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More than 50 artists feature at mARTakana

Harbour Hospice’s 14th annual art exhibition, mARTakana, opens with a flourish this Thursday, with a ticketed preview night including an auction of pieces donated by exhibiting artists. The exhibition will be held at Matakana School over three...... Read More

Author talks on Manus Island

Author  Zac Quinn, who spent six months working with asylum seekers at the Australian Government’s Manus Island detention centre will give a talk at Warkworth Library this month. Zac’s experiences supporting refugees inspired him to...... Read More

Festival fun returns to Leigh

A magician, live music and a food fermentation demo are just a few of the attractions at this year’s Leigh Summer Festival at Leigh School, on Saturday, February 8. There will be continuous on-stage entertainment from musicians and singers, plus...... Read More

Library secures early records

Visitors to the Kaukapakapa Market on Sunday, January 19 are being encouraged to pop in to the nearby Kaukapakapa Library. Since re-opening in 2014, the library has become the repository for much of the information on Kaukapakapa’s past. This...... Read More

Bumper car and bike show back at Waipu

Petrolheads of every persuasion should head to Waipu’s Caledonian Park next month for the annual Great Waipu Car & Bike Show. Up to 700 classic, vintage and muscle cars will be on display and around 120 bikes in what has become the biggest car...... Read More

Workshops open for bookings

Bookings are open for Creative Matakana’s week of arts workshops in the second week of May. “There are always some courses which sell out within a week of opening, so it’s essential to move fast,” founder Jo Connor says. Jo...... Read More

Amitai Pati and friends star in Matakana opera picnic

Tenor Amitai Pati – a member of the hugely popular Sol3 Mio musical trio – will be the star performer at Auckland Opera Studio’s Matakana Summer Picnic Concert in February.   Each member of the trio has been active in pursuing...... Read More

Last minute festive fun for Maungaturoto

Santa is making one last stop before his big night on Christmas Eve, with a guest appearance at the annual Maungaturoto Christmas Parade and Festival on Saturday, December 21, which starts at 4pm. The parade will start at the Good News Church in Hurndall...... Read More

Jazz tribute concert raises money for historic home

Allana Goldsmith Renowned New Zealand jazz artist Allana Goldsmith will perform a tribute concert to Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan at the historic Couldrey House in Wenderholm in March. The event is being billed as Summer Serenade: Jazz in the...... Read More

Stockings filled at Flats Christmas market

The annual Kaipara Flats Christmas market had its most successful year yet with a record 59 stall-holders. Among them was young entrepreneur Harper Holdem, 6, who sewed 60 hair scrunchies to sell at the market, along with small plants and trinkets...... Read More