Events in Nelson

Super Rugby: Crusaders v Waratahs (Saturday 1st February 2020)

The Crusaders will play on Trafalgar Park Nelson for the first time since 2015, against the Waratahs in the first round of 2020 Super Rugby.

Bring your family and friends to watch the excitement of Crusaders Rugby - the horses, many of NZ's best players including local Tasman Mako players and the More FM Family Zone with face painting and Crusader flag giveaways.

Gates open at 5pm. Food and beverage sales available.

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Nelson Summer Shakespeare presents Romeo and Juliet (Sunday 2nd February 2020)

This professional production of the Bard's greatest love story, will tour outdoor venues in the Nelson Tasman region in January 2020. This special performance brings the tragic tale of the 'star-crossed lovers' into the comfort of Nelson's Theatre Royal.

Building upon the strengths of previous Summer Shakespeare seasons, highly experienced director Giles Burton has once again taken on this role, and has built a strong and professional ensemble.

What becomes of Romeo and Juliet? Will the long standing family feud between the Montagues and Capulets play out a disastrous end?

Don't miss out on the chance to see this classic love story, presented by eight of Nelson's best actors, retold in the beautiful setting of New Zealand's oldest wooden theatre.

Follow our tour on Facebook: Nelson Summer Shakespeare.

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International Kai Festival 2020 (Thursday 6th February 2020)

The eleventh annual International Kai Festival is on again this Waitangi Day, Thursday 6 February 2020, with Founders Heritage Park and Whakatu Marae working closely together to present a range of traditional and international foods to sample.

Whakatu Marae will also host a Powhiri, a traditional welcome for visitors to the Marae, at 11am. There will be a huge variety of international foods on offer made by families living in the Nelson community. Small portions of food are priced at $5.00 or $10.00 to encourage visitors to try a wide range of each.

Koha entry.

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Author Talk - TE REO MĀORI: THE BASICS EXPLAINED (Saturday 8th February 2020)

TE REO MĀORI: THE BASICS EXPLAINED

In a free library session, respected tutor and author David Kārena-Holmes will introduce the fundamentals of te reo Māori grammar and structure, as outlined in his new book, Te Reo Māori: The Basics Explained, published by Oratia Books.

WHERE: Activities Room, Nelson Public Library, 27 Halifax Street, Nelson
WHEN: Saturday 8 February from 2 p.m. to 3.30 p.m.

Suitable for learners and speakers of te reo at any level. Books will be available for purchase thanks to VOLUME: The Space for Books.

No bookings required. Contact library@ncc.govt.nz or phone 03 546 8100 for more information.

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Wāhine (Sunday 9th-Sunday 16th February 2020)

Immerse yourself in the stories of four Maori women.

Showcasing personal stories from Maori women who live in the Nelson region of New Zealand, Wāhine combines candid interviews, soundscapes and portrait photography to present a series of unique meditations on being a woman in Maori culture.

OPENING EVENING for the Wāhine Exhibition at the Old St Peters Church in Founders Park. This event is open for you to meet the four women featured in the exhibition, as well as the artist Loren Pasquier. All welcome.
The opening ceremony will take place at 6:30 pm and will be led by the four featured women.

From Monday 10th until Sunday 16th of February, the exhibition will be open in the Old St Peters Church from 10am - 4.30pm everyday.
The artist will be present.

Please note: The exhibition will also be part of Nelson's KAI Festival on the 6th of February. It will be displayed in the Kākaati building (Wharenui). Come and experience it in this sacred space...

Find more information here:
www.thewovenwomen.org
@thewovenwomen
thewovenwomen@gmail.com

Wāhine is on these dates: 9th February 2020 10th February 2020 11th February 2020 12th February 2020 13th February 2020 14th February 2020 15th February 2020 16th February 2020
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Blind Boy Paxton (Monday 10th February 2020)

American blues extraordinaire Blind Boy Paxton has announced his much-anticipated return to our shores for his biggest headline tour of New Zealand to date, playing eight shows across the country this February. With new songs to road test, a myriad of instruments in tow, and stories to tell, these are must see shows this summer!

Blind Boy Paxton is known by many as the ‘living embodiment of the blues in the 21st century’ and makes his triumphant return to NZ after a string of sold out shows 2 years ago.

Jerron ‘Blind Boy’ Paxton’s live shows showcase his unparalleled skill across the banjo, fiddle, piano, harmonica, guitar, and the Cajun accordion, effortlessly transporting audiences to a time long ago. Interspersed with heartwarming narratives and humorous anecdotes, Blind Boy Paxton’s signature ragtime and country blues draws deep inspiration from his southern roots, and seamlessly brings old time tradition into the modern day.

This world class act is one not to be missed.

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Small Time at the Library (Monday 10th February-Wednesday 8th April 2020)

Small Time sessions are designed for under 2 year olds and combines songs, rhymes and stories into a free, fun 20 minute programme. This is a great opportunity for toddlers to develop pre-literacy skills and for parents to meet with other parents. See you there!

Story Time and Small Time sessions:

Small Time: for 0 – 2 year olds
-Elma Turner Library: Mondays & Wednesdays, 10.30am
-Stoke Library: Tuesdays, 10.30am

Story Time: for 2 – 4 year olds
-Elma Turner Library: Tuesdays, 10.30am
-Stoke Library: Wednesdays, 10.30am
-Nightingale Library: Thursdays, 10.30am & Sundays until April, 11am.

Small Time at the Library is on these dates: 10th February 2020 12th February 2020 17th February 2020 19th February 2020 24th February 2020 26th February 2020 2nd March 2020 4th March 2020 9th March 2020 11th March 2020 16th March 2020 18th March 2020 23rd March 2020 25th March 2020 30th March 2020 1st April 2020 6th April 2020 8th April 2020
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Small Time at the Library (Tuesday 11th February-Tuesday 7th April 2020)

Small Time sessions are designed for under 2 year olds and combines songs, rhymes and stories into a free, fun 20 minute programme. This is a great opportunity for toddlers to develop pre-literacy skills and for parents to meet with other parents. See you there!

Story Time and Small Time sessions:

Small Time: for 0 – 2 year olds
-Elma Turner Library: Mondays & Wednesdays, 10.30am
-Stoke Library: Tuesdays, 10.30am

Story Time: for 2 – 4 year olds
-Elma Turner Library: Tuesdays, 10.30am
-Stoke Library: Wednesdays, 10.30am
-Nightingale Library: Thursdays, 10.30am & Sundays until April, 11am.

Small Time at the Library is on these dates: 11th February 2020 18th February 2020 25th February 2020 3rd March 2020 10th March 2020 17th March 2020 24th March 2020 31st March 2020 7th April 2020
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Story Time at the Library (Tuesday 11th February-Tuesday 7th April 2020)

Story Time sessions are designed for 3 and 4 year olds and combines songs, rhymes, stories and a craft session into a free, fun 30 minute programme. This is a great opportunity for preschoolers to develop pre-literacy skills and socialising skills and for parents to meet with other parents. See you there!

Story Time and Small Time sessions:

Small Time: for 0 – 2 year olds
-Elma Turner Library: Mondays & Wednesdays, 10.30am
-Stoke Library: Tuesdays, 10.30am

Story Time: for 2 – 4 year olds
-Elma Turner Library: Tuesdays, 10.30am
-Stoke Library: Wednesdays, 10.30am
-Nightingale Library: Thursdays, 10.30am & Sundays until April, 11am.

Story Time at the Library is on these dates: 11th February 2020 18th February 2020 25th February 2020 3rd March 2020 10th March 2020 17th March 2020 24th March 2020 31st March 2020 7th April 2020
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Story Time at the Library (Wednesday 12th February-Wednesday 8th April 2020)

Story Time sessions are designed for 3 and 4 year olds and combines songs, rhymes, stories and a craft session into a free, fun 30 minute programme. This is a great opportunity for preschoolers to develop pre-literacy skills and socialising skills and for parents to meet with other parents. See you there!

Story Time and Small Time sessions:

Small Time: for 0 – 2 year olds
-Elma Turner Library: Mondays & Wednesdays, 10.30am
-Stoke Library: Tuesdays, 10.30am

Story Time: for 2 – 4 year olds
-Elma Turner Library: Tuesdays, 10.30am
-Stoke Library: Wednesdays, 10.30am
-Nightingale Library: Thursdays, 10.30am & Sundays until April, 11am.

Story Time at the Library is on these dates: 12th February 2020 19th February 2020 26th February 2020 4th March 2020 11th March 2020 18th March 2020 25th March 2020 1st April 2020 8th April 2020
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Adam Summer School quartets (Thursday 13th February 2020)

The annual Adam Summer School is presented by the New Zealand String Quartet and held in Nelson each February. It is generously sponsored by the Adam Foundation, and provides the opportunity for up to 30 talented young string players and pianists to commit themselves to eight days of intense chamber music-making under the guidance of the New Zealand String Quartet and guest pianist-in-residence, Diedre Irons.
At our Elma Turner Library performance, we’ll delight your ears with a teaser of string music that you can look forward to hearing in full at our Finale Concerts on Sunday 16 February. These inspiring ensembles comprise students between the ages of 16—25 and many Adam Summer School students later go on to forge successful careers as professional musicians in New Zealand and internationally.

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Author talk - Sue Copsey and Catherine Robertson (Thursday 13th February 2020)

Join us on 13 and 14 February to celebrate Library Lovers’ Day and the end of the Nelson Summer Reading Challenge.

On Thursday 13 we have popular New Zealand authors Sue Copsey and Catherine Robertson joining us for a special evening event, from 6pm. Come along and hear these writers, in conversation with Liz Price, as they discuss their latest books and writing life. All welcome.

Sue Copsey is an award winning author who will be talking about her latest book Wife After Wife' – a modern re-telling of the story of King Henry VIII.
Catherine Robertson has written a number of books included the popular 'Gabriel's Bay' and 'What You Wish For.'

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Nelson Steiner Playgroup (Thursday 13th February-Thursday 9th April 2020)

Our gentle and friendly playgroup meets weekly on Thursdays in a lovely Nelson setting. Our children and families enjoy playing with nature-inspired, handcrafted toys, sharing bread making (and eating!) and singing songs. Parents have time to connect and chat, and be involved as much as they are able. Our time together is led by Steiner rhythms and the needs of our children on the day.

All welcome. Suggested Koha $2 (per child) plus some fruit to share. See you there!

Nelson Steiner Playgroup is on these dates: 13th February 2020 20th February 2020 27th February 2020 5th March 2020 12th March 2020 19th March 2020 26th March 2020 2nd April 2020 9th April 2020
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Guy Williams (Friday 14th February 2020)

Billy T Award-Winning Comedian Guy Williams is Back! Some of you might not have even noticed that he was gone, or even realised that he was here in the first place, that doesn’t matter… he’s back!

The star of the critically acclaimed “New Zealand Today” TV show (and only on-screen member of the show) is taking a short break from his busy schedule of arguing with people on the internet to make his self described “triumphant” return to touring. Striking while the iron is hot and most of his major competitors are taking a break from stand-up in the wake of sexual assault allegations.

“This year I want to do a political show (here’s the catch) that doesn’t suck. I know that sounds impossible, and I can’t promise that I will achieve this amazing goal, but I’ll give it a good shake because we’ve all got to do something to fill in the time before we die.” – Guy

“A great hour of comedy” – TheSpinoff.co.nz

“Bloody funny” – Radio New Zealand

“Almost as bad as Reece Darbie and Flight of the Concords (sic).” – Kiwilad, Stuff.co.nz comments section.

You don’t have to print your tickets just show them on your phone.

R15 – Mature themes and a lot of bad language

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Library Lovers' Day (Friday 14th February 2020)

Libraries around the country celebrate all things books on February 14 - our celebrations will coincide with the end of the Nelson Summer Reading Challenge which kicks off on the 14 December.

Come along to Elma Turner Library from midday and join our celebrations - there will be live music and nibbles followed by a prize giving for our Biblio Bingo Bonanza. Prizes will be presented by some special guests - more information coming soon! Children's activities will take place after school.

The Nelson Summer Reading Challenge - at Nelson Public Libraries - comprises our famous children's reading challenge, the Biblio Bingo Bonanza (our adult challenge returning for its second year) and our young adult programme Read Around the World. There is something for every member of the community - with great prizes up for grabs! Sign up from 14 December online or in any of our branches, read and win!

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Gitano Swing as part of Library Lover's Day (Friday 14th February 2020)

Barrie McDonald ( accordion), is well - known for his performances in the Celtic music scene. Here he teams up with Paul Gilmour to play some Waltzes, Bossa and Swing tunes in a style influenced by legendary French and Italian musicians, who mixed gypsy with jazz standards of the 1930s, to create a style known as “Jazz Manouche” or simply Gypsy Jazz.

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Library Lovers Day (Friday 14th February 2020)

Join us to celebrate Library Lovers’ Day and the end of the Nelson Summer Reading Challenge.

Gitano Swing will kick things off at 12pm with French love songs. This is followed by romance authors
Catherine Robertson and Sue Copsey will return to Elma Turner Library on Friday 14 February to announce the winners of Biblio Bingo Bonanza. Stick around after the prize giving for cake and coffee.


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La Vie en Rose (Friday 14th February 2020)

La Vie en Rose at Broadgreen house is the perfect place to celebrate Valentine's day with your loved ones.

An evening of desserts, coffee, flowers, craft market, twilight tours through Broadgreen house, floral art displays and live music.

Bring your sweetheart to La Vie en Rose for some romance in the rose gardens.

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Breathing Workshop (Saturday 15th February 2020)

Learn how breathing affects your energy, concentration, emotional state, sleep, health and even your facial development in this free talk.

For anyone with asthma, hay fever, snoring, sleep apnoea, anxiety/panic attacks, migraine, nasal congestion, chronic cough. Or to anyone who is the parent of a child with any of these conditions.

Run by The Breathing Clinic Nelson https://breathingclinic.co.nz/

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