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

This what’s on features arts, wellness, kids, community, sustainability and relationships based learning and joyful events around Bay of Plenty.


Event-excite of the month:
Saturday 19 August 3.30pm til 5pm – WORKSHOP – Reducing Household Rubbish.
The little YOGA festival are delighted to be hosting The Rubbish Trip as a warm-up to their Arts & Wellness Festival for the whole family, Aotearoa’s most handmade and whole-hearted festival.

The Rubbish Trip tours to Mt Maunganui 4 weeks before the festival unfurls. They are thrilled to be supporting The Rubbish Trip tour of Aotearoa through their warm-up event, and can’t wait to share fresh tips on how to live with zero waste.

In their much-loved presentation, Hannah Blumhardt and Liam Prince (the two No-Waste Nomads behind The Rubbish Trip) will introduce you to the practicalities and philosophy of waste reduction. Drawing on their own research and over two years of experience living zero waste, they will guide you through the whys and the hows of life without a rubbish bin, including:

– What is the zero waste movement? Why is waste reduction important?

– How zero waste principles can revolutionise your perspectives on living and lifestyle, beyond your rubbish bin.

– Innovative examples of waste minimisation policy, practice and thinking from around the globe, and how these might inform community-level waste reduction.

– Tips for how you can reduce the rubbish in your life (including fun DIY household products, cosmetics, and other life hacks).

This event is free and everyone is welcome. Zero waste light kai will be provided. Feel free to BYO a plate of zero waste food to share, if you feel up to the challenge.

The little YOGA festival is a festival of the heart. A chance to join together to move our minds, bodies and hearts through Yoga, Wellness, Arts & Culture workshops, conversations, food and performance. The festival proper takes place on 15 – 17 September at May Street Reserve, Mount Maunganui.

1 July til 1 October – VISUAL ART – Willow an installation by Sarah Hughes. Kids and adults love this. Come build, make, tumble, look, listen. Note to self: Must remember on rainy weekends to bus to town with kids and go to the gallery. Cost: FREE Venue: Tauranga Arts Gallery

Saturday 5 August 7pm til 1am – MUSIC – Red Lounge Returns.
The Mount’s classiest pop up party returns with a killer crew of DJs and performers.

Rising from the waters of Sundaise Festival 2017, we delight in bringing you Empress Naima & Matt Rapid from Coro town. The Dastardly Bounder from Auckland and our very own vibe architect and purveyor of bass, DJ Mufasa.

Lets face it, all your mates will be there. Come cut some shapes to the second biggest sound system after Destiny Church.

Cost: $25 through our ‘Rozella Presents’ facebook page only.
Venue: TOTARA STREET, 11 Totara Street, Mount Maunganui.

Friday 11 August 7pm til 10pm – MUSIC – Full Moon Fire and Drums gathering at Mount Drury (beach side)  PLEASE NOTE if the weather looks rubbish we will cancel on the day so keep an eye out on the page for updates… nobody likes standing round in the freezing rain! We have the 18th also booked if the weather is bad. We will be running these evenings bi-monthly, on a weekend where possible, and holding the following week as a wet weather back up, so hopefully we’ll have more quality nights from this process…

Bring your fire toys, glow toys, percussion instruments or any other instruments you may have, blankets, a snack, and of course your wonderful selves. Families and children are welcome. Koha is always appreciated for the fuel to keep the nights going.

Cost: Koha Venue: Hopukiore/Mt Drury (beachside), Mt Maunganui
contact dance

Friday 18 August 6pm til 8.30pm – WORKSHOP – Contact Improv Dance. Contact Improv is both an experimental dance form and an awareness practice. During this class we will learn how to open ourselves up to the dialogue within other bodies, being drawn in and out of connection with ourselves and others through touch and movement. It requires waiting, listening, taking in and responding, all the while remaining aware of our body in space.
We will explore yielding, feeling and transferring our weight, and expanding our “skinesphere” – all the while letting go of expectation and structure.

Alicia Donnellan (down from Auckland) is a dancer, performance artist and embodied movement practitioner who trained under the RAD and Samantha Sweetwater, facilitating and performing in New Zealand and Europe. More info contact leo@whywaste.co.nz Price: $15 if your a bit skint $20 would more closely reflect the time and skills that go into bringing this together. Venue: The Mount Yoga Studio, 26 Tawa Street, Mt Maunganui.


Saturday 19 August 9am til 2pm – MARKETS – Little Big Markets. Each market will have the finest selection of craft stalls and street food vendors, as well as live music and stuff for the kiddies too. It’s an amazing family day out. Cost: FREE Venue: Papamoa Pony Club Papamoa Beach.

Saturday 19 August 11am til 1pm  – WORKSHOP – Silky Cocoon Mini Retreat. Join us for a morning of rejuvenating sensory indulgence and pure relaxation, with deep stretching, mindful meditation, massage, sweet treats and more. Cost: $65 (for two hours of luxury) Venue: Float Fitness, 249 Maunganui Rd, Mt Maunganui.


Saturday 19 August & Sunday 20 August
2pm til 4pm – WORKSHOP – Nonviolent Communication with Susie Spiller. Click here for facebook event. “Judgments, criticism and violence are all tragic expressions of unmet needs.” – Dr Marshall Rosenberg, Founder of the centre for Non-Violent Communication. COMPASSIONATE COMMUNICATION aka Non-Violent Communication or NVC is a practical toolkit to cultivate your values and relationships.

Most of us have been educated from birth to compete, judge, attack and defend. NVC helps us discover how all of our actions are based on human needs that we are seeking to meet. We learn to develop a vocabulary of feelings and needs that helps us to express clearly what is going on for us at any given moment. When we understand and acknowledge our needs, we develop a shared foundation for much more satisfying relationships.

Contact: leo@whywaste.co.nz Cost: $240 Venue: The Arty House, 372 Wairoa Road, Te Puna


Saturday 19 August
 4pm event starts. 5pm film starts. – FILM –  Silent Cinema is in its third year, presented by Night Owl Cinema and Baycourt Presents. Silent Cinema is an evening giving you a 1920s-cinema experience! Experience Baycourt themed as a 1920s circus and watch the film as it was before words, accompanied by a score played by organ legend Ron Clark on the Mighty Wurlitzer.

The Circus (1928) written and directed by Charlie Chaplin is about a penniless and hungry Tramp (Chaplin) who is mistaken for a condemnable pickpocket and chased by both the police and the real crook. Running away, the Tramp stumbles into the middle of a performance and unknowingly becomes the hit of the show. The ringmaster hires Chaplin as a clown, but discovers that he can only be funny unintentionally, not on purpose. The Circus was the seventh highest grossing silent film in cinema history taking in more than $3.8 million in 1928. The film continues to receive high praise and is a Chaplin classic.

Bring the whole family to Baycourt for 1920s circus fun and frivolity with candy floss, popcorn and circus acts on the Baycourt lawn and in the foyer. The Circus is a family friendly show and a great way to introduce your children, or grandchildren, to a bit of film history!

Cost: Adult $22 Children under 16 $10 Family $50 Concession 65+ $20 Venue: Baycourt, Tauranga

Sunday 20 August 10am til 4pm – WORKSHOP – SATSANG WITH ERIN Presents A Vibrant Body and Life force with Hawaiian Geomancy.

You are invited to this first ever workshop that teaches you how to understand your body using the basic principles of Hawaiian Geomancy. Your body is a mystical being and so the qualities and principles used in Geomancy can be directly applied to your own body. You can understand the underlying imbalance that causes dis ease and you can find ways to restore the balance within and on the body and within your environment. This work furthers your understanding of sovereignty as you gain unprecedented insight into the workings of your body and mind and how they manifest in your body and home. Knowing this, you are then able to make meaningful changes that have direct effect on the issues you are experiencing in your life. You can work on the temple of you to create vibrant energy that enables you to serve others. Be a part of this groundbreaking workshop that gives you ancient technology for health and happiness. WHAT TO BRING: Yoga mat, pad and pens, lunch to share
RSVP: Nadine Bailey 021 750 687 or satsangwitherin@gmail.com Cost: $150 Venue: Whare Tauranga Waldorf School

Sunday 20 August 5.30pm til 6.30pm – WORKSHOP – Free Intro Moon Yoga. My gift to you as an intro to my weekly Sunday MOON YOGA Hatha class. This community class is suitable for beginners. While strengthening & lengthening, it is also perfect for grounding and stabilising energy, a wonderful entry into meditation.

It is my intention to empower my students to connect with their own innate Divinity & power to self-heal. I will teach breathing techniques and movements specifically designed to calm the nervous system and relieve stress. When the body is calm it goes into healing-mode and the ultimate healing and connection to the Divine is through Meditation, Love, compassion & acceptance. Limited space, please contact me to book your free spot. Future classes will be $15 (drop in). Bring your own mat & blanket if you need it. So much Love & Warm Blessings ♥ Yogini Priya www.yoginipriya.tk
Cost: FREE Venue: TBC Contact Priya

Tuesdays (last of the month) 7pm til 9pm – WRITING – Poetry Incubator. All welcome. Cost: $5 (includes wine and nibbles). Venue: The Incubator in The Historic Village on 17th Ave.

Wednesdays (2nd and 4th of the month) 7pm  – CRAFT – Ninja Knits. All welcome. Here’s a chance to get into something new. 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. Ninja Knits are a group of knitters and crocheters wanting to spread the fun. Get together and share talents and ideas and projects and cake!They meet on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month. Cost: koha ? Venue: The Incubator in The Historic Village on 17th Ave.

Sunday 20 August 2pm – MUSIC – Julie Lamb Band. Vintage Sounds with a present day feel. Storytelling that moves your body, mind and soul.

The Julie Lamb Band is a 10 piece with a huge range and immense love of music. They draw influence from all the greats providing the ultimate contemporary mix of funky blues rock, reflected in their award-winning original songs.

The band features some of Wellington’s most prolific musicians, they have made a name for themselves in New Zealand’s capital city over the last 7 years. A hero band for all the music lovers out there.

Mixing classic hits with their own funky originals gives the audience the comfort of familiarity – fans can’t help but dance the night away – perfect for a festival vibe.

With four albums under their belt, they consistently attract new fans with their dynamic music and exciting live performance. A powerhouse of talent, the music shows off all of the band members. There is real joy in watching and hearing their collective performance – man, they are tight!

“It’s great to hear some funky pop-rock with good old fashioned backing vocals and horn parts too. A class act made all the better by the joie-de-vivre it encapsulates and projects” – Bing Turkby NZ Music Magazine 2017

Cost: $? Venue: Totara Street, Mt Maunganui.

mount hot pools

Thursday 24 August
7pm til 8.30pm – MUSIC and HOT POOLS – Ed Sherran filmed and screened as you soak in the hotties. Click here for FB event. Cost: Pool entry. Venue: Mount Hot Pools.

Friday 25 August 5.30pm til 7.30pm – VISUAL ART – 
Colour Shape and Line – Doreen McNeill. Solo exhibition of recent works by local abstract painter Doreen McNeill.
Exhibition closes 9th September. Cost: FREE Venue: Zeus Gallery, Tauranga

Friday 25 August (event starts at 5.30pm movie starts at 7.30pm ) – FILM – Cult Cinema Club screens Grand Budapest HotelThe adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous hotel from the fictional Republic of Zubrowka between the first and second World Wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend.
Screening length: 1 hour 39 minutes
Rating: R
Directed by Wes Anderson
Starring Ralph Fiennes, Bill Murray, Tony Revolori, Tilda Swinton and many more!
Cult Cinema Club fortnightly on Fridays.
EVENT IS R18 Cost: $20 Venue: Village Cinema, Historic Village


Saturday 26 August 3pm til 4.30pm – MUSIC – Kid Friendly Kirtan with Sarah Marlowe Spence and Fiona McClure from Full Moon Fire & Drums. This is an event to warm-up for the Kirtan Collective within little YOGA festival 15-17 September 2017 Mt Maunganui. Tickets: www.littleyogafestival.com
Kid Friendly Kirtan features Sarah Marlowe Spence (Harmonium, Guitar, Vocals) and Fiona McClure ((Drums & Percussion).
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 further information: https://wildandgrace.co.nz/2016/09/05/kirtan-one-womans-experience/  Contact and register: emily@wildandgrace.co.nz Cost: $15 waged $10 unwaged. Kids FREE. Venue: At Sarah Williams’ place 4.5 kms up 511 Esdaile Rd, Pahoia, Bay of Plenty. NB: In the country the letterboxes are grouped together to make it easier for the postie. Look for the number on the LHS going up the road, rather than looking for the letterbox.

Saturday 26 August 8pm until 10pm – MUSIC – Alae. FoIk inspired Auckland band alae are ready to take their emotive brand of soulful sound on the road once more with a headlining national New Zealand and Australian tour announced for this August and September.

We are super excited to announce Georgia Lines and Peter Meffan to the line up for this show. Going to be a amazing night!

Taking in some of the most intimate venues in the country, alae’s 6 date NZ tour will kick off in Christchurch and wind its way up to Auckland before the band head across the Tasman to play 4 key dates in Australia thanks to the assistance of an Outward Sound grant.

Cost: $10 Venue: Totara Street, Mt Maunganui.

Sunday 27 August – 5pm – MUSIC. Jesse Morris Band. Byron Bays soul roots reggae troubadours the Jesse Morris Band return to New Zealand for a series of shows across the country celebrating their latest release ‘Wake Up’. the Jesse Morris Band will be playing 4 special full band shows at the end of jesse’s epic one month long 18 show tour.

Featuring the killer rhythm section of TK Bass Dread & Dr Hugh Jones, this powerhouse all star lineup is Australia’s number one east coast conscious roots & reggae act. Vocal harmonies, African & Caribbean rhythms, handmade guitars, dubbed out loops and conscious lyrics.

The ‘Jesse Morris Band’ bring a refreshing blend of original soul, roots & reggae honed & crafted on the road with over 500 live shows over the last 2 years touring the globe. A night for all lovers of roots, rock, reggae, soul & dub.

Their new single ‘Wake Up’ hits all digital channels from the 1st of August. Their last EP ‘Freedom’ is currently on sale via all digital outlets.

You can check out more info on the Jesse Morris Band by visiting www.facebook.com/jessemorrisband or www.jessemorrisband.com.

Cost: FREE Venue: Totara Street, Mt Maunganui.

zoeticaWednesday 30 August 7.30pm til 10.30pm (and a matinee) – THEATRICAL EXTRAVAGANZA – Zoetica. Roll out the red carpet. Zoetica is coming. Zoetica translates roughly as ‘to live life animatedly’. Zoetica follows the story of a group of women who come together to create and launch a project like no other.

2017 Show Special Guest Stars are Jackie Clarke & Peta Mathias, renowned local singers Porina Mcleod & Caitriona Anderson. Actors Catherine Sylvester, Trish Marsden, Tania Brittain, Megan Brebnar, Carol Lyons, Tracey Bourgeois, Kay Spencer & Brenda Poutewera.

Peta Mathias joins TF&D for our 2017 show. She plays her part as a stylish executive with fingers in many pies – running her entrepreneurial empire on the technological superhighway.

Jackie Clarke is back. However, instead of strutting the stage in her full glory, in her role this year it may be a case of ‘spot the Jackie’ exhibiting her usual fun and exuberance.

Also back this show is Tauranga’s renowned singer Porina McLeod who will lead a group of tight five singers.The catwalk segments will intertwine edgy industrial, feminine lace and many more themes into the storyline supported by our outstanding dancers.

Zoetica life passion bravery describes all who are part of this amazing story.
Cost: $55 – $85 VenueASB Arena at Baypark81 Truman Lane, Mt Maunganui, Bay of Plenty

Thursday 31 August 8pm til 10pm – FILM – A Plastic Ocean. EcoWarehouse is promoting the screening of the documentary “A Plastic Ocean” at Rialto Cinema in Tauranga.

A PLASTIC OCEAN begins when journalist Craig Leeson, searching for the elusive blue whale, discovers plastic waste in what should be pristine ocean. In this adventure documentary, Craig teams up with free diver Tanya Streeter and an international team of scientists and researchers, and they travel to twenty locations around the world over the next four years to explore the fragile state of our oceans, uncover alarming truths about plastic pollution, and reveal working solutions that can be put into immediate effect.

“A Plastic Ocean is an insightful and provocative game-changer, and I’d urge all of humanity to watch it, for our sake”. Elliot Burr The Panoptic.

Watch the trailer here: https://nz.demand.film/a-plastic-ocean/

Please note: Tickets need to be bought in advance online (min of 55 sold until 19th of August) otherwise movie will be cancelled.

Get YOUR ticket here: https://tickets.demand.film/event/2046/purchase
Venue: Rialto Cinema, Tauranga

Thursday 31 August 7pm til 8.30pm – MUSIC & HOT POOLS – Amy Winehouse on the big screen at the hotpools. Click here for the facebook event. Cost: Pool entry. Venue: Mount Hot Pools. 

Great venues, organisations to check out are:
Arataki Community CentreYoga CollectiveHouse of YogaThe Arty HouseThe IncubatorCraft CollectiveTotara StreetTauranga 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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