Bayden Sprozen flips upside down during the Power Boat Champs at Lake Rotoiti on Saturday. Photo: Evan Barnes/Shuttersport.

What’s on this weekend


There are events to entertain adrenaline seekers, dancers, canines, families and hockey fans this weekend.

Metservice are forecasting fine weather for the rest of the day with northerly winds and a high of 26 degrees. Tomorrow’s weather is also looking fine with a high of 24 and northerly then late southwesterly winds. Sunday is promising some morning cloud, but otherwise fine weather with a high of 25 degrees and southwest winds developing.



  • The Buller Festival is back for it’s 25th anniversary, with three days of Whitewater Kayaking and Rafting on the Matakitaki and Buller rivers in Murchison. The festival is New Zealand’s biggest whitewater event and attracts national and international competitors. Running from February 26 – 28, there will be plenty of events to see, paddle, raft, and SUP. Saturday registration is at 9 am, at O’Sullivans rapid (cash only) and Sunday registrations take place at 10.30am at the Riverside campground. For more information on the competition and events, check out
  • Head to The Boathouse this evening for the Musical Montage Leap Year Dance Party. The music will start at 9 pm and run through to midnight with a mix of reggae, rock ’n roll, latin,  funk, swing and some old favorites. Entry is $10 at the door. For more information, contact [email protected]



  • For some tail wagging fun, bring your dog along to the Beneful Bark in the Park from 9am – noon at the Maitai’s Branford Reserve. With activities including an agility course, doggie dress-ups, photo opportunities, giveaways, GoPro courses and bucket loads of tennis balls, this event will be a fun day for owners and man’s best friend, bring along a gold coin donation, money raised will go to the BARK NZ charity.
  • Riding for the Disabled Association are hosting a Summer Fair from 10 am – 2 pm at 169 Champion Road, Richmond. With everything from arena demonstrations, pony rides, sausage sizzle, to a coffee cart, garage sale, silent auction, cake and produce stalls, archery, and bouncy castles, the whole family will be entertained.
  • Watch the fastest boat in the country compete at the 2016 Lake Rotoiti Power Boat Regatta. These boats go upwards of 250 kph with 2500 horse power. The regatta begins from Kerr Bay at 11 am on both Saturday and Sunday, tickets are $10 per adult, with free children admission and free parking. For more information, head to
  • As a fundraiser for local librarian Karen Fern, an outdoor movie screening of the Kiwi Flyer will kick off at 8 pm. The Nelson-based movie tells the story of 12-year-old Ben who sets out to win the local trolley derby in memory of his dad. The screening will take place at the Nelson Intermediate School on Tipahi Street, if wet the screening will be moved inside Intermediate School Hall. Tickets are $5 per person, or $20 per family.



  • Founders Heritage Park is throwing a garden party to celebrate being part of Nelson’s cultural heritage for 30 years. For live music from the Hardy Street Brass Council and Nelson’s Jazz Club Big Band, to lawn games, real fruit ice cream, free birthday cake and a story time tent, head to Founders from 12-4pm this Sunday, entry is $2 with children under 16 free.
  • Head on down to the Saxton field hockey turfs on Sunday from 8 am – 3.30 pm to watch the 2016 National Master hockey tournament. The tournament will be held in Nelson and Marlborough from Sunday, February 28 to the final games on Saturday, March 5. With 69 teams ranging in age grades 35 to 60 Men and Women, competition will be fierce. For more information, contact [email protected]