What‘s on - sunshine, art and a life jacket swap

Carols on the Tauranga waterfront last Christmas. Photo: Rosalie Liddle Crawford

Kia ora and welcome to Sunday. Kia noho taraiwa haumaru. Kia tiaki tetahi me tetahi.

Today we have fine weather with light winds.

It’s a one-clothing-layer day today with an expected high of 24 degrees and an overnight low of 14 degrees. Sunset is at 8.37pm.

What’s on today?

The Papamoa Lions Club Market is happening today from 8am – 12noon in Alice Lane, off Parton Rd. Come and get some fresh produce and bargains.

Santa Claus and Mrs Claus are visiting the Mount Maunganui Sunday Market from 10am - 2pm. 

There’s also a Christmas celebration at Mount Maunganui this evening from 7 – 8pm at the concrete park ‘Te Papa o Nga Manu Porotakataka – the old Phoenix carpark, 137 Maunganui Rd. A band will be playing and everyone is encouraged to join in and sing Christmas carols. This ‘Sunday Sounds Great’ pop up church celebration is hosted by the Mount Baptist Church.

Come along to Christmas Carols on the Tauranga waterfront this evening from 5.30 – 6.30pm.  Bring  your picnic blanket and come and sing at this free family friendly event.

A carol service is also being held today from 6.30pm – 8pm at St Georges Church in Gate Pa. The service includes readings about Christmas, carols and a Christmas film which has been made by the children of the parish. A delicious supper will be served afterwards to everyone who attends.  More here

Next to Coronation Park is the Pepi Toot train which will be out about today from 10am – 2pm with 30 minute rides, leaving from Salisbury Ave outside the Spongedrop Cafe. All aboard! Toot! Toot!

Katikati has a Santa’s Christmas Grotto at the Katikati Art Junction, so come along and check out Santa’s workshop and other wonderland scenes, as well as meeting Santa himself. More here

Kids can come and decorate earrings and necklaces at the Artery at Tauranga Historic Village from 1 -2pm today.  More information here

Come and upgrade your life jacket at Sulphur Point Boat Ramp between 8am and 11am today. More here

Come and see the Heart of Christmas Wearable Art Exhibition in Downtown Tauranga at the Goddard’s Shopping Centre. There are ten new creations on display as well as designs from the 2018 exhibition. The exhibition runs until Christmas Eve.

Exterior scene showing boy standing in front of Christmas tree playing with a toy plane. Credit: Personal Record. Reynolds, Ah. [Christmas 1952] Stills Collection, Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision. Courtesy of Alfred Harry Reynolds Collection. S297831

At Tauranga City Library is an opportunity to view ‘Summers past and Christmas presents’, a compilation of amateur films from the archive collections. More information here

Come check out the opening of Clare Birch’s first solo exhibition ‘PrettyUgly’ at The Incubator today at 4.30pm. There will be nibbles and refreshments supplied by lowercaseg, The Incubator Creative Hub volunteers, and The Whipped Baker Cafe, with music by Pea & Leesy-mo. The exhibition runs until December 21. More here

The Miles Art Award is now open for entries. Submissions are online. This is the sixth instalment of the biennial awards, with the exhibition to be held at the Tauranga Art Gallery from March 14 – June 7, 2020.  Check out more information here

For more of what’s happening around the Bay:          

Blues Brothers Musical: Auditions
Want to audition for the world premiere of the musical The Blues Brothers: First Contact? Auditions in January 2020. Head to for audition info.

Christmas Lessons & Carols
Traditional Christmas carol service led by Scholars Baroque Aotearoa Chamber Choir. Readings, choral items & congregational carols. 7pm, St Peter’s Church, Victoria Rd, Mt Maunganui

Golf Croquet
At Croquet Mt Maunganui, 45 Kawaka St; Tues, Thur, Sun; 9:15am for 9:30am start. Ph Nev 07 575 5121

Mah Jong Te Puke
Thursdays & Sundays 12:45-4pm. All players visitors & beginners welcome (free lessons). Te Puke Lyceum club rooms, 8 Palmer Pl. Ph 027 430 6383

Ninja Knits Hook Up
Social knitting group of mad yarn bombers, sultry stitchers & happy hookers. First Sunday of month, 9am-12pm, The Incubator, Historic Village. Ph 571 3232

Radio Controlled Model Yachts
Sundays & Thursdays 1:30-4pm. Pond behind 22 Montego Dr Papamoa. Sailing Electron radio controlled yachts for fun. Adult beginners welcome. Graham 572 5419

Sunday Stitch Workshop
Textile Art casual get together. Create treasures with Kristy Clegg. First Sunday of month, 10am-1pm. $10. The Artery, Historic Village. Ph 571 3232

Tauranga Underwater Hockey Club
Have a go at underwater hockey at Baywave at 5pm. No experience needed. Just come with your togs & we’ll provide the gear.

The Sociables
A group of males & females in 30s/40s/50s age group that meet up to dine out or go for bushwalks etc. Ph 022 012 0376

Travel Friendship Force
Interested in international travel with home hosting? Tauranga Western BOP Friendship Force is part of a worldwide organisation! Ph Barbara 574 5711 or Jonathan 572 2091

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