To Cape was published in 1997 and outlined his solo 80-day traverse of the North Island mountains.

Ray's current project reveals the untold tales and unsung heroes of the Kahurangi region, and aims to help preserve Kahurangi National Park for future generations.

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Takaka Library: Family History Month - A Beginner's Look at Ancestry
(Friday 26th August 2016)

Get started on your family history project with this introduction to - the online family history research tool.

John Barraclough will guide you through the basic features of and give you some practical search tips to make your journey easier.

Whether you are new to this resource or just want a refresher, this session could be just what you're looking for to kick-start your research.

Registration is essential. Phone 03 525 0059 to book your place.

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When Irish eyes are smiling
(Friday 26th August 2016)

We bring sunshine into your heart and set your feet a dancing in a sizzling celebration of all that is Irish.

St Patrick's Day has come a bit late this year but we all have a little Irish in us. With mad Marian Burns fiddling, Irish dancing, Irish jokes, some great singalongs with great Irish music that is full of heart and joy - it is all so infectious you know you just can't help but join in!

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