Awards Ceremony: Hāwera Community Centre, Albion Street, Hāwera 7.00pm Wednesday 28 October 2020 Free Entry
Arts Fest South Taranaki is launched this year by the iconic Ronald Hugh Morrieson Literary Awards, honouring the work of Morrieson (1922–1972), a novelist and short story writer in Hawera, South Taranaki. Morrieson wrote four novels: coming of age tale The Scarecrow (1963), Came A Hot Friday (1964), Predicament (published in 1975) and his only contemporary novel Pallet on the Floor (1976), which may have been unfinished upon his death. All have been adapted for the cinema, the only New Zealand writer to have acquired this achievement. Two short stories were published posthumously, in 1974; Cross My Heart And Cut My Throat and The Chimney. According to New Zealand Film 1912 -1996, Morrison's novels contain his "trademark preoccupations....of sex, death, mate ship, voyeurism, violence, booze and mayhem in bleak small town New Zealand - along with his irreverent black humour". 2020 judges are Whiti Hereaka for Short Story entries and Glenn Colquhoun for the Poetry category. Enjoy refreshments and light supper following the ceremony and readings.
Everybody's Theatre, Tasman St, Ōpunakē 7.30 pm Thursday 5 November 2020 80 mins, plus interval Tickets: $25 (service fees apply)
Enjoy a live theatre show from the RESET 2020 festival, hosted by Ōpunakē's community run, restored historic movie theatre. CRINGE WORTHY! takes us back to NZ in the 1970s when the ‘cultural cringe’ was in full swing! A groovy, tubular, dynamite extravaganza that is equal parts nostalgic, humiliating, and hilarious! Remember the days when Mark Williams, Bunny Walters, Craig Scott, The Fourmyula, Creation, and Blerta sashayed into our living rooms performing original songs and covers of overseas hits? If you answered yes, then you must see CRINGE WORTHY! Brought to you by the creators of NZ's favourite girl group, The Beatgirls, its a smorgasbord of contagious songs served up with a side of bell-bottoms and a huge dollop of cheesy comedy.
Visit website to buy tickets online or book via Aretha Lemon - Phone 027 383 7926 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Taranaki National Art Awards 2020
Taranaki National Art Awards Ceremony Sandfords Events Centre, 156 Tasman Street, Ōpunakē 7.00pm Friday 30 October 2020 Tickets: $15 on the door
Come along and celebrate the opening night of this annual iconic event. Over 300 artworks are displayed with $10,000 in prizes over seven sections to be won. Hear the judges announce the winners at 8.00pm. Local musicians and performers, drinks and a light supper will keep you entertained while viewing the diverse artworks. The TNAA exhibition is also open throughout Arts Fest South Taranaki, 10.00am - 4.00pm daily.
South Taranaki Creative Space 41 Princes Street, Hāwera Saturday 7 November 2020 10.00am – 3.00pm Gold coin donation welcome
All welcome to a fun Open Day to meet the people behind our local Creative Space and explore how you would like to be a part of it. Create your own unique feather print to take home. Family friendly, for all ages and abilities. The South Taranaki Creative Space is a not-for-profit community-focused creative hub, providing a welcoming space for people to meet, interact, learn new creative skills and network with other creative people. Tutors run children’s and adult art classes and school holiday programs. The Creative Space is also available to host creative workshops. Facebook
A Visit Through the PĀst
Puketarata Garden 14 Ngawhini Road, Hāwera Sunday 1 November, Wednesday 4 November & Sunday 8 November 2020 11.00am each day Free event, $10 garden entry applies
Puketarata Garden lies just inside an outer rampart of the historic Puketarata pā site, one of a number in the valley region. Around the 15th or 16th centuries, the age of pā building began, and for four or five hundred years Puketarata was home to Māori who lived and gardened at the pā site or its adjacent kainga (village) Keteonetea. Enjoy the garden, a walk along the pā site and a conversation about Puketarata’s place in history with owner and amateur historian Ken Horner.
Hāwera Repertory Society 59 Collins Street, Hāwera 30 October - 7 November 2020
Written by Tazmina Reza, adapted by Christoper Hampton and directed by Clive Cullen. Winner of the 2009 Tony Award for Best Play, God of Carnage relates an evening in the lives of two couples, residents of a Brooklyn neighborhood, who meet to discuss a playground incident between their children. The four of them agree to discuss the incident civilly, but, as the night wears on and drinks are imbibed, the polite veneer breaks down. The couples initially spar against each other, but the men gang up on the women and the spouses switch sides as the fighting continues. Reza’s play suggests that our civilized trappings do a poor job of hiding our venality and bile.
Tickets: $28.00 - Limited sales Book online here or at South Taranaki i-SITE 06 278 8599.
Ōpunakē Market Day
SH3, Tasman Street,Ōpunakē Saturday 31 October 2020 9.30am - 1.00pm
Enjoy arts and crafts stalls at this popular Market Day. The Ōpunake community comes together in Spring to raise funds for local groups, clubs, sports teams and schools.
King Edward Park Camberwell Road, Hāwera Sunday 1 November 2020 11.00 am - 1.00 pm Free event
The Friends of Hāwera Parks welcome visitors to Hāwera for this special performance by the Hāwera Brass Band Ensemble and throughout the Taranaki Garden Festivals. Find out more about the Park’s history, unique features and special plantings. The park features several significant items of memorabilia; historic wrought iron gates, a marble statue of pioneering farmer Arthur Fantham and a bronze statue of Wendy, the companion piece to the Peter Pan in London’s Kensington garden. A purpose built model boating lake hosts an annual little ships regatta and the former tea kiosk and band rotunda is now Hāwera’s observatory.