The Sirens in action against ORDL in an earlier bout.

What’s on this weekend



  • The Murder at Mangautapu ehixbition opens at the Nelson Provincial Museum today. The sensational 1866 murders on the Maungatapu track, gripped the nation when five men were held up and brutally killed. The exhibition, Part One: The Slayings tells the story of the murders and profiles the four wretched men who carried out the crimes.
  • Back by popular demand, the Boathouse Musical Montage Dance Party kicks off tonight from 9pm with everything from reggae to rock ’n roll, latin to funk, swing to old favourites. Tickets for this all-ages event are $10 at the door.



  • The Nelson Boys College are set to defend their newly won Moascar Cup on Saturday on the Nelson College front field. They’ll be facing off Christchurch challengers, St Andrew’s College from 11am and its set to be a tight game with both teams putting up a fight so come down and show your support.
  • The Sirens of Smash are back, come along to the Prime Cuts v Spring Chickens Roller Derby at the Nelson Roller Skating Rink, doors open at 6pm with the game beginning at 7pm. It’s a clash of ages, who will prevail? Youth or experience? Come and cheer on your favourite team, players and age bracket. Tickets and eftpos are available at the door, adults are $5, children are $2 and a family is $10.
  • To wake you up from your winter hibernation, Rock the South is on this Saturday at the Old St John’s from 8-11pm. Nelson Tasman’s finest rock, pop and electronica youth bands return to the stage with more guitar shredding, bass thumping, drum pumping, lyrical wizardry and live music. The alcohol and drugs free event is free and security and youth workers will be on hand to ensure a happy and safe time for all.



  • The Riwaka School Midwinter Festival is on from 10am at Kaiteriteri Beach. Come on over and brave the icy water in a dazzling costume, give the big dig a go, buy a duck for the duck race or just have day out with the family. Midwinter swim registration opens at 10am and those braving the plunge will enter the water at 11am. The ducks will enter the water at 1pm. Food, drinks, spot prizes, a best dressed swimmer competition and family entertainment are all on offer.
  • Check out The Umpire Strikes Back- A Star Wars Parody Play at the Playhouse Cafe from 4pm. The hilarious local parody of the Sci- Fi series Starwars is sharp, witty and fun for all. Tickets for the show plus a food option are $15 per adult and $10 per kid from the cafe, phone 035402985.