Appleby School students, from left, Sienna Macfadyen, Mia Cliffe and Vinnie Thompson are looking forward to the annual school fair on Saturday, September 3. Photo: Jessie Johnston.

What’s on this weekend



  • Fresh off their recent performance at the successful International Blues Day Festival, Medicine Woman return to The Boathouse for a night of music and mischief to say “adios Winter” and “bring on Spring” under the light of a full moon from 8pm. Tickets are available for $10 at the door and the evening cafe and bar are open to all from 5pm.
  • Each year the NZ International Mountain Film Festival tour stops off at towns and cities around the country. This weekend is your chance to catch up with all of the award winning films from this years event. The festival will be held in the Johnny Cash Room in NMIT’s G Block with doors opening at 7pm. General admission is $15 and tickets can be purchased from MD Outdoors, Millers Acre ph. 03 545 7098.
  • Lindy Valente, singer-guitarist of the Gypsy Pickers, entertains for happy hours overlooking the sea at the picturesque Boat Shed Cafe in Mapua. Performing popular, jazz, blues, world, rock and originals from 5.30pm – 7.30pm its a great way to welcome in the weekend and there’s excellent food on offer as well.



  • Soroptimist International of Nelson are hosting their annual Monster Trash n Treasure fundraiser for Community Groups at the Stoke Memorial Hall from 9am until 12 noon. There will be all the usual favourites; pre-loved books, clothes, toys & white elephant as well as plants, baking, preserves and fruit & vegetables. Entry is $2 with children under 10 going in for free.
  • The brand new Central Garden Group Spring Flower Show is on Saturday at the Stoke Methodist Church Hall from 9am – 4pm. Come a check out all the display tables of cut flowers, potted plants, fruit & vegetables, succulents, garden art, floral art along with a display from the Nelson Orchid Society. Trade Stalls from as far afield as Canterbury selling rare and unusual plants that are difficult to source elsewhere will also be there. Entry is $3.00 per adult and children under 15 years are free. Devonshire teas will be available in the church lounge at $4.00 per person
  • Forest & Bird have embarked on a planting project at Ronga Scenic Reserve, planting 1000 trees each year. Join Forest & Bird and enjoy a morning or day planting with a bbq lunch provided. Meet outside the Brick Oven in Rai Valley by 9.45am or on site at 10am and bring lunch & drink, a spade, gardening gloves and warm clothing. Postponement dates are the 4th and 10th.
  • The annual Merchant Navy Day Parade is on this Saturday. Pop down to Anzac Parade to watch the 11am parade.
  • The Koha Shed Nelson are officially opening at 11am, come down to their new site at the Victory Community Centre for the opening, a free sausage sizzle, Flossie the Baloon Lady and more.
  • The Appleby School Country Fair is a fabulous family day out in the country and the first fair of spiring. Attractions include pony rides, bouncy castles, animal nursery, face painting, the haunted house, great food and entertainment, our infamous silent auction, plants, baking, white elephant stall, books and more. The fair runs from 11am to 2pm with parking available on site.
  • The Tasman Makos bring Mitre 10 Cup provincial rugby action to Nelson for the first time on Saturday afternoon when they host Taranaki at Trafalgar Park from 2.15pm. The team will be looking to bounce back from a heavy loss to Canterbury last weekend in what is a replay of the Premiership final from two years ago.
  • The Tasman Titans rugby league team will play under lights from 5pm at the  Brightwater  Domain as they look to keep their South Island Rugby competition momentum when they host Otago in another must win game.



  • The perfect way to spend Father’s Day, the Classic and Collectable Car Show is on at Higgins Heritage Park on Pigeon Valley Road in Wakefield from 10.30am. Entry is $5 per car, driver and passengers free or $2 per motorcycle.
  • In conjunction with the show, Destination Wakefield is also on. Pigeon Valley Steam Museum will be on Steam with all museums open and traction engine and jigger rides. The historic Wakefield Bistro is open for brunch or more in its friendly family bar and restaurant while Carol’s Emporium is chock full of a big range of secondhand goods. Armageddon Paintball is open for business – have some fun – and Wakefield Bike Hire can see you transported. Sample the finest baked goods from Bakery at Wakefield and enjoy a coffee too. The day runs from 9.00am to 4.00pm at Higgins Heritage Park.
  • DOC Takaka are holding a planting day at Payne’s Ford for Conservation Week 2016. The trees planted last spring have been doing pretty well but DOC have around 500 trees this spring to fill the gaps. So, if you are about in the Bay on the 4th September we will be very happy to see you out planting at Paynes. We will start at 10am at the Paynes Ford car park (SH 60). Please bring your own spade if you have one, if not we will have a few spare. Light refreshments will be provided.