Counting down to the Tauranga Arts Festival!


Exhibition: Legend & Legacy by Michelle Estall October 6

You may remember the outstanding Monarch Butterfly “girl” image created by Michelle which was part of the 2017 Miles Art Awards – it was pretty and a statement at the same time.
 It will be interesting to see the development of Michelle’s work.

Half of the work on display is inspired by Maori Legend, purakau.
The other half references the influence of Michelles own journey of discovery into her Father’s family heritage, ancestors and their legacy.

Opening: October 6, 5.30pm – 8.30pm     

When: October 7 – 30, opening hours click here

Where: The Incubator, Historic Village

Further info: Check out Michelles Facebook page

 YES, ARTbop’s going along to this tonight down at the Incubator  – make sure you don’t miss seeing the wonderful work of Michelle Estall!
 CHECK OUT THE DIVERSE EXHIBITIONS ON AT THE TAURANGA ART GALLERY and WHILE YOU’RE DOWN IN DOWNTOWN make sure you sit down at Dry Dock Cafe (or one of the other eateries you’ll find in the streets of DTT)  I’m hoping to eat my way through the selection of yummy goodies at Little&Long in Spring Street before I meet my maker!

School Holiday Program: An Adventure with Line October 11


In this exciting October School Holidays workshop, children between 12 – 14 will experiment with shape and line to create artworks inspired by the exhibitions Bob Jahnke – ATA: a third reflection and Jae Kang: Waves of your Breath.

When: October 11, 1.30 – 3.30pm

Where: Tauranga Art Gallery

Further info and tickets: click here 







Workshop: Guided Art Workshop with Nemesh October 6 – 8


Enjoy a relaxing art session with Nemesh that is designed to suit beginners and mid-advanced artists. Through a set of exercises, you will learn how to handle oils using different tools and techniques.

Where: The Art Lounge, 32 Devonport Road

When: October 6 – 8, 11am – 5pm daily

What to bring: All art material and tools will be provided on the day. You only need to bring 2-3 canvases with thick bars per day (EG Das) no larger than 50x50cm (40×50 or so) to fit the table easel.

Booking: There is an option to book 1-day or both. By booking both days you can expand on a knowledge and have more fun creating!
For bookings and further details contact Mira at or visit their website.


Exhibiton: I Died in Hell, Passchendaele: From Tauranga to the trenches October 6 – November 17


I Died in Hell tells the story of Carl Jordan and his friends. The exhibition includes excerpts from letters written by Carl and his friends Albert Wasley, William Cunningham and Cecil Guinness, and gives attendees an insight into what these men endured during the battle. The exhibition also includes film footage from WW1.

Tauranga City Council’s Heritage Collection in partnership with WW100 Tauranga have curated From Tauranga to the Trenches exhibition, which will be on display at three different locations across the city. The series has been made possible thanks to a grant from the New Zealand Lottery Grants Board.

Where & when:

Mount Maunganui RSA, Friday 6 October – Sunday 15 October

Phoenix Carpark, Mount Maunganui Road, Monday 16 October – Sunday 29 October

Outside Greerton Library, Monday 30 October – Thursday 16 November

Short Story Competition: The Turning Point September 1 – October 31


Did you have a ‘turning point’ recently or at some point in your life? Write your story down now and be in to win up to $ 250.

When: September 1 – October 31

Further info: click here



Musical: Mary Poppins September 23 – October 07


Based on the Walt Disney movie and the stories of P.L. Travers, Mary Poppins is packed with the supercalifragilisticexpialidocious adventures, music numbers and magical moments.

A must see family musical.

Info: Buy your ticket here


Exhibition: Paolo Massei September 23 – October 07


To find out more about this italian born artist click here.

When: September 23 – October 7 

Where: Compose Art Gallery, Mount Maunganui


Concert: Kendall Elise October 7


I Didn’t Stand A Chance is the title track from Kendall Elise’s debut EP released in March this year, and the follow up to Heart Full Of Dirt – one of three finalist’s in this years APRA Best Country Music Song at the Country Music Awards in June 2017.

Kendall and her drummer Chris will be travelling all over the country bringing a raw, stripped back version of her stage show to a town near you.

When: October 7, 8pm

Where: The Incubator 

Ticket: click here

Creative Fibre Exhibition October 6 – 8


Do you love colours and textures and fibre of all sort? Then make sure you don’t miss out on this years’ creative fibre exhibition. 

When: October 6 – 8, 10am – 4pm daily

Where: Mt. Maunganui College


Talk: TedX October 7


When: October 7, 10am – 6pm

Where: Holy Trinity Church, 215 Devonport Rd, Tauranga

What: 10 live speakers on stage + 3 entertainment acts + glorious food all day

Further info: Check out their website and get your ticket here

THAT GREAT TAURANGA VENUE TOTARA STREET – just one of the upcoming events there…keep your eyes open for ROCKFEST

Totara Street: House of Shem October 7


One of New Zealand’s finest reggae bands, they’re heading on the road this September and October, 11 shows nationwide from Kerikeri down to Christchurch.
Get ready for an awesome night of reggae music and good vibes.

When: October 7, 9pm – 2am

Where: 11 Totara Street, Mount Maunganui

Ticket: Click here


Concert: Wilma and Friends October 8


BDO and Tauranga Musica, in association with Chamber Music NZ  present  Wilma and Friends.
CMNZ has brought Wilma Smith, legendary kiwi violinist back to NZ for a major tour. Wilma is the former Concertmaster of the NZ Symphony Orchestra and founding member of the NZ String Quartet. She is joined on tour by Caroline Henbest on viola, Alexandra Partridge on cello and Andrew Leathwick, piano.
Caroline is principal viola with the Australian Chamber Orchestra while Alexandra and Andrew are kiwis currently studying at the National Academy of Music in Melbourne.
A special feature is a new work written especially for the tour by Andrew Leathwick.

Beethoven Piano Quartet in E-flat major, op16
Leathwick Piano Quartet No 1
Dvořák Piano Quartet No 2 in E-flat major, op87

When: October 8, 4pm

Where: Graham Young Youth Theatre, Tauranga Boys College 

Info: Get your ticket here or at Tauranga Musica, 385 Oceanbeach Rd, Mount Maunganui, 3116 and at the door.

Contact: E-mail at or call 576-6774

Concert: Pipi Pickers October 8


“The best newgrass band in New Zealand … They always have an interesting and high quality show – doing songs no one else in the bluegrass world does. You never get bored at a Pipi Pickers show.” 
Mike Kear, Music from Foggy Hollow

Come and see this great Bluegrass band in concert!

Where: Rosie’s shed, 205 Wairoa road, Te Puna

When: October 8 from 7pm.

Ticket: $20

Info: Good wine and beer and refreshments available. It’s best to ring on 5526291 and reserve a seat as numbers are limited.

Workshop: Learn to weave flax October 9


Suitable for those just starting out or curious to learn more, come along to Good Neighbour Community Gardens to learn the process of Harakeke Flax Weaving. 
Also perfect as school holiday activity.

When: October 9, 10am – 2pm

​Where: Good Neighbour Community Gardens, Welcome Bay 

Further info: Check out their Facebook event or contact the Welcome Bay Community Centre for further questions.


Exhibition: Down – up by Graham Crown October 12 – 28


Graham Crow’s exhibition of new works titled Down Up will wow audiences at Zeus Gallery on Marsh Street from 12 to 28 October 2017. All are welcome to attend the opening event, where they can meet the artist, on Thursday 12 October at 5.30pm.

Maungatapu-based Graham Crow is a favoured name on the Tauranga art scene and is known for his bold and dynamic approach to colour, surface and light.

Following on from the successful exhibition Blue Shift, shown at Zeus Gallery in 2016, Down Up is a new collection of minimalist abstract works inspired by thumbnail drawings from a sketchbook Crow was using in 2007.

Where: The ZEUS Gallery 

When: October 12 – 28, Tuesday – Friday 10am – 5pm, Saturdays 10am – 3pm

Futher Info: click here 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY @ Totara Street October 13


Come along and celebrate TOTARA ST’s 2nd Birthday with some old skool jam.
Spread the word to Jamas far and wide because the JAMS are ON.
Come one, come all…

When: October 13

Where: Totara St 

Further info: Free entry 


Concert: Kokomo & friends October 13


Blues ‘n’ roots favourites Kokomo play their first theatre show in Tauranga since the sold-out concert at the 2016 National Jazz Festival. The band are currently in the studio recording a new EP so expect new songs, including the latest single “Holed Up In Karamea” old favourites, and a healthy dose of earthy Delta blues.

Kokomo will be joined by special guests, Tauranga musical royalty, Marion Arts and Robbie Laven. Marion and Robbie will play an opening set and will later feature with the band.

There will be a full bar before the show and at intermission and Grant Bullot will be exhibiting a selection of his paintings. Ticket numbers are – obviously – limited.

When: October 13

Where: 16th Avenue Theatre 

Ticket: click here


Craft class: Harry Potter Projects by Rhiannon Woest from Remarquable Wonder October 13


Remarquable Wonder is a creative service run by the lovely Rhiannon Woest who is a creative all rounder who runs craft classes for kids and adults. 

Make sure to check out her multiple kids craft classes here und register your little one for example for the Harry Potter Projects now. 

When: October 13, 1pm

Where: The Historic Village 


Theatre: Last Legs by Roger Hall October 13 – 15


Auckland Theatre Company proudly presents Roger Hall’s smash hit Last Legs – a lethally funny black comedy about sex, death and politics with an irresistible appeal to the old and bold of heart.

When: October 13 – 15

Where: Baycourt Community and Arts Centre 

Further info and tickets: click here 


Workshop: Great Photography Weekend October 14 – 15


Kim Westerskov’s biggest workshop of the year is coming up. Over the weekend of 14-15 October, Kim will cover most of what you need to know to become a much better photographer, including photographing people, landscapes, wildlife, travel photography, composition, lens choice, which settings to use, harnessing your creativity, and much more. 

As an internationally acclaimed wildlife photographer and teacher of 10+ years, Kim has developed workshops that are focused on simple techniques to get great results. All abilities from beginners to expert are welcome.

When: October 14 – 15, 9am – 5pm
Both days [in studio and out in “the field” taking great photos]+ follow-up evening

Where: 18 Greerton Road, Gate Pa, Tauranga

Further info: click here

Contact details: phone Kim on 578-5138 or write an e-mail at


Workshop: Connect & Indulge in Healing Art with Mira Corbova October 15, 22, 29


When: October 15, 22, 29 from 11am – 2pm 

Where: The Art Lounge 

Further info: To buy your ticket call 021 2025061 and visit The Art Lounge’s website for more information. 


Poetry Slam Tauranga at Astrolab October 18

 ANOTHER POETRY FOCUSED EFFORT BY FORMER ARTbop alternative Editor the multi-talented Dhaivat Mehta here working with Jay Fitton to bring a slam of words to the Mount!

Jay Fitton and Dhaivat Mehta are hosting a Bay Of Plenty/ Tauranga heat on the 18th of October at the AstroLabe Brew Bar at the Mount. This is an excellent opportunity for local poets and wordsmiths to show their skills and the winner wins the opportunity to represent Bay Of Plenty at the National Poetry Slam.
The 2017 New Zealand National Poetry Slam Finals will be held on the 4th of November 2017 in Hamilton.

When: October 18, 7pm

Where: Nana’s Bar, Astrolabe, Mt. Maunganui

Further info: Check out their Facebook event


Tauranga Arts Festival: The Orchid & the crow October 26


Join Daniel Tobias in his theatrical storytelling cabaret, sharing his personal experience of living through stage-four testicular cancer.  Daniel effortlessly draws us into the inspiring tale of his almost-death experience. 
The Orchid & The Crow is a funny, uplifting comedy musical about faith, family and survival.
To read more about the show in last week’s Vibe click here

When: October 26, 7pm

Where: X Space, Baycourt

Tickets: click here


A Dog’s Life: Lynley Dodd and Penelope Jackson October 22


Hairy Maclary first stepped out of Donaldson’s Dairy 34 years ago and immediately captivated readers and listeners, young and old.  Since then Dame Lynley Dodd has written and illustrated 20 picture books featuring Hairy Maclary and his gang. 
To mark the publication of her newest book, Scarface Claw, Hold Tight! Dame Lynley talks to Penelope Jackson about the work which has brought her international renown. Expect a lovely session of conversation, storytelling and live-reading of the famous Hairy Maclary books.

To read more about Dame Lynley’s latest book featured in Bay of Plenty Times click here.

When: October 22, 1pm 

Where: Crystal Palace

Ticket: Click here


Call for submissions: Exhibition Space 2018


Plan ahead and secure your spot now to make sure you have the perfect space for your workshop, exhibition or small performance as 2018 is just around the corner. 

For further info click here


TAURANGA ARTS FESTIVAL 19 – 29 OCTOBER 2017 check out one of Tauranga’s fabulous festivals…..




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