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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

      The Great Te Aka Mauri Scavenger Hunt

      Come and enjoy your new library these School Holidays and be in with a chance to win one of four cool prize packs in The Great Te Aka Mauri Scavenger Hunt! Give the Great Te Aka Mauri Scavenger Hunt a go during library hours on any day during the holidays. These holidays you can give the Scavenger Hunt a go in te reo Maori or English. Grab your clue sheet from near the front door at the library, discover clues around the library and answer the questions on the sheet. Then get your entry in before the end of the holidays to be in to win. To find out what's on at the library over the holidays, download your copy of the October 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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      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?

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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

      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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      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

      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

      Hamurana Playcentre Spring Fair

      Our 12th Annual Hamurana Playcentre Spring Fair and Grand Auction is drawing ever closer. This will be held on the Ngongotaha Domain (access Beaumont Rd and Kokiri St). Games, stalls, sausage sizzle, the grand auction starting at 1pm, quick-fire raffles, food and craft stalls, a golf challenge, pony rides, bouncy castle and and so much more, A wonderful day out for the whole family! Find our event page on Facebook to keep up with all the information about the fair!

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      Sep 2018

      The Great Te Aka Mauri Scavenger Hunt

      Come and enjoy your new library these School Holidays and be in with a chance to win one of four cool prize packs in The Great Te Aka Mauri Scavenger Hunt! Give the Great Te Aka Mauri Scavenger Hunt a go during library hours on any day during the holidays. These holidays you can give the Scavenger Hunt a go in te reo Maori or English. Grab your clue sheet from near the front door at the library, discover clues around the library and answer the questions on the sheet. Then get your entry in before the end of the holidays to be in to win. To find out what's on at the library over the holidays, download your copy of the October 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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      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

      Ahead Of The Game

      Four flying mallets, one brilliant operator, 69 wooden bars and a brand-new composition combine to produce a mesmerising marimba masterpiece that is just as fascinating to watch as it is to listen to. Yoshiko Tsuruta, who lives in Tauranga, will be performing the world premiere of prestigious New Zealand composer Gareth Farr’s marimba concerto. Gareth Farr, ONZM, is a multi-award-winning composer. His music has been heard and/or commissioned for many high-profile events, including the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney and the opening ceremony of the Rugby World Cup 2011. His dynamic and energetic new work has been specifically written for the extended range of Tsuruta’s marimba, which at 3-m long means her footwork will be just as captivating as her flying arms! Helen Clark said, “Gareth is the most amazingly prolific and talented composer. He makes music very accessible to young and old alike”. And one couldn’t get higher accolades than from the world’s premier solo percussionist, Dame Evelyn Glennie. Glennie has herself commissioned music from Farr and considers him “an outstanding composer”. She looks forward to presenting the northern hemisphere performance of Farr’s new work. Also on the programme are masterpieces by Bach and Haydn, capped with a work from Copland.

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      Oct 2018

      Skids Rotokawa October Holiday Programme

      School holidays are almost here again and if you need care for your child there is no better place than skids Rotokawa. We have a fun, safe and exciting environment for your 5-13 year old. We are based in Rotokawa school and provide activities on site and out and about around Rotorua. We are MSD approved and provide WINZ subsidies.

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      Oct 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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      Oct 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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      Oct 2018

      Holiday Arts Academy for 8 to 12 Year Olds

      Looking for a fun, safe, creative environment for your artistic 8 to 12 year old? 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. The cost per day includes all materials - you just need to pack a lunch, water bottle, sunhat, and a smile! The Programme: Monday 1 October: Cardboard Bug Sculptures with Lani Eyles Tuesday 2 October: Bike Wheel Dreamcatchers with Lani Eyles Wednesday 3 October: Bike-Like Bold Bright Sky Art with Jill Walker Thursday 4 October: Make your own Mozaic with Marilyn Stevenson Friday 5 October: Braided Rugs with Sophie Perry Monday 8 October: Doodle Art with Lisa Meehan Tuesday 9 October: Creative Collage with Lisa Meehan Wednesday 10 October: Make a Bird Feeding Station with Helen English Thursday 11 October: Spring Celebration Crafts with Helen English Friday 12 October: Paint & Print with Sophie Perry

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      Oct 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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      Oct 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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      Oct 2018

      The Great Te Aka Mauri Scavenger Hunt

      Come and enjoy your new library these School Holidays and be in with a chance to win one of four cool prize packs in The Great Te Aka Mauri Scavenger Hunt! Give the Great Te Aka Mauri Scavenger Hunt a go during library hours on any day during the holidays. These holidays you can give the Scavenger Hunt a go in te reo Maori or English. Grab your clue sheet from near the front door at the library, discover clues around the library and answer the questions on the sheet. Then get your entry in before the end of the holidays to be in to win. To find out what's on at the library over the holidays, download your copy of the October 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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      Oct 2018

      Play Space - Building Fun for Kids

      Rotorua Museum is hosting this fun and free activity during the first week of the October school holidays. Come down to Te Runanga Tea House and invent, design, build, climb and explore with these large blocks, ramps and balls. Kids can build a new world every day and make objects like rockets, animals, robots. They can create imaginary places like houses, castles, and cities. In fact – anything they can imagine! Explore the endless possibilities of imaginative play and watch the kids (and adults!) overflow with originality. For further information please contact Tori Williams, phone 07 351 8055 or email tori.williams@rotorualc.nz

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      Oct 2018

      STEAM Mystery Bags

      Use a range of mystery materials to solve a fun engineering problem. Are you up for the challenge? Date: Monday 1 October Ages: 5+ Cost: Gold coin koha Booking: No bookings required Come and enjoy your new library these school holidays. Download your copy of the October School Holiday Programme from the website 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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      Oct 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.