It’s winter, but let’s not be hermits! Here are my events recommendations for the week starting Monday, July 5th:

Matariki at Hastings District Libraries 

From July 2nd to 15th there is a varied Matariki event schedule across all three libraries (Flaxmere, Hastings and Havelock North). Storytelling, waiata, makespaces and art sessions, baking and even the chance to make Matariki kites. Check out the details here.

The 3rd installment of The Small Hall Sessions

If you attended any of the Delaney Davidson & Barry Saunders shows in May or the Reb Fountain & Dave Khan gigs in June, you’ve probably already booked your choice of the small halls that make up the Darren Watson tour. Blues maestro Darren plays Tikokino, Sherenden, Otane, Waimarama and Te Awanga across Wednesday, July 7th to Sunday, July 11th.  If you haven’t got tickets yet, move quickly!

How amazingly warm and special have these shows been so far?! Brought to the region by Jamie Macphail, they’re a total winter highlight. You’ll find all the details here.

Smooth, Salty Jazz

On Friday, July 9th, The Wil Sargisson Quartet (internationally renowned jazz pianist fabulously accompanied by singer Margot Pierard, Caleb Robinson on bass and Tom Pierard on drums) play the Blyth Performing Arts Centre at Iona College. Hosted by the Iona Old Girls Association, the show will feature a selection of jazz, blues and soul covers from Nina Simone, Etta James, Donny Hathaway and many more. Tickets here.

More French Films

There’s been so much fun, humour, insight and utter joy at the French Film Festival Aotearoa this year. It’s in its last couple of days at Event Cinemas, Havelock North. Finishes up on July 7th. Details here.


There is something about theatre in the winter. The Theatre HB production of the Stephen Sondheim musical is on until July 10. Check out our article by Kay Bazzard here for the background.

See you out there. And keep an eye on our full Events Calendar here.

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