Kelvin Sparks helps his grandson Luke Foord, 7, reach up to the light beams coming off a display at Light Nelson on Sunday. Photo: Phillip Rollo.

What’s on this weekend


With Fight 4 Victory bout announcements, Light Nelson, a good ol’ fashioned Barn dance and more, there’ll be plenty to keep you entertained this weekend.

And despite the current gusts, the weather is expected to make a turn.

Metservice’s forecast for today is morning cloud, then sunny with strong gusty southeast winds. We’re expected to reach a high of 13°C with an overnight low of 3°C.

Saturday is looking slightly better gust-wise with the south easterlies dying out and a fine day with a high of 12°C and an overnight low of 2°C.

Sunday will be fine with a little wind and once again, reach a high of 12°C and an overnight low of 2°C.



  • The Motueka Public Library’s Winter Book Sale is on today with loads of pre-loved books for children and adults. It’s a bargain hunters heaven with children’s books costing 50c and adult’s books only $1. The sale runs through to Saturday, July 23, during normal library opening hours.
  • The Murder at Mangautapu exhibition is on at the Nelson Provincial Museum until October 21. 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.
  • The Fight 4 Victory match ups will be announced at an After the Bell event tonight. The event, running from 5.30-7pm at Bowater Hyundai tonight is open to anyone who would like to head along and is a great opportunity to purchase corporate boxes. Fight 4 Victory features ten bouts of local business people, sports people and those keen to support the Victory Boxing programme.
  • Light Nelson 2016 will be brightening up Nelson from this Friday through to Tuesday, July 12. The free outdoor gallery of brilliant light installations, clustered around the lily pond and massive trees of the city’s historic Queens Gardens, Albion Square, and into the NMIT campus will be lit up from 5.30-9.30 each night. Over 40 artists have created exhibitions featuring laser technology, digital imagery, performance and music with high levels of interaction and surprise. For more information, Click Here to visit the website.



  • Nelson College’s first XV will once again defend the Moascar cup when they take on Canterbury’s St Thomas at 12pm on the Nelson College Field.
  • The Nelson Symphony Orchestra presents Concert America featuring John Thomson, Concert Master, as a soloist conducted by John Rimmer. The concert is to be held at the Nelson Christ Church Cathedral from 7.30 pm. Tickets are $27 per adult, $5 per child/student and $50 per family and can be purchased from or call 03 548 3840.
  • Upper Moutere’s Animal Farm is turning into the Wild West for the month, starting this Saturday the event will run from 10am to 4pm until Sunday, July 24. With five fun family activities and challenges, including the very popular toasting marshmallows over the campfire, visitors go in the draw to win a family movie hamper worth over $100. Entry is $12 per adult, $6 per child or $30 for a family of four. For more information call 03 543 2211, or Click Here to visit the website.
  • For those with a little bit of country running through their veins, the Victory Community Centre Barn Dance is back from 7.30-10.30pm. Bring your cowboy boots, 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.



  • The Mapua Makers Market is on from 10am to 3pm at the Mapua Community Hall. The contemporary craft fair features unique, handcrafted items from locals and a new Epicurean Artisan Corner featuring handmade food products. Explore the market, and bring a picnic or stop in for some food at the Naked Bun.
  • Head on down to Rabbit Island from 10am-2pm to watch the final race of the Mini Mountainbike Series.