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      Apr 2018

      Blue Lake School Holiday Scavenger Hunt

      These school holidays, the team from Sport Bay of Plenty and Virtually on Track have created six free and unique scavenger hunts around the region that encourage you to solve clues, answer questions and explore some of our most popular recreational areas. Take part in any or all of the hunts during the April school holidays, submit your answers, and be in to win fantastic prizes. The Blue Lake Scavenger Hunt starts from the Blue Lake Top 10 Holiday Park. The track is dog friendly and suitable for all-terrain pushchairs and three-wheeler buggies so it's perfect for the whole family! Visit the website to download the clue sheet and map, and to check out the other scavenger hunts on offer!

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      Apr 2018

      Boyes Beach School Holiday Scavenger Hunt

      These school holidays, the team from Sport Bay of Plenty and Virtually on Track have created six free and unique scavenger hunts around the region that encourage you to solve clues, answer questions and explore some of our most popular recreational areas. Take part in any or all of the hunts during the April school holidays, submit your answers, and be in to win fantastic prizes. The Boyes Beach Scavenger Hunt start point is located on the northern end of Lake Okareka on Millar Road, off Okareka Loop Road. The route is pushchair friendly, however dogs and bikes are not allowed on this walkway. Visit the website to download the clue sheet and map, and to check out the other scavenger hunts on offer!

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      Apr 2018

      April School Holiday Activity Trail

      Explore Government Gardens to learn more about its cool history and be in to win great prizes. These April School Holidays Rotorua Museum is running a free activity trail that will have kids exploring the beautiful Government Gardens and learning about the interesting history of the area. Activity trails will be available from Saturday 14 April and can be collected from Rotorua iSite (Fenton Street) or from Te Runanga Tea House during drop-in crafts (16-20 April & 23-27 (excluding ANZAC day) April 2018, 10am-3pm). Once you’ve finished the Activity Trail, you can enter the draw to win a cool prize pack. Entry boxes will be located at Rotorua iSite and Te Runanga Tea House (during drop-in crafts). All entries need to be in by 5pm Sunday 29 April 2018. Other school holiday activities include: 16-20 April 2018, 10am – 3pm Drop-in Crafts – Crowns Te Runanga Tea House 25 April 2018, 10am – 2pm ANZAC Crafts – Delores Crosses The Arts Village 23-24 & 26-27 April 2018 10am – 3pm Drop-in Crafts – Flax Crosses Te Runanga Tea House For further information contact Rotorua Museum, phone 07 350 1818 or email rotorua.museum@rotorualc.nz.

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      Apr 2018

      Rotorua Field of Remembrance

      Ka maumahara tonu tatau ki a ratau. We will remember them. The Rotorua District Field of Remembrance will be installed in Government Gardens to mark the 103rd anniversary of the Gallipoli landings by ANZAC troops on 25 April 1915. Each of the named crosses in this Field of Remembrance represents a soldier from the Rotorua District, who lost their life whilst serving during World War One, 1914 - 1918. The Field of Remembrance will open with a consecration ceremony at 5pm, Wednesday 18 April 2018, at the Cenotaph in Government Gardens. The crosses will remain in place until Sunday 29 April and visitors are welcome to walk amongst the crosses and place personal tributes. Rotorua’s is one of many Fields of Remembrance throughout the country, which have been coordinated through the Fields of Remembrance Trust as part of commemorations to mark 100 years since the First World War. For a list of all those commemorated in the Rotorua District Field of Remembrance follow the link to the ANZAC page on the Rotorua Lakes Council's website. If you know of anyone else who should be included in this Field of Remembrance please contact the Rotorua Lakes Council on (07) 348 4199. Please be aware of the following road closures in place for: Public Consecration (Wednesday 18 April): *Queen’s Drive from Princes Gate Arch to Oruawhata Drive from 4.30pm to 6.00pm ANZAC Day (Wednesday 25 April): *Memorial Drive at the lakefront will be closed from 8am to 10am. *People driving to the Southern Trust Sportsdrome are encouraged to avoid the Princes Gate entrance to Government Gardens and instead enter past Polynesian Spa and take the road behind Rotorua Museum and the Energy Events Centre, or arrive before 9am.

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      Apr 2018

      Rotorua Field of Remembrance

      Ka maumahara tonu tatau ki a ratau. We will remember them. The Rotorua District Field of Remembrance will be installed in Government Gardens to mark the 103rd anniversary of the Gallipoli landings by ANZAC troops on 25 April 1915. Each of the named crosses in this Field of Remembrance represents a soldier from the Rotorua District, who lost their life whilst serving during World War One, 1914 - 1918. The Field of Remembrance will open with a consecration ceremony at 5pm, Wednesday 18 April 2018, at the Cenotaph in Government Gardens. The crosses will remain in place until Sunday 29 April and visitors are welcome to walk amongst the crosses and place personal tributes. Rotorua’s is one of many Fields of Remembrance throughout the country, which have been coordinated through the Fields of Remembrance Trust as part of commemorations to mark 100 years since the First World War. For a list of all those commemorated in the Rotorua District Field of Remembrance follow the link to the ANZAC page on the Rotorua Lakes Council's website. If you know of anyone else who should be included in this Field of Remembrance please contact the Rotorua Lakes Council on (07) 348 4199. Please be aware of the following road closures in place for: Public Consecration (Wednesday 18 April): *Queen’s Drive from Princes Gate Arch to Oruawhata Drive from 4.30pm to 6.00pm ANZAC Day (Wednesday 25 April): *Memorial Drive at the lakefront will be closed from 8am to 10am. *People driving to the Southern Trust Sportsdrome are encouraged to avoid the Princes Gate entrance to Government Gardens and instead enter past Polynesian Spa and take the road behind Rotorua Museum and the Energy Events Centre, or arrive before 9am.

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      Apr 2018

      School Holiday Combo Deal!

      These school holidays, Rainbow Springs has teamed up with the Agrodome to offer you an awesome family deal which is just too good to miss. Grab a Family Day Pass to Rainbow Springs and tickets to the Agrodome Farm Show for only $109! You'll save $70! Buy online and use promo code DOUBLEFUN. You can enjoy both activities in one day, or spread the fun over a couple of days. Your Rainbow Springs Day Pass includes: - Entry to our exciting new Bird Show at 11:30am! - Daily close-up Animal Encounters with our expert wildlife team! - Unlimited rides on the Big Splash! - Endless fun on our awesome new Playscapes and Water Play area! - Chance to meet whio, koura, giant kokopu and feed longfin eels in our new Freshwater Fish Encounter! This 1-hour encounter runs everyday at 12:15pm, 30th March 2018 - 29th April 2018, maximum capacity 40 pax. - Our huge kids playpark! -Our interactive whio education area! - Repeat entry throughout the day so you can come back at night, when it’s dark, to see kiwi in our outdoor enclosure. - and more. Agrodome Farm Show! Get ready for a fun-packed hour of entertainment at the Agrodome Farm Show! You’ll hear amazing facts and have a few laughs as you’re introduced to 19 breeds of sheep. Then, watch a live sheep shearing demonstration and take part in a fun sheep auction. If a hands-on experience is what you want, jump up on stage to feed lambs or even hand-milk a cow! After the show, head outside to the herding area to watch a free live dog trial. Your ticket also includes entry to the Farmyard Nursery, home to the smallest and cutest animals at the Agrodome. You can even pet and have your photo taken with the baby farm animals! Combo Offer Terms and Conditions: - Travel period: (30th March - 29th April 2018). - With promo code DOUBLEFUN; Family Pass is $109 (2 adults and up to 3 children aged 5-15 years), 0-4 years are free, individual adult tickets $45, individual child tickets $25. - Tickets can be used on separate days within a 5 day period. - Rainbow Springs: Open 8:30am-10pm every day - no reservations required. - Agrodome: Farm Show times 9:30am, 11am and 2:30pm every day - no reservations required. - Not available in conjunction with any other offer or discount.

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      Apr 2018

      School Holiday Combo Deal!

      These school holidays, Rainbow Springs has teamed up with the Agrodome to offer you an awesome family deal which is just too good to miss. Grab a Family Day Pass to Rainbow Springs and tickets to the Agrodome Farm Show for only $109! You'll save $70! Buy online and use promo code DOUBLEFUN. You can enjoy both activities in one day, or spread the fun over a couple of days. Your Rainbow Springs Day Pass includes: - Entry to our exciting new Bird Show at 11:30am! - Daily close-up Animal Encounters with our expert wildlife team! - Unlimited rides on the Big Splash! - Endless fun on our awesome new Playscapes and Water Play area! - Chance to meet whio, koura, giant kokopu and feed longfin eels in our new Freshwater Fish Encounter! This 1-hour encounter runs everyday at 12:15pm, 30th March 2018 - 29th April 2018, maximum capacity 40 pax. - Our huge kids playpark! -Our interactive whio education area! - Repeat entry throughout the day so you can come back at night, when it’s dark, to see kiwi in our outdoor enclosure. - and more. Agrodome Farm Show! Get ready for a fun-packed hour of entertainment at the Agrodome Farm Show! You’ll hear amazing facts and have a few laughs as you’re introduced to 19 breeds of sheep. Then, watch a live sheep shearing demonstration and take part in a fun sheep auction. If a hands-on experience is what you want, jump up on stage to feed lambs or even hand-milk a cow! After the show, head outside to the herding area to watch a free live dog trial. Your ticket also includes entry to the Farmyard Nursery, home to the smallest and cutest animals at the Agrodome. You can even pet and have your photo taken with the baby farm animals! Combo Offer Terms and Conditions: - Travel period: (30th March - 29th April 2018). - With promo code DOUBLEFUN; Family Pass is $109 (2 adults and up to 3 children aged 5-15 years), 0-4 years are free, individual adult tickets $45, individual child tickets $25. - Tickets can be used on separate days within a 5 day period. - Rainbow Springs: Open 8:30am-10pm every day - no reservations required. - Agrodome: Farm Show times 9:30am, 11am and 2:30pm every day - no reservations required. - Not available in conjunction with any other offer or discount.

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      Apr 2018

      School Holiday Combo Deal!

      These school holidays, Rainbow Springs has teamed up with the Agrodome to offer you an awesome family deal which is just too good to miss. Grab a Family Day Pass to Rainbow Springs and tickets to the Agrodome Farm Show for only $109! You'll save $70! Buy online and use promo code DOUBLEFUN. You can enjoy both activities in one day, or spread the fun over a couple of days. Your Rainbow Springs Day Pass includes: - Entry to our exciting new Bird Show at 11:30am! - Daily close-up Animal Encounters with our expert wildlife team! - Unlimited rides on the Big Splash! - Endless fun on our awesome new Playscapes and Water Play area! - Chance to meet whio, koura, giant kokopu and feed longfin eels in our new Freshwater Fish Encounter! This 1-hour encounter runs everyday at 12:15pm, 30th March 2018 - 29th April 2018, maximum capacity 40 pax. - Our huge kids playpark! -Our interactive whio education area! - Repeat entry throughout the day so you can come back at night, when it’s dark, to see kiwi in our outdoor enclosure. - and more. Agrodome Farm Show! Get ready for a fun-packed hour of entertainment at the Agrodome Farm Show! You’ll hear amazing facts and have a few laughs as you’re introduced to 19 breeds of sheep. Then, watch a live sheep shearing demonstration and take part in a fun sheep auction. If a hands-on experience is what you want, jump up on stage to feed lambs or even hand-milk a cow! After the show, head outside to the herding area to watch a free live dog trial. Your ticket also includes entry to the Farmyard Nursery, home to the smallest and cutest animals at the Agrodome. You can even pet and have your photo taken with the baby farm animals! Combo Offer Terms and Conditions: - Travel period: (30th March - 29th April 2018). - With promo code DOUBLEFUN; Family Pass is $109 (2 adults and up to 3 children aged 5-15 years), 0-4 years are free, individual adult tickets $45, individual child tickets $25. - Tickets can be used on separate days within a 5 day period. - Rainbow Springs: Open 8:30am-10pm every day - no reservations required. - Agrodome: Farm Show times 9:30am, 11am and 2:30pm every day - no reservations required. - Not available in conjunction with any other offer or discount.

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      Apr 2018

      The Art of Remembering – Te Pu o Mahara

      Highlighting the exceptional talent of local art students, this exhibition hosted by Rotorua Museum showcases the winners and finalists from the The Art of Remembering – Te Pu o Mahara competition. The exhibition of 23 works will be on display at The Arts Village from 21 April until 26 May 2018. Rotorua high school students were tasked with creating visual art based on the story of a Rotorua person who served in the Great War. The students selected someone from a list of people who had been researched and was be asked to interpret an aspect of their story through one of seven visual art mediums—painting, print making, sculpture, moving image, photography, digital or mixed media. Leroy Nurkka (Rotorua Lakes High School, Year 13) won over 80 other entries to win the $10,000 scholarship as Supreme Winner with his painting of Christabel McFarlane, a nurse who served in the Great War. “I crafted a composition highlighting Christabel’s war involvement whilst subtly symbolising the war and her life. The sombre tonal portrait adds a dynamic; framed by poppies which symbolise remembrance. The cross represents nursing, with a blood curtain alluding to war nurse horrors. The ship is the hospital ship Christabel worked on, also symbolising her family’s migration to New Zealand. The puhoro represents water, and the cutline of Mokoia Island represents Christabel’s Rotorua residence”, explains Mr Nurkka. Three Excellence in Art Awards were also awarded by the judges to entries they felt were of exceptional standard. The first was awarded to Jared Lewis (Western Heights High School, Year 13) who used digital media to tell the story of Cecil Goodson, a driver for New Zealand Field Artillery. Two students from Rotorua Girls High School were also awarded Excellence in Art Awards. Animata Te Runa Tukiwaho (Year 10, Photography) and Marine Rose Anne Ocangas (Year 13, Digital Media) who created artworks based on Eric Cobledick who was a Private in the Wellington Infantry Regiment. Ngati Whakaue Education Endowment Trust generously provided the scholarship prizes along with a trip for the Supreme Winner, Leroy Nurkka, to Wellington with his art teacher to visit The Scale of Our War exhibition at Te Papa and a tour of Weta Workshop. Each of the six local high schools that participated (Western Heights High School, Rotorua Girls High School, Rotorua Boys High School, Te Kura Kaupapa o te Ruamata, Rotorua Lakes High School and Reporoa College) will each receive a $1,000 voucher from National Art Supplies. The competition is possible thanks to the generous support of the Ngati Whakaue Education Endowment Trust which sponsored the prizes. Further support was provided by Rotorua Library Te Aka Mauri, Rotorua WW1 Committee and WW1 researcher Andrew Monk. For further information please contact Rotorua Museum, phone 07 350 1814 or email rotorua.museum@rotorualc.nz.

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      Apr 2018

      The Art of Remembering – Te Pu o Mahara

      Highlighting the exceptional talent of local art students, this exhibition hosted by Rotorua Museum showcases the winners and finalists from the The Art of Remembering – Te Pu o Mahara competition. The exhibition of 23 works will be on display at The Arts Village from 21 April until 26 May 2018. Rotorua high school students were tasked with creating visual art based on the story of a Rotorua person who served in the Great War. The students selected someone from a list of people who had been researched and was be asked to interpret an aspect of their story through one of seven visual art mediums—painting, print making, sculpture, moving image, photography, digital or mixed media. Leroy Nurkka (Rotorua Lakes High School, Year 13) won over 80 other entries to win the $10,000 scholarship as Supreme Winner with his painting of Christabel McFarlane, a nurse who served in the Great War. “I crafted a composition highlighting Christabel’s war involvement whilst subtly symbolising the war and her life. The sombre tonal portrait adds a dynamic; framed by poppies which symbolise remembrance. The cross represents nursing, with a blood curtain alluding to war nurse horrors. The ship is the hospital ship Christabel worked on, also symbolising her family’s migration to New Zealand. The puhoro represents water, and the cutline of Mokoia Island represents Christabel’s Rotorua residence”, explains Mr Nurkka. Three Excellence in Art Awards were also awarded by the judges to entries they felt were of exceptional standard. The first was awarded to Jared Lewis (Western Heights High School, Year 13) who used digital media to tell the story of Cecil Goodson, a driver for New Zealand Field Artillery. Two students from Rotorua Girls High School were also awarded Excellence in Art Awards. Animata Te Runa Tukiwaho (Year 10, Photography) and Marine Rose Anne Ocangas (Year 13, Digital Media) who created artworks based on Eric Cobledick who was a Private in the Wellington Infantry Regiment. Ngati Whakaue Education Endowment Trust generously provided the scholarship prizes along with a trip for the Supreme Winner, Leroy Nurkka, to Wellington with his art teacher to visit The Scale of Our War exhibition at Te Papa and a tour of Weta Workshop. Each of the six local high schools that participated (Western Heights High School, Rotorua Girls High School, Rotorua Boys High School, Te Kura Kaupapa o te Ruamata, Rotorua Lakes High School and Reporoa College) will each receive a $1,000 voucher from National Art Supplies. The competition is possible thanks to the generous support of the Ngati Whakaue Education Endowment Trust which sponsored the prizes. Further support was provided by Rotorua Library Te Aka Mauri, Rotorua WW1 Committee and WW1 researcher Andrew Monk. For further information please contact Rotorua Museum, phone 07 350 1814 or email rotorua.museum@rotorualc.nz.

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      Apr 2018

      The Art of Remembering – Te Pu o Mahara

      Highlighting the exceptional talent of local art students, this exhibition hosted by Rotorua Museum showcases the winners and finalists from the The Art of Remembering – Te Pu o Mahara competition. The exhibition of 23 works will be on display at The Arts Village from 21 April until 26 May 2018. Rotorua high school students were tasked with creating visual art based on the story of a Rotorua person who served in the Great War. The students selected someone from a list of people who had been researched and was be asked to interpret an aspect of their story through one of seven visual art mediums—painting, print making, sculpture, moving image, photography, digital or mixed media. Leroy Nurkka (Rotorua Lakes High School, Year 13) won over 80 other entries to win the $10,000 scholarship as Supreme Winner with his painting of Christabel McFarlane, a nurse who served in the Great War. “I crafted a composition highlighting Christabel’s war involvement whilst subtly symbolising the war and her life. The sombre tonal portrait adds a dynamic; framed by poppies which symbolise remembrance. The cross represents nursing, with a blood curtain alluding to war nurse horrors. The ship is the hospital ship Christabel worked on, also symbolising her family’s migration to New Zealand. The puhoro represents water, and the cutline of Mokoia Island represents Christabel’s Rotorua residence”, explains Mr Nurkka. Three Excellence in Art Awards were also awarded by the judges to entries they felt were of exceptional standard. The first was awarded to Jared Lewis (Western Heights High School, Year 13) who used digital media to tell the story of Cecil Goodson, a driver for New Zealand Field Artillery. Two students from Rotorua Girls High School were also awarded Excellence in Art Awards. Animata Te Runa Tukiwaho (Year 10, Photography) and Marine Rose Anne Ocangas (Year 13, Digital Media) who created artworks based on Eric Cobledick who was a Private in the Wellington Infantry Regiment. Ngati Whakaue Education Endowment Trust generously provided the scholarship prizes along with a trip for the Supreme Winner, Leroy Nurkka, to Wellington with his art teacher to visit The Scale of Our War exhibition at Te Papa and a tour of Weta Workshop. Each of the six local high schools that participated (Western Heights High School, Rotorua Girls High School, Rotorua Boys High School, Te Kura Kaupapa o te Ruamata, Rotorua Lakes High School and Reporoa College) will each receive a $1,000 voucher from National Art Supplies. The competition is possible thanks to the generous support of the Ngati Whakaue Education Endowment Trust which sponsored the prizes. Further support was provided by Rotorua Library Te Aka Mauri, Rotorua WW1 Committee and WW1 researcher Andrew Monk. For further information please contact Rotorua Museum, phone 07 350 1814 or email rotorua.museum@rotorualc.nz.

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      Apr 2018

      Montage & Print Portraits - Holiday Art Academy

      Investigate different ways of making prints and drawing to make a layered picture about yourself or someone else. Our programme has a focus on quality arts education taught by practicing artists and is for 8 to 12 year olds who love getting creative. We offer a full day 9am to 3pm programme with a 1:10 teaching ratio and amazing local tutors. Holiday Art Academy for 8 - 12 years olds from Full day: 9.00am - 3.00pm. $25 per child. For paying online: Please use account no. 38-9016-0140025-00 Reference Child's last name & ''SHP' Unfortunately due to space/funding availability we are no longer able to offer programmes for 5 to 7 year olds but would encourage you to take your creative 5 to 7 year olds to the Rotorua Children's Art House which offers a fantastic programme for this age group.

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      Apr 2018

      Man's Best Friend

      February 16th marks the beginning of the Chinese New Year. This year is the year of the dog. At Helium we love dogs, so what better way to celebrate than with a dog show! Join us for the opening of this diverse exhibition celebrating Man's Best Friend. 10% of the sales will be going to the SPCA. On the opening night we will have a cash bar with all proceeds going to the SPCA. During the exhibition, on March 3rd we are hosting a very special portrait day with Maxine Thompson. A completely unique and original piece of artwork of your dog. Price $50. All proceeds go to the SPCA. Bookings essential: info@heliumgallery.co.nz

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      Apr 2018

      April School Holiday Drop-In Craft Activities – Flax Crosses

      Come and learn how to make harakeke (flax) crosses with the kids in this free craft activity hosted by Rotorua Museum. The Dolores Cross Project is an initiative that began in April 2008 to pay tribute to the approximately 30,000 New Zealand military personnel buried on foreign soil. The team from Rotorua Museum will be based at Te Runanga Tea House (Government Gardens) on Monday 23 and Tuesday 24 April and again on Thursday 26 and Friday 27 April from 10am until 3pm to teach you how to make the crosses. (On ANZAC Day -Wednesday 25 April - they will based out of The Arts Village from 10am – 2pm) During week one of the holidays Rotorua Museum will be running free drop-in crafts between Monday 16 and Friday 20 April. Kids can make a cool crown to wear home and do some fun colouring sheets from 10am until 3pm at Te Runanga Tea House. You might also like to grab one of our Activity Trails that will have you searching Government Gardens and learning some cool facts about the history of the area. Activity trails will be available from Saturday 14 April and can be collected from Rotorua iSite (Fenton Street) or from Te Runanga Tea House during drop-in crafts (16-20 April & 23-24 & 26-27 April 2018, 10am-3pm). All entries need to be in by 5pm on Sunday 29 April 2018 to be in to win great prizes. For further information contact Rotorua Museum, phone 07 350 1818 or email rotorua.museum@rotorualc.nz

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      Apr 2018

      Harcourts Outdoor Ice Rink

      The Rotorua Village Green Ices up with the Harcourts Outdoor Ice Rink! Rotorua's Village Green precinct comes alive with an icy make-over with the hugely popular Harcourts Outdoor Ice rink. The four week programme of icy festivities offer something for everyone. Programme Highlights: - Wednesdays - Student Skate Night $10 a ticket to students with ID - Thursdays - Frow Back Retro Nights - Fridays - DJ nights Saturday nights! - 14 April - Foam Party - 21 April - Mexican Night - 28 April - Laser Party - 5 May - Fire & Ice - 12 May - Glow Party Weekend themes: - 14 April, Sun 15 April - Winter Onezie Land - 21 April, Sun 22 April - Super Heroes - 28 April, Sun 29 April - Cowboys, Cowgirls - 5 May, Sun 6 May - Winter Wonderland - 12 May, Sun 13 May - All Things Ice

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      Apr 2018

      Lego Disaster Island: SOLD OUT

      A disaster is about to hit Lego Island. Work together to solve this Lego challenge? Venue: Makerspace, Second Floor, Rotorua Library Te Aka Mauri Ages: 5+ Cost: Gold coin koha Booking: Booking required. Book at www.rotorualibrary.govt.nz or contact Rotorua Library. Come and enjoy your new library these school holidays. Download your copy of the April School Holiday Programme from www.rotorualibrary.govt.nz or pick one up at the library today. Children must be supervised at all activities. Thanks to our sponsors and programme partners: Unison, the Wright Family Foundation, Tompkins Wake, Friends of the Library and Bay Trust.

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      Apr 2018

      Whio Awareness Month - Freshwater Encounter

      Join our wildlife keepers on a stroll through the park to meet our freshwater wildlife! During this 1-hour encounter, you'll get to feed native longfin eels, meet giant kokopu (our newest residents), and help spot koura (who love to hide)! Along the way, our wildlife keepers will have heaps of interesting facts and stories to tell! You'll also get to stop at our spring water fountains for a refreshing drink. Then our wildlife keeper will take you to the walk-through aviary where you will meet our two beautiful whio! Whio are endemic to New Zealand, and one of only four ducks species in the world that lives in fast flowing water. Unfortunately the loss of habitat through changing land and water use has been a major threat to whio over the years. April is Whio Awareness Month and during this encounter you'll learn all about Whio, their unique characteristics and what can be done to secure the future of this endangered bird. *Freshwater Encounter is free with a Rainbow Springs Day Pass. These school holidays, Rainbow Springs and Agrodome are teaming up to offer you an awesome Family Deal which is just too good to miss. Grab a Family Day Pass to Rainbow Springs and tickets to the Agrodome Farm Show for only $109! You'll save $70! Buy online and use promo code DOUBLEFUN. You can enjoy both activities in one day, or spread the fun over a couple of days.

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      Apr 2018

      Whio Awareness Month - Freshwater Encounter

      Join our wildlife keepers on a stroll through the park to meet our freshwater wildlife! During this 1-hour encounter, you'll get to feed native longfin eels, meet giant kokopu (our newest residents), and help spot koura (who love to hide)! Along the way, our wildlife keepers will have heaps of interesting facts and stories to tell! You'll also get to stop at our spring water fountains for a refreshing drink. Then our wildlife keeper will take you to the walk-through aviary where you will meet our two beautiful whio! Whio are endemic to New Zealand, and one of only four ducks species in the world that lives in fast flowing water. Unfortunately the loss of habitat through changing land and water use has been a major threat to whio over the years. April is Whio Awareness Month and during this encounter you'll learn all about Whio, their unique characteristics and what can be done to secure the future of this endangered bird. *Freshwater Encounter is free with a Rainbow Springs Day Pass. These school holidays, Rainbow Springs and Agrodome are teaming up to offer you an awesome Family Deal which is just too good to miss. Grab a Family Day Pass to Rainbow Springs and tickets to the Agrodome Farm Show for only $109! You'll save $70! Buy online and use promo code DOUBLEFUN. You can enjoy both activities in one day, or spread the fun over a couple of days.

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      Apr 2018

      2018 Open Trans Tasman Series

      Long-standing rivals take on 2018 Open Trans-Tasman Series. Rotorua will get the opportunity to exhibit its natural wonders as well as the best Touch players from New Zealand and Australia as they meet for the highly anticipated, 2018 Open Trans-Tasman Series. The two Nations will battle it out at Rotorua International Stadium from Friday 27th April, to Sunday 29th April 2018 across three Opens grades; Mens, Womens and Mixed. With the impending World Cup in Malaysia in 2019, this is the prime opportunity for teams to showcase their skill and dynamicism at the highest level possible whilst they aim for the series win over the 3 days. With New Zealand and Australia well known for their long-standing rivalry, there is no doubt that the Series will be filled with spectacular action and show stopping performances. 2018 Open Trans-Tasman Series Schedule: 27th April 2018 4:00pm - Open Mixed 5:10pm - Open Women 6:20pm - Open Men 28th April 2018 3:00pm - Open Mixed 4:10pm - Open Women 5:20pm - Open Men 29th April 2018 10:00am - Open Mixed 11:00am - Open Women 12:00pm - Open Men All of the Series games will be livestreamed via the Touch NZ Facebook page. To view the full event flyer click here. Keep up-to-date with all the latest news and information for the 2018 Open Trans-Tasman Series: Website: http://touchnz.co.nz Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/touchnz/

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      Apr 2018

      Chinese & Korean Banquet

      Travel to an exotic land without leaving Rotorua! Welcome to our Chinese & Korean Banquet – a superb journey through Asian cuisine, with a tremendous range of flavours and styles. Come and experience something different or, for the foodies out there come and enjoy your favourite Chinese & Korean dishes! This offering consists of pre-dinner canapes and a seven course menu – satisfaction guaranteed!

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      Apr 2018

      The Creation Dinner by Karena and Kasey Bird

      Nau mai haere mai ki te timatanga. Karena and Kasey Bird, winners of Masterchef 2014 and TV hosts of 'Karena and Kasey's Kitchen Diplomacy' are excited to be hosting a one of a kind dining experience in Rotorua. This exclusive dining experience will combine story telling with a delicious 7 course degustation paired with beverage matches and is limited to only 24 tickets. 'This is a new beginning for us, we have dreamed of a dining experience like this and we are excited to finally bring it to life and share it with everyone. We couldn't think of a more perfect place to start than Rotorua as we have such a special connection with this area and we are really looking forward to starting the next chapter of our food journey here'. 'We will deliver an unforgettable experience. We are taking everything we have learnt over the past few years, from our travels abroad and many cooking and dining experiences and combining it with our love of NZ produce whilst taking our guests on an immersive journey through food and storytelling'. Interest has been very high so if you would like to be apart of this special event please do not hesitate to book as tickets will sell out. Meeting point is Ponsonby Road Lounge Bar 6pm. You will be transferred to Dining location from here

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      Apr 2018

      Diamond Divas

      Tamati Coffey's favourite entry from New Zealand's Got Talent: Amanda Stevenson & Vikki Lee Smith were two vibrant, intelligent solo vocal artists from New Zealand (Aotearoa) when by chance they happened to sing together at a concert, they enjoyed it so much that in 2010 they decided to form Diamond Divas and since then Mandy & Vikki haven’t looked back. There is virtually nothing these ladies can’t sing and this gives them a musical flexibility, which, when coupled with their infectious personalities, creates a powerful and highly entertaining combination. Their musical style can only be described as diverse and ranges from Show tunes to R&B, Disco and Soul to Country and Classic Rock. Over the last 18 months, Diamond Divas have established themselves as one of the premier singing duos in the country which has seen them performing at a wide range of musical events such as community concerts, fundraisers, business expos’ and various music festivals within New Zealand. They also perform backing vocals regularly with Frankie Stevens for many of his live shows throughout the country.

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      Apr 2018

      Blue Lake School Holiday Scavenger Hunt

      These school holidays, the team from Sport Bay of Plenty and Virtually on Track have created six free and unique scavenger hunts around the region that encourage you to solve clues, answer questions and explore some of our most popular recreational areas. Take part in any or all of the hunts during the April school holidays, submit your answers, and be in to win fantastic prizes. The Blue Lake Scavenger Hunt starts from the Blue Lake Top 10 Holiday Park. The track is dog friendly and suitable for all-terrain pushchairs and three-wheeler buggies so it's perfect for the whole family! Visit the website to download the clue sheet and map, and to check out the other scavenger hunts on offer!

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      Apr 2018

      Boyes Beach School Holiday Scavenger Hunt

      These school holidays, the team from Sport Bay of Plenty and Virtually on Track have created six free and unique scavenger hunts around the region that encourage you to solve clues, answer questions and explore some of our most popular recreational areas. Take part in any or all of the hunts during the April school holidays, submit your answers, and be in to win fantastic prizes. The Boyes Beach Scavenger Hunt start point is located on the northern end of Lake Okareka on Millar Road, off Okareka Loop Road. The route is pushchair friendly, however dogs and bikes are not allowed on this walkway. Visit the website to download the clue sheet and map, and to check out the other scavenger hunts on offer!

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      Apr 2018

      April School Holiday Activity Trail

      Explore Government Gardens to learn more about its cool history and be in to win great prizes. These April School Holidays Rotorua Museum is running a free activity trail that will have kids exploring the beautiful Government Gardens and learning about the interesting history of the area. Activity trails will be available from Saturday 14 April and can be collected from Rotorua iSite (Fenton Street) or from Te Runanga Tea House during drop-in crafts (16-20 April & 23-27 (excluding ANZAC day) April 2018, 10am-3pm). Once you’ve finished the Activity Trail, you can enter the draw to win a cool prize pack. Entry boxes will be located at Rotorua iSite and Te Runanga Tea House (during drop-in crafts). All entries need to be in by 5pm Sunday 29 April 2018. Other school holiday activities include: 16-20 April 2018, 10am – 3pm Drop-in Crafts – Crowns Te Runanga Tea House 25 April 2018, 10am – 2pm ANZAC Crafts – Delores Crosses The Arts Village 23-24 & 26-27 April 2018 10am – 3pm Drop-in Crafts – Flax Crosses Te Runanga Tea House For further information contact Rotorua Museum, phone 07 350 1818 or email rotorua.museum@rotorualc.nz.

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      Apr 2018

      Rotorua Field of Remembrance

      Ka maumahara tonu tatau ki a ratau. We will remember them. The Rotorua District Field of Remembrance will be installed in Government Gardens to mark the 103rd anniversary of the Gallipoli landings by ANZAC troops on 25 April 1915. Each of the named crosses in this Field of Remembrance represents a soldier from the Rotorua District, who lost their life whilst serving during World War One, 1914 - 1918. The Field of Remembrance will open with a consecration ceremony at 5pm, Wednesday 18 April 2018, at the Cenotaph in Government Gardens. The crosses will remain in place until Sunday 29 April and visitors are welcome to walk amongst the crosses and place personal tributes. Rotorua’s is one of many Fields of Remembrance throughout the country, which have been coordinated through the Fields of Remembrance Trust as part of commemorations to mark 100 years since the First World War. For a list of all those commemorated in the Rotorua District Field of Remembrance follow the link to the ANZAC page on the Rotorua Lakes Council's website. If you know of anyone else who should be included in this Field of Remembrance please contact the Rotorua Lakes Council on (07) 348 4199. Please be aware of the following road closures in place for: Public Consecration (Wednesday 18 April): *Queen’s Drive from Princes Gate Arch to Oruawhata Drive from 4.30pm to 6.00pm ANZAC Day (Wednesday 25 April): *Memorial Drive at the lakefront will be closed from 8am to 10am. *People driving to the Southern Trust Sportsdrome are encouraged to avoid the Princes Gate entrance to Government Gardens and instead enter past Polynesian Spa and take the road behind Rotorua Museum and the Energy Events Centre, or arrive before 9am.

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      Apr 2018

      Rotorua Field of Remembrance

      Ka maumahara tonu tatau ki a ratau. We will remember them. The Rotorua District Field of Remembrance will be installed in Government Gardens to mark the 103rd anniversary of the Gallipoli landings by ANZAC troops on 25 April 1915. Each of the named crosses in this Field of Remembrance represents a soldier from the Rotorua District, who lost their life whilst serving during World War One, 1914 - 1918. The Field of Remembrance will open with a consecration ceremony at 5pm, Wednesday 18 April 2018, at the Cenotaph in Government Gardens. The crosses will remain in place until Sunday 29 April and visitors are welcome to walk amongst the crosses and place personal tributes. Rotorua’s is one of many Fields of Remembrance throughout the country, which have been coordinated through the Fields of Remembrance Trust as part of commemorations to mark 100 years since the First World War. For a list of all those commemorated in the Rotorua District Field of Remembrance follow the link to the ANZAC page on the Rotorua Lakes Council's website. If you know of anyone else who should be included in this Field of Remembrance please contact the Rotorua Lakes Council on (07) 348 4199. Please be aware of the following road closures in place for: Public Consecration (Wednesday 18 April): *Queen’s Drive from Princes Gate Arch to Oruawhata Drive from 4.30pm to 6.00pm ANZAC Day (Wednesday 25 April): *Memorial Drive at the lakefront will be closed from 8am to 10am. *People driving to the Southern Trust Sportsdrome are encouraged to avoid the Princes Gate entrance to Government Gardens and instead enter past Polynesian Spa and take the road behind Rotorua Museum and the Energy Events Centre, or arrive before 9am.

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      Apr 2018

      School Holiday Combo Deal!

      These school holidays, Rainbow Springs has teamed up with the Agrodome to offer you an awesome family deal which is just too good to miss. Grab a Family Day Pass to Rainbow Springs and tickets to the Agrodome Farm Show for only $109! You'll save $70! Buy online and use promo code DOUBLEFUN. You can enjoy both activities in one day, or spread the fun over a couple of days. Your Rainbow Springs Day Pass includes: - Entry to our exciting new Bird Show at 11:30am! - Daily close-up Animal Encounters with our expert wildlife team! - Unlimited rides on the Big Splash! - Endless fun on our awesome new Playscapes and Water Play area! - Chance to meet whio, koura, giant kokopu and feed longfin eels in our new Freshwater Fish Encounter! This 1-hour encounter runs everyday at 12:15pm, 30th March 2018 - 29th April 2018, maximum capacity 40 pax. - Our huge kids playpark! -Our interactive whio education area! - Repeat entry throughout the day so you can come back at night, when it’s dark, to see kiwi in our outdoor enclosure. - and more. Agrodome Farm Show! Get ready for a fun-packed hour of entertainment at the Agrodome Farm Show! You’ll hear amazing facts and have a few laughs as you’re introduced to 19 breeds of sheep. Then, watch a live sheep shearing demonstration and take part in a fun sheep auction. If a hands-on experience is what you want, jump up on stage to feed lambs or even hand-milk a cow! After the show, head outside to the herding area to watch a free live dog trial. Your ticket also includes entry to the Farmyard Nursery, home to the smallest and cutest animals at the Agrodome. You can even pet and have your photo taken with the baby farm animals! Combo Offer Terms and Conditions: - Travel period: (30th March - 29th April 2018). - With promo code DOUBLEFUN; Family Pass is $109 (2 adults and up to 3 children aged 5-15 years), 0-4 years are free, individual adult tickets $45, individual child tickets $25. - Tickets can be used on separate days within a 5 day period. - Rainbow Springs: Open 8:30am-10pm every day - no reservations required. - Agrodome: Farm Show times 9:30am, 11am and 2:30pm every day - no reservations required. - Not available in conjunction with any other offer or discount.

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      Apr 2018

      School Holiday Combo Deal!

      These school holidays, Rainbow Springs has teamed up with the Agrodome to offer you an awesome family deal which is just too good to miss. Grab a Family Day Pass to Rainbow Springs and tickets to the Agrodome Farm Show for only $109! You'll save $70! Buy online and use promo code DOUBLEFUN. You can enjoy both activities in one day, or spread the fun over a couple of days. Your Rainbow Springs Day Pass includes: - Entry to our exciting new Bird Show at 11:30am! - Daily close-up Animal Encounters with our expert wildlife team! - Unlimited rides on the Big Splash! - Endless fun on our awesome new Playscapes and Water Play area! - Chance to meet whio, koura, giant kokopu and feed longfin eels in our new Freshwater Fish Encounter! This 1-hour encounter runs everyday at 12:15pm, 30th March 2018 - 29th April 2018, maximum capacity 40 pax. - Our huge kids playpark! -Our interactive whio education area! - Repeat entry throughout the day so you can come back at night, when it’s dark, to see kiwi in our outdoor enclosure. - and more. Agrodome Farm Show! Get ready for a fun-packed hour of entertainment at the Agrodome Farm Show! You’ll hear amazing facts and have a few laughs as you’re introduced to 19 breeds of sheep. Then, watch a live sheep shearing demonstration and take part in a fun sheep auction. If a hands-on experience is what you want, jump up on stage to feed lambs or even hand-milk a cow! After the show, head outside to the herding area to watch a free live dog trial. Your ticket also includes entry to the Farmyard Nursery, home to the smallest and cutest animals at the Agrodome. You can even pet and have your photo taken with the baby farm animals! Combo Offer Terms and Conditions: - Travel period: (30th March - 29th April 2018). - With promo code DOUBLEFUN; Family Pass is $109 (2 adults and up to 3 children aged 5-15 years), 0-4 years are free, individual adult tickets $45, individual child tickets $25. - Tickets can be used on separate days within a 5 day period. - Rainbow Springs: Open 8:30am-10pm every day - no reservations required. - Agrodome: Farm Show times 9:30am, 11am and 2:30pm every day - no reservations required. - Not available in conjunction with any other offer or discount.

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      Apr 2018

      School Holiday Combo Deal!

      These school holidays, Rainbow Springs has teamed up with the Agrodome to offer you an awesome family deal which is just too good to miss. Grab a Family Day Pass to Rainbow Springs and tickets to the Agrodome Farm Show for only $109! You'll save $70! Buy online and use promo code DOUBLEFUN. You can enjoy both activities in one day, or spread the fun over a couple of days. Your Rainbow Springs Day Pass includes: - Entry to our exciting new Bird Show at 11:30am! - Daily close-up Animal Encounters with our expert wildlife team! - Unlimited rides on the Big Splash! - Endless fun on our awesome new Playscapes and Water Play area! - Chance to meet whio, koura, giant kokopu and feed longfin eels in our new Freshwater Fish Encounter! This 1-hour encounter runs everyday at 12:15pm, 30th March 2018 - 29th April 2018, maximum capacity 40 pax. - Our huge kids playpark! -Our interactive whio education area! - Repeat entry throughout the day so you can come back at night, when it’s dark, to see kiwi in our outdoor enclosure. - and more. Agrodome Farm Show! Get ready for a fun-packed hour of entertainment at the Agrodome Farm Show! You’ll hear amazing facts and have a few laughs as you’re introduced to 19 breeds of sheep. Then, watch a live sheep shearing demonstration and take part in a fun sheep auction. If a hands-on experience is what you want, jump up on stage to feed lambs or even hand-milk a cow! After the show, head outside to the herding area to watch a free live dog trial. Your ticket also includes entry to the Farmyard Nursery, home to the smallest and cutest animals at the Agrodome. You can even pet and have your photo taken with the baby farm animals! Combo Offer Terms and Conditions: - Travel period: (30th March - 29th April 2018). - With promo code DOUBLEFUN; Family Pass is $109 (2 adults and up to 3 children aged 5-15 years), 0-4 years are free, individual adult tickets $45, individual child tickets $25. - Tickets can be used on separate days within a 5 day period. - Rainbow Springs: Open 8:30am-10pm every day - no reservations required. - Agrodome: Farm Show times 9:30am, 11am and 2:30pm every day - no reservations required. - Not available in conjunction with any other offer or discount.

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      Apr 2018

      Screenprint Workshop: Print Your Own Poster!

      Screenprinting is a print technique whereby an artwork stencil is created on a mesh screen. This process makes layering images and printing multiple editions of a piece easier. In this six-hour workshop students will learn the basic process of screenprinting for a single colour poster. With no experience necessary this workshop offers a breakdown of all you need to know to start printing and every student will learn how to create their own artwork from start to finish. You will learn how to: - Prepare your artwork positive - Prep your screen ready to expose (using a light-sensitive emulsion) - Print at least one edition of your poster Workshop dates and times have been revised and are as follows: Saturday 28th April: 10.00am - 4.00pm To enrol please read our workshop information sheet and fill out the enrolment form by visiting www.winifredslane.com/enrolonline If you have any questions about the workshops feel free to email us at hello@winifredslane.com or call us on 021 224 1120. Visit us at www.winifredslane.com, or follow us on instagram at Winifred's Lane.

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      Apr 2018

      Screenprint Workshop: Print Your Own Poster!

      Screenprinting is a print technique whereby an artwork stencil is created on a mesh screen. This process makes layering images and printing multiple editions of a piece easier. In this six-hour workshop students will learn the basic process of screenprinting for a single colour poster. With no experience necessary this workshop offers a breakdown of all you need to know to start printing and every student will learn how to create their own artwork from start to finish. You will learn how to: - Prepare your artwork positive - Prep your screen ready to expose (using a light-sensitive emulsion) - Print at least one edition of your poster Workshop dates and times have been revised and are as follows: Saturday 28th April: 10.00am - 4.00pm To enrol please read our workshop information sheet and fill out the enrolment form by visiting www.winifredslane.com/enrolonline If you have any questions about the workshops feel free to email us at hello@winifredslane.com or call us on 021 224 1120. Visit us at www.winifredslane.com, or follow us on instagram at Winifred's Lane.

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      Apr 2018

      Man's Best Friend

      February 16th marks the beginning of the Chinese New Year. This year is the year of the dog. At Helium we love dogs, so what better way to celebrate than with a dog show! Join us for the opening of this diverse exhibition celebrating Man's Best Friend. 10% of the sales will be going to the SPCA. On the opening night we will have a cash bar with all proceeds going to the SPCA. During the exhibition, on March 3rd we are hosting a very special portrait day with Maxine Thompson. A completely unique and original piece of artwork of your dog. Price $50. All proceeds go to the SPCA. Bookings essential: info@heliumgallery.co.nz

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      Apr 2018

      The Art of Remembering – Te Pu o Mahara

      Highlighting the exceptional talent of local art students, this exhibition hosted by Rotorua Museum showcases the winners and finalists from the The Art of Remembering – Te Pu o Mahara competition. The exhibition of 23 works will be on display at The Arts Village from 21 April until 26 May 2018. Rotorua high school students were tasked with creating visual art based on the story of a Rotorua person who served in the Great War. The students selected someone from a list of people who had been researched and was be asked to interpret an aspect of their story through one of seven visual art mediums—painting, print making, sculpture, moving image, photography, digital or mixed media. Leroy Nurkka (Rotorua Lakes High School, Year 13) won over 80 other entries to win the $10,000 scholarship as Supreme Winner with his painting of Christabel McFarlane, a nurse who served in the Great War. “I crafted a composition highlighting Christabel’s war involvement whilst subtly symbolising the war and her life. The sombre tonal portrait adds a dynamic; framed by poppies which symbolise remembrance. The cross represents nursing, with a blood curtain alluding to war nurse horrors. The ship is the hospital ship Christabel worked on, also symbolising her family’s migration to New Zealand. The puhoro represents water, and the cutline of Mokoia Island represents Christabel’s Rotorua residence”, explains Mr Nurkka. Three Excellence in Art Awards were also awarded by the judges to entries they felt were of exceptional standard. The first was awarded to Jared Lewis (Western Heights High School, Year 13) who used digital media to tell the story of Cecil Goodson, a driver for New Zealand Field Artillery. Two students from Rotorua Girls High School were also awarded Excellence in Art Awards. Animata Te Runa Tukiwaho (Year 10, Photography) and Marine Rose Anne Ocangas (Year 13, Digital Media) who created artworks based on Eric Cobledick who was a Private in the Wellington Infantry Regiment. Ngati Whakaue Education Endowment Trust generously provided the scholarship prizes along with a trip for the Supreme Winner, Leroy Nurkka, to Wellington with his art teacher to visit The Scale of Our War exhibition at Te Papa and a tour of Weta Workshop. Each of the six local high schools that participated (Western Heights High School, Rotorua Girls High School, Rotorua Boys High School, Te Kura Kaupapa o te Ruamata, Rotorua Lakes High School and Reporoa College) will each receive a $1,000 voucher from National Art Supplies. The competition is possible thanks to the generous support of the Ngati Whakaue Education Endowment Trust which sponsored the prizes. Further support was provided by Rotorua Library Te Aka Mauri, Rotorua WW1 Committee and WW1 researcher Andrew Monk. For further information please contact Rotorua Museum, phone 07 350 1814 or email rotorua.museum@rotorualc.nz.

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      Apr 2018

      The Art of Remembering – Te Pu o Mahara

      Highlighting the exceptional talent of local art students, this exhibition hosted by Rotorua Museum showcases the winners and finalists from the The Art of Remembering – Te Pu o Mahara competition. The exhibition of 23 works will be on display at The Arts Village from 21 April until 26 May 2018. Rotorua high school students were tasked with creating visual art based on the story of a Rotorua person who served in the Great War. The students selected someone from a list of people who had been researched and was be asked to interpret an aspect of their story through one of seven visual art mediums—painting, print making, sculpture, moving image, photography, digital or mixed media. Leroy Nurkka (Rotorua Lakes High School, Year 13) won over 80 other entries to win the $10,000 scholarship as Supreme Winner with his painting of Christabel McFarlane, a nurse who served in the Great War. “I crafted a composition highlighting Christabel’s war involvement whilst subtly symbolising the war and her life. The sombre tonal portrait adds a dynamic; framed by poppies which symbolise remembrance. The cross represents nursing, with a blood curtain alluding to war nurse horrors. The ship is the hospital ship Christabel worked on, also symbolising her family’s migration to New Zealand. The puhoro represents water, and the cutline of Mokoia Island represents Christabel’s Rotorua residence”, explains Mr Nurkka. Three Excellence in Art Awards were also awarded by the judges to entries they felt were of exceptional standard. The first was awarded to Jared Lewis (Western Heights High School, Year 13) who used digital media to tell the story of Cecil Goodson, a driver for New Zealand Field Artillery. Two students from Rotorua Girls High School were also awarded Excellence in Art Awards. Animata Te Runa Tukiwaho (Year 10, Photography) and Marine Rose Anne Ocangas (Year 13, Digital Media) who created artworks based on Eric Cobledick who was a Private in the Wellington Infantry Regiment. Ngati Whakaue Education Endowment Trust generously provided the scholarship prizes along with a trip for the Supreme Winner, Leroy Nurkka, to Wellington with his art teacher to visit The Scale of Our War exhibition at Te Papa and a tour of Weta Workshop. Each of the six local high schools that participated (Western Heights High School, Rotorua Girls High School, Rotorua Boys High School, Te Kura Kaupapa o te Ruamata, Rotorua Lakes High School and Reporoa College) will each receive a $1,000 voucher from National Art Supplies. The competition is possible thanks to the generous support of the Ngati Whakaue Education Endowment Trust which sponsored the prizes. Further support was provided by Rotorua Library Te Aka Mauri, Rotorua WW1 Committee and WW1 researcher Andrew Monk. For further information please contact Rotorua Museum, phone 07 350 1814 or email rotorua.museum@rotorualc.nz.

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      Apr 2018

      The Art of Remembering – Te Pu o Mahara

      Highlighting the exceptional talent of local art students, this exhibition hosted by Rotorua Museum showcases the winners and finalists from the The Art of Remembering – Te Pu o Mahara competition. The exhibition of 23 works will be on display at The Arts Village from 21 April until 26 May 2018. Rotorua high school students were tasked with creating visual art based on the story of a Rotorua person who served in the Great War. The students selected someone from a list of people who had been researched and was be asked to interpret an aspect of their story through one of seven visual art mediums—painting, print making, sculpture, moving image, photography, digital or mixed media. Leroy Nurkka (Rotorua Lakes High School, Year 13) won over 80 other entries to win the $10,000 scholarship as Supreme Winner with his painting of Christabel McFarlane, a nurse who served in the Great War. “I crafted a composition highlighting Christabel’s war involvement whilst subtly symbolising the war and her life. The sombre tonal portrait adds a dynamic; framed by poppies which symbolise remembrance. The cross represents nursing, with a blood curtain alluding to war nurse horrors. The ship is the hospital ship Christabel worked on, also symbolising her family’s migration to New Zealand. The puhoro represents water, and the cutline of Mokoia Island represents Christabel’s Rotorua residence”, explains Mr Nurkka. Three Excellence in Art Awards were also awarded by the judges to entries they felt were of exceptional standard. The first was awarded to Jared Lewis (Western Heights High School, Year 13) who used digital media to tell the story of Cecil Goodson, a driver for New Zealand Field Artillery. Two students from Rotorua Girls High School were also awarded Excellence in Art Awards. Animata Te Runa Tukiwaho (Year 10, Photography) and Marine Rose Anne Ocangas (Year 13, Digital Media) who created artworks based on Eric Cobledick who was a Private in the Wellington Infantry Regiment. Ngati Whakaue Education Endowment Trust generously provided the scholarship prizes along with a trip for the Supreme Winner, Leroy Nurkka, to Wellington with his art teacher to visit The Scale of Our War exhibition at Te Papa and a tour of Weta Workshop. Each of the six local high schools that participated (Western Heights High School, Rotorua Girls High School, Rotorua Boys High School, Te Kura Kaupapa o te Ruamata, Rotorua Lakes High School and Reporoa College) will each receive a $1,000 voucher from National Art Supplies. The competition is possible thanks to the generous support of the Ngati Whakaue Education Endowment Trust which sponsored the prizes. Further support was provided by Rotorua Library Te Aka Mauri, Rotorua WW1 Committee and WW1 researcher Andrew Monk. For further information please contact Rotorua Museum, phone 07 350 1814 or email rotorua.museum@rotorualc.nz.

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      Apr 2018

      Harcourts Outdoor Ice Rink

      The Rotorua Village Green Ices up with the Harcourts Outdoor Ice Rink! Rotorua's Village Green precinct comes alive with an icy make-over with the hugely popular Harcourts Outdoor Ice rink. The four week programme of icy festivities offer something for everyone. Programme Highlights: - Wednesdays - Student Skate Night $10 a ticket to students with ID - Thursdays - Frow Back Retro Nights - Fridays - DJ nights Saturday nights! - 14 April - Foam Party - 21 April - Mexican Night - 28 April - Laser Party - 5 May - Fire & Ice - 12 May - Glow Party Weekend themes: - 14 April, Sun 15 April - Winter Onezie Land - 21 April, Sun 22 April - Super Heroes - 28 April, Sun 29 April - Cowboys, Cowgirls - 5 May, Sun 6 May - Winter Wonderland - 12 May, Sun 13 May - All Things Ice

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      Apr 2018

      Whio Awareness Month - Freshwater Encounter

      Join our wildlife keepers on a stroll through the park to meet our freshwater wildlife! During this 1-hour encounter, you'll get to feed native longfin eels, meet giant kokopu (our newest residents), and help spot koura (who love to hide)! Along the way, our wildlife keepers will have heaps of interesting facts and stories to tell! You'll also get to stop at our spring water fountains for a refreshing drink. Then our wildlife keeper will take you to the walk-through aviary where you will meet our two beautiful whio! Whio are endemic to New Zealand, and one of only four ducks species in the world that lives in fast flowing water. Unfortunately the loss of habitat through changing land and water use has been a major threat to whio over the years. April is Whio Awareness Month and during this encounter you'll learn all about Whio, their unique characteristics and what can be done to secure the future of this endangered bird. *Freshwater Encounter is free with a Rainbow Springs Day Pass. These school holidays, Rainbow Springs and Agrodome are teaming up to offer you an awesome Family Deal which is just too good to miss. Grab a Family Day Pass to Rainbow Springs and tickets to the Agrodome Farm Show for only $109! You'll save $70! Buy online and use promo code DOUBLEFUN. You can enjoy both activities in one day, or spread the fun over a couple of days.

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      Apr 2018

      Whio Awareness Month - Freshwater Encounter

      Join our wildlife keepers on a stroll through the park to meet our freshwater wildlife! During this 1-hour encounter, you'll get to feed native longfin eels, meet giant kokopu (our newest residents), and help spot koura (who love to hide)! Along the way, our wildlife keepers will have heaps of interesting facts and stories to tell! You'll also get to stop at our spring water fountains for a refreshing drink. Then our wildlife keeper will take you to the walk-through aviary where you will meet our two beautiful whio! Whio are endemic to New Zealand, and one of only four ducks species in the world that lives in fast flowing water. Unfortunately the loss of habitat through changing land and water use has been a major threat to whio over the years. April is Whio Awareness Month and during this encounter you'll learn all about Whio, their unique characteristics and what can be done to secure the future of this endangered bird. *Freshwater Encounter is free with a Rainbow Springs Day Pass. These school holidays, Rainbow Springs and Agrodome are teaming up to offer you an awesome Family Deal which is just too good to miss. Grab a Family Day Pass to Rainbow Springs and tickets to the Agrodome Farm Show for only $109! You'll save $70! Buy online and use promo code DOUBLEFUN. You can enjoy both activities in one day, or spread the fun over a couple of days.

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      Apr 2018

      2018 Open Trans Tasman Series

      Long-standing rivals take on 2018 Open Trans-Tasman Series. Rotorua will get the opportunity to exhibit its natural wonders as well as the best Touch players from New Zealand and Australia as they meet for the highly anticipated, 2018 Open Trans-Tasman Series. The two Nations will battle it out at Rotorua International Stadium from Friday 27th April, to Sunday 29th April 2018 across three Opens grades; Mens, Womens and Mixed. With the impending World Cup in Malaysia in 2019, this is the prime opportunity for teams to showcase their skill and dynamicism at the highest level possible whilst they aim for the series win over the 3 days. With New Zealand and Australia well known for their long-standing rivalry, there is no doubt that the Series will be filled with spectacular action and show stopping performances. 2018 Open Trans-Tasman Series Schedule: 27th April 2018 4:00pm - Open Mixed 5:10pm - Open Women 6:20pm - Open Men 28th April 2018 3:00pm - Open Mixed 4:10pm - Open Women 5:20pm - Open Men 29th April 2018 10:00am - Open Mixed 11:00am - Open Women 12:00pm - Open Men All of the Series games will be livestreamed via the Touch NZ Facebook page. To view the full event flyer click here. Keep up-to-date with all the latest news and information for the 2018 Open Trans-Tasman Series: Website: http://touchnz.co.nz Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/touchnz/

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      Apr 2018

      The Creation Dinner Encore by Karena and Kasey Bird-Night 2

      Due to popular demand we are opening for a second night. Nau mai haere mai ki te timatanga. After an overwhelming response to the first night and tickets selling out in only a few days Karena and Kasey have decided to give more people an opportunity to take part in this experience and we will be hosting a second evening of the "Creation Dinner" With a limited number of tickets these will sell out again so get in quick After a whirl wind visit to 24 countries and after working in some of New Zealand's top restaurants Karena and Kasey Bird, winners of Masterchef 2014 and TV hosts of 'Karena and Kasey's Kitchen Diplomacy' are excited to bring all of their new knowledge back to Rotorua to host a very special dining experience. This exclusive dining experience will combine story telling with a delicious 7 course degustation paired with beverage matches with limited tickets available. 'This is a new beginning for us, we have dreamed of a dining experience like this and we are excited to finally bring it to life and share it with everyone. We couldn't think of a more perfect place to start than Rotorua as we have such a special connection with this area and we are really looking forward to starting the next chapter of our food journey here'. 'We will deliver an unforgettable experience. We are taking everything we have learnt over the past few years, from our travels abroad and many cooking and dining experiences and combining it with our love of NZ produce whilst taking our guests on an immersive journey through food and storytelling'. Interest has been very high so if you would like to be apart of this special event please do not hesitate to book as tickets will sell out. Meeting point is Ponsonby Road Lounge Bar 6pm. You will be transferred to Dining location from here

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      Apr 2018

      Dinner & Show

      The historically boutique Prince's Gate Hotel’s live entertainment roster has become something of a Rotorua legend. A tradition for fine entertainment built over decades has seen the historically boutique Prince's Gate Hotel become one of the hottest venues in town, hosting artists like Dame Malvina Major, and John Rowles. Both our guests-in-residence and our local aficionados return again and again to our dinner shows. Broadway to Vegas to Opera and beyond; our roster of shows is designed to appeal to every music fan. Our signature fusion of cabaret-style entertainment with fine dining is not to be missed.

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      Apr 2018

      Diamond Divas

      Tamati Coffey's favourite entry from New Zealand's Got Talent: Amanda Stevenson & Vikki Lee Smith were two vibrant, intelligent solo vocal artists from New Zealand (Aotearoa) when by chance they happened to sing together at a concert, they enjoyed it so much that in 2010 they decided to form Diamond Divas and since then Mandy & Vikki haven’t looked back. There is virtually nothing these ladies can’t sing and this gives them a musical flexibility, which, when coupled with their infectious personalities, creates a powerful and highly entertaining combination. Their musical style can only be described as diverse and ranges from Show tunes to R&B, Disco and Soul to Country and Classic Rock. Over the last 18 months, Diamond Divas have established themselves as one of the premier singing duos in the country which has seen them performing at a wide range of musical events such as community concerts, fundraisers, business expos’ and various music festivals within New Zealand. They also perform backing vocals regularly with Frankie Stevens for many of his live shows throughout the country.

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      Apr 2018

      Blue Lake School Holiday Scavenger Hunt

      These school holidays, the team from Sport Bay of Plenty and Virtually on Track have created six free and unique scavenger hunts around the region that encourage you to solve clues, answer questions and explore some of our most popular recreational areas. Take part in any or all of the hunts during the April school holidays, submit your answers, and be in to win fantastic prizes. The Blue Lake Scavenger Hunt starts from the Blue Lake Top 10 Holiday Park. The track is dog friendly and suitable for all-terrain pushchairs and three-wheeler buggies so it's perfect for the whole family! Visit the website to download the clue sheet and map, and to check out the other scavenger hunts on offer!

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      Apr 2018

      Boyes Beach School Holiday Scavenger Hunt

      These school holidays, the team from Sport Bay of Plenty and Virtually on Track have created six free and unique scavenger hunts around the region that encourage you to solve clues, answer questions and explore some of our most popular recreational areas. Take part in any or all of the hunts during the April school holidays, submit your answers, and be in to win fantastic prizes. The Boyes Beach Scavenger Hunt start point is located on the northern end of Lake Okareka on Millar Road, off Okareka Loop Road. The route is pushchair friendly, however dogs and bikes are not allowed on this walkway. Visit the website to download the clue sheet and map, and to check out the other scavenger hunts on offer!

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      Apr 2018

      April School Holiday Activity Trail

      Explore Government Gardens to learn more about its cool history and be in to win great prizes. These April School Holidays Rotorua Museum is running a free activity trail that will have kids exploring the beautiful Government Gardens and learning about the interesting history of the area. Activity trails will be available from Saturday 14 April and can be collected from Rotorua iSite (Fenton Street) or from Te Runanga Tea House during drop-in crafts (16-20 April & 23-27 (excluding ANZAC day) April 2018, 10am-3pm). Once you’ve finished the Activity Trail, you can enter the draw to win a cool prize pack. Entry boxes will be located at Rotorua iSite and Te Runanga Tea House (during drop-in crafts). All entries need to be in by 5pm Sunday 29 April 2018. Other school holiday activities include: 16-20 April 2018, 10am – 3pm Drop-in Crafts – Crowns Te Runanga Tea House 25 April 2018, 10am – 2pm ANZAC Crafts – Delores Crosses The Arts Village 23-24 & 26-27 April 2018 10am – 3pm Drop-in Crafts – Flax Crosses Te Runanga Tea House For further information contact Rotorua Museum, phone 07 350 1818 or email rotorua.museum@rotorualc.nz.

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      Apr 2018

      School Holiday Combo Deal!

      These school holidays, Rainbow Springs has teamed up with the Agrodome to offer you an awesome family deal which is just too good to miss. Grab a Family Day Pass to Rainbow Springs and tickets to the Agrodome Farm Show for only $109! You'll save $70! Buy online and use promo code DOUBLEFUN. You can enjoy both activities in one day, or spread the fun over a couple of days. Your Rainbow Springs Day Pass includes: - Entry to our exciting new Bird Show at 11:30am! - Daily close-up Animal Encounters with our expert wildlife team! - Unlimited rides on the Big Splash! - Endless fun on our awesome new Playscapes and Water Play area! - Chance to meet whio, koura, giant kokopu and feed longfin eels in our new Freshwater Fish Encounter! This 1-hour encounter runs everyday at 12:15pm, 30th March 2018 - 29th April 2018, maximum capacity 40 pax. - Our huge kids playpark! -Our interactive whio education area! - Repeat entry throughout the day so you can come back at night, when it’s dark, to see kiwi in our outdoor enclosure. - and more. Agrodome Farm Show! Get ready for a fun-packed hour of entertainment at the Agrodome Farm Show! You’ll hear amazing facts and have a few laughs as you’re introduced to 19 breeds of sheep. Then, watch a live sheep shearing demonstration and take part in a fun sheep auction. If a hands-on experience is what you want, jump up on stage to feed lambs or even hand-milk a cow! After the show, head outside to the herding area to watch a free live dog trial. Your ticket also includes entry to the Farmyard Nursery, home to the smallest and cutest animals at the Agrodome. You can even pet and have your photo taken with the baby farm animals! Combo Offer Terms and Conditions: - Travel period: (30th March - 29th April 2018). - With promo code DOUBLEFUN; Family Pass is $109 (2 adults and up to 3 children aged 5-15 years), 0-4 years are free, individual adult tickets $45, individual child tickets $25. - Tickets can be used on separate days within a 5 day period. - Rainbow Springs: Open 8:30am-10pm every day - no reservations required. - Agrodome: Farm Show times 9:30am, 11am and 2:30pm every day - no reservations required. - Not available in conjunction with any other offer or discount.

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      Apr 2018

      School Holiday Combo Deal!

      These school holidays, Rainbow Springs has teamed up with the Agrodome to offer you an awesome family deal which is just too good to miss. Grab a Family Day Pass to Rainbow Springs and tickets to the Agrodome Farm Show for only $109! You'll save $70! Buy online and use promo code DOUBLEFUN. You can enjoy both activities in one day, or spread the fun over a couple of days. Your Rainbow Springs Day Pass includes: - Entry to our exciting new Bird Show at 11:30am! - Daily close-up Animal Encounters with our expert wildlife team! - Unlimited rides on the Big Splash! - Endless fun on our awesome new Playscapes and Water Play area! - Chance to meet whio, koura, giant kokopu and feed longfin eels in our new Freshwater Fish Encounter! This 1-hour encounter runs everyday at 12:15pm, 30th March 2018 - 29th April 2018, maximum capacity 40 pax. - Our huge kids playpark! -Our interactive whio education area! - Repeat entry throughout the day so you can come back at night, when it’s dark, to see kiwi in our outdoor enclosure. - and more. Agrodome Farm Show! Get ready for a fun-packed hour of entertainment at the Agrodome Farm Show! You’ll hear amazing facts and have a few laughs as you’re introduced to 19 breeds of sheep. Then, watch a live sheep shearing demonstration and take part in a fun sheep auction. If a hands-on experience is what you want, jump up on stage to feed lambs or even hand-milk a cow! After the show, head outside to the herding area to watch a free live dog trial. Your ticket also includes entry to the Farmyard Nursery, home to the smallest and cutest animals at the Agrodome. You can even pet and have your photo taken with the baby farm animals! Combo Offer Terms and Conditions: - Travel period: (30th March - 29th April 2018). - With promo code DOUBLEFUN; Family Pass is $109 (2 adults and up to 3 children aged 5-15 years), 0-4 years are free, individual adult tickets $45, individual child tickets $25. - Tickets can be used on separate days within a 5 day period. - Rainbow Springs: Open 8:30am-10pm every day - no reservations required. - Agrodome: Farm Show times 9:30am, 11am and 2:30pm every day - no reservations required. - Not available in conjunction with any other offer or discount.

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      Apr 2018

      School Holiday Combo Deal!

      These school holidays, Rainbow Springs has teamed up with the Agrodome to offer you an awesome family deal which is just too good to miss. Grab a Family Day Pass to Rainbow Springs and tickets to the Agrodome Farm Show for only $109! You'll save $70! Buy online and use promo code DOUBLEFUN. You can enjoy both activities in one day, or spread the fun over a couple of days. Your Rainbow Springs Day Pass includes: - Entry to our exciting new Bird Show at 11:30am! - Daily close-up Animal Encounters with our expert wildlife team! - Unlimited rides on the Big Splash! - Endless fun on our awesome new Playscapes and Water Play area! - Chance to meet whio, koura, giant kokopu and feed longfin eels in our new Freshwater Fish Encounter! This 1-hour encounter runs everyday at 12:15pm, 30th March 2018 - 29th April 2018, maximum capacity 40 pax. - Our huge kids playpark! -Our interactive whio education area! - Repeat entry throughout the day so you can come back at night, when it’s dark, to see kiwi in our outdoor enclosure. - and more. Agrodome Farm Show! Get ready for a fun-packed hour of entertainment at the Agrodome Farm Show! You’ll hear amazing facts and have a few laughs as you’re introduced to 19 breeds of sheep. Then, watch a live sheep shearing demonstration and take part in a fun sheep auction. If a hands-on experience is what you want, jump up on stage to feed lambs or even hand-milk a cow! After the show, head outside to the herding area to watch a free live dog trial. Your ticket also includes entry to the Farmyard Nursery, home to the smallest and cutest animals at the Agrodome. You can even pet and have your photo taken with the baby farm animals! Combo Offer Terms and Conditions: - Travel period: (30th March - 29th April 2018). - With promo code DOUBLEFUN; Family Pass is $109 (2 adults and up to 3 children aged 5-15 years), 0-4 years are free, individual adult tickets $45, individual child tickets $25. - Tickets can be used on separate days within a 5 day period. - Rainbow Springs: Open 8:30am-10pm every day - no reservations required. - Agrodome: Farm Show times 9:30am, 11am and 2:30pm every day - no reservations required. - Not available in conjunction with any other offer or discount.

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      Apr 2018

      Rotorua Farmers Market

      The Rotorua Farmers Market sells a range of fresh, local produce and specialty foods from handcrafted wooden barrows. The event also features local musicians each week, creating a fun, family-friendly atmosphere in the heart of Rotorua.

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      Apr 2018

      Soundshell Market

      the Soundshell Market..held right on the Lakefront in sunny Rotorua... It has been operating for 30 years... Plenty of parking. Featuring outside stalls of all descriptions. Crafts, antiques, curios and collectibles, plants, clothing, knitwear..variety, locally carved woodware, jewellery, soaps, handbags, concrete ornaments, top quality second hand tools, gemstones of all descriptions and sizes... hand-carved wooden statues from Kawerau, readings, massage - in fact, you name it - you will find it at the Soundshell Market.

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      Apr 2018

      Soundshell Market

      the Soundshell Market..held right on the Lakefront in sunny Rotorua... It has been operating for 30 years... Plenty of parking. Featuring outside stalls of all descriptions. Crafts, antiques, curios and collectibles, plants, clothing, knitwear..variety, locally carved woodware, jewellery, soaps, handbags, concrete ornaments, top quality second hand tools, gemstones of all descriptions and sizes... hand-carved wooden statues from Kawerau, readings, massage - in fact, you name it - you will find it at the Soundshell Market.

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      Apr 2018

      Man's Best Friend

      February 16th marks the beginning of the Chinese New Year. This year is the year of the dog. At Helium we love dogs, so what better way to celebrate than with a dog show! Join us for the opening of this diverse exhibition celebrating Man's Best Friend. 10% of the sales will be going to the SPCA. On the opening night we will have a cash bar with all proceeds going to the SPCA. During the exhibition, on March 3rd we are hosting a very special portrait day with Maxine Thompson. A completely unique and original piece of artwork of your dog. Price $50. All proceeds go to the SPCA. Bookings essential: info@heliumgallery.co.nz

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      Apr 2018

      2018 Open Trans Tasman Series

      Long-standing rivals take on 2018 Open Trans-Tasman Series. Rotorua will get the opportunity to exhibit its natural wonders as well as the best Touch players from New Zealand and Australia as they meet for the highly anticipated, 2018 Open Trans-Tasman Series. The two Nations will battle it out at Rotorua International Stadium from Friday 27th April, to Sunday 29th April 2018 across three Opens grades; Mens, Womens and Mixed. With the impending World Cup in Malaysia in 2019, this is the prime opportunity for teams to showcase their skill and dynamicism at the highest level possible whilst they aim for the series win over the 3 days. With New Zealand and Australia well known for their long-standing rivalry, there is no doubt that the Series will be filled with spectacular action and show stopping performances. 2018 Open Trans-Tasman Series Schedule: 27th April 2018 4:00pm - Open Mixed 5:10pm - Open Women 6:20pm - Open Men 28th April 2018 3:00pm - Open Mixed 4:10pm - Open Women 5:20pm - Open Men 29th April 2018 10:00am - Open Mixed 11:00am - Open Women 12:00pm - Open Men All of the Series games will be livestreamed via the Touch NZ Facebook page. To view the full event flyer click here. Keep up-to-date with all the latest news and information for the 2018 Open Trans-Tasman Series: Website: http://touchnz.co.nz Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/touchnz/

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      Apr 2018

      Recycled Wedding Market

      Bridal goods to sell or looking for some bargains? Then join us for our recycled market. For more info or to book your stall. (Vendors or brides wanting to book a stall for pre-loved goods!) Contact us on 07 350 2119 or info@bluebaths.co.nz. Limited availability so don't delay! Selling on behalf - Blue Baths can sell your Wedding Dress on your behalf. We'll have a seamstress on hand to assist and offer advise on adjustments. Calling all you bargain hunting brides!

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      Apr 2018

      Glass Fusing Workshop Pictures Or Jewellery

      Fused glass workshop choose between making fused glass jewellery a glass picture or glass houses cost $125. You will learn all the basics of glass fusing on this workshop, price includes all materials and also a cooked lunch. Booking is essential for more info or to book call 021 201 8580 or e mail - info@paradisefusion.co.nz. To find out about other workshops we run and to see what has been made on workshops visit our Facebook page www.facbook.com/paradisefusionart. This workshop is suitable for adults and children over 13.

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      Apr 2018

      Harcourts Outdoor Ice Rink

      The Rotorua Village Green Ices up with the Harcourts Outdoor Ice Rink! Rotorua's Village Green precinct comes alive with an icy make-over with the hugely popular Harcourts Outdoor Ice rink. The four week programme of icy festivities offer something for everyone. Programme Highlights: - Wednesdays - Student Skate Night $10 a ticket to students with ID - Thursdays - Frow Back Retro Nights - Fridays - DJ nights Saturday nights! - 14 April - Foam Party - 21 April - Mexican Night - 28 April - Laser Party - 5 May - Fire & Ice - 12 May - Glow Party Weekend themes: - 14 April, Sun 15 April - Winter Onezie Land - 21 April, Sun 22 April - Super Heroes - 28 April, Sun 29 April - Cowboys, Cowgirls - 5 May, Sun 6 May - Winter Wonderland - 12 May, Sun 13 May - All Things Ice

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      Apr 2018

      Whio Awareness Month - Freshwater Encounter

      Join our wildlife keepers on a stroll through the park to meet our freshwater wildlife! During this 1-hour encounter, you'll get to feed native longfin eels, meet giant kokopu (our newest residents), and help spot koura (who love to hide)! Along the way, our wildlife keepers will have heaps of interesting facts and stories to tell! You'll also get to stop at our spring water fountains for a refreshing drink. Then our wildlife keeper will take you to the walk-through aviary where you will meet our two beautiful whio! Whio are endemic to New Zealand, and one of only four ducks species in the world that lives in fast flowing water. Unfortunately the loss of habitat through changing land and water use has been a major threat to whio over the years. April is Whio Awareness Month and during this encounter you'll learn all about Whio, their unique characteristics and what can be done to secure the future of this endangered bird. *Freshwater Encounter is free with a Rainbow Springs Day Pass. These school holidays, Rainbow Springs and Agrodome are teaming up to offer you an awesome Family Deal which is just too good to miss. Grab a Family Day Pass to Rainbow Springs and tickets to the Agrodome Farm Show for only $109! You'll save $70! Buy online and use promo code DOUBLEFUN. You can enjoy both activities in one day, or spread the fun over a couple of days.

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      Apr 2018

      Whio Awareness Month - Freshwater Encounter

      Join our wildlife keepers on a stroll through the park to meet our freshwater wildlife! During this 1-hour encounter, you'll get to feed native longfin eels, meet giant kokopu (our newest residents), and help spot koura (who love to hide)! Along the way, our wildlife keepers will have heaps of interesting facts and stories to tell! You'll also get to stop at our spring water fountains for a refreshing drink. Then our wildlife keeper will take you to the walk-through aviary where you will meet our two beautiful whio! Whio are endemic to New Zealand, and one of only four ducks species in the world that lives in fast flowing water. Unfortunately the loss of habitat through changing land and water use has been a major threat to whio over the years. April is Whio Awareness Month and during this encounter you'll learn all about Whio, their unique characteristics and what can be done to secure the future of this endangered bird. *Freshwater Encounter is free with a Rainbow Springs Day Pass. These school holidays, Rainbow Springs and Agrodome are teaming up to offer you an awesome Family Deal which is just too good to miss. Grab a Family Day Pass to Rainbow Springs and tickets to the Agrodome Farm Show for only $109! You'll save $70! Buy online and use promo code DOUBLEFUN. You can enjoy both activities in one day, or spread the fun over a couple of days.

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      Apr 2018

      Screenprint Workshop: Print Your Own Poster!

      Screenprinting is a print technique whereby an artwork stencil is created on a mesh screen. This process makes layering images and printing multiple editions of a piece easier. In this six-hour workshop students will learn the basic process of screenprinting for a single colour poster. With no experience necessary this workshop offers a breakdown of all you need to know to start printing and every student will learn how to create their own artwork from start to finish. You will learn how to: - Prepare your artwork positive - Prep your screen ready to expose (using a light-sensitive emulsion) - Print at least one edition of your poster Workshop dates and times have been revised and are as follows: Saturday 28th April: 10.00am - 4.00pm To enrol please read our workshop information sheet and fill out the enrolment form by visiting www.winifredslane.com/enrolonline If you have any questions about the workshops feel free to email us at hello@winifredslane.com or call us on 021 224 1120. Visit us at www.winifredslane.com, or follow us on instagram at Winifred's Lane.

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      Apr 2018

      Passionata

      Selwyn Wright, pianist and vocalist, and his wife Mary Wright, also a well-known vocalist, have formed a duo called Passionata. They bring a dynamic interpretation to their classical and jazz repertoire. Selwyn will be flying solo, performing on the piano while you enjoy lunch, high tea, or even just a drink and nibbles in our Dukes Bar & Restaurant.

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      Apr 2018

      Singles Walk

      Are you single? Wanting to meet other like minded people? Come along to our weekly Sunday Walk where singles can meet and mingle in a fun environment. It's a great way to meet other people in a safe place and it's healthy! Arrive 1/2 hour early for a bit of a mix and mingle before we start walking at 2pm. 1 hour loop or 3km through the Redwood Grove track and beyond. Social group, good networking and connecting with local people. We will help you to connect and break the ice. Suitable for 30 plus, pets allowed. For more information please call Viv at 0272703594 or follow us on Facebook.com/singlesfunconnect.

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      Apr 2018

      Singles Walk

      Are you single? Wanting to meet other like minded people? Come along to our weekly Sunday Walk where singles can meet and mingle in a fun environment. It's a great way to meet other people in a safe place and it's healthy! Arrive 1/2 hour early for a bit of a mix and mingle before we start walking at 2pm. 1 hour loop or 3km through the Redwood Grove track and beyond. Social group, good networking and connecting with local people. We will help you to connect and break the ice. Suitable for 30 plus, pets allowed. For more information please call Viv at 0272703594 or follow us on Facebook.com/singlesfunconnect.

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      Apr 2018

      Opus Orchestra - Wunderhorn

      So, if it’s a brass instrument, why does it look silver? And highly polished at that. In every sense of the word. The French horn is visually glamorous, sublime to listen to, and, as one of the most difficult instruments to play, demanding of a performer with supremely polished skill. Enter the young, sassy and brilliant Samuel Jacobs, arguably one of the best in his trade worldwide. Samuel is Principal horn of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, having returned from the same position in the London Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Diversely talented, Samuel has made numerous commercial recordings for the film, television, gaming and pop industries, including albums with Sting, and soundtracks for The Hobbit and the latest Bond film Spectre. Opus Orchestra is thrilled to have him performing the Richard Strauss Horn Concerto No. 1 with them. This masterpiece has it all - genius, heroism, reflection and flamboyance. Tone (sound quality) of the French horn ranges from mellow and sonorous in the lower register, to velvety soft and brilliant in the high register. Which returns us to the question of instrument colour. Horns come in both brass and silver actually – sometimes the brass is plated with silver. But it isn’t really for looks - the silver tends to produce a brighter sound. So, does Jacobs choose to play on a brass or silver horn? Come along and find out.

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      Apr 2018

      Passionata

      Selwyn Wright, pianist and vocalist, and his wife Mary Wright, also a well-known vocalist, have formed a duo called Passionata. They bring a dynamic interpretation to their classical and jazz repertoire. Selwyn will be flying solo, performing on the piano while you enjoy lunch, high tea, or even just a drink and nibbles in our Dukes Bar & Restaurant.

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      Apr 2018

      Psychic Surgery with Jeanette Wilson

      In this two hour show Jeanette works with a team of spirit world doctors and surgeons to remove pain and restriction often within just minutes. It’s a mind opening evening as Jeanette’e guides give insights to the causation of disease and show how the human body can be healed. Clips of film from previous events and photographs of spiritual phenomenon can be seen in the healing section of this website. Door sales available.

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      Apr 2018

      Psychic Surgery with Jeanette Wilson

      In this two hour show Jeanette works with a team of spirit world doctors and surgeons to remove pain and restriction often within just minutes. It’s a mind opening evening as Jeanette’e guides give insights to the causation of disease and show how the human body can be healed. Clips of film from previous events and photographs of spiritual phenomenon can be seen in the healing section of this website. Door sales available.

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      Apr 2018

      The Art of Remembering – Te Pu o Mahara

      Highlighting the exceptional talent of local art students, this exhibition hosted by Rotorua Museum showcases the winners and finalists from the The Art of Remembering – Te Pu o Mahara competition. The exhibition of 23 works will be on display at The Arts Village from 21 April until 26 May 2018. Rotorua high school students were tasked with creating visual art based on the story of a Rotorua person who served in the Great War. The students selected someone from a list of people who had been researched and was be asked to interpret an aspect of their story through one of seven visual art mediums—painting, print making, sculpture, moving image, photography, digital or mixed media. Leroy Nurkka (Rotorua Lakes High School, Year 13) won over 80 other entries to win the $10,000 scholarship as Supreme Winner with his painting of Christabel McFarlane, a nurse who served in the Great War. “I crafted a composition highlighting Christabel’s war involvement whilst subtly symbolising the war and her life. The sombre tonal portrait adds a dynamic; framed by poppies which symbolise remembrance. The cross represents nursing, with a blood curtain alluding to war nurse horrors. The ship is the hospital ship Christabel worked on, also symbolising her family’s migration to New Zealand. The puhoro represents water, and the cutline of Mokoia Island represents Christabel’s Rotorua residence”, explains Mr Nurkka. Three Excellence in Art Awards were also awarded by the judges to entries they felt were of exceptional standard. The first was awarded to Jared Lewis (Western Heights High School, Year 13) who used digital media to tell the story of Cecil Goodson, a driver for New Zealand Field Artillery. Two students from Rotorua Girls High School were also awarded Excellence in Art Awards. Animata Te Runa Tukiwaho (Year 10, Photography) and Marine Rose Anne Ocangas (Year 13, Digital Media) who created artworks based on Eric Cobledick who was a Private in the Wellington Infantry Regiment. Ngati Whakaue Education Endowment Trust generously provided the scholarship prizes along with a trip for the Supreme Winner, Leroy Nurkka, to Wellington with his art teacher to visit The Scale of Our War exhibition at Te Papa and a tour of Weta Workshop. Each of the six local high schools that participated (Western Heights High School, Rotorua Girls High School, Rotorua Boys High School, Te Kura Kaupapa o te Ruamata, Rotorua Lakes High School and Reporoa College) will each receive a $1,000 voucher from National Art Supplies. The competition is possible thanks to the generous support of the Ngati Whakaue Education Endowment Trust which sponsored the prizes. Further support was provided by Rotorua Library Te Aka Mauri, Rotorua WW1 Committee and WW1 researcher Andrew Monk. For further information please contact Rotorua Museum, phone 07 350 1814 or email rotorua.museum@rotorualc.nz.

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      Apr 2018

      The Art of Remembering – Te Pu o Mahara

      Highlighting the exceptional talent of local art students, this exhibition hosted by Rotorua Museum showcases the winners and finalists from the The Art of Remembering – Te Pu o Mahara competition. The exhibition of 23 works will be on display at The Arts Village from 21 April until 26 May 2018. Rotorua high school students were tasked with creating visual art based on the story of a Rotorua person who served in the Great War. The students selected someone from a list of people who had been researched and was be asked to interpret an aspect of their story through one of seven visual art mediums—painting, print making, sculpture, moving image, photography, digital or mixed media. Leroy Nurkka (Rotorua Lakes High School, Year 13) won over 80 other entries to win the $10,000 scholarship as Supreme Winner with his painting of Christabel McFarlane, a nurse who served in the Great War. “I crafted a composition highlighting Christabel’s war involvement whilst subtly symbolising the war and her life. The sombre tonal portrait adds a dynamic; framed by poppies which symbolise remembrance. The cross represents nursing, with a blood curtain alluding to war nurse horrors. The ship is the hospital ship Christabel worked on, also symbolising her family’s migration to New Zealand. The puhoro represents water, and the cutline of Mokoia Island represents Christabel’s Rotorua residence”, explains Mr Nurkka. Three Excellence in Art Awards were also awarded by the judges to entries they felt were of exceptional standard. The first was awarded to Jared Lewis (Western Heights High School, Year 13) who used digital media to tell the story of Cecil Goodson, a driver for New Zealand Field Artillery. Two students from Rotorua Girls High School were also awarded Excellence in Art Awards. Animata Te Runa Tukiwaho (Year 10, Photography) and Marine Rose Anne Ocangas (Year 13, Digital Media) who created artworks based on Eric Cobledick who was a Private in the Wellington Infantry Regiment. Ngati Whakaue Education Endowment Trust generously provided the scholarship prizes along with a trip for the Supreme Winner, Leroy Nurkka, to Wellington with his art teacher to visit The Scale of Our War exhibition at Te Papa and a tour of Weta Workshop. Each of the six local high schools that participated (Western Heights High School, Rotorua Girls High School, Rotorua Boys High School, Te Kura Kaupapa o te Ruamata, Rotorua Lakes High School and Reporoa College) will each receive a $1,000 voucher from National Art Supplies. The competition is possible thanks to the generous support of the Ngati Whakaue Education Endowment Trust which sponsored the prizes. Further support was provided by Rotorua Library Te Aka Mauri, Rotorua WW1 Committee and WW1 researcher Andrew Monk. For further information please contact Rotorua Museum, phone 07 350 1814 or email rotorua.museum@rotorualc.nz.

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      Apr 2018

      The Art of Remembering – Te Pu o Mahara

      Highlighting the exceptional talent of local art students, this exhibition hosted by Rotorua Museum showcases the winners and finalists from the The Art of Remembering – Te Pu o Mahara competition. The exhibition of 23 works will be on display at The Arts Village from 21 April until 26 May 2018. Rotorua high school students were tasked with creating visual art based on the story of a Rotorua person who served in the Great War. The students selected someone from a list of people who had been researched and was be asked to interpret an aspect of their story through one of seven visual art mediums—painting, print making, sculpture, moving image, photography, digital or mixed media. Leroy Nurkka (Rotorua Lakes High School, Year 13) won over 80 other entries to win the $10,000 scholarship as Supreme Winner with his painting of Christabel McFarlane, a nurse who served in the Great War. “I crafted a composition highlighting Christabel’s war involvement whilst subtly symbolising the war and her life. The sombre tonal portrait adds a dynamic; framed by poppies which symbolise remembrance. The cross represents nursing, with a blood curtain alluding to war nurse horrors. The ship is the hospital ship Christabel worked on, also symbolising her family’s migration to New Zealand. The puhoro represents water, and the cutline of Mokoia Island represents Christabel’s Rotorua residence”, explains Mr Nurkka. Three Excellence in Art Awards were also awarded by the judges to entries they felt were of exceptional standard. The first was awarded to Jared Lewis (Western Heights High School, Year 13) who used digital media to tell the story of Cecil Goodson, a driver for New Zealand Field Artillery. Two students from Rotorua Girls High School were also awarded Excellence in Art Awards. Animata Te Runa Tukiwaho (Year 10, Photography) and Marine Rose Anne Ocangas (Year 13, Digital Media) who created artworks based on Eric Cobledick who was a Private in the Wellington Infantry Regiment. Ngati Whakaue Education Endowment Trust generously provided the scholarship prizes along with a trip for the Supreme Winner, Leroy Nurkka, to Wellington with his art teacher to visit The Scale of Our War exhibition at Te Papa and a tour of Weta Workshop. Each of the six local high schools that participated (Western Heights High School, Rotorua Girls High School, Rotorua Boys High School, Te Kura Kaupapa o te Ruamata, Rotorua Lakes High School and Reporoa College) will each receive a $1,000 voucher from National Art Supplies. The competition is possible thanks to the generous support of the Ngati Whakaue Education Endowment Trust which sponsored the prizes. Further support was provided by Rotorua Library Te Aka Mauri, Rotorua WW1 Committee and WW1 researcher Andrew Monk. For further information please contact Rotorua Museum, phone 07 350 1814 or email rotorua.museum@rotorualc.nz.

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      Apr 2018

      Harcourts Outdoor Ice Rink

      The Rotorua Village Green Ices up with the Harcourts Outdoor Ice Rink! Rotorua's Village Green precinct comes alive with an icy make-over with the hugely popular Harcourts Outdoor Ice rink. The four week programme of icy festivities offer something for everyone. Programme Highlights: - Wednesdays - Student Skate Night $10 a ticket to students with ID - Thursdays - Frow Back Retro Nights - Fridays - DJ nights Saturday nights! - 14 April - Foam Party - 21 April - Mexican Night - 28 April - Laser Party - 5 May - Fire & Ice - 12 May - Glow Party Weekend themes: - 14 April, Sun 15 April - Winter Onezie Land - 21 April, Sun 22 April - Super Heroes - 28 April, Sun 29 April - Cowboys, Cowgirls - 5 May, Sun 6 May - Winter Wonderland - 12 May, Sun 13 May - All Things Ice

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      Apr 2018

      Flexi Barre Exercise Class

      Flexi Barre is an exercise class combining yoga, pilates and ballet barre work in a jam packed hour! Classes provide options for all levels, meaning you are in charge of how hard you work. You do not have to have any previous experience or be a dancer to attend these classes! Tone, strengthen and lengthen your muscles while increasing flexibility in a fun, social class. 3 sessions in Rotorua: - Monday 5-6pm - Monday 6-7pm - Wednesday 7:30-8:30pm (Plus class) You must register to attend as there are limited spaces available - info@wanderlustdance.co.nz.

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      Apr 2018

      Flexi Barre Exercise Class

      Flexi Barre is an exercise class combining yoga, pilates and ballet barre work in a jam packed hour! Classes provide options for all levels, meaning you are in charge of how hard you work. You do not have to have any previous experience or be a dancer to attend these classes! Tone, strengthen and lengthen your muscles while increasing flexibility in a fun, social class. 3 sessions in Rotorua: - Monday 5-6pm - Monday 6-7pm - Wednesday 7:30-8:30pm (Plus class) You must register to attend as there are limited spaces available - info@wanderlustdance.co.nz.

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      May 2018

      The Art of Remembering – Te Pu o Mahara

      Highlighting the exceptional talent of local art students, this exhibition hosted by Rotorua Museum showcases the winners and finalists from the The Art of Remembering – Te Pu o Mahara competition. The exhibition of 23 works will be on display at The Arts Village from 21 April until 26 May 2018. Rotorua high school students were tasked with creating visual art based on the story of a Rotorua person who served in the Great War. The students selected someone from a list of people who had been researched and was be asked to interpret an aspect of their story through one of seven visual art mediums—painting, print making, sculpture, moving image, photography, digital or mixed media. Leroy Nurkka (Rotorua Lakes High School, Year 13) won over 80 other entries to win the $10,000 scholarship as Supreme Winner with his painting of Christabel McFarlane, a nurse who served in the Great War. “I crafted a composition highlighting Christabel’s war involvement whilst subtly symbolising the war and her life. The sombre tonal portrait adds a dynamic; framed by poppies which symbolise remembrance. The cross represents nursing, with a blood curtain alluding to war nurse horrors. The ship is the hospital ship Christabel worked on, also symbolising her family’s migration to New Zealand. The puhoro represents water, and the cutline of Mokoia Island represents Christabel’s Rotorua residence”, explains Mr Nurkka. Three Excellence in Art Awards were also awarded by the judges to entries they felt were of exceptional standard. The first was awarded to Jared Lewis (Western Heights High School, Year 13) who used digital media to tell the story of Cecil Goodson, a driver for New Zealand Field Artillery. Two students from Rotorua Girls High School were also awarded Excellence in Art Awards. Animata Te Runa Tukiwaho (Year 10, Photography) and Marine Rose Anne Ocangas (Year 13, Digital Media) who created artworks based on Eric Cobledick who was a Private in the Wellington Infantry Regiment. Ngati Whakaue Education Endowment Trust generously provided the scholarship prizes along with a trip for the Supreme Winner, Leroy Nurkka, to Wellington with his art teacher to visit The Scale of Our War exhibition at Te Papa and a tour of Weta Workshop. Each of the six local high schools that participated (Western Heights High School, Rotorua Girls High School, Rotorua Boys High School, Te Kura Kaupapa o te Ruamata, Rotorua Lakes High School and Reporoa College) will each receive a $1,000 voucher from National Art Supplies. The competition is possible thanks to the generous support of the Ngati Whakaue Education Endowment Trust which sponsored the prizes. Further support was provided by Rotorua Library Te Aka Mauri, Rotorua WW1 Committee and WW1 researcher Andrew Monk. For further information please contact Rotorua Museum, phone 07 350 1814 or email rotorua.museum@rotorualc.nz.

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      May 2018

      The Art of Remembering – Te Pu o Mahara

      Highlighting the exceptional talent of local art students, this exhibition hosted by Rotorua Museum showcases the winners and finalists from the The Art of Remembering – Te Pu o Mahara competition. The exhibition of 23 works will be on display at The Arts Village from 21 April until 26 May 2018. Rotorua high school students were tasked with creating visual art based on the story of a Rotorua person who served in the Great War. The students selected someone from a list of people who had been researched and was be asked to interpret an aspect of their story through one of seven visual art mediums—painting, print making, sculpture, moving image, photography, digital or mixed media. Leroy Nurkka (Rotorua Lakes High School, Year 13) won over 80 other entries to win the $10,000 scholarship as Supreme Winner with his painting of Christabel McFarlane, a nurse who served in the Great War. “I crafted a composition highlighting Christabel’s war involvement whilst subtly symbolising the war and her life. The sombre tonal portrait adds a dynamic; framed by poppies which symbolise remembrance. The cross represents nursing, with a blood curtain alluding to war nurse horrors. The ship is the hospital ship Christabel worked on, also symbolising her family’s migration to New Zealand. The puhoro represents water, and the cutline of Mokoia Island represents Christabel’s Rotorua residence”, explains Mr Nurkka. Three Excellence in Art Awards were also awarded by the judges to entries they felt were of exceptional standard. The first was awarded to Jared Lewis (Western Heights High School, Year 13) who used digital media to tell the story of Cecil Goodson, a driver for New Zealand Field Artillery. Two students from Rotorua Girls High School were also awarded Excellence in Art Awards. Animata Te Runa Tukiwaho (Year 10, Photography) and Marine Rose Anne Ocangas (Year 13, Digital Media) who created artworks based on Eric Cobledick who was a Private in the Wellington Infantry Regiment. Ngati Whakaue Education Endowment Trust generously provided the scholarship prizes along with a trip for the Supreme Winner, Leroy Nurkka, to Wellington with his art teacher to visit The Scale of Our War exhibition at Te Papa and a tour of Weta Workshop. Each of the six local high schools that participated (Western Heights High School, Rotorua Girls High School, Rotorua Boys High School, Te Kura Kaupapa o te Ruamata, Rotorua Lakes High School and Reporoa College) will each receive a $1,000 voucher from National Art Supplies. The competition is possible thanks to the generous support of the Ngati Whakaue Education Endowment Trust which sponsored the prizes. Further support was provided by Rotorua Library Te Aka Mauri, Rotorua WW1 Committee and WW1 researcher Andrew Monk. For further information please contact Rotorua Museum, phone 07 350 1814 or email rotorua.museum@rotorualc.nz.

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      May 2018

      The Art of Remembering – Te Pu o Mahara

      Highlighting the exceptional talent of local art students, this exhibition hosted by Rotorua Museum showcases the winners and finalists from the The Art of Remembering – Te Pu o Mahara competition. The exhibition of 23 works will be on display at The Arts Village from 21 April until 26 May 2018. Rotorua high school students were tasked with creating visual art based on the story of a Rotorua person who served in the Great War. The students selected someone from a list of people who had been researched and was be asked to interpret an aspect of their story through one of seven visual art mediums—painting, print making, sculpture, moving image, photography, digital or mixed media. Leroy Nurkka (Rotorua Lakes High School, Year 13) won over 80 other entries to win the $10,000 scholarship as Supreme Winner with his painting of Christabel McFarlane, a nurse who served in the Great War. “I crafted a composition highlighting Christabel’s war involvement whilst subtly symbolising the war and her life. The sombre tonal portrait adds a dynamic; framed by poppies which symbolise remembrance. The cross represents nursing, with a blood curtain alluding to war nurse horrors. The ship is the hospital ship Christabel worked on, also symbolising her family’s migration to New Zealand. The puhoro represents water, and the cutline of Mokoia Island represents Christabel’s Rotorua residence”, explains Mr Nurkka. Three Excellence in Art Awards were also awarded by the judges to entries they felt were of exceptional standard. The first was awarded to Jared Lewis (Western Heights High School, Year 13) who used digital media to tell the story of Cecil Goodson, a driver for New Zealand Field Artillery. Two students from Rotorua Girls High School were also awarded Excellence in Art Awards. Animata Te Runa Tukiwaho (Year 10, Photography) and Marine Rose Anne Ocangas (Year 13, Digital Media) who created artworks based on Eric Cobledick who was a Private in the Wellington Infantry Regiment. Ngati Whakaue Education Endowment Trust generously provided the scholarship prizes along with a trip for the Supreme Winner, Leroy Nurkka, to Wellington with his art teacher to visit The Scale of Our War exhibition at Te Papa and a tour of Weta Workshop. Each of the six local high schools that participated (Western Heights High School, Rotorua Girls High School, Rotorua Boys High School, Te Kura Kaupapa o te Ruamata, Rotorua Lakes High School and Reporoa College) will each receive a $1,000 voucher from National Art Supplies. The competition is possible thanks to the generous support of the Ngati Whakaue Education Endowment Trust which sponsored the prizes. Further support was provided by Rotorua Library Te Aka Mauri, Rotorua WW1 Committee and WW1 researcher Andrew Monk. For further information please contact Rotorua Museum, phone 07 350 1814 or email rotorua.museum@rotorualc.nz.

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      May 2018

      Harcourts Outdoor Ice Rink

      The Rotorua Village Green Ices up with the Harcourts Outdoor Ice Rink! Rotorua's Village Green precinct comes alive with an icy make-over with the hugely popular Harcourts Outdoor Ice rink. The four week programme of icy festivities offer something for everyone. Programme Highlights: - Wednesdays - Student Skate Night $10 a ticket to students with ID - Thursdays - Frow Back Retro Nights - Fridays - DJ nights Saturday nights! - 14 April - Foam Party - 21 April - Mexican Night - 28 April - Laser Party - 5 May - Fire & Ice - 12 May - Glow Party Weekend themes: - 14 April, Sun 15 April - Winter Onezie Land - 21 April, Sun 22 April - Super Heroes - 28 April, Sun 29 April - Cowboys, Cowgirls - 5 May, Sun 6 May - Winter Wonderland - 12 May, Sun 13 May - All Things Ice

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      May 2018

      He Pi Ka Rere - Adventurers

      Under Fives can take flight with He Pi Ka Rere - Adventurers. Booking: No booking required. Cost: Gold coin koha appreciated. Our fun, developmental sessions focus on story time, songs, action rhymes, instruments, movement and craft. ??Tailored specifically for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers He Pi Ka Rere - Adventurers? supports and fosters children's literacy, social, cognitive, motor and musical skills whilst bonding with their caregivers through shared music, action, literary and craft activities. ???Come along - read, dance, rock and create!

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      May 2018

      Play On: Fold by Jo Randerson

      Five friends celebrate five birthdays, but party by party the gatherings degenerate. Fold is a very macabre, black comedy of social manners, pretensions and privilege. Play On is a play reading series of New Zealand work presented by local performers. We're excited to be in this Eruera St venue for the very first time! It's just by Capers cafe so grab a coffee or some dessert from them and bring it along with you to this provocative play. Tickets $5. To reserve your seat, email simone@bigpictureminordeets.com (limited door sales will be available). Please note: this play contains offensive language and adult themes. Not recommended for children. Running time: approx. 45 minutes

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      May 2018

      The Art of Remembering – Te Pu o Mahara

      Highlighting the exceptional talent of local art students, this exhibition hosted by Rotorua Museum showcases the winners and finalists from the The Art of Remembering – Te Pu o Mahara competition. The exhibition of 23 works will be on display at The Arts Village from 21 April until 26 May 2018. Rotorua high school students were tasked with creating visual art based on the story of a Rotorua person who served in the Great War. The students selected someone from a list of people who had been researched and was be asked to interpret an aspect of their story through one of seven visual art mediums—painting, print making, sculpture, moving image, photography, digital or mixed media. Leroy Nurkka (Rotorua Lakes High School, Year 13) won over 80 other entries to win the $10,000 scholarship as Supreme Winner with his painting of Christabel McFarlane, a nurse who served in the Great War. “I crafted a composition highlighting Christabel’s war involvement whilst subtly symbolising the war and her life. The sombre tonal portrait adds a dynamic; framed by poppies which symbolise remembrance. The cross represents nursing, with a blood curtain alluding to war nurse horrors. The ship is the hospital ship Christabel worked on, also symbolising her family’s migration to New Zealand. The puhoro represents water, and the cutline of Mokoia Island represents Christabel’s Rotorua residence”, explains Mr Nurkka. Three Excellence in Art Awards were also awarded by the judges to entries they felt were of exceptional standard. The first was awarded to Jared Lewis (Western Heights High School, Year 13) who used digital media to tell the story of Cecil Goodson, a driver for New Zealand Field Artillery. Two students from Rotorua Girls High School were also awarded Excellence in Art Awards. Animata Te Runa Tukiwaho (Year 10, Photography) and Marine Rose Anne Ocangas (Year 13, Digital Media) who created artworks based on Eric Cobledick who was a Private in the Wellington Infantry Regiment. Ngati Whakaue Education Endowment Trust generously provided the scholarship prizes along with a trip for the Supreme Winner, Leroy Nurkka, to Wellington with his art teacher to visit The Scale of Our War exhibition at Te Papa and a tour of Weta Workshop. Each of the six local high schools that participated (Western Heights High School, Rotorua Girls High School, Rotorua Boys High School, Te Kura Kaupapa o te Ruamata, Rotorua Lakes High School and Reporoa College) will each receive a $1,000 voucher from National Art Supplies. The competition is possible thanks to the generous support of the Ngati Whakaue Education Endowment Trust which sponsored the prizes. Further support was provided by Rotorua Library Te Aka Mauri, Rotorua WW1 Committee and WW1 researcher Andrew Monk. For further information please contact Rotorua Museum, phone 07 350 1814 or email rotorua.museum@rotorualc.nz.

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      May 2018

      The Art of Remembering – Te Pu o Mahara

      Highlighting the exceptional talent of local art students, this exhibition hosted by Rotorua Museum showcases the winners and finalists from the The Art of Remembering – Te Pu o Mahara competition. The exhibition of 23 works will be on display at The Arts Village from 21 April until 26 May 2018. Rotorua high school students were tasked with creating visual art based on the story of a Rotorua person who served in the Great War. The students selected someone from a list of people who had been researched and was be asked to interpret an aspect of their story through one of seven visual art mediums—painting, print making, sculpture, moving image, photography, digital or mixed media. Leroy Nurkka (Rotorua Lakes High School, Year 13) won over 80 other entries to win the $10,000 scholarship as Supreme Winner with his painting of Christabel McFarlane, a nurse who served in the Great War. “I crafted a composition highlighting Christabel’s war involvement whilst subtly symbolising the war and her life. The sombre tonal portrait adds a dynamic; framed by poppies which symbolise remembrance. The cross represents nursing, with a blood curtain alluding to war nurse horrors. The ship is the hospital ship Christabel worked on, also symbolising her family’s migration to New Zealand. The puhoro represents water, and the cutline of Mokoia Island represents Christabel’s Rotorua residence”, explains Mr Nurkka. Three Excellence in Art Awards were also awarded by the judges to entries they felt were of exceptional standard. The first was awarded to Jared Lewis (Western Heights High School, Year 13) who used digital media to tell the story of Cecil Goodson, a driver for New Zealand Field Artillery. Two students from Rotorua Girls High School were also awarded Excellence in Art Awards. Animata Te Runa Tukiwaho (Year 10, Photography) and Marine Rose Anne Ocangas (Year 13, Digital Media) who created artworks based on Eric Cobledick who was a Private in the Wellington Infantry Regiment. Ngati Whakaue Education Endowment Trust generously provided the scholarship prizes along with a trip for the Supreme Winner, Leroy Nurkka, to Wellington with his art teacher to visit The Scale of Our War exhibition at Te Papa and a tour of Weta Workshop. Each of the six local high schools that participated (Western Heights High School, Rotorua Girls High School, Rotorua Boys High School, Te Kura Kaupapa o te Ruamata, Rotorua Lakes High School and Reporoa College) will each receive a $1,000 voucher from National Art Supplies. The competition is possible thanks to the generous support of the Ngati Whakaue Education Endowment Trust which sponsored the prizes. Further support was provided by Rotorua Library Te Aka Mauri, Rotorua WW1 Committee and WW1 researcher Andrew Monk. For further information please contact Rotorua Museum, phone 07 350 1814 or email rotorua.museum@rotorualc.nz.

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      May 2018

      The Art of Remembering – Te Pu o Mahara

      Highlighting the exceptional talent of local art students, this exhibition hosted by Rotorua Museum showcases the winners and finalists from the The Art of Remembering – Te Pu o Mahara competition. The exhibition of 23 works will be on display at The Arts Village from 21 April until 26 May 2018. Rotorua high school students were tasked with creating visual art based on the story of a Rotorua person who served in the Great War. The students selected someone from a list of people who had been researched and was be asked to interpret an aspect of their story through one of seven visual art mediums—painting, print making, sculpture, moving image, photography, digital or mixed media. Leroy Nurkka (Rotorua Lakes High School, Year 13) won over 80 other entries to win the $10,000 scholarship as Supreme Winner with his painting of Christabel McFarlane, a nurse who served in the Great War. “I crafted a composition highlighting Christabel’s war involvement whilst subtly symbolising the war and her life. The sombre tonal portrait adds a dynamic; framed by poppies which symbolise remembrance. The cross represents nursing, with a blood curtain alluding to war nurse horrors. The ship is the hospital ship Christabel worked on, also symbolising her family’s migration to New Zealand. The puhoro represents water, and the cutline of Mokoia Island represents Christabel’s Rotorua residence”, explains Mr Nurkka. Three Excellence in Art Awards were also awarded by the judges to entries they felt were of exceptional standard. The first was awarded to Jared Lewis (Western Heights High School, Year 13) who used digital media to tell the story of Cecil Goodson, a driver for New Zealand Field Artillery. Two students from Rotorua Girls High School were also awarded Excellence in Art Awards. Animata Te Runa Tukiwaho (Year 10, Photography) and Marine Rose Anne Ocangas (Year 13, Digital Media) who created artworks based on Eric Cobledick who was a Private in the Wellington Infantry Regiment. Ngati Whakaue Education Endowment Trust generously provided the scholarship prizes along with a trip for the Supreme Winner, Leroy Nurkka, to Wellington with his art teacher to visit The Scale of Our War exhibition at Te Papa and a tour of Weta Workshop. Each of the six local high schools that participated (Western Heights High School, Rotorua Girls High School, Rotorua Boys High School, Te Kura Kaupapa o te Ruamata, Rotorua Lakes High School and Reporoa College) will each receive a $1,000 voucher from National Art Supplies. The competition is possible thanks to the generous support of the Ngati Whakaue Education Endowment Trust which sponsored the prizes. Further support was provided by Rotorua Library Te Aka Mauri, Rotorua WW1 Committee and WW1 researcher Andrew Monk. For further information please contact Rotorua Museum, phone 07 350 1814 or email rotorua.museum@rotorualc.nz.

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      May 2018

      Harcourts Outdoor Ice Rink

      The Rotorua Village Green Ices up with the Harcourts Outdoor Ice Rink! Rotorua's Village Green precinct comes alive with an icy make-over with the hugely popular Harcourts Outdoor Ice rink. The four week programme of icy festivities offer something for everyone. Programme Highlights: - Wednesdays - Student Skate Night $10 a ticket to students with ID - Thursdays - Frow Back Retro Nights - Fridays - DJ nights Saturday nights! - 14 April - Foam Party - 21 April - Mexican Night - 28 April - Laser Party - 5 May - Fire & Ice - 12 May - Glow Party Weekend themes: - 14 April, Sun 15 April - Winter Onezie Land - 21 April, Sun 22 April - Super Heroes - 28 April, Sun 29 April - Cowboys, Cowgirls - 5 May, Sun 6 May - Winter Wonderland - 12 May, Sun 13 May - All Things Ice

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      May 2018

      He Pipi Paopao - First Steps?

      Under Twos can take their first steps to opening up a world of literacy and wellbeing with He Pipi Paopao - First Steps. Booking: No booking required. Cost: Gold coin koha appreciated. Our interactive sessions focus on active movement, touch and massage between baby and parent while nurturing development of language, social, cognitive and motor skills. He Pipi Paopao - First Steps is a fun programme for under twos and their caregivers. Join us for songs, rhymes and finger play songs with your little one. Come along - dance and play.

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      May 2018

      Creative Networking Meeting

      First Wednesday of every month we run an informal networking meeting where we can share, network, and build relationships over a cup of tea and a biscuit or two. At each meeting we will have a wonderful speaker come and tell us about what they do for around 10 minutes, and everyone has a chance to share any upcoming events or projects and then just chat with each other. Creative’s and all other interested community members are invited to join us for an informal morning tea to share, build connections and find out about things coming up in Rotorua.

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      May 2018

      Health Evening Talk

      Muiread Douglas owner of Path to Vitality Clinic and Cultured Goodness fermented foods and beverages. Muiread is a certified Colonic Hydrotherapist, GAPS (Gut and Psychology Syndrome) Practitioner, Body Ecology Practitioner and has been a Massage Therapist for over 20 years. Muiread is passionate about holistic living and has a wealth of knowledge relating to gut health and working with individuals to find what is best for you. Tove Kisho Jensen is a long-time student of mysticism, non-dual meditation practices and consciousness studies and has been meditating regularly for 30 years. She has an interdisciplinary transpersonal psychology degree and a graduate diploma from Massey University. Tove has also done massage and sports physiotherapy for over 25 years. She apprenticed as a yoga teacher and has taught at a Zen monastery in California. In late 2016 Tove was diagnosed with a rare heart condition caused by blood cancer. The inner resources that she had developed from her ongoing meditation practice helped her through chemotherapy and a year of recovery. She knows from personal experience how difficult a dedicated meditation practice is to maintain in the face of uncertainty and pain. She offers guidance on how to draw from your own inner resources on the path to healing. Tove founded the Meditation Lab NZ to teach meditation forms. Her long-term goal is to seed meditation groups wherever she can in the hopes that more people will sit quietly together to benefit the health and well-being of their communities. Nilamani has had a passion for Natural Health and Yoga for the past 25 years. Because of this love and interest, she now dedicates herself to help others walk a path of abundant health and personal wellbeing. Nilamani draws on a vast wealth of knowledge gathered from around the world. She has worked in the health industry for the last 28 years in England and New Zealand managing health stores and also as a representative for leading Health companies which contributes to her vast knowledge of health and wellness. To book your seat call us: 07 4601575 or email us: info@pathtovitalityclinic.co.nz or pop into the clinic at 1200 Hinemoa Street, Rotorua. Bookings essential. See you there!!!

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      May 2018

      Pioneers Toastmasters Club

      Want to improve your communication skills? Leadership skills? Gain poise and confidence for social and work settings? Experience all of the above with Pioneers Toastmasters. We are a friendly, supportive group who meet once a week to hone these skills, necessary for today's fast-paced world and to have lots of fun.

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      May 2018

      The Art of Remembering – Te Pu o Mahara

      Highlighting the exceptional talent of local art students, this exhibition hosted by Rotorua Museum showcases the winners and finalists from the The Art of Remembering – Te Pu o Mahara competition. The exhibition of 23 works will be on display at The Arts Village from 21 April until 26 May 2018. Rotorua high school students were tasked with creating visual art based on the story of a Rotorua person who served in the Great War. The students selected someone from a list of people who had been researched and was be asked to interpret an aspect of their story through one of seven visual art mediums—painting, print making, sculpture, moving image, photography, digital or mixed media. Leroy Nurkka (Rotorua Lakes High School, Year 13) won over 80 other entries to win the $10,000 scholarship as Supreme Winner with his painting of Christabel McFarlane, a nurse who served in the Great War. “I crafted a composition highlighting Christabel’s war involvement whilst subtly symbolising the war and her life. The sombre tonal portrait adds a dynamic; framed by poppies which symbolise remembrance. The cross represents nursing, with a blood curtain alluding to war nurse horrors. The ship is the hospital ship Christabel worked on, also symbolising her family’s migration to New Zealand. The puhoro represents water, and the cutline of Mokoia Island represents Christabel’s Rotorua residence”, explains Mr Nurkka. Three Excellence in Art Awards were also awarded by the judges to entries they felt were of exceptional standard. The first was awarded to Jared Lewis (Western Heights High School, Year 13) who used digital media to tell the story of Cecil Goodson, a driver for New Zealand Field Artillery. Two students from Rotorua Girls High School were also awarded Excellence in Art Awards. Animata Te Runa Tukiwaho (Year 10, Photography) and Marine Rose Anne Ocangas (Year 13, Digital Media) who created artworks based on Eric Cobledick who was a Private in the Wellington Infantry Regiment. Ngati Whakaue Education Endowment Trust generously provided the scholarship prizes along with a trip for the Supreme Winner, Leroy Nurkka, to Wellington with his art teacher to visit The Scale of Our War exhibition at Te Papa and a tour of Weta Workshop. Each of the six local high schools that participated (Western Heights High School, Rotorua Girls High School, Rotorua Boys High School, Te Kura Kaupapa o te Ruamata, Rotorua Lakes High School and Reporoa College) will each receive a $1,000 voucher from National Art Supplies. The competition is possible thanks to the generous support of the Ngati Whakaue Education Endowment Trust which sponsored the prizes. Further support was provided by Rotorua Library Te Aka Mauri, Rotorua WW1 Committee and WW1 researcher Andrew Monk. For further information please contact Rotorua Museum, phone 07 350 1814 or email rotorua.museum@rotorualc.nz.

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      May 2018

      The Art of Remembering – Te Pu o Mahara

      Highlighting the exceptional talent of local art students, this exhibition hosted by Rotorua Museum showcases the winners and finalists from the The Art of Remembering – Te Pu o Mahara competition. The exhibition of 23 works will be on display at The Arts Village from 21 April until 26 May 2018. Rotorua high school students were tasked with creating visual art based on the story of a Rotorua person who served in the Great War. The students selected someone from a list of people who had been researched and was be asked to interpret an aspect of their story through one of seven visual art mediums—painting, print making, sculpture, moving image, photography, digital or mixed media. Leroy Nurkka (Rotorua Lakes High School, Year 13) won over 80 other entries to win the $10,000 scholarship as Supreme Winner with his painting of Christabel McFarlane, a nurse who served in the Great War. “I crafted a composition highlighting Christabel’s war involvement whilst subtly symbolising the war and her life. The sombre tonal portrait adds a dynamic; framed by poppies which symbolise remembrance. The cross represents nursing, with a blood curtain alluding to war nurse horrors. The ship is the hospital ship Christabel worked on, also symbolising her family’s migration to New Zealand. The puhoro represents water, and the cutline of Mokoia Island represents Christabel’s Rotorua residence”, explains Mr Nurkka. Three Excellence in Art Awards were also awarded by the judges to entries they felt were of exceptional standard. The first was awarded to Jared Lewis (Western Heights High School, Year 13) who used digital media to tell the story of Cecil Goodson, a driver for New Zealand Field Artillery. Two students from Rotorua Girls High School were also awarded Excellence in Art Awards. Animata Te Runa Tukiwaho (Year 10, Photography) and Marine Rose Anne Ocangas (Year 13, Digital Media) who created artworks based on Eric Cobledick who was a Private in the Wellington Infantry Regiment. Ngati Whakaue Education Endowment Trust generously provided the scholarship prizes along with a trip for the Supreme Winner, Leroy Nurkka, to Wellington with his art teacher to visit The Scale of Our War exhibition at Te Papa and a tour of Weta Workshop. Each of the six local high schools that participated (Western Heights High School, Rotorua Girls High School, Rotorua Boys High School, Te Kura Kaupapa o te Ruamata, Rotorua Lakes High School and Reporoa College) will each receive a $1,000 voucher from National Art Supplies. The competition is possible thanks to the generous support of the Ngati Whakaue Education Endowment Trust which sponsored the prizes. Further support was provided by Rotorua Library Te Aka Mauri, Rotorua WW1 Committee and WW1 researcher Andrew Monk. For further information please contact Rotorua Museum, phone 07 350 1814 or email rotorua.museum@rotorualc.nz.

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      May 2018

      The Art of Remembering – Te Pu o Mahara

      Highlighting the exceptional talent of local art students, this exhibition hosted by Rotorua Museum showcases the winners and finalists from the The Art of Remembering – Te Pu o Mahara competition. The exhibition of 23 works will be on display at The Arts Village from 21 April until 26 May 2018. Rotorua high school students were tasked with creating visual art based on the story of a Rotorua person who served in the Great War. The students selected someone from a list of people who had been researched and was be asked to interpret an aspect of their story through one of seven visual art mediums—painting, print making, sculpture, moving image, photography, digital or mixed media. Leroy Nurkka (Rotorua Lakes High School, Year 13) won over 80 other entries to win the $10,000 scholarship as Supreme Winner with his painting of Christabel McFarlane, a nurse who served in the Great War. “I crafted a composition highlighting Christabel’s war involvement whilst subtly symbolising the war and her life. The sombre tonal portrait adds a dynamic; framed by poppies which symbolise remembrance. The cross represents nursing, with a blood curtain alluding to war nurse horrors. The ship is the hospital ship Christabel worked on, also symbolising her family’s migration to New Zealand. The puhoro represents water, and the cutline of Mokoia Island represents Christabel’s Rotorua residence”, explains Mr Nurkka. Three Excellence in Art Awards were also awarded by the judges to entries they felt were of exceptional standard. The first was awarded to Jared Lewis (Western Heights High School, Year 13) who used digital media to tell the story of Cecil Goodson, a driver for New Zealand Field Artillery. Two students from Rotorua Girls High School were also awarded Excellence in Art Awards. Animata Te Runa Tukiwaho (Year 10, Photography) and Marine Rose Anne Ocangas (Year 13, Digital Media) who created artworks based on Eric Cobledick who was a Private in the Wellington Infantry Regiment. Ngati Whakaue Education Endowment Trust generously provided the scholarship prizes along with a trip for the Supreme Winner, Leroy Nurkka, to Wellington with his art teacher to visit The Scale of Our War exhibition at Te Papa and a tour of Weta Workshop. Each of the six local high schools that participated (Western Heights High School, Rotorua Girls High School, Rotorua Boys High School, Te Kura Kaupapa o te Ruamata, Rotorua Lakes High School and Reporoa College) will each receive a $1,000 voucher from National Art Supplies. The competition is possible thanks to the generous support of the Ngati Whakaue Education Endowment Trust which sponsored the prizes. Further support was provided by Rotorua Library Te Aka Mauri, Rotorua WW1 Committee and WW1 researcher Andrew Monk. For further information please contact Rotorua Museum, phone 07 350 1814 or email rotorua.museum@rotorualc.nz.

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      May 2018

      Harcourts Outdoor Ice Rink

      The Rotorua Village Green Ices up with the Harcourts Outdoor Ice Rink! Rotorua's Village Green precinct comes alive with an icy make-over with the hugely popular Harcourts Outdoor Ice rink. The four week programme of icy festivities offer something for everyone. Programme Highlights: - Wednesdays - Student Skate Night $10 a ticket to students with ID - Thursdays - Frow Back Retro Nights - Fridays - DJ nights Saturday nights! - 14 April - Foam Party - 21 April - Mexican Night - 28 April - Laser Party - 5 May - Fire & Ice - 12 May - Glow Party Weekend themes: - 14 April, Sun 15 April - Winter Onezie Land - 21 April, Sun 22 April - Super Heroes - 28 April, Sun 29 April - Cowboys, Cowgirls - 5 May, Sun 6 May - Winter Wonderland - 12 May, Sun 13 May - All Things Ice

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      May 2018

      He Pi Ka Rere - Adventurers

      Under Fives can take flight with He Pi Ka Rere - Adventurers. Booking: No booking required. Cost: Gold coin koha appreciated. Our fun, developmental sessions focus on story time, songs, action rhymes, instruments, movement and craft. ??Tailored specifically for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers He Pi Ka Rere - Adventurers? supports and fosters children's literacy, social, cognitive, motor and musical skills whilst bonding with their caregivers through shared music, action, literary and craft activities. ???Come along - read, dance, rock and create!

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      May 2018

      Rotorua Night Market

      The Rotorua Night Market is a must do while in Rotorua! This event is for locals and visitors alike, it is family friendly with great food, music and boutique stalls. Experience every Thursday evening in the 'Heart of Tutanekai Street’ (between Haupapa and Hinemoa Streets). This high-profile, main street location comes to life with permanent LED lighting and sound providing a festive community atmosphere for residents and visitors. Follow us on Facebook for regular updates about what is happening at this week's event! Enjoy the boutique-style shopping experience with the best the region has to offer in arts, crafts and produce from local growers. Taste the variety of ethnic cuisine (including Croatian, Indian, French patisseries, handmade Italian pasta and of course local kai) and be entertained by local musicians. See you there!

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      May 2018

      Hammers & Horsehair

      After their successful 2016 nationwide tour Hammers & Horsehair (Rowena Simpson - soprano, Douglas Mews - square piano, & Robert Ibell - cello) present a rich and varied programme of music from the first half of the Nineteenth Century in an intimate, candlelit concert. Three beautiful but rarely heard songs by Bohemian composer Jan Kalivoda and Schubert’s famous ‘Shepherd on the Rock’ begin and end the concert. In between are excerpts from Schumann’s evocative ‘Scenes from Childhood’, two special Lieder by Schubert and one of the best-loved sonatas for piano and cello, Beethoven’s Sonata in A major Op 69. The musical pieces will be linked by short readings that reflect the era or the mood of the music and the contribution of German-speaking immigrants to life in New Zealand. This concert is presented by the Rotorua Music Federation.

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      May 2018

      Ponsonby Rd Jazz - Ben Wilcock

      Live at the Baby Grand Piano at Ponsonby Rd. The Dr John of Aotearoa (AKA one of New Zealand's finest session keys players, Ben Wilcock) will do his honky tonk thang so you can finish off the working week in style. In 2003 he was the pianist in Indian Ink’s The Pickle King, which toured New Zealand and Singapore and eventually went on to win a Fringe First at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He spent the next five years performing in the UK as a resident pianist in jazz clubs and hotels in London, gigging with Latin bands, blues bands, recording for BBC Radio 4 and then moving back to New Zealand in 2008, where he now teaches at the NZ School of Music. Since resettling in New Zealand Ben has performed with many of New Zealand’s finest artists including Bella Kalolo, Hollie Smith, Aaradnha, Rodger Fox, Colin Hemmingsen, The Royal NZ Airforce Central Jazz Band, John Rae, Tim Hopkins, Reuben Bradley and many more. He has also played and workshopped with top international jazz acts visiting New Zealand such as Bennie Maupin. Ben has performed at festivals such as Glastonbury, City of London, Origins (London), AWME, Tauranga Jazz Festival, G Taranaki, New Zealand Festival, Sounds Aotearoa, Taranaki and Nelson Arts Festivals.