NELSON, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 3: Mitre 10 Cup, Tasman Markos v Taranaki at Trafalgar Park, Nelson, New Zealand on Saturday 3, (Photo by: Barry Whitnall Shuttersport Limited)
Tasman Makos' ball boy at Trafalgar Park on September 3. Photo by: Barry Whitnall/Shuttersport Limited

What’s on this weekend



  • Enjoy some after-work rugby when the Tasman Makos kick off against the Northland Taniwhas at Trafalgar Park tonight. Entry for kids 12-years and younger are free and adult tickets are available from $17 at Nelson i-Site, Richmond Mall, Mitre 10 MEGA, NBS branches or online at
  • Lindy Valente, singer-guitarist of the Gypsy Pickers, entertains for happy hours overlooking the sea at the picturesque Boat Shed Cafe in Mapua for the last time. 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.
  • Snaparock, the Australasian rock extravaganza, is on tonight from 7.00pm at the Trafalgar Centre with headlining Australian hall of fame legends ‘Mental as Anything’ plus special guest Aussie Rock Legend Angry Anderson and Sydney super group ‘The Dynosaurs’ featuring members of AC/DC and The Angels. Tickets to Snaparock are $75 and are available from Ticketek and Beggs Music on Hardy Street. For more information, Click Here.
  • Don’t get stuck in a rut, throw off those comfy old slippers and come on down to Off the Cuff: ‘Out with the Old, In with the New’, Nelson’s monthly improv show. The show begins at 7.30pm at Theatre Royal with tickets available from Theatre Royal or TicketDirect (03 548 3840), adults are $15.50 and students/seniors are $12.50.



  • Nelson’s seafood and music arts festival is on this Saturday from 11am-6pm at Founders Heritage Park. Snapafest is a single ticket price admission to an all you can eat seafood menu designed by celebrity Master Chef Brett McGregor. Local bands and special Guest Annie Crummer will provide live entertainment for the celebration of the biggest fishing port in Australasia. Tickets are $39.95 and are available from Ticketek and Beggs Music Hardy Street ph. 03 548 8699.
  • The Hope School Country Fair is here this Saturday from 10am-2pm at the school. A great family day out, the fair will feature a silent auction, plant and tree sale, yummy local food and drinks, fresh produce, homemade baking & preserves, raffles and prize wheel, farm animals, live entertainment, funfair games, pony rides and bouncy castle, free activities for under 5s and a massive second hand sale. Eftpos is available and the fair will go ahead rain or shine.
  • The Wellington Youth Choir is touring to Nelson Under the direction of Nelson-born Hazel Fenemor they present an eclectic programme of contemporary, classical, folk and popular repertoire on their tour. The concert will be held at Christ Church Cathedral from 7.30pm with tickets available at the door (cash only) or Online Here Waged $14, Unwaged $10.
  • For some country rock from local band, The Immigrants, head down to The Moutere Inn from 7pm on Saturday night. Their nuggets of golden sound will be sure to get you on the dance floor.



  • Lower Moutere School are hosting “Step into Spring”, a 5km fundraising fun run/walk, starting from the school, running along the Nelson Bike trail and climbing the gentle hills for views of Tasman Bay. Registration starts at 9:15 on the day or you can pre-book your spot by ringing 021 066 2896.  Food and drink will be available and there will be spot prizes, fancy dress prizes and raffles. Tickets are $5 per person or $15 a family and are available from Lower Moutere School Office 03 5287775.
  • Hopewalk, a walk of love hope and unity, will bring greater awareness and break stigmas around suicide and mental health on Sunday. Gathering at the Tahunanui Sports Feild from 9.30am, the walk will commence at 10am and wind it’s way to Trafalgar Park where, at around 11.30am, Victim Support’s Russel Baines will give a short speech followed by a minute’s silence to honour those we have loved and lost, a karakia, a group photo and conclusion speech. The walk is free and there is no registration needed but walkers should wear as much yellow as possible. Yellow ribbons will be available on the day for a Koha/donation with all money raised to be donated to Victim Support.
  • Come for a walk of discovery from Marahau to Tinline and participate in interesting activities along the way for Conservation Week’s Tinline Trail Day. The day runs from 10am-2pm with the perfect picnic spot at Tinline campsite fun activities for the kids. The track takes an adult 30 minutes or 45-50 minutes with young children. The track is suitable for buggies, but bikes are not permitted and if the weather decides not to cooperate, the event will be postponed to Sunday, September 25. For more information, email [email protected] or call 03 546 3151.
  • Come and celebrate the 2016 Cherry Blossom Festival at Miyazu Japanese Gardens. Enjoy a programme of music, food and entertainment under the cherry blossom trees celebrating the Japanese culture and the 40-year anniversary of the Sister City connection between Nelson & Miyazu. Running from 11.30am-2.30pm, the day will includes taiko drumming, Japanese puppeteer Akiko Miyamoto, the Nelson Festival Choir and calligraphy by New Zealand’s only Japanese Grand Master Calligrapher, Akiko Crowther.
  • Head to Founders Heritage Park at 12.30pm for ‘Memory Walk’, a short walk with seating along the way and a few fun-filled hours to raise awareness and acceptance of Dementia. Refreshments are available for purchase and T-shirts available to wear and take home. To register interest and t-shirt size, Click Here or phone 546 7702.
  • The fourth of the Vision Nelson Pre-Election Workshops is being held at The Free House on Collingwood St from 4pm and this week’s workshop centres around ‘Our Environment’. 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.