What’s on – in Tauranga & Mt Maunganui – May 2017

Event-excite of the month:
Photographed by Beverley CouperSaturday 20 May 7.30pm until 9pm – MUSIC – Kirtan & Sacred Song with Sarah Spence (Harmonium, Guitar, Vocals) and Dhurva Loka (Drum). This is a special warm-up event for little YOGA festival 2017 Mt Maunganui. Come sing your heart open and warm your being. Expect to feel very joyful. Considered to be women’s ideal meditation, a place to find peace and ecstasy. For more information about Kirtan click here. This is a wild & grace and Kowhai Yoga collaboration. Contact: emily@wildandgrace.co.nz Cost: $15 waged $10 unwaged. Venue: 511 Esdaile Rd Pahoia Tauranga

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

16864971_625855460940194_4989650756789748013_nFriday 5 May 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 week = Te Puna Quarry. Contact: click on the blue link Outdoor Explorers above.

Friday 5 May
from 5.30pm – FILM – Cult Cinema Club presents “Edward Scissorhands.” Streetfood, licensed bar & candy from 5.30pm, film starts at 7.30pm. Tickets: www.cultcinemaclub.com Venue: screening at Village Cinema, Historic Village Tauranga.

Saturday 6 May 
– 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 6 May 12pm until 5pm – OPENING PARTY – Tauranga’s Tidal Stairs Opening. Venue: Tauranga Waterfront. Enjoy an autumnal dip at the new tidal stairs, or join in Tauranga’s 1st Official Bomb Competition off the new pier. Warm up with street food, listen to live music and watch some dragon boating. Tauranga Art Gallery and The Strand and Wharf Street restaurants will be open too. Come and celebrate everything Paradox and the Tauranga waterfront has to offer at this free, family-friendly event.
We’re excited to announce Ijebu Pleasure Club are heading to Tauranga to play at the waterfront. Ijebu Pleasure Club is an Auckland based Afro-beat band. They blend the Afrofunk style of Fela Kuti with hits from the 80’s. Acoustic stomp remixer of the old and new Josh Pow Music has just been confirmed to perform at the waterfront. Josh started out on busking on the streets of Tauranga central and Mount Mainstreet but quickly developed a good name for himself amongst the community.
And much more:
– Street Food Trucks
– Guided Wall Walks
– Face painting
– Paint your own tag or stencil your own triangle
– Launch of the Hunt the Paradox Triangle Competition
Cost: FREE Venue: 1, Second Ave, Tauranga

unnamedSunday 7 May  7pm until 8pm (first Sunday of every month) – WELLNESS – Monthly Crystal Sound Sessions with Ruby Grace. Vibrational healing. Bring a mat, blanket and pillow. Contact: ruby8grace@yahoo.com Cost: Suggested contribution $20. Venue: Mount Senior Citizens Hall, 345 Maunganui Rd

Sunday 7 May 7pm until 9pm – MUSIC – Soak ‘n’ Sundays. Celebrate NZ Music Month by soaking in the sounds of talented local musicians at Mount Hot Pools. We have live acts every Sunday in May plus the last Sunday of April. Entry prices are as normal.
April 30 – Native Poms
May 7 – Josh Pow
May 14 – Melissa Cox
May 21 – Take Two
May 28 – Brendan McCarthy Cost: Pool entry Venue: Mount Hot Pools (aka The Mount Hotties).

Wednesday 10 May 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 11 May – 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. Cost: Koha. Venue: Mt Drury (Hopukiore) Mt Maunganui

unnamedFriday 12 May 5.30pm until 10pm – Come relax, be inspired and celebrate the first Techweek Tauranga on Friday at the finale event. This is a social event to bring the innovation community together – from students to angel investors and everyone inbetween. Tech-in-five presentations from organisations using or developing new technologies will keep you entertained from: Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology – research projects, including new forestry and learning technology; WNT Ventures – incubation companies including Mark Wilcox, Blockchain expert from Nyriad; and Bay of Plenty based technology companies who’ve received investment from local Enterprise Angels members including new immersive viewing, and the new dual electric bike. Booking essential. Go here to secure your seat. Cost: $20 Venue: Toi Ohomai’s Institute of Technology Windemere campus Windermere Dr, Poike, Tauranga 3112, New Zealand

18156723_383086002087569_1436366603583939185_oSaturday 13 May  1pm until 3pm – PHILOSOPHY – Tauranga Death Cafe. The first Death Cafe for 2017. We are thrilled to be able to keep the conversations flowing and sharing our collective insights and wonderings. Grab a coffee and something to nibble on and meet us upstairs in the front room, first at the top of the stairs. Cost: FREE Venue: Grindz Cafe, Tauranga.

Saturday 13 May 6.30pm until 8.30pm – FILM – Paradox Film Festival presents: This is Berlin not New York. This documentary traces the journey of fifteen young, talented New York Artists to Berlin, as they meet and join forces with their German counterparts. Together, the American and German artists explore artistic ideas and concepts while collaborating on original projects that push conventional boundaries. This film is followed by “Exit through the gift shop” and tickets can be purchased for both screenings. www.youtube.com/watch?v=fO9DsPZAhmw Cost: $12 + standard booking fee Venue: Village Cinema at The Historic Village Tauranga, 17 Avenue.

Friday 1918121121_1466180593419973_7790565466449938921_o May
7pm until 10pm – FOOD – Feast of the Senses with Tara Spice Creative.  FEAST OF THE SENSES – A Gourmet Sensual Dining Experience. A one night, pop-up restaurant. A unique feast of aphrodisiac offerings, hosted by local seductress Tara Spice Creative. Facilitated by internationally recognised sex goddess Ellie Wilde.
Treat your senses to a culinary orgy served over nine courses in an atmosphere designed to stimulate your senses.
Refreshing cocktails / Tantalising Tastes / Visual Evocations / Heady Aromas / Hand-Crafted Cravings / Impulsive Urges / Vitality Organics Chocolates
Guests at this once-off event will be guided through an immersive embodied experience in sensual taste expression by the infamous Ellie Wilde. Interactive, playful, pleasurable.
Feel your food over 5 different sensory levels. Taste, Touch, Sight, Smell, Sound.
This experienced is designed around a gender balanced attendee list. Spaces limited.
Ellie Wilde is an edge dweller, a seeker of truth, advocate for the heart, and the emotional body.A Certified Sexological Body worker and Somatic Sex Coach she has extensive training and is Faculty with the International School of Temple Arts, the Institute of Somatic Sexology, The Native American Indian Sacred Sexuality -Chuloquai Quodoshka, and World-renowned Women’s Sexuality teacher – Shakti Malan, Ellie works Internationally with ISTA and regularly runs her own workshops all over New Zealand. Her own rich journey has informed her work, she brings a depth of realness, and authenticity, and it is her personal story from abuse to sexual empowerment that passionately inspires her to support others with their intimate quest for liberation.
Tara Spice Creative has a gift for compiling ingredients into dishes which taste so good they betray the sum of their parts. Graphic designer by day, menu designer by night, this super spunky flavour-babe can undress you simply with her eyes, not to mention her food. Merging cuisine and art, Tara’s form of creative expression somehow allows the consumer to experience complete satisfaction while at the same time an unending desire to have more. Contact: Please email tarakfowler@gmail.com to request a booking and arrange payment. Cost: $80 Venue: Secret Mt Maunganui Destination.

17799178_1499692316731347_6808371341355974076_nSaturday 20 May 9am until 4pm – VISUAL ART – Contemporary Collage 1 day workshop – This practical workshop will use collage to explore myths and legends, tell a story and create a snapshot that reflects aspects of present life through the therapy of art.
As a visual artistic form, collage is fun and it provides an opportunity for creative expression, reflection and change. Gain personal insights and professional tools from this one day therapeutic course that will develop your understanding of Art as therapy.
Contact:(07) 552 4162 ~ 027 358 1659 www.theartyhouse.co.nz Cost: $130 Early bird / Student ~ $150 Full price Venue: The Arty House Creative Community, 372 Wairoa Rd, Te Puna

Saturday 20 May 7.30pm until 9pm – MUSIC – Kirtan & Sacred Song with Sarah Spence (Harmonium, Guitar, Vocals) and Dhurva Loka (Drum). This is a special warm-up event for little YOGA festival 2017 Mt Maunganui. Come sing your heart open and warm your being. Expect to feel very joyful. Considered to be women’s ideal meditation, a place to find peace and ecstasy. For more information about kirtan click here. This is a wild & grace and Kowhai Yoga collaboration. Contact: emily@wildandgrace.co.nz Cost: $15 waged $10 unwaged. Venue: 511 Esdaile Rd Pahoia Tauranga

18076602_981246495344090_2295934939325116404_oSaturday 20 May 7.30pm until 9.30pm – PHILOSOPHY / INQUIRY – Satsang with Erin. ‘Allow the World to Come to You’ 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: 218 Glue Pot Rd, Pyes Pa 3173, New Zealand

17968899_10155246292673270_2139945593_o_499x710Saturday 20 May doors open 7.30pm gig starts at 9pm – MUSIC – AutoMatic 80s delivers the smash hits of this unforgettable and exciting musical era. From bands like Human League, Simple Minds, Duran Duran, Blondie, Culture Club through to artists like Kate Bush and Robert Palmer, AutoMatic 80s performances will transport you back to those heady, youthful times and leave you wanting more. The band and production crew are dedicated to bringing audiences the ultimate Eighties concert experience – quality sound, great lighting and electric atmosphere. Cost: $30 on the door. $25 + booking fee beforehand. Venue: Totara Street, Mt Maunganui.

Wednesday 24 May – 7pm until 9pm- MUSIC/THEATRE – Tiki Taane Mahuta. After a stunning 2015 debut seen by 3,500 in Christchurch, The Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu Season of Tiki Taane Mahuta returns to tour 13 cities in Aotearoa in 2017. Combining theatre, spectacular aerials, contemporary dance, kapa haka, mau rakau and hip hop, Tiki Taane Mahuta is one of New Zealand’s largest nationally-devised productions set to the award winning soundtracks of Tiki Taane. This season is a partnership between Taki Rua Productions and Aotearoa Aerial Theatre Company. Created by Artistic Director Tanemahuta Gray, this tour sees Tiki Taane and Shapeshifter’s Sambora perform live with the production for the first time. This production is transforming the music industry with how theatrical narrative can combine with Tiki’s cannon of works to create a whole new genre of integrated live performance. Tiki Taane Mahuta has an experienced cast, crew and design team who have worked on WOW – World Of WearableArt Awards and Maui – One Man Against The Gods. Cost: Tickets range from $75 – $50. Venue: Baycourt Theatre

Katchafire-Winter-Tour-NZ-Poster_MtMaunganui-web-V2_498x704Saturday 27 May 8pm until midnight – MUSIC – Katchafire & L A B. It’s that time of year, Katchafire are on the road again! After blazing through the New Zealand festival circuit and conquering the United States, Katchafire are doing a number of selected North Island shows in May and June.  Make sure you check out the hardest working band in the country and warm up your winter like no one else can. TO buy tickets click here. Cost: $30 Venue: Totara St, Mt Maunganui

Monday 29 May 3.30pm until 5.30pm – VISUAL ART – Muka Youth Prints. The idea behind Muka Youth Prints is simple: The best way to make young people acquainted with contemporary art is to get real works of art in their hands. For 30 years, the Muka Youth Print Exhibition has been touring the country exhibiting original lithographs exclusively for young people. The exhibition is NZ’s longest on-going art event and since its inception in 1987, more than 50,000 works have found their way into the collections of young New Zealanders. Muka Gallery tours the country every year with a set of 40 new lithographs, providing an opportunity for young people (aged 5-18 inclusive) to purchase lithographic artworks in an environment where adults are not allowed. Entry to the exhibition is free, any young person is welcome and there is no pressure to buy. A number of well known artists from all over the world are invited to produce a set of small (100x200mm) original lithographs. The works reflect the normal style and concerns of the artists. The lithographs will be sold exclusively to young people aged 5 – 18. Visitors to the show can buy a maximum of three lithographs and only for themselves, not for adults. The names and signatures of the artists are covered over during the shows, as Muka wants young art collectors to look at the work, not considering the fame of the artist or potential for financial gain. Adults are not allowed in at the exhibitions and visitors can enter the exhibition space only once. Mobile phones and cameras are not allowed into the exhibition space and the prints cost $70 unframed. Venue: Toi Tauranga.

Tuesday 30 May 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.

18157377_401876370197973_1570343277185059702_n.jpgTuesday 30 May 6.30pm until 8pm – GARDENING/ART – Terra de Moss: Moss Terrarium Project with Coraleigh Parker. Join us for this one off project and learn all about the wonderful world of moss, PLUS create your very own moss terrarium.
WHAT WILL YOU LEARN? Moss is one of the oldest known plants on the planet. It has remarkable properties and party tricks which have helped it to adapt and survive for millennia. There are many practical uses for moss, the most obvious being the aesthetic pleasure of looking at it, it’s also a great form of air purification.
We’ll look at the different types of moss and what they can be used for, followed by a hands on workshop where you will create your very own moss terrarium to take home.
We’ll supply everything you need to create your own mini moss world, however if you would like to include a small figurine or other special detail in your terrarium, please bring it along to the class. WHO WILL BE TEACHING? This evening of moss glory will be led by Coraleigh who is a moss enthusiast. Even taking it to the extreme of having her own moss brand. Coraleigh specialises in sphagnum moss and has some very interesting projects to share that involve moss. After initially just making homes in old preserving jars for her collection of Wade Whimsies 5 years ago, the demand for terrariums led to the creation of the business PICKLED WHIMSY. Now focusing on kokedama, a Bonsai ball made of moss, Pickled Whimsy still produces terrariums large and small for customers around the country. STILL CURIOUS? Join us by booking your spot at www.thecuriosityproject.co.nz. Strictly limited to 20 places. Venue: OURS 195 Maunganui Road, Tauranga, New Zealand 3116

Wednesday 31 May 9.30am until 2.30pm – WRITING WORKSHOP – Blog to your heart’s content: Tauranga Writing Retreat with Christine Sheehy & Co.
Get your content creation sorted at this one-day writing retreat in Tauranga, New Zealand. Whether you’re working on a blog, a book, or batch writing social media posts, this workshop will get your inspiration firing and the words flowing.
We’ll spend the morning doing short bursts of free writing to guided writing prompts. This part of the workshop is WIFI-free and you’ll be free to lounge around inside or out, as you write from the heart.  After a beautiful healthy lunch, we’ll dedicate the afternoon to focused content creation time so you can leave the day with at least two blogs ready to go and other topics mapped out too. (At the last workshop, one entrepreneur wrote seven blogs. SEVEN!) I’ll be on hand to offer plenty of expert guidance and tips. If you’re not a blogger, you can use the afternoon writing time to create inspiring and heartfelt social media content that will resonate with your audience, or get stuck into a bigger project like a book or presentation. This retreat is intimate by design, so spaces are limited. Your ticket includes a journal and delicious healthy lunch, tea, coffee and snacks.
Ready to blog to your heart’s content? Cost: Book your seat here for $225. https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=DRJ8YE9PWMEBJ Venue: Pyes Pa, Tauranga.

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.

The Incubator now features its own Incubator what’s on, and Tauranga Gig Guide (has just launched) for original music hip-ening (happening in case my joke fell under the radar) in Tauranga.

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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