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Planting the seeds of adventure

6000km family showcase

The Land of the Long Long Drive show is on its third tour with a cast and crew from Arts On Tour NZ who will drive more than 6000 km across country, and is tale for “Kiwi kids” featuring iconic native creatures, Aotearoa landscapes, and fresh waiata by New Zealand singer-songwriter Benny Tipene. The show won the three to eight-year-old section of Playmarket’s Plays for the Young Competition, and offers “belly laughs through an inspiring tale of unlikely heroes”.

Friday, April 12 from 3:30pm at Carterton Events Centre, Holloway St, Carterton. General admission $15, children $12, and ECE/ School Group $10 [excluding booking fee]. Tickets can be purchased from cartertonec.co.nz.

Cuisine collab

Nara Martinborough has announced that starting today, Lucy Mutch, Daniel Dew, and the crew will team up with chef Laura Greenfield of Field & Green for six weeks. Laura will be in the Nara kitchen whipping up a “special” dinner menu on Friday and Saturday nights. The sharing menu will include a few classic Field & Green dishes complementing Wairarapa produce.

Nara Martinborough, 14 Memorial Square, Martinborough.Free admission: visit www.naramartinborough.com or call 0225806485 to book.

Planting a seed

Tomorrow, the inaugural Great Gladstone Plant Fair aims to provide information and inspiration to propel gardeners forward into the growing season. This event involves access to four diverse gardens around Gladstone along with the collective wisdom of growers selling quality, hard-to-find plants grown for Wairarapa conditions in small nurseries by The Gardening Collective.

Saturday, April 13 from 10am to 4pm. Tickets: $35.00 for adults [children are free with a ticketed adult]; phone 0508 484 253. Specialist perennial grower, Parkvale Gardens, 349 Moreton Rd, Parkvale, Carterton; Natives and Mediterranean plantings, The Summit Lodge, 4 Admiral Rd, Gladstone; Cottage garden with a focus on growing flowers for cutting, Bloomwood, 1393 Te Whiti Rd, Gladstone; Modern cottage garden style, Longbush Cottage, 1023 Longbush Rd, Longbush.

Folk duo comes to Greytown

Musician Krissy Jackson is bringing her fiddle-centric folk talent to invoke a crowd response of “foot-stomping” and “everything in between”. Krissy is a sought-after fiddler immersed in New Zealand’s folk scene. She has performed with many well-known musicians, including Hot Diggity, Waitai, the Frank Burkitt Band, and Adam McGrath. Krissy will perform with her husband Peter Jackson, who will play keys and harmonise. Keyboardist Jackson has been described as someone “whose quiet brilliance and intuition hold things together beautifully and sensitively”.

Sunday, April 14 from 4pm to 6:30pm at Studio 73, 73 Main Street, Greytown. BYO welcome, snacks/tea/coffee included. Tickets: $20 cash on the door or buy through Eventfinda. Bookings essential: text 02102361951.

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