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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 they...

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The big kiwi party night

Roger Simpson and his team have organised a great night of entertainment for this Saturday night. The Coromandel Informer mistakenly put in its last issue that the entry fee was $20. That’s a mistake and also that his name is not Smith but Simpson. ENTRY IS FREE!!! The Mercury Bay Club welcomes everyone. Non-members of the club can be signed in by a Club member. Or better still, join the club. It is $25 only for a year and $40 for a couple. The excellent music for dance as well as singing along to, has been added to since last week with the addition of Filipino Kiwi Party Band (FKPB), a new...

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Sharing the Celebration of Independence Day

They are a people very proud of their country and their independence and they share this pride unashamedly on Independence Day. Now, the Whitianga Town Hall is from a past era. Although a solid building and quite serviceable, it is very basic in terms of a civic centre, without a single lavish touch. However, the hall was turned into a feast of colour in every aspect of décor, a feast of hospitality, dance, music – a total celebration of goodwill to make memorable for everyone, the day that local Filipinos celebrated their Independence from Spanish rule, 12 June, 1898, in Whitianga! About...

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Night Alight revelry at Top 10 Hot Water Beach

Peter replied,” We did not know about Night Alight until we arrived. We are from Auckland, and we met some people in Paihia who were from Puerto Rico and they enthusiastically recommended that we come to Top 10 at Hot Water Beach and ask for Dean and Toya.” So we did. “I’m from France and they passed on that recommendation to me,” said Thibaut. “So I came too!” Another was a grandmother from Australia who had come to spend time with her extended family and this was their special treat for her.

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Creedence Clearwater Revival Tribute

Fantastic night at Mercury Bay Club Bayou played song after song exhaustively  – great performance by all five – their rock jazz improvisations were exceptional – lead vocalist and guitarist, lead guitarist and vocal backup, keyboard plus guitar duet, bass guitarist, drummer and percussionist  comprised this excellent band. Tom Fogarty would be pleased. Over 180 tickets were sold; the dance floor had never been so full. Mercury Bay Club got it right. The crowd didn’t want the night to finish.

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KIWI MUSIC PARTY

Both events are organised by local, Roger Smith and a team who love dance and music. Kiwi music party is the first – great music for dance and songs people know and can sing along to – Saturday 15 June, at 7.00pm. Entry $20 “No one has to dress in theme,” says Roger. “It’s not the night for blue singlet and gum boots, but you can dress in theme if you want. This is a night of Kiwi party music, guitar playing and singing songs. There is a segment of open mic as well; if someone wants to get up and song a song they can, as long as they are prepared and know their song,” adds Roger. This Kiwi...

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Mark Wright, with ‘Voices of Gallipoli’, coming to Whitianga

Mark Wright performing Voices of Gallipoli. Anzac Day commemorations have passed for another year, but a one-man play from well-known NZ actor Mark Wright is about to remind local audiences what the spirit of Anzac is all about. Mark, who has appeared in numerous stage productions, is perhaps best known for his TV work with the likes of Billy T. James and McPhail and Gadsby. He wrote his one man play, Voices From Gallipoli, after being inspired by a trip to the Gallipoli Peninsula in 2014 on the eve of the 100th commemoration of the landings. It was part of a TVNZ documentary he was fronting...

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Grand book signing with Judy Bailey – ‘Evolving’

The store had received a lot of enquiries about Judy’s book, prompting the owners, Derek and Mabel Murie, to invite Judy as their special guest to a community social evening which would include a book signing and time of questions and answers for the author who remains a national identity. And Judy said yes! I led the Q and A for The Informer, with Judy being welcomed and introduced to everyone by Mabel Murie and Molly Burke who set up the Monkey House, and hosted the venue for the evening.

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