So much happening around the place in the run up to Christmas. Notice some have already started driving like they’re going to miss buying the last turkey or bottle of bubbles. Yesterday (Tuesday) I’m stopped at an intersection in urban Tauranga waiting for the ambulance, fire engine, police car or whatever was coming with its siren screaming – old lady behind me toots. I don’t think so. I did find the perfect reponse to these situations in my vegetable bin (LOL) and I’ll be including it in “My other Tauranga”. But before you pop any personal corks or burst any personal boilers check out the fun and good times going on.
Starting with something you may not expect – The Whakamarama Kindergarten Christmas Market on Friday of this week – 30th November. Held in the Whakamarama Hall aka the Community Centre all the vendors have been invited to have a stall. Should be good! There are many of these Christmas Fairs and Markets being held around New Zealand at the moment. They are nearly always fundraisers for the organising group and they give you a real window into the community they are part of.
On the 9th December 2018 The Incubator at the Historic Village 17th Avenue Tauranga is hosting The Nukes for both a workshop and a concert – sharing with you the promo info sent by them AND IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO WIN A DOUBLE PASS TO THEIR SHOW TELL US WHAT INSTRUMENT WILL BE FEATURED AT THE NUKES WORKSHOP AT THE INCUBATOR! EMAIL ARTbop YOUR ANSWER (head your email THE NUKES GIVEAWAY) TO: firstname.lastname@example.org and go in the draw. Competition closes on the 7th December at 8pm.
Sunday Dec 9th sees the Nukes return to Tauranga with a 2.30 pm workshop for ukulele. There’s something for everyone in this blisteringly good new Nukes ukulele workshop.
Proud of their quirky original songs – all written for the ukulele, the Nukes’ workshops are always engaging and fun.
They will cover techniques, such as tab, and look at the playing skills that are useful for improving understanding of the ukulele , the workshop will look at new songs and old.
No matter what your skill level you’ll take something useful away.
All ages and levels catered for , then look to perform with the Nukes at the evening concert that follows which kicks off at 5pm. Tickets in person at the Incubator Creative Hub Historic Village 159 17th Avenue
ph 07571 3232 with Tanya and also on Eventfinda. Workshop & show combo deals available .https://www.facebook.com/events/263080854559217/
The Nukes from West Auckland are far more than a ukulele band. Part vaudeville, part rat-pack, part musical car crash, this talented trio deliver an engaging mix of humour and originality that audiences of all ages will love. The innocent little uke is the instrument of choice and people will be staggered by what the Nukes are able to achieve with it. Great song-writing, musicianship and 3-part harmony combine to create a truly memorable, entertaining experience. Aotearoa’s favourite original ukulele trio began life in a humble but spectacular fashion way back in the heady days of 2008. Founded by Dave Parker, Ben Collier and Dave ‘Snapper’ Thiele, The Nukes promptly set about carving themselves a cozy niche in the cutthroat world of the New Zealand ukulele scene. Many roads have been travelled in the decade since, many songs have been sung and many challenges overcome.
Now, with the soul wrenching retirement of the inimitable Snapper Thiele, The Nukes face a turn in the road and a fresh set of possibilities.
Dave and Ben have recruited multi-instrumentalist Mike Burrows to help ease their aching hearts, kiss their boo boos and make it all better. What will this mysterious stranger bring to the party? Only time will tell.
Over the last five years we have performed at something like 300 public shows , events and a further 200 primary schools where we have a specific ukulele – singing -dancing workshop where the kids get to perform with us at the all school show that follows …some 65000 pre teen kids have been performed to .Our three albums and songbook have physically sold platinum for New Zealand which is about 7500 units with sales continuing as we spread our ukes about Australasia. Celebrating their tenth anniversary this year with an upcoming Greatest Hits cd and songbook for March 2019 release .
Appearances at WOMAD NZ , SPLORE NZ ( multiple times ) , Auckland and Canterbury Folk Festivals , New Plymouth Festival Of Light 2018 , Wanaka Festival Of Colour 2017 , Coastella Festival 2017 , Southland Festival Of Arts 2017 , Bluff Oyster Festival , Arts On Tour NZ March 2017 -35 shows over five weeks , NZ Schools ukulele festival (multiple times ), Geraldine Ukulele Festival 2016, Egmont AnP show , Mackenzie Country AnP show and to come in 2018 Hawkes Bay Arts Festival , Oamaru Heritage Festival and Alexandra Blossom Festival .
Australia – Australian Music week Folk Alliance showcase Nov 2017 , Spruke Festival Brisbane , Newcastle ukulele festival ( multiple times ) Central Coast ukulele festival ( multiple times ) Melbourne ukulele festival and Sunshine Coast ukulele Festival April 2018 . Australian Tour Nov 2017 16 shows across 3 weeks.
Sept 2018 live video for Lemon Tree
The Fair’s not only a great source of gifts and inspiration, it’s a magic day out. The Marketing and Promotions Team have several raffles every Fair. We ask the visitors to draw these. Look at this gorgeous young lady who drew the raffle for a gourmet decorated cake with Suzanne Martin whose beautiful, precise and decorative folded paper products are highly sought after.
And you can get a peep of her range of Christmas Trees as Suzanne shows off her “party hat” with fellow exhibitor, photographer Brenda Butler. And here’s Lorraine of bespoke clothing molliemay who won the hours treatment donated by De La View of Mount Maunganui Beautiful card was part of De La Vie presentation. The third prize for the day was a sweet filled pinata – we’ll be having another one of those on the 16th and one of Suzanne’s beautifully silver Christmas Trees and ? Come along and find out!
IF YOU ARE DOWNTOWN TAURANGA (DTT) YOU HAVE TO CHECK OUT OUR PLACE IN WILLOW STREET HEAPS HAPPENING DOWN HERE OVER SUMMER AND SOME CHRISTMAS TREATS!
An event in ode to our incredibly rich culture, Our Place Tauranga and Tauranga’s Christmas in the Park are proud to present alongside Baycourt Community and Arts Centre the ‘Cultural Christmas’ that will have workshops including Poi Making, Live music from the likes of Ria Hall and Modern Māori Quartet as well as a live fashion runway featuring the talented work of Shona Tawhiao 🙌💞🎄
A series of events that are all a gold coin entry donation to our chosen charities for 2018, Tauranga’s Christmas in the Park is all about giving back to our cherished community we love so much. We can’t wait to see you all there!