With Guy Fawkes coming up on Sunday, here is some information on locations on where there will fireworks displays around Auckland.


Labour weekend is fast approaching, what will you be doing? Below are events happening in and around Auckland, that you can do with your kids. Lets hope the weather behaves for us too.

Our offices will be closed for Labour weekend but we will be back in the office Tuesday. 24 October, 2017


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24 June marks the beginning of Matariki for 2017.

Matariki is the Māori name for the star cluster known as the Pleiades. This appears over New Zealand skies in June this year, marking the start of Māori New Year.

Bring your whanau and join your community for wonderful celebrations and festivities.


Matariki On the Waterfront

Where:Silo Park, Corner of Beaumont and Jellicoe Street, CBD, Auckland

Restrictions:All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free


Listed by:Fresh Concept

Celebrate Matariki, the Māori New Year, at Silo Park this year! Experience an incredible light installation by Angus Muir Design, Puna Kai by Food Space, the Mighty Matariki Markets, a UV Zone and loads more over the weekend.

Friday 5pm – 10pm
Kick off the weekend with a drink, tunes and some delicious, hot kai. Some of NZ’s finest street food vendors will be serving Puna Kai – unique dishes with a Māori twist.

Saturday 12pm – 5pm
It’s the first day of the Mighty Matariki Markets! Meander through all kinds of arts, crafts, clothing and other stalls before tucking into some street food. The tunes will be spinning throughout the afternoon thanks to the Māori HiFi DJ’s.

Sunday 12pm – 5pm
Tune your taringas into a variety of performances and enjoy your Sunday by the silos. Celebrate tikanga Māori with the whole whānau at the Mighty Matariki Markets.

The silos will be shining all weekend with the galaxy light installation and UV zone. Our street food vendors will also be serving their delicious dishes across the weekend.

Are you looking for part time work in Auckland? Perhaps you know someone who may be interested? Rutherford College, in Te Atatu Peninsula, is looking for an Assistant Office Manager for their Community Education programme.

Click here to find out more and to apply.

The long weekend is upon us, and the weather doesn’t seem to be behaving itself. Whether you going away or staying indoors, here are a few activities happening around Auckland for the long weekend.

Have a safe and happy weekend.


Queen’s Birthday Weekend Events in Auckland – Friday 2 June 2017 to Monday 5 June 2017

Queen's Birthday On Queens Wharf

Queen’s Birthday On Queens Wharf

Festivals & Lifestyle – Family Entertainment Events
Queens Wharf, Auckland CBD

From Saturday 3 June 2017 to Monday 5 June 2017
Tally ho! Queen’s Birthday on Queens Birthday is back again with more entertainment, activities and surprises than you can shake a stick at. We’re pleased as punch to bring you the very best of British culture this… More…

The Music of Cream - 50th Anniversary Tour

The Music of Cream – 50th Anniversary Tour

Concerts & Gig Guide – Pop Events
Aotea Centre, Auckland CBD

Today only at 8:00 p.m.
Ginger Baker. Jack Bruce. Eric Clapton. Cream was a chemical explosion like no other, the blueprint for every supergroup to follow and the heavy blues precursor to Hendrix, Zeppelin and so much more. The fiery union… More…

Streetfood Station

Streetfood Station

Festivals & Lifestyle – Food, Gourmet, Wine Events
Mt Albert Market, Mt Albert, Auckland Central

Today to Friday 22 December 2017
A weekly event with a revolving selection of Auckland’s best food trucks along with a licensed bar serving craft beer and organic wine. The site is covered so the event will take place no matter the weather outside. More…

Like Sex

Like Sex

Performing Arts – Theatre Events
The Basement, Auckland CBD

Today to Saturday 3 June 2017
The kids aren’t alright. Prudes, sl*ts, users and the used – in a carousel of episodic scenes, Like Sex tears into the tropes of teenage sex as social, political and sexual desires smash together with no sign of… More…

The Classic Comedy Allstars

The Classic Comedy Allstars

Performing Arts – Comedy Events
The Classic Comedy Club, Auckland CBD

Today to Saturday 30 September 2017
Every Friday and Saturday our Comedy Allstars take to the stage at NZ’s home of live comedy. Featuring a selection of our top headliners and rising stars. 4 to 5 comedians in a 2-hour show plus the occasional… More…

Doc Edge International Film Festival

Doc Edge International Film Festival

Festivals & Lifestyle – Festivals Events
Q Theatre, Auckland CBD

Today to Monday 5 June 2017
2017 brings the latest crop of the globe’s best documentaries to New Zealand audiences for the highly-anticipated Doc Edge Festival. Doc Edge Festival is an Oscar-qualifying film festival and Australasian’s… More…

The Winter Night Sky

The Winter Night Sky

Performing Arts – Film Events
Stardome Observatory & Planetarium, Royal Oak, Auckland Central

Today to Wednesday 30 August 2017
Join us at 8pm to learn about the planets, stars and constellations that are visible in the night sky this winter in this presenter-led show. Sit back and relax in the high-back, reclined seats in the Stardome’s… More…

Queen It's A Kinda Magic

Queen It’s A Kinda Magic

Concerts & Gig Guide – Rock Events
ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre, Auckland CBD

Saturday 3 June 2017
Queen – It’s a Kinda Magic recreates Queen’s 1986 World Tour concert, featuring over 20 of the band’s greatest hits such as ‘We Will Rock You’, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, ‘We Are the Champions’, ‘Under… More…

Borderline Music Festival 2017

Borderline Music Festival 2017

Concerts & Gig Guide – Alternative, Indie Events
Whammy Bar, Newton, Auckland Central

Today to Monday 5 June 2017
Once again the genre-bending continues as Borderline Festival returns to Wine Cellar and Whammy Bars over Queens Birthday Weekend in June. Offering up another excellent weekend of underground artists from across the… More…

Orakei Market

Orakei Market

Festivals & Lifestyle – Markets and Fairs Events
Orakei Community Centre, Orakei, Auckland Central

From Saturday 3 June 2017 to Saturday 16 December 2017
A great marketplace for scrumptious locally made eats, beverages and artisan craft treats. Stay awhile, and enjoy live music from the beanbag lounge space, while the kids check out the activity tables and free Capoeira… More…


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4 Hour workshop

Over the course of their training, safeTALK participants will learn to:

  • Notice and respond to situations where suicide thoughts might be present
  • Recognize that invitations for help are often overlooked
  • Move beyond the common tendency to miss, dismiss, and avoid suicide
  • Apply the TALK steps: Tell, Ask, Listen, and KeepSafe
  • Know community resources and how to connect someone with thoughts of suicide to them for further help


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NZSL Week 2017

Each May, Deaf Aotearoa runs New Zealand Sign Language Week, celebrating one of New Zealand’s official languages. NZSL Week raises awareness of New Zealand’s Deaf community and provides a platform for Deaf people to proudly promote their language and culture.

The Faces of NZSL Week 2017

This year’s faces of NZSL Week, Monique, Joe, Chelcie and Miggy, represent the focus of NZSL Week 2017 – youth. They are all youth interns at Deaf Aotearoa, spending 12 months gaining work experience, skills and a qualification. Based in Auckland, Hamilton and Wellington, Monique, Joe, Chelcie and Miggy demonstrate NZSL’s bright future with young deaf people.

Monique portrait joe portrait

Monique                                                        Joe

Miggy portrait Chelcie portrait

Miggy                                                          Chelcie


What’s Happening?

NZSL Week is always a busy and exciting time and this year is no different. Hundreds of free Taster Classes and dozens of events are being held all over New Zealand, with exciting and engaging resources always available online. This year, schools can now register to receive a Taster Class any time during Term Two! Businesses, organisations and other groups can register to have Taster Class any time throughout May.


What’s NZSL?

NZSL is the natural language of Deaf New Zealanders and is used daily by more than 20,000 Kiwis. Rather than simply being a signed representation of spoken English, NZSL is a separate language, with its own structure and grammar.

What does Deaf Aotearoa do?

Deaf Aotearoa is a national organisation representing the voice of Deaf people, and the national service provider for Deaf people in New Zealand. Deaf Aotearoa also works closely with Deaf communities, government agencies and other organisations to increase awareness, promote NZSL and strengthen the rights of Deaf people. Deaf Aotearoa is the New Zealand representative member of the World Federation of the Deaf, one of 133 members. For more information, visit deaf.org.nz/about-us

The Easter holidays are almost upon us which means the kids will be off school and unless you have a host of things to do with kids in Auckland it’ll be like a third world war.

With that in mind, we’ve come up with loads of things to keep the kids busy this Easter holiday in Auckland. Whether you have little kids to amuse or the bigger teenage variety, one of the main attraction every year is the very Popular Coca Cola Easter show.

Thursday, 17 April 2014 –
Monday, 21 April 2014

10:00 – 22:00

ASB Showgrounds


Age Restrictions
All Ages


With a massive line-up of entertainment, circus acts, rides and exhibits, plus an A&P Show that has been running for more than 160 years, the Coca-Cola Easter Show has a special place in the hearts and minds of New Zealanders. And this year is no exception, with FREE entry to the public, the return of the big rides from Mahons Amusements, four huge halls of prize winning livestock and five full days of cultural entertainment that spans the globe. Visitors can literally go from feeding the lambs and watching sheep shearing, to screaming their lungs out on a huge ride, to dancing along to a fantastic musical performance, all in less than an hour! An essential feature of the Coca-Cola Easter Show, the celebrated Zirka Circus returns with 5 shows a day that will have the audience of the edge of their seats. Their death defying feats of skills and strength have to been seen to be believed. But even stronger, the New Zealand Strongman competition is always a crowd favourite as competitors win over the crowd with their amazing efforts. Back this year is the popular marketplace, with products to buy and demonstrations to watch. And New Zealand’s largest art competition is something to see and admire with artworks of every type and genre. Mahons Amusements brings the big rides to the Coca-Cola Easter Show and this year the Turbo Boost, Scream Machine, Gravitron and other favourites return to get the adrenalin pumping for the big kids, while at the other end of the scale, the Cookie-Bear rides bring smiles to the faces of the little kids and their parents. Fireworks displays close the event each night, including Easter Monday are another great attraction, lighting up the sky above the showgrounds and for kilometres around. The Auckland Coca-Cola Easter Show is New Zealand’s largest and most loved family show, an annual must-see for young and old and the young at heart.

With so much festive entertainment on in the Auckland region over the next few weeks, we’ve done the research for you and come up with ten must-dos to complete your Christmas countdown.

1. Christmas at the Zoo

The Penguins of Madagascar, Santa’s grotto and carolling elves are only some of what will make this year’s Christmas at the Zoo an extra special one.

Join the fun at Auckland Zoo on Saturday 6 December from 5pm-8pm, and you could win one of many prizes up for grabs.

Enjoy the festivities, check out the summer fun, waddle to the Penguins of Madagascar interactive activity centre or have your photo taken with Skipper, Rico, Kowalski and Private.

There will also be the hugely popular Singing Santa show and the guest of honour, Santa Claus, will once again arrive in style for his starring role.

Along with the Christmas concert, there are special scheduled animal encounters and surprise up-close encounters with the animals.

2. Christmas Parades

Heralding the start of the Christmas season, Farmers Santa Parade will head down Queen Street in the CBD on November 30.

If it rains the parade will be held the week after on December 7.

The parade will start on Mayoral Drive then head along Queen Street, Customs Street West and Albert Street.

The Christmas cheer continues straight after the parade at Santa’s Party – a party for everyone.

There will be a whole line-up of family entertainment with singing, dancing, character costumes and Santa himself.

When: Sunday 30 November (rain date: 7 December)

Parade: 2pm

Santa’s Party: 3.15pm-5.30pm, Aotea Square

Where: Parade route: Mayoral Drive, Queen Street, Customs Street West and Albert Street


there are plenty of other parads around the region, along with Christmas carols and fairs. For a full comprehensive list, head here.

3. Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park

Gather your friends and family for a magical night under the stars and enjoy star-studded entertainment and fabulous fireworks on the happiest night of the year!

This year, Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park is celebrating 21 years and proudly supporting Youthline – developing and supporting young people across New Zealand.

When: Saturday 13 December, 7.30pm

Where: Auckland Domain

Cost: Free

4. MOTAT Nights, Christmas Lights

Celebrate Christmas magic every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the two week lead up to Christmas with the annual ‘MOTAT Nights, Christmas Lights’ event.

Sparkling lights, live entertainment, tram rides, Christmas displays and Christmas treats, provide the scene for a truly magical evening with your family in the lead up to Christmas. Entry is only a $2 gold coin donation with all proceeds going towards children’s gifts for charity.

Bring along the family to experience the festivities and take a night time tram ride and support those in need at Christmas.

When: 8pm – 11pm 12 – 14 December and 19 – 24 December

Where: MOTAT, Western Springs

5. Wynyard Christmas Quarter

From Friday 5 December, children of all ages will be able to visit Santa’s incredible customised bach (built into Silo 7); helping Santa and his team get ready for the big delivery night on 24 December.

ASB Santa’s Bach embraces the true spirit of Christmas by asking families to bring a gold coin donation or a present for Santa to gift to Auckland City Mission.

Silo Cinema returns in December where you can catch all your favourite Christmas classics every Friday night. Alongside the Cinema, pop by the Christmas-themed Silo Markets and collect gifts and goodies especially for the festive season.

The Wynyard Christmas Quarter will host fun-filled family events, with a myriad of food vendors, Christmas Markets, music and surprises.

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When: 5-24 December, times vary

Where: Silo Park, Jellicoe Street, Wynyard Quarter

Cost: Free

6. Stardome Great Christmas Giveback

See a show this December and get $5 entry by bringing along a donated item for the Auckland City Mission or Auckland SPCA.

Bookings are essential so call 09 624 1246 or email info@stardome.org.nz to book a space and mention that you’ll be giving back this Christmas.

Further details including a list of items that are useful for the charities can be found on Stardome’s website.

When: Planetarium shows from 1-24 December 2014 (conditions apply)

Where: Stardome Observatory and Planetarium

One Tree Hill Domain, 670 Manukau Road

Cost: $5 entry with a donated item

Booking details:Bookings essential – call 09 6241246 or email info@stardome.org.nz

7. Twilight Magic – A Christmas Fayre

When the ambiance of a Victorian village and the bonhomie of its villagers combines with candlelight and carols, a magical twilight is inevitable.

Bring your friends and family to Howick Historical Village and indulge in a spot of Christmas shopping at our craft stalls.

Enjoy some delicious tasty treats, such as our ever popular plumb pudding, sing some carols and feast your eyes on the cottages as they will be decked out in beautiful Christmas decorations.

When:Saturday 6 December, 6pm-9pm

Where: Howick Historical Village, Bells Road, Lloyd Elsmore Park, Pakuranga

Cost: Special admission fee applies

Booking details: village@fencible.org.nz

8. Festive Family fun day

Get ready for the Christmas holidays with a Festive Family Fun Day at the Maritime Museum to keep the whole family entertained.

You can try your hand at kite flying, make a Christmas craft, dress up in a costume, have a go at the rubbings table, and say hello to the big man himself – Santa Claus.

With lots more activities on and off the water, as well as the chance to go kayaking, it’s a great way to celebrate the start of the silly season.

When: Saturday 13 December, 10am-5pm

Where: New Zealand Maritime Museum, Corner Quay and Hobson streets, Viaduct Harbour

Cost: Gold coin donation

Sailings priced separately

9. APO Celebrate Christmas

An enchanting performance of your favourite Christmas music with special guest opera singer Teddy Tahu Rhodes performing Vaughan Williams’s haunting Fantasia on Christmas Carols.

Enjoy the beauty and joy of the full orchestra and The Graduate Choir in the acoustics of the Holy Trinity Cathedral.

Share the magic with friends, family and the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra this Christmas.

When: Friday 12 December, 7.30pm and Saturday 13 December, 3pm

Where: Holy Trinity Cathedral, Corner St Stephens Ave and Parnell Road, Parnell

Cost: $26-$59

Booking details: Book online http://apo.co.nz/ or call 09 623 1052

10. Santa at Smith and Caugheys

Santa returns to Smith and Caugheys, but children will have to walk through an enchanted forest to find him.

He’ll be in store from 26 November to 24 December.

For full times head here

The ticketing booth and queue to visit Santa’s Enchanted Forest is by the lifts on the ground floor of our Queen Street store.

Prices from $8 per person.


Many people wonder what they can do to become well-rounded and competitive while increase their rate of success. An often overlooked yet simple way to improve is to increase your knowledge by being a self-starter.

Traditional, structured education is very important, yet much success is derived from highly motivated individuals that have dedicated their lives to the concept of lifelong learning. These individuals prioritize the creation of time in their busy lives each day to educate themselves on new concepts and ideas. These individuals understand the importance of creating plentiful opportunities in all spheres of life.

Related: 15 Free Online Learning Sites Every Entrepreneur Should Visit

Your business is only as strong as the people behind it. There’s a direct correlation between individuals who strive for growth in their personal lives and those who thrive in their professional lives. This can be accomplished by committing to the concept of lifelong learning. In an ever-changing market and world, it’s more important than ever to stay current, competitive and up to date.

Pursuit of knowledge is easier than it has ever been before, as technological advances can relay information instantaneously to our fingertips. It’s a modern day privilege to take this convenience and utilize it in productive ways.

First and foremost, you must be willing to expand your mind. Rid yourself of assumptions and convictions so that you can be open and receptive to new information. This at times may even contradict what you have always believed to be true. You will eventually come across information that challenges your worldview. Rather than remaining static in your comfort zone, use this time to stop, reflect and shed light on these ideas in a way that can develop and expand your vision.

When you come across new information, take the time to think about what you believe and why. Is your outdated mindset preventing you from advancing in a modern world? Be willing to question new information and research it further. Digging deeper will separate you from the crowd and allow you to see the value in developing an independent mind.

Cultivating the mind prior to seeking information is as essential as cultivating a field prior to a harvest. It is a necessity to weed, fertilize and create space where information can blossom and grow. As the soil of the Earth needs to be fed to blossom, our brains are the absorbent sponge waiting to be fed with new ideas and concepts. Water it daily to stimulate growth, and you will yield a bountiful harvest of information and knowledge.

After the mind has been prepped, the next step is application. Create a to-learn list just as you would a to-do list. These are ideas and concepts you have great interest in learning more about.

Many people may think with their hectic and already overflowing schedules there is simply no extra time to learn anything more than what is absolutely necessary to get through the mundane tasks of everyday life. To simply develop enough skill to adhere to your job description or be informed just enough to get by is a sure pathway to mediocrity.

This is where the self-starters get ahead. They understand the importance of time management and prioritizing daily growth. They are constantly striving to know, learn and do more. This competitive edge they have created propels them to success in other areas of life.

Related: Stop Thinking and Start Doing: The Power of Practicing More

There are many simple, effective and realistic ways to implement daily learning opportunities that do not have to inconvenience your life. Learning on the go has actually never been easier! For those who are auditory learners, audio books are the perfect way to incorporate knowledge with a simple press of the button. While stuck in traffic on that 30-minute commute to and from work, simply play an audio book that suits your interest. Rather than listening to the same songs in rush hour, listen to a political debate on talk radio. If music is a passion of yours, try listening to music in another language.

Learning information you can utilize in your daily life is very important to having a continuous desire to further advance your education. Skill-based learning, for example, is useless if it isn’t applied. Reading a book on auto maintenance isn’t the same as physically changing the oil or tire on your car. Reading about art isn’t the same as picking up a brush. If your knowledge can be directly applied in a functional and fun fashion, put it into practice! Many people learn by being hands-on.

Make time one weekend to seek a mentor or attend a personal enrichment class. Culinary, fitness, dance or art classes are all fabulous ways to attain hands-on learning and experience. Volunteering at a shelter or children’s hospital are great ways to learn and culture yourself or your children and on worldly issues that may have otherwise been nonexistent to you.

Think about all the wasted time you spend sitting in doctors’ offices, waiting to pick the kids up from school or in a long check-out line. You could be reading a few pages of a book of your choosing. A simple 15 minutes a day could have you completing a new book every other week!

It’s estimated that Americans are spending 23 hours every week texting and on social media. Imagine spending that time every week on your craft or your personal enrichment. You could speak five languages and be a walking fountain of knowledge by changing your habits and mindset.

Surround yourself with like-minded individuals and try to always take something valuable away from your daily interactions. Many people are professionals in their field and have valuable information and insight to share. If you have questions, ask them! Never be too prideful, for each question you don’t ask is a missed opportunity!

Go ahead and challenge yourself today. Commit to expanding your mind, continuing your education and becoming a student of life. Utilize the world as your classroom, and no matter how big or small, always come away with a lesson. Remember to cultivate your mind so it is prepared to expand, blossom and grow. And share your fountain of knowledge.

My bet is you will slowly begin to notice you are not only achieving everything you are setting out to accomplish, but you have stimulated a perpetual hunger that drives you for more in both your personal and professional lives.