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Fab five: Hamilton Zoo celebrates Te Wiki o Te Reo Maaori

Cambridge to Hamilton Paddle Race

The Cambridge to Hamilton Paddle Race is an iconic Hamilton event, situated on the beautiful Waikato River. This event is open to both serious and recreational paddlers alike. The paddle race is open to all types and classes of boats, from Stand-up Paddleboards to Wakas. Competitors start at the riverside reserve in Cambridge and work their way 23km downstream to the finish line at the Waikato Sports Fishing Club/ Hamilton city Hawks Club rooms. If you’re not racing, make sure you come down and cheer these guys on this Sunday!

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Mosaic Workshop

Join international mosaic tutor Sandra Sesto-Dekic on an introductory practical workshop and create your own mosaic piece. All materials are provided, and the tools will be waiting for you as well. Come on down to the Waikato Museum on Saturday and bring out your inner artist.

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Hamilton Zoo celebrates Te Wiki o Te Reo Maaori    

Join us on Saturday from 10am to 3pm for a fun-filled day celebrating everything unique about NZ.

From our language and culture to native fauna and flora. There will be Kapa haka, flax weaving and poi making, hangi tasting PLUS face painting, FREE lolly station, sausage sizzle, hip hop and Zumba performances, story time, a scavenger hunt, extra keeper talks and even a chance to meet some of our animals up close. See you there!

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Kororāreka: The Ballad of Maggie Flynn

The Meteor presents Kororāreka: The Ballad of Maggie Flynn. Delving into the lawless outpost of 1800s Russell this performance introduces a heroine created from the rich and vibrant true stories of New Zealand women. Maggie Flynn, a fiery and unforgettable Irish woman leaves England a convict and arrives in Kororāreka the captain of a whaling ship. Her fortune continues to twist and turn from trophy Maori slave to wife of a great chief to Madam of the notorious King Edward Hotel. She makes her final stand in the face of British bombardment of the capital of Aotearoa. Maggie is fictitious but based on real characters and historical events. This work is a legacy to the women in our past, the ones often too wild to be captured by history books.

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One Wonderful Day

When you come to One Wonderful Day you can expect to meet the real people, experienced experts who do the work and offer great personalised service . One Wonderful Day is not about slick, well-oiled sales-pitch approaches & a rabbit warren of commercial, black divider walls. What we’re interested in is building relationships and offering decent service you want to tell your friends about. This wonderful day will be running from 11am to 4pm on Sunday and there will be coffee onsite a happy hour.

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