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Graduation ceremony, Moscow Ballet, Giant Pumpkin Festival among events cancelled due to the pandemic.
EIT Tairawhiti's graduation ceremony cancelled

EIT Tairawhiti's graduation ceremony has been cancelled due to developments in security around coronavirus.

“This decision was not an easy one to make and we are sorry for any inconvenience and understand the disappointment of our graduands,” said EIT's chief executive Chris Collins. “However, we are strictly following the recommendations coming from the Ministry of Health, public health agencies and the government.”

Graduates who wish to have their qualification achievement recognised are invited to attend next year's ceremonies.

EIT will post the qualification awards to all graduates, along with a copy of the ceremony programme.

Annual Giant Pumpkin Festival cancelled

The annual Giant Pumpkin Festival at Bushmere Arms has been cancelled as a precaution against the potential spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus.

The public event was to be held on March 29 but hope is not lost for growers of giant pumpkins.

“It's a massive undertaking to grow a pumpkin and we are grateful to our growers, so you can still have your pumpkin weighed at Bushmere Arms,” say organisers.

“Just phone Robin at the Bushmere Arms and he will organise a suitable time for a private weigh-in.”

People who have bought an entry ticket and a pack of seeds are advised to hold on to their tickets. Ticket holders will be given a new pack of seeds in October when organisers launch next year's competition.

Colouring competition entries will still be accepted and prizes awarded. Entry forms can be downloaded from the Bushmere Arms Giant Pumpkin Festival Facebook page or collected from The Gisborne Herald.

• Drop off entries at Farmlands Gisborne or the Bushmere Arms before Sunday, March 29.

Concerts postponed, Moscow Ballet's Sleeping Beauty cancelled

A Tina Turner tribute and the Ten Tenors concert scheduled for the War Memorial Theatre in March and April have been postponed while the Moscow Ballet La Classique's May production of Sleeping Beauty has been cancelled.

Brendan Dooley and Felix the Fearless Dog cancelled

Comedy magician Brendan Dooley and Felix the Fearless Dog, which were to be staged at Lawson Field Theatre in March and April, have been cancelled.

Addams Family production postponed

Musical Theatre Gisborne has postponed its April production of The Addams Family to be staged at Lawson Field Theatre.

Going ahead: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare

Going ahead tonight, tomorrow and Saturday at 7.30pm is Evolution Theatre Company's production of the comedy The Complete Works of William Shakespeare. Tickets are available at i-Site and the door.