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The week ahead…  


Te Matatini National Kapa Haka Festival 2015

4th – 8th March  // Hagley Park North

Te Matatini Kapa Haka Aotearoa and the Waitaha Cultural Council are proud to present Te Matatini 2015 – Christchurch. Every two years, Te Matatini organises the Te Matatini National Kapa Haka Festival, where top kapa haka teams from New Zealand and Australia compete for the honour of being crowned the best of the best. The festival started in 1972 and is now the world’s largest celebration of Māori traditional performing arts, attracting over 30,000 performers, supporters and visitors. The festival is a whānau friendly, smoke, alcohol and drug free event. It is an opportunity for all people, regardless of culture, background or age to come together, to share and celebrate the richness of Māori culture. Over four days, audiences can witness the best kapa haka in the world, taste Māori and local southern delicacies, shop for Māori arts and crafts and experience cultural exhibitions and workshops. Come celebrate the 22nd Te Matatini festival and experience the power and grace of kapa haka. Official Website: Click here


Under 5 Fest 2015

6th – 12th March  // 9:30-4:30pm // Table Tennis Canterbury Stadium, Blenheim Road (Opposite The Warehouse)

A special event for young children with over 40 hands-on science exhibits and activities. Come and learn, play, discover alongside your child. Ideal for parents, grandparents, uncles & aunts, friends and caregivers…and of course those under 5. With a record number of visitors last year, the Science Alive Under 5 Fest is back! The Science Alive Under 5 Fest is on 6 – 12 March 2015 from 9.30am – 4.30pm at the new spacious venue. Entry:  $6 per person with under 2’s free. Contact (03) 365 5199 or official website: Click here


Linwood Village Market

7th March  // 9am-1pm // Linwood Community Arts Centre

The grand opening of the Linwood Village Market, featuring Lulu the clown. 1st Saturday of the month March( 7th) , April( 4th) May( 2nd). Food- Drinks-Handmade Goods- Treats – Music. Stallholder enquires to Jen 0210233316.


Children’s Puppet Workshop

7th March  // 10am – 12.30pm // The Gym at the Arts Centre, Worcester Boulevard

Whole House Reuse and Free Theatre Christchurch have come together to present a unique children’s puppet workshop, creating puppets out of the salvaged materials of a red-zoned Christchurch home. In this workshop, children will explore techniques of animation and puppetry, and will construct their own puppets as part of the Whole House Reuse Project.These puppets will be displayed alongside the other creations made for Whole House Reuse in a large-scale exhibition at the Canterbury Museum from 5th June – 23rd August 2015. Animating and reimagining the house materials through puppetry, seemingly redundant materials are given another life. More information at $8 per child. Materials, tools and refreshments provided.  Suitable for ages 8-12 years, approx. Accompanying caregiver required. Limited places available. To book, please email Facebook Event: Click here


Culture Galore

7th March  // Noon – 4pm// Ray Blank Park, Maidstone Road

Culture Galore …dance to the beat of a different drum…Experience the world and celebrate cultural diversity. Be entertained by over 50 cultural performances and demonstrations, sample some of the appetising ethnic cuisines or get involved in some arts and crafts. There are plenty of fun activities for all ages including bouncy castles, rock climbing, face painting, stone and soap carving. Why not try activities such as Tai Chi, folk dancing, hula dance and much more. BYO rug or chairs and make a day of it. Limited parking is available. Cancelled if wet. For more details phone 941 8999. Official Website: Click here


Nostalgia Festival

7th March  // 12:30 – 7pm // Ferrymead Heritage Park

Nostalgia is a day long independent food and music festival situated inside the 1900’s replica township of the Ferrymead Heritage Park. Explore the vintage festival environment celebrating a culture full of pop cuisine, craft beer, wine, market stalls and art, all while some of New Zealand’s finest indie musicians provide entertainment from centre stage. The Heritage Park will provide a perfect distraction for the kids (free for under 12 year olds) with the steam train running throughout the day and all the park’s usual features to entertain.  While exploring the park you will also uncover a boutique market featuring a range of stalls from art and crafts to clothing and jewelers. All of this while a selection of New Zealand’s finest indie musicians provide entertainment from center stage, including Christchurch flying nun favourite The Bats. Official Website: Click here


Lincoln’ Summer Fete

7th March  // 10am – 1pm // on green beside Hillyers Cafe, Gerald Street, Lincoln

Join in the fun of this traditional country fete held in the picturesque township of Lincoln. There will be something for everyone with competitions open to the whole family – Full details can be found on with entries registered on the day between 9.30 and 10.30. Prize giving at midday. Christchurch based Natural Magic will be on hand with their ever popular Puppet Show and live Ukulele Music. To keep the children entertained all morning there will also be a whole host of traditional children’s games and a Bouncy Castle. Delectable food stalls and a wide range of genuine locally grown, spray free vegetables, award winning produce, cheeses, wine and exquisite craft stalls. An event not to be missed!


Twin Rivers Motoring Extravaganza

8th March  // 10:30am // Canterbury Agricultural Park

A great family day out, the Twin Rivers Motoring Extravaganza will showcase a variety of vehicles from all eras – something for all to enjoy! Car enthusiasts and owners are invited to showcase their much loved cars at Christchurch’s A&P Showgrounds – from classic, vintage, veteran to modern day cars, sports cars and more.  All makes, models, types, shapes, styles and ages are welcome – if it has wheels, bring it!  Music entertainment throughout day; Food and refreshments available; Great family day out – all welcome! Entry Fee $15 per display & per spectator vehicle – proceeds to the Child Cancer Foundation. Gates open at 10:30am to both the public and those keen to display their cars.  Judging starts at 11:30am, with a prizegiving held later in the day. Prizes are to be awarded for best American, Australian, British, European and Japanese vehicle.  There will also be a ‘Best In Show’ prize. For more information and to be kept updated, visit Organised by the Rotary Club of Avonhead.


LYFE (Linwood Youth Festival Experience) 2015

14th March  // 11am-4pm // Linwood Park, Linwood Ave (opposite Eastgate Mall)

Free! The annual Linwood Youth Festival is back! This is one of the best free events, attracting1000s of people each year. Join the young people of Linwood to experience the best in music, dance, sport and fun activities. Heaps of food and info stalls. Please leave dogs at home. For more info go to or tune into Mai FM 88.9.

Cat Show

15th March  // 9am // Kaiaipoi Club, Riverview Lounge

Long and shorthair cats, pedigree and household pets on display all day. Watch the judging take place along with top ten presentations throughout the day. Sponsored by Royal Canin. Gold coin donation.


Summer of Fun Events 

Bishopdale // 14th March // 11am – 1:30pm // St Johns Anglican Church, Cnr Cotswold Avenue, Kingrove St and Chedworth Avenue, Bishopdale

Cust // 15th March // 11am – 2pm // St Davids Union Parish, 1664 Main Road, Cust


Ongoing events…


Spectrum Street Art Festival

14th Feb – 10 May  // YMCA

Featuring: The largest Banksy collection in the southern hemisphere. Who: Cope 2, Sofles, Adnate, Owen Dippie, Flox, Buff Monster, Dcypher & Jacob Yikes. Admission is free, and there are rumored giant spray cans adorning the venue, customized by selected artists. All the major players in spray paint manufacturing are set to contribute, and we imagine this event will undoubtedly cement Christchurch’s reputation as one of the country’s great street art advocates. Official Website: Click here

Sunday Bandstand

Sundays // Various times and locations

There’s nothing quite like sitting back and enjoying a brass or pipe band’s stirring sounds on a Summer day. Sunday Bandstand showcases outstanding Christchurch talent in some of the most beautiful areas of Christchurch. Pack up your picnic, pick up your family and march on down for some wonderful Sunday afternoon entertainment. Find the schedule on the Summertimes website.