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      Sep 2018

      2018 Lynmore Playcentre AGM

      The Lynmore Playcentre AGM 2018 involves presenting reports, electing a president, secretary, treasurer and education officer and discussing the running of the centre. The AGM will include breakfast with a $15 set menu for members provided by Third Place.

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      Sep 2018

      Rotorua Farmers Market

      The Rotorua Farmers Market showcases the freshest locally sourced products in the region. It gives visitors the opportunity to purchase directly from local growers and producers. The Market is held at Te Manawa in the centre of the Rotorua CBD, from 9am to 1pm every Sunday. Enjoy locally grown or produced products such as free range eggs, honey, gelato, artisan bread and organic fruit and vegetables. The Market has a relaxed environment and family friendly atmosphere with a small play area to keep the little ones entertained. There is a generous range of ready made food options with plenty of outdoor seating. Rotorua Farmers Market stallholders trade their wares from locally handcrafted wooden barrows. The Market operates every Sunday from 9am to 1pm at Te Manawa (intersection of Hinemoa and Tutanekai Streets. There is plenty of bike parking as well as free (Sunday) car parking in the streets surrounding the market. The Rotorua Farmers Market has a zero waste policy. All wrapping and containers are made from biodegradable materials which can be composted or recycled. We encourage customers to bring their own reusable bags and containers wherever possible.

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      Sep 2018

      The Original Gypsy Fair – Est'd 1990

      For almost thirty years The Original Gypsy Fair has been travelling NZ and we will be back in Rotorua for our first fair of the 2018-2019 season. As always we will be bringing an expansive range of handcrafted products that are sold exclusively at The Original Gypsy Fair, some of which will be made before your eyes. Be amazed as you watch world renowned glass blower Geoff Brunker as he skilfully manipulates molten glass into an array of beautiful works of art. Grab yourself a stunning masterpiece of jewellery and other creations made from silverware by David, and Rowena has made a gorgeous array of items from beads. (Spiders have never looked so delightful!) Inhale the scent of leather as you peruse what Gypzee Rose has lovingly crafted and upcycled from this wonderful natural product. Gypsy Kerry has returned to the fair and has with an amazing range of upcycled Tie creations, there’s more to a tie than meets the eye Have you ever seen a coin turned into an extraordinary piece of jewellery? Come see our very own Maxine who has turned old coins into beautiful rings. Our most senior member Maureen has an imaginative array of unique upcycled clothing for you to claim as yours. Your fur family is always welcomed at the fair and Anne Louise will pamper them at her cat and dog grooming retreat. You won’t want to miss a vast array of colourful tie dyed creations at Sean & Lou’s stall, all hand tied and dyed by Sean. Tattooing and body piercing is available by the very talented Jude & Shayne Sergeant New Zealand’s first (& possibly only) Mother & Son Tattooing team. Jewels will skilfully braid your hair and also has a fine selection of hair accessories, hair extensions, and hand made copper. Sheryl has a luxurious selection of Soaps & oils, feast your eyes on the indulgent range of handmade soaps, balms, oils. You’re bound to fall in love with something at Kristin’s clothes, something for all the family and then flash it up by popping over to Dianne’s spectacular range of hats, bags and other accessories. The magpie will come out in you when you spy Bev’s crystals and gemstones, whatever your path, there is something here that will point you in the right direction. Discover your life's potential with a reading of Osho Zen tarot by the very talented Uncle Phil Feeling hungry? Well Robyn and Ross have a tempting selection of sandwiches and wraps as well as cakes, muffins and other tummy satisfying treats, also amazing coffee, smoothies, sodas and other beverages available at the Bouncy Bean Cafe. Micky has the ever popular American Hotdogs and the scrumdumliuptious doughnuts. Treat the kids or even yourself at Pam and Shanes Candyfloss, freshly spun before your eyes there’s nothing better than candyfloss at the fair, beware! Their fudge is dangerously addictive. Entertain the kids and let them run themselves tired on Oskars unique obstacle bounce, Jamie & Bobbies Bubbles, Hula Hoops and other juggling supplies will keep the kids fascinated for hours. Get their faces painted, also body art by international artist Jane and partner Aiden. Let them experience “Ye Olde Play station” toys from yester year. Are you a good shot? Find out at Gav’s Sgts Mess Shooting Gallery, and test your balancing skills at Daves Segway’s and Hover boards. Soak up the atmosphere of live stage entertainment by Karlos, performing daily on his handcrafted stage. Musos are most welcome to come along for a jam too. Our wonderful homes that we travel in are part of the largest fleet of privately owned heritage vehicles continuously touring NZ. The Original Gypsy Fair is all made possible by the hard working and wonderful Jim & Venus Banks Do you want to join us? We would love to have you, come and share in this amazing lifestyle. Direct enquiries to Gavin at hippyhill9@gmail.com See you there!

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      Sep 2018

      Virtually On Track Scavenger Hunt

      Join the Virtually on Track Scavenger Hunts this September and October, and explore the natural parks and reserves around the Bay of Plenty. Our team have created six unique Scavenger Hunts around the region that encourage you to solve clues, take photos and answer questions in some of our most popular recreational areas. Head to the website and click on Centennial Park (Tree Trust) under Central Bay of Plenty to download the Scavenger Hunt map and instruction sheet, and then enjoy exploring! We're also giving away some great prizes, including a chance to win a gift voucher for one person to White Island Tours to visit the stunning island of Moutohora (Whale Island)! This event is part of Conservation Week 2018 - conservationweek.org.nz

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      Sep 2018

      Virtually On Track Scavenger Hunt

      Join the Virtually on Track Scavenger Hunts this September and October, and explore the natural parks and reserves around the Bay of Plenty. Our team have created six unique Scavenger Hunts around the region that encourage you to solve clues, take photos and answer questions in some of our most popular recreational areas. Head to the website and click on Puarenga Stream under Central Bay of Plenty to download the Scavenger Hunt map and instruction sheet, and then enjoy exploring! We're also giving away some great prizes, including a chance to win a gift voucher for one person to White Island Tours to visit the stunning island of Moutohora (Whale Island)! This event is part of Conservation Week 2018 - conservationweek.org.nz

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      Sep 2018

      Workshop: Foldable Merino Wool Slippers

      Learn how to felt a homemade pair of cozy fold-able merino wool slippers that are built to last. While drinking tea we will make our slippers using an ancient felting technique. After we adorn our slippers with various luxury fibers, yarns and fabrics, we will agitate the wool with soap and water. We will continue to agitate the wool using different methods until the fibers intertwine and turn into a strong piece of fabric. This felting process requires patience, time and endurance. It can take up to six hours to complete your slippers. - Choose your favourite Fine Merino combed top from Fibre2Go: https://fibre2go.co.nz/collections/fine-merino-fibre-combed-top - I will lead you through the slipper making process as a group and on an individual basis. - Learn advanced felting techniques in a beginner style, step by step. - Create your own surface design. Select from a variety of luxury fibers, yarn and fabrics. - Small and cozy group setting, social and fun. Please 'Like' or 'Join' the Facebook page event on my page for more information: www.facebook.com/woolberrycraft You can also email me at yumcreative@gmail.com All materials included. Adult workshop only. Please get in touch if you would like to make a group booking. I can come to you in your own home. This makes for a very cozy and social event with your friends.

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      Sep 2018

      Whanau Day - Kiwi Guardians

      Part of Conservation Week 2018 - Join DOC and Toyota Rotorua at Okere Falls Scenic Reserve, to celebrate the end of Conservation Week 2018 and World Rivers Day, use the adventure map to follow the Okere River as is cascades between narrow, steep ravines to enter the tranquil waters of Trout Pool. Get a certificate on completion of the Toyota Kiwi Guardian Okere Falls Adventure. The Toyota Kiwi Guardian programme is a partnership between the Department of Conservation and Toyota to provide an awesome activity programme for kids to learn about nature, earn cool rewards and go on epic family adventures! . Fun prizes and giveaways, sausage sizzle, also consider bringing a picnic and enjoy some outdoor time with whanau and friends!

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      Sep 2018

      A Gift of Music

      "A Gift of Music" is a fundraising concert for the Michael Pilaar Memorial Music Fund and will be held at WHHS Hall. This is a showcase of young Rotorua talent across the arts with choir, jazz band, vocalists, instrumentalists, chamber music, dancers and actors. Come and see some of the best local talent on stage! Tickets available at the door or in advance from Rotorua City Books and Lotto, Tutanekai St. Two raffles will be on offer too, a food hamper, a hamper from Polynesian Spa and $100 voucher from the Rock Shoppe. All are welcome!

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      Sep 2018

      Sandy Shells: Original Works by Mindplus Students

      Sandy Shells – An exhibition of original works by Mindplus students. Come and view this special exhibition of student artwork from Rotorua’s MindPlus programme on display at Rotorua Lakes Council Galleria. The exhibition showcases the shells they painted alongside artists Tony Pope and Stephen Arthur and will be on display from Monday 13 August until Friday 2 November 2018. MindPlus is a once a week programme for academically and creatively gifted students which is part of the New Zealand Centre for Gifted Education (NZCGE). This nationwide organisation works to meet the needs of gifted children, their teachers and families and is a charitable organisation that raises all of its funding through grants, sponsors and donations. The students attend their own school four days a week and come to MindPlus on the other day. Currently MindPlus has three Rotorua classes catering for students from year 3 to year 8 from 12 different Rotorua schools. The programme provides extra challenge and opportunities to work with others of like-mind, to develop the children’s strengths and talents, as well as learning how to manage the needs and difficulties associated with being a gifted learner. Each year the students work with art tutors to complete an art project and to help develop the children’s creativity. In 2018 the students made artworks using acrylic paints with Tony Pope and Stephen Arthur. All of the children learned about using different brush strokes, how to select their colours, and using paint to create an illusion of three dimensions and texture. MindPlus would like to thanks to Tony and Stephen for their wonderful support while working with the students, and Rotorua Lakes Council for their enthusiasm and support in providing an authentic audience for the students’ work.

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      Sep 2018

      Virtually On Track Scavenger Hunt

      Join the Virtually on Track Scavenger Hunts this September and October, and explore the natural parks and reserves around the Bay of Plenty. Our team have created six unique Scavenger Hunts around the region that encourage you to solve clues, take photos and answer questions in some of our most popular recreational areas. Head to the website and click on Centennial Park (Tree Trust) under Central Bay of Plenty to download the Scavenger Hunt map and instruction sheet, and then enjoy exploring! We're also giving away some great prizes, including a chance to win a gift voucher for one person to White Island Tours to visit the stunning island of Moutohora (Whale Island)! This event is part of Conservation Week 2018 - conservationweek.org.nz

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      Sep 2018

      Virtually On Track Scavenger Hunt

      Join the Virtually on Track Scavenger Hunts this September and October, and explore the natural parks and reserves around the Bay of Plenty. Our team have created six unique Scavenger Hunts around the region that encourage you to solve clues, take photos and answer questions in some of our most popular recreational areas. Head to the website and click on Puarenga Stream under Central Bay of Plenty to download the Scavenger Hunt map and instruction sheet, and then enjoy exploring! We're also giving away some great prizes, including a chance to win a gift voucher for one person to White Island Tours to visit the stunning island of Moutohora (Whale Island)! This event is part of Conservation Week 2018 - conservationweek.org.nz

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      Sep 2018

      He Aka Pikirangi

      He Aka Pikirangi for Under Fives is solely in te reo Maori and includes story time, songs, instruments, movement and craft. Under Fives can reach new heights with He Aka Pikirangi. Booking: No booking required. Cost: Gold coin koha appreciated. These fun, developmental sessions are solely in te reo Maori and include story time, songs, instruments, movement and craft. Tailored specifically for toddlers and pre-schoolers He Aka Pikirangi supports and fosters the use of te reo Maori, a connection to te ao Maori and the development of many other skills. Come along – korero Maori, read, dance, rock and create!

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      Sep 2018

      Flexi Barre - Yoga, Pilates, Ballet Barre Fusion Classes

      Flexi Barre is a class focused on lengthening & strengthening your muscles while toning your booty, arms & abs! All levels of fitness and experience welcome - you do not have to be a dancer or have had dance experience to come along. Please register before attending class as there are limited spaces available: info@wanderlustdance.co.nz. These classes sell out every term so get in touch!

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      Sep 2018

      Flexi Barre - Yoga, Pilates, Ballet Barre Fusion Classes

      Flexi Barre is a class focused on lengthening & strengthening your muscles while toning your booty, arms & abs! All levels of fitness and experience welcome - you do not have to be a dancer or have had dance experience to come along. Please register before attending class as there are limited spaces available: info@wanderlustdance.co.nz. These classes sell out every term so get in touch!

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      Sep 2018

      The Most Fun You Can Have With Words

      A weekly club where you learn to relax and speak with confidence as you practice how to get your message across clearly. Expect to learn the secrets of delivering an opening statement with impact, preparing engaging content that captures your audience and ending in a way that makes everyone remember your message long after you were done. Lake City Breakfast Toastmasters Club is a supportive, fun group with a mix of ages and professions. The club has a unique energy that sets you up for the day. An innovative new Toastmasters Education Programme, called Pathways, has rolled out in 2017 which allows you to learn online as well as at club meetings. Call David Remmerswell on 027 422 8717 for more information and come and discover how to have the most fun with words.

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      Sep 2018

      Sandy Shells: Original Works by Mindplus Students

      Sandy Shells – An exhibition of original works by Mindplus students. Come and view this special exhibition of student artwork from Rotorua’s MindPlus programme on display at Rotorua Lakes Council Galleria. The exhibition showcases the shells they painted alongside artists Tony Pope and Stephen Arthur and will be on display from Monday 13 August until Friday 2 November 2018. MindPlus is a once a week programme for academically and creatively gifted students which is part of the New Zealand Centre for Gifted Education (NZCGE). This nationwide organisation works to meet the needs of gifted children, their teachers and families and is a charitable organisation that raises all of its funding through grants, sponsors and donations. The students attend their own school four days a week and come to MindPlus on the other day. Currently MindPlus has three Rotorua classes catering for students from year 3 to year 8 from 12 different Rotorua schools. The programme provides extra challenge and opportunities to work with others of like-mind, to develop the children’s strengths and talents, as well as learning how to manage the needs and difficulties associated with being a gifted learner. Each year the students work with art tutors to complete an art project and to help develop the children’s creativity. In 2018 the students made artworks using acrylic paints with Tony Pope and Stephen Arthur. All of the children learned about using different brush strokes, how to select their colours, and using paint to create an illusion of three dimensions and texture. MindPlus would like to thanks to Tony and Stephen for their wonderful support while working with the students, and Rotorua Lakes Council for their enthusiasm and support in providing an authentic audience for the students’ work.

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      Sep 2018

      Virtually On Track Scavenger Hunt

      Join the Virtually on Track Scavenger Hunts this September and October, and explore the natural parks and reserves around the Bay of Plenty. Our team have created six unique Scavenger Hunts around the region that encourage you to solve clues, take photos and answer questions in some of our most popular recreational areas. Head to the website and click on Centennial Park (Tree Trust) under Central Bay of Plenty to download the Scavenger Hunt map and instruction sheet, and then enjoy exploring! We're also giving away some great prizes, including a chance to win a gift voucher for one person to White Island Tours to visit the stunning island of Moutohora (Whale Island)! This event is part of Conservation Week 2018 - conservationweek.org.nz

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      Sep 2018

      Virtually On Track Scavenger Hunt

      Join the Virtually on Track Scavenger Hunts this September and October, and explore the natural parks and reserves around the Bay of Plenty. Our team have created six unique Scavenger Hunts around the region that encourage you to solve clues, take photos and answer questions in some of our most popular recreational areas. Head to the website and click on Puarenga Stream under Central Bay of Plenty to download the Scavenger Hunt map and instruction sheet, and then enjoy exploring! We're also giving away some great prizes, including a chance to win a gift voucher for one person to White Island Tours to visit the stunning island of Moutohora (Whale Island)! This event is part of Conservation Week 2018 - conservationweek.org.nz

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      Sep 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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      Sep 2018

      Operatunity Presents: Tennessee Waltz

      In a concert where pop meets traditional country we feature award winning songs from artists like Doris Day, John Denver, Connie Francis, Kenny Rodgers and Dolly Parton. We have a stellar cast which includes Karl Perigo, Suzanne Lynch (The Chicks), Marian Burns and Marian’s sister Karen Davy with a band. Award winning fiddler and entertainer, Marian, has featured in many of Operatunity’s Irish concerts. Now it is our chance to hear her play all the frenetic blue grass, Dixie, and country songs made famous in the 40’s, 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. The show also includes a spot by Karen as Dolly Parton and we also see a Kenny Rodgers look alike take to the stage amongst others! This was an era which saw many long lasting, toe-tapping tunes, with great sing-along lyrics from songs like Tennessee Waltz, Stand by your Man and Walk the Line! Fabulous, fun and frenetic bluegrass fiddling! Call the office toll free on 0508 266 237 to book today! Or visit our website www.operatunity.co.nz All tickets include lunch after the show.

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      Sep 2018

      Stepping Up - Basic Computer Classes

      If you want to get started with computers or try out a new programme or app then these classes are for you. Stepping up classes run on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11am-12 noon during School Term. A different topic is covered at each session, from formatting Word documents to managing your digital photos, and from Facebook and Trade Me to Google Drive. You can book for just one class or for several. Booking is required. Numbers are limited, and classes fill fast. For more information on classes or to book your place in a class, visit the website to enquire at Rotorua Library.

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      Sep 2018

      Sandy Shells: Original Works by Mindplus Students

      Sandy Shells – An exhibition of original works by Mindplus students. Come and view this special exhibition of student artwork from Rotorua’s MindPlus programme on display at Rotorua Lakes Council Galleria. The exhibition showcases the shells they painted alongside artists Tony Pope and Stephen Arthur and will be on display from Monday 13 August until Friday 2 November 2018. MindPlus is a once a week programme for academically and creatively gifted students which is part of the New Zealand Centre for Gifted Education (NZCGE). This nationwide organisation works to meet the needs of gifted children, their teachers and families and is a charitable organisation that raises all of its funding through grants, sponsors and donations. The students attend their own school four days a week and come to MindPlus on the other day. Currently MindPlus has three Rotorua classes catering for students from year 3 to year 8 from 12 different Rotorua schools. The programme provides extra challenge and opportunities to work with others of like-mind, to develop the children’s strengths and talents, as well as learning how to manage the needs and difficulties associated with being a gifted learner. Each year the students work with art tutors to complete an art project and to help develop the children’s creativity. In 2018 the students made artworks using acrylic paints with Tony Pope and Stephen Arthur. All of the children learned about using different brush strokes, how to select their colours, and using paint to create an illusion of three dimensions and texture. MindPlus would like to thanks to Tony and Stephen for their wonderful support while working with the students, and Rotorua Lakes Council for their enthusiasm and support in providing an authentic audience for the students’ work.

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      Sep 2018

      Virtually On Track Scavenger Hunt

      Join the Virtually on Track Scavenger Hunts this September and October, and explore the natural parks and reserves around the Bay of Plenty. Our team have created six unique Scavenger Hunts around the region that encourage you to solve clues, take photos and answer questions in some of our most popular recreational areas. Head to the website and click on Centennial Park (Tree Trust) under Central Bay of Plenty to download the Scavenger Hunt map and instruction sheet, and then enjoy exploring! We're also giving away some great prizes, including a chance to win a gift voucher for one person to White Island Tours to visit the stunning island of Moutohora (Whale Island)! This event is part of Conservation Week 2018 - conservationweek.org.nz

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      Sep 2018

      Virtually On Track Scavenger Hunt

      Join the Virtually on Track Scavenger Hunts this September and October, and explore the natural parks and reserves around the Bay of Plenty. Our team have created six unique Scavenger Hunts around the region that encourage you to solve clues, take photos and answer questions in some of our most popular recreational areas. Head to the website and click on Puarenga Stream under Central Bay of Plenty to download the Scavenger Hunt map and instruction sheet, and then enjoy exploring! We're also giving away some great prizes, including a chance to win a gift voucher for one person to White Island Tours to visit the stunning island of Moutohora (Whale Island)! This event is part of Conservation Week 2018 - conservationweek.org.nz

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      Sep 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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      Sep 2018

      Youth Section Rotorua Rock Mineral Fossil & Gem Club Meeting

      The Rotorua Rock Mineral Fossil and Gem Club is responding to interest from young people and their families by starting a Youth Section. Youths 8-16 accompanied by an adult are welcome. Each month there will be a range of topics, opportunities for youth to learn more about the geology and like subjects particularly of Aotearoa/New Zealand, and to share their finds and knowledge too. January's topics are: - What is that rock ? - How many do you know - Rocks vs Minerals - What's the difference? - What's it good for? - The uses of rocks and minerals Accompanied youth are welcome to attend the adults' meeting starting at 7pm - January the topic will be Obsidians. We organise field trips, particularly in response to expressed interest. Thursday January 25 we are going to Retaruke, fossil and rock hunting. We also organise guest speakers - Adrian Muller, Lecturer in Earth Sciences, will speak on April. You can find us on Facebook at RotoruaRockClub. Annual membership is $5 for youths $10 for individuals over 16, $15 for families.

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      Sep 2018

      Suicide - The Ripple Effect Rotorua Screening

      Wildside Promotions presents this special fundraiser screening of Suicide: The Ripple Effect on Wednesday the 26th of September at 6:00pm at Reading Cinemas Rotorua, NZ! 5% from the ticket sales will be going towards the Sulphur City Steam Rollers collection to fund representatives from New Zealand roller derby leagues to attend the St John Mental Health First Aid Course. At age 19, Kevin Hines attempted to take his life by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge. Seventeen years later, he still struggles with many of the same symptoms that led him to attempt to take his life, but he is on a mission to use his story to help others stay alive. Kevin has also been one of the key catalysts in helping end a nearly 80-year long fight to construct suicide prevention net on the iconic San Francisco bridge. Kevin takes a journey to better understand the ripple effects his suicide attempt had on his family, friends, and the first responders who helped save him. He’s also working to shine light on inspirational individuals, families, and organizations who are using personal pain to help others find the hope they need to heal. Please note: Enough tickets must be sold to ensure this screening goes ahead, if it doesn't happen those funds will be refunded - no one loses out! To buy tickets, click on the tickets link above.

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      Sep 2018

      Rotorua Symphonic Band Rehearsal

      Looking for something musical to do? The Rotorua Symphonic Band is a concert ensemble of woodwinds (flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, alto & tenor saxophone, etc), brass (trumpet, french horn, trombone, baritone/euphonium, tuba, etc) and percussion players of all ages - and we always welcome musicians from our community to come out and play. We meet weekly on Wednesdays at the Band Room on Amohau Street - beside Pak n Save and the Shambles Theatre. We play a wide range of popular band arrangements and classical compositions. Stop by to see what we are all about - join us in playing or just have a listen!

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      Sep 2018

      Winter Jazz Wednesday with 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.

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      Sep 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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      Sep 2018

      Speakatube

      Bringing sound to life! Share a secret, make some noise and have fun with korero (conversation) with this quirky interactive sound sculpture for kids and adults. Made up of four brightly coloured tubes with trumpet shaped ends, Speakatube is irresistible, encouraging talking, interaction and having fun in public. Designed to look like sound waves when viewed from the side, the over-sized tangle of brightly coloured tubes beckons passer-by to speak into them and listen to the crazy kaleidoscope of voices, stories and sounds emanating from within. Head down to Te Manawa (Corner of Hinemoa and Tutanekai Streets) from 27 September until 17 October 2018 and have fun sending messages down the 10 metre tubes. Originally commissioned by Auckland Live and installed in Aotea Square (Auckland) in October 2017. Speakatube was designed by Wellington company Storybox to bring a sense of fun to public spaces.

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      Sep 2018

      Sandy Shells: Original Works by Mindplus Students

      Sandy Shells – An exhibition of original works by Mindplus students. Come and view this special exhibition of student artwork from Rotorua’s MindPlus programme on display at Rotorua Lakes Council Galleria. The exhibition showcases the shells they painted alongside artists Tony Pope and Stephen Arthur and will be on display from Monday 13 August until Friday 2 November 2018. MindPlus is a once a week programme for academically and creatively gifted students which is part of the New Zealand Centre for Gifted Education (NZCGE). This nationwide organisation works to meet the needs of gifted children, their teachers and families and is a charitable organisation that raises all of its funding through grants, sponsors and donations. The students attend their own school four days a week and come to MindPlus on the other day. Currently MindPlus has three Rotorua classes catering for students from year 3 to year 8 from 12 different Rotorua schools. The programme provides extra challenge and opportunities to work with others of like-mind, to develop the children’s strengths and talents, as well as learning how to manage the needs and difficulties associated with being a gifted learner. Each year the students work with art tutors to complete an art project and to help develop the children’s creativity. In 2018 the students made artworks using acrylic paints with Tony Pope and Stephen Arthur. All of the children learned about using different brush strokes, how to select their colours, and using paint to create an illusion of three dimensions and texture. MindPlus would like to thanks to Tony and Stephen for their wonderful support while working with the students, and Rotorua Lakes Council for their enthusiasm and support in providing an authentic audience for the students’ work.

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      Sep 2018

      Virtually On Track Scavenger Hunt

      Join the Virtually on Track Scavenger Hunts this September and October, and explore the natural parks and reserves around the Bay of Plenty. Our team have created six unique Scavenger Hunts around the region that encourage you to solve clues, take photos and answer questions in some of our most popular recreational areas. Head to the website and click on Centennial Park (Tree Trust) under Central Bay of Plenty to download the Scavenger Hunt map and instruction sheet, and then enjoy exploring! We're also giving away some great prizes, including a chance to win a gift voucher for one person to White Island Tours to visit the stunning island of Moutohora (Whale Island)! This event is part of Conservation Week 2018 - conservationweek.org.nz

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      Sep 2018

      Virtually On Track Scavenger Hunt

      Join the Virtually on Track Scavenger Hunts this September and October, and explore the natural parks and reserves around the Bay of Plenty. Our team have created six unique Scavenger Hunts around the region that encourage you to solve clues, take photos and answer questions in some of our most popular recreational areas. Head to the website and click on Puarenga Stream under Central Bay of Plenty to download the Scavenger Hunt map and instruction sheet, and then enjoy exploring! We're also giving away some great prizes, including a chance to win a gift voucher for one person to White Island Tours to visit the stunning island of Moutohora (Whale Island)! This event is part of Conservation Week 2018 - conservationweek.org.nz

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      Sep 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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      Sep 2018

      Stepping Up - Basic Computer Classes

      If you want to get started with computers or try out a new programme or app then these classes are for you. Stepping up classes run on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11am-12 noon during School Term. A different topic is covered at each session, from formatting Word documents to managing your digital photos, and from Facebook and Trade Me to Google Drive. You can book for just one class or for several. Booking is required. Numbers are limited, and classes fill fast. For more information on classes or to book your place in a class, visit the website to enquire at Rotorua Library.

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      Sep 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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      Sep 2018

      Friends of Rotorua Museum AGM

      Annual General Meeting. You are invited to join Friends of Rotorua Museum for their Annual General Meeting on Thursday 27 September 2018, 5:30pm, at Te Runanga Tea House. The Friends of the Museum AGM is an opportunity for new and current members to meet, hear about the activities for the year and consider contributing time to the executive committee. Guest speaker Stewart Brown, Rotorua Lakes Council Arts and Culture Director, will give an update on the Museum repairs and earthquake strengthening. Despite not having the Museum building as the centre of activities and exhibitions, the ‘Friends’ have a busy schedule of activities to help maintain interest in the arts in Rotorua. The committee arranges fundraising events to add to the Acquisitions Fund for purchasing art works for the Museum and other museum projects. Both members and non-members are encouraged to attend the AGM to help support the Museum. Drinks and nibbles will be provided. For more information about this event or to become a Friend of Rotorua Museum please contact Janette Irvine, email kjirvine@xtra.co.nz or phone: 027 294 2870.

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      Sep 2018

      Speakatube

      Bringing sound to life! Share a secret, make some noise and have fun with korero (conversation) with this quirky interactive sound sculpture for kids and adults. Made up of four brightly coloured tubes with trumpet shaped ends, Speakatube is irresistible, encouraging talking, interaction and having fun in public. Designed to look like sound waves when viewed from the side, the over-sized tangle of brightly coloured tubes beckons passer-by to speak into them and listen to the crazy kaleidoscope of voices, stories and sounds emanating from within. Head down to Te Manawa (Corner of Hinemoa and Tutanekai Streets) from 27 September until 17 October 2018 and have fun sending messages down the 10 metre tubes. Originally commissioned by Auckland Live and installed in Aotea Square (Auckland) in October 2017. Speakatube was designed by Wellington company Storybox to bring a sense of fun to public spaces.

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      Sep 2018

      Sandy Shells: Original Works by Mindplus Students

      Sandy Shells – An exhibition of original works by Mindplus students. Come and view this special exhibition of student artwork from Rotorua’s MindPlus programme on display at Rotorua Lakes Council Galleria. The exhibition showcases the shells they painted alongside artists Tony Pope and Stephen Arthur and will be on display from Monday 13 August until Friday 2 November 2018. MindPlus is a once a week programme for academically and creatively gifted students which is part of the New Zealand Centre for Gifted Education (NZCGE). This nationwide organisation works to meet the needs of gifted children, their teachers and families and is a charitable organisation that raises all of its funding through grants, sponsors and donations. The students attend their own school four days a week and come to MindPlus on the other day. Currently MindPlus has three Rotorua classes catering for students from year 3 to year 8 from 12 different Rotorua schools. The programme provides extra challenge and opportunities to work with others of like-mind, to develop the children’s strengths and talents, as well as learning how to manage the needs and difficulties associated with being a gifted learner. Each year the students work with art tutors to complete an art project and to help develop the children’s creativity. In 2018 the students made artworks using acrylic paints with Tony Pope and Stephen Arthur. All of the children learned about using different brush strokes, how to select their colours, and using paint to create an illusion of three dimensions and texture. MindPlus would like to thanks to Tony and Stephen for their wonderful support while working with the students, and Rotorua Lakes Council for their enthusiasm and support in providing an authentic audience for the students’ work.

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      Sep 2018

      Virtually On Track Scavenger Hunt

      Join the Virtually on Track Scavenger Hunts this September and October, and explore the natural parks and reserves around the Bay of Plenty. Our team have created six unique Scavenger Hunts around the region that encourage you to solve clues, take photos and answer questions in some of our most popular recreational areas. Head to the website and click on Centennial Park (Tree Trust) under Central Bay of Plenty to download the Scavenger Hunt map and instruction sheet, and then enjoy exploring! We're also giving away some great prizes, including a chance to win a gift voucher for one person to White Island Tours to visit the stunning island of Moutohora (Whale Island)! This event is part of Conservation Week 2018 - conservationweek.org.nz

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      Sep 2018

      Virtually On Track Scavenger Hunt

      Join the Virtually on Track Scavenger Hunts this September and October, and explore the natural parks and reserves around the Bay of Plenty. Our team have created six unique Scavenger Hunts around the region that encourage you to solve clues, take photos and answer questions in some of our most popular recreational areas. Head to the website and click on Puarenga Stream under Central Bay of Plenty to download the Scavenger Hunt map and instruction sheet, and then enjoy exploring! We're also giving away some great prizes, including a chance to win a gift voucher for one person to White Island Tours to visit the stunning island of Moutohora (Whale Island)! This event is part of Conservation Week 2018 - conservationweek.org.nz

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      Sep 2018

      MTB Adventure Quest

      The MTB Adventure Quest, part of the Rotorua Bike Festival, will be taking place on the afternoon of Sunday 28th October, from 2pm to 4pm. The event is based at the main Waipa car park, Rotorua. The Adventure Quest is a fun, navigation challenge with mystery activities for extra bonus points. Like a short amazing race on a bike. This race is suitable for all ages and abilities, and is specifically targeted at families, including littlies. There's an optional dress up competition and some cool spot prizes. Free pizza after the event is included in the entry fee.

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      Sep 2018

      Murder Mystery Night

      Who doesn’t love a good murder mystery? Throw in a sumptuous three-course dinner & canapes, and your favourite beverage, and you’ve got a great night! Featuring actors from our local Shambles Theatre, providing entertainment through the evening. You’ll be part of it too; do you think you can figure out whodunnit?

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      Sep 2018

      Speakatube

      Bringing sound to life! Share a secret, make some noise and have fun with korero (conversation) with this quirky interactive sound sculpture for kids and adults. Made up of four brightly coloured tubes with trumpet shaped ends, Speakatube is irresistible, encouraging talking, interaction and having fun in public. Designed to look like sound waves when viewed from the side, the over-sized tangle of brightly coloured tubes beckons passer-by to speak into them and listen to the crazy kaleidoscope of voices, stories and sounds emanating from within. Head down to Te Manawa (Corner of Hinemoa and Tutanekai Streets) from 27 September until 17 October 2018 and have fun sending messages down the 10 metre tubes. Originally commissioned by Auckland Live and installed in Aotea Square (Auckland) in October 2017. Speakatube was designed by Wellington company Storybox to bring a sense of fun to public spaces.

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      Sep 2018

      Vegas Vindaloo MTB Orienteering Weekend

      Sprint and Long distance mountain bike orienteering events on Saturday morning and afternoon. The Long distance will include some Endur-O timed legs - something new for a MTBO event. There will be a MTB rogaine on Sunday morning, which you can do as an individual or team. Take on the Chilli Challenge to earn bonus rogaine points! Online entries are now open.

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      Sep 2018

      Virtually On Track Scavenger Hunt

      Join the Virtually on Track Scavenger Hunts this September and October, and explore the natural parks and reserves around the Bay of Plenty. Our team have created six unique Scavenger Hunts around the region that encourage you to solve clues, take photos and answer questions in some of our most popular recreational areas. Head to the website and click on Centennial Park (Tree Trust) under Central Bay of Plenty to download the Scavenger Hunt map and instruction sheet, and then enjoy exploring! We're also giving away some great prizes, including a chance to win a gift voucher for one person to White Island Tours to visit the stunning island of Moutohora (Whale Island)! This event is part of Conservation Week 2018 - conservationweek.org.nz

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      Sep 2018

      Virtually On Track Scavenger Hunt

      Join the Virtually on Track Scavenger Hunts this September and October, and explore the natural parks and reserves around the Bay of Plenty. Our team have created six unique Scavenger Hunts around the region that encourage you to solve clues, take photos and answer questions in some of our most popular recreational areas. Head to the website and click on Puarenga Stream under Central Bay of Plenty to download the Scavenger Hunt map and instruction sheet, and then enjoy exploring! We're also giving away some great prizes, including a chance to win a gift voucher for one person to White Island Tours to visit the stunning island of Moutohora (Whale Island)! This event is part of Conservation Week 2018 - conservationweek.org.nz

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      Sep 2018

      Travel Writing Workshop

      Three Hour Travel Writing workshop - a mixture of written and practical activities. A general look at travel writing and blogging. - What makes a topic interesting, finding the angle. - Writing that catchy opening, building and holding interest in the body of the article. - Supplying side bars and recourse boxes. - Interviewing and use of quotes. - Tips on taking great photographs to accompany your article. Preparing the Package: - Identifying markets in terms of content, style, format. - Pitching your idea / Mastering the art of the Query Letter - The Pros and cons of queries, commissions and sending unsolicited articles. - Will I make any money? Get free opportunities? Or just have the pleasure of seeing my work in print? Pre-registration is essential. For full details email: angiebelcher@gmail.com

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      Sep 2018

      Rotorua Mega Fun Carnival

      The Mega Fun Carnival is back in town these School Holidays. Fun for everyone including the Giant slide, Merry Go Round, Flying Dragons, Fun Factory, Sizzler, Dodgem Cars, Hurricane, Extreme Turbo Boost, return of the Zipper with all new LED lighting & more. Plus your favourite carnival games & candy floss and hot dogs so everyone gets a treat. Lakefront Domain - open daily 1pm & 7pm daily (weather dependent). (Saturday 6th October closes at 5pm). Keep up with all the latest news and be into win on our Facebook page.

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      Sep 2018

      Murder Mystery Night

      Who doesn’t love a good murder mystery? Throw in a sumptuous three-course dinner & canapes, and your favourite beverage, and you’ve got a great night! Featuring actors from our local Shambles Theatre, providing entertainment through the evening. You’ll be part of it too; do you think you can figure out whodunnit?