Kāpiti Coast Local Event Guide

There's always something going on in the Kāpiti Coast. Here's your guide to events that you won't want to miss!

Foraging & Spice Cream

22 May – 5 Jun 2022
Haruatai Park

Mill Rd, Ōtaki

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Haruatai Park and the old hospital grounds in Ōtaki are great places for foraging with a real mix of exotics and natives. After a 1.5h foraging walk in the park, head back to the garden for some foraged botanicals ice cream tasting. Ice cream is a great tool for showcasing flavours.

 

www.finderseatersforaging.com

Matariki Ramaroa 2022

24 Jun – 17 Jul 2022
Across the Kāpiti Coast

Matariki Ramaroa will once again light up Kāpiti with two weekends of extraordinary light sculptures bookending a month-long arts experiences including MFF2022 - the Māoriland Film Festival!

Matariki Ramaroa opens at Maclean Park, Paraparaumu on June 24 2022 - the first Matariki public holiday with light sculptures, beach bonfire, musicians, artists and kai over the entire weekend.

From June 29 - July 3, Ōtaki will once again welcome the world to the 9th Māoriland Film Festival, the largest international Indigenous Film Festival in the Southern Hemisphere. Indigenous filmmakers from across the globe will share their stories in over 80 films screening at the MFF with award winning feature length drama and illuminating documentaries, to a diverse collection of short films.

Throughout the rest of the month-long celebrations, explore the amazing Matariki Ramaroa programme of music, theatre, dance, environmental and community events across Kāpiti ending with the closing weekend of the Light sculptures at Ōtaki Beach on July 15 - 16.

Nau Mai, Piki Mai, Haere Mai Rā

@matarikikikapiti

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Coming to Your Front Room - HR looking after your people in a global pandemic

18 May 2022
Online Webinar

The Kāpiti Coast Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Kāpiti Coast District Council are proud to be bringing to the local business community a series of online webinars called Coming To Your Front Room. These webinars are designed to support local businesses with vital information during an unprecedented season. 

May’s session aims to do a deep dive into looking after your staff, contractors and of course yourself, as we navigate our way through this global pandemic. Join us for an informative Q&A session with a panel of local business people speaking about their own experiences and answering questions to support others as they work through the process, restrictions and guidelines within the traffic light settings. Topics will be covered like, managing staff rosters, sick pay and using annual leave, support available for both staff and employers, workplace well being, recruitment, training and much more! 

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Spice Cream Tasting - Aho Aho Greenhouse

21 May 2022
Ōtaki College

233 Mill Road, Ōtaki

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Enjoy native botanical ice cream tasting by candlelight with live music in the Aho Aho Greenhouse classroom at the Ōtaki College horticultural gardens.

Tasting some of the lesser-known NZ native botanical spices and learn about how they are collected and used.

The greenhouse will be heated and the ice creams will be a mix of dairy and coconut base mixes.

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Liars, Cheats and Lance - David Howman Tells All

27 May 2022
Te Raukura ki Kāpiti, Sir Jon Trimmer Theatre

32 Raumati Rd, Paraparaumu

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"There are cheaters, there are liars and there is Lance Armstrong!" Hear from the Kiwi who exposed the cheats, David Howman. No athlete in history has ever cheated the system so methodically or behaved in such an unethical manner.

Hear from Wellingtonian David Howman, former Director-General of the World Anti-Doping Agency, how he and his team lifted the lid on one of the world's worst systematic doping programmes.

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Kiwi Grooves Music Festival

27 May 2022
Ōtaki-Māori Racing Club

47 Te Roto Road, Ōtaki

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Mission Entertainment is proud to present KIWI GROOVES in Ōtaki this NZ Music Month with an incredible line up legendary Kiwi talent including House of Shem, Ardijah, Che-Fu, Herbs, Swiss, Israel Starr, Deach, Luke Whaanga, DJ Bounce, Riddim Cartel + more 

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Femme Natale - Adult Only Sketch Comedy Show On Parenting

28 May 2022
Civic Theatre

16 Main Street, Ōtaki

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FEMME NATALE - THE Adult Only Comedy Sketch Show on Parenting

After sell-out seasons throughout the North and South island - pre the 'c' word, Femme Natale are returning to bring the laughs to Otaki Civic Theatre. Fiercely truthful, Femme Natale is an unapologetically comic peek into the world of parenting, what comes before, during and after in this hilarious mix of original songs and sketches.

From Director Fingal Pollock, Femme Natale reminds us that there is something wholly selfless about becoming a parent – even if it's just a brief out-of-character episode.

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Warratahs In Concert

29 May 2022
St Peters Hall

Cnr Beach Rd and Ames St, Paekākāriki

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Warratahs return to Paekakariki Hall for an early evening concert.  Performing all their songs covering 7 albums dipping into country, rockabilly, Ballards and folk, along with the odd cover it's a sound that the Warratahs have made their own.

Doors open at 5.30 pm. The show begins at 6.00 pm and is done and dusted by 8.00 pm.

The Warratahs shows normally sell out so get in quick!

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Harvest Moon plays at the Winemakers!

29 May 2022
The Winemakers Daughter

1081 State Highway 1, Te Horo

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Harvest Moon is a six-piece multi-talented band of well-known Wellington musicians who play Americana country music with a few surprises thrown in! We deliver our version of songs written by great singer-songwriters and bands such as Vince Gill, Brad Paisley, Neil Young, Dwight Yoakam, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Marshall Tucker and Little Feat.

Harvest Moon's line-up features George Packard (bass, mandolin), Garrett Evans (pedal steel, dobro and guitar), Rob Reid (lead vocals, guitar), Dave Allen (guitars, banjo), Wayne Mills (piano, bass, accordion) and Robert Antonio (drums and percussion). Hear the close vocal harmonies that are also a feature of Americana style music.

http://www.eventfinda.co.nz/2022/harvest-moon/te-horo/tickets?tref=p%3Awellingtonnz

Mamma Mia

18 – 23 Jun 2022
Te Raukura ki Kāpiti

Coastlands Theatre, 32 Raumati Rd, Paraparaumu

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Kāpiti College presents Mamma Mia - the smash hit musical based on the songs of ABBA.

This fun and positive musical has taken the world by storm and Kāpiti College is lucky enough to be one of the first schools in New Zealand to bring it to the stage.

Set on an idyllic Greek island, young bride-to-be, Sophie, comes up with a plan to discover the identity of her father after finding several names in her mother’s diary. This funny and uplifting story about finding out who you are and what really matters will have you smiling all day.

This Broadway musical sensation features some of ABBA’s biggest hits, including Dancing Queen, Mamma Mia, and The Winner Takes It All. These hits will have you singing along and wanting to dance in the aisles!

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Glow: Matariki Light Festival

24 – 25 Jun 2022
Wellington Tramway Museum

MacKay's Crossing Entrance, Queen Elizabeth Park, Paekākāriki

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Wellington Tramway Museum Presents GLOW!

GLOW is a light and sound event for all ages, big and small. Ride on  restored Wellington Trams of a Bygone Era under the stars, look around the Light Displays supplied by Jonassen Productions.

Come and join us over Matariki weekend at the Wellington Tramway Museum. If you don't want to park at Queen Elizabeth Park, then why not catch the Bus Shuttle Service from Paraparaumu.

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Krishnan's Dairy

30 Jun – 2 Jul 2022
Te Raukura ki Kāpiti

Coastlands Theatre, 32 Raumati Rd, Paraparaumu

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Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see one of New Zealand’s most loved plays. Krishnan’s Dairy is a cultural phenomenon that sells out every time. Jacob Rajan is utterly captivating as he juggles multiple characters in a career-defining performance that shows why he’s won numerous best actor awards.

Winner of the prestigious Edinburgh Fringe First Award and two Production of the Year Awards in New Zealand, this iconic play is fun for all.  Laughter, live music and exquisite masks make this a magical evening like no other. 

“A piece of absolute enchantment” – The Scotsman

 

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Māoriland Film Festival 2022

29 Jun – 3 Jul 2022
Māoriland Hub

68 Main St, Otaki, Ōtaki

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Travel the world at Māoriland - Aotearoa’s International Indigenous Film Festival.

For five days this Matariki, Ōtaki will welcome Indigenous filmmakers from across Aotearoa and the world to share their stories with over 80 award-winning feature and short drama and documentary films.

9 years young the MFF is the largest international Indigenous Film Festival in the Southern Hemisphere. Enjoy films, meet the filmmakers and join the circle of Indigenous cinema through art, emerging technology, industry workshops, kōrero and more! Highlights include the Māoriland Keynote and Māoriland Red Carpet Party.

At Māoriland Film Festival you will be transported around the world to places and peoples whose stories will intrigue and amaze.

Nau mai haere mai - we’ll see you there!

@maorilandfilm

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Artisan Craft Market Kapiti

21 May – 11 Sep 2022
Waikanae Memorial Hall

7 Pehi Kupa St, Waikanae

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Come and visit over 80 of the coolest creators in the Kapiti region and support local. Huge variety of high-quality handmade products for purchase.

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Kāpiti Food Fair 2022

3 Dec 2022
Mazengarb Reserve

Mazengarb Rd, Paraparaumu

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Book it into your calendar now!  Kāpiti Food Fair is a super fun, indulgent & tasty day out that fills your life with GOOD friends, GOOD times and GOOD food. It's an extravaganza that will make a lasting impression on the minds and bodies of all foodies!

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Tom Sainsbury - Snapchat Dude Live

2 Jun 2022
Te Raukura ki Kāpiti

Coastlands Theatre, 32 Raumati Rd, Paraparaumu

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Comedian and Snapchat satirist Tom Sainsbury is hitting the road with his brand new show SNAPCHAT DUDE LIVE! and no stone will be unturned in his quest to poke fun at New Zillunders. 

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Challenges For The Conservation of Freshwater Ecosystems

25 May 2022
Ngā Manu Nature Reserve

74 Ngā Manu Reserve Road, Waikanae

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The second Lecture in our Ngā Manu Winter Lecture Series 'Challenges for the conservation of freshwater ecosystems in a warming Aotearoa' with speaker Angus McIntosh – Professor of Freshwater Ecology at the University of Canterbury. (Te Apārangi Sponsored Speaker)

Angus’ talk will traverse the range of issues in freshwater ecosystems his group has been working to help deal with recently.

https://ngamanu.org.nz/event-book-now/

Priscilla Queen of the Desert

11 Aug – 27 May 2022
Southward Theatre

250 Otaihanga Road, Paraparaumu 5036

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Based on the 1994 popular movie of the same name, Priscilla Queen of the Desert follows the journey of two drag queens, Tick and Adam,
and a transgender woman, Bernadette, as they travel across Australia in their bus, named Priscilla.

As they head west, Tick, Adam, and Bernadette learn to accept and support each other, whilst encountering a number of strange and colourful characters.

Full of well-known pop songs including It’s Raining Men, I Say A Little Prayer, I Will Survive, Hot Stuff, Finally, Go West, Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, I Love The Nightlife and two Kylie Medleys and supported by three divas flying high above the stage, Priscilla Queen of the Desert is a flamboyant, funny, disco-fuelled musical that gets the audience up on their feet.

https://www.otakiplayers.nz/

Kapiti Urban Wildfood Foraging Workshop - Learn To Forage

29 May 2022
Homegrown Botanica's Garden

9 Leinster Avenue, Raumati

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Step into nature to discover a world full of wild, edible plants. Focusing on abundant, delicious & nutritious edible weeds & commonly found plants, you’ll leave this workshop eager to forage in your own backyard & neighbourhood.

Take a wander around Felicity's wild garden, identify, taste & discuss edible plants growing freely & abundantly. All plants covered are easily found in the Wellington region & rest of New Zealand.

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Retro Pack 2022!

4 Jun 2022
Kapiti Playhouse

7 Ruahine St, Paraparaumu

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The Retro Pack is a collaboration of professional Wellington and Kapiti-based performers who have been delivering sell-out shows at jazz festivals and theatres all over New Zealand since their first outing in 2002.

The evening will feature a repertoire of songs popularised by the greatest singers of the 20th Century - Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald, Bobby Darin, Dean Martin and Nat King Cole among them. The second half will feature Andrew London originals from the upcoming stage musical 'Let's Talk About Me!' which debuts in Kapiti in September 2022.

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NZSO Setting up Camp: Nachtmusik

10 Jun 2022
Te Raukura ki Kāpiti

Coastlands Theatre, 32 Raumati Rd, Paraparaumu

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The serenade (or, in German, "Nachtmusik") was historically performed on a quiet and pleasant night, in commemoration of a loved or honoured figure. Mozart's two Serenades are beautiful examples of the form. His Eine Kleine Nachtmusik is possibly Mozart's most famous work, with its familiar leaping intervals in its opening tune. His Serenata notturna, written when Mozart was just 20, is less well known, but is nevertheless steeped in Mozart's characteristic vim, vigour, and grace. Britten wrote his Sinfonietta when he too was just a young man, and, like Mozart, this early work already shows the best of Britten -- piquant use of timbre, ear-catching orchestral textures, and sweeping romantic colour.

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Trams Trains & Automobiles

18 Jun 2022
Tour across the Kāpiti Coast

Sit back, relax and enjoy a slice of Kiwiana as Tour Wellington presents New Zealand of the past. Stunning scenery, historic trams, a delicious lunch on a beautifully restored and reimagined 1952 Wellington train and a world-famous car museum.

Tour includes: Pickup at Wellington Railway Station, Tour guide, Morning tea, Entry to Tramway Museum, Two-course set lunch with a drink at The Blue Train Restaurant, Entry to Southwards Car Museum, Return travel to Wellington City.

https://tourwellington.co.nz/

Air Force Band Charity Concert

19 Jun 2022
Southward Theatre

Otaihanga Rd, Otaihanga, Paraparaumu

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The Lions Club of Waikanae and the Waikanae Funeral Home present the Royal New Zealand Air Force Band in concert! Join the band at Paraparaumu’s Southward Car Museum for a programme of familiar favourites and new delights. After not yet being able to perform a public concert in 2022, the RNZAF Band is delighted to be back on stage performing for a live audience. The band is looking forward to returning to the Kapiti Coast for this charity concert in support of Wellington Free Ambulance.

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Matariki Glow Show

23 Jun 2022
Southward Theatre

Otaihanga Rd, Otaihanga, Paraparaumu

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The MATARIKI GLOW SHOW is back with an all-new, giant-scale puppet show for tamariki, educators and whãnau. The Glow Show’s magical glow-in-the-dark characters ‘edu-tain’ and engage the audience over 50 minutes with patai (Q and A) afterwards. Shorter shows of 30 minutes are designed for 0-5yo.

MATARIKI GLOW SHOW 2022 relates to our whakatauki at Matariki, with a strong theme of togetherness!

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TEDxKāpiti

25 Jun 2022
Te Raukura ki Kāpiti, Sir Jon Trimmer Theatre

32 Raumati Rd, Paraparaumu

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Every TEDx event is given a theme, and in 2022 Kāpiti and Horowhenua will be embracing the theme EMERGE for its inaugural event.

With Emcee Matt Gifford - Ngāti Kahungunu, Tuhoe, Tongareva and a selection of local youth performers the event is set to be thought-provoking, inspiring, engaging and challenging, and there will be plenty of opportunities to share your responses to the TEDTalks.

The speaker lineup has insight, inspiration, intrigue, and innovation, there’s something for anyone who’s open to new thinking and new perspectives – the kind of hearty sustenance that makes the world go around.

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The Web Genius Kāpiti Run for Youth 2023

26 Mar 2023
Maclean Park

Marine Parade, Paraparaumu

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Kāpiti Run for Youth is a family-friendly event – all humans, baby buggies and crowd-friendly dogs on leads are welcome. Bring your sunhat, sunscreen and water on the day. There are sponsored prizes, treats for the kids, certificates for everyone participating and free Paekākāriki Mini Pops for everyone at the end.

Raise funds and fitness for Kāpiti rangatahi youth while having fun strolling or running along the beautiful Kāpiti coastline.

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NZ’s Ferns & Lycophytes: Relationships and Distribution

8 Jun 2022
Ngā Manu Nature Reserve

74 Ngā Manu Reserve Road, Waikanae

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The third Lecture in our Ngā Manu Winter Lecture Series 'New Zealand’s ferns and lycophytes: relationships and distribution' with speaker Leon Perrie – Curator of Botany at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

Leon’s research is focused on the taxonomy and evolutionary history of New Zealand’s ferns and lycophytes, and he has co-authored over 100 peer-reviewed publications. A current priority is supporting the completion of the fern and lycophyte chapters for the electronic Flora of New Zealand.

www.ngamanu.org.nz/event-book-now

Foraging & Spice Cream

18 Jun 2022
Haruatai Park

Mill Rd, Ōtaki

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Haruatai Park and the old hospital grounds in Otaki are great places for foraging with a real mix of exotics and natives. 

After a 90-minute foraging walk in the park, head back to the Finders Eaters garden for some foraged botanicals ice cream tasting. Ice cream is a great tool for showcasing flavours.

 

www.finderseatersforaging.com

Source Water: The Crucial Missing ‘Water’ From Three Waters

22 Jun 2022
Ngā Manu Nature Reserve

74 Ngā Manu Reserve Road, Waikanae

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The fourth Lecture in our Ngā Manu Winter Lecture Series 'Source water: the crucial missing ‘water’ from the new Taumata Arowai Three Waters legislation' with speaker Mike Joy – Victoria University of Wellington.

Mike has developed bioassessment tools used by many Regional Councils and consultants and has published scientific papers in many fields from artificial intelligence and data mining, freshwater fish ecology, freshwater bioassessment to the freshwater ecology of sub-Antarctic islands.

https://ngamanu.org.nz/event-book-now/

Heart Beats In The Night – Stories From A Life In Nature

6 Jul 2022
Ngā Manu Nature Reserve

74 Ngā Manu Reserve Road, Waikanae

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The fifth Lecture in our Ngā Manu Winter Lecture Series 'Heart beats in the night – Stories from a life in nature' with speaker Alison Ballance – Broadcaster and writer, Nelson.

Alison Ballance shares stories of her favourite wildlife encounters. She sheds light on her 35-year association with kākāpō, discovers the amazing journeys of New Zealand’s great white sharks and charts the ups and downs of the long-running conservation effort to save takahē.

https://ngamanu.org.nz/event-book-now/

Trams, Trains & Automobiles

16 Jul 2022
Tour across the Kāpiti Coast

Sit back, relax and enjoy a slice of Kiwiana as Tour Wellington presents New Zealand of the past. Stunning scenery, historic trams, a delicious lunch on a beautifully restored and reimagined 1952 Wellington train and a world-famous car museum.

Tour includes: Pickup at Wellington Railway Station, Tour guide, Morning tea, Entry to Tramway Museum, Two-course set lunch with a drink at The Blue Train Restaurant, Entry to Southwards Car Museum, and return travel to Wellington City.

https://tourwellington.co.nz/

Improving Kiwi Health Through The Microbiome

20 Jul 2022
Ngā Manu Nature Reserve

74 Ngā Manu Reserve Road, Waikanae

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The final Lecture in our Ngā Manu Winter Lecture Series 'Improving Kiwi health through the microbiome – it’s a gut feeling' with speaker Manpreet Dhami – Manaaki Whenua, Lincoln.

Manpreet became interested in the kiwi after working with kiwi husbandry practitioners participating in the Operation Nest Egg programme to help increase kiwi populations in the wild by 2% annually through captive rearing. The large number of kiwi that are now born in captivity raises the question of how these sterile conditions shape the kiwi microbiome and health outcomes.

 

 

https://ngamanu.org.nz/event-book-now/

Trams Trains & Automobiles

20 Aug 2022
Tour across the Kāpiti Coast

Sit back, relax and enjoy a slice of Kiwiana as Tour Wellington presents New Zealand of the past. Stunning scenery, historic trams, a delicious lunch on a beautifully restored and reimagined 1952 Wellington train and a world-famous car museum.

Tour includes: Pickup at Wellington Railway Station, Tour guide, Morning tea, Entry to Tramway Museum, Two-course set lunch with a drink at The Blue Train Restaurant, Entry to Southwards Car Museum, and Return travel to Wellington City.

https://tourwellington.co.nz/

Sustainable Fashion Market

14 May 2022
Waikanae Memorial Hall

7 Pehi Kupa St, Waikanae

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My Walk In Wardrobe is New Zealand's biggest sustainable fashion market.

Preloved, upcycled, vintage, handmade, locally made... clothing, shoes, jewellery and accessories for all genders and sizes!

My Walk In Wardrobe is for everyone - whether you're a thrifty shopper, trying to be more mindful of the environmental impact of fast fashion, wanting to find that vintage band tee or needing to make some extra cash by selling what you’ve cleared out of your wardrobe.

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Let's Talk About ME!

15 – 17 Sep 2022
Te Raukura ki Kāpiti

Coastlands Theatre, 32 Raumati Rd, Paraparaumu

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Let's Talk About ME! is a follow-your-dreams comedy musical starring Andrew London and featuring twenty-seven of his original and most popular songs. Because you're never too old to follow your heart! 

The musical tells the story of Darryl Newman, a man with a broken guitar, two mortgages, and a mid-life crisis. His ambitious wife wants him to "get a haircut and get a real job". His teenage daughter is an alien to him in a tech-driven, social media world. After an altercation at a wedding gig, Darryl is ordered to go to anger management. Over the course of a week, Darryl meets a diverse range of people who guide him towards a new perspective on life. He learns that the things in life that make you rich are not possessions, but rather passions.

Seats for this premiere season of Let's Talk About ME! will be keenly sought after, so book now and make sure you're among the first to see this hilarious new Kiwi musical! 

 

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TINA Simply The Best

28 Oct 2022
Southward Theatre

Otaihanga Rd, Otaihanga, Paraparaumu

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Get the electrifying concert experience of Tina Turner with this full stage production brimming with Tina hits from the 60s, 70s, 80s & 90s. Featuring the powerful, raspy vocals and thrilling stage presence of Caroline Borole live on stage, complete with band, brass section, backing vocalists and dancers to make this the definitive tribute, and a fabulous fun night out!

Hear all the energetic Rock and soulful RnB hits that made Tina one of the 20th century’s biggest names in music!

https://premier.ticketek.co.nz/events/TINASIMP22/venues/WPW/performances/EWPW2022916/tickets

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