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This week

Gisborne Garden & Arts Festival

Showcasing gardens in our region; featuring talented artists, live music and inspiring gardens. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets from Gisborne i-SITE. POSTPONED

Coming up

The Lazy-Fi Rock Show

Lazy Fifty and UNI-FI join forces to celebrate the release of their new albums with the Lazy-Fi Rock Show. Smash Palace, Friday November 12, 8pm.

Michael Llewellyn

Dome Room, Saturday November 13, 8pm. $13.00+bf from undertheradar.co.nz.

Lake South

The Light You Throw album release tour. Smash Palace, Friday November 19, 8pm. Cancelled if not in Level 1.

Gisborne Choral Society: Old French Masters

Faure Requiem and St Cecilia Mass by Gounod. St Andrew's Church, Saturday November 20, 7pm, Sunday November 21, 2pm. $20 for pre-sold entry, $25 on the door.


Rock of Ages info session

Come and hear and ask questions about Rock of Ages, Centrestage's next musical which will be performed in Gisborne next year. Centrestage clubrooms, 260 Childers Road, Monday November 15, 7.30pm.

New York Nights

New York Nights is a cabaret-style concert performed by local artists. The singers range from those gracing the stage for the very first time through to seasoned performers wanting to try out new repertoire. The setting is intimate and the bar is open with drinks and snacks available. Koha at the door. Come on down for an unforgettable New York nightlife experience. Evolution Theatre, Friday November 19.

A One Night Stand

An evening of stand-up comedy featuring members of The Comedy Hub from Manawatu. Evolution Theatre, Saturday November 20, 7pm. Tickets $20 from the KiwiTicket app or $30 on the door.

Mistletoe, Mayhem and Murder

The “usual suspects” are at it again. Can you solve this whodunnit? Unity Theatre, November 26 – December 4. Tickets on sale at Gisborne i-SITE or on eventfinda.co.nz

She Kills Monsters

Directed by Qui Nguyen, She Kills Monsters is Evolution Theatre's latest production. Evolution Theatre, 75 Disraeli Street, December 2 – 12. Tickets available from trybooking.com

Visual Arts

Observational still life drawing workshop with Sandi Hickey

For beginners and a refresher for experienced artists. Please bring your art supplies. Lysnar House, Sunday, November 7, 9.30am – 4.30pm. The workshop costs $40. Anyone interested should contact Kath McLaughlin on 867 5366 or email gisborneartists@gmail.com

Worlds of Wonder

Artist Julia Rae's self-portrait morphs into a character of dreams creating imagined worlds and illustrating ideas through photographic images. Tairāwhiti Museum until November 21.

Weathered Beauty

Sarah Gordon's Weathered Beauty is an expression of rural thoughts and memories of two Manutūkē farms, and their family. Tairāwhiti Museum until November 28.


Hononga connects an, as yet, unconnected group of indigenous artists through their experience of indigenousness and creative practice. Hoea! Gallery until December 4.

We Can't Stop Now

Handmade prints by 31 past and present members of the Gisborne Printmakers Group celebrate 45 years of printmaking in the Lysnar House Studios. Tairāwhiti Museum until December 5.

At the movies


The Many Saints of Newark

Prequel to The Sopranos TV series. Set in Newark, New Jersey, during the 1960s, the film tracks the development of the young Tony Soprano (Michael Gandolfini, son of the late James Gandolfini) through his relationship with his uncle, Dickie Moltisanti (Alessandro Nivola).


American super-hero film based on the Marvel Comics race of the same name. After the return of half the population in Avengers: Endgame ignites “the emergence”, the Eternals — an immortal alien race created by the Celestials and secretly resident on Earth for over 7000 years — must reunite to protect humanity from their evil counterparts, the Deviants. Cast includes Gemma Chan, Richard Madden, Angelina Jolie, Kit Harington and Salma Hayek.\

Paani Ch Madhaani

Indian Punjabi-language romantic comedy. In the 1980s, a group of Punjabi musicians go to London to make their mark.


Indian Hindi-language action film. The fourth instalment of director Rohit Shetty's Cop Universe stars Akshay Kumar.

Halloween Kills

Michael Myers escapes from Laurie Strode's trap to continue his ritual bloodbath. The Strode women and other survivors form a vigilante mob to end the reign of terror.

Ron's Gone Wrong

Computer-animated film in which a socially awkward schoolboy receives a walking, talking, digitally connected robot named Ron that's supposed to be his best friend. When Ron starts to malfunction, it draws the attention of a shady executive who wants to protect his company's stock price at any cost.

The Last Duel

The wife of a French knight is viciously assaulted; she accuses a much-admired nobleman; he denies the charge; she insists it is true. Trial by combat is arranged. Big-name cast includes Matt Damon, Adam Driver, Jodie Comer, Ben Affleck and Nathaniel Parker.


New Zealand film in which a self-destructive teenager (George Ferrier) comes home from boarding school to find his gin-soaked grandmother (Charlotte Rampling) has moved in. A battle of wills ensues. Written and directed by Matthew J. Saville.

Becoming Cousteau

National Geographic documentary on Jacques-Yves Cousteau, the French undersea explorer who brought the oceans into the living room.

No Time to Die

James Bond, having left active service with MI6, is recruited by the CIA to rescue a kidnapped scientist, which leads to a showdown with a powerful adversary.


The Garden of Evil

On December 5, 2001, New Zealand sailor Sir Peter Blake was shot dead on his boat on the Amazon River. Twenty years later, New Zealand director Larry Keating investigates whether someone ordered the killing of Blake and numerous other attacks on conservationists, including the near-fatal stabbing of Kiwi eco-warrior Pete Bethune.

Queen Bees

While her house undergoes repairs, a fiercely independent senior citizen moves into a nearby retirement community, where she meets lusty widows, cut-throat bridge tournaments and bullying “mean girls”.

The Rose Maker

A French comedy film about a once-successful rose grower (Catherine Frot) on the verge of bankruptcy. She hires three workers with no horticultural skills and must train them to help save her business. In French with English subtitles.

Women's Adventure Film Tour

Stories to uplift and inspire through their depiction of women taking part in extreme sports.