Events in Nelson

NCMA Lunchtime Concert Series: Schola Musica (Thursday 12th December 2019)

NCMA's Schola Musica is a chamber orchestra in which young string players learn some of the beautiful string repertoire written by great composers.

The rewards for young musicians playing in such a group are numerous. They learn about leadership, they learn to communicate within a musical setting, how to coordinate bowing and sound and how to develop the music imaginatively.

The orchestra features young soloists and these roles are shared as the students gain confidence.
All students study through NCMA and range in age between 11 and 17 years. There is no conductor and the students take turns leading their sections. Schola perform concerts at NCMA and various schools and retirement homes in the region.

At this final lunchtime concert of 2019, Schola Musica will play a selection of different works including Bach, Mozart, Bartok, Gershwin, Boccherini, Ravel, Karl Jenkins, Celtic folk music, and some popular tunes.

Don’t miss an opportunity to support and encourage our younger generation of fabulous musicians.

Schola Musica is tutored by Margarita Jackson and Lissa Cowie.

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Santa's Grotto (Friday 13th-Saturday 14th December 2019)

Crafts, stories and a sprinkle of magic at the Library as Santa's Grotto returns to the Stoke and Elma Turner Libraries these holidays!

There will be crafts, a storytime full of Christmas classics and the chance to sign up for our Children's Summer Reading Challenge.

Something tells us that the big man in red will also be making a special appearance.

Stoke Library: Friday 13 December 3.30—4.30pm
Elma Turner Library: Saturday 14 December 11.00am—12.00pm

No bookings required, open to children of all ages.

Santa's Grotto is on these dates: 13th December 2019 14th December 2019
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Makete Po (Friday 13th December 2019)

Experience the friendly whānau atmosphere, eat some kai (food), enjoy the free, live entertainment, and see waka ama in action on the Maitai River. Nau mai, haere mai! This event is held under the korowai of the “Economic Pou group” with sponsorship and support for this event from Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Kuia, Ngāti Tama, Ngāti Toa Rangatira, Te Puni Kokiri, Ministry of Social Development, Nelson City Council and Te Putahitanga o Te Waipounamu.

Makete Po celebrates small to medium sized whānau hapu iwi enterprises and providing an opportunity to showcase your products and talent to the general public. It’s about Te Ao Māori, It’s all about whānau. It’s about community.

Our summer Makete Po Night Markets for 2019 / 2020 will be on 13 December 2019 at Maitai Promenade Trafalgar Centre. (Another market will also be organized for 28 February 2020 at Washbourn Gardens Richmond – details for that market will come out separately at a later date.)

The Makete Po Night Market is alcohol and smoke free.

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Al Fresco Summer Movie - Pollyanna (Friday 13th December 2019)

Pollyanna 1960 134 mins G
Orphaned Pollyanna (Hayley Mills) is sent to live with her disagreeable Aunt Polly (Jane Wyman). Pollyanna has a knack of always seeing a good side to everything and teaches some of the more bitter members of the community about the ‘glad game’. When this attitude is challenged by an accident the townsfolk step up and show their support by demonstrating just how much Pollyanna has changed their lives.

Gather a group, a picnic, contemplate a blow-up couch or a beanbag and join us from 7:30 pm to play giant board games, enjoy the park and watch the region's glorious summer sunsets. Wrap up warm - you could even wear your pyjamas or a onesie - and please pocket a torch to light your way home.

Movies usually start just after 9 pm.

Full schedule is here: https://calendar.google.com/calendar?cid=M2Mxb3M2aW0yb2FjNHE3YnJzbjRzdTdsc2dAZ3JvdXAuY2FsZW5kYXIuZ29vZ2xlLmNvbQ

Movies will not screen if it is raining. If the weather is marginal on the night, please text 'Is it on?' to 021776623 after 7.30pm.

PLEASE PACK IT IN, PACK IT OUT AND KEEP OUR PARKS BEAUTIFUL!

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Centre for Fine Woodworking Exhibition (Friday 13th December 2019-Saturday 18th January 2020)

CENTRE FOR FINE WOODWORKING
New Zealand's premier furniture making, woodworking & design school

An exhibition of the work created by graduate students of the 2019 Furniture Makers' Programme.

There will be a selection of work for sale - a rare opportunity to view and purchase the work of emerging artists.

There will also be an information stand promoting the 2020 programme of short courses, weekend workshops and intensive courses that we offer. We pride ourselves in offering an all inclusive and varied range of courses suitable for every skill level - from the absolute beginner to the experienced woodworker.

A must-see exhibition for anyone who has an interest in furniture, design, woodworking and an appreciation of work that clearly displays the skill levels and attention to detail that makes each piece a one-off.

Centre for Fine Woodworking Exhibition is on these dates: 13th December 2019 14th December 2019 16th December 2019 17th December 2019 18th December 2019 19th December 2019 20th December 2019 21st December 2019 24th December 2019 27th December 2019 28th December 2019 29th December 2019 31st December 2019 3rd January 2020 4th January 2020 5th January 2020 6th January 2020 7th January 2020 8th January 2020 9th January 2020 10th January 2020 11th January 2020 12th January 2020 13th January 2020 14th January 2020 15th January 2020 16th January 2020 17th January 2020 18th January 2020
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Santa's Grotto (Saturday 14th December 2019)

Crafts, stories and a sprinkle of magic at the library as Santa's Grotto makes an appearance at the Stoke and Elma Turner Libraries these holidays!

We will have a range of crafts set up for children as well as a storytime full of Christmas classics.

Something tells us that the big man in red will also be making a special appearance.

Stoke Library: Friday 13 December, 3.30 - 4.30pm

Elma Turner Library: Saturday 14 December, 11.00am - 12.00pm

No bookings required, open to children of all ages.

PLUS registration will open for our Summer Reading Challenge on these days!

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Nelson Gospel Day (Saturday 14th-Sunday 15th December 2019)

This is a chance to put Christmas back where it belongs without the commercialism and to hear the real Christmas message- the good news of Jesus. Come, slow down, take a break and hear about the reason for the season.

The whole New Testament is being read in 15 minute slots. All welcome to come and listen. Family friendly event, seating provided for the elderly.

Please email if you would like to take part.

Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NelsonGospelDay/

Nelson Gospel Day is on these dates: 14th December 2019 15th December 2019
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The Dance Xperience (Saturday 14th December 2019)

THE DANCE XPERIENCE – This Is Who We Are, is brought to you by Fargher Academy of Dance.

The performance includes a variety of numbers from hi-energy jazz, emotive lyrical & contemporary pieces, beautiful classical ballet, funky hip hop and show stopping musical theater.
This show has it all, with something for everyone. The dancers are excited to showcase their talents again for Nelson audiences.

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Jon Sanders (Sunday 15th December 2019)

s delighted to welcome Jon Sanders back to share his newest album featuring more of his “quantum leaping” music. Jon has circumnavigated the globe many times over the last 25 years,entertaining thousands of listeners along the way. His compositions for drop D guitar, bouzouki and ukelele have been covered by bands and used in film, television and radio and he has performed in an impressive number of bands in the modern acoustic scene. His last three albums, Zoukelele, Latitudes and Twigs of the Neem Tree have been critically acclaimed, earning him the title of “bold explorer” and his music as “pure magic”

Jon's new album “NADA BRAHMA” has been five years in the making. It features an eclectic blend of self penned afrofunk, celtic and Kirtan chanting styles reflecting the myriad of emotions in life. “I was inspired by the 1983 book “Nada Brahma -the world is sound by Joachim Berendt which celebrates the universal vibration in all matter. Matter has a frequency therefore a pitch. Therefore its music. This album hopefully acknowledges that and also captures the joy within as an authentic and positive expression of ourselves,” he says. It’s a progression of the “deeply meditative, impishly playful, jazz tinged” recognition Zoukelele received.

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Louise Hawke presents The Nutcracker (Tuesday 17th-Wednesday 18th December 2019)

Fall in love with the story of Tchaikovsky’s favourite ballet.

Director Louise Hawke presents The Ballet Arts Company in a Christmas fairy tale dream of innocence and romance.

Your family will love the storybook narration, enchanting images, cinematic effects and all the entertaining magic of the Russian ballet tradition. Couture costuming handmade in the USA, UK and Australia for this production. A fairy tale dream in music on the theme of childhood from the greatest of ballet composers. Onstage for all your family to enjoy as a Christmas treat.

Featuring Stars of NZ Ballet Full Length Ballet

Proudly Sponsored by Nelson Pine Industries since 2003

http://www.balletartsnelson.com

Louise Hawke presents The Nutcracker is on these dates: 17th December 2019 18th December 2019
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NMIT Nelson Graduation Afternoon Ceremony (Tuesday 17th December 2019)

A celebration and recognition of NMIT's Nelson campus students' achievements.

This ceremony will see graduands from the Applied Business, Social Sciences, Arts and Media, IT, Nursing, Fitness graduate.

NMIT will be holding two Nelson graduations on Tuesday 17th December 2019 at the Trafalgar Centre followed by the procession through Nelson streets to the SANITI after function at NMIT's Nelson Campus.

The Ceremonies will be as follows:

9 AM Ceremony – Trades, Hospitality, Hair and Beauty, Primary Industries

1 PM Ceremony - Applied Business, Social Sciences, Arts and Media, IT, Nursing, Fitness

Afternoon ceremony programme:
12:15-12:30pm Graduates Arrive
12:30pm Guests Access to Auditorium
1pm Ceremony Starts
3:30pm Graduation Parade
4pm After Function at NMIT

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Free Community Event - Tahuna Treasure Hunt (Tuesday 17th December 2019)

Explore Tahunanui Reserve, with a fun treasure hunt, this event can be done as an individual or in a group.
Get the family together for a fun morning treasure hunting then hit the gorgeous beach for the afternoon.
Look out for the yellow ChillOut Kids Programmes flag on the Tahunanui Reserve opposite the playground.

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NMIT Nelson Graduation Morning Ceremony (Tuesday 17th December 2019)

A celebration and recognition of NMIT's Nelson campus students' achievements.

This ceremony will see graduands from the Trades, Hospitality, Hair and Beauty, Tourism and Primary Industries graduate.

NMIT will be holding two Nelson graduations on Tuesday 17th December 2019 at the Trafalgar Centre followed by the procession through Nelson streets to the SANITI after function at NMIT's Nelson Campus.

The Ceremonies will be as follows:

9 AM Ceremony – Trades, Hospitality, Hair and Beauty, Primary Industries

1 PM Ceremony - Applied Business, Social Sciences, Arts and Media, IT, Nursing, Fitness

Morning ceremony programme:

8:15 - 8:30 am Graduates Arrive
8:30 am Guests access to Auditorium
9 am Ceremony Starts
11:30 pm Graduation Parade
12 pm after Function at NMIT

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Free Community Event - Obstacle Course (Thursday 19th December 2019)

Weave your way through the agility poles, zig zag the cones and take on the cargo net crawl at our Obstacle Course event! When you're done the beautiful Tahuna Beach is just across the road for you to cool off for a swim!
Look out for the yellow Chill Out Kids Programme flag at the Tahunanui Playing Field.

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7 Days Lives (Thursday 19th December 2019)

7 Days is going on its biggest tour ever this November and December, performing New Zealand’s most successful ever comedy show live in theatres in 14 towns around New Zealand.

See Jeremy Corbett, Dai Henwood and Paul Ego unleashed, without the cameras, editors or censors to hold them back. See Ben Hurley, Josh Thomson, Jeremy Elwood and Justine Smith right in front of your eyes. Just New Zealand’s best comedians each smashing out a quick-fire burst of stand-up comedy, before getting into a game of 7 Days in your town, and about your town. New Zealand’s best comedy programme is New Zealand’s most hilarious, out-of-control live show.

As Jeremy Corbett says “If you only see one show this year, well, it’s obviously got to be Les Miserables, but if you can see two, then maybe catch School of Rock too. But also don’t miss out on 7 Days Live - The 10th Birthday Tour! We’re bringing it to you, and we’ll make sure it’s a night you won’t forget.

Box Office Opens: 1 Hour prior
Doors Open: 1 hour prior

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Shared Reading (Friday 20th December 2019)

Unwind during the busy season by sitting back, listening to some great poetry and, if you like, join in the discussion.

At the Stoke Library from 10:30am
A free event, no bookings required.

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Christmas music in the library (Tuesday 24th December 2019)

Get into the Christmas spirit and join us for Christmas music - Julie will be playing her harp and singing.

Nightingale Library Memorial Friday 20 December 1.30pm
Elma Turner Library Tuesday 24 December 12 noon
Stoke Library Tuesday 24 December 2.00 pm

All welcome.

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Christmas music in the library (Tuesday 24th December 2019)

Get into the Christmas spirit and join us for Christmas music - Julie will be playing her harp and singing.

Nightingale Library Memorial Friday 20 December 1.30pm
Elma Turner Library Tuesday 24 December 12 noon
Stoke Library Tuesday 24 December 2.00 pm

All welcome.

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Raw Foodies Catered Lunch (Sunday 29th December 2019)

The last Sunday of each month is Raw Foodies Catered Lunch date. So if you're at a lose end after Xmas come and join us.

Sally (ex-chef and restaurateur) will provide the 2 course lunch and you need to let me know and pay, at the very latest, by the Thursday beforehand if you're coming.

Advance bookings required. Cost is $15 per person - needs to be paid by Friday before. Bank details on request.

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