Event Guide

Whangarei Event Guide - Oct 30th-Nov 5th


Thurs Nov 2nd Big Daddy Wilson 8-10.30pm at the Butter Factory (R18 – $30)

“In 2015 we were lucky enough to have the deep southern blues of Big Daddy Wilson at Butters while he toured New Zealand. It’s an experience like no other – which is how he felt about our country so this year he is back with the Big Daddy Wilson Band”.

Take a Cadillac ride through the Southern States and you’ll hear a thousand flavours of music… “It’s a mixture of all the spices and good stuff,” says the award-winning US bluesman Big Daddy Wilson.

An unmistakable voice that soon won praise from the iconic Eric Bibb: “As soon as you hear Big Daddy Wilson’s voice, whether speaking or singing, you hear his southern country roots. It’s a voice baptised in the river of African-American song, a voice with the power to heal.”

Fri Nov 3rd Phil Barlow from 7pm at the Butter Factory (free entry).

Sharing the simple power of truth from his experiences in this world, Phil Barlow’s solo music emanates an indie, roots, soul and blues vibe, with lyrics straight from the heart encouraging you to open up and connect with yourself and other people.

Sat Nov 4th Albi & The Wolves with Looking For Alaska 9-midnight at the Butter Factory (koha door sales)

Albi & The Wolves is comprised of Chris Dent (Albi), Pascal Roggen and Micheal Young who play ascoustic guitar, electric violin and double bass respecitvely. Their performances are dynamic and their style is possibly the most soulful folk made in New Zealand. Each performance, be it a foot stomping bar or a theatre, is laced with humour that translates from the banter to the music itself. Each show is different and interactive.

Like two weary vagabonds hitch-hiking along the open road with nothing but a guitar and a suitcase of songs and wayward memories, pop-folk duo Looking For Alaska are ready to set the music scene alight. Duel vocalists Amy and Aaron come together beautifully atop of a slick four piece band including acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass and the drums.

Whangarei Sing!! Community Choir on Mondays at ONEONESIX (116a Bank St) weekly from 6-7.30pm – everyone welcome, no singing experience necessary – koha entry.

Every Tuesday – trad night at McMorriseys from 8pm (free)

Every Wednesday 7-8.30pm Whangarei Intermediate School: “A Choired Taste” Community Choir – no auditions, learn by ear – world gospel, trad, folk Taize, pop etc. Come along and enjoy singing for fun. Contact Brigid 021 022 54422 for more details




Here And There – Translating The Landscape 

A group show featuring both emerging and established artists predominantly from the Whangarei region. The opening night is your opportunity to mix and mingle, meet the artists and secure any works you may wish to purchase.

Until Dec 2nd

The Megan Dickinson Gallery exhibits high quality contemporary fine art by established and emerging artists in both solo and group shows. They are a brand spanking new gallery in Whangarei with a strong focus on representing Northland artists, whilst passionately promoting art in the north.

Opening hours: Wed-Fri 10am-4pm


South West Captivates North East – an exhibition of photographs by Monique Hartley.

Opening Wednesday October 25th from 4.30-6pm, all welcome

Open Wed-Fri 12-4pm/Sat 10am-1pm



DRAW  a collection of drawing and collaborative community projects – various artists

Opening Tuesday Sept 26th from 3.30-5.30pm

Until Thurs 26th Oct


HANGAR GALLERY – now at 14 Cross St behind New World



Significant Others – Jill Sorenson

Significant Others is an installation that draws in equal measure from the gender-neutral term for one’s partner and from Donna Haraway’s 2003 publication The Companion Species Manifesto: Dogs, people and significant Otherness.
While the term ‘significant other’ smacks of overt political correctness, it is interesting in that it acknowledges not only that the gender of a person’s partner need not be specified, but also that a person’s primary intimate relationship may not be sexual in nature. It allows space for intimacy that is separate from sexuality and the strongly enforced normal of ‘romantic love’.

Until November 26th

A Study of a Samoan Savage – Yuki KiharaThe new series, A Study of a Samoan Savage, is comprised of two broad themes – the histories of motion photography and anthropometry – explored together.
Presented in film noir cinematographic spirit, this powerful, allegorical series features a mythical character (Maui), a Polynesian demi-god performing a variety of movements, documented as ‘motion-photography.’
These movements explicitly reference rugby and the furore in April 2012 surrounding Pat Lam and the Blues rugby team, historical representations of Samoan men, Samoan cultural dances and the study of human movement through photography seen in the pioneering works of Muybridge and Marey.

Until November 26th


Permanent collection on display – see Reyburn House website for more details


LOOKING FOR AMERICA – theatre at ONEONESIX on Fri Nov 3rd ($20 door sales)

In the middle of the Arizonan desert, Indigo embarks on a 47 hour long Greyhound bus ride. Indigo is running away from a boy. Join Indigo as she recreates this two-day bus journey in the Time Out Bookstore, where the audience will serve as travelling companions moving between worlds real and imagined.

Indigo brings to life a host of characters, underscored by live music.

Surreal, playful, and moving, Looking For America will have you on the edge of your bus seat – until the driver tells you to get the hell off.

ZIRKA CIRCUS is at William Fraser Memorial Park (various prices) until November 5th. See link for more ticket information.

Zirka Circus is proud to bring you its 5th tour of New Zealand, our new show “Send in the Clowns” and it’s more spectacular than ever!

Zirka Circus has successfully been entertaining families in NZ for more than nine years and this all new show takes it to whole new level of entertainment. Performing Arts, Theatre and Show Time all wrapped up in a World class performance embarking on its World Tour.

Whether you like action packed daredevil acts or beautiful, balletic and poetic acts, there is something for everyone in this new show.

See 20 plus top world class performers showcase death-defying acrobatics and amazing illusions, with more than a little light relief courtesy of the hilarious clowns.

Zirka Circus remains a family friendly and animal-free circus, so you can enjoy the action and keep your social conscience completely intact.


Whangarei Film Society – showing great films most Thursdays at Forum North

Thurs Nov 2nd 6pm A Date For Mad Mary

Thurs Nov 2nd 8pm My Cousin Rachel

Markets, Festivals & Other Events

Artisans Fair Market Sat 9am-1.30pm on the canopy bridge

Here to encourage and support creativity in Northland’s thriving & hugely talented arts, craft & gourmet food community. The market runs every Saturday from Labour Weekend through to the end of January and then fortnightly until Easter Weekend.

For information about attending as stallholders contact:
Email – Jodie@multiskill.co.nz or Phone – 09 438 6199 or 021 923 077.

Tikipunga Market every Sunday from 7am at Tikipunga Tavern – new and secondhand stalls, food and more

Weekly Classes


At 116a Bank St – the old church


6-7.30pm Whangarei Sing!! With Zoe Booty – no experience needed, just come along and join in (koha entry)


4-6pm – Young Circus Jam – Koha Entry
Contact: Abbe txt: 0212375176 /  clark.abbe@gmail.com

7.45pm Kendo Club – see ONEONESIX calendar for more details


3:30-5.30pm Creative Movement Therapy: one-on-one with Jan McConnell, get in touch for more details

4-5.15pm Teenage Yoga with Helen (click link for more details)

Contact Helen to book your space or if you have any questions, or just turn up!
Phone: 09 9717 995
Mobile: 021 0261 7168
Email – helenkerrisonyoga@gmail.com


7.45pm Kendo Club – see ONEONESIX calendar for more details