What’s on – dragon boats, softball and home show

Beyond the Garden Path will be an opportunity to see over-the-top magnificent floral headpieces made by local creative people.

Kia ora and welcome to Saturday.  

Today we are expecting showers easing in the morning then clearing in the afternoon to fine spells. Northwesterlies will be dying out in the evening.  

It’s a one-clothing layer day, with an expected high of 20 and an overnight low of 12 degrees. Sunset is at 7.36pm.

Tomorrow, Sunday, some morning cloud is expected, followed by a fine day with light winds.

Check out what’s on today around the region:

Bay of Plenty Home Show. Photo: Daniel Hines

The Bay of Plenty Home Show is on at the Trustpower Arena Baypark today and Sunday from 10am – 5pm. Tickets only $10. More here

A Walk for Freedom, to raise awareness about abolishing slavery around the globe, is being held from 10am at Mount Maunganui.  More here

Dress in all your floral finery for Te Puke’s ‘Beyond the Garden Path’ at the Te Puke War Memorial Hall from 1.30pm – 4pm.  The floral extravaganza, fashion and entertainment event is a fund raiser by the Kiwicoast Lions supporting Te Puke St Johns Ambulance. More here

The dragon boats will be out on the water today at the Lakeview Quay in Pyes Pa. Come and cheer on your team in this eighth annual fundraiser by the Bay of Plenty Dragon Boat Club. There will be competition from beginners and teams, from businesses, organisations and schools, dressing up and racing each other in ten-person dragon boats. The event runs from 7.30am – 5pm. More here

The Western Bay of Plenty Softball Junior season gets underway today from 9.30am – 12noon at the Carlton St Reserve in Otumoetai with tee-ball, primary softwall, intermediate and college softball. There will be hot barbecue food available all day and an icecream truck. See for further information.

Jan Hellriegel

Jan Hellriegel, a finalist in the 2019 NZ Women of Influence, will be speaking at The Incubator from 4-5pm about music licensing in the film industry, followed by a performance at The Jam Factory at 6.30pm.  More here

The Incubator are also showing 15 artists with ‘Exhibition of Exhibitions’.  The gallery is open from 5.30-7.30pm.

Lorraine Bailey

Macandmor Gallery are showing paintings by Lorraine Bailey. The gallery, in the Goddard Centre, Devonport Rd, is open today. More here

Dean Flavell and Adrienne Martyn

A Tauranga Heritage Collection photographic exhibition by Adrienne Martyn sponsored by Tauranga Peugeot acknowledging the ancient legends of Poutini, Mata and Hinehoanga is on at Kowhai Interiors & Art Gallery at the 11th Ave Plaza. The exhibition is titled ‘Kaikauhoe Pounamu Taonga o Tauranga Moana’ and runs from 9.30am – 2pm, until November 2. More here

The Little Big Markets are on at Papamoa today from 9am – 2pm, at the Papamoa Pony Club. There’s plenty of gourmet street food, stalls, live music and activities, including face painting and a petting zoo.

A previous Kaimai School Agricultural Day

Kaimai School are holding their 2019 Agriculture Day at the school, 1853 State Highway 29, Lower Kaimai. Come and join the annual exhibition of everything agricultural. From chickens to calves and everything in between, plus a host of arts and crafts that the children have been working on. There will be food and entertainment from 9am to 1.30pm. More here

For more of what’s happening today see below:

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

At ZEE Village Market
You will find an amazing arrangement of stalls with amazing products. Come along to Historic Village 10am-2pm

Bay Network Social Singles
Single, over 50? For weekend dinners, barbecues, pot lucks etc. & an annual trip away, Ph Jonathan 572 2091, Maureen 021 112 3307

Beth-El Messianic Family
Celebrate the Sabbath (Sat) as Yeshua (Jesus) & all early believers did. All Welcome. 10am, Otumoetai Primary Hall. Joel van Ameringen 021 768 043

BOP Home Show
Celebrating 20 years. Bigger & more inspirational than ever! 10am-5pm at Baypark Arena, Mount. Adults $10, children under 13 free.

Brass Band Concert
Salvation Army 40-member lower North Island Seniors Brass Band 7:30pm. Salvation Army Citadel Cameron Rd/5th Ave. $5 entry

Chair Up Upholstery Workshop
Make your own headboard, all sizes, bring own fabric. With Paula Jones. 2nd Nov 9:30-4:30pm, The Artery, Historic Village. Book@ Ph 07 571 3232

Coffee n Chat 60+
R u interested in meeting up with a friendly group for a coffee n chat 10am. Marlene 027 342 0698 or

45 Kawaka St, Mt Maunganui. Mon, Wed, Sat. 9am for 9:15am start. New players & visitors welcome. Ph Jacqui 574 9232

Is where the art is. Solo Exhibition by Hilary Mance. Until 24 Oct, The Art Lounge NZ, 117 Willow St. Tue-Sat 11am-4pm.

Jigsaw Library
Welcome to the St Stephens Jigsaw Library 10am-12noon. Hire: $1 for 1000+ piece, 50c under 1000 piece. Cnr Highmore & Brookfield Tce, Brookfield

LOL Laughter Wellness
Come & join us & laugh away your winter blues. Arataki Community Ctr, Zambuk Way, Mt Maunganui 11-11:45am. Ph Trish 022 036 6768

Otumoetai Tennis Club
Adult tennis. Start 1:30pm. Bellevue Park Windsor Rd (adjacent to swimming pool). New players & visitors welcome. Ph Victor 027 577 1818 a/hrs

Papamoa Tennis Club
Adult social tennis. Tue & Fri 9-11am, Wed 6-8pm, Sat 2-4pm. Gordon Spratt Reserve. New players & visitors welcome. Ph Andrew 021 0292 6934

Petanque Tauranga BOP
At Club Mount Maunganui Tuesday play starts 4pm, second game 5pm. Saturday play starts from 10am. Maryan 07 552 4346 or 022 070 8200

Reiki Development Day
10am-12, Level 3A Review, 1-3pm open to all levels & those who wish to know/learn Reiki. Ph Lynn 549 0587

Taoist Tai Chi
Celebrating 50 years internationally & 30 years in NZ. New beginner classes. 15 Koromiko St, Judea 8:30-10am. All welcome. Start anytime. Ph 578 6193 or visit

Tauranga Farmers Market
7:45-12 Tauranga Primary School cnr Cameron Rd & 5th Ave. Fresh & artisan products direct from producers. Ph 0274 915 876

Tauranga Synchronised Swimming Club
Friendly synchronised swimming club based at Baywave. Beginners train Sat mornings. First lesson free. Ph Jo 027 543 1697, or Facebook @taurangasynchroNZ

Te Puke Scottish Society
Te Puke Scottish Society Birthday dance, Memorial Hall, Jellicoe St, Te Puke 7:30-11pm. Live music, air conditioned hall, Birthday supper, spot prizes, raffles. Valerie 573 7093

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