The Sirens in action against ORDL in an earlier bout.

What’s on this weekend


This weekend has got plenty in for the kids as well as a some basketball, roller derby carnage and dancing for the adults.

Unfortunately the weather’s not looking to flash according to Metservice who are predicting rain easing this evening and a brisk northerly today with a high of 16 degrees. Saturday will see the odd morning shower with a fine afternoon, a southwest developing, and a high of 14 degrees. Sunday is expected to reach 15 degrees and be mainly fine with southwesterlies and rain in the evening, and the temperature plummeting to 4 degrees overnight.



  • If you’re between the ages of 7 and 12, head down to the Saxton Stadium for Saxton Junior Dodgeball at 3.30pm for an hour of fun and learning new skills. It’s $3 per child, no experience is necessary and dodgeball will also be held on May 27, June 3 and June 10.
  • It’s finally here, the Nelson final of Smokefree Rockquest 2016 is on tonight at the Theatre Royal. The competition is New Zealand’s only nationwide, live, original music, youth event. Twelve bands from the region’s high schools will perform for a chance to be selected for the national final. The music kicks off at 7pm, and tickets for this no-alcohol event are $10 per student and $20 per adult from Theatre Royal and TicketDirect.
  • Always wanted to wear your pajamas to the pool? Tonight from 7pm until 9pm Richmond Aquatic Centre are hosting a Kids PJ & Onesie Wave Rave Party. Wear your best PJ’s or Onesie along to Wave Rave and be in to win a prize for the best dressed! The competition and prize-packed event is for 8-14 year olds but under 8s are welcome with the supervision of a parent. Entry to Wave Rave is $10 per person.



  • The Ceroc Tea Dance is back, if you’re keen for a dance, head to St Joseph’s Hall on Manuka St from 6.30pm til 9pm. Ceroc is a modern mix of jive, salsa, swing, rock’n’roll and jazz danced with a partner. Entry is $6 and a BYO plate of goodness.
  • For some games, displays, food, and to learn a little bit, head to the former dam site on Reservoir Creek for World Fish Migration Day from 11am – 12.30pm. The former dam site is accessed via Easby Park walkway – allow 15 mins.
  • For a free event for dads and their children, check out Active Dads Nelson Bikes Trikes & Wheels at Tahunanui School from 10am – noon. Come armed with your child and their helmet, bike, trike, scooter or balance bike for a fun morning in the sun. There will be free activities to enjoy and plenty of giveaways.
  • For a bit of rolling ruckus, head to the Sirens of Smash Season Opener against Christchurch’s Otautahi Rollers. Our girls and their fresh meat will do their best to smash the competition at the Nelson Roller Skating Rink. The doors open 6pm, the bout starts 7pm and there’s a licensed bar and great half-time entertainment. Tickets are $5 per adult, $2 per child and families are $10 (two adults and up to three children).
  • The Mike Pero Nelson Giants are once again taking the court against the Hawkes Bay Hawks. The Hawks are yet to win a game so come 7pm on Saturday at the Trafalgar Centre, the Giants and their fans will be out for the win.



  • Take a stand against child abuse at I Will March for Moko this Sunday. People all around the country are gathering together to remember and recognise Moko and all the other children who have been abused and harmed in New Zealand. Meeting at the 1903 Square on the corner of Trafalgar and Selwyn Streets the march runs from 1 pm to 2 pm.