August things happening in Tauranga

wild & graceMagnolia teacups are sitting under the blue in our August days. The teasing of Springtime. I want to share both nature and the arts of Tauranga’s August with you. It’s not in chronological order (sorry sort of).  It’s in flow-of-flavour-order.

Craftahontas (accessible craft classes in our communities) has unfurled. I’ve missed out on transferring a photo to a wood block but perhaps I’ll get to the ombre dip-dyed candles on offer from 19-29 August.

Fancy a crafternoon – learning to crochet a ripple rug for a tall person, a baby or a doll? Come to wild & grace’s free event in an Ohauiti Lounge. Saturday 10 August 12-3pm. Please RSVP to Emily

Who’s heard a Wurlitzer? We are the lucky caregivers of this gothic Goliath.  This Sunday 4 August at 1.30pm Baycourt Theatre you can experience the majesty of this mighty ‘lung’. For Sun Live’s take on the extravaganza click here.

I missed out on woodblocks and I missed out on the wang. Burning Wang Festival sounded like anarchic heaven. Someone tell me how someone can tell me next time there’s a wang in town or country as it were. Jared Dobbs of Swift and Click caught the cacophany of colour and light in the night of the Burning Wang. Hold your breath and try clicking here to see some fire and noise.

Talking of anarchy our Helen Clarke is coming to town to share about Challenges and Achievements in Making A Better WorldWednesday 7 August 6-7pm. Baycourt Theatre. Adult $10. Child & Senior (my two favourite flavours of people) are $5. Helen Clark will be speaking about her work as head of the United Nations Development Program, the peak global body that coordinates development strategy globally, and works in over 170 countries to empower people’s lives while helping nations become more resilient. With a budget of over $US5 billion a year, the Program works with national governments as well as communities in areas such as, poverty, democracy, crisis and recovery, environment, HIV/AIDS, empowering women and growing national capacity. This talk will provide an illuminating insight into how the UN is contributing to a stable and prosperous future.

Little Big Markets are doing their thing at Mount Sports Centre this Saturday 3 August 9am – 2pm. 533875_702169356465764_174974100_n

Mount Pottery had its open day on Sunday. Too many wondrous events to attend. The good news is that Mount Pottery hand crafts original pottery and offers (as in continues to offer I haven’t properly missed out) creative workshops and tea. Telephone Laurie 07-574 6747.

Whilst talking beautiful things one must mention Paper Plane (THE new design shop at the Mount) recently opened. The Design Chaser has reviewed it. Classy. Us. Bay. Folk.

wild & graceMore beauty? It’s rumoured Greta and Shaye will be bringing another lovingly tended Kinfolk Event to Tauranga in September after taking the Honey Harvest event to Auckland’s George Fraser Gallery.

This month hosts Red Nose Day for Cure Kids. Just cos the All Blacks are supporting the cause wild & grace chose to offer a Clown Course with Italian Mask Master Giovanni Fusetti. 23-25 August. Tahuwhakatiki Marae. Receiving applications today. Contact: Emily Early Bird Price: $450 (if paid by 31 July). Full price $530. Fee includes food and accommodation from 4pm Friday until 6.30pm Sunday.
When I walked into the room to begin Giovanni’s clown course, I was properly terrified. But within five minutes, my fears had not only been addressed, but had disappeared. Giovanni is so naturally heartfelt and instinctual in his teaching that it is impossible not to relax and have fun. The work of clown is intimate and vulnerable, but Giovanni responds by creating a very safe environment for the very serious business of exploring silliness! By the end of three weeks, my heart was so full I almost couldn’t stand it. Whether an actor or not, I would recommend this class to anyone who wants a deeper understanding of the terribly delicate, demanding, foolish, crazy variations of human nature.
Lucia Rich (USA), Boulder Trainings 2004-2005

What I didn’t miss out on was TEDxTauranga (last night). I particularly loved watching Tommy Wilson (Mr Ka pai) tell his story live and watching a recording of lively professor Hans Rosling from Sweden passion about the power of the washing machine and it’s environmental ‘environment’. There will be more TEDxTauranga Events, whispered November 2013 or June 2014.

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People have also shared the wondrous Erin Krowpidlowski with me these past days. Firstly, in a Satsang which explored the spirit that moves me. Secondly, in a meditation laced with the melodies and rhythms of soundtracks from the film Renegade, the ‘enlightened’ playstation game The Journey and an oldie but a goodie Enigma. And nearly thirdly, for bodywork – saving up time and budget for this chapter. For more information about when Erin is in Tauranga (from Tairua) contact Nadine at

Start depositing into the time and money bank for Tauranga’s Film Festival 12-29 September and Tauranga Arts Festival 24 October- 3 November.

Until September then. Smiles.


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