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Matariki 2024

Observed 29/06/24

Matariki is a time where people, whānau, and communities gather together to remember the year that has passed, to celebrate the present, and to plan for the next year. It is a time to remember our loved ones who are no longer with us, to feast and celebrate with our relatives and friends, and to look towards the future and the hope of a season full of bounty.

Rongoa Maori

Auckland, Bay of Plenty, Northland

A series of practical workshops for rongoa Maori - Traditional Maori Medicine. Workshops are taught in the bush in a supportive and encouraging environment for both Maori and non-Maori participants. All workshops are run over a weekend and are held in the ngahere (bush). The aim is to teach people how to identify the plants used for rongoa, where to find them, and how to collect them and the tikanga (customs) that must be followed.

Conservation Volunteers New Zealand

Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington, West Coast
All year round

Discover your environment and make a difference to our natural habitat by joining in on one of their many projects. They welcome volunteers all year round to help out with events and projects in Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington and Punakaiki.

Awhi Yoga & Wellbeing

Every Sunday morning

Join the gorgeous folks at Awhi every Sunday for a 90 minute Heated Flow! All koha proceeds donated to a charity of choice each month! Open to all - haere mai! Bookings essential.

Gisborne Farmers Market

Saturday 9.30AM – 12.30PM

Don't miss the chance to support local farmers and artisans at the Gisborne Farmers Market. For a full list of all the vendors attending, please visit their Facebook page. Connect with passionate producers, eat in season produce and save money! By being able to speak directly to the farmer, grower or producer people can ask questions about how their food was grown, and more money is returned to local communities

Gisborne Riding for the Disabled


RDA improves health and wellbeing outcomes for people experiencing disability, or who have specific challenges or needs. Each year, they provide life-changing opportunities for more than 3,000 children and adults in local communities throughout New Zealand.

Napier Repair Cafe

Hawke's Bay
Last Saturday of the month

Sustainable Napier has a kaupapa of community connection, inclusiveness, and building resilience. Follow them on Facebook to see some of their great events. Perhaps attend the monthly Repair Cafe to get an item repaired or lend them your skills as a volunteer.

Napier Menzshed

Hawke's Bay
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Napier Menzshed is one of thousands of similar mens sheds that have sprung up around the world. They are part of "Menz shed New Zealand". The Napier shed, in Hawkes Bay, is well equipped with tools and machinary to tackle most projects. In a sense, it is a health initiative for retired men, a step away from isolation and into the camaraderie of a shared project and community appreciation.

Morning Melodies

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Brilliant one -hour concerts on Mondays, once a month. Tickets are $7 or $54 for the season. The doors to the auditorium open half an hour before the show starts, giving those with limited mobility plenty of time to get settled and for audience members to get to know their seatmates. Free tea and coffee and lots of smiles.

Voice Arts

By Appointment

Follow on Facebook to see their inspirational programmes and how you can get involved.

Napier RSA Natter and Craft

Hawke's Bay
Second Wednesday of the month, 10am

Work on your crafts and enjoy a chat with the friendly folks at the Napier RSA. They would love to meet you and welcome new members with both arms wide open.

The Napier RSA Wine Club

Hawke's Bay
First Monday of each month, 6pm

The wine club is an open invitation to anyone over 18 years old, not just Napier RSA members. They welcome anyone who enjoys wine or would like to broaden their horizon on the subject. Many of the regulars enjoy a meal and a yarn in the club bar afterwards.

Late Night Which Craft

Hawke's Bay
Thurs 5-7pm

Adulting is hard and life is hectic. It’s important to take time out for you. Research consistently shows that doing arts and crafts can improve mood, mental agility, self-confidence and more. It can reduce stress, depression and anxiety. Join the friendly folks at the Hastings Library!

Flaxmere Library Book Chat

Hawke's Bay
Every second Tues 10.30-11.30am

There are a range book clubs across the Hastings Disctrict Libraries specially organised for different groups. Have a look online and see which one might suit you best.

Get up to Five

Christchurch, Wellington
All year round

Are you not exercising? Are you struggling with your health and fitness? ​Are you limiting your life because of your fitness? ​Does your fitness make you feel disappointed or guilty? Have you given up even trying because you think you will fail? Does this area of your life make you feel embarrassed? ​Have you just accepted that you will always be unfit? Get up to Five is an 8 week group training programme with 3 x group sessions each week. The coaching team guides you through each session as you follow the Get up to Five programme.

Seasons Art Classes Nelson/Tasman

All year round

Art Classes over 13 weeks catering for adult learners, ideal for either absolute beginners and also more advanced artists who use a more challenging curriculum to stretch their skills, inspire them or 'get their mojo back' after a break. Art like so many things is a lovely topic with 'layers' to inspire and delve into. Social, well structured way to learn the foundation skills of drawing, oil pastels, watercolour and acrylic painting. Many branches across NZ.

HeART Space Studio

Bay of Plenty, Whakatane
Contact online or pop in when the open flag is out

Jade Adams opened Heart Space Studio in Commerce Street in Whakatāne's Town Centre and offers kids art classes, school holiday programmes as well as a diverse range of workshops for all ages. Like super fun paint and sips, workshops for tie-dyeing, collage, painting, yoga and more, run for the community. The studio is a space for local events to be held with the studio available to hire. There is also a selection of locally made items from talented creatives.

Arts Council Nelson

All year round

The Refinery ArtSpace is committed to stimulating and strengthening the artistic and cultural life of Whakatu, supporting a diverse programme of engaging community-driven and/or contemporary exhibitions, projects and events. Check out the website for a range of events and exhibitions which will engage and excite you.

The Creative Place

Bay of Plenty
All year round

Wine. Painting. Friends. Fun. Paint and Wine nights in the Papamoa area. Invest in time for yourself!

All Smilez

Hamilton, Online
All year round

Art lessons in person and online. Stop the perfectionism. Stop the comparison. Stop thinking that yours isn't as good. Stop looking for the easy way out. Start trying something new. Start learning new skills that you can build on over time. Start in the privacy of your own sketchbook.

Te Oro

Mon-Fri 9am-5pm

In this multi-purpose space young people and the local community can come together to perform, practise and learn the arts; express their creativity and talents; and celebrate their cultures.

Nathan Homestead Pukepuke

Auckland, Manukau
All year round

Nathan Homestead is an iconic Manurewa community venue where people create, celebrate and connect while surrounded by nature and history. An awesome events and classes. Follow on Facebook to be a part of it and be inspired!

Confetti Studio

Auckland, Online
All year round

Now and then we all need a little time to ourselves to simply relax. Paper crafting is a great way to decompress by focusing your attention on a crafty project. Classes across Auckland where you can connect with like minded new friends and online tutorials if that suits.

Kumeu Arts


Kumeu Arts is a buzzing community arts centre, not for profit incorporated society and registered charity that offers classes, untutored groups, events, workshops, festivals and exhibitions. ​Exhibitions are always free to visit and both galleries are wheelchair accessible. The building (located behind Kumeu Library) was once an Auckland Council works depot, but has since been transformed into a fully functioning, fit for purpose arts centre with two galleries and a gift shop selling art and crafts made by local artisans.

Franklin Arts Centre


Have you booked a place in one of their programmes yet? So many courses and exhibitions - for example, learn to make your own polymer clay earrings with jewellery maker Vanessa Fong from Dewdrops. Enjoy a fun and relaxing 3 hour hands-on experience with all materials provided. By the end of the workshop you will get to take home 3-6 pairs of earrings.

Art & Tea for Seniors

Thurs 10:30am–12pm

Therapeutic Art supports us to express ourselves and communicate with others providing a visual means of communication. Art and mindfulness are vehicles for meditation and self-connection that can help us to be steady and centred. Anyone can enjoy the benefits of making art. No knowledge or prior skills surrounding art is required to start. Switch off any negative influences to embrace your inner creative voice.

Papakura Art Gallery 

Auckland, Manukau

Papakura Art Gallery is located in a refurbished fire station on Averill Street in Papakura's CBD. You will love the programmes and engagement.

Ōtara Music Arts Centre (OMAC)

Auckland, Manukau
Mon-Fri 9am-5pm. Weekends by request.

OMC, Ardijah, King Kapisi and Annie Crummer are just a few of the names that have come through OMAC - the Ōtara Music Arts Centre, what an iconic space to go on your personal musical journey.


All year round

Book tickets for a well priced daytime show in your local community ($35) or have a look at the luxury musical travel opportunities both within NZ and abroad - for example, watch André Rieu in Maastricht, take in Northern France, Belgium, art, castles, opera, gourmet food, charming towns and historic hotels! Have a ball with some new friends and connect through great music across many genres.

Hawkins Theatre

All year round

Hawkins Theatre presents a dynamic schedule of events from live performance events to music, theatre, dance and more. It also hosts regular screenings of films with a particular focus on New Zealand, overseas festival and arthouse films.

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