The Auckland Easter Show 2008

Easter weekend is here, and that means it’s time for the Auckland Easter Show (not to be confused with the Aucklandista Show, which took place at a downtown bar a few weeks ago).

The Royal Easter Show (to give it its proper, Queen-approved name) is a 165-year-old event on the Auckland calendar, providing us 09ers with entertainment based around sheep, the Gravitron, and vegetable slicers.

After the jump, the ghosts of Easter shows past and present.
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Dust off your boat shoes

P3070015aAuckland. It’s great, but it’s not all noodle bars and car-fes. No, we live in the city of sails, team, and the Auckland International Boat Show is on this weekend.

It’s all happening in and around the Viaduct basin, with a fine array of boats and yachts in all shapes, sizes and budgets, as well as loads of boating bits and pieces.

It’s $16 to get in for the day – and you need to take your shoes off to clamber on board most of the boats, so go prepared with a slinky set of boat shoes or elegently wasted jandals.

It’s a fantastic spot for people watching, with salty sea dogs rubbing shoulders with American millionaires shopping for the next Launch in the fleet. New Zealand’s boat builders are world-renowned and some of the vessels on display are just beautiful. Recommended.

Pasifika Festival 2008

Tahitian drummersThe annual Pasifika Festival is taking place this Saturday from 10am to 5pm at Western Springs Park. It’s the time of year where we can pretend that Auckland really is subtropical. So grab your coconut bra and come along to enjoy some sunshine.

After the jump, R&B, corned beef and sweet, sweet coconut milk.
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Lantern Festival ’08

Face lantern 2

The 2008 Chinese New Year festivities are nearing their end, which means it’s time for the Auckland Lantern Festival. It’s the ninth year of the festival and by now it feels like an essential part of an Auckland summer.

This weekend, 22 to 24 February, Albert Park will again be the scene of lanterns galore, along with cultural performances from many Chinese groups. (I hope they do karaoke this year, cos that’s always one of my faves.)

After the jump: food, festivities, fireworks and photography.

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Cross Street Carnival

Cross StreetYou know Cross Street? It runs parallel to K Road, between Upper Queen Street and Mercury Lane. It’s the real bad-ass looking street that gets used in TV commercials whenever Auckland needs to look gritty and urban. Yeah, that one.

So, this Saturday, 16 February, is the Cross Street Carnival. Awesome! The official word promises:

Celebrating the year of the rat K Road styles. Street level entertainment, bad ass crafts, mad ethic eats, fruity performance art, dancing, human mayhem, hot local bands and major pandemonium all up your neighbourhood.

There used to be a K Road Karnival, but as K Road is a major inner-city road and motorway feeder, it never quite worked.

Cross Street, however, is a li’l one-way street that’s slowly becoming more vibrant and arty and less utilitarian, so I reckon it’ll be worth checking out.

Movies in Parks

The Auckland City Council, with their fancy new triangle logo, are running a series of free outdoor movie evenings in February.

Every Wednesday evening at Takahi Reserve (at the foot of Mt Eden), an Aotearoan cimematic classic will be played, and you’ll be able to snuggle up with your sweetie/flatmates/whanau and have a good evening.

Timetable after the jump.

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Five things to do in Auckland on Anniversary weekend

The Parnell BathsIt’s Auckland Anniversary weekend, where we celebrate the 168th anniversary of, uh, the Auckland province! (…which only existed for 26 years before being abolished in 1876, but it’s a long weekend in the middle of summer, so let’s not complain.)

After the jump, let’s have a look at five cool things happening in Auckland this long weekend. Something for everyone, I think.

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