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TAURANGA - Paul Darragh's 'Gettin' There' Exhibition

12th March - 7th April

The Incubator Gallery,
Tauranga Historic Village, 17 th Avenue,
Tauranga South

Gettin’ There highlights the importance of positivity towards yourself and others.

Paul Darragh is an emerging painter and senior designer based between Matamata and Mount Maunganui, New Zealand.

He has exhibited both locally and internationally having spent some time living and working in New York. This will be his first solo exhibition held in Tauranga at The Incubator Gallery.

The exhibition Gettin’ There consists of works painted while living in Brooklyn New York and chronicles Paul’s personal journey rebuilding and restructuring his life in the wake of mounting chaos and negativity. The narratives draw upon common human struggles of depression, debt, addiction and insecurity. He also explores the joy and freedom of overcoming these adverse experiences.

Geometric forms and shapes embody a character forging an empathetic reaction from the viewer. A digital sensibility is present in the work as computer aided drawing is part of Paul’s creative process. Colour and form are manipulated to create the desired composition before executing with acrylics, airbrush and spray paint.

Colour is an important and prominent tool within the work. Paul uses saturated bold combinations to create visceral vibration and action. Dynamic and energetic compositions are created using linear gradients and airbrushed shadows. This sense of movement paired with the extreme colour palette creates optical sensations, and nods to a digital interpretation of the painted surface.

The team at the Incubator are super excited to be hosting such a vibrant and moving exhibition demonstrating how powerful art can be to the artist and the audience.

All are welcome to the opening of Gettin’ There, which promises an event flavoured with eye popping art and music . DJ Ayesha will be spinning a soundtrack of Old School New York Rap/Funk & Soul/Disco.

Opening event: 5.30 pm, Thursday, 12th March The Incubator Gallery.

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CHRISTCHURCH - South Community Gardens Autumn Market Day

10 am - 2 pm
Sat, 28th Mar

188 Strickland Street, Spreydon,

The Christchurch South Community Gardens Autumn Market Day is this Saturday, the 21st of March.

See what the sustainable hub of Christchurch's southern suburbs has on offer! Fresh, organically grown produce, plants, preserves and more. There are prizes too! Come along and support your local sustainable community garden, get some fresh bargains and have a chat about getting involved.

CANTERBURY - Clarkville School Twilight Gala

4 - 7 PM
Friday, 20th March

Clarkville Primary School
10 Heywards Road, Clarkville

Food and fun for everyone!

Have a fun and relaxed outdoor evening with family and friends before daylight savings finishes.

Something for all ages: 

  • A great selection of well-priced, family-friendly food stalls 
  • Family sideshows/Children's stalls 
  • A huge white elephant with clothes, household goods etc
  • Bouncy castles
  • Garden and produce stalls 
  • A giant bake sale
  • Raffles, music and much more...

So make sure you come along rain or shine! Parking available for gold coin donation. Exchange some of your money for "Gala Dollars" to buy some tasty treats or have some fun. Cash is preferred, but eftpos will be available on site if required.

For more details visit their Facebook page, Clarkville School Twilight Gala

HAWKE'S BAY - Hohepa Hawke's Bay Gala Dinner Fundraiser

6 PM - 10 PM
Friday, 27th March

Napier War Memorial and Conference Centre
48 Marine Parade, Bluff Hill, Napier

Ticket: $99

Join Hohepa Hawkes Bay to help support people with an intellectual disability to enjoy "Every Life Fully Lived."

Get your tickets now before 20th March.

Great food, great speaker and great company at the Napier War Memorial/Conference Centre Marine Parade on March 27th at 6 pm.

Guest Speaker David Trubridge -" Tales of the Heart from the Land and the Sea". Trubridge is a Hawkes Bay Icon, Internationally recognised for his design, he has also lived a life on the ocean.

Silent and Live Auction proceeds will go towards funding the long term sustainability of Hohepa Hawkes Bay to provide for its residents.

 Enjoy a great night among friends:

  • Spectacular seaside venue
  • Gourmet three-course dining with some first class Hawkes Bay wines provided.
  • NO.1 Family Estate champagne on arrival
  • Talented local performers
  • Fascinating celebrity presenter – David Trubridge
  • Extravagant charity auction
  • And much more!
  • We have now received some incredibly generous support with live auction items including; A self-drive 4WD Molesworth Tour with South Island Tours. Tukituki luxury bach stay, Kinloch luxury bach stay,. 2021 Marlborough Food & Wine Festival package for 4. Garden design & makeover, Master Bedroom design & makeover package. Rare Sporting Collectors items.And many more!
  • Silent auction gems include, restaurant vouchers from Black Barn and Mister.D.,Gannet safaris, Rotorua Glamping, Gifts, Clothing and beauty vouchers and much more! 

CANTERBURY - Leeston Fete 2020

10 AM - 3 PM
Saturday, 28th March

Leeston Fete
High Street, Leeston

Free entry

The Leeston Fete for 2020 is to be held on Saturday the 28th March from 10 am until 3 pm.

We have been inundated with requests from near and far for stalls this year and have endeavoured to fit everyone.

Once again we will have an area dedicated for children in Andersons Square, and the Secret Garden will be bursting at the seams with a variety of interesting stalls etc.

2020 is a celebration for our community and the committee as this is the 10th anniversary of the Fete. From the small early beginnings to now, when we have people from throughout New Zealand wanting a place. The growth has been incredible.

The Fete will have an amazing selection of stalls, food and entertainment.

The High Street will be closed off to traffic from Messines Street to just before the Challenge Station corner, allowing people to have the freedom to meander through the stalls.

A lot of the popular stalls are returning along with several newcomers. 

With free entry, this is a very popular day for families.

See the event page on Facebook.

Please note that the Challenge Station will be open and will be accessible from both the High Street and Market Street.

MANAWATU-WANGANUI - Norsewood to Takapau Fun Challenge

Sunday, 5th April

Norsewood - Takapau

Entry: $30 adult, $10 child

Sunday the 5 th of April will be the 2 nd time Takapau School have organized the Norsewood to Takapau Fun Challenge. After last year’s successful event the team has made some tweaks to make it an even more memorable day, with the addition of extra toilets, coffee and an interschool competition (excluding themselves of course). The local school that gets the highest percentage of their roll to participate will win $100 of sports gear.

With options to suit a range of fitness abilities starting from teams of completing 5km each of the 21.1km trip from Norsewood to Takapau, or individuals running or walking 21.1km or 10km, to our cycle options of 20km, 40km and 80km there’s something for everyone in this event. All entries and race information is on the event webpage or see their facebook page for regular updates.

The Norsewood to Takapau Fun Challenge is a fun, family and friends even along the scenic country back route between the two towns. This has been a hugely popular event, drawing many people from all over the North Island and even the odd international tourist.

Many have used this event as training for larger challenges later in the year. So it’s a great time to keep that training up and set yourself a challenge.

And of course the race finishes at Takapau School with fun and friendly hospitality, food, music and spot prizes. So get your family and friends together and register, we’ll see you there!

CHRISTCHURCH - 38 Squadron Parade Recruitment

Every Wednesday
6.30 PM onward

43 Corsair Drive

Do you know a teenager interested in developing their sense of adventure, leadership and teamwork. Air Cadets is a voluntary organisation focused on building qualities that are essential for good citizens and leaders through challenging, adventure-based activities like bushcraft, tramping, first aid and flying.

38 Squadron parades every Wednesday night from 6:30 at 43 Corsair Drive and invites any high school students, aged 13-15, to come along and experience what the Air Training Corps can offer. Alternatively, visit our website at for more information.

NAPIER - Napier Pirates Rugby Club

Tuesdays & Thursdays
6 PM onward

Tamatea Park

Napier Pirates Rugby Clubs Pre Season training has kicked off in 2020 for all Grades with Trainings Tuesdays and Thursday from 6pm at Tamatea Park. Join the Pirates Family in 2020 and be part of Hawkes Bays only University affiliated club.

Pirates are celebrating 134 years of Rugby in 2020

TIMARU - Grease the Musical

27th - 29th May

Timaru Boys' High School
211 North Street, West End, Timaru

Wednesday 27th, Thursday 28th and Friday 29th May, Grease is the word and Timaru Boys’ High School will be where it’s at when it will be transformed into 1950's Rydell High. Timaru Boys’ and Girls’ High will endeavour to take you to where that familiar summer romance between Danny and Sandy will unfold in a music and dance extravaganza with performances of the most memorable and unforgettable songs such as "Summer Nights", "Greased Lightinin", "Hopelessly Devoted to You" and "You're the One That I Want".

We will present audiences with a fun-filled, colourful, rocking and rolling flashback to the 1950's era. Grease takes us back to being a teenager in the 1950's, when dancing and putting grease in your hair were the most important things in life!

Grease will be the best party in town! So let’s burn some rubber and get your whole family, including those ankle biters, to join Danny, Sandy and friends for a truly ring a ding experience. Don’t be a drag or crusin’ for a brusin’. Mark those dates 27th, 28th and 29th May in your calendar now. 

Tickets available from 28 April  through Timaru Boys' High School, Timaru Girls' High School and Newman's Music Works. 

Music, and lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey 'Grease' is presented through special arrangement with and all authorized performance materials are supplied by Theatrical Rights Worldwide (TRW)


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KAPITI - YOUth INSPIRE Licence to Work Programme

17th Feb - 22nd May
Wainuiomata and Taita in Lower Hutt

  • YOUth INSPIRE Licence to Work Programme 
  • FREE 14-week job seeker guidance 

Rangatahi aged 17-24 in Lower Hutt can sign up for our free 14-week programme and graduate with a cv, interview skills, job-seeking skills, first aid certificate, learner driver licence, and the skills business want from you - communication, teamwork, problem-solving, and more. We are connected with over 200 businesses to place you into work experience to give you the reference and job opportunities you need. Check out our Facebook or Instagram @youthinspirenz for more info or visit our website at
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HAWKE'S BAY - Big Brothers Big Sisters Volunteers needed!

Volunteer mentors can be aged from 18 to 80. You will spend an hour
or more a week providing support to a child who needs a friend.

Mentors are interviewed, references taken, we carry out a police
check, and if cleared mentors are then trained then matched with a
child. You will need a vehicle. Children come from a variety of
backgrounds, with different needs. Volunteers will act as positive
role models to the children. Mentoring is about experiencing fun
activities together and forming a trusting bond with a child.

Open, reliable, must relate easily to children between the ages of
6-12, have a sense of fun.

Mentoring is a rewarding experience. Watching a child grow in
confidence, and form trusting relationships is a very rewarding

Email for more info or visit

AUCKLAND - Vauxhall School Centenary Celebrations 2020

Friday and Saturday, 6th - 7th Nov
Vauxhall Primary School,
Narrow Neck, Auckland


Past pupils,staff and friends of the school are invited to attend the celebrations
On Friday 6th and Saturday 7th November,2020.

For information contact