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Cheap (and free!) things to do this weekend

Japanese Film Festival 2019

Roxy Cinema, 5 Park Road, Miramar, Wellington

The Embassy of Japan, in cooperation with the Japan Foundation, is very pleased to announce the return of the Japanese Film Festival to Wellington.

The Japanese Film Festival is an annual event held to encourage the growth of Japanese culture and understanding in New Zealand. Each year, we try to give the people of New Zealand some insight into the culture, customs, and traditions of Japan, alongside what is popular with Japanese society today, through film.

All films will be in Japanese with English subtitles.

This year, Japanese Film Festival will feature six films from a variety of genres including drama, comedy, mystery and animation. The opening film “Born Bone Born” (Japanese title Senkotsu, “Bone-washing”) revolves around an almost-extinct funerary tradition in Okinawa, Japan. This award-winning drama weaves a heart-warming tale of a dysfunctional family brought back together through the funeral customs and rites of their late mother. Also of interest is the stunning visual rainbow of bold imagery and animation in the family-friendly feature film “Lu Over the Wall”, which took the Annecy International Animated Film Festival by storm.

Admission is free to all sessions, and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Booking is required for the Wellington screenings via the Roxy Cinema, open from 17 October (booking fee of $1.51 applies). N

Film screening schedule in Wellington:
Friday 8 November 6:30 pm: Born Bone Born (2019, Drama, 111 min, PG)
Saturday 9 November 12:00 pm: Room Laundering (2018, Comedy, Drama, 109 min, M)
Saturday 9 November 2:30 pm: Recall (2018, Drama, 120 min, M)
Saturday 9 November 5:00 pm: The Crimes That Bind (2018, Mystery, drama, 119 min, M)
Sunday 10 November 12:00 pm: Lu over the wall (2017, Animation, Children / Family, 112 min, PG)
Sunday 10 November 2:30 pm: The 8-Year Engagement (2017, Drama, Romance, 119 min, PG)

Wellington Go Green Expo 2019

TSB Arena, Queens Wharf, Wellington

Saturday 9 November 2019 10:00am and Sunday 10 November 2019 10:00am

New Zealand’s Largest Green Living & Sustainable Lifestyle Show! This is your one stop shop for everything you need to live a sustainable life.

Online $4 Discounted Adult Tickets Available now!

$5 adult door sales available upon entry.
Children under 16 are free.

Eco home/building, food and beverages, advisory services, supplements, organic products, health and wellness, beauty and personal care, household products, pet products, gardening, grocery and many more categories are showcased at this fantastic event that is not to be missed!

A large, diverse range of companies and brands cannot wait to transform your way of life, in favour of the environment and you!

This show is dedicated to promoting a healthy, environmentally friendly, sustainable lifestyle for New Zealanders.

Pick & Mix – Round 2 – Food Sampling Event

Wellington Night Market, 116 Cuba Street, Lower Cuba Street, Wellington

Friday 8 November 2019 5:00pm and Saturday 9 November 2019 5:00pm

The battle is on. Don’t miss out! A new stall holder is teaming up with Wellington Night Market to bring you Round 2 of the street food sampling event!

– Five (full size portions) will be available.
– You choose three dishes for $3
– Don’t forget to fill out the feedback form and vote for your favorite contender!
– Be in quick as there is limited food available.

Martinborough Rose & Flower Show

Martinborough Town Hall, Texas St, Martinborough, Wairarapa

Saturday 9 November, 8:00am-4:00pm

Your Rose & Flower show is back for 2019!

If you are a keen rose, flower or garden enthusiast come and support this great community event as an exhibitor or a spectator. The show is open to all visitors from 12.30pm until 4 p.m. Entry is free. As well as photos; come and see the beautiful blooms, including roses, flowers, home & garden, floral art and a children’s section of fun classes.

Buy a raffle ticket or three for a prize; and support the Toy Library who will have a stall at the show. This is a ‘charity event’ so your support helps our community.

For exhibitors we have classes for the experienced gardener to the newly green fingered. There is a separate class for children so if you have a budding young gardener they can get involved. After its’ success at the last show we will also be running a flower themed photography competition.

Roses – Open
Roses – Novice
Cut Flowers
Home & Garden
Floral Art
Children’s Section

Schedules can be picked up from one of the following locations:
– Martinborough Library
– Team Renwick – Property Brokers, Martinborough.
– P&K Martinborough
– The Village Cafe, Martinborough Wine Village,

In the afternoon spectators will enjoy viewing the amazing flower displays, there are also stalls to purchase from and raffles on the day…all for a gold coin donation that goes back into the community.

Free admission

Kāpiti Arts Trail

Saturday 9 November 2019 10:00am and Sunday 10 November 2019 10:00am

Celebrate Kāpiti in colour this Spring! The Kāpiti Arts Trail 2019 showcases a huge range of art, from traditional to cutting edge, soul-soothing to challenging, comfortable to provocative, and decorative, awe-inspiring or functional.

With over 100 listings in the beautifully produced Kāpiti Arts Guide, there’s something for everyone: painting in oils, watercolour or mixed media; fibre arts; ceramics; jewellery; photography; street art; digital art; tattoo; glass; and wood. Many artists will be showing how they create their art during the Trail.

The Kāpiti Arts Trail stretches from Paekākāriki to Ōtaki, so while you’re on the Trail you will get a great view of the stunning countryside, many superb artists’ gardens in Spring, and spectacular views of Kāpiti Island. Free entry so plan a day or weekend with your family or friends, and check out some of the other attractions while you are in the beautiful Kāpiti Coast.

See our website for information about our artists and an interactive map. You can also pick up a copy of our printed Kāpiti Arts Guide from I-sites, libraries, and many other venues from September. Follow us on Facebook to see profiles of our artists and about support packages and offers from local Kāpiti businesses.

Cirque Du Play

Capital E, 4 Queens Wharf, Wellington

Friday 8 November 9.30am – 3.30pm, Saturday 9 November 9.30am – 3.30pm

Roll up! Roll up to Cirque du Play at Capital E!

Experience spectacle, shadow play, kinetic mobiles and sculptures to play with in this new installation, inspired by artist Alexander Calder. Contemporary, fun and bold, Cirque du Play lets your child be the Ringleader of their own circus.

Free admission