Silver Ferns Shannon Francois in action during the Netball Quad Series match between the Silver Ferns and England at Vector Arena in Auckland. Photo: Michael Bradley.

Whats on this weekend



  • Hosted at the Motueka RSA by the Top of the South Model A Ford Club, International Model A Ford Day will be celebrated from Friday through to Sunday. The celebrations will include a Rally on Saturday, commencing at 9.30 am from the Motueka RSA which will encompass the Riwaka Valley, Marahau, Kaiterteri and the West Bank of the Motueka River Valley, returning to Motueka via the Moutere area. For more information, email [email protected] or ph 5418818.
  • Head to the Theatre Royal at 7pm tonight or 1.30pm Saturday for the Wakatu Dance Theatre’s Dance is Contagious. Tickets to the energetic and fun performance are available from Theatre Royal and TicketDirect ph. 03 548 3840. Adults are $20, seniors are $16 and students are $12 (plus service fees).
  • 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 it’s a great way to welcome in the weekend and there’s excellent food on offer as well.



  • The 25km rugged but runnable Dun Run is back. From the Maitai Dam, the route ascends towards the Dun Mountain Saddle following the south branch of the Maitai River. Taking the Coppermine Saddle track and downhill along New Zealand’s first railway line, finishing on Brook St. The run begins at 8am with pre-booked transport to the start available. Click here, for the ticketing website or ph. 03 548 3655.
  • The ARK are holding a fundraising clothing sale at the Richmond Town Hall, 10am – 3pm to raise funds for an outdoor dog training shelter. Have a clean out and donate used clothing to a worthy cause. You can text the ARK on 021 084 5499 for pick up. The ARK is a charity which works with troubled young people and previously unwanted/rescued dogs over the eight-week course.
  • Calling all cake decorators! Richmond Library is hosting a Have a Go at Cake Decorating day from 10am-12.30pm at the Library. Learn how to decorate cakes with the Nelson Cake Decorators and Sugar Artists and find out all the tips and tricks for making your cakes look amazing. The day is free and everyone is welcome, for more information, ph. 03 543 8500.
  • At 11 different tennis clubs across the region, Have a Go Tennis Open Day is the perfect day to try out a new racket sport and check out some of the clubs in Nelson. Every primary and intermediate student is invited to a free hour of tennis coaching a club near their school.
  • Check our website for a timetable of school and keep an eye on your school newsletter for your schools time and venue. Click Here for a timetable of the different school’s tennis slots or ph 0273891102.



  • The Royals Softball Club are holding an Open Day at the Saxton Feild Softball Diamonds from 11am-1pm on Sunday. The club caters for teams of men, women, boys and girls in Senior Grades and Juniors. Come and join in with some skills, drills, fun and activities and a bbq.
  • Second Hand Sunday is back rain or shine from 10am on Sunday. Treasure hunters haven, people taking part in Second Hand Sunday simply leave unwanted items on their driveway for others to take away for free. A list of registered homes can be downloaded at or and a poster will mark their letterboxes.
  • ACCA DACCA has come to Nelson. Known as AC/DC reincarnated, the Australian World Touring AC/DC show has praise from Angus Young himself and is in Nelson for one night only. The show starts at 7.30pm at the Theatre Royal with tickets available from Theatre Royal and TicketDirect ph. 03 548 3840.
  • It’s the International Netball game we’ve all been waiting for. On Sunday the Silver Ferns are set to verse Jamaica’s Sunshine Girls from 7.40pm at the Trafalgar Centre in a sold-out match. The game is the first time the Ferns have played against Jamaica since the 2015 Netball World Cup where the Silver Ferns narrowly took out a hard fought victory.
  • Do your bit this Conservation week, at the Forest & Bird Planting at Pearl Creek. Locals will be planting kowhai and other food trees to attract Kereru at Pearl Creek. Wear good footwear and bring your favourite spade if you have one, though spades are provided. Pearl Creek is at the end of Cotterell Rd, off the Appleby Highway and if you need any more information, call Jo on 544 9666 or 0211169877.
  • The Motueka Rudolf Steiner School are hosting their Spring Fair from 10am-4pm on Sunday. Enjoy live performances, savour delicious foods, create beautiful handcrafts and win fantastic local goods at the Silent Auction. Stalls with books, clothing, plants, homemade produce, unique hand-crafted dolls and toys will also be dotted about the school. Entry is free.
  • The third of the Vision Nelson Pre-Election Workshops is being held at The Free House on Collingwood St and this week’s workshop centres around Arts and Culture. Come along and pitch your ideas or just join in discussions and help select the best ones. There will then be an opportunity for everybody to discuss the ideas and rate each with reference to how well it fits the Nelson 2060 vision. The top ones could then be presented to the new council.