What’s On: Festivals and bright colours

Food Co-ordinator for Good Neighbour, Jackie Paine, who helping run the Food For Thought Festival today. Photo: Daniel Hines.

Good Morning SunLive readers and welcome back to the start of your weekend.

I hope you have all had an enjoyable week and have an amazing weekend.

Looking at the weather for the Bay of Plenty today, it is mostly cloudy with a few showers about.

There are also some northeast breezes about as well.

Your high will be 22 degrees with an overnight low of 17 degrees.

If you are looking for something to get you out and about, there are plenty of things on today to keep yourself or your family entertained.

The Food For Thought festival is kicking off today and is a celebration of rescued food and the community.

To read more about the festival, click here:

The festival kicks off at 10am at Our Place, entry is a gold coin donation and all food available to purchase is $5.

The Colour Splash is also on today.

This is being held at Coronation Park in Mount Maunganui and is a day of colourful fun and freedom for the whole family.

Known as the festival of colours, it is a joyous annual event during which people dance and frolic, play, chase and colour each other with dry powder.

Make sure you wear old garments or clothes that you don’t mind becoming coloured, as some of the dye might not fully wash out. White garments bear the most dramatic and brilliant effect.

To read more about the festival, click here:

The Tauranga Multicultural Festival is on today, after being postponed last weekend.

Involving more than 200 performers from across 20 different ethnic groups resident in Tauranga and the Western Bay of Plenty, this event will enthrall families with authentic foods and entertainment.

“Our city, as across New Zealand, is diverse and it makes our communities stronger. There is no place for hate in any city in New Zealand. Let’s embrace and strength the diversity,” says Multicultural Tauranga.

“As an organisation, we responded to last week’s tragedy by postponing the event. The Multicultural Festival 2019 will now be held on the 23rd March at the Historic Village from 10am. Everyone is invited to come to celebrate the diversity of Tauranga.”

Now in its 20th year, the day is naturally becoming an iconic annual event on the Tauranga calendar. It attracts anywhere up to 5000 participants and visitors, with many travelling from beyond the Western Bay of Plenty to participate and enjoy.

Uzabus have also announced that there will be free buses running from the Tauranga City Centre to the Historic Village, where the festival is taking place.

The festival is running from 10am to 4pm. Entry is $5. Children under 12 are free.

For more information about the festival, read here:

To find out what else is happening around the Bay today, check out the What’s On listings below:

Saturday 23 March:

‘Her Colours’ Art Exhibition
Beautiful artworks by Tamzin Blair that celebrates femininity & the artist’s identity. Unique multi-layers works. The Art Lounge NZ Gallery at Willow Street. 11am-4pm Tue-Sat

Art In The Park
Original art for sale. Weather permitting. Coronation Park, Mt Maunganui 9-4pm. Tauranga Society of Artists

Bay Network Singles Club
50plus. Make new friends. Barbeques, outings, dining out & pot-lucks. Ph Jonathan 572 2091 or Maureen 021 112 3307

Colour Splash Fun Times
Joyous free-entry festival of vibrant colours, well-being & togetherness. A fun chase with dye powders for the whole family! Coronation Park Mt Maunganui 12pm.

Come Dancing With Us
Tauranga Scottish Society sequence dancing. 7-10pm, Greerton Hall. $7 entry. Covers raffles & supper. All welcome. Ph 572 5938

Greerton Hall Market
Last Saturday of month. 8am-12pm. Stalls inside/outside. Discounts for charity groups. Refreshments available. Phone/txt for site. Tricia 07 543 1487 or 027 908 2952, www

Jam Session/Open Mic
3rd Saturday of every month at Mount RSA. All genres welcome. Backing band available. Keith Dickson 021 170 239

Jigsaw Puzzle Library
10am-12 noon. Choose from of 300 puzzles. Hire $1 per 1000+ puzzle, 50c under 1000. Cnr Highmore Tce & Brookfield Tce. Ph 576 0698

LOL Laughter Wellness
Laugh your way to wellness. To learn how, come & join us at Arataki Community Centre, Zambuk Way, Mt Maunganui. 11-11:45am. Ph Trish 022 036 6768

Multicultural Mandarin Classes
Monday conversational all levels Mandarin classes 6pm-7pm. Saturday academic classes 10am-12pm. Registration required to

Otumoetai Tennis Club
Adult Tennis. Start time 1:30pm Bellevue Park Windsor Road (adjacent to swimming pool complex). New players & visitors welcome. Ph Fred 544 5088

Pottery Gallery
Bethlehem Pottery Gallery is open 10am-2pm Tues,Thurs & Sat. Come along & purchase locally made pottery.

Sabbath Worship Services (Hairini)
Experience God’s Love worshipping at 10:30am Saturdays at Baden Powell Centre Harrisfield Dr, Hairini. Ph David at Church of God’s Love 7th day 020 4128 3124.

Sunshine Sequence Dance Group
Come & enjoy tea dance, Sat Mar 30, Baptist Church Hall, 13th Avenue. 5-9pm. $5pp. BYO food, plates, cutlery, non alcoholic drinks. Jan 544 4379

Taoist Tai Chi
Beginners Tai Chi classes Mon-Sat, 15 Koromiko St, Tauranga. Also KatiKati, Mount, Papamoa & Te Puke. For times visit or ph 578 9116

Tauranga Social Dance Club
First Saturday monthly at the Baptist Hall, Cameron Rd/13th Ave. Old & modern sequence dances, supper & raffles. 7pm. $7 entry. Ph Faye 543 3280

Tauranga Synchronised Swimming Club
Have a go at synchro! Beginners train Saturday mornings at Baywave. Supportive & friendly environment. First lesson free. Ph Jo 027 543 1697,

Te Puke Toy Library
New opening hours Wed-Sat 10am-1pm Thurs 3:30-5:30pm during Terms 1 and 4. 7 Stock Road Playgroup Friday 10am-12pm. Come on down & join to hire toys & have some fun.

The Sociables
Females & males in the 30s/40s/50s age group that meet up to participate in local activities & events, bushwalks & dining out. Ph 022 012 0376

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