Agricultural Days

September 24, Brookby School, West Rd, Brookby & September 29, Clevedon School, North Rd, Clevedon

While East Auckland may be a largely urban area, we too can enjoy a slice of country life right on our doorstep as children really do bring their little lambs (and calves and chooks and, well, you get the picture!) to school. Contact the schools via or

Auckland Pet & Animal Expo September 30 – October 1, 10am-5pm, ASB Showgrounds, 217 Greenlane Rd West, Epsom Animals won’t be travelling two-by-two to ASB Showgrounds because this event is for people only – pets, ironically, are not welcome!

Showcasing a huge range or products, and with plenty of expert advice on tap, this expo is designed to ensure our creatures enjoy the best in creature comforts. Details via


Changes of Direction – Peter Hall  Now – September 14, Monterey Gallery, 5 Cook St, Howick

How do you become Peter Hall? Practice!

Even then it would be impossible to replicate the talents of this passionate local painter. This month, Peter’s work is coming home to Howick as Monterey Gallery presents an exhibition of his most engaging work.

To read more about Peter, see EastLife’s Aug 2013 (page 25) and Nov 2015 issues (page 14-15)


Last Legs September 12-27, show times vary, ASB Waterfront Theatre, 138 Halsey St, Auckland City

He who’s on his last legs may indeed laugh longest!

In this play, New Zealand’s Deputy PM is all set to open a new wing of the Cambridge Retirement Village. While some plan to protest his arrival, others are less enthused during this story of shenanigans and skulduggery by Kiwi comedy legend, Roger Hall.

This black comedy, presented by Auckland Theatre Company, engages in sex, death and politics, all of which, it seems, are best served… old! Visit

OTHER (Chinese) September 6-16, from 7pm, Q Theatre, 305 Queen St, Auckland City

What is Chinese? What is being Chinese? What is not Chinese? While human beings may be (effectively) programmed to seek easy answers through generalisation, identities only ever come as individual servings.

In this work, writer and director, Alice Canton, explores the notion of New Zealand Chinese identity to understand how shared culture can help us understand ourselves and others just a little better.


Oliver Twist and Franklin & Other Stories September 7-10, times vary, Harlequin Theatre, 563R Pakuranga Rd, Howick

Who could ever ask for more after a performance based on one of Charles Dicken’s master works? Well, Franklin the turtle for one!

For further information, see

The Wholehearted September 9-12, times vary, Herald Theatre, Aotea Centre, 50 Mayoral Dr, Auckland City

When it comes to Massive performances, they don’t come much bigger than this!

This heart-warming performance (by the Massive Company) is on the road nationwide. A collection of true stories of affection and dedication, this show examines the very core of human experience.

For more information, see, and to read more about actor/director, Scotty Cotter, see our August issue via

Dial M for Murder September 9-30, times vary, Howick Little Theatre, 1 Sir Lloyd Dr, Lloyd Elsmore Park, Pakuranga

Anyone for tennis? How about murder? Featuring a plot about a plot, Dial M for Murder is a classic thriller focused on foul play. Can former tennis pro, Tony Wendice, ace police when his best laid plans go awry; will his racket prove successful or will he be ‘court’ out?

See for details. ?


Howick Brass Band – free concert. September 10, from 7pm, All Saints Church, 17 Selwyn Rd, Howick

Those with a heart for brass (or New Zealand’s pioneering past) will also find All Saints is well worth marching to this month. Comprising work by Kiwi composers, this free concert is set in one of Auckland’s best-reserved historic buildings.

A premier performance of a new composition by Anthony Young will feature. Based on the life of notorious 19th Century Prussian adventurer, artist, newspaper correspondent, soldier (and all-round rapscallion!), Gustavus von Tempsky – this work should impress.

More information via

Beethoven Piano and Violin Sonatas September 8-9, times vary, Auckland Town Hall, Queen St, Auckland City

Fortunately, the only strings attached to this event which audiences need worry about is finding parking in the city because Bulgarian violinist, Bella Hristova, and Kiwi pianist, Michael Houstoun, have all other strings in hand. Part of Chamber Music New Zealand’s Kaleidoscopes 2017 Season, this concert will feature master works showcased. See for details.

VoCo Festival September 19-24, Auckland venues

Bringing together many musical stylings, The VoCo (Voice Community) Festival features will feature singers in fine voice as they a cappella their way through a show which has seen many praises sung.

For more information about the festival, visit, and read our interview with performer, Janene Houghton from the Remuera-based Stellar Singers.

German Masters September 28, from 8pm, Auckland Town Hall, Queen St, Auckland CityMusic fans who are ‘into the Fray’ will likely ensure they won’t miss this show.

Featuring David Fray playing on piano, this concert compiles works by some of classical music’s most magnificent masters: Mendelssohn, Schumann and Beethoven. See


Comedy Fest’ Return Season September 5-9, times vary, Basement Theatre, Lower Greys Ave, AucklandWhile the 2017 NZ International Comedy Festival may be over, it appears he who laughs last is yet to raise a chuckle.

That’s because the final punch line is yet to be thrown with Basement Theatre set to host a few of the fest’s finest acts. For full details, visit

Comedy Night – Live at The Apothecary September 13, from 7.30pm, The Apothecary, 27 Picton St, Howick Funny man Ben Hurley is back in Howick to prove laughter is the best medicine at The Apothecary.

Along with special guests, Ben is expected to make with the jokes until our sides split. If they do, however, we will probably need the services of a doctor rather than a comedian, restaurateur or even a chemist. Details via

Auckland Live International Cabaret Season September 14 – October 1, Concert Chamber, Auckland Town Hall, Q Theatre & Basement Theatre, Auckland City

It’s almost time to dress to impress again, old chum, as cabaret season comes to Auckland.

Billed as ‘death by glitter’ this season offers a variety of shows, ranging from glamorous to the sublime. In particular, check out ‘That Bloody Woman’, which tells the story of amazing feminist firebrand, Kate Sheppard. A full programme is available via

Kevin Bridges September 27, ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre, 50 Mayoral Dr, Auckland CityConsidered one of Scotland’s funniest comedians, Kevin Bridges is set to entertain Auckland later this month.

Lauded by ‘great Scot’ comic, Billy Connolly, as ‘brilliant’, Bridges is living proof that British comedy still rules the airwaves. For more information, see


Bubble Weekend September 9-10, 10am-4pm, MOTAT, 805 Great North Rd &
Meola Rd, Western Springs

Leave the toil and trouble of the working week behind and head on over to Western Springs for not just a day, but a whole weekend of wholesome bubble fun.

Loaded with activities, this event is designed to encourage young ones to learn how bubbles come into being while having a whole lot of fizzy fun in the process. For more details see


Auckland Home Show September 6-10, ASB Showgrounds, 217 Greenlane Rd West, Epsom When it comes to discovering how folk in the big smoke live, this show is a ‘must-go’! See page 38 to read more or visit


Great Northern Day & St Patrick’s Cathedral Raceday September 9 and 30 (respectively), 11.30am – 5.30pm, Ellerslie Racecourse, 80 Ascot Ave, Remuera

From the Steeplechase and Hurdle races, during the Great Northern, to gallops and gambles on St Patrick’s Cathedral Raceday, the racing season is off and running. For more details about these two classic spring events, see

Fashion at the Park September 15, 5.30-10.30pm, Alexandra Park Raceway, Greenlane Rd West, Epsom From bubbles and gourmet grub to top frocks and jockeys (or drivers at least!), Fashion at the Park promises much to those who tend to walk (or trot) on the finer side of life.

With a portion of proceeds going to assist the Cancer Society this glamorous evening event (including a gourmet three-course meal) will showcase the skills of leading Kiwi designers. Visit for more information.

McKayson New Zealand Women’s Open – LPGA Tour September 28 – October 1, Windross Farm Golf Course, 237 Alfriston-Ardmore Rd, Ardmore

Some of the best golfers in the business will be in our backyard when Lydia Ko and co hit the links at Windross Farm Golf Course. With a ‘hole’ lot of excitement expected, this event is sure to suit golfing fans to a… tee.  Details via


  • 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-12 midnight, 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
  • Shifty Traders Every Saturday, 8am-12pm, Pine Harbour Marina, Jack Lachlan Dr, Beachlands