I Love Takapuna Easter Activity Trail

March 24th, 2024 - April 28th, 2024

10:00 am - 3:00 pm

We’re running our famous Easter Activity Trail ALL SCHOOL HOLIDAYS LONG! HOW TO PLAY: 1 – register and pick up your map from SHORE CITY (level 2, Customer Service desk, at the top of the escalator) 2 – follow the map around Takapuna and complete the activities at each location to receive a stamp 3 – make your way back to Shore City Customer Service desk to receive your Easter Treat! The activity trail will be running between: 10AM – 3PM, every day of the school holidays (14th – 28th April). You can complete the map at any time over the school holidays (i.e. you can start it one day, and finish it another!) Please be patient with the businesses throughout this time – we are sure they will all be busy with their regular work, so please bear this in mind – they’re all very excited to see you though! This event is 100% FREE to attend, and is paid for by our wonderful local businesses – so please support them while you’re here. There are over 100 places to eat and drink in Takapuna, so support local by grabbing that morning coffee, meet some friends for lunch, and take a stroll through the shops after enjoying the fun throughout the day. Check out our Business Directory for a full list of businesses and places to go! A big thank you to the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board for their continued support in this event!

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The PumpHouse: The Great Piratical Rumbustification

April 13th, 2024 - April 27th, 2024

Hoist the Flag of Fun & Mayhem Shiver me timbers! The pirates are restless, yearning for a grand piratical adventure. “Oh, for a pirate party!” they proclaim. But, as any good pirate knows, a proper pirate party must be a stolen one. So now, get ready to set sail into the high seas of imagination as Margaret Mahy’s delightful tale, The Great Piratical Rumbustification comes to life in a swashbuckling stage performance by Tim Bray Theatre Company. Join our young hero, Oliver Terrapin, as he opens up the doors of his oblivious parents’ home for a party – a party with real pirates! Mayhem ensues in this rollicking, rumbunctious rumpus of an escapade by Tim Bray Theatre Company that promises the most piratical fun you’ve had in years. Yo ho ho! “Perhaps (Tim) Bray’s most noteworthy quality as an adapter/director of children’s stories is his uncanny ability to find the essence of the works he adapts and to find ways to translate this to the stage. His work with Mahy’s quirky creations is no exception. It’s been my pleasure to see many of (Tim) Bray’s children’s theatre works but I have to say The Great Piratical Rumbustification is quite simply his best effort yet and it’s all down to harmony.” – Lexie Matheson, Theatreview -- For NZSL Interpreted, Audio Described, and Sensory Relaxed performance dates and accessibility resources, head to Costume Parade Dress up in character! We love to see imaginations running wild and encourage our young audience to dress up as their favourite Great Piratical Rumbustification characters. We will take a moment to show off the costumes onstage with a parade at the start of the performance. Gift a Seat™ You can make a difference to children by letting them experience the joys of live theatre through donating to Gift a Seat™. Through the Gift a Seat™ programme, Tim Bray Theatre Company offers free seats to children from schools that need support. We also offer free seats to specialist schools, Ko Taku Reo Deaf Education and BLENNZ (Blind and Low Vision Education Network of NZ), as well as families from Make-A-Wish (NZ). Tim Bray Theatre Company Tim Bray Theatre Company is Auckland’s leading theatre for children and was awarded the 2020 Arts Access Creative New Zealand Arts For All Award. This organisation is administered by The Operating Theatre Trust (a registered charitable trust CC26517).

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The PumpHouse: Creative Talks - Cheryll Martin QSO

April 22nd, 2024

Cheryll Martin, QSO General Manager, Volunteering Auckland Cheryll Martin, QSO is the General Manager of Volunteering Auckland – an NGO dedicated to leadership, support, and promotion of volunteering. Cheryll is a passionate supporter of volunteering, with the ability to motivate and inspire people to believe in the power of helping others. She is a trainer, presenter and consultant regarding volunteerism, and has facilitated professional development workshops across Aotearoa, and also in Papua New Guinea. Cheryll is a life-time volunteer, currently teaching handcrafts at her local Community House, and volunteering at Waikaraka Park Speedway.

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The PumpHouse: 2024 Season Finale of Romeo & Juliet

April 23rd, 2024

Come join The Barden Party for their finale show of the 2023/24 season, an after-party to acknowledge their achievements this year (Adelaide Fringe Winner: Best Theatre/Physical Theatre: Week 1), connect with the NZ performing arts community and celebrate Shakespeare himself on his birthday! Award-winning theatre company The Barden Party is bringing their usual fun-loving spin to Romeo & Juliet, and filling Shakespeare’s most famous play with their hilarious, heartfelt antics. Reimagined as a modern-bohemian romance set to Kiwi and Australian music you know and love, and that you’ve never heard before… You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll dance the night away. This show is also a fundraiser for their ongoing operational costs and for their ambition to take this show to The Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2025 and to connect with other directors, producers, actors or sponsors who may be interested in working with The Barden Party in the future. All are welcome. The bar will be open post-show and The Barden Party will be providing a cheeky cake for Shakespeare’s Birthday Party. Post-show, other performers are welcome to hop onstage to perform a monologue or talk about their work in honour of Shakespeare’s Birthday, and we can all celebrate together.

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North Shore Brass - All For Peace concert

April 25th, 2024

4:00 pm

To help commemorate ANZAC Day the three bands within North Shore Brass Academy will perform at St Peters Anglican Church on ANZAC Day. The concert will feature solos, marches and light items as well as reflective and motivating music remembering our ANZAC’s and other service men and women that have served in war and peach keeping missions. Tunes such as The Girl I Left Behind Me, A Bridge Over Troubled Waters and the march Death or Glory will ensure entertainment as well as reflecting and remembering. The three bands are North Shore Youth Brass (2019 Champion Youth Band of NZ) the North Shore Brass Community Band which is an all-comers band plus the newly promoted North Shore Brass Academy Band – 2022 champion D grade band of NZ - who now compete nationally in the C grade. Entry is by donation at the door (cash or eftpos).

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The PumpHouse: Late Night Knife Fight

April 26th, 2024

The improv show where three teams face off in a battle for glory, honour, and the audience’s favour… We bring the knives. You bring the judgment. We are thrilled to be back in the Coal Bunker for another season of late night comedy staple Late Night Knife Fight. The Knife Fight is a joyful proving ground for improvisers creating new work and ensembles. It’s your chance to see 4 shows in one and catch the next big thing before it’s even off the ground. Each show features 3 dueling acts and one headliner (the winner of the previous show). Knife Fight offers development, coaching, and collaboration for improv performers across companies and styles. It’s a truly unique and powerful place in Tāmaki Makaurau’s theatre landscape. Work presented at LNKF has gone on to full seasons and festivals, including 100 Things (Dunedin Fringe 2024), Post-Apocalyptic Bard (Auckland Improv Fest 2023), RAW! ASMR (Auckland Fringe 2022), Two Dope Teens (winner: Best Improv Nelson Fringe 2018), The History Boy (nominated: Outstanding Solo Performer NZ Fringe 2021), and many more! Teams will be announced closer to the show date. Keep an eye on our socials and for team announcements! The first rule of Knife Fight is… BOOK EARLY!

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Bruce Mason Centre: Adam Kay

May 1st, 2024

Adam Kay is a former doctor turned BAFTA-winning comedian and author of This is Going to Hurt, the bestselling nonfiction book of the century. This hilarious live show about life on and off the hospital wards was a breakaway hit in the UK, seen by over 300,000 people, including 50 sell-out nights in the West End. He was the best-selling act of the 2023 Edinburgh Fringe. He’s sold over five million books. This is his first tour of New Zealand. Basically, don’t miss it. “Hilarious and heartbreaking” – The Times “Electrifying” – The Guardian “Unflinching humour” – Independent “Scalpel-sharp humour and searing insight” – The Sun “Hilariously gruesome” – Sunday Times “Hilarious, moving and caustic” – Scotsman “Brutally funny” – New Statesman “Painfully funny” – Stephen Fry “Harrowing and hilarious” – Jo Brand “Funny, excoriatingly revealing, beautiful” – Dawn French “Bloody funny” – Minnie Driver ★★★★★ Mail on Sunday

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Bruce Mason Centre: 1999 The Ultimate Prince Experience

May 2nd, 2024

Get ready to party like it’s 1999 when 1999 The Ultimate Prince Experience comes to Auckland! This immersive tribute concert pays homage and reverence to one of the greatest musical pioneers of our time, featuring dedicated live performances from talented multi-instrumentalist Dale Ray on vocals, guitar and piano. Expect a sensory spectacular created with a world-class 8-piece band, bespoke costuming and production and a raft of iconic songs including Purple Rain, When Doves Cry, Kiss, 1999, Little Red Corvette, Raspberry Beret, Diamonds and Pearls, Cream, The Most Beautiful Girl in the World, Let’s Go Crazy! and more.

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Bruce Mason Centre: Comedy All Stars at the BMC

May 4th, 2024

6+ world-class comedians packed into one huge show. It's a 'Shore thing!' This Festival favourite returns to Takapuna for the first time since 2019, kicking off the 2024 NZ International Comedy Festival. MC Ben Norris will be joined by Festival stars which include Ian Smith and Mark Simmons from England, Kirsty Webeck from Australia, Hannah Campbell from Scotland, and our own local treasure, Te Radar plus some surprise guests. One night only and always a hot ticket - ideal for groups, friends, workmates and the social network. Book early for the best seats in the house!

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