Morning Sunners and welcome the start of Queen’s Birthday Weekend- the last long weekend until October.
Although it may feel like it’s chilly, today will be generally lovely with a 16 degree high and only a few showers mostly in the evening.
So get out from under your duvet and enjoy. This weekend is packed with plenty of activities to do if you plan on sticking around.
Project Youth Hip Hop Dance Competition
If hip hop is your thing, be prepared for some amazing dance performances on stage at ASB Arena at Baypark for the Project Youth Hip Hop Dance Competition.
The two-day event includes a schools competition and an open competition set to attract some of the North Island’s top dance crews. Schools perfrom from 1-4pm on Saturday, June 2 and open competition from 1pm-11pm on Sunday, June 3. Tickets available from www.eventfinda.co.nz
Sounds of Africa
Zulu Love is coming to Tauranga on Saturday, June 2 with its 2018 show ‘South African Harmonies’. The show will share the songs and dance that tell of everyday life, love and worship in South Africa. The event gets underway at the Graham Young Youth Theatre at Tauranga Boys’ College at 7.30pm. Tickets available from www.eventfinda.co.nz
Escape 2018 is billed as a little festival with big ideas so bring your inquiring mind and tap into a myriad of events at Bayourt Community and Arts Centre in Tauranga from today to Sunday. You can delve into food, theatre, discussion, workshops, storytelling, music and poetry with an impressive line-up of guests. To see the full festival programme visit www.taurangafestival.co.nz
Waihi Beach Art and Craft Fair
It might be a touch cold to dip your toes in the sea at this time of year but there are plenty of lovely walks at Waihi Beach, including the new Trig Walk, and if you’re a fancier of art and craft the Waihi Beach Art and Craft Fair is back again at the Waihi Beach Community Centre on Sunday, June 3 from 10am-3.30pm.
The historic Athenree Homestead, including the old Athenree Station, is open on Sunday, June 3 from 12-3pm for Athenree Tea, including scones with jam and cream and tea/coffee. As well as enjoying a hot cuppa will spectacular sea and rural views you will be treated to a guided tour through the homestead.
If that doesn’t tickle your fancy the Athenree Hot Springs are just up the road ¬ – just the ticket on a cold winter’s day.
Katikati will ring out to the sound of three massed choirs on Sunday, June 3 with the United Voices concert at St Paul’s Church on Main Road/Mulgan Street. The event gets underway at 3pm and features the local Mural Town Singers, Te Aroha Community Choir and the St George’s Community Choir featuring pianist Jono Dunlop. Cost $10 and under 18s can attend free.
Ducks galore in Omokoroa
The Omokoroa Boat Club annual Rowing and Duck Races will be held on Sunday, June 3 from 9am-2pm with rowing races underway at 9am and the Duck Race at 11am. Cost $2 per duck with proceeds going to Omokoroa Point School and the boat club’s junior sailing programme. Each duck is marked with a number which matches its owner’s name. The winner is the person with the duck which floats across the finish line first.
Mount Runners Half Marathon
While some of us will be hiding under our duvets, hundreds of others will be hitting the pavement for the Mount Runners Half Marathon on Sunday, June 3. As well as the half marathon run or walk there are 10km and 5km run or walk options and all options circumnavigate the Mauao base track. To register visit mtrunnershalfmarathon.co.nz