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What’s on in Gisborne?

Saturday, February 8, through to Sunday, February 16

Saturday, February 8

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.

2020 Whanau Fishing Competition. Annual boat and beach fishing competition for whanau of all ages. Te Puka Tavern, 153 Beach Rd, Tokomaru Bay, 5.30am-4pm. Beach and boat fishing: $10 per angler. Spot prizes throughout the day on the beach/weigh station. Prize-giving: 6pm. Register at Te Puka Tavern from 5.30am onwards. Weigh-in: 1-4pm.

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

Waingake Horse Sports. Action-packed fun on horseback, with events for all ages. Food and cash bar available. Follow the signs: Willy & Lou Livingston's property, Gordon Rd, Manutuke. Gate open for registration at 8am, starts 9am.

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

Tairawhiti Coffin Club. Design your own personalised coffin; constructed by a joiner and decorated by you. BCR Joinery, 522 Gladstone Rd, 9am-midday. Details: tairawhiticc@gmail.com

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.

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: http://gisbornefarmersmarket.co.nz/

Taan's Thunder Out East Race. NZ Offshore Powerboat Series where teams battle in two half-hour races for national points. Parade from Gisborne i-Site, 209 Grey St through the CBD from 10am. Best viewing of the races is from Midway Beach from midday-1.30pm.

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.

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

More FM Gisborne Lions Annual Beach Dig. Family-friendly fun; pirate theme, Lions train and BBQ. Proceeds to local charities. Churchill Park, Centennial Marine Drive (between the Old Jail & Olympic Pool), 3-5.30pm, $3 per disc. Gates open/BBQ 3pm, costumes judged 3.30pm, dig 4pm and prize-giving 5pm.

Queens Come East. Premiere gender illusionists; big hair, fabulous gowns, great dance numbers and risque comedy. Dome Room, PBC, 38 Childers Rd, doors open 7.30pm, start 8pm, $40 (cash-only) at The Aviary or door sales if tickets are unsold.

Full Moon Dance Party. Dress in white and dance under UV lighting. Featuring Brazilbeat, Dizfunk, Stix & Slyone and Djose. Smash Palace Bar, 24 Banks St, 9pm-1.30am, $5 door sales, R18.

Sunday, February 9

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

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 at Matawhero Wines. Martha and Chris playing easy-listening live music. Matawhero Wines, 189 Riverpoint Rd, 1-3pm, free entry. Bookings: Ph 867 6140. Gourmet platters available.

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.

Summer Concert Series: Piano Recital. Sydney-based pianist Paul Cheung performs the complete Chopin preludes and a major work by Rachmaninoff. Tiromoana, 41 Winifred St, Okitu, 2.30pm. Tickets: $25A, children and students free from Gillian ph 021 170 7641, or gillco@gisborne.net.nz

Monday, February 10

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.

Eastland Toastmasters. A friendly club for confidence in public speaking. Arohaina, 396 Aberdeen Rd (opposite Botanical Gardens), 5.30-7pm.

Hibernian Club Indoor Bowls. A roll-up for new or seasoned bowlers. Gisborne Intermediate Hall, 7pm, ph 867 6383.

Tuesday, February 11

Tairawhiti Menzshed, 9am-3pm. See Feb 8.

Kanuka Wananga. Come along to find out the valuable role kanuka plays in our environment and the potential opportunity as a natural health product. Lawson Field Theatre, 7 Fitzherbert St, 9am-5pm, free incl refreshments. Register attendance: Bella at bella@hikurangi.enterprises

Community Workshop. A hands-on workshop; learn how to make budget-conscious meals, baking and preserves. SuperGrans Tairawhiti, 185 Childers Rd, 10am-1pm, free. Bookings: ph 868 3571 or supergrans.tairawhiti@xtra.co.nz

Bayleys Beach Netball League (weekly to Mar 3). Find a shady spot and watch the five-a-side mixed teams battle it out. Churchill Park, Beacon St, 5.30-7.30pm.

Surfing for Farmers. Get off-farm for some quality downtime, learn to surf if you don't already, have a BBQ and catch up. Midway Beach (meet beside Midway Surf Life Saving Club), 5.30-7.30pm, free.

River Run Series. A 2.5m or 5km kid/walker/runner-friendly run series. Meet; 5.30pm at the Marina carpark, Vogel St, for a 6pm start, $2 entry. Free for Gisborne Harrier members, or if you bring any fresh produce for spot prizes.

The Country Garden Club. For women interested in gardening or floral arranging. Waerenga a Hika Hall, 728 Matawai Rd, 7.30pm, $2. Details: Katrine ph 867 2427.

Wednesday, February 12

Sanitarium Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon. Iconic annual event for ages 7-15 to swim, cycle and run their way around age appropriate courses. Churchill Park, Beacon St, 8am-1pm, $35-50. Register: tryathlon.co.nz or https://tinyurl.com/sp2cjox

Thursday, February 13

Tairawhiti Menzshed, 9am-3pm. See Feb 8.

Casual Badminton Group. Come along for a game and to meet other players. Badminton Centre, 134 Roebuck Rd, 9.30am, $4. Details: Raewynne ph 027 256 4351 or eastland.association@gmail.com

U3A Gisborne. Coffee morning group for retired folk with guest speakers and 30 learning-groups. Gisborne Cosmopolitan Club, 190 Derby St, 9.30am, starts 10am, $2 at the door. Details: Anne ph 868 5460.

Ministry for the Environment Hui. A discussion on transforming the Resource Management system, protecting native plants/birds and National Climate Change Risk Assessment. Emerald Hotel, 13 Gladstone Rd, 10am-3pm, free. Register: eventbrite.co.nz or https://tinyurl.com/yx2mdjps

Friday, February 14

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

New York Nights. A cabaret-style concert performed by local artists in an intimate setting, with drinks and snacks available. Evolution Theatre Company, 75 Disraeli St, 7-9pm, koha at the door. Artists to register at: https://www.evolutiontheatre.org.nz/

White Chapel Jak. Acoustic Kiwiana band with their fresh and funky approach to songs we know and love. Smash Palace Bar, 24 Banks St, 8-10.30pm. Tickets: $30+Bfee on Facebook or eventbrite.co.nz or https://tinyurl.com/rnta4vz

Saturday, February 15

Earlybird Market, 6-8am. See Feb 8.

Gisborne Canoe and Tramping Club overnight trip (to Feb 16), Aniwaniwa-Sandy Bay, depart 7.30am, Feb 15 and return 6pm, Feb 16, $50 (incl hut fees+transport). A five-hour walk from Aniwaniwa to Sandy Bay Hut, Lake Waikareiti and return the following day along the Ruapani Track. Bring own food, gas cooker and extra money for soak at Morere. Register before Feb 14: Gillian ph 867 4591, grass.hopper@xtra.co.nz

Gisborne parkrun, 7.45am. See Feb 8.

Gisborne Boardriders Club: Comp 1. Come along and watch, or compete in the first competition of the year for u12s to over-60s. Midway Beach, Centennial Marine Drive, 8am-3pm, $20 non-GBC member. To register: https://www.eventspronto.co.nz/GBCComp

Tairawhiti Coffin Club, 9am-midday. See Feb 8.

Tairawhiti Menzshed, 9am-3pm. See Feb 8.

Gisborne Farmers' Market, 9.30am-12.30pm. See Feb 8. http://gisbornefarmersmarket.co.nz/

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

Ormond Tennis Club, 2-4pm. See Feb 8.

Tattletale Saints: Dancing Under the Dogwoods. Nashville-based duo with their third full-length album. EastEnd Cafe and Bar, 250 Marine Parade, Wairoa, 8-10.30pm, $20+Bfee at eventfinda.co.nz or https://tinyurl.com/tlpd9qj

Fiesta Latina Party. Dance the night away to salsa, merengue, bachata and Brazilian funk. Dome Room, PBC, 38 Childers Rd, 9pm-midnight. Tickets: $10 door sales, R16.

Sunday, February 16

Gisborne Runners and Walkers Club, 8am start. See Feb 9.

Interislander Summer Festival: Gisborne Races. Lots of kid-friendly fun, fashion, food and action on the course. Ashwood Park, Makaraka Racecourse, 76A Main Rd, gates open 10.30am, $10A, 17/u free. For details/packages/tickets: info@experiencegisborne.co.nz

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

Lions Express Train Rides, 11am-3pm. See Feb 9.

Historic MV Takitimu Cruise, 2pm. See Feb 9.

Tattletale Saints: Dancing Under the Dogwoods. Nashville-based duo with their third full-length album. Smash Palace, 24 Banks St, 4-6.30pm, $25+Bfee at eventfinda.co.nz or https://tinyurl.com/vvoh38s

Interislander Summer Festival: Gisborne Races, Sunday, February 16. File photo