What‘s on - pirates, cross country and fishing

Sunrise in the Tauranga harbour

Kia ora and welcome to Saturday!

The weather forecast is showing a partly cloudy day with a chance of showers until the evening. Also light winds. It’s a two-clothing-layer day, with an expected high of 18 degrees and an overnight low of 7 degrees.

On Sunday May 26, we’re expecting cloudy periods with light winds. For the week ahead, expect showers and some westerlies.

Captain Pinky will be delighting Tauranga’s youngest theatregoers with ‘Captain Pinky’s Pirate Toddler Boogie’ at 11am this morning. ‘Captain Pinky’ is a pirate-themed disco aimed at children aged up to five years old and promises to be packed with solid gold hits, sea shanties and plenty of bad jokes. Parents are also encouraged to join in the dancing, and whilst eye patches and pirate hats are not compulsory, they will be very much welcomed at the Saturday morning show at Baycourt. Check out details here

It’s a busy day for WaiBOP Championship, NRFL and Bay Relics who all have home games at Links Ave today.  Kick-off is at 12.30pm.  NRFL 1st are playing Three Kings United at 3pm. Follow updates on the teams here

Tauranga's Zinefest is happening at the Tauranga Art Gallery from 10am to 3pm. Come and make your own zine or look at zines made by others. More here

The Zee Market is on at Tauranga Historic Village from 10am – 2pm.  Plenty of crafts and unique gifts, and take a wander around the art exhibitions and village.  More here.

Unashamed Tauranga 2019 will be happening at Otumoetai College today from 6.30pm – 9pm. A youth and young adult event, it will be featuring great sounds, yum kai, captivating creatives and some powerful speakers, from Excel School of Performing Arts, Sonya Cossey Creative, The Society Dance Co, Mattie Montgomery and more. More information here

Tauranga Ramblers are holding a Tauranga Open Cross Country race event at Waipuna Park, Welcome Bay, starting at 12 noon. There’s ample parking, and if you’re not running come and cheer on the runners on this spectator-friendly course.  Check here for more

Photo: Ken Wright/Lightwave Photography

NZ Photography Workshops and Lightwave Gallery are hosting a free two-day Kaimai Waterfalls Workshop. Join Ken Wright for a weekend of waterfall and riverscape photography workshop deep in the Kaimai Mamaku Forest and other locations in the Bay of Plenty to improve your “water in motion” photography. For more information click here

The weather is looking great for Tauranga Sport Fishing Club’s Snapper Classic Tournament which is on today Saturday May 25 and tomorrow Sunday May 26. There are many prizes up for grabs, with funds raised going to help support the Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter.

Into squash? The Pak ‘n Save BOP 2019 is on at the Devoy Squash & Fitness Centre on the cnr Devonport Rd and 13th Ave, Tauranga. Come and see some epic match-ups. Men’s and women’s quarter finals start at 11.15am.

‘Many Facets’, an exhibition by Elizabeth Haider can be viewed at The Incubator Hub at Tauranga Historic Village. Check out more here

Also on at the Incubator Hub is Mike Maynard’s exhibition ‘Coloured Images’ starting at 11am.  More here

For more of what’s happening today see below:

Clan Cameron BOP Sun 9th June 1pm Denis Cameron 8 Kokomo Key Papamoa. Ph Pat Cameron 07 533 4345

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

Bay Network Singles Club
Single, over 50? For weekend dinners, barbeques, outings. Ph Jonathan 572 2091, Maureen 021 112 3307

Essential Tremor Support Group
Meeting at Evans Rd Community Church, Evans Rd Papamoa, 10am. Guest Speaker Dr Steven Fischer, National Chairman. Ph Ann 572 0083

Exhibition 'The Incredible World'
Beautiful resin art by Svetlana Kloogh. Must see! Solo Exhibition at The Art Lounge NZ Gallery, 117 Willow Street. Tue-Sat 11am-4pm

Experience Sound of Soul
Spiritual HU chant. Spiritual chat follows. 1:30-2:30pm Papamoa Community Centre, 15 Gravatt Rd Papamoa

Free Concert
Youth Philharmonic Tauranga. Classical favourites. Conductor Justus Rozemond. 4pm at Graham Young Youth Theatre, Tauranga Boys College.

Gloria! Vivaldi/Purcell Concert
Purcell anthems and Vivaldi’s Gloria by Scholars Baroque Aotearoa. St Peter’s Anglican Church, Victoria Rd, Mt Maunganui. 7.30pm Sat. $35/$20. Cash door sales.

Greerton Hall Market
Last Saturday of the month. 8am-12pm. Stalls inside/outside. Discounts for charity groups. Refreshments available. Ph/txt for site. Tricia 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
We don’t laugh because we’re happy, we’re happy because we laugh! Come join us. Arataki Community Ctr, Zambuk Way, Mt Maunganui. 11-11.45am. Ph: Trish 0220366768 or Email:

Oliver! The Musical
Tauranga Boys’ & Girls’ Colleges present their combined musical, Oliver! Graham Young Youth Theatre 25-29 June

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

Painting Nga Toi Maori
1st June, 10-2pm, $150. Arohanoa will help you create a Maori/NZ inspired acrylic masterpiece. The Artery, Historic Village. Book:

1pm Tuesday & Saturday 45 Kawaka St, Club Mt Maunganui. No Equipment needed, come & try this low-impact sport. Jo Ann 578 3606

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

Taoist Tai Chi Tauranga
Beginners Class: 8:30-10am, at 15 Koromiko St, Judea. All welcome to join in any time. Great for stress, balance, flexibility. Friendly group. Ph 578 9116

Tauranga Scottish Society Sequence
Dance 7-10pm Wesley Methodist Church Hall 100 13th Ave. Entry $7 incl raffles & supper. All welcome. Ph Nola 576 5076

Tauranga Social Dance Club
Sequence dancing, 1st Saturday monthly at the Baptist Hall, cnr 13th Ave/Cameron Rd. 7pm start, supper, raffles. Faye 07 543 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,

The Rusty Mannequin Sale
Women’s pre-loved clothing sale. 9-12 at The Historic Village. Cash Only. All proceeds to Turning Point Trust

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