Coming Up: a few little treats and competition for tickets!


So much happening around the place in the run up to Christmas.  Notice some have already started driving like they’re going to miss buying the last turkey or bottle of bubbles.  Yesterday (Tuesday) I’m stopped at an intersection in urban Tauranga waiting for the ambulance, fire engine, police car or whatever was coming with its siren screaming – old lady behind me toots.  I don’t think so.  I did find the perfect reponse to these situations in my vegetable bin (LOL) and I’ll be including it in “My other Tauranga”.  But before you pop any personal corks or burst any personal boilers check out the fun and good times going on.

Starting with something you may not expect – The Whakamarama Kindergarten Christmas Market on Friday of this week – 30th November.   Held in the Whakamarama Hall aka the Community Centre all the vendors have been invited to have a stall.   Should be good!  There are many of these Christmas Fairs and Markets being held around New Zealand at the moment. They are nearly always fundraisers for the organising group and they give you a real window into the community they are part of.

On the 9th December 2018 The Incubator at the Historic Village 17th Avenue Tauranga is hosting The Nukes for both a workshop and a concert – sharing with you the promo info sent by them  AND IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO WIN A DOUBLE PASS TO THEIR SHOW TELL US WHAT INSTRUMENT WILL BE FEATURED AT THE NUKES WORKSHOP AT THE INCUBATOR!  EMAIL ARTbop  YOUR ANSWER  (head your email THE NUKES GIVEAWAY)   TO:      and go in the draw.   Competition  closes on the 7th December at 8pm.

Sunday Dec 9th sees the Nukes return to Tauranga with a 2.30 pm workshop for ukulele. There’s something for everyone in this blisteringly good new Nukes ukulele workshop.
Proud of their quirky original songs – all written for the ukulele, the Nukes’ workshops are always engaging and fun.
They will cover techniques, such as tab, and look at the playing skills that are useful for improving understanding of the ukulele , the workshop will look at new songs and old.
No matter what your skill level you’ll take something useful away.
All ages and levels catered for , then look to perform with the Nukes at the evening concert that follows which kicks off at 5pm. Tickets  in person at the Incubator Creative Hub Historic Village 159  17th Avenue
ph 07571 3232 with Tanya and also on Eventfinda. Workshop & show combo deals available .

The Nukes from West Auckland are far more than a ukulele band. Part vaudeville, part rat-pack, part musical car crash, this talented trio deliver an engaging mix of humour and originality that audiences of all ages will love. The innocent little uke is the instrument of choice and people will be staggered by what the Nukes are able to achieve with it. Great song-writing, musicianship and 3-part harmony combine to create a truly memorable, entertaining experience. Aotearoa’s favourite original ukulele trio began life in a humble but spectacular fashion way back in the heady days of 2008. Founded by Dave Parker, Ben Collier and Dave ‘Snapper’ Thiele, The Nukes promptly set about carving themselves a cozy niche in the cutthroat world of the New Zealand ukulele scene. Many roads have been travelled in the decade since, many songs have been sung and many challenges overcome.

Now, with the soul wrenching retirement of the inimitable Snapper Thiele, The Nukes face a turn in the road and a fresh set of possibilities.

Dave and Ben have recruited multi-instrumentalist Mike Burrows to help ease their aching hearts, kiss their boo boos and make it all better. What will this mysterious stranger bring to the party? Only time will tell.

Over the last five years we have performed at something like 300 public shows , events and a further 200 primary schools where we have a specific ukulele – singing -dancing workshop where the kids get to perform with us at the all school show that follows …some 65000 pre teen kids have been performed to  .Our three albums and songbook have physically sold platinum for New Zealand which is about 7500 units with sales continuing as we spread our ukes about Australasia. Celebrating their tenth anniversary  this year with an upcoming  Greatest Hits cd and songbook for March 2019 release .

Appearances at WOMAD NZ , SPLORE NZ ( multiple times ) , Auckland and Canterbury Folk Festivals , New Plymouth Festival Of Light 2018 , Wanaka Festival Of Colour 2017 , Coastella Festival 2017 , Southland Festival Of Arts 2017 , Bluff Oyster Festival , Arts On Tour NZ March 2017 -35 shows over five weeks , NZ Schools ukulele festival (multiple times ), Geraldine Ukulele Festival 2016, Egmont AnP show , Mackenzie Country AnP show and to come in 2018 Hawkes Bay Arts Festival , Oamaru Heritage Festival and Alexandra Blossom Festival .
Australia – Australian Music week Folk Alliance showcase Nov 2017 , Spruke Festival Brisbane , Newcastle ukulele festival ( multiple times ) Central Coast ukulele festival ( multiple times ) Melbourne ukulele festival and Sunshine Coast ukulele Festival April 2018 . Australian Tour Nov 2017 16 shows across 3 weeks.                               

Sept 2018 live video for Lemon Tree


The next Affordable Art & Artisan Fair will be on Sunday 16th December 2018 – Fairs for the other months are held on the last Sunday of the month.   The Fairs are held within the Black Sheep Cafe & Restaurant complex on the last Sunday of every month 11am to 3pm.  There is heaps of parking, clean toilets and wonderful food and coffee.  There’s live music. There’s an event prize you can win.   If you would like to join us as an exhibitor/retailer of your original creativity or artisan products you can contact us at   We are sign posted along SH2 with signage to the turnoff of SH2 and Plummer’s Point Road.  You won’t be able to miss us! We’re indoors over winter months and outside in the Summer. Look at this beautiful poster created by Birgitt Shannon and Nathalie Foster of the Fair’s Marketing and Promotions team.You can get a taste of what the AAAFairs are all about from our facebook page     and the monthly video conversation produced by the AAAFair Event Organiser Artist, Birgitt Shannon which she publishes on her You Tube channel

The Fair’s not only a great source of gifts and inspiration, it’s a magic day out.  The Marketing and Promotions Team have several raffles every Fair.   We ask the visitors to draw these.   Look at this gorgeous young lady who drew the raffle for a gourmet decorated cake with Suzanne Martin whose beautiful, precise and decorative folded paper products are highly sought after. 

And you can get a peep of her range of Christmas Trees as Suzanne shows off her “party hat” with fellow exhibitor, photographer Brenda Butler. And here’s Lorraine of bespoke clothing molliemay who won the hours treatment donated by De La View of Mount Maunganui Beautiful card was part of De La Vie presentation.   The third prize for the day was a sweet filled pinata – we’ll be having another one of those on the 16th and one of Suzanne’s beautifully silver Christmas Trees  and ? Come along and find out!


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An event in ode to our incredibly rich culture, Our Place Tauranga and Tauranga’s Christmas in the Park are proud to present alongside Baycourt Community and Arts Centre the ‘Cultural Christmas’ that will have workshops including Poi Making, Live music from the likes of Ria Hall and Modern Māori Quartet as well as a live fashion runway featuring the talented work of Shona Tawhiao 🙌💞🎄

A series of events that are all a gold coin entry donation to our chosen charities for 2018, Tauranga’s Christmas in the Park is all about giving back to our cherished community we love so much. We can’t wait to see you all there!

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Join us on Saturday DECEMBER 1ST at 10.30am to hear how Emma Prill worked with all ages in the community (from 5 to 90 years) to create a magical, botanical garden at Tauranga Art Gallery



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Warren Viscoe – Survey of Works from 1979 – 2018
Opening 3pm, 17th November 2018 – Show runs until 15th December 2018


Miranda Farm Gallery

Sculpture Exhibition & peaceful walk in nature

Exhibition of the artworks of New Zealand sculptors, set amongst the trees and gardens at Miranda Organic Orchards overlooking the Firth of Thames and the Coromandel Peninsula.

Artists include: Michael Smither, Fatu Feu’u, Warren Viscoe, Clovis Viscoe, Neil Miller, Samantha Lissette, Christine Hellyar, Suzy Dunser.

We also have a small selection of Ralph Hotere works for sale, Jeffery Harris and Anna Caselberg.

Miranda Farm Gallery.
First off the grid gallery in New Zealand.

Summer Sculpture Show Works displayed outside in the orchard, and in the Gallery

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