What’s On In April?

Between The Pages

4-5 April, 7pm
Mangere Arts Centre Cnr Orly Ave and Bader Dr, Mangere


The legendary South Auckland Poets Collective is coming into its 10th-year anniversary this year and to celebrate they are putting on a brand new kind of show. Witness six poets of SAPC evolve the standard spoken word poetry gig into the world of theatre. Directed by Grace Taylor (published author, artist and performer) and with an extraordinarily talented lineup, this is an evening not to be missed. For two nights only, tickets can be purchased from the Eventfinda website. 


Art and Donuts: Aroha Novak, Emily Hartley-Skudder, Hikalu Clarke

6 April, 11am-12pm
Gus Fisher Gallery The Kenneth Myers Centre, 74 Shortland St, Auckland


Hear from three artists about their newly commissioned artworks for We’re Not Too Big To Care (opening at Gus Fisher Gallery on the 5th of April at 5:30pm) while enjoying some complimentary donuts and coffee. With Aroha Novak (Ngāi te Rangi, Ngāti Kahungunu), Emily Hartley-Skudder, and Hikalu Clarke in conversation with Lisa Beauchamp, curator of contemporary art. donuts from Little and Friday and coffee courtesy of Kōkako Organic Coffee Roasters. 


RE:generate Fashion Market

7 April, 10am-1pm
500 South Titirangi Rd, Auckland


Introducing the RE:generate Fashion Market, for fashion-loving, eco-conscious people, this is a market that is conscious of the world that it lives in and has found a way of honouring that. The philosophy behind RE:generate is to reuse, recycle and re-love. The RE:generate Fashion Market is a place to buy and sell pre-loved men’s and women’s clothing and accessories. Don’t miss the first incarnation of this beautiful market set against the backdrop of Titirangi Village. 


Blue Velvet 35mm

11 April, 7.30pm
Hollywood Avondale 20 St Georges Rd, Avondale


Catch David Lynch’s cult classic, Blue Velvet in its original 35mm form at the Hollywood Cinema. Three decades after its initial release, Blue Velvet has lost none of its power to derange, terrify, and exhilarate. “Blue Velvet is about how America is an idea, a surface, an indistinct image. It’s about the simple ways we can corrupt that image for personal gain. It’s perhaps Lynch’s most trenchant and political film, a film that says we’re all evil in some aspect or another, a surreal-creepy-funny privilege to view.” This is an unmissable opportunity for all film buffs and those who want to experience something special. Tickets are on sale from the Hollywood’s website. 


One Family, One Year, One Bin

13 April
25 Ambler Ave, Glen Eden


Learn how the Archer family of six went from putting out two bags of landfill waste every week, to only putting out one bin of landfill waste for 2018. Enjoy a tour of their yard and be inspired to make some positive changes in your household. This is a free event. 


Mt Eden Village Craft Market

13 April, 10am-4pm
Mt Eden Village Centre 449 Mt Eden Rd, Auckland


This is a market filled with beautiful craft by local makers and designers. A great opportunity to support local artists and find loads of beautiful handmade treasures and tasty treats, perfect for yourself or to gift.


Auckland Pottery Workshops with Laurie Steer

13-14 April, 10am
Auckland Old Folks Association 8 Gundry St, Auckland


Whether you’re a total beginner or an experienced clay hound, this is a chance for you to get your hands dirty in a calm, supportive setting under the guidance of a master craftsman. This relaxed and playful workshop will focus on the making of hand-built teaware including tea bowls, cups and teapots. Aspiring potters will explore multiple techniques for creating their own unique tea-sets and broaden their understanding of clay as a dynamic natural material.


Broken into two easy-going parts, the morning session runs from 10am-12pm after which there will be a one-hour lunch break. Hungry potters can find something interesting to eat amongst K-road’s many iconic, culinary offerings, or bring a packed lunch for an urban picnic. The workshop resumes at 1pm and concludes at 3pm, with everyone completing their own original handmade tea-set or mysterious blob thing. To save your spot, please email mountpottery@gmail.com. Each day is a separate event.


Auckland Art Fair 2019 Opening Night

1 May, 5pm-9pm
The Cloud Queens Wharf, Auckland


The annual Auckland Art Fair is back for a fresh showcase at The Cloud. Be among the first to see and experience the Fair on Opening Night. Discover contemporary art from over 40 galleries, by more than 150 artists. Have the chance to meet and chat with artists, collectors and other art enthusiasts. Buying a ticket to the opening night also allows you access to the fair on all other days that it is open. The fair runs 2-5 May, with the opening night on 1 May. What a grand way to start the month of May. You can purchase tickets and find out further information from artfair.co.nz


An introduction to NUKU Indigenous Women Multimedia Series

4 May, 11am
Corban Estate Arts Centre 2 Mt Lebanon Lane, Henderson


NUKU is a multimedia series for and about kick-ass indigenous women made by Qiane Matata-Sipu. Featuring 100 change-makers, the series will profile each woman using a range of modern media like podcasts, photography and video. “In 2018, indigenous women are still one of the most underrepresented across a multitude of forums and sectors. Yet, the indigenous experience is critical to the future landscape of Aotearoa. It is critical to the global community. Wahine have the most important roles in our world today, we are the drivers of change. Indigenous women need a platform to cut through the privileged format. NUKU connects indigenous women through the universal language of shared experience, providing that much-needed platform to amplify the indigenous female voice and celebrate success.” Come along to this event and see a trailer for the first 10 profiles in the series, which will profile 100 indigenous women. 


Live Mindfully Retreat Weekend

4-5 May
Hunua’s Tree Heart Lodge Hunua, Auckland


This weekend retreat is a perfect way to unwind, be nourished and learn about mindfulness, nutrition and nature. Only 50 minutes from Auckland’s CBD in the Hunua Ranges, be surrounded by nature and welcomed by like-minded people whilst giving back to yourself. This retreat is being led by Ursula Griffen and assisted by Charlotte Ritchie, Emma Gibson and Buster Caitcheon. You will be guided through a variety of workshops including mindfulness, nature immersion, sustainable living and restorative yoga. You will be nourished with 100% plant-based meals cooked with love. Tickets and more information is available from the Eventbrite website.