Fairs, Divas & Meditation

Check out these fun events this week…

Spring Fair – Bethlehem College Chapman

Bethlehem College Chapman, 47 Biak St, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty

Friday 16 November 2018 4:00pm – 7:00pm

Come and do some Christmas shopping, play some games, grab a bit of dinner and relax with your family.

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Click here for more details…

 

Diamond Divas

Ponsonby Rd Lounge Bar, 1109 Tutanekai St, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty

Friday 16 November 2018 10:00pm and Saturday 17 November 2018 10:00pm

Tamati Coffey’s favourite entry from New Zealand’s Got Talent:

Amanda Stevenson & Vikki Lee Smith were two vibrant, intelligent solo vocal artists from New Zealand (Aotearoa) when by chance they happened to sing together at a concert, they enjoyed it so much that in 2010 they decided to form Diamond Divas and since then Mandy & Vikki haven’t looked back.

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Meditation Lab Open House

Yoga Rotorua, 274 Fenton St, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty

Sunday 18 November 2018 8:00am – 12:00pm

Meditation and mindfulness are proven ways to enhance happiness, self-connection, body awareness, emotional regulation, empathy, compassion, concentration, relaxation, healing, and insight.

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What to see, where to go this week

 

Albi & The Wolves “It Ain’t Easy” National Tour

Mamaku Memorial Hall, Mamaku Street, Mamaku, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty

Friday 9 November 2018 7:00pm – 11:00pm  Buy Tickets

Part of Albi & The Wolves Tour

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Armistice Centenary Commemorations

Government Gardens, Queens Drive, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty

Sunday 11 November 2018 10:30am – 3:00pm

Part of WW100: Remembering WW1 – 100 Years On

 

To mark the centenary of Armistice Day, Rotorua Lakes Council are holding a commemoration service and a special day of family activities in Government Gardens.

One hundred years ago, on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, the First World War finally came to an end with the signing of an Armistice between the Allied Powers and Germany.

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Brave Hearts – The New Zealand Cardiac Story

Rotorua Community House, 1115 Haupapa Street, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty

Tuesday 6 November 2018 – Monday 31 December 2018 … more

Check out the new interactive exhibition profiling pioneering Kiwi heart clinicians and their brave patients opening on 5 November 2018 in Jean Batten Square

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Click here to find out more

What’s on this week around the town

Check out whats happening around our town this week!

 

More FM’s HalloWin

Rotorua Library Te Aka Mauri, 1127 Haupapa Street, Rotorua, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty

Tuesday 30 October 2018 3:30pm – 5:00pm

Part of Halloween 2018

More FM’s HalloWin  is a completely free and safe alternative to Trick or Treating with the family this Halloween.

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At Jean Batten Square (outside Rotorua Library) for an afternoon of fun.

Tonnes of prizes:
– Cauldron’s filled with trick or treats
– Costume competition (yes, come dressed up!)
– Free Candy Bar
– Free activities for the kids

Thank you to Rotorua Lakes Council for providing the space, bean bags and umbrellas on the day!

 

Jazz Wednesdays with Ben Wilcock

Ponsonby Rd Lounge Bar, 1109 Tutanekai St, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty

Wednesday 24 October 2018 7:30pm

 

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Live at the Baby Grand. Every Wednesday

The Dr John of Aotearoa (AKA one of New Zealand’s finest session keys players, Ben Wilcock) will do his honky tonk thang so you can finish off the working week in style.

In 2003 he was the pianist in Indian Ink’s The Pickle King, which toured New Zealand and Singapore, and eventually went on to win a Fringe First at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He spent the next five years performing in the UK as a resident pianist in jazz clubs and hotels in London, gigging with Latin bands, blues bands, recording for BBC Radio 4 and then moving back to New Zealand in 2008, where he now teaches at the NZ School of Music.

Since re-settling in New Zealand Ben has performed with many of New Zealand’s finest artists including Bella Kalolo, Hollie Smith, Aaradnha, Rodger Fox, Colin Hemmingsen, The Royal NZ Airforce Central Jazz Band, John Rae, Tim Hopkins, Reuben Bradley and many more.

He has also played and workshopped with top international jazz acts visiting New Zealand such as Bennie Maupin. Ben has performed at festivals such as Glastonbury, City of London, Origins (London), AWME, Tauranga Jazz Festival, G Taranaki, New Zealand Festival, Sounds Aotearoa, Taranaki and Nelson Arts Festivals.

 

Operatunity Presents: Divas & Divos

Rotorua Baptist Church, 100 Malfroy Road, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty

Tuesday 30 October 2018 11:00am – 1:00pm

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In a concert with a similar format to our acclaimed Mario Lanza show in 2016, we look into the lives and music of many of the world’s greatest singers of all time including Joan Sutherland, Maria Callas, Pavarotti, Caruso and Mario Lanza.

Using multimedia, anecdotes, real life stories and the arias and ensembles that made these singers famous we delve into their lives and see what made them some of the greatest singers of the 20th century.

Our talented three tenors join forces with sopranos Susan Boland and Amanda Atlas, accompanied by New Zealand Opera’s chief accompanist David Kelly, as we feature many of the signature classics, both famous opera and well-known ballads that these artists were famous for.

Some of New Zealand’s finest artists singing some of the most famous opera of all time!

Call the office toll free on 0508 266 237 to book today! Or visit our website http://www.operatunity.co.nz
All tickets include lunch after the show.

2TOA Aotearoa

Energy Events Centre, Queens Dr, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty

Friday 2 November 2018 3:00pm and Saturday 3 November 2018 7:00am

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2TOA Aotearoa is New Zealand’s first same gender pairs CrossFit competition to be held in the central North Island, attracting athletes from all four corners of Aotearoa – New Zealand.

The name 2TOA, translates to ‘two-person strength’, fitting well in what tests not only your strength but your partner’s strength and ability to work well in a team.

Day one will be held at Lake Tikitapu (Blue Lake), where athletes are to expect an afternoon full of metabolic conditioning – testing their lung capabilities. Day two goes down at the Rotorua Energy Events Centre, testing gymnastic movements, weightlifting and all things CrossFit!

There are six divisions, which will showcase athletes with all levels of experience. From Teens as young as 14, Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, RX and Masters athletes – there is something for everyone!

Who will be crowned 2TOA Aotearoa fittest in New Zealand? Come on down and check it out!

 

Friends of The Rotorua Library Book Sale

Kuirau Park, Corner of Ranolf St & Lake Rd, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty

Saturday 3 November 2018 9:00am – 1:00pm 

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Find bargains and treasures amongst the hundreds of books at the Friends of the Rotorua Library Book Sale.

The Book Sale is held on the 1st & 3rd Saturday of every month at the old Tea Kiosk at Kuirau Park.

All funds raised go towards projects supported by the Friends of the Library for additional library services and resources.

More events happening this week check out the link.

https://www.eventfinda.co.nz/whatson/events/rotorua/date/day/29/to-month/11/to-day/4

Whats happening this week around our neck of the woods.

With the weather getting so much nicer now, there are more outdoor events happening around the community. It’s great for the soul to get out and socialize with friends and just enjoy the atmosphere around you.

Every week we will keep you updated in what is happening in your neck of the woods. We will start off with this week.

Pedal Powered Scavenger Hunt – Rotorua Bike Festival

Sport Bay of Plenty, 1189 Amohia St, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty

Tuesday 23 October 2018 – Sunday 28 October 2018 8:00am – 8:00pm

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Get the whole family involved in this fun interactive scavenger hunt using the goosechase app during this years Rotorua Bike Festival.

Find clues, discover hidden QR codes, track down our bike fest graffiti artist and snap photo evidence all whilst exploring Rotorua’s extensive Cyway network as part of Sport Bay of Plenty’s pedal powered scavenger hunt. Head to the website to get the full instructions on how to play and start exploring, plus go in the draw to win rad prizes.

Rock of Ages

Casa Blanca Theatre, 122 Riri Street, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty

Wednesday 24 October 2018 – Saturday 27 October 2018 8:00pm – 10:00pm

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Awesome Musical taking you back to the rocking 80’s, sporting big guitar solos and even bigger hair!

Featuring the hits of bands incl Bon Jovi, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister and others.

Amazing Race Rotorua

Rotorua Youth Centre, 6 Te Ngae Rd, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty

Saturday 27 October 2018 9:00am – 4:00pm

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Race information.

– Each team must register to secure your entry as there are limited numbers. Registrations close Wednesday 24 October.

– Teams must have a minimum of four people but no more than five and each team must have at least two youth (15+) and two females.

– Teams must have a mobile phone for emergency situations.

– Each team member must wear running shoes, bring snacks for the race and a water bottle.

Time: Check-in time is 9.00am at the Rotorua Youth Centre

– Prize giving: 3.00pm with live entertainment, free food for participants with over $2000 in cash and prizes.

 

Hell-O-Wheels Roller Derby Spooktacular

Southern Trust Sportsdrome, Queens Drive, Government Gardens, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty

Saturday 27 October 2018 6:00pm – 8:45pm

Part of Halloween 2018

 

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Tricks and Treats!

The Sulphur City Steam Rollers and Wildside Promotions present SCSR’s annual Halloween Skate Spooktacular… Hell-O-wheels! A fun themed event for the whole family!

Doors open: 6:00pm
Game start: 6:45pm
Est. End time: 8:45pm

Phone: 09-970 9700
Or from the Energy Event Centre Box Office

Prices:
$15 adult
$7 child (13 yrs and under)
$40 family (2 adults and 2 kids)
3yrs and under enter free
*Ticketmaster booking fees apply

The Sulphur City Steam Rollers are fielding a mixed-level team and will be coming up against Team Crazy Legs Aotearoa, an invitational team of players from all areas of New Zealand who skate out for invisible (mental and chronic) illness.

Our goal for this event, is not only to raise funds for our local league but also to give back to the wider New Zealand roller derby community. We plan to raise enough funds to cover the costs of seven representatives from roller derby leagues around the country, to attend the new St John Mental Health First Aid Course.

This, in the hopes of better equipping our sport, in times when members are going through crisis. This is very important to us.

Prizes will be given to the Best Dressed Adult and Child Halloween Costumes, as well as those with the Best Supporter’s Sign for their favourite team or skater.

Free face painting
Trick or Treat Lolly Scramble
Merchandise and food and drink for sale

In most of the Sulphur City Steam Rollers’ events to-date, tickets have sold out up to a week prior to the event. So the organisers recommend that you purchase your tickets well in advance. We’re not even kidding!

In the game of roller derby, which is full contact and has been likened to ‘rugby on skates’, players skate around an oval track in a pack made up of eight skaters, four from each team, who hold the position of blockers.

Blockers must remain within a certain distance from each other at all times. Also on the track are jammers, one from each team who are the point scorers. It is the jammers’ role to attempt to ‘break’ through the pack and score points for each opposition player they pass.

Following an extensive rule set, modern roller derby also includes a large group of officials who keep the players in line and track game statistics. There are up to seven referees required during a game, each with individual responsibilities. Up to 14 Non-skating Officials are also required, and generally include newer skaters, or in Steam Roller terminology, Groupies.

 

To see more on what’s happening around our community check out this link

https://www.eventfinda.co.nz/whatson/events/rotorua/date/to-day/28

Staff Profile

Meet Wai

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Wai is  our Spa Therapist, if you want a bit of relaxation and tranquility with a massage or facial, she is the girl to see. Wai is very good at what she does & beauty is her passion. In her spare time, Wai likes to read a book and have a glass of wine by the lake, Walking her dog at the lake front and spending time with her family. She also loves travelling on the weekends.

If you are wanting a bit of TLC come and see Wai

Staff Profile

Meet Patrick

Patrick is our General Manager and is on most days at the hotel so you will see his friendly face at the front reception or around the grounds.

Patrick enjoys meeting new people, loves seeing the smiles on our guest’s faces when they enjoy our hotel and service.

Patrick loves the outdoors in his spear time. He enjoys Mountain Biking, Hiking, Jogging in the redwoods & Swimming in the Lake in the summer months.

As well as the rest of the team, Patrick works hard to give you the best possible stay and service at Black Swan Lakeside Boutique Hotel

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Be Organised!Don’t get stuck in the wrong place!

If you are a frequent traveller around there are the specific things you need to watch out for around your NZ travels, or any country in fact.

There is nothing worse than getting stuck somewhere because there has been a hill slip on your way to your next destination and you have been driving around for 5 hours to wait for the road to open……and then have to find late night accommodation. true story….

Be informed on your New Zealand travels so you DON’T get stuck

https://www.journeys.nzta.govt.nz/