So much to do! So much to see!


So much to do. So much to see. We’ve just got over Auckland Annivesary long weekend holiday and this weekend it’s perhaps the most important commemoration – Waitangi Day – where we acknowledge the existence of the Treaty of Waitangi. The troubled history of New Zealand’s colonisation has meant that the Treaty and it’s commemoration represents vastly different things to different people.

Creative Bay of Plenty is hosting the exhibition “Tin-o-cocoa, tin-o-cocoa, tin-o-cocoa! Waitangi – the subversion of the everyday” from 31 January to 20 February 2017. The exhibition features works by Linda Munn, Que Bidois, Jason Porter, Parewhati Taikato, Mia Morgan, Te Rangipikitia, Damita Phillips, Judy Mohi and Areena Chase.

BOP Symphonia RISING STARS Competition. Applications now open to all Bay of Plenty secondary school students. Entries close February 2017. More info from Maggie Gething, President Bay of Plenty Symphonia P: 021 144 2028

Exhibition | Molly Morpeth Canaday Award: Painting and Drawing

January 28 to March 12, 2017 
Whakatane Museum and Arts, Whakatane

The 2017 Molly Morpeth Canaday Award for Painting and Drawing will be exhibited across all three galleries at Te Kōputu a te whanga a Toi — The Whakatāne Library and Exhibition Centre — and open to the public from Saturday, 28 January until Sunday, 12 March 2017.

Presented by Arts Whakatāne in association with Whakatāne Museum and Arts, this nationally-recognised art award will recognise 13 category winners. The 2017 judge, Felicity Milburn, announced the winners on Friday, 27 January, including the artists to receive the $2500 Craigs Investment Partners Youth prize and the $10,000 Molly Morpeth Canaday Fund award.

Whakatane Museum and Arts

Date(s) – 28/01/2017 – 12/03/2017

The Judge:

Heather Hourigan, Molly Morpeth Canaday Co-Ordinator with 2017 Judge Felicity Milburn

Felicity Milburn is a Curator at Christchurch Art Gallery, Te Puna o Waiwhetu. She works with artists on a wide range of projects, from temporary installations through to large-scale survey exhibitions. Most recently, Milburn curated exhibitions of historical and contemporary art from the collection and beyond for the Gallery’s reopening. She writes regularly about art for local and international publications and is the art editor for the literary magazine, Takahē. This year, Milburn has worked with Billy Apple and Lisa Walker on solo individual projects, and prepared an exhibition on the paintings of Doris Lusk.

Editor’s Note: There is a large free parking area within easy walking distance of this complex which is part of a waterfront shopping precinct – including a New World if you feel the need to stock up on the basics. Whakatane has a number of cafes within its main streets area which you access through the Centre arcade. There is an outstandingly popular sushi cafe opposite with a great array of sushi and as a bonus “free” green tea. There are signposted public toilets and toilets within the Exhibition Centre. Whakatane is a magical “day out”.

You can also find the flavour of the Eastern Bay of Plenty in Arts Revealed

img_3864-web-lgbookcoverArts Revealed: Eastern Bay of Plenty

Andrea Cooper and Heather Hourigan

Read the review in Words by Lee Switzer



Arts WHAKATANE:   Summer Festival

Eastern Bay of Plenty hub Whakatane has a regular Summer Festival. There’s a great monthly programme with the annual Molly Morpeth Canaday 2017 Art Awards Exhibition a major focus. Here’s a small selection of what’s going on. You can get a high-quality printed festival booklet or online at

February 2017

Molly Morpeth Canaday Art Awards Exhibition continues during February. You’ll find the exhibition at Te kputu a te whanga a Toi-Whakatane Library and Exhibition Centre.

3rd Whakatane Secondary School Art 11am at the Exhibition Centre

4th The Esplanade Art Market is every Saturday at 9am outside the ASB on Whakatane’s The Strand.

11th Jazz in the Park 5.00pm-8.00pm at the Whakatane Rose Gardens McGarvey Road. Children are free adults $5. This is a Tauranga Big Band performance under the musical direction of Murray Mason. Twenty musicians, vocalists perform a three hour gig. Take your picnic, relax or dance.

11th & 12th Summer Arts Symposium & Discussion Sat 11th and Sunday 12th February at the Opus Gallery

11th Incvidental Music with Tom Bayliss – between 10am-12pm opposite Baxters Cafe on The Strand.

14th Arts on Tour Fiona Pears 7.30pm at the Church of St George and St John – out there violinist Fiona & Band – “visually and musically explosive”

18th & 26th Sunshine & a Plate – this looks amazing. It’s a Festival of Culinary Arts which celebrates the food producers of the region. The first festival which seems to include everything including a Food Lovers Film Festival at WhakaMax More information on

Pop Up Art Containers are at Wharaurangi – that fabulous space (beside Presentables) on the Strand. Check out for details

18th & 19th you can visit the David Poole Art Studio and Gallery – having just met the redoubtable Chairman of Arts Whakatane and loved his unusual creativity, I’d recommend you put this on you “to visit list”

Taiko Drumming – Kenji Furutate from Tokyo, Japan demonstrates his amazing taiko skills alongside the Eastern Bays only taiko group Kagutai. (A gold coin donation entry)

21st (Tuesday) from 6.30pm at the Edgecumbe Cosmopolitan Club

22nd (Wednesday) from 6.30pm at the Whakatane Japanese Gardens

(alternative venue will be arranged if it rains)

26th ARTHOUSE, Art and Carft Market from 9am.on the corner of McAlister and Short Street.

This market also runs every Saturday displaying and selling hand created art and craft.

There’s more going on in March including the 18th and 19thMarch Ohope Sup Festival – more about this you can phon Greig Dean 02 711 500.

Love Cycling?
February is Sport Bay of Plenty’s Bike Month February and there are over 40 activities for you to get involved in. Check out for all the details!


Cottleston Gallery, Greerton


20 Jan – 20 Feb 2017

The Bee Appreciation Society AGM. 

Paintings by Katherine Steeds. A unique and painstaking installation of tiny portraits, in homage to the humble bee.

Anne Stråtveit’s  ART SCHOOL exhibition’s limited edition fine art prints are available now and will continue to be available through the gallery for the foreseeable future.  

During exhibitions the Gallery’s usual opening hours: 11am – 4.30pm every day except Mondays.

But visitors are welcome to browse the gallery outside these hours. Please simply phone for an appointment.

 The Cottleston Gallery 

128 Oropi Road, Greerton, Tauranga.  

Contact Katherine Steeds 578 5242 or 0204783337

0204 STEEDS (0204 783337)

Cottlestongallery website



9th February 2017

For lovers this Valentine’s day

by Sam Eastwood

Art by Rosie Gallery, G7 Goddards Shopping Centre,

21 Devonport Road, Tauranga

4.00pm – 6.30 pm

There will be a number of books available for sale and the opportunity to have

them signed by Sam International published Poet

Supported by

Books a Plenty Ltd – -Tauranga BOP -Tauranga Writers

Incubator Poetry Group

Attend and be in the draw for a Valentine’s Day gift basket

Sam Eastwood, my nom-de-plume Tauranga, New Zealand My background has been in the graphic industry, and advertising. I began writing seriously twenty years ago. My poems are about love, and the feelings and emotions love brings to us, and are strongly influenced by my spirituality.

I self published my first book, Sam’s poem© and sell as a hard back, print on demand NZ The NZ national Library and the The Hocken Library retain copies.    I have completed two further books in this series, now a trilogy of love poems, and one which I have titled Poèmes d’amour & Verset érotique, all yet unpublished. I have just published my second book, Sharing Love – a selection from all my poems now on sale at Books of Plenty Tauranga and through Amazon.

“When I sit and write I find the words come into existence as a journal entry; a poem, verse, rhyme or short essay. They are a reflection of the unfolding mystery of my life, interwoven into the present associated feelings and emotions I’m experiencing they thread through and tie my life’s path together. My greatest hope is for a world of unconditional love for every living being”.

My poems have been published in The Australia Times poetry magazine June 2016,

An anthology published and printed by USA

The Tuck online magazine UK,

Alia Mundi magazine, translated in Serbian

Currently the Poetry Editor for ARTbop.   an online publication and as poetry editor, involves sourcing people, poetry, and video interviews. Filming poems read by the poet, and conversations.

The Solid Luck Tour
Shane Hollands & Simone Kaho – NZ Summer 2017

Auckland’s notorious hotpot performance poetry scene is cutting loose two stars on a
nationwide tour – with fresh new books and a hunger for the road. Performance poets aren’t
always published and published poets aren’t always performers, but this twosome do both;
Shane and Simone are polished writers and impassioned performers who light up the stage.
Shane Hollands is a veteran of the New Zealand performance poetry scene. He is well-known for his innovative work with poetical music of differing genres from jazz to electronica to metal, and his efforts to give other poets a platform to perform; he established performance poetry collective The Literatti , and the NZ national celebration of beat poetry, The Kerouac Effect . He was one half of the art-music duo Beautiful Losers , infamous DJ of the ‘Dirty Wordz’ radio show and is the
front-man and poet for the Wordcore band, Freaky Meat . Freaky Meat has featured at The Oa maru Jazz Festival and The Davie s Bay Music Festival, The Titiran gi Festival of Music and
Pran a New Year’s Festival, Coromandel. They have toured extensively around NZ, playing every major city from Auckland to Invercargill and supported Canadian band Ocean Full of Fins on their north Island leg of their national tour. The Atomic Composition of the Seeming Solid is Shane’s fourth book, released in January 2017. It is described by Landfall editor David Eggleton as ‘the verbal vortex of Shane Hollands in printed form: the renegade poems of a whisky priest straight out of Beatsville.”
Shane in action:
Simone Kaho joined the Literatti in 2011 as a scholarship-winning graduate of the International Institute of Modern Letters in Wellington, who count Eleanor Catton and Hera Lindsay Bird amongst their Alumni. Noted for her lyricism and powerful stage presence, she’s now a
performer in demand – at bars like The Thirsty Dog and theatres like Galatos, The Basement and The Mercury. Lucky Punch is Simone’s first book, launched November 2016. It straddles poetry and memoir, as the narrator comes of age in New Zealand’s rich and confusing intersection of pacific and colonial culture. Metro Magazine, The Herald Magazine and The Weekender have
reviewed Lucky Punch with enthusiasm; “I love it – it’s bruising ache, its utter clarity” Paula Green , “Utterly compelling” Anne Kennedy . Simone has been interviewed on TV by Tagata Pasifika and will be featured in Landfall this January.
Simone in action:


Friday 10th February    Rotorua 

4pm  Atlantis books 1206 Eruera St

Saturday 11th February Hamilton Central

11am Pop-Central Library    Reception Lounge    Civic Square       AND                                                                                                                                                                                                            Rotorua

5pm Rogue Stage 108 Tihi Road Springfield

Facebook event;

Sunday 12th February Tauranga

4pm The Incubator The Historic Village 17th Avenue



Hello from Miranda Farm Gallery, The Summer show is now up and open for viewing. There are some sculptures out doors in the orchard, and many beautiful paintings, prints, ceramics and sculptures in the gallery.Artists this year include Michael Smither, Fatu Feu’u, Neil Miller,Christine Hellyar, Warren Viscoe, Clovis Viscoe, James Wright, Uli Christofferson, Samantha Lisette, Suzy Dunser. We will be open on all the public holidays through the Summer, and the farm shop/cafe also. We look forward to seeing you here, and have a safe and happy Christmas from us all. Annie Wilson Miranda Farm Gallery 1107 Miranda Rd 09 238 2608 Open 8-4pm every day



Travelling through Hamilton and the Waikato? Make sure you take time to stop and walk through the Hamilton Gardens. Forty years of effort on a disused quarry and swamp site has created and international standard botanical garden. Lots of parking, clean toilets and an onsite cafe. Hamilton also has a Museum and art centre on Victoria Street.

Hey Banksy is that you?

Here he comes…


Paradox the Street Art Festival coming to Tauranga March to June 2017 – W:





Remember the fun of colouring in as a child? Tauranga City Libraries’ has two Adult Colouring Clubs!

tauranga Library: Held on the last Wednesday of each month from 10:30-11:30am. Register your interest by phoning 577-7177 or by emailing

Papamoa Library: Held on the second Thursday of each month from 10:30-11:30am. Register your interest by phoning 577-7177 or by emailing

BYO colouring book and equipment or give it a go using our basic materials supplied.   

Adult colouring helps reduce stress, anxiety and we have a lot of creative fun!

  Friends of the Tauranga City Libraries Inc

President:  Terry Hawker

Patron:   Bill Holland




Tauranga Library

There is no meeting in February  Contact: Betty 542 4322


Papamoa Library Book Group  Wednesday 15 February starting at 10:00am

Topic – Biographies / Autobiographies  Contact: Gail 574 3376



Mount Maunganui Library Book Group Tuesday 28 February starting at 10:00am

 Topic – Summer Reading  Contact: Gail 574 3376



Greerton Library – Chat Group  Thursday 23 February starting at 10:00am

Topic: Cr Max Mason talks about his inspirational hike of the Appalachian Trail

Contact: Pam 571 2566


Visitors and new members always welcome!



ZOETICA – life – passion – bravery 30 August to 02 September 2017 Tarnished Frocks & Divas in association with Carrus     W: F: Tarnished Frocks and Divas


donotleavemehangingbyathreadsecondseries2016-001Do not leave me hanging by a thread is a You Tube spoken word project to encourage support for the work of Medecins Sans Frontieres – Doctors Without Borders.

“Medecins Sans frontieres – Doctors Without Borders is an international non-governmental humanitarian medical organisaiton. It delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural disasters and exclusion from health care. It was founded in Paris in 1971 by a group of doctors and journalists who believed that all people have the right to medical care regarldess of gender race religion or political affiliation. There are regionally based organisations. Australia has an organisation



ARTbop the Bay of Plenty’s creative arts magazine

–read it online, anywhere, anytime!


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