What’s on in Tauranga and Mt Maunganui – March 2017

Event-excite of the month:


Saturday 4 March 6.30pm until 10.30pm – MUSIC – Callum Gentleman Tauranga. What’s better than a great gig? Cheap whisky, sipped while enjoying a great gig! Come enjoy both with the rowdy blues hollas and smoky folk ballads of Callum Gentleman. Mr. Gentleman is joined on the road by his henchmen; Joel Vinsen (wailing guitar) and Sam Loveridge (yowling violin.) For The incubator show, the lads will be joined by Miss Peach and The Travellin Bones, as well as new outfit Legion Of Dissent. Cost: Door sales $10. Venue: The Incubator, Historic Village.

Wednesday 1 March 6am (every Wednesday) – SUNRISE YOGA – With The Yoga Collective Mt Maunganui. Cost: $10. Venue: Hart Street Platform, Marine Parade, Mt Maunganui (beachfront).

14705826_1203487006378830_4885807186153096030_nThursday 2 March 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 March 10am until 1pm (each Friday during term time) – KIDS – Outdoor Explorers.   Think Kindy outside, where the teachers are parents, and nature – animals, seasons, elements, land, water, insects, trees and the people interacting with these – are the subjects. Every child and every parent (once they let themselves) will relax, slow down, start to observe their children and themselves in this heart-felt initiative started by two playcentre, homeschooling Mums. Locations change. This particular event: There are two levels to Huharua Harbour Park. On the upper level is the carpark, the site of the Ongarahu pa (featuring reconstructed whakaruruhau/entrance structure and pallisades), toilets, plus some fields. A path leads down inland to the beach/estuary/inlet area, where we will set up a base. There are good shady trees in a couple of spots along the beach front.
Meet at the carpark. We will start by exploring the pa site, then head down to the beach.
Bring togs and towel. It should be HIGH TIDE this week while we’re there. Cost: FREE Venue: Huharua Harbour Park, Plummers Point Rd.

Friday 3 March (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.

Saturday 4 March 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! Venue: Coronation Park Maunganui Rd, Mt Maunganui.

15972792_1836299396659509_3842080816503385862_oSaturday 4 March 3pm until 9.30pm – MUSIC – Live Music at the Lettuce Inn #3. Mokonui is pleased to present the third dose of Live Music at the Lettuce Inn. The venue is situated in idyllic grounds amongst an avocado grove on the Liberty Growers’ hydroponic lettuce and herb farm at 33 Sedgemoor lane in Katikati. There are six acts (The Afrolites, Dead Recipe, Anthonie Tonnon, The entire alphabet, and Soaked Oats) for your listening pleasure. Whether you want to sit back relax and enjoy the tunes or get up and get your dance on, there is plenty of space! Cost: It’s a family friendly event with family passes setting you back a mere $40. Pre-sale tickets will be $20 via emailing the event organisers at contactmokonui@gmail.com.  There will be limited door sales for $25. Venue: Waihi, within an avocado grove.

Saturday 4 March 6.30pm until 10.30pm – MUSIC – Callum Gentleman Tauranga. What’s better than a great gig? Cheap whisky, sipped while enjoying a great gig! Come enjoy both with the rowdy blues hollas and smoky folk ballads of Callum Gentleman. Mr. Gentleman is joined on the road by his henchmen; Joel Vinsen (wailing guitar) and Sam Loveridge (yowling violin.) For The incubator show, the lads will be joined by Miss Peach and The Travellin Bones, as well as new outfit Legion Of Dissent. M’lady Peach. Miss Peach will bring tales of love, loss and intrigue with her dark alternative folk songs. A special guest on any show, Miss Peach and The Travellin’ Bones’ critically acclaimed debut album “Sand” was released late January.
This will be the debut for homegrown band Legion of Dissent. They will get LOUD.
Taste how much better the whisky is in the company of a delightful rogue. The CHEAP WHISKY Tour: best experienced with a jar or two. Cost: Door sales $10. Venue: The Incubator, Historic Village.

unnamedSaturday 4 March 3pm until 10pm – FILM/FOOD – Night Owl Cinema presents Pete’s Dragon. FAMILY FUN at our beautiful local jewel, McLaren Falls Park where Pete’s Dragon was filmed! 3pm – Activities, music and food for everyone including Waimarino lake tours and hireage, Animal Park, themed Dragons Den and so much more! Free Park ‘n’ ride from the Equestrian area of the park thanks to Bayhopper! MOVIE SCREENS AT DARK approx 8pm. Pete’s Dragon; The adventures of an orphaned boy named Pete and his best friend Elliot, who just so happens to be a dragon. RATED PG – 1 hour 43 mins Cost: gold coin donation Venue: Free Park ‘n’ ride from the Equestrian area of McLaren Falls park

Sunday 5 March 7pm until 8pm (first Sunday of every month) – WELLNESS – Monthly Crystal Sound Sessions with Ruby Grace. Vibrational healing. Bring a mat, blanket and pillow. Cost:Suggested contribution $20. Venue: Mount Senior Citizens Hall, 345 Maunganui Rd

MAKE and DO CREATIVE WORKSHOPS.jpg Sunday 5 March 1pm until 3.30pm- CRAFT – Macrame Plant Hanging Workshop with Valli Rebel. Enjoy the resurgence of macrame in all its crafty goodness, whilst enjoying the company of like-minded creative folk, in between cups of tea/coffee and tasty sweet treats.
You’ll be taught how to practice the basic macrame knots before creating your very own macrame plant hanger! No experience necessary!
Plants and pots are not included in the price but can be purchased for an additional cost on the day ($10 – $15). If you wish to use your own plant and pot, please bring it on the day. Cost: $60 Venue: Whakamarama Hall 
Sunday 5 March 8am til 2pm  (3 Sundays finishing 5 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: hello@whywaste.co.nz to express your interest for a place on the course Venue: 372 Wairoa Road, Te Puna, Bay of Plenty

15936959_1250488591656430_7430400372844462057_oUntil 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.

Friday 10 March 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 NB: I think this is still running, just getting confirmation.

10 March until Sunday 12 March
– FESTIVAL – Sundaise.From humble beginnings in 2011, Sundaise has grown to become one of New Zealand’s most anticipated summer festivals. High quality production coupled with luscious and unique styling transforms our valley of native bush into a multi sensory experience. Ticket sales are limited to 1000 which allows Sundaise to keep an intimate, welcoming and friendly vibe. Tickets:
Available through our website www.sundaise.co.nz
: Dicky’s Flat, Karangahake Gorge / Waihi (about 80 mins from Tauranga).

Saturday 11 March 1pm until 3pm – YOGA – Sacred Yoga and Mandala Workshop. 120 Minutes of Sacred Creative Space.Would you like to learn how to use the sacred art of mandala drawing to amplify your deepest desires and intentions? Step outside of the normal modalities of just the written and spoken word and learn here how to delve into your unique creative expression.Begin your journey being guided by Melissa through a gentle vinyasa (flowing) yoga to release any energy blockages from your body and to create a clearer connection with your intuitive essence.Finish with a guided meditation and inspiring tutorial by Sarah on the ‘how’ to create your unique mandala expression. Leave with a deeper understanding of your creative potential, a beautiful piece of individual art or meditation aid and a mandala guidebook to help you to continue your creative journey. Cost: $45 Venue: Papamoa Community Centre

15975211_10154963708246410_6830316677172205955_o.jpgSaturday 11 March 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

Tuesday 14 March 7pm until 10pm – DRUMS/FIRE – Full Moon Fire and Drums. Bring Drums, Fire toys and some koha for fuel. Feel free to come watch and listen. Venue: Mt Drury (Hopukiore) Mt Maunganui


Friday 17 March 9.30am until 12.30pm – PARENTING – Deeper into Non Violent Parenting. Ruth Beaglehole, founder of Non Violent Parenting and director of the Centre of Non Violent Parenting, Los Angeles, is visiting Hauraki for just two special events. This one is for parents who want to go deeper into NVP and are serious about getting equipped with the tools for empathy based parenting. The focus will be Understanding Anger.
Have you ever been surprised at the level of frustration you’ve felt towards your child? Raising children can be difficult, yet most parents don’t get much support to build the necessary skills. This workshop will help you gain an understanding of your anger & help you through stressful moments. Contact Lucy at Waihi Playcentre as there are limited spaces, RSVP required to secure your spot. Cost: $20 Venue: Waihi Playcentre

Saturday 18 March 3.30pm till 5pm – 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 18 March – PHILOSOPHY – Satsang with Erin Choice and Sacred Responsibility  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: suggested $20 contribution (by donation) Venue:32A Paterson St, Mount Maunganui, Tauranga 3116, New Zealand

Saturday 18 March – FOOD – Diner en Blanc. Launched nearly 30 years ago in Paris by François Pasquier and his close friends, Le Dîner en Blanc de Paris continues to bring more than 10,000 people together each year in some of the French Capital’s most prestigious sites. Over the years, the event has grown in recognition and attendance, taking place at the Pont des Arts, the Champs-Élysée, and the garden of the Palais Royal, amongst others. In 2013, Le Dîner en Blanc de Paris celebrated its 25th anniversary by gathering nearly 15,000 guests at Le Louvre, in the garden of Trocadero, and in front of the Eiffel Tower.
Today, more than 70 cities around the world host their own Dîner en Blanc, including Paris, New York, Sydney, Tokyo, London, Los Angeles, Kigali, Haiti, Chicago, Philadelphia, Melbourne, Johannesburg, Singapore, Toronto, Vancouver, and Montreal.
Le Dîner en Blanc wishes to promote friendship and elegance, setting a new standard for chic outdoor events. Built by friends and for friends, Le Dîner en Blanc is a unique event. Now, guests in your city have the chance to be part of this chic and festive experience. It promises to be a can’t-miss event of the year! Tickets: Click here for further info. Venue: It’s a secret. You will be transported on the day. Excite.

bookbinding-for-beginners-vallirebel-jpgSunday 19 March 1pm until 3.30pm – CRAFT – Bookbinding for Beginners with Vali Rebel. Try your hand at book binding and create your very own art or writing journal – whatever creatively works for you!
No experience necessary in this class as we will guide you through the steps of book covering, coptic stitching and assembling your own hand made journal.
Cost: $65.00 with all materials supplied to construct your journal, including artist grade paper for your pages, but for that personal touch, we recommend you bring your own decorative book covering to cover your journal. (We will have decorative paper on hand at no extra charge if you prefer).Tea, coffee, sweet treats and good vibes will also be provided on the day. Contact Valli Rebel to reserve your place and find out payment details.: Whakamarama Hall.

Sunday 19 March 9am until 11am – YOGA – Mount healing yin yoga workshop with Stella. YIN Yoga is a healing practice which requires very little strengths. Yin is a perfect introduction to Meditation, rekindles self-acceptance and compassion and a feeling of belonging. Yin Yoga releases deep tissue tension and stimulates energy flow. Cost: ? Venue: Mount Yoga Studio, 26a Tawa Street

Saturday 25 March – COMMUNITY – Neighbour’s Day Aotearoa. Make a micro or macro neighbourhood event, a cuppa on your deck, a street party, a BBQ or a play in the park.

Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 March 9am until 4pm each day- VISUAL ART/WORKSHOP – Self Development through Creativity with Janice Higgison. This immersive weekend workshop will grow your mind, emotion, physical and spirit self… using pastels, paint, clay and collage over two days of self development.
Participants will use the therapy of art to explore, understand, and grow their full creative self in a fun experiential environment. Learning tools and insights with a variety of mixed media to develop and help in personal and professional life.  Cost: $250 early bird before 17th March 2017, $300 full price includes all materials, and morning and afternoon tea. Please bring your own lunch. This course material qualifies as professional development hours. Venue: The Arty House, 372 Wairoa Road, Te Puna.

Saturday 25 March 4pm until 9pm (film starts at 8pm) – OUTDOOR CINEMA – Night Owl Cinema brings Wall E. Celebrate summer at The Summer Festival which includes Movie Under the Stars screening WALL-E. A School fundraiser not to be missed!  Market Stalls, Food, Bouncy Castles, Petting Zoo, Pony Rides and more. At 7.30pm Night Owl Cinemas will then bring us WALL-E on the big screen. Bring along your chairs, beanbags and blanket to get comfy to watch this old favourite. See how after hundreds of lonely years of doing what he was built for, the curious and loveable WALL-E discovers a new purpose in life when he meets a sleek search robot named EVE. Suitable for all ages.
Cost: $5/person or $20/family of 5. Tickets can be purchased online at www.raceentries.co.nz or from the College Reception. Venue: Papamoa College.

918450-419799-14Tuesday 28 March until 15 June – VISUAL ART – Tauranga Street Art Festival. Tauranga City Council in partnership with Oi YOU! and the Tauranga Art Gallery are proud to present Paradox: Tauranga Street Art Festival featuring the Oi YOU! Collection and works by internationally acclaimed artists. The festival is the first of its kind in Tauranga and is paradoxical in its nature not only by bringing street art into a gallery but also by internationally acclaimed artists turning the city into an outdoor gallery, adding to the city’s existing display of street art. Venue: Toi Tauranga and Tauranga CBD

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.

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