Nelson Young Professional committee member Bridget McCormick and president Michael Younghusband ahead of the group's annual ball this month. Photo: Andrew Board.

What’s on this weekend



  • Head along to Tasman Bay Christian School’s Garden Gala today for a gold coin entry from 4.30-8pm at 6 Williams Rd, Tasman. Tackle the obstacle challenge & water wipeout, taste our pig-on-a-spit, curries, waffles and sit back and enjot the entertainment. A family friendly outdoor movie kicks off at 8pm so bring your seats and rugs, hot drinks and popcorn can be purchased during the movie.
  • If you’re in the mood to move, the Big Rock ‘N’ Roll Dance is on tonight from 7pm at the Mapua Community Hall. The night will include Cruise Control playing live, a cash bar, and a Rock ‘N’ Roll Dance demonstration from the Sun City Rockers. Entry is $10, bring a plate to share and dress Rock ‘N’ Roll.
  • Get out your spookiest Halloween costumes and come party at the Richmond Aquatic Centre’s Halloween Wave Rave Party from 7 – 9pm for $10. With spookers, scary costumes, gruesome games and prizes, bring the family along for the fun of Halloween in a safe environment.
  • Paradox presents ‘House of Haunts’, an 18+ halloween cabaret by Nelson Theatrix ltd and Nelson Showgirl Academy, featuring sinister show tunes, devilish dancers, spooky spot prizes, chilling cocktails and a whole lot of fun! House of haunts runs from 9-11pm from Friday 28th to Saturday 29th. Pre-sales are available for $15 from Event Brite or you can turn up and pay $20 at the door.



  • The Pretty Smart Sale is on at the Stoke Memorial Hall from 9am – 2pm. The quality second hand clothing and accessories sale has a $2 entry fee and will include clothing, footwear, toys, handbags, hats, scarves, baby equipment and a small selection of Home wares.
  • Does a flat tyre, squeaky chain or worn out brake mean your bike has taken up residence in the shed? Get your bike out and come to the free Big Bike Tune Ups at the Nelson Market. Mechanics at the Big Bike Tune Ups will give bikes a quick maintenance check and tune up to make sure your bike is safe, road-worthy and fits you.
  • The Tapawera BGAC (Boys and Girls Agricultural Club) are holding their annual show this weekend to raise funds for the local school and community groups. There’ll be horse events, teddy bear shearing, plenty of entertainment, fire fighters, bouncy castles, cuddly pets, food, drinks, crafts, machinery, and wood chopping. To get amongst it, head to Tapawera Area School from 10am – 4pm, Adults are $4 and kids are free.
  • Theatre Royal present Once upon a time, a theatrical extravaganza of some of the world’s most well known stories, movies and music of our time. Performed by the students from A STAR Academy of the Arts and friends, this event is a fundraiser for the Salvation Army of Nelson and has shows beginning at 2pm and 7pm. Tickets are available from Theatre Royal and TicketDirect ph. 03 548 3840.
  • For family fun at the Speedway, check out the Milestone Homes Top of the South Speedway Coca-Cola Fireworks Night. Nelson’s biggest night of speedway hits the track on Saturday night from 6pm with super stocks, stock cars, street stocks, midgets,  TQ midgets, side cars and production saloons all be in action and a massive fireworks display highlighting the night.
  • The Jens Hansen Nelson Young Professionals Spring Ball is on tomorrow night from 7pm – 12am, this years event will feature a three course meal, complimentary drinks, and a live band at the PlayHouse Cafe and Theatre. Buses are available to and from the venure and Nelson Young Professionals is also hosting a pre-drinks event prior to the departure of the bus from the first pick up point. For more information or tickets, Ph. 0211148013.



  • The new Tahunanui Community Centre is gearing up for it’s grand opening on Sunday. Head along to 55 Muritai St between 12-5pm to celebrate the opening of the new, expanded premises for the Tahunanui Community Centre. There will be fun activities, tours of the premises, interactive discussions about future activities, lots of food and celebrations.
  • Sunday’s Biker’s Poker Run is open to all motorcyclists and is a fundraiser for the Motueka community swimming pool project. Starting with registration at 10.30am, and hitting the road at 11am from the Motueka Recreation Centre, the run will be on rain, hail or shine. Entry is $10 and the ride will include lots of great prizes and a free bbq after.