Event-excite of the month:
Saturday 1 April – 10.30am until 9pm – FAMILY FRIENDLY FESTIVAL – Backyard YOGA Festival. Yoga, Laughter Yoga, Sacred Song/Kirtan for Mums, Dads, Caregivers and younger humans. The event will be set-up like Playcentre with stations of play such as rock-painting, chalk wall mural, playdough, dress-ups, bikes, scooters. Bring cash in case there are food/drink stalls. Vegetarian and kai moana banquet, followed by a community variety show to conclude the night. Cost: $30 All Day pass (pre-booked). Single classes range from $15 – $7.50 (waged and unwaged prices). KIDS under 16 accompanying an adult attend for FREE. To BOOK click here. Opportunity to volunteer too and come for FREE – click here to find out how. Venue: Jemily Jardin 356 Levers Rd Matua Tauranga
Tuesday 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
Saturday 1 April 10am until 4.30pm – HOUSING WORKSHOP – Eco-Village and Co-Housing Workshop. We also recommend everyone who comes to this workshop also attend the night before on Friday 31 March for Robin’s talk about EcoVillages and CoHousing around the world – https://www.facebook.com/events/1665477963468024/
Cohousing is a form of collaborative housing in which residents actively participate in the design and operation of their own neighbourhoods. Our own local example Earthsong Eco-Neighbourhood is a 32-home neighbourhood in Ranui, West Auckland, recognised internationally as a model of socially and environmentally sustainable community, and a finalist in the World Habitat Awards and UN Habitat Awards.
Presenter Robin Allison was the initiator and project coordinator of the entire development and construction phase of Earthsong Eco-Neighbourhood. An eco-architect and Earthsong resident, Robin brings a wealth of skills and experience to inspire and assist others to develop sustainable community, either in existing suburbs or new-build.
During this intensive day-long workshop, participants will learn the basics of starting an eco-neighborhood, learn how to overcome challenges in building, land zoning, self governance, and funding. Due to the intense classroom-style nature of this event, we cannot accommodate children. Cost: $50 per person
Pre-registration required – Register at https://goo.gl/forms/opIC8EkQzM22IIxH3
Maximum 40 participants, so register early! Venue: Papamoa Community Centre.
1 April – 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.
Saturday 1 April 5pm until late – FILM – Night Owl Cinema presents the film “Pete’s Dragon”.Thank you to First National Tauranga for presenting Pete’s Dragon at The Lakes!
Come and watch a movie under the stars with pre-film entertainment from Flip Out Trampoline Arena Tauranga and the incredibly talented Hans Kraenzlin! Events starts at 5pm, come along to get a great seat (byo chairs, beanbags and blankets) and watch Petesdragon under the stars at dark (around 7:30pm).Cost: gold coin donation. Venue: The Lakes, Tauranga.
Sunday 2 April 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
Sunday 2 April 7pm until 9pm – MUSIC – Warm up to the Tauranga Jazz Festival at Mount Hot Pools (what could be better!). I LOVE their name – warm up…hot pools…brilliant. “Blue Riders” are the band made up of Keyboards, Bass & Vocals. Cost: pool entry Venue: Mount Hot Pools (aka The Mount Hotties).
Wednesday 5 April 8pm until 9.15pm – MUSIC – Lady Rizo Indigo Child. THIS LOOKS AMAZEBALLS (love emily). American cabaret star Lady Rizo is bringing her full-throttle voice and stage presence from New York to Tauranga with her latest show, Indigo Child. A presentation from Tauranga Arts Festival and Baycourt, Indigo Child is described by Lady Rizo as “an hilarious and intimate show about love and sex”, full of her trademark old-school diva imagery (false eyelashes and couture gowns), comedy and luscious vocals. The Wall Street Journal called her “a high-class, high-energy belter, who specialises in making old standards sound soulful and contemporary. Cost: $49, $47, $42. Venue: Baycourt Theatre
Wednesday 5 April 7.30pm until 9pm – FILM – “A Mindful Choice.” In every lifetime, there comes a point when you realise there’s got to be more… Peace is possible. Two modern day monks from New Zealand meet a diverse range of people making a choice for a better life through meditation.Ballet dancers and writers, stressed business people, a cancer patient, foster children and maximum-security prisoners; their stories show peace is possible for individuals and communities – and suggests it may be possible for all of humanity.Stunning cinematography combined with the power of people sharing from a place of profound peace delivers a palpable and moving experience. Tickets: Go here. Cost: $16 Venue: Historic Village, Tauranga
Friday 7 April 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. Contact: click on the blue link Outdoor Explorers above.
Friday 7 April 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 8 April – FILM – Night Owl Cinema presents the film “Moana”.The Young Innovator Awards (YiA) is teaming up with outdoor movie experience Night Owl Cinema to launch this year’s YiA’s awards. The Young Innovator Awards is an initiative between PriorityOne In-Step,WOODS and Bluelab, The competition tasks local students to come up with an idea for an innovative product or service that make the world a better place. The winning entries, judged by NZ’s top innovators win a YIA Scholarship combining money-can’t-buy work experience with leading Bay of Plenty businesses and cash prizes. Cost: gold coin donation. Venue: Hopukiore / Mt Drury, Mt Maunganui
Sunday 9 April 9am until 2pm – FESTIVAL – Beach Front Festival brought to you by little BIG events.We’re excited to announce The Little Big Markets Beach Front Festival, in collaboration with Papamoa Beach Resort, is happening on Sunday 9th April!
This awesome family event with have the finest selection of craft and street food vendors…as well as lots of activities for the kiddies. Venue: Papamoa Beach Resort
Monday 10 April 7pm until 8pm – THEATRE – Anzac Eve is an exciting new play about a disparate group of twentysomethings on their big OE, who happen upon each other the night before Dawn commemorations at Gallipoli. National pride and personal issues stir up strong feelings as tempers flare, romance sparks and ghosts are uncovered. Each seeing historical events through their own lense, are they really there to solemnly commemorate the occasion? Or, are they just there
for a boozy party and possible hook-up?
Directed by Jamie McCaskill and Written by Dave Armstrong, Anzac Eve is highly entertaining and takes an honest and unflinching look at the Anzac experience. This fresh and contemporary take on a significant time in our nation’s history, is a must-see for every young New Zealander. Contains a small amount of coarse language. DRAMA TEACHERS: Get your students there! Get for reviewing. “For a piece of theatre to hold and audience of year 11-13 boys right through their precious interval, without any sense of restlessness, it has to be good. The boys were engaged by close to home characters, the humour, and the fresh and contemporary take on a bit of history they are familiar with.”
– Wellington College (Kirsty Jazledine, Arts Director) Cost: $25-$10 Venue: Baycourt X Space.
Tuesday 11 April 7.30pm until 9pm – FILM – “A Mindful Choice.” In every lifetime, there comes a point when you realise there’s got to be more… Peace is possible. Two modern day monks from New Zealand meet a diverse range of people making a choice for a better life through meditation.Ballet dancers and writers, stressed business people, a cancer patient, foster children and maximum-security prisoners; their stories show peace is possible for individuals and communities – and suggests it may be possible for all of humanity. Stunning cinematography combined with the power of people sharing from a place of profound peace delivers a palpable and moving experience. Tickets: Go here. Cost: $16 Venue: Historic Village, Tauranga
Tuesday 11 April 7pm until 8pm – THEATRE – Anzac Eve. As above. Venue: Baycourt X Space.
Tuesday 11 April – 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
Wednesday 12 April 5.30pm-8.30pm – TALK – MUV Talks is a non-profit event. It consists of seven talks for seven minutes, from a diverse set of people with different experiences and points of view (from researchers and scientists to entrepreneurs and investors). It’s point of difference is the energetic and friendly buzz that originates from this style, and our unique approach to networking which welcomes people to break out of their bubble in a non-confronting way – perfect for Kiwis who aren’t always the best at that. Our goal is to create an environment where passionate people can gather together to get things done; to learn, network and share knowledge. Cost: $15. Venue: Tauranga Art Gallery
Wednesday 12 April 7pm – KNITTING/CROCHET – Ninja Knits. Don’t know how to knit or crochet but want to learn? Come along fortnightly at the Incubator. Meet in the Nucleus lounge 7pm. Check out their facebook page here. We are a group of knitters and crocheters wanting to spread the fun. Get together and share talents and ideas and projects and cake! Cost: ? We meet on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month Venue: The Incubator in The Historic Village on 17th Ave.
Thursday 13 – Monday 17 April – MUSIC FESTIVAL – Tauranga Jazz Festival over Easter. Swampthing, Hipstamatics, Nichaud Fitzgibbon Duo, Paul Ubana Jones and more. Cost: Varied. Venue: Various locations throughout Tauranga.
Friday 14 April 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 15 April 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.
Friday 21 April 6pm til 8pm – YOGA WORKSHOP – Yin Yoga Workshop with Stella Wright. 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: Matua Fergusson Park
Sunday 23 April 5.30pm til 7.30pm – YOGA WORKSHOP – Yin Yoga Workshop with Stella Wright. 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.
Venue: Papamoa Community Center
Monday 24 April 10am until 12pm – KIDS VISUAL ART WORKSHOP – Emma Prill’s School Holiday Art Workshops. Natural Fossils. Aged 7 year +. For more info click here. Cost: $30 Venue: Omokoroa Studio.
Tuesday 25 April 10am until 2pm – KIDS VISUAL ART WORKSHOP – Emma Prill’s School Holiday Art Workshops. The Girls’ Day Out.. Aged 8 years +. For more info click here. Cost: $65 Venue: Omokoroa Studio.
Tuesday 25 April 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.
Thursday 27 April 10am-12.15pm – KIDS VISUAL ART WORKSHOP – Emma Prill’s School Holiday Art Workshops. Contemporary Portrait. Aged 7 year +. For more info click here. Cost: $35 Venue: Omokoroa Studio.
Saturday 29 April 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. Contact: Evi: 021 2012887 Cost: $25. Please wear comfortable clothes and bring sun protection and water. IN CASE OF RAIN another venue will be announced. Venue: Omanu Beach
Saturday 29 April – PHILOSOPHY / INQUIRY – Satsang with Erin.’Learning dangerous things in troubled Times’ WHAT IS SATSANG? In Satsang you are engulfed in presence. Through enquiry you find all aspects, all memories all thoughts can be seen and become as distant as childhood. Everything is accessible, but in a way that doesn’t cause you to flinch, or risk being crushed under the burden of shame. It is as if something reaches deep inside you and plucks your greatest and most shameful secrets and discards them as meaningless. This is genuine, a real assuaging of regretful actions, words and deeds. In willing to become exposed, we experience a generosity a sense of Grace. What is seen is that there is no one to apportion blame or look to accuse. Only understanding and resolution remains. 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. Contact: Evi: 021 2012887 Cost: Suggested contribution $20 (but no one will be turned away). Venue: ?
Sunday 30 April (School Holidays) 12pm AND 3pm- THEATRE – The 13-Storey Treehouse. Adapted by Richard Tulloch (The Book of Everything, Bananas in Pyjamas), The 13-Storey Treehouse has sold out at Sydney Opera House, and around Australia, and is brought to life with a seriously funny cast and magical moments of theatrical wizardry. Would you please welcome to the stage… Andy and Terry! Yes that’s right. Andy Griffiths’ and Terry Denton’s best-selling book, the one and only, super-famous, ultra-brilliant The 13-Storey Treehouse has been turned into a show for the theatre. And you’re invited! There’s just one problem. They forgot to write it! And where will they find flying cats, a mermaid, a sea monster, an invasion of monkeys, and a giant gorilla? “My eight year old co-reviewer loved the show… has the kids engaged and amused from the outset.” The Australian “Wow!…goes to the edge of the ridiculous to get a laugh.” Sydney Morning Herald. Cost: $30 Venue: Baycourt Theatre
Looking ahead to local and May: mmm, it may be colder?
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.