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Jun 25, 2024
Local Events

7th Annual Model Show great hit for school holidays

Great range of displays: This year you can see displays from World War II battleships to dolls’ house collections, plus various railway layouts ranging from hand-crafted structures through to the ever-popular Lego displays. Special guests include the Tauranga Model Railway Club who will be bringing two layouts, and a 13-year-old Auckland boy who was inspired by last year’s show to create his own World War II-based diorama. Damon adding some finishing touches to sheep for one of the country side train track models. A small portion of the train track country side. Competitions for ever…

Jun 25, 2024
Art & Culture

Thank you from the Whitianga Filipino Community…

The gathering in Whitianga Town Hall on National Independence Day. The 126th Philippines Independence Day celebration, held Saturday, 8 June 2024 was joined by not only the Filipino community, but also our extended family in the Whitianga community. We shared the success of the event with everyone who joined and witnessed as we expressed our culture through dance, hospitality and the scrumptious spread of food we enjoyed together. We are thankful to all the guests who brought their specialty dishes. We truly appreciate the overwhelming feedback we received. On behalf of the Whitianga Fi…

Jun 25, 2024
Dance and Drama

Get ready for a surprising night of drama & comedy

“The Secret Case of Sherlock Holmes – Sherlock Holmes and Watson’s first case” Director is Samuel Ribert; leads are Joshua Bruce and Linnie Wales and a cast of 12 actors. This Mercury Bay Area School production promises to be a winner.   Samuel Ribert – Director. The two-act, 90-minute play was written by Craig Sodaro and has been produced many times, principally by schools in the United States and Great Britain. This mystery-comedy has many surprises. Staging will be arranged to maximize the audience’s view of the stage. The producer Samuel Ribert, a year  13 student has overseen the …

Jun 25, 2024
Local Events

Tiki Taane’s two tremendous shows at the Monkey House

The musician known for blending drum and bass, reggae, roots and other genres gave the audience his absolute all both nights – the fantastic crowds easily hearing just how his innovative style and sound significantly influences the NZ music scene and inspires other performers. Beat Fairy Productions was proud to bring Tiki to town and are thrilled to announce that over $1,300 was raised for Coro Youth Mentors Inc. from the Friday night show. The full crowd sang Tiki’s songs along with him in full voice, elevating and supporting his show.  DJ Axis (Rachel Taane) closed out both nights with…

Jun 18, 2024
Local Events

Thames Music Group

THAMES TALENT – A fun variety concert by the Richmond Villas choir directed by Dylan Lajunen; Locals from Tararu Village, Dusty & Rosalie Miller and Dawn & Barrie. Koha appreciated Our next Sunday Concert will be on Sunday, 14 July and it will be by the Danish Female ensemble UNGKLANG who will be in NZ for the World Choir Games in July. www.thamesmusicgroup.com

Jun 18, 2024
Music

Grant Haua Explosion

Grant Haua, left, with his band playing electrified and acoustic guitar blues. Bringing his signature mix of electrified and acoustic guitar blues, Grant Haua (who performs internationally and hails from Tauranga and has been named by Rolling Stone France as one of top 25 best blues musicians in the world) entertained and gave a masterclass performance in rockin’ blues to a near packed house. From the very beginning, when Grant saw that audience members had arrived early, he took to the stage for an impromptu thirty-minute acoustic set before bringing on the band for another two hours. It …

Jun 18, 2024
Dance and Drama

Voices from Gallipoli’ a one man show

His glimpses into Gallipoli, confronting, amusing, gut wrenching.  I left feeling the whole town should see this – no – the whole of New Zealand and Australia should see this. The small set was perfect. The centre piece being a hat rack with the hats of the characters Mark would play. The songs before the show and interspersed in the show were popular songs from the World War One era. Against the background of the impossible, murderous, suicidal assault on the Gallipoli terrain Mark confronted us with the people of the Gallipoli conflict. The toffee-nosed commanding officer from Sandhurst…

Jun 18, 2024
Local Events

The Big Kiwi Party Night – great success

What makes a good Kiwi music party? • The number of people up dancing, • The level of banter and interaction between the party goers • The enthusiasm of the dancers and listeners in their appreciation of the music. These would be indicators easy to observe. Then there’s the preparation so that everything people need to have a good time is there – quality food with choice, a ready supply of drinks – alcohol, mixers and soft drinks, comfortable atmosphere with ambient lighting and places to sit and talk without shouting. The cost of food and drinks was left to each person to decide what …