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What's on in Gisborne?

Saturday, January 4

Gisborne parkrun. A 5km run/walk. Meet: Waikanae Surf Life Saving Club, 280 Grey St, 7.45am. See parkrun.co.nz/gisborne/

Wa165 steam train trip to Muriwai. Enjoy the scenery, bring a picnic or have a cuppa on board. Leaving from the Railway Station, Grey St at 1pm, $35A, $15 u/15s, $80Fam (2A & 2Ch). Any unsold tickets from the station half an hour before departure (cash or Eftpos), Gisborne i-Site, 209 Grey St, ph 868 6139, or www.gcvr.org.nz

Tennis for players of all skill levels. Ormond Tennis Club, Hill Rd, Ormond, 2-4pm, ph 862 5741 or 862 5856.

Sunday, January 5

Horouta Junior Race Simulation Day. Find a shady spot on the city riverbanks and watch 100 waka paddlers prepare for the 2020 National Waka Ama Champs. Marina Park, 7am-late afternoon, $2 entry fee/paddler.

Gisborne Runners and Walkers Club. 1.5 hour walk/run, 8am. For meeting place; email gisbornerunnersandwalkers@gmail.com

Gas Guzzlers’ Breakfast. Check out classic or vintage cars, hotrods, bikes and projects. Behind the Courthouse on Reads Quay, 8.30-11am, gold coin donation. Rain, hail or sunshine.

Lions Express Train Rides. Take the kids for a train ride around the playground and lake. Start: near Gisborne Wainui Lions Junior Cycle Park, Centennial Marine Dr, 11am-3pm, $2.

Wa165 steam train trip to Muriwai, 1pm. See Jan 4.

Sunday Music at Matawhero. Come along and hear locally-based singer/songwriter Miss Pou. Matawhero Wines, 189 Riverpoint Rd, 1-3pm, free entry. Gourmet platters available. Bookings: Ph 867 6140.

Historic MV Takitimu Cruise. Enjoy the sights of Poverty Bay from a fully-restored historic tug. Sailing from Pier 1, Inner Harbour (gate outside Tatapouri SFC), weather permitting, 2pm. Pay at the gate: $20A, $10u/12s, limit 25. Details: Brian ph 027 474 9360.

Lazy Fifty. Three-piece band with original blues rock tunes and classics from Santana to Jimi Hendrix. Te Puka Tavern, 153 Beach Rd, Tokomaru Bay, 6-10pm, free entry.

Monday, January 6

Summer Holiday Workshop (daily to Jan 10). Action-packed workshop from film-making to game development, music creation to virtual reality. Tonui Collab, Shed 3, 48 The Esplanade, 9am-midday, $30/child/workshop. Register: Ph 777 0522 or admin@tonuicollab.com

Oscar Holiday Programme (daily to Jan 10). Activities for ages 5 to 13-years, including movies, science, surfing, water wars and more. YMCA, Corner Childers & Roebuck Rd, 9am-3.45pm, $45/child per day. See Facebook and register at the YMCA Office.

Tuesday, January 7

Summer Holiday Workshop, 9am-midday. See Jan 6.

Oscar Holiday Programme, 9am-3.45pm. See Jan 6.

Poverty Bay Blues Night. A selection of live blues music. PBC, 38 Childers Rd, doors open 7pm, music 8pm, $5 door sales, R18.

Wednesday, January 8

Holiday Open Fun Gym. For ages 4-13 to bring friends and have fun; tumble track or trampoline, swing on rings and bars, climb up ropes. Gisborne Gymnastics Club, Electrinet Sports Centre, cnr Aberdeen & Stanley Rds, 9am-midday, $10/child, email gisgymoffice@gmail.com or Nic ph 021 031 9606.

Summer Holiday Workshop, 9am-midday. See Jan 6.

Oscar Holiday Programme, 9am-3.45pm. See Jan 6.

Thursday, January 9

Summer Holiday Workshop, 9am-midday. See Jan 6.

Oscar Holiday Programme, 9am-3.45pm. See Jan 6.

Women’s Summertime Surf. If you’re new to surfing or need a refresher; surfing, coaches, wine and cheese. Midway Beach, 5.30-7.30pm, cash-only koha. Register: gisborneboardriders@gmail.com

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Black Slate. Pioneers of British roots rock reggae with NRG Rising, Jamey Fergusson and Joe Tana. Smash Palace Bar, 24 Banks St, 8pm, R18. Tickets: $30-$60+Bfee at ticketspace.co.nz https://tinyurl.com/v48blhq or $40 door sales.

Friday, January 10

Summer Holiday Workshop, 9am-midday. See Jan 6.

Oscar Holiday Programme, 9am-3.45pm. See Jan 6.

SmashFest 2020 (& Jan 11). A family-friendly experience; 14 rock and metal bands, two stages, fire dancing, medieval fighting, workshops, vendors and beachside camping. Smash Palace Bar, 24 Banks St, Jan 10; 2pm-midnight, Jan 11; midday-2am. Tickets: Day passes; $40+Bfee, 12-17s $30+Bfee, u/11s free. All access pass, incl two nights camping+Smash Palace entry; $60+Bfee from eventfinda.co.nz

Teen Girls’ Surf Club. Weekly sessions to Feb 7, for beginner/intermediate surfers aged 12-18 to learn from female coaches. Midway Surf Life Saving Club, Midway Beach, 3.30-5.30pm, $10/session, free for members. Register: Facebook or gisborneboardriders@gmail.com

Sundowner Session. Come along as Vinyl DJ plays some favourite tunes and sample the antipasto platters. Smash Palace Bar, 24 Banks St, 4-8pm.

Live on the Lawn: Barleycorn. Bring a picnic and enjoy live folk-style songs. Marina Park, Lawson Field Theatre Riverbank, 6-8pm, free. Inclement weather: Listen to MoreFM after 3pm.

Saturday, January 11

2020 Hapuka Hunt (to Jan 12). Annual two-day boat and beach fishing competition for anglers of all ages. Te Puka Tavern, 153 Beach Rd, Tokomaru Bay, 5.30am-5pm. Boat fishing/angler: $50 open, $15 u/12 yrs. Beach fishing/rod: $25. Sandcastle competition: Jan 11, 10am-2pm, free entry. Prize-giving: Jan 12, 7pm. Fish auction: After daily weigh-ins. Register: Facebook at Te Puka Hunting & Fishing, or at Te Puka Tavern on Jan 10, 5-7pm or Jan 11 & 12, 5.30am onwards. Details: tepukahuntingandfishing@gmail.com or Megan ph 027 430 0548.

Gisborne parkrun, 7.45am. See Jan 4.

Eastland Port 2020 Champion of the Bays (& Jan 12). Find a shady spot on the beach and watch the speed and endurance of Bay of Plenty and Gisborne senior competitors. Midway Beach, 8.30am-4pm, $30 entry. Register: surflifesaving.org.nz

SmashFest 2020, midday-2am. See Jan 10.

Good Vibes Summer Festival. Reggae festival including; Stan Walker, L.A.B, House of Shem, Ardijah, Tomorrow People, 1814, Three Houses Down & General Fiyah, Lion Rezz, Swiss and Tree with international artists; Kolohe Kai and Paua. Showgrounds Park Event Centre, 20 Main Rd, Makaraka, 1pm-late, R18. Tickets: $99-$159+Bfees at goodvibesfestival.co.nz https://www.ticketfairy.com/event/good-vibes-summer-festival-gisborne-11jan2020

TRAMPS. For all singers, musicians and poetry readers to come along and perform. The Band Room, 200 Childers Rd, 1.30-3.30pm, $3, ph John 868 9658.

Ormond Tennis Club, 2-4pm. See Jan 4.

Drop Legs Live. Australian hip-hop band bring their signature dub-drenched grooves and party jams to Gizzy. Dome Room, PBC, 38 Childers Rd, 8.30-11.30pm. Tickets: $15, The Aviary (cash-only), or $20 on the door.

Sunday, January 12

2020 Hapuka Hunt, 5.30am-5pm. See Jan 11.

Gisborne Runners and Walkers Club, 8am start. See Jan 5.

Eastland Port 2020 Champion of the Bays, 8.30am-4pm. See Jan 11.

East Coast Museum of Technology Live Day. Bring the family and see the historic machines working, have a turn on the fire hose, thresh some grain, play Pong, or take a ride in an army vehicle. East Coast Museum of Technology, 67 Main Rd, Makaraka, 10am-4pm, $10A, Students: $2Sec, $1Prim, Pre-schoolers free.

Lions Express Train Rides, 11am-3pm. See Jan 5.

Sunday Music at Matawhero. Come along and hear locally-based singer T-BoneZ with chart toppers to old skool rhythm and blues, midday-5pm. See Jan 5.

Historic MV Takitimu Cruise, 2pm. See Jan 5.

2020 Hapuka Hunt (Jan 4 to Jan 5). A two-day boat and beach fishing competition for anglers of all ages.