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Friday 6th March 2015 to Sunday 7th June 2015 - Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition, Tauranga Art Gallery

Stunning images will be unveiled as the 50th Wildlife Photographer of the Year arrives at Tauranga Art Gallery in March, 2015. The world-renowned exhibition, on loan from the Natural History Museum in London, features 100 awe-inspiring images, from fascinating animal behaviour to breath-taking wild landscapes. Launching in 1965 and attracting 361 entries, today the competition receives almost 42,000 entries from 96 countries highlighting its enduring appeal. In 2015 100 award-winning images will embark on an international tour that allows them to be seen by millions of people across six continents. The Gallery is the exhibition's only New Zealand venue. 

We'd also love to see you and your family down at the Gallery on Saturday 28 March for our Family Fun Day: Wild Thing! Bring the creative creatures in your family to this Wild Thing themed day. This event runs in conjunction with Wildlife Photographer of the Year and Ewan McDougall: Fun and Fury. Come dressed as your favourite  wild thing and have your face painted to match when you get here! Prizes for the best dressed animals. The day includes: face painting, Wild Thing Art Hunt, story telling and Kids Art Studios*. All activities except the Kids Art Studios with Emma Prill are covered by the entry cost of $5 per family.

Wednesday 1st April 2015 to Monday 27th April 2015 - Parent to Parent Coastal BOP and Turning Point Trust: Diversus Exhibition, Creative Tauranga 

This exhibition captures the success of the group and encourages healthy discussion on how to break down some of the associated stigma around both mental health and the disability sector while fostering an understanding, respectful and supportive environment for real inclusion in our community.

The group will also have workshops in the gallery on the 9, 16 and 23 April. 

Tuesday 14th April 2015 to Sunday 10th May 2015 - Laurence Aberhart: ANZAC Photographic Exhibition 

The photographic exhibition Laurence Aberhart: ANZAC can be seen until Sunday, May 10, with photographs that show a unique insight into the memorialisation of war. Aberhart is regarded as one of this country’s most important photographers and his work has been exhibited widely throughout New Zealand and internationally. He has been photographing World War One memorials in Australia and New Zealand and, like all his work, the photos have been shot with an old-fashioned view camera using long exposures and available light. 

Thursday 16th April 2015 - Joel Fafard plays the Blues, Tauranga Art Gallery 

Doors open 7pm, show starts at 7:30pm. The Gallery's Events team is pulling out all the stops by bringing renowned blues singer and award winning finger-style and slide guitarist Joel Fafard from Canada to town. Joel will be at the Gallery on Thursday, singing in his sexy, sandpapered-sounding vocal style and telling hilarious stories between songs.

He will be joined by Tauranga’s Mike Garner, a well-known blues singer and songwriter who has performed at festivals here in New Zealand as well as touring Australia, UK, Europe, Japan, Nepal and the Pacific.

Joel performs Southern roots and blues classics with the soul of a purist and the showmanship of a seasoned entertainer. When he lets rip a solo on his resonator guitar, it’s easy to hear how Joel once earned both a Juno nomination and a Western Canadian Music Award for his skills on the axe. Tickets are $25 general admission/$20 Friends of the Gallery.

Sunday 19th April 2015 - Gypsy, Baycourt 

2:30pm. In April 2015 Bay of Plenty Symphonia will perform ‘Gypsy!” in the Baycourt, Tauranga. This will be a very entertaining orchestral concert with a gypsy theme, featuring a variety of musical favourites and a few less well known pieces. The Symphonia, conducted by Music Director Justus Rozemond, will be joined by two great soloists: popular local soprano Anna Hawkins and talented young violinist Brigitte Balzat. Buy tickets at www.ticketek.co.nz

Sunday 19th April 2015 - Behind The Gates: The Tauranga Domain Memorial Gates Story, Tauranga Art Gallery

Fiona Kean from the Tauranga Heritage Collection will be at the Gallery on Sunday, April 19 at 1.30pm. She will talk about the construction of the Tauranga Domain Memorial Gates and reveal the stories of the soldiers who appear – and don’t appear – on its columns.

Sunday 19th April 2015 - Floral Art Demonstration - make a wreath from real foliage, Tauranga Art Gallery

Natalie Meredith and Ruth Wilson from the Tauranga Floral Art Group will be at the Tauranga Art Gallery on Sunday, April 19 at 2.30pm to demonstrate how to construct a commemorative wreath from real foliage.

Wednesday 22nd and Thursday 23rd April 2015 - Drop-in Sessions: Poppy Making, Tauranga Art Gallery

Get creative and join the Gallery’s poppy making drop-in sessions. Since 1922 the poppy has been worn as a symbol of remembrance for New Zealand and Australian soldiers who lost their lives at war. Come and make your own poppy from soft materials with our gallery educators 
 on Wednesday, 22, and Thursday 23 April between 3.00 and 4.30pm. Participation is by koha, and all proceeds go to the to Tauranga RSA. 

Saturday 25th April 2015 - Great ANZAC Day Brunch, Tauranga Domain 

Tauranga City Council will host The Great Anzac Day Brunch following the combined Anzac Day civic memorial service at Tauranga Domain on Saturday, 25 April 2015. For more information all of the cities ANZAC events please click here.

Saturday 25th April 2015 - Sonic Delusion, BREW Craft Beer Pub

4pm. From delicate heartfelt textures and tones to wide open foot-stomping atmospheric joy, his music is an upbeat concoction of folk, pop, funk and Latin, blended and layered with expertise on his well-worn loop pedal. As bass line, percussion, vocals and guitar are fused together the illusion is complete: you see a man, you hear a band.

Saturday 25th April 2015 - ANZAC Civic Memorial Service, Tauranga Domain

9:45am. This year is the 100th anniversary of Gallipoli and to honour those people who sacrificed their lives on the battlefield there is a memorial service at Tauranga Domain, where you can pay your respects to our fallen heroes. Lest we forget. For all of the information on this event please visit www.tauranga.govt.nz or call 07 577 7000

Sunday 26th April 2015 - The Wedding Affaire, Trinity Wharf 

NZ Wedding and Events Directory bring you this years Bridal Expo for all you brides to be. There will be the normal stalls as well as a Bridal Fashion Show in conjunction with Bridal Solutions, Corina Snow and Vanilla Bridal. Finishing with a Bridal auction where the exhibitors donate something for the auction and all proceeds go to the chosen charities which this year are Plunket and Waipuna. Hospice.

Monday 27th April 2015 - Paper Wreath Workshops with Emma Prill, Tauranga Art Gallery 

Another opportunity to create something special around ANZAC Day is to join the Paper Wreath Workshops with Emma Prill, in memory of the soldiers who lost their lives in battle. The workshop for adults (15 years and over) will be held on Sunday, April 26 between 10.30 – 2.30am and participants are asked to bring lunch.  

Children can join Emma on Monday, April 27 between 10.00 and noon for 5 to 7-year-olds and between 1.00 and 3.00pm for 8 to 14-year-olds. Sessions cost $15 per child, or $40 for adults. Bookings at the Tauranga Art Gallery or call 578 7933.

Thursday 7th, Friday 8th & Saturday 9th May 2015 - Oliver!, Baycourt

Thurs 7:30pm to 9pm, Fri 7:30pm to 9:30pm and Sat 1:30pm to 3:30pm & 7:30pm to 9:30pm. The well-known story of orphan Oliver Twist is presented by Aquinas College. The cast of more than 70 will bring the much loved characters to the stage. Based on the Revised 2003 London production, this production includes the memorable toe-tapping, timeless songs like “As Long as He Needs Me”, “Food, Glorious Food”, and “Where is Love”, Oliver! Is a musical classic. Purchase tickets from www.ticketek.co.nz

Thursday 14th May 2015 - A Splendid Evening with Allyson Gofton, The Tauranga Club

6pm to 7:30pm. Creative Tauranga, Charitable Trust and A Splendid Afternoon invite you to an evening with renound cook book author Allyson Gofton. Proceeds from this event will support an annual Creative Tauranga Writer's Scholarship. Tickets cost $40 and are available from Creative Tauranga & online at www.eventfinda.co.nz. A cash bar is available on the night & you can help yourself a splendid selection of treats. Dont miss out on this great evening and contribute to a great cause. 

Saturday 16th May 2015 - 2 Degrees Comedy Convoy, Baycourt

8pm. Steve Wrigley (7 Days) is back from the US, to host the 2degrees Comedy Convoy, as it tours to Tauranga with a hilarious line-up of top comedians in the 2015 NZ International Comedy Festival in cahoots with Old Mout Cider, from across the world and right here in the pearl of the Pacific. Showing our international guests the sights will be Rose Matafeo (Jono and Ben at Ten), and last years Billy T Award Winner Guy Montgomery (Best Bits). Joining the locals to entertain you in your hometown is Irish-American Des Bishop, who The Scotsman describes as “funny & erudite” and Nish Kumar from the UK, who Chortle.co.uk sums up as a “combination of book smarts, righteous passion and sardonic wit, Nish Kumar is the Asian answer to John Oliver”. Tickets available from www.ticketek.co.nz

Wednesday 20th May 2015 - Foster & Allen, Baycourt 

7pm to 9:30pm. Legendary Irish folk music duo, Foster and Allen are number one stars across the globe, scoring 30 new-release charting albums over a 30-year career, the only act in the world to do so.They have amassed record sales in excess of 20 million, due to their loyal fan-base, spanning their native Ireland, the UK, Canada, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. Foster & Allen's style and easy listening sound remains as fresh and exciting as ever. Join them on their 2015 New Zealand tour. Purchase tickets from www.ticketek.co.nz

Saturday 23rd May 2015 - Sleeping Beauty, Baycourt

7:30pm to 10pm. Moscow ballet La Classique return down-under with their Spectacular masterpiece Sleeping Beauty ballet's most loved fairytale.

Sunday 24th May 2015 - The Pink Floyd Experience, Baycourt

8pm to 10:45pm.To commemorate the 40th Anniversary of Wish You Were Here, The Pink Floyd Experience will be performing the album in its entirety. This concert will be a real treat for any Pink Floyd fans!

Tuesday 26th May 2015 - Meeting Karpovsky, Baycourt 

7:30pm to 8:50pm. Years ago, Sylvia traveled the world and its greatest ballet theatres. Now she lives alone in her house filled with photographs of her favourite dancer and her daughter's unwanted possessions. Then one day the great dancer Alexander Karpovsky turns up mysteriously in her lonely room and breaks through her brittle cocoon to teach the stumbling Sylvia to dance...and to live. Helen Moulder and Sir Jon Trimmer reprise their extraordinary production of Meeting Karpovsky, winner of The Listener’s Best Play and Chapman Tripp Actress of the Year awards. Tickets available at www.ticketek.co.nz

Thursday 4th June to Saturday 6th June 2015 - Kiss The Fish, Baycourt

Back from a hugely successful tour of the USA, and ready to launch into Singapore next year, Kiss The Fish returns by popular demand to the New Zealand circuit. A favourite with the company for many years,  Indian Ink is delighted to be returning to Tauranga, playing at The Baycourt Theatre, 4th – 6th June. Show starts at 7:30pm and tickets are available at www.ticketek.co.nz

Saturday 5th September 2015- Fink About It - The Laughing Samoans, Baycourt

8pm to 9:40pm. Don’t miss the latest offering from one of New Zealand’s most successful live comedy acts.

Thursday 24th September 2015- Take Back the Night - The Waterfront, The Strand 

6:30pm to 7:30pm. Take Back the Night is about standing up and taking action for a safer community. The aim is to raise awareness of the violence faced by people in our city, especially girls and women, and to stand together as a community and say, "Violence is not ok!" With guest speakers and music, we invite everyone to light up the night with torches, candles and glowsticks, and shout out about our desire for safe spaces to live, work and play.