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SUMMER FUN: Malachi Ulu and Ardie from Wellington enjoy the sun, surf and sand at Midway Beach. Picture by Paul Rickard

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, cash-only facilities. Details: tepukahuntingandfishing@gmail.com or Megan ph 027 430 0548.

Earlybird Market. Fresh seasonal fruit and veges, pickles, plants and other goods. Alfred Cox Park, 204 Grey St, 6-8am, $5 stall. Proceeds go to local charities.

Gisborne parkrun. A 5km run/walk. Meet: Waikanae Surf Life Saving Club, 280 Grey St, 7.45am. Kid, dog and pram-friendly. See www.parkrun.co.nz/gisborne/

St Andrew's Car Boot Sale. Plenty of bargains. Carpark behind St Andrew's Church (access off Childers Rd), 8am-midday, $5/car.

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, see surflifesaving.org.nz

Gisborne Farmers' Market. Grown or produced locally; vegetables, fruit, cheese, bread, baking, eggs, meat, fish, flowers, seedlings and more. Cnr Stout & Fitzherbert Sts, 9.30am-12.30pm. Details: gisbornefarmersmarket.co.nz

SmashFest 2020. A family-friendly experience; two stages, rock and metal bands, fire dancing, medieval fighting, workshops and vendors. Smash Palace Bar, 24 Banks St, midday-2am. Tickets, day pass; $40+Bfee, 12-17s $30+Bfee, u/11s free from eventfinda.co.nz

Good Vibes Summer Festival. Reggae festival incl; Stan Walker, Tomorrow People, 1814, Lion Rezz, Swiss and Tree, Kolohe Kai and Paua. Gisborne Soundshell, Centennial Marine Dr, 1pm-late, R18. Tickets: $99-$159+Bfees at www.goodvibesfestival.co.nz

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.

Live Music at Wrights. Locally-based Big Rich will be playing original acoustic music. Wrights Vineyard & Winery Cellar Door, 1093 Wharerata Rd, 1.30-4pm, free entry. Reserve a table; Geoff ph 027 656 8222. Family-friendly; with gourmet pizzas.

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

Drop Legs. Australian hip-hop band with their signature dub-drenched grooves and party jams. 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. 1.5 hour walk/run, 8am. For meeting place; email gisbornerunnersandwalkers@gmail.com

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

East Coast Museum of Technology Live Day. Bring the family along for Clydesdale carriage rides, bouncy castle jumping, newly curated and gifted exhibitions, food vendors and more. East Coast Museum of Technology, 67 Main Rd, Makaraka, 10am-4pm. Tickets, at the door; $10 individual adult, $35 family.

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.

Sunday Music with T-BoneZ. Listen to live music and sample gourmet platters. Matawhero Wines, 189 Riverpoint Rd, 1-3pm, free entry. 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.

Monday, January 13

Badminton Centre, 134 Roebuck Rd. New players welcome and rackets available. Social Morning, 9-11.30am, $4, ph 867 2584. Summer Badminton, Yr 11-13 players, 7-9pm, $8 Snr, $6 Yr 11-13, $80 Subs, ph 021 216 6700.

Summer Holiday Workshop (week days to Jan 24). 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 (week days to Jan 24). Activities for ages 5 to 13-years, including games, jungle fun, movies, puppets, water fun and more. YMCA, Corner Childers & Roebuck Rd, 9am-3.45pm, $45/child per day. See Facebook and register at the YMCA office.

Holiday Drama Workshop (week days to Jan 24). Learn all things theatrical with games, skits and activities, while having fun and growing acting skills. Evolution Theatre Company, 75 Disraeli St. Ages 6-10; 10.30am-midday, Ages 11-16; midday-5pm. $45/week or $80/two weeks (Jan 13-17 & 20-24). Register: https://www.evolutiontheatre.org.nz/

Tuesday, January 14

Summer Holiday Workshop, 9am-midday. See Jan 13.

Circus School (to Jan 16). For ages 5-12: A three-day programme to learn circus tricks and have fun. Gisborne Gymnastics Club, Electrinet Sports Centre, cnr Aberdeen & Stanley Rds, 9am-3pm, $50/child/day or $130/3-days. Register: gisgymoffice@gmail.com or Nic 021 031 9606.

Tairawhiti Menzshed. Work in a fully equipped woodwork or carpentry workspace. Tairawhiti Menzshed, cnr Parkinson & Innes St, 9am-3pm. Details: Ph/txt James 022 465 0396.

Oscar Holiday Programme, 9am-3.45pm. See Jan 13.

Holiday Drama Workshop. Ages 6-10; 10.30am-midday. Ages 11-16; midday-5pm. See Jan 13.

Wednesday, January 15

Summer Holiday Workshop, 9am-midday. See Jan 13.

Circus School, 9am-3pm. See Jan 14.

Oscar Holiday Programme, 9am-3.45pm. See Jan 13.

Holiday Drama Workshop. Ages 6-10; 10.30am-midday. Ages 11-16; midday-5pm. See Jan 13.

St Andrew's Lunchtime Concert Series. British organist and pianist Ian Miles plays classic tunes, along with local performers. St Andrew's Church, 176 Cobden St, 12.30pm, doors open midday, koha or donation for performers. Bring your lunch, tea or coffee provided.

Thursday, January 16

Summer Holiday Workshop, 9am-midday. See Jan 13.

Circus School, 9am-3pm. See Jan 14.

Tairawhiti Menzshed, 9am-3pm. See Jan 14.

Oscar Holiday Programme, 9am-3.45pm. See Jan 13.

Casual Badminton Group. Come along for a game and to meet other players. Badminton Centre, 134 Roebuck Rd, 9.30am, $4. Details: Pascale at pascale.delos@gmail.com or eastland.association@gmail.com

Holiday Drama Workshop. Ages 6-10; 10.30am-midday. Ages 11-16; midday-5pm. See Jan 13.

Friday, January 17

Wairoa A&P Show (& Jan 18). Find a shady spot and watch equestrian events, shearing, dog trials and more. Wairoa A&P Showgrounds, Ruataniwha Rd, 8am. Kid-friendly entertainment after 4pm. Entry fee subject to change: $5, free for u/5s. See Facebook page for details.

Summer Holiday Workshop, 9am-midday. See Jan 13.

Oscar Holiday Programme, 9am-3.45pm. See Jan 13.

Holiday Drama Workshop. Ages 6-10; 10.30am-midday. Ages 11-16; midday-5pm. See Jan 13.

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 or here

NZ Sidecar Heats and Golden Oldies. Come along for a great night of speedway racing. Eastland Group Raceway, 357 Awapuni Rd, gates open 4pm, racing 6pm. Gate sale tickets, subject to change: $50Fam (2A+3C), $20A, $10Snr, $8 5-15s, u/5s free.

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: G ‘n I. Bring a picnic and enjoy easy-listening music. Marina Park, Lawson Field Theatre Riverbank, 6-8pm, free. Inclement weather: Listen to MoreFM after 3pm.

Build-a-Band. Come along and jam. Smash Palace Bar, 24 Banks St, 8-11pm, free entry, R18.

Saturday, January 18

Earlybird Market, 6-8am. See Jan 11.

Gisborne parkrun, 7.45am. See Jan 11.

Wairoa A&P Show, 8.30am-4pm. See Jan 17.

Poverty Bay Polo Club Open Tournament (to Jan 19). Two-day polo tournament with visiting North Island teams. Poverty Bay Polo Club, 130 Bushmere Rd, Matawhero, 9am, free entry. Family-friendly barbecue on Jan 19.

Tairawhiti Menzshed, 9am-3pm. See Jan 14.

Gisborne Farmers' Market, 9.30am-12.30pm. See Jan 11.

Live Music at Wrights. Locally-based The Bridge Street Band will be playing a mix of blues, rock, pop and country. Wrights Vineyard & Winery Cellar Door, 1093 Wharerata Rd, 1.30-4pm, free entry. Reserve a table; Geoff ph 027 656 8222. Family-friendly; with gourmet pizzas.

Ormond Tennis Club, 2-4pm. See Jan 11.

More FM Gisborne Lions Annual Beach Dig. Fun for all the family with a pirate theme, Lions train and BBQ. Proceeds to local charitable and volunteer organisations. Churchill Park, Centennial Marine Drive (between the Olympic Pool and Old Jail), 3-6pm, gates open 3pm, costumes judged 3.30pm, dig 4pm, prize-giving 5pm, $3 per disc. If wet: will be held on Sunday, January 19.

NZ Sidecar Heats and Golden Oldies: Speedway, gates open 4pm, racing 6pm. See Jan 17.

N8VSoul NZ Tour. Come along for some reggae-influenced electronic and dub vibes. Smash Palace Bar, 24 Banks St, 8pm-midnight, R18, $15 at the door.

Sunday, January 19

Gisborne Thistle Golf Day: Judy O'Rourke Trophy. Visitors are welcome to join in for a great day of golf. Gisborne Park Golf Club, 69 Cochrane St, 7.00-9.30am for a two-tee start, $20/round. Register at the golf club.

Gisborne Runners and Walkers Club, 8am start. See Jan 12.

Historic Places Tairawhiti Bus Tour. Join HPT members and look at Wairoa's historic buildings, churches and the Wairoa Museum. Bus leaves Bright St bus stop at 8.30am, returns 4.30pm, $90 non-members; incl lunch and bus. Register at info@hpt.org.nz

Poverty Bay Polo Club Open Tournament, 9am-8pm. See Jan 18.

Summer Arts & Crafts Fair. Local artisans selling their creations: batik, beadwork, cards, jewellery, photography, quilting, sewing and woodwork. Poverty Bay Bowling Club, 111 Ormond Rd, 9.30am-2pm. Eftpos available.

Gisborne Canoe and Tramping Club, Hackfalls Arboretum, depart; 10am, $15 for travel. A festive season get-together for all ages or stages and possibly an easy walk around a lake with mature trees. Bring food for a shared lunch. Register: Gillian ph 867 4591, grass.hopper@xtra.co.nz

Gisborne Sceptic Group, 11am. Details: Topics and venue ph 867 3715 or 867 7122.

Lions Express Train Rides, 11am-3pm. See Jan 12.

Sunday Music with Neil Smoker. Acoustic guitar and vocals. Matawhero Wines, 189 Riverpoint Rd, 1-3pm, free entry. Bookings: Ph 867 6140. Gourmet platters available.