Event-excite of the month:
Thursday 16 February – 7.20pm until 9pm – MUSIC – Kirtan (Chanting the heart open) with Auckland’s Premratna. Kirtan (joyful chanting) is the practice of singing your heart open. For more info click here.
Wednesday 1 February 6am (every Wednesday) – SUNRISE YOGA – With The Yoga Collective Mt Maunganui. Cost: $10. Venue: Hart Street Platform, Marine Parade, Mt Maunganui (beachfront).
Thursday 2 February 5.30pm until 9pm (every Thursday) – FOOD & MUSIC – Dinner in the Domain is a weekly artisan food market held in the idyllic Papamoa Domain. Operating every Thursday evening from the 6th of November through to the 26th of March, this event promises to offer the best street food the Bay has to offer. Venue: Papamoa Domain, 561 Papamoa Beach Road
Friday 3 February (every Friday) 5pm until 9pm – FOOD & MUSIC – Gourmet Night Market the return (the opening night of our balmy summer season of community dining each and every Friday). Old and new vendors are lined up and ready, musicians are standing by and fine weather is ordered.
There is something for everyone: Burgers + Bangers, Pasta + Pizza, Ice cream + Brownies, fresh Juice + Coffee, Samosas, Empanadas, Nachos + Sushi, Fries + Dumplings, Vegan + Raw Food, Mussel Fritters + Crepes all fresh, all hand made and all oh so yummy.
Clear your calendar, text your friends, round up the family and dust off the blanket – see you there. Venue: Coronation Park, Mt Maunganui.
Wednesday 8 February 5.30pm Opening Ceremony (exhibition closes 11 March) – VISUAL ART – Medicine Buddha Mandala Opening Ceremony. The Medicine Buddha Mandala – for Global Healing and World Peace. An Opening Ceremony will be held on Wednesday, 8th February, at 5.30pm, 2017. The ceremony begins with the monks welcomed and invited to construct the Mandala by local Iwi. The monks accept this invitation and then recite prayers. The monks will then begin laying the sand in the middle of the Mandala. Everyone is invited and most welcome to come and watch the monks as they work and witness the Mandala as it grows. This will be from 10am to 4:30pm each day. Tauranga Art Gallery from 8 February until 11 March, 2017. Cost: ? Venue: Toi Tauranga/ Tauranga Art Gallery.
Sunday 5 February 9.00am until 2pm – MARKETS – Little Big Markets. Food, Music, Awesome handmade, heartmade products. A great people watching spot too, you’re bound to know someone there! NEW Venue: Coronation Park Maunganui Rd, Mt Maunganui.
Monday 6 February & Tuesday 7 February 6.30pm – THEATRE – Shot Bro: Confessions of a depressed bullet. Cost: koha Venue: Welcome Bay Hall
Friday 10 February 5pm til 8pm – FOOD – Street Food Union, brought to you by the same folks who bring the little big markets and dinner in the domain. Venue: Soper Reserve (outside The Rising Tide) Mt Maunganui
Saturday 11 February 2.30pm till 4pm – MOVEMENT – The Art of Flying/Ka‘alele Au is a foundational tool learned by Kahuna navigators in order to see clearly, gain phenomenal endurance, and quick global understanding of all factors required for sound decision making. These same skills can assist us is the art of navigating the circumstances of our life. It’s a dynamic, moving meditation and like a martial art, it has many forms. It is also a way to access stores of energy in the body in order to perform all tasks well and a way to change situations that are blocking you by redeploying energy that has been misused. Cost: $25. Please wear comfortable clothes and bring sun protection and water. IN CASE OF RAIN WE WILL BE FLYING AT THE MOUNT YOGA STUDIO! Venue: Tye Park, Forrester Drive, Welcome Bay
Saturday 11 February – PHILOSOPHY – Satsang with Erin The Single Reality in its appearance as many. Satsang is a place to become immersed in a field of introspection and contemplation while still moving in your worldly activities. It is an invitation to everyone to listen to the wisdom of their heart and come home to the full realisation of their true Self. For more info click the blue link above. Cost: ? Venue: Please enter down side access to deck. 170 Windermere Drive, Poike, Tauranga
Saturday 11 February 6.00pm until late – FILM – Night Owl Cinema presents People’s Choice Zoolander OR The Wedding Singer. EVENT starts at 6pm with live music from Anthony Coulter Music and delicious dinner options with The Street Food Union feat. Japanese Quarter, Mr Jackson’s Plant Based Food and Mr.Churros! MOVIE starts at dark around 8:30pm. MAKE SURE YOU VOTE http://nightowlcinema.org.nz/vote-peoples-choice/. Cost: Gold coin entry. Venue: Mt Drury, Mt Maunganui
Sunday 12 February 4pm til 6pm – POETRY – The Poetry Incubator Presents: The Solid Luck Tour with Shane Holland and Simone Kaho (polished writers and impassioned performers who light up the stage). Cost: $5 contribution to the visiting poets Venue: The Incubator, Historic Village
Thursday 16 February – 7.20pm until 9pm – MUSIC – Kirtan (Chanting the heart open) with Auckland’s Premratna. Kirtan (joyful chanting) is the practice of singing your heart open. A leader (Premratna) calls (sings) a short mantra and we respond (repeat the chant). The accompanying instruments support as the chant increases in intensity before pulling back to a silence perfect for meditation. Experience how the singing aspect of yoga can bring you out of your head and into your heart. You’re welcome to sing quietly, loudly, good or bad, and you’re welcome to leave quietly (no questions asked). We encourage your courage – come do something new. Contact Emily/Txt: 021 662 852 or email@example.com Cost: Waged $15, Unwaged $10, Come with a friend for $20. Venue: 356 Levers Rd, Matua
Friday 17 February 11am til 1pm – ARTS – Arcade Arts: Books from our own backyard. Join Tauranga Writers to Celebrate 50 years of literary happenings in the Bay. Kids Activiites, Face-Painting, Meet the Authors, Sausage Sizzle and a visit from the Mayor of Tauranga at midday. Cost: ? Venue: Creative Bay of Plenty, 95 Willow Street, Tauranga, New Zealand 3110
Friday 17 February 7.15pm til 8.30pm – MUSIC/WELLNESS – Soundbath Immersion with Talia Brand – Sacred Song. A relaxing evening of sound and vibration. Cost: $20 single or bring a friend for $35 double. Venue: Fergusson Park Hall, Tilby Drive, Matua
Friday 17 Feb til Sunday 26 Feb – ARTS FESTIVAL – Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival: Music Theatre Film Comedy Community Visual Arts/Dance Family Readers/Writers/Ideas. Cost: FREE, and some ‘fee-ed’. Venue: The Glorious Award-Winning Hamilton Gardens, Hamilton.
Saturday 18 February 9am until 4pm – VINTAGE MARKET – Circa Roaming Market. Here’s some photos from last time. And more photos from another time here. Always a lovely ‘date’ with the bestie, who may or may not be one of your children or grandchildren. Venue: Mount Citizens Club, 345 Maunganui Road
Saturday 18 February 9am til 1pm – SURFING – Disabled Surfing Association ‘Have a go day’ Mt Maunganui. DSA Mount Maunganui “Have a Go Day” is back! Want to help people with disabilities have an amazing surf experience? No surfing ability required! Are you a participant who would like to have a go at surfing in a safe environment or a carer of a person with disabilities who would love this event? Come along to the carpark at Omanu Surf Lifesaving club from 9 AM (participants) 8AM (volunteers) and make it happen! More info click the blue link above. Contact: text/call 027 233 2335. Cost: ? Venue: Omanu Surf Lifesaving club
Saturday 18 February 9.30am til 11am – BODY or BIRTHING TALK – Understanding the Heart Womb Relationship with Debbie Karl and Nina Smith. Details on poster below. Cost: $20 Venue: Bethlehem Birthing Centre.
Sunday 19 February 8am til 2pm (each Sunday ’til 4 March) – SUSTAINABILITY – Tiny House Workshop Tauranga. For the first time here in New Zealand we are offering a full two week immersive course in Tiny Home Construction. Join our rockstar team of internationally recognised specialists in alternative construction and permaculture solutions for this community-based learning experience Cost: $950 per person. Food and camping included. This course is limited to 15 participants. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org to express your interest for a place on the course Venue: 372 Wairoa Road, Te Puna, Bay of Plenty
Tuesday 21 February 5.15pm until 8pm – TALK – Wonder Woman Free Speaker Series. Calling all wonderful women! Come and be inspired at our FREE Wonder Women event, which will continue as a quarterly speaker series hosted by Tauranga law firm Lyon O’Neale Arnold, which brings women together to be inspired, share ideas and form friendships (nibbles provided, cash bar available). Places are limited so please email email@example.com to secure a seat RSVP: Sunday, 19th February.
Speakers are Nicola Wearne and Pip Chalton. Nicola is a woman determined not to let the onset of rheumatoid arthritis in her late 20s rule her life, when she overcame the odds to participate in the Polar Circle Marathon in October 2015, a gruelling run through the ice caps of Greenland. Pip is a massage and lymphatic therapist (for both elit athletes and everyday people of all ages). She will talk about the role of massage in sports performance and general health and wellbeing. Cost: FREE Venue: Macau Restaurant, 59 The Strand
Wednesday 22 February 6.30pm til 9.30pm – ALTERNATIVE HOUSING HUI/TALK – Join us for a panel discussion and Q & A session about Tiny Houses, Container Houses, Eco-Villages & Co-Op Living, Permaculture, Debt-Free Lifetsyles. Cost: $5. Venue: Totara Street, 11 Totara Street, Mt Maunganui
Wednesday 22 February 7pm until – FILM – Tauranga Monthly Film Nights presents: Mike Moore’s WHERE TO INVADE NEXT in collaboration with Closing The Gap. Guest speaker Closing The Gap’s Peter Malcolm. The screening will be followed by audience discussion of the film’s implications for New Zealand. (Please note: due to time constraints one segment of the movie has been excluded from this screening). Where To Invade Next is a playful travelogue with serious intent. Director Michael Moore visits various countries (including Italy, France, Finland, Tunisia, Germany, Slovenia and Iceland) in order to investigate alternative methods of dealing with the same social and economic issues faced by people in the United States. On the way, Moore discovers much that the USA and many other countries (including New Zealand?) could emulate. “An expansive, rib-tickling, and subversive comedy…” Rotten Tomatoes. RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org or (07) 544 5360. Cost: $8.00 cash only at door includes light refreshments. Venue: Wesley Centre, 100 Thirteenth Avenue, Tauranga.
Friday 24 February 5.30pm Opening – VISUAL ART – The Incubator presents: Sticks and Stones, an exhibition by emerging artist Grace Denny. Cost: ? Venue: Historic Village
Friday 24 February 6.30pm until 9.30pm – FEAST – Feast with Wild One, House of Yoga & Infuse Yoga and Essential Oils. Join us for a whimsical evening under the late summer sun for our second to last holistic health workshop Feast with Wild One. Enjoy a tailor made yoga session led by House of Yoga, a guided meditation with Infuse and a nourishing light and summery three course meal with Wild One Wholefoods. Cost: Tickets are $65 per person and are on sale now from Wild One and House of Yoga but are selling out fast so pop in and nab yours while they last. Venue: Wild One Wholefoods Eatery, 7 Prince Ave, Mt Maunganui
Saturday 25 February 2pm until 11pm – OPEN DAY – Tiny House Workshop Open Day.Two presentation streams (at 3pm and 4pm) including:
-intro to Tiny House construction with Ben Garret, lead builder and designer
-tour of build site/permaculture projects with Leo Murray, organiser and designer
– Shared meal, please bring food to contribute.
Pot luck dinner and music from 5.30. Fire at dusk. Cost: suggested contribution is $10 per person, or pay what you can afford. This contribution goes straight back into providing the hospitality for our roof shout. Venue: Why Waste. 372 Wairoa Road, Te Puna. NB: Park in the carpark behind the letterboxes and head towards the cottage at the end of the paddock with the flags.
Saturday 25 February 4pm until 10pm (film starts at 8pm) – OUTDOOR CINEMA – Night Owl Cinema brings Jumanji. Street Food Union brings us ‘dinner’. Matua Ratepayers Association brings us kids’ entertainment. Otumoetai Intermediate brings us the live music. A great night on the peninsula to be had. Cost: gold coin donation. Venue: Fergusson Park, Matua
Tuesday 28 February 7pm till 9pm (last Tuesday of each month)- POETRY – The Poetry Incubator, lifting poems off the page to presentation. Cost: $5 (includes tea and coffee) BYO nibbles and beer/wine. Venue: The Incubator, Historic Village.
Those who LOVE to LEARN, see and do…
Great venues, organisations to check out are:
Arataki Community Centre, Yoga Collective, House of Yoga, The Arty House, The Incubator, Craft Collective, Totara Street, Tauranga Art Gallery * Toi Tauranga.
Wild Earth Organics also has an epic noticeboard informing the people about stuff going on.
Feel free to add ‘your’ event below in the comments on this blog, or if you see it on facebook then there. The more people that know about what’s on offer in our corner of the world the better. Let’s connect and generate joy.