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Festival of Lights ready to shatter chilly winter blues

Thousands poured into Baxter Street for the Festival of Lights in 2019. The Mahurangi Winter Festival of Lights returns next month to brighten up the school holidays at the coldest and bleakest time of the year, with a blaze of colour, good food and...... Read More

Winter warmer in Kaiwaka

Kaiwaka Can is hosting “choc-tail hour” at the Kaiwaka Sports Association on Wednesday, June 23 at 5.30pm. It is calling on local businesses, community groups and interested citizens to join them for a catch up and a hot beverage. Kaiwaka...... Read More

Swimmers wanted for chilly dip

Brave swimmers are invited to take the plunge in the annual Leigh Community Mid-Winter Swim. Swimmers will head into the surf at Matheson Bay on Sunday, June 20, at 10.15am. Leigh School will provide soup and baking and Leigh Central will offer tea...... Read More

Wellsford hosts one-act play festival

Wellsford Drama Club will stage a one-act play festival at the Wellsford Community Centre later this month. Drama  club spokesperson Carolynne Andrew says there will be six plays in all, ranging from comedy to family drama. Two of the plays –...... Read More

Characterful insights into creative writing at workshop

Creative writing advice from an award-winning novelist and short story writer will be shared at a free workshop being run at Whangaparāoa Library on the evening of Thursday, June 10. The Crux of Character is being presented by Fiona Sussman, a South...... Read More

Network seeks artists for trail

Close up of ‘Two heads one thought’ by Tanya McCabe. Mahurangi Artist Network is looking for artists to join the annual Mahurangi Artist Studio Trail. The event invites artists to open their studios, homes or collective spaces to visitors...... Read More

Quartet plays eclectic mix of classical and NZ work

Music lovers will hear chamber music masterpieces alongside the best of New Zealand composers when the Jade String Quartet performs at the Warkworth Town Hall this month. The programme opens with selections from Haydn’s Seven Last Words of Christ,...... Read More

Perfect pastels on display

Exquisite artworks by some of New Zealand’s finest pastel artists will be on show at the Estuary Arts Centre in Ōrewa this month, when Auckland members of the Pastel Artists of New Zealand (PANZ) stage a four-week exhibition. Pastel Pieces will...... Read More

Top writers in town for library lit-fest

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Midwinter meal replaces swim

A new midwinter Christmas dinner fundraiser is proving popular, with funds going to two local charities. The Midwinter Christmas Dinner is a replacement for the Swimarathon, which organisers Rotary say received few entrants this year. The dinner is...... Read More