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Okura going bush for green music festival

Around a dozen different bands, singers and DJs will take to the stage for Auckland’s biggest environmental awareness music festival on Saturday, February 20. Highlights will include the Knights of the Dub Table collective, X-Factor rocker Brendon...... Read More

Top skaters line-up for big Bowl Jam

Last year’s open winner, Jakob Robinson. Photo, Ben Loader. Organisers of the 10th annual Mangawhai Bowl Jam at the Mangawhai Activity Zone this Saturday, February 6, believe it will be the largest yet. In anticipation, seating has been increased...... Read More

Free ukulele open day

Dianne Morgan performs regularly in Mahurangi. Ukulele maestro Dianne Morgan will hold a free ukulele open day on Tuesday, February 9,  in Warkworth to celebrate the return of her ukulele classes this year. She is also celebrating moving to the...... Read More

Mangawhai walking weekend returns

The Mangawhai Walking Weekend is back on track. A 12km walk around the entire Mangawhai estuary is one of the new events on the Mangawhai Walking Weekend programme on March 27 and 28. The event was cancelled last year, but a new committee is at the...... Read More

Honey festival creating a buzz

Artists, authors and a world-renowned chef will be among the attractions at what is thought to be New Zealand’s first festival to celebrate honey and bees, which takes place at Matakana Primary School on Sunday, February 14. The Big Buzz Festival...... Read More

Picnic benefits from return of opera stars

Amelia Berry wowed last year. Six of New Zealand’s top opera stars will perform at Auckland Opera Studio’s Matakana Summer Picnic Concert this month. The event will see the return of favourites, soprano Amelia Berry and tenor Ipu Laga’aia,...... Read More

New art classes in Mangawhai

Deva Prem and Mary-Anne Boyd enjoyed classes last year. Budding artists should head for Mangawhai this month, as a new series of morning art courses for adults is starting at the new Mangawhai Art Workspace Up first is the self-explanatory seven-week...... Read More

Truck show hiatus

One of the highlight events on the annual Wellsford calendar, the Lions Roaring Truck Show, won’t be held this year. Club member Stephen Corry says sponsors and supporters are taking a cautious approach, and the club has decided to follow suit. “I...... Read More

Crafty artists look for members

MECCA brings together like-minded crafters in an informal setting. Mahurangi East Creative Crafts and Arts (MECCA) is inviting anyone with an interest in crafts, conversation, fashioning and friendship to join the club. “There are group activities...... Read More

Warkworth Music anticipates better year

Warkworth Music will open its 2021 season with a concert by Trio Elan on April 17. Warkworth Music is looking forward to a smoother season this year after Covid 19 disruptions forced the cancellation of five of its scheduled seven concerts last year. Seven...... Read More