Annabelle Archibald from Tahunanui scours through the endless piles of books at the Founders Book Fair on Saturday. Photo: Brittany Spencer.

What’s on this Weekend


There’s plenty on this weekend with books, breakfast, lunch, dances and freebies and although the weather may not be tropical its not going to slow us down. Metservice is predicting occasional rain clearing tonight with brisk northerlies, a high of 17 degrees and an overnight low of 8. Tomorrow is looking partly cloudy with northwesterly winds, a high of 16 and an overnight low of 7 degrees. The rain returns on Sunday with showers, potentially heavy afternoon rain, a high of 15 degrees and a frosty overnight low of 4.



  • 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 this is the last dodgeball day so make the most of it.
  • If you fancy yourself as a bit of a quizmaster or just want to support Hira Kindergarten, head on down to their Quiz Night tonight. The fundraiser was a full house last year and kicks off at 7pm tonight at the Clifton Terrace School Hall. Tickets are $10 per person and its teams of 6-8 per table. The event is R18 with a bar and platters to purchase as well as a silent auction. Call 545 0224 to book your tickets.
  • The Founders Book Fair is still on so ignite your inner bargain-hunting nerd and head to Founders for a huge selection of of second-hand books, DVDs, vinyl records, puzzles and games. The fair is on from 10am-4.30pm for the next three days but Sunday will be the last day so get in quick. Purchase a $5 nine-day pass or pay a daily entry fee of just $2.



  • Get your friends together (guys and girls) for a fun filled morning and join the fight against Breast Cancer. Head to Hope Community Church for the Pink Ribbon Brunch at 10am for a gourmet buffet brunch from Chef Allan Addison-Saipe, a silent auction, raffles, goody bags, giveaways and a talk from the inspiring local Vicky Shelling fresh from her victory at the Godzone endurance race. A Crèche will be available on request. Tickets are $20 and bookings are essential so call Alta Huyser 021 251 8017 or Ang Harris 027 330 7499.
  • Tahunanui’s Longest Lunch is going to feed the masses once more. Hosted by the Tahunanui Community Centre, this FREE Long Lunch will feature a hearty, warming soup and rolls. Meet your neighbours to celebrate winter, and join in the family-friendly games and activities afterwards. The lunch runs from 12 noon – 2pm at Burrell Park but if wet, will be cancelled. Check the Tahunanui Community Centre on Facebook for updates.
  • Ladies and gentlemen the Winter Dance is back. This annual local event is open to everyone and promises to warm you up on a cold winter’s night. Starting at 7.30pm at the Richmond Town Hall, bring yourself, $4, a plate to share and your dancing shoes.
  • For those with a little bit of country running through their veins, the Barndance at Victory Community Centre is back. Bring a plate and $10 is you’re an adult, $5 if you’re a kid or $20 if you’re a family. Enjoy live music from ceilidh band The Celts and contradance steps called by our visiting Christchurch dance caller Bill Baritompa, no experience necessary as all dances are called.



  • For freebies from around the region, or to giveaway some of your gear check out Second Hand Sunday. Starting at 10am, this event is a day for people to freely pass on items they aren’t using and aren’t worth selling. Instructions for the day are online at or, the council websites will publicise the list of households taking part from midday, Saturday for fossickers to access.