What‘s on - festival, circus, and off-road racing

Celebrity chefs Karena and Kasey Bird will be doing a cooking demonstration at the Tauranga Multicultural Festival today. Photo: Supplied.

Good morning and welcome to Saturday. Kia ora. Kia ngahau me o whanau me o hoa.

The MetService is forecasting a partly cloudy day with southeast breezes.

It’s a two-clothing-layer day with an expected high of 23 degrees, and an overnight low of 12 degrees. High tide is at 12.55pm and low tide at 7.02pm. Sunset is at 7.28pm.

What’s on today?

The Tauranga Multicultural Festival is a celebration of cultures of people living in our community. Come along to the Tauranga Historic Village from 10am – 5pm and enjoy food stalls, stage performances and craft stalls from all around the world.  The parade of nations will take place at 12pm. Entry is by gold coin donation.

For those wanting help with immigration, there is a free immigration clinic today from 10am – 5pm at the Multicultural Festival at Tauranga Historic Village, 17th Ave.

Head to Te Puke for a Love the Western Bay Community Fun Day at Jubilee Park, from 4pm – 10pm. There will be food stalls, balloon twisting, face painting, a bouncy castle and an outdoor fim ‘Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs’ thanks to Night Owl Cinema. The event is organised by Western Bay of Plenty District Council to encourage feedback about the Long Term Plan.

TECT Park aerial view. Photo: Supplied.

There is plenty of off road racing today at the NZ Nationals Round 1 at TECT Park.  Gates open at 7am with racing from 10am – 3pm and prize giving at 4pm. Entry for non-crew and public is $20 each or $40 for a family.

The Extravaganza Fair is on at Soper Park, Mount Maunganui from 9am – 5pm. Entry is free.

Or roll up roll up to the circus in Papamoa. Circus Aotearoa will be showing at Simpson Reserve all weekend. Click here for more information.

Learn to sew at Re:Maker. Photo: Rosalie Liddle Crawford.

Enjoy workshops at Re:Maker, with the community of makers, located at Our Place in Willow St. Click here for more information.

Come and see what skating is all about at Skatescool Tauranga. There will be performances by some of the competition squad followed by a roller disco.  The event runs from 4pm – 6pm at Skatescool Tauranga, 2 Rozanne Place with friendly coaches, a café with hot food and drink, and skate hire available. Entry is by gold coin donation.

The Omokoroa Toy Library is holding an Open Day from 9am – 1pm at 334 Omokoroa Rd, behind the Settlers Hall.  There will be plenty of fun and entertainment includniog a toddler bouncy castle and roller coaster. Come and have a play and enjoy a sausage sizzle.

Diana Bomford, Tony Fraser and Hugh Bomford at the Lion and Tusk Museum at Mount Maunganui

Have you been to the Lion and Tusk Museum yet? It's open today from 10am - 3pm at Unit 4, 14 Portside Dr, Mount Maunganui. Come and see a massive display of Rhodesian military history records and exhibits of uniforms, medals and equipment. Opening hours are 10am – 3pm Thursday to Sunday. For more information click here

The Incubator

At The Incubator Creative Hub at Tauranga Historic Village, there are many exhibitions, workshops and events happening daily. For more information click here. Exhibition hours are 10am – 2.30pm.

What else is on today?

A Course In Miracles
Are you stuck in past grievances & resentments? Get over it! Free internet forgiveness workshop that transforms your thinking from fear to love. Text 0210 274 2502

Art Cold Wax Workshops
New art medium in NZ. Very popular overseas. Workshops at The Artery, Historic Village. Email

Art Painting
Cool abstract way to paint with cold wax art medium. Workshops at The Artery. Email to find out dates & more info

Association Croquet
At Club Mt Maunganui, Kawaka St. Mon, Wed, Sat; 9.15am for 9.30am start. Visitors, new players welcome. Ph. Jacqui 07 574 9232

Association Croquet
At Club Mount Maunganui, Kawaka St. Mon, Wed, Sat; 9:15am for 9:30am start. Visitors, new players welcome. Ph Jacqui 07 574 9232

Bay Singles Social Group
Join a bunch of over 50s young singles. Weekend dinners, pot-lucks, occasional outings. Have a go! Ph Delia 027 284 8762, Andrea 021 133 0313

Beth-El Messianic Family
Jews & Gentiles celebrating Messiah Yeshua (Jesus). He is returning. Be ready. You are welcome. Shabbat Shalom Otumoetai Primary @ 10am. Ph Joel 021 768 043

Car Boot Sale
Greerton Village School, 151 Greerton Rd. Single site $5, double $10. Setup 7am onwards. Ph 0274 146 040

Death Cafe
Sat 27th March Grindz Cafe 1pm lively discussions on life, dying & death. Agenda free. Relaxed & friendly group of folk.

Gospel Meeting
Teachings of Jesus from the Bible. 4:30-5:30pm at Welcome Bay Community Hall. Everyone welcome. Enquires/transport ph Rachel 027 841 3652

Invitation To Meditate
Follow your own meditation practice with friends in 1 hour of silence. 10am-12 in hall behind Brain Watkins House, 233 Cameron Rd. Refreshments. All welcome. Txt 0210 274 2502

Jigsaw Library St Stephens
St Stephen’s church, Highmore Tce 10am-12pm. Choose from 500 puzzles. Hire for 50c or $1, for 2 weeks

LOL Laughter Wellness
We don’t laugh because we’re happy, we’re happy because we laugh! Arataki Community Centre, Zambuk Way, 11-11:45am. No experience required. Koha. Ph Trish 022 036 6768

Marlon Williams Concert
Full solo performance unearthing some early material, beloved album songs & an introduction to some sparkling new works. Baycourt 7:30pm. Tickets from

Struggling with Debt?
Free help to anyone in need, through our debt counseling team. A sustainable solution and real hope for the future. Ph Free 0508 227 111 or

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

Tauranga Farmers Market
7:45-12pm at Tauranga Primary School, 31 5th Ave. Rain, hail or shine. Direct from the producers. Support local.

Tauranga Housing Advocacy
Volunteers & advocates required. Training day 30th Mar 5:30pm. Ph Shard 07 571 6812 or email

Tauranga Social Dance
7-10pm, Baptist Church 13th Ave, every 2nd Saturday of month. Ph Jan 576 3455

Te Puke Community Market
This months feature: Children. Children run stalls free of charge. Food, crafts, have a go activities & demos. 9-12. Jubilee Park, Commerce Lane.

Te Puke Scottish Society
Monthly dance, Memorial Hall, Jellicoe St, Te Puke, 7-10:30pm. Live music, air conditioning, light supper, friendly atmosphere, raffles. $7 entry. Ph Valerie 573 7093

Te Puke Toy Library
Come check us out & hire some great toys to keep your kids busy! Wed 10am-1pm, Thurs 2:30pm-4:30pm, Fri 10am-1pm. Also Friday Playgroup 10am-12 & Sat 10am-1.

The Rvmes Band
Eclectic band weaving together Latin, Gypsy Jazz, Funk, Rock n Roll & Reggae 27th Mar 7pm, Jam Factory, Historic Village, 17th Ave. Book @

The Sociables
A group of males & females in their 30s/40s/50s that meet to participate in events, dining out or bushwalks. Ph 022 012 0376


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