June 2019

Driving Creek Pottery Workshops

Saturday 1st June - Sunday 2nd June 2019

Driving Creek Railway and Potteries


Driving Creek Railway and Potteries in partnership with Ceramics NZ are running a series of one-day pottery workshops celebrating the hand-built techniques and approach of the incredible Barry Brickell.

This small, intimate and relaxed workshop will focus on unravelling the hand-building sculptural techniques of Barry Brickell (with a close up look at some of his most iconic works held by the Driving Creek Railway, Arts and Conservation Trust Collection).

Whether you’re a total beginner or an experienced maker this is your opportunity to get a deeper understanding of how local clay, engineering and the environment influenced Barry’s amazing pottery and art.

You’ll get your hands dirty in Barry’s historic studios and take a ride on his famous train on this busy and deeply tactile experience. Participants will explore the clay pits, traditional machinery, kilns, wildlife sanctuary and heritage buildings that make up the historic Driving Creek Railway & Potteries with tutor and guide Laurie Steer.

Broken into two easy going parts, the morning session starts at 8.45am for a train ride, then runs till 12 noon with pottery tuition and a guided walking tour, after which there will be a one hour lunch break. Hungry potters will be provided with a vegetarian lunch from the wonderful Wharf Road café (dietary options available). The workshop resumes at 1pm and finishes at 3pm. All participants will create their own unique works from local wild clay, which will be raw fired onsite and return posted.

This inspiring and educational day out will cost you $165 and includes a train ride, tuition by Laurie Steer, all materials, tea/coffee/biscuits and lunch. Book your place at this inspirational ceramic experience and learn more about the amazing life and ceramic style of one of New Zealand’s most iconic creatives.

Permaculture Design Certificate

Saturday 1st June - Friday 14th June 2019

Te Moata Retreat


13 day intensive residential course. This Course fulfils the standard requirements of the international permaculture curriculum.

Permaculture is a design system for sustainable living and land use; it is the harmonious integration of landscape, people & appropriate technologies to provide food, shelter, energy & for other needs in a sustainable way.  

Permaculture is built upon an ethic of caring for the earth & working with nature. Trish Allen and Daniel Tohill are outstanding and award winning  permaculture teachers and leaders.

Students have the chance to get fully immersed in the permaculture way of thinking and acting and invited to bring details of their own or potential sites.

Te Moata is the perfect place for a winter 14-day residential Permaculture course. Off the grid, rustic comfortable accommodation, warm fires, delicious vegetarian food, inspiring teachers and a fun cohort of students of all ages.

The gardens and orchard are designed by previous PDCs. The programme includes a fun day trip to fantastic permaculture properties in the area, and a day off to enjoy Hot Water beach and Cathedral Cove.

The course will: 
- Give you a good understanding of the ethics, principles and patterns of permaculture design 
- Cover sustainable living systems for a wide variety of landscapes and climates 
- Convey a general understanding of a wide range of common strategies and techniques
- Explore the implications of social change towards ecological sustainability 
- Assist each student to access resources required to actively take the course philosophy and methodology into their future life.

Accommodation and all meals included. Scholarships available. Please apply.

For more info email Jessie: temoata.@xtra.co.nz or call 07 868 8798.

Landslide - Fleetwood Mac & Stevie Nicks Tribute Show

Sunday 2nd June 2019

Mercury Bay Club - Whitianga


Landslide is an Auckland based, live 5 piece band, who have been celebrating the music of Fleetwood Mac and Stevie Nicks all over the North Island for the past 6 years.

Covering well-known classics from Fleetwood Mac and also Stevie's solo hits.

Dreams, Sara, Rhiannon, The Chain, Go Your Own Way, Seven Wonders, Don't Stop, Edge of 17, Tusk, Gypsy, Black Magic Woman, Rooms On Fire, Little Lies etc... they're all there!

2 x 75min sets to dance and sing along to.

Full lighting and sound system with liberal 4 part harmonies help to bring these amazing, classic songs to life.

Check us out on Facebook or book your tickets below!

The Coromandel Art and Craft Fair

Saturday 13th July 2019

Whitianga Town Hall


Mercury Bay Art Escape’s annual Fair showcases quality handmade Arts and Crafts produced in The Coromandel. The Fair is for one day only and is an excellent opportunity to meet talented and enthusiastic Coromandel artisans and artists. 

  • An incredible array of Art and Craft stalls of handmade pottery, weaving, fibre arts, mosaics, wooden toys, jewellery, art and much more...

  • Art and Craft demonstrations

  • Bring the kids!  There will be hands-on art activities to encourage the next generation of Coromandel artists.

  • Tea, coffee and baking will also be available when you need a break.  

  • Eftpos will also be available for Fair sales.

To make a weekend of it, you may want to arrange visits with Mercury Bay Art Escape artists while you are at the Fair. Visit website for more information.

The Toscars by The Troubadours

June 21st - 23rd & June 26th - 29th 2019

Tairua Hall


Come along to see the ever popular Tairua Troubadours performing The Tairua Oscars (Toscars) featuring the best scenes from the previous 8 shows! Always a hit and a funny night, you wont be let down with this either. Dress up in Red Carpet Glamour, get your group together and come along for a whole heap of fun. Tickets are $25pp and can be purchased by emailing tairuatroubadours@gmail.com.