Community Calendar – January 2018


Tamaki Herenga Waka Festival January 27-29, Viaduct Events Centre and Viaduct Basin, Auckland City.  Showcasing the unique history, heritage and contemporary culture of our Auckland (or Tamaki Makaurau) this festival features everything from kapa haka and music to food (and kai!), arts and crafts, waka parades, rides and carving demonstrations. For more information, visit

Sunset Symphony & Fireworks January 28, 6-10pm, Captain Cook Wharf, Quay Street, Auckland City.  Auckland’s birthday bash will go off with more than just a bang if the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra has anything to say about it! Not only will we experience the sights and sounds of things exploding as fireworks light up the skyline, but we’ll also be treated to much more sophisticated tunes thanks to our city’s orchestra and well-known musos, The Lady Killers. For more information, see

Auckland Anniversary Day Regatta January 29, various Auckland locations.  Those not planning to sail away from the city this Auckland Anniversary Weekend will find that our coast is far from clear. Featuring plenty of nautical events and activities, with vessels of all sorts of types and sizes, this is Auckland’s day to show why it really is the City of Sails. More information is available via


St Jerome’s Laneway Festival January 29, from 12pm, Albert Park, Princes Street, Auckland City.  Life in the fast lane (or any lane for that matter!) on Auckland’s motorways would surely make us lose our minds but once we get into the city on Auckland Anniversary
Day, we could find it’s been well worth while thanks to the annual Laneway music festival. See for a full line-up of this year’s acts.



Bug Lab Ongoing, Auckland Zoo, Motions Road, Western Springs.  If it’s been bugging you, like it’s been bugging us, that some of the most magnificent exhibitions are all the way down at ‘Our Place’ (Wellington’s Te Papa), then check out this gigantic, interactive show much closer to home at Auckland Zoo.  After seeing it in the capital, EastLife editor, Helen Perry, gives this event the ‘big’ thumbs up.  Details at



Groove in the Grapes January 13, Turanga Creek Vineyard, 133 Whitford Park Rd, Whitford.  Because summer is a fine time for wine, this event is music to our ears in more ways than one! When jazz, blues and tribute acts take to the stage, it’s time, once again,
to shake our Groove things! See

Jimmy Carr – The Best Of, Ultimate, Gold, Greatest Hits World Tour January 15 & 16, from 8pm, ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre, 50 Mayoral Drive, Auckland City.  A certain EastLife writer was all set to run details of this show under ‘Motoring’, until he realised that, unlike Jimmy, he’s not much of a comedian. This Brit comedian – with a most distinctive laugh – is sure to amuse and (almost certainly) shock as his world tour sees him roll on in to Auckland this month. More via aucklandlive.

Luck of the Irish January 22 & 25, 11am-1pm, Somervell Presbyterian Church, Corner Greenlane and Remuera Road, Remuera, and St Columbia Presbyterian Church, 480 Ti Rakau Drive, Botany Downs.  Offering a little bit of (old) country and (sham)rock ‘n’ roll, this show sees St Patrick’s Day come early. Ideal for anyone who’s ever held a little of Ireland in their hearts, this mad fiddling, jig-fest is loaded with more ditties, haunting ballads, limericks and jokes than one could poke a Shillelagh at! Details via


Titanic Live January 24 & 25, from 6.30pm, The Civic, Corner Queen & Wellesley Streets, Auckland City.  It’s tough to criticise one of the most ‘titanic’ box offi ce hits of the 20th Century, as much as a certain former fi lm student from EastLife would like to! However, to be fair, James Cameron’s epic was loved by many 20 years ago, and, thanks to the truly talented team at Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, it’s certain to be loved by even more! Will Jack and Rose’s hearts really go on? More via



Auckland Custom Culture & Tattoo Show, V4 & Rotary Nationals Show & Shine and NZ Lowrider Nationals January 27, from 9am, ASB Showgrounds, 217 Greenlane West.  Whether you’re as blue as a new tattoo, looking to meet a girl with a tattoo too, or simply for something to rev your engine, ‘painted people’ and petrolheads are well catered to this month. Not only will some of NZ’s top tattoo artists be displaying their creativity and skill but some of NZ’s slickest autos will be on show on the same day too – entry offers access to all three areas. And, also check out the V Ultimate Track Day, Jan 28 at Pukekohe Park. Visit and



Changing Gear January 2-29, 10am-5pm, MOTAT, Great North Road, Western Springs. While MOTAT may boast many a motor, this exhibition focuses on a mode of transport which has been powered by the people (right on!) for more than 200 years. Complete with plenty of activities and a live show, this event shows that our love of pedal power really has come full… cycle! See

SRAM Tour De Ranges January 13, 7-11am, Clevedon A&P Showgrounds, 107 Monument Road, Clevedon.  Veteran cyclists and greenhorn pedalers alike will fi nd themselves at home in the ranges this summer. This event’s 110km and 30km courses wind their way through the picturesque Hunua Ranges. For details, visit

DPA – Sea Kayak from Orakei to Devonport January 13, 8am-3pm, departs from Fergs Kayaks, 12 Tamaki Drive, Okahu Bay, Orakei.  Plenty of us have found ourselves up a creek without a paddle from time to time but that’s not enough for intrepid types who brave the waves to see the sea during this event! Comprising a four hour voyage from Orakei to Devonport and back, this adventure offers a unique way to experience our Auckland. Contact Fergs Kayaks for tickets via

NZ Bloodstock Karaka Million January 27, 3-11pm, Ellerslie Racecourse, 80 Ascot Ave, Remuera.  Self-made men (such as Donald Trump who started out with just a small loan of one million dollars from his daddy) and women need to work hard to make a fortune.
And that’s true of horses too. Billed as New Zealand’s richest race, the annual Karaka Million will see the finest thoroughbreds working hard to secure some of the most prized purses New Zealand racing offers. And, while the horses gallop, fashionistas will strut their stuff too, before kicking up their (high) heels on the dance floor. For more information visit



Howick Village Market Every Saturday, 8am-12.30pm, Picton St, Howick.

Classy Crafts Indoor Market First and third Saturday of the month until end of October and then every Saturday until Christmas, 9am-1pm, All Saints Community Centre, Cook St, Howick.

Clevedon Village Farmers’ Market Every Sunday, 8.30am-12pm, Clevedon Showgrounds, Monument Rd, Clevedon.

Clevedon Village Market Every Sunday, 9am-2pm, Clevedon Community Centre, 1 Papakura- Clevedon Rd, Clevedon.

Pakuranga Night Market Every Saturday night, 6pm-12midnight, under The Warehouse, Pakuranga Plaza.

Botany Night Market Every Wednesday night, 5.30-11pm, beneath Hoyts, Botany Town Centre.

Alfriston Country Market First Saturday of the month except January, 9am-12pm, Alfriston Community Hall, Mill Road, Alfriston.

Pine Harbour Fresh Market First Saturday of the month (winter timetable), 8am-12pm, Pine Harbour Marina, Jack Lachlan Dr, Beachlands.