What's on in Gisborne?

Saturday, August 24, through to Sunday, September 1.

Saturday, August 24, through to Sunday, September 1.

Picture by Liam Clayton

Saturday, August 24

Gisborne parkrun. Wear a colourful tutu on your run/walk. Meet: Waikanae Beach Playground, Grey St, 7.45am. Kid, dog and pram-friendly. See www.parkrun.co.nz/gisborne/

St Andrew’s Car Boot Sale. Plenty of bargains. Carpark behind St Andrew’s Church (access off Childers Rd), 8am-midday, $5/car.

Tairawhiti Coffin Club. Design your own personalised coffin; constructed by a joiner, fitted out and decorated by you. BCR Joinery, 522 Gladstone Rd, 9am-midday.

Tairawhiti Menzshed. Pop in for a cuppa, or work in a fully equipped workspace with woodwork/carpentry tools on community or personal projects. Tairawhiti Menzshed, cnr Parkinson & Innes St, 9am-midday. Details: See Facebook, or ph/txt James 022 465 0396.

The Vicar of Dibley Audition. For 13-years and over. Come along and audition for a part in this hilarious comedy. Musical Theatre Gisborne clubrooms, 99 Innes St, 9.30am-3pm. Audition info/application form: http://tinyurl.com/MTGVicar

Tipuna Stories. Learn about significant ancestors of this region, place names and landmarks. HB Williams Memorial Library, 34 Bright St, 11am-midday, free. Register at eventfinda.co.nz

Zirka Circus. See the clowns, acrobatics, magicians and motorbike riders on the Sphere of Fear. Old St Mary’s School site, Childers Rd (opp the netball courts), 2-3.45pm & 7-8.45pm. Tickets: $20 cash-only at Home Rental Services, cnr Ormond Rd & Fitzherbert St from 8.30am-12.30pm, or see eventfinda.co.nz

Tennis for players of all skill levels. Ormond Tennis Club, Hill Rd, Ormond, 2-4pm, ph 862 5741 or 862 5856.

Eastland Network Science and Technology Fair (to Aug 25). Discover the creativity of local participants. Showgrounds Park Event Centre, 20 Main Rd, Makaraka, 10am-5pm, free. Details: mysciencefair.co.nz or Facebook.

Zirka Circus, 7-8.45pm. Details see above (8.30am-12.30pm).

Fun Dancing Gisborne: Birthday Dance. Modern, sequence and social ballroom. St Mark’s Church Hall, 776 Childers Rd, 7.30-11pm, $10 door sales, incl supper, ph Kev/Isabel 867 0074. Theme: Bow Ties and Bling.

Te Wananaga o Aotearoa Music Showcase. Music students from Whirikoka campus present their creative work live. Guests: The Pines. Featuring: DZT, Ter3ign, Levi and more. Smash Palace, 24 Banks St, 8pm to late, free entry.

Sunday, August 25

Gisborne Runners and Walkers Club. 1.5-hour walk/run and a cuppa. 8am start. For meeting place: See Facebook or email gisbornerunnersandwalkers@gmail.com

Gizzy Coffee Run: Manning’s Farm, Wainui. Run or walk 2-14km. Register on the day at 8.30am, starts 9am, $15A, $5u/14, free for Harrier Club members. Location details: Michelle ph 021 271 5171.

Motu Special 2019. E-bike race and six mountain bike races for all ages. Proceeds to Motu Community House Trust. See motuspecial.co.nz for info and registration forms: $10-$60+Bfee. Register on the day from 8.30am: $10-$60 cash-only. First race starts 10am, Motu Village. Details: Shelley ph 863 5804 or shelley.paul@xtra.co.nz

History on the MV Takitimu. Join local historians Joe Martin and Shannon Matenga who explore seafaring and navigating history from the oldest operating pilot vessel in NZ. Pier 1 Inner Harbour (gate outside Tatapouri SFC), weather permitting, 9-10.30am & 11am-12.30pm, $10+Bfee. For details and to register: ph 0800 289 849 or eventfinda.co.nz

Equestrian Sports NZ: Jumping Practice Day. A non-registered day; a great way to start out jumping with your horse or pony. Gisborne ESNZ Equestrian Area, A&P Showgrounds, Makaraka, 9am-3.15pm, free entry.

Universal Energy Healing. Try a relaxing universal healing experience. Blind Foundation Rooms, 39 Grey St, 10am-2.30pm, $8A, $5Ch. Details: ph Rose 027 777 0782.

Eastland Network Science and Technology Fair, 10am-5pm, see Aug 24 Prize-giving: Come along and celebrate with participants, 11am-midday, free.

Lions Express Train Rides. Take the kids for a train ride around the playground and lake. Start: near Gisborne Wainui Lions Junior Cycle Park, Centennial Marine Dr, 11am-3pm, $2.

Daffodil Rally for Cancer. Hundreds of various makes of vehicles across NZ will be on display or on the road at one time. Assemble at the carpark on cnr of Roebuck and Childers Rds at midday, for a 1pm drive to Tolaga Bay, $10/vehicle. Bring afternoon tea. Details: Graeme ph 867 3508 or 027 284 5844. Proceeds to the Cancer Society.

Waka Hourua Open Day. Join us on board (not a sailing excursion) where our storyteller will share the voyaging history of our ancestors. Meet: Shed 3, The Esplanade, inner harbour (gate outside Bronwyn Kay Agency), 1-2.30pm, free. Register: eventfinda.co.nz

Zirka Circus, 1-2.45pm & 4.30-6.15pm. See Aug 24.

Gisborne Orphans Club Concert. All welcome. Senior Citizens Hall, 30 Grey St, 1.30-4pm, free, smoko provided, ph Mike 867 5247 or Phil pjshn@xtra.co.nz

Monday, August 26

Alzheimer’s Gisborne/Tairawhiti: Spud-in-a-Bucket Registration. Register now for your bucket. Morris Adair Building, 421 Ormond Rd, during office hours: 8.30am-4pm Mon-Wed and Fri, $10 cash or cheque only, ph 867 0752. Buckets and spuds available from early Sept.

Badminton Centre, 134 Roebuck Rd. New players welcome and rackets available. Social Morning, 9-11.30am, $4, ph 867 2584. Kiwi Badminton for Year 3-7 players, 4.30-5.30pm, $5, ph 027 350 9482. Gisborne Badminton Club, 7-9pm, $10, ph 867 1416.

Gisborne Contract Bridge Club. Supervised play, new players welcome. 572 Gladstone Rd, 9.15-11.30am, $4, ph Jean 867 2383.

Waihirere Domain Trap Maintenance. A hands-on workshop to learn about trapping methods and pest control. Meet at the Waihirere Domain carpark, Back Ormond Rd, 9.30am-3pm. Bring; gloves, water, lunch, suitable footwear and clothing. Details: Trudi ph 027 539 6259.

Neighbourhood Support Exercise Class. For over 60s: Steady As You Go exercises for balance and muscle-strengthening. Dunblane Conference Room, 107 Iranui Rd, 10.30-11.30am, ph Noel 027 314 3893.

Mahjong Club. Enjoy a friendly fellowship. Gisborne Town & Country Women’s Club, 42 Emily St, 1pm, ph 281 0187.

Eastland Toastmasters. For confidence in public speaking. A friendly club which welcomes all visitors. Arohaina, 396 Aberdeen Rd (opposite Botanical Gardens), 5.30-7pm.

Zirka Circus, 6.30-8.15pm. See Aug 24.

Hibernian Club Indoor Bowls. A roll-up for new or seasoned bowlers. Gisborne Intermediate Hall, 7pm, ph 867 6383.

Fun Dancing Gisborne. Beginners class and reviews for modern, sequence and social ballroom dancing. St Andrew’s Church Hall, 176 Cobden St, 7-10pm, $5, ph 867 0074.

Tuesday, August 27

Tairawhiti Menzshed, 9am-midday. See Aug 24.

Baby Time: for 0-2, parents or caregivers. Interactive play and rhymes. HB Williams Memorial Library, 34 Bright St, 10am, free.

Community Workshop and Mentoring. Budgeting, cooking, sewing and gardening advice. SuperGrans Tairawhiti, 185 Childers Rd, 10am-1pm, free. Bookings: ph 868 3571 or supergrans.tairawhiti@xtra.co.nz

Over 50s Men’s Vets Golf. For any skill level. Poverty Bay Golf Club, cnr Awapuni & Lytton Rds, 11am. Details: ph Dave 867 4402 (opt 1), email Glenn at glennb355@gmail.com

A talk by Emma Stevens. Listen to NZ author Emma talk about her amazing life and adventures in remote Alaska. HB Williams Memorial Library, 34 Bright St, midday-1pm, free.

​Teen Anime Club: for ages 14-18. Discuss anime and take part in a themed activity. HB Williams Memorial Library, Mahutonga Room, 34 Bright St, 3.30-5pm, free.

Make Money From Your Music. A seminar for Gisborne-based musicians, managers, self-managed artists and those interested in the NZ Music Industry. Speakers: Victoria Kelly, APRA AMCOS; Dean Cameron, Recorded Music NZ; Andy Low, DRM; Ladi 6; Cushla Aston, Aston Road Management. Te Wananga o Aotearoa, Whirikoka Campus, 630 Childers Rd, doors open 5.30pm, 6–8pm, free. Bookings essential; lorraine.owen@mmf.co.nz

Bee Smart Gisborne. An opportunity for local beekeepers to get together and share ideas. EIT Rural Studies, 320 Stout St, 7-9pm, ph 869 0820 for details.

Patutahi Badminton Club. New players welcome. Patutahi Hall, Biggs St, 7.30pm, ph 862 7783.

Wednesday, August 28

Waimahuru Volunteer Day. Join in to remove wilding pine and pampas from invading our native taonga on uneven steep terrain. Bring; boots, gloves, water, lunch and suitable clothing to cover skin from sharp bush. Meet: Te Puia Springs Hotel at 8.30am for health and safety purposes. Register: Trudi ph 027 539 6259, tngawhare@doc.govt.nz

Kumara Workshop: Uawa. Participants will leave with a greater sense of landscapes that have shaped our connections to kumara and explore future connections. Te Rawheoro Marae, 38 Tauwhareparae Rd, Tolaga Bay, 9am-3.30pm, free. Register: Hana ph 022 357 0507 or rawiniak@gmail.com. Bring a shared plate of kai.

Mainly Music. A fun music group for pre-schoolers. St Andrew’s Community Centre, 176 Cobden St, 9.45am, $4/Fam. Details: Trish ph 867 2789 or 868 5513.

Women’s Institute Cuppa for MS. Fundraiser morning tea and edible auction for the Gisborne/East Coast Multiple Sclerosis Society. Kahutia Bowling Club, 191 Cobden St, 10.30am, no door sales. Tickets: $10 cash-only from Graham and Dobson, 393 Gladstone Rd, or the MS Office ph 868 8842 or leave a message.

Optimising Mood With Good Food. Nutrition workshop exploring the relationship between nutrition and brain health. Sport Gisborne Tairawhiti, Level 1, 74 Grey St, 12.10-1pm, $2 cash-only door sales. Register: grx@sportgisborne.org.nz

Author Talk: Emma Stevens. NZ author Emma talks of the little-known aspects of Alaska which most tourists never see. Wairoa Centennial Library, 212 Marine Parade, Wairoa, 5.30pm, free.

Winter Concert Series: Lazarus String Quartet. A young emerging classical string ensemble based in Berlin with violinists from USA/Japan, The Netherlands, Sweden, and NZ cellist Alice Gott; with Mozart, Beethoven and Bartok. Tairawhiti Museum, 10 Stout St, 5.30-6.30pm, $5A door sales, free for a child/student with ID.

BIZminton 6: Final week. Come along and support the teams on the court. Gisborne Badminton Centre, 134 Roebuck Rd, 6-8.30pm.

Thursday, August 29

Bridge and Rummikub Club. Enjoy fellowship of a friendly club. Gisborne Town & Country Women’s Club, 42 Emily St, 9am, ph Liz 281 0187.

Gisborne Canoe and Tramping Club walk, Titirangi Maunga Multi-climb, departs 9am. A multi-summit walk on several Titirangi tracks, including Soldiers’ Track from Te Poho o Rawiri Marae, and the Eastland Port track to Kaiti Beach. Register: Sean ph 021 255 6000, sean.and@hotmail.com

Kumara Workshop: Uawa, 9am-midday. See Aug 28.

Tairawhiti Menzshed, 9am-midday. See Aug 24.

Women's Native Tree Project Trust: Wainui Beach School Restoration. Come along and help restore native plants to the area. Wainui Beach School, 56 Wairere Rd, 11am-2pm. Details: Kauri ph 021 125 9442 or kauri_99@yahoo.co.uk

Mahjong Club, 1pm. See August 26.

Zirka Circus, 7-8.45pm. See Aug 24.

Gisborne Caledonian Society Practice Night. Modern, sequence and social dancing. St Mark's Church Hall, 776 Childers Rd, 7.30-9.30pm, $4.

Friday, August 30

Toddler Time: for ages 2-5. Songs and stories. HB Williams Memorial Library, 34 Bright St, 10-10.30am, free.

Fearless Fridays Improv Comedy Club: ages 15 and over. A fun and fearless foray into improv comedy. Evolution Theatre Company, 75 Disraeli St, 6.30pm, $5 cash-only door sales.

Zirka Circus, 7-8.45pm. See Aug 24.

Gisborne Ukulele Underground. Uke or experience not essential. Gisborne Bowling Club, 28 Wainui Rd, 7.30pm, $5.

Build-a-Band. Let’s jam. Smash Palace Bar, 24 Banks St, 8-11pm, free entry, R18.

Saturday, August 31

Gisborne parkrun, 7.45am. See Aug 24.

Tairawhiti Coffin Club, 9am-midday. See Aug 24.

Tairawhiti Menzshed, 9am-midday. See Aug 24.

TRAMPS. For all singers, musicians and poetry readers to come along and perform. The Band Room, 200 Childers Rd, 1.30-3.30pm, $3, ph John 868 9658.

Zirka Circus, 2-3.45 & 7-8.45pm. See Aug 24.

Flag the Bag Sewing Bee. Bring your sewing machine and scissors to help sew reusable fabric shopping bags. Tairawhiti Environment Centre, 386 Palmerston Rd, 2-4pm. Details: Ph 867 4708 or see Facebook.

Ormond Tennis Club, 2-4pm. See Aug 24.

Heartland Championship Rugby, East Coast vs Mid Canterbury. Whakarua Park, Ruatoria, 2.30pm.

Heartland Championship Rugby, Poverty Bay vs South Canterbury. Rugby Park, Gisborne, 2.30pm.

Will to Live’s Speak Up Tour. Supporting vulnerable young rural Kiwis isolated from essential mental health services. Dinner, charity auction, inspirational local and national speakers; including Elle Perriam with her late partner’s huntaway, Jess. Patutahi Community Hall, 20 Biggs St, 6pm start, 6.30pm a moment of silence for those who lost their battle and a 'bark up' with 100s of dogs in unison to break the silence. Tickets: $10+Bfee from Eventbrite or Facebook; Speak Up and Gisborne Young Farmers.

A Night at the Races. Loads of fun, buy a racehorse, bet on eight races, mini-auction, raffles and prizes for best-dressed. Supporting the Gisborne Rowing Club. Dress code: Race-wear, dresses, fascinators or snappy attire. Gisborne Boys’ High School, 80 Stanley Rd, 6-10pm, $30 incl first drink, shared platter, supper, shared tables of 10 or less. R18. Tickets: Cherie ph 027 335 5955 or cherie.mirko@gmail.com

Rockshop Bandquest. A platform for primary and intermediate-aged musicians to perform in a supportive competition. War Memorial Theatre, 159 Bright St, 7-11pm. Sound check for performers: 1.30pm. See http://bandquest.co.nz/east-coast/

Gisborne Orphans Club Cabaret. All welcome. Senior Citizens Hall, 30 Grey St, 7.30-11pm, guests $15, members free, supper provided. Contact: Mike ph 867 5247 or Phil pjshn@xtra.co.nz

One One One. Waikato-based three-piece rock band with hits from the 80s. Smash Palace, 24 Banks St, 9pm, $10 cash-only door sales.

Sunday, September 1

Gisborne Runners and Walkers Club, 8am start. See Aug 25.

Gas Guzzler Breakfast. Check out classic or vintage cars, hotrods, bikes and projects. Behind the Courthouse on Reads Quay, 8-11am.

Gisborne Canoe and Tramping Club walk (or a backup for Sept 15), Tatapouri-Tuahine Point Coastal walk, departs 10am, $5. A 10km beach walk around Tatapouri Point, along Makorori Beach and over the headland and Wainui Beach to the Tuahine Point trig. Register: Gillian ph 867 4591, grass.hopper@xtra.co.nz

Women's Native Tree Project Trust: Waikanae Stream. Come along and help plant native plants and clean up the area. 11am-2pm. For details/meeting place: Kauri ph 021 125 9442 or kauri_99@yahoo.co.uk

Lions Express Train Rides, 11am-3pm. See August 25.

Father’s Day Pizzeria. Celebrate this special day in a beautiful vineyard setting with pizza and live music with Ben Wilkinson. Matawhero Wines, 189 Riverpoint Rd, midday-4pm. Bookings essential: ph 867 6140.

Zirka Circus, 1-2.45pm. See Aug 31.

Gisborne Country Music Club. Singers and musicians welcome. Blind Foundation Rooms, 39 Grey St, 1-4pm, $3, incl afternoon tea, ph Flo 867 7637 or flo.ross@xtra.co.nz

The Irish Club. Join us if you possess a sense of humour and a passion for all things Irish. The Rivers, cnr Gladstone Rd & Reads Quay, 4-6pm. For details ph Phil 867 3715.





Saturday, August 24

Gisborne parkrun. Wear a colourful tutu on your run/walk. Meet: Waikanae Beach Playground, Grey St, 7.45am. Kid, dog and pram-friendly. See www.parkrun.co.nz/gisborne/

St Andrew’s Car Boot Sale. Plenty of bargains. Carpark behind St Andrew’s Church (access off Childers Rd), 8am-midday, $5/car.

Tairawhiti Coffin Club. Design your own personalised coffin; constructed by a joiner, fitted out and decorated by you. BCR Joinery, 522 Gladstone Rd, 9am-midday.

Tairawhiti Menzshed. Pop in for a cuppa, or work in a fully equipped workspace with woodwork/carpentry tools on community or personal projects. Tairawhiti Menzshed, cnr Parkinson & Innes St, 9am-midday. Details: See Facebook, or ph/txt James 022 465 0396.

The Vicar of Dibley Audition. For 13-years and over. Come along and audition for a part in this hilarious comedy. Musical Theatre Gisborne clubrooms, 99 Innes St, 9.30am-3pm. Audition info/application form: http://tinyurl.com/MTGVicar

Tipuna Stories. Learn about significant ancestors of this region, place names and landmarks. HB Williams Memorial Library, 34 Bright St, 11am-midday, free. Register at eventfinda.co.nz

Zirka Circus. See the clowns, acrobatics, magicians and motorbike riders on the Sphere of Fear. Old St Mary’s School site, Childers Rd (opp the netball courts), 2-3.45pm & 7-8.45pm. Tickets: $20 cash-only at Home Rental Services, cnr Ormond Rd & Fitzherbert St from 8.30am-12.30pm, or see eventfinda.co.nz

Tennis for players of all skill levels. Ormond Tennis Club, Hill Rd, Ormond, 2-4pm, ph 862 5741 or 862 5856.

Eastland Network Science and Technology Fair (to Aug 25). Discover the creativity of local participants. Showgrounds Park Event Centre, 20 Main Rd, Makaraka, 10am-5pm, free. Details: mysciencefair.co.nz or Facebook.

Zirka Circus, 7-8.45pm. Details see above (8.30am-12.30pm).

Fun Dancing Gisborne: Birthday Dance. Modern, sequence and social ballroom. St Mark’s Church Hall, 776 Childers Rd, 7.30-11pm, $10 door sales, incl supper, ph Kev/Isabel 867 0074. Theme: Bow Ties and Bling.

Te Wananaga o Aotearoa Music Showcase. Music students from Whirikoka campus present their creative work live. Guests: The Pines. Featuring: DZT, Ter3ign, Levi and more. Smash Palace, 24 Banks St, 8pm to late, free entry.

Sunday, August 25

Gisborne Runners and Walkers Club. 1.5-hour walk/run and a cuppa. 8am start. For meeting place: See Facebook or email gisbornerunnersandwalkers@gmail.com

Gizzy Coffee Run: Manning’s Farm, Wainui. Run or walk 2-14km. Register on the day at 8.30am, starts 9am, $15A, $5u/14, free for Harrier Club members. Location details: Michelle ph 021 271 5171.

Motu Special 2019. E-bike race and six mountain bike races for all ages. Proceeds to Motu Community House Trust. See motuspecial.co.nz for info and registration forms: $10-$60+Bfee. Register on the day from 8.30am: $10-$60 cash-only. First race starts 10am, Motu Village. Details: Shelley ph 863 5804 or shelley.paul@xtra.co.nz

History on the MV Takitimu. Join local historians Joe Martin and Shannon Matenga who explore seafaring and navigating history from the oldest operating pilot vessel in NZ. Pier 1 Inner Harbour (gate outside Tatapouri SFC), weather permitting, 9-10.30am & 11am-12.30pm, $10+Bfee. For details and to register: ph 0800 289 849 or eventfinda.co.nz

Equestrian Sports NZ: Jumping Practice Day. A non-registered day; a great way to start out jumping with your horse or pony. Gisborne ESNZ Equestrian Area, A&P Showgrounds, Makaraka, 9am-3.15pm, free entry.

Universal Energy Healing. Try a relaxing universal healing experience. Blind Foundation Rooms, 39 Grey St, 10am-2.30pm, $8A, $5Ch. Details: ph Rose 027 777 0782.

Eastland Network Science and Technology Fair, 10am-5pm, see Aug 24 Prize-giving: Come along and celebrate with participants, 11am-midday, free.

Lions Express Train Rides. Take the kids for a train ride around the playground and lake. Start: near Gisborne Wainui Lions Junior Cycle Park, Centennial Marine Dr, 11am-3pm, $2.

Daffodil Rally for Cancer. Hundreds of various makes of vehicles across NZ will be on display or on the road at one time. Assemble at the carpark on cnr of Roebuck and Childers Rds at midday, for a 1pm drive to Tolaga Bay, $10/vehicle. Bring afternoon tea. Details: Graeme ph 867 3508 or 027 284 5844. Proceeds to the Cancer Society.

Waka Hourua Open Day. Join us on board (not a sailing excursion) where our storyteller will share the voyaging history of our ancestors. Meet: Shed 3, The Esplanade, inner harbour (gate outside Bronwyn Kay Agency), 1-2.30pm, free. Register: eventfinda.co.nz

Zirka Circus, 1-2.45pm & 4.30-6.15pm. See Aug 24.

Gisborne Orphans Club Concert. All welcome. Senior Citizens Hall, 30 Grey St, 1.30-4pm, free, smoko provided, ph Mike 867 5247 or Phil pjshn@xtra.co.nz

Monday, August 26

Alzheimer’s Gisborne/Tairawhiti: Spud-in-a-Bucket Registration. Register now for your bucket. Morris Adair Building, 421 Ormond Rd, during office hours: 8.30am-4pm Mon-Wed and Fri, $10 cash or cheque only, ph 867 0752. Buckets and spuds available from early Sept.

Badminton Centre, 134 Roebuck Rd. New players welcome and rackets available. Social Morning, 9-11.30am, $4, ph 867 2584. Kiwi Badminton for Year 3-7 players, 4.30-5.30pm, $5, ph 027 350 9482. Gisborne Badminton Club, 7-9pm, $10, ph 867 1416.

Gisborne Contract Bridge Club. Supervised play, new players welcome. 572 Gladstone Rd, 9.15-11.30am, $4, ph Jean 867 2383.

Waihirere Domain Trap Maintenance. A hands-on workshop to learn about trapping methods and pest control. Meet at the Waihirere Domain carpark, Back Ormond Rd, 9.30am-3pm. Bring; gloves, water, lunch, suitable footwear and clothing. Details: Trudi ph 027 539 6259.

Neighbourhood Support Exercise Class. For over 60s: Steady As You Go exercises for balance and muscle-strengthening. Dunblane Conference Room, 107 Iranui Rd, 10.30-11.30am, ph Noel 027 314 3893.

Mahjong Club. Enjoy a friendly fellowship. Gisborne Town & Country Women’s Club, 42 Emily St, 1pm, ph 281 0187.

Eastland Toastmasters. For confidence in public speaking. A friendly club which welcomes all visitors. Arohaina, 396 Aberdeen Rd (opposite Botanical Gardens), 5.30-7pm.

Zirka Circus, 6.30-8.15pm. See Aug 24.

Hibernian Club Indoor Bowls. A roll-up for new or seasoned bowlers. Gisborne Intermediate Hall, 7pm, ph 867 6383.

Fun Dancing Gisborne. Beginners class and reviews for modern, sequence and social ballroom dancing. St Andrew’s Church Hall, 176 Cobden St, 7-10pm, $5, ph 867 0074.

Tuesday, August 27

Tairawhiti Menzshed, 9am-midday. See Aug 24.

Baby Time: for 0-2, parents or caregivers. Interactive play and rhymes. HB Williams Memorial Library, 34 Bright St, 10am, free.

Community Workshop and Mentoring. Budgeting, cooking, sewing and gardening advice. SuperGrans Tairawhiti, 185 Childers Rd, 10am-1pm, free. Bookings: ph 868 3571 or supergrans.tairawhiti@xtra.co.nz

Over 50s Men’s Vets Golf. For any skill level. Poverty Bay Golf Club, cnr Awapuni & Lytton Rds, 11am. Details: ph Dave 867 4402 (opt 1), email Glenn at glennb355@gmail.com

A talk by Emma Stevens. Listen to NZ author Emma talk about her amazing life and adventures in remote Alaska. HB Williams Memorial Library, 34 Bright St, midday-1pm, free.

​Teen Anime Club: for ages 14-18. Discuss anime and take part in a themed activity. HB Williams Memorial Library, Mahutonga Room, 34 Bright St, 3.30-5pm, free.

Make Money From Your Music. A seminar for Gisborne-based musicians, managers, self-managed artists and those interested in the NZ Music Industry. Speakers: Victoria Kelly, APRA AMCOS; Dean Cameron, Recorded Music NZ; Andy Low, DRM; Ladi 6; Cushla Aston, Aston Road Management. Te Wananga o Aotearoa, Whirikoka Campus, 630 Childers Rd, doors open 5.30pm, 6–8pm, free. Bookings essential; lorraine.owen@mmf.co.nz

Bee Smart Gisborne. An opportunity for local beekeepers to get together and share ideas. EIT Rural Studies, 320 Stout St, 7-9pm, ph 869 0820 for details.

Patutahi Badminton Club. New players welcome. Patutahi Hall, Biggs St, 7.30pm, ph 862 7783.

Wednesday, August 28

Waimahuru Volunteer Day. Join in to remove wilding pine and pampas from invading our native taonga on uneven steep terrain. Bring; boots, gloves, water, lunch and suitable clothing to cover skin from sharp bush. Meet: Te Puia Springs Hotel at 8.30am for health and safety purposes. Register: Trudi ph 027 539 6259, tngawhare@doc.govt.nz

Kumara Workshop: Uawa. Participants will leave with a greater sense of landscapes that have shaped our connections to kumara and explore future connections. Te Rawheoro Marae, 38 Tauwhareparae Rd, Tolaga Bay, 9am-3.30pm, free. Register: Hana ph 022 357 0507 or rawiniak@gmail.com. Bring a shared plate of kai.

Mainly Music. A fun music group for pre-schoolers. St Andrew’s Community Centre, 176 Cobden St, 9.45am, $4/Fam. Details: Trish ph 867 2789 or 868 5513.

Women’s Institute Cuppa for MS. Fundraiser morning tea and edible auction for the Gisborne/East Coast Multiple Sclerosis Society. Kahutia Bowling Club, 191 Cobden St, 10.30am, no door sales. Tickets: $10 cash-only from Graham and Dobson, 393 Gladstone Rd, or the MS Office ph 868 8842 or leave a message.

Optimising Mood With Good Food. Nutrition workshop exploring the relationship between nutrition and brain health. Sport Gisborne Tairawhiti, Level 1, 74 Grey St, 12.10-1pm, $2 cash-only door sales. Register: grx@sportgisborne.org.nz

Author Talk: Emma Stevens. NZ author Emma talks of the little-known aspects of Alaska which most tourists never see. Wairoa Centennial Library, 212 Marine Parade, Wairoa, 5.30pm, free.

Winter Concert Series: Lazarus String Quartet. A young emerging classical string ensemble based in Berlin with violinists from USA/Japan, The Netherlands, Sweden, and NZ cellist Alice Gott; with Mozart, Beethoven and Bartok. Tairawhiti Museum, 10 Stout St, 5.30-6.30pm, $5A door sales, free for a child/student with ID.

BIZminton 6: Final week. Come along and support the teams on the court. Gisborne Badminton Centre, 134 Roebuck Rd, 6-8.30pm.

Thursday, August 29

Bridge and Rummikub Club. Enjoy fellowship of a friendly club. Gisborne Town & Country Women’s Club, 42 Emily St, 9am, ph Liz 281 0187.

Gisborne Canoe and Tramping Club walk, Titirangi Maunga Multi-climb, departs 9am. A multi-summit walk on several Titirangi tracks, including Soldiers’ Track from Te Poho o Rawiri Marae, and the Eastland Port track to Kaiti Beach. Register: Sean ph 021 255 6000, sean.and@hotmail.com

Kumara Workshop: Uawa, 9am-midday. See Aug 28.

Tairawhiti Menzshed, 9am-midday. See Aug 24.

Women's Native Tree Project Trust: Wainui Beach School Restoration. Come along and help restore native plants to the area. Wainui Beach School, 56 Wairere Rd, 11am-2pm. Details: Kauri ph 021 125 9442 or kauri_99@yahoo.co.uk

Mahjong Club, 1pm. See August 26.

Zirka Circus, 7-8.45pm. See Aug 24.

Gisborne Caledonian Society Practice Night. Modern, sequence and social dancing. St Mark's Church Hall, 776 Childers Rd, 7.30-9.30pm, $4.

Friday, August 30

Toddler Time: for ages 2-5. Songs and stories. HB Williams Memorial Library, 34 Bright St, 10-10.30am, free.

Fearless Fridays Improv Comedy Club: ages 15 and over. A fun and fearless foray into improv comedy. Evolution Theatre Company, 75 Disraeli St, 6.30pm, $5 cash-only door sales.

Zirka Circus, 7-8.45pm. See Aug 24.

Gisborne Ukulele Underground. Uke or experience not essential. Gisborne Bowling Club, 28 Wainui Rd, 7.30pm, $5.

Build-a-Band. Let’s jam. Smash Palace Bar, 24 Banks St, 8-11pm, free entry, R18.

Saturday, August 31

Gisborne parkrun, 7.45am. See Aug 24.

Tairawhiti Coffin Club, 9am-midday. See Aug 24.

Tairawhiti Menzshed, 9am-midday. See Aug 24.

TRAMPS. For all singers, musicians and poetry readers to come along and perform. The Band Room, 200 Childers Rd, 1.30-3.30pm, $3, ph John 868 9658.

Zirka Circus, 2-3.45 & 7-8.45pm. See Aug 24.

Flag the Bag Sewing Bee. Bring your sewing machine and scissors to help sew reusable fabric shopping bags. Tairawhiti Environment Centre, 386 Palmerston Rd, 2-4pm. Details: Ph 867 4708 or see Facebook.

Ormond Tennis Club, 2-4pm. See Aug 24.

Heartland Championship Rugby, East Coast vs Mid Canterbury. Whakarua Park, Ruatoria, 2.30pm.

Heartland Championship Rugby, Poverty Bay vs South Canterbury. Rugby Park, Gisborne, 2.30pm.

Will to Live’s Speak Up Tour. Supporting vulnerable young rural Kiwis isolated from essential mental health services. Dinner, charity auction, inspirational local and national speakers; including Elle Perriam with her late partner’s huntaway, Jess. Patutahi Community Hall, 20 Biggs St, 6pm start, 6.30pm a moment of silence for those who lost their battle and a 'bark up' with 100s of dogs in unison to break the silence. Tickets: $10+Bfee from Eventbrite or Facebook; Speak Up and Gisborne Young Farmers.

A Night at the Races. Loads of fun, buy a racehorse, bet on eight races, mini-auction, raffles and prizes for best-dressed. Supporting the Gisborne Rowing Club. Dress code: Race-wear, dresses, fascinators or snappy attire. Gisborne Boys’ High School, 80 Stanley Rd, 6-10pm, $30 incl first drink, shared platter, supper, shared tables of 10 or less. R18. Tickets: Cherie ph 027 335 5955 or cherie.mirko@gmail.com

Rockshop Bandquest. A platform for primary and intermediate-aged musicians to perform in a supportive competition. War Memorial Theatre, 159 Bright St, 7-11pm. Sound check for performers: 1.30pm. See http://bandquest.co.nz/east-coast/

Gisborne Orphans Club Cabaret. All welcome. Senior Citizens Hall, 30 Grey St, 7.30-11pm, guests $15, members free, supper provided. Contact: Mike ph 867 5247 or Phil pjshn@xtra.co.nz

One One One. Waikato-based three-piece rock band with hits from the 80s. Smash Palace, 24 Banks St, 9pm, $10 cash-only door sales.

Sunday, September 1

Gisborne Runners and Walkers Club, 8am start. See Aug 25.

Gas Guzzler Breakfast. Check out classic or vintage cars, hotrods, bikes and projects. Behind the Courthouse on Reads Quay, 8-11am.

Gisborne Canoe and Tramping Club walk (or a backup for Sept 15), Tatapouri-Tuahine Point Coastal walk, departs 10am, $5. A 10km beach walk around Tatapouri Point, along Makorori Beach and over the headland and Wainui Beach to the Tuahine Point trig. Register: Gillian ph 867 4591, grass.hopper@xtra.co.nz

Women's Native Tree Project Trust: Waikanae Stream. Come along and help plant native plants and clean up the area. 11am-2pm. For details/meeting place: Kauri ph 021 125 9442 or kauri_99@yahoo.co.uk

Lions Express Train Rides, 11am-3pm. See August 25.

Father’s Day Pizzeria. Celebrate this special day in a beautiful vineyard setting with pizza and live music with Ben Wilkinson. Matawhero Wines, 189 Riverpoint Rd, midday-4pm. Bookings essential: ph 867 6140.

Zirka Circus, 1-2.45pm. See Aug 31.

Gisborne Country Music Club. Singers and musicians welcome. Blind Foundation Rooms, 39 Grey St, 1-4pm, $3, incl afternoon tea, ph Flo 867 7637 or flo.ross@xtra.co.nz

The Irish Club. Join us if you possess a sense of humour and a passion for all things Irish. The Rivers, cnr Gladstone Rd & Reads Quay, 4-6pm. For details ph Phil 867 3715.





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