Coming Up: last one before Christmas Day 2017!


ARTbop has had another great year.   Thank you to all the creatives of the Bay of Plenty and elsewhere who have supported our online magazine and the Affordable Art and Artisan Fair at the Black Sheep at Whakamarama.   Have a safe and happy holiday and best wishes for 2018. 

We’ve content scheduled for publication over the  holiday period – enjoy!


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(The decorations on the tree featured in this slider header were painted by

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We’re republishing the Creative Bay of Plenty What’s on.   You can join their email list and receive this to your inbox.   A great deal of time and effort goes into compiling the list of events and exhibitions in Tauranga and the Western Bay.   Here’s the link



CBOP wishes everyone a very Merry Christmas!


Kia ora tatou, greetings to you all,

It has been a successful yet at times challenging year for Creative Bay of Plenty. Many first steps have been climbed on our way to reach new milestones. We have made tremendous progress in terms of reshaping the purpose of our organisation, and how it can better serve our creative community in the future. We handed our beloved community gallery over to the experienced team at The Incubator Creative Hub, who gave the local arts scene a new beautiful home with The People’s Gallery – Toi ka rere.

Especially our community achieved some incredible things this year: From the success of Paradox to the National Jazz Festival, Tauranga Arts Festival, Open Air Art and Street Prints Mauao, 2017 was packed with world-class events showcasing the best of our region. We are proud to represent such a dedicated creative community with plenty of talented artists who make our life in the BOP most colourful, exciting and diverse.

2018 will be a big year! We are about to embark on implementing actions from the recently adopted Arts and Culture Strategy and cannot wait for first fruits to be picked and new pathways to be forged. We believe we have set the foundations and are ready to build on our future – come on the journey with us next year after we reopen on the 8th January!

Meri Kirihimete from the team at CBOP,

Lena, Meg and Kati


Baycourt Annual Survey until December 26


Here’s a chance to win the ultimate ‘Night out in Tauranga’ for yourself and a loved one: Take part in Baycourt’s Annual Online Survey. It takes less than five minutes, and by completing it you’ll go in the draw to win one of three amazing prize packages:

FIRST PRIZE: One night in a Trinity Wharf Premium Water View Spa Guestroom for two, a three-course dinner at Halo Restaurant and a double pass to any show of your choice at Baycourt in 2018.

SECOND PRIZE: A meal for two up to the value of $150 at CBK on Red Square and a double pass to any show of your choice at Baycourt in 2018.

THIRD PRIZE: A double pass to any show of your choice at Baycourt in 2018.

But as they say – you’ve got to be in it to win it – so make sure you complete the survey before midnight Tuesday 26 December!


Winners of this year’s FOB Annual Performing Arts Youth Scholarship announced


Photo Credit: Alisha Taylor Photography

Friends of Baycourt are pleased to announce that three Tauranga Girls’ College graduates are this years’ winners of the FOB Annual Performing Arts Youth Scholarship.

Overall 2017 scholarship winner Teagan Wilson (pictured) was awarded $3,000, first runner-up Danielle Sigley $2,000 and second runner up Darrel Nitschke received $1,000 prize money.

The annual scholarship is awarded to Western Bay of Plenty secondary school students aged 16 and over, who intend to undertake tertiary education in their chosen field of the performing arts in the following year.

FOB chair Anna Finlayson Smith says due to the high standard of applications this year selecting the three winners proved a difficult task for the judging panel. “We are hugely delighted to be supporting the next generation of performers with this scholarship and it is wonderful to see the skills and strengths of the applicants. Friends of Baycourt wishes them all the very best in their next steps in gaining more qualifications in the area of Performing Arts.”

Further info: Read more here


Exhibition: Eros Collection by Jenny Coker December 18 – 22


Jenny Coker’s “Eros Collection” will be available to view by appointment.

Where: Tracy Stamatakos Photography Studio, 57 9th Avenue

Contact: ‭Call 027 494 7508‬ to make an appointment


Castaway session at The Island December 20


Castaway Sessions is a new project that puts together an evening of killer musicians, one after the other. Hosted by the venerable Kam Kafai, each artist will perform their best songs for a 20-30 minute set. A videographer will be there – you might see yourself on Youtube!

When: December 20, 6.30 – 9.30 pm 

Where: The Island, Papamoa


Christmas Night Market at Santa’s Wonderland in Goddard’s Centre December 21


Downtown Tauranga is well known for putting on events the city has never seen before. As of Christmas being right around the corner they put their creative heads together once again and created another magical experience for the entire family: Santa’s Wonderland at Goddards Arcade. Are you looking for those unique little gifts to make Christmas extra special? Need some divine truffles, Christmas lilies or monogrammed cookies? At the Christmas Night Market you will find some of the Bay’s most unique goodies and treats for yourself or that special someone. 

When: December 21, 5 – 8 pm

Where: Goddards Shopping Centre

Further info: Click here


Screening: Home Alone by Night Owl Cinema December 21


Night Owl Cinema is running ‘Home Alone’ as part of the Christmas Night Market at Goddards Shopping Centre.

Have a laugh at this most famous Christmas movie of all times, suitable for all ages.

When: December 21 from 6 pm

Where: Goddard’s Shopping Centre

Further info: It is a FREE SCREENING but seating is limited. Register your interest on the page of their Facebook-event.


Concert: Tekla Klebetnica December 21


Tekla Klebetnica – the name of the band means “County gossip” and was taken from the local Silesian dialect of the Cieszyn region. The band performs folk music mainly from the Carpathian mountain range with an addition of a few Balkan melodies. This fusion of traditional folklore with elements of Gypsy, classical and jazz music is called folk crossover. Tekla Klebetnica started to play as a band in 2006 and regularly cooperates with various musicians and professional dancers. In 2013 the band skyrocketed to fame when they came in second place in the “Mam talent” tv show, the Polish version of “NZ’s Got Talent”.

When: December 21 from 6.30 pm

Where: St Thomas More Church, Papamoa

Further info and tickets: Click here


EP Release: Spoonfeed December 22


The legends from Spoonfeed are coming down to put on one heck of a show for their EP release. Be there or be square!

When: December 22, 8 pm – 1 am

Where: At The Island (Next to Pap tav)

Further info: Check out their event on Facebook


Waihi Beach: Christmas in The Village December 22


Join this family friendly evening of entertainment, shopping & loads of Christmas & community spirit.

When: December 22, 5 – 8.30 pm

Where: The Village, Wilson Road, Waihi Beach


Katikati Art Group Summer Sale from December 22


A very varied range of artworks are available in the Katikati Art Group’s Annual Summer Sale. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to purchase high quality art at bargain prices.

When: December 22 – 24 and 27 – 30 and January 2 -7, 10 am – 4 pm

Where: Katikati Art Gallery, Memorial Hall, Main Rd


Kids Craft: Christmas Treats by WonderCraft Tauranga December 22


Your little one will be making some yummy Christmas treats, including melted snowman cookies, cookie cutter chocolate bark, and santa & reindeer sweet cones.

This is WonderCraft’s last workshop for 2017. Make sure to check out their Facebook page. Some awesome things happeing in January your children don’t want to miss out on!

When: December 22, 1 – 3 pm

Where: WonderCraft Tauranga, Historic Village

Further info: 5+ years old, materials, tools and equipment as well as afternoon tea and refreshments are provided.

Sign up here


The Art Lounge: X-Mas Party & Late-Shopping December 22


Ho Ho Ho 🎅🏼 The Art Lounge NZ invites everyone to their X-Mas Party & Late Shopping Event with bubbles and live art demo by Vjekoslav Nemesh. Come and celebrate this festive season and end of the year 2017 in style and and let Mira and her team help you choose that perfect gift for your loved ones. Good vibes guaranteed. Free gift wrapping – just ask. 

When: December 22, from 5 pm

Where: The Art Lounge


Summer Festival at Waihi Beach Hotel from December 23


The Waihi Beach Hotel is synonymous with live music over summer and this year is no exception, with 45 live performances scheduled across 16 days kicking off on Christmas Eve.
The Waihi Beach Hotel Summer Festival is keeping it real by promoting bands with a feel-good vibe and showcasing local talent from Waikato and BOP.
The Summer Festival will feature top New Zealand acts including Lizard Kings, Swamp Thing, The Hipstamatics and George FM Dance Party.

When: December 23 – January 7

Where: Waihi Beach Hotel, Waihi Beach

Further info and the full line-up click here


The Mount Xmas Party at Totara Street December 23


This party will feature some of your party rockin favourite acts…it is also the Official Mount Thing Xmas Party.

When: December 23, 8 pm – 1 am

Where: Totara St, Mt. Maunganui

Further info and tickets: Click here


Concert: Pow Wow at Talisman Hotel Katikati December 23


Pow Wow is coming out to Katikati to give everyone some amazing music while relaxing outside in the garden bar before Christmas day.

When: December 23, 6.30 – 10 pm 

Where: Talisman Hotel Katikati 


Free Your Soul Summer Party December 29


Summers upon us and it’s time to see 2017 out with a bang. This will be a party you won’t want to miss.

When: December 29, 7 pm – 1 am

Where: Totara St, Mt Maunganui

Tickets: Click here


The LA Sessions Masterclass by Inzpire Dance Company from December 29


Inzpire Creative Arts Youth Trust is bringing you a series of workshops & masterclasses from top choreographers – coming to you directly from LA. 

The LA Sessions are open to dancers from all studios, and are all about growth, learning, and pushing boundaries as dancers! Dancers may attend one, two or all sessions, as different content will be taught in each session.

Further info and bookings: Click here


Concert: Katchafire & The Black Seeds at Mount Park December 30


Katchafire & The Black Seeds, the playlist for your summer road trip, live in Mount Maunganui this summer in one of New Zealand’s most idyllic settings.

When: December 30 from 4.30 pm

Where: Mount Park, Mt Maunganui

Further info and tickets: Click here


NYE-Party at The Island with Swamp Thing December 31


Swamp Thing, NZ’s “two man blues roots juggernaut” will be bringing the house down with a special New Years Eve performance at The Island. Its going to be an epic night of amazing blues and grooves with this iconic rock band.

When: December 31, 7 pm – 1 am

Where: The Island, Papamoa

Further info and tickets: Click here


NYE with Trinity Roots at Papamoa Beach Tavern December 31


Aotearoa has been swept up in the music of TrinityRoots – a boil-up of ingredients that seems to embody the very essence of our home, land, and sea.

The influences that the group brings together join the dots between head-nodding reggae, slow-burning funk and jazz adventurism to form undeniably indigenous waiata, unconstrained by genre boxes.

When: December 31, from 5 pm

Where: Papamoa Beach Tavern

Further info and tickets: Click here


CBOP IS HIRING: Arts & Culture Amplifier


Creative Bay of Plenty is now at an exciting milestone, and we are looking for an experienced marketing and communications professional to help us deliver on the sub-regional Arts & Culture Strategy from next year. 

Interested in becoming a part of a tight knit team or know of someone? Spread the news and read the full job description here.


Katikati Mural Tours from October – March


Trained and dedicated guides will talk you through the unique history of the only independent Irish settlement in New Zealand.

When the Mural Walk was designed in 1991 “The History of Settlement, on the walls, presented by Professional Artists” was the theme. Now more than 27 years later, there are over 69 world famous murals and works of art to bring this story to you.

When: Saturday & Sunday, from 11 am 

Where: Katikati Information Centre

Further info: Call 07 5495250 and email at


Exhibition: The Koula Salon at Zeus Gallery from December 14


Over 250 paintings and sculptures from the collection of Koula and Theo Vellinga.

Opening event: December 14 from 5.30 pm

When: December 14 – 23 and January 9 – 20 

Where: The Zeus Gallery 

Further info and opening hours: Click here


2018 Workshops at The Artery


Is one of your New-Year-resolutions to nurture your creative side and learn a new art or crafting technique? Check out The Artery at The Incubator Creative Hub. They’ve just recently published their workshop programme for early next year. Time to get hands-on!

Further info: Check out their website


Exhibition: Folio at Tauranga Art Gallery December 16 – January 14


Photo: Lochie Barton, Te Puke High School

The best art folio boards created by local secondary school students. The exhibition features more than 30 works produced by students from Papamoa College, Mount Maunganui College, Katikati College, Tauranga Girls’ College, Tauranga Boys’ College, Otumoetai College, Te Puke High School, Bethlehem College and Aquinas College.

The boards were created as part of the students’ National Certificate of Educational Achievement in Visual Art studies during 2017.

When: December 16 – January 14

Where: Tauranga Art Gallery


Pop-up store: TOI – Art and Design December 11 – 24


TOI Art and Design Store in Tauranga is a two week pop up shop featuring a mix of contemporary Art and Design. TOI will feature local artists, designers and practitioners who offer a range of unique clothing, prints, paintings, sculpture, weaving and jewellery. TAWHIAO will be clearing out past runway collections of woven Avant-Garde and Haute Couture at never to be seen prices.
TOI is perfect timing to own one-off limited edition pieces and Xmas gifts.

When: December 11 – 24

Where: 12 Elizabeth Street

Further info: Check out their event on Facebook


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