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Five great things to do in Auckland this July

July 6, 2018

Winter is well and truly here, but that doesn't mean we all need to be inside by the fire watching Netfilx. Auckland is so alive with great stuff to do this month that we really struggled to just pick five. Whether you're own your own for business in one of our apartments, or up for a holiday break with the kids, you won't be struggling to amuse yourself this month.

Matariki Magic - Vector lights on the Harbour Bridge

This month there are celebrations all over the city for Matariki with art, films and special performances to celebrate the Maori New Year. Vector is joining in the fun with light shows across the Auckland Harbour Bridge from 6pm until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays till the 22 July. The story of Te Kawerau a Maki, will be the basis of the show; Vector Lights is a world first as it’s solar, battery and peer to peer powered. Synched music to accompany the show will be available on Coast FM. Great places for viewing are: Auckland waterfront, Mt Eden, Mt Victoria, Bastion Point. Bayswater, Little Shoal Bay, Devonport and others.

www.matarikifestival.org.nz/whats-on/
www.vector.co.nz/articles/vector-lights-for-matariki-festival-2018

World Press Photo Exhibition 2018

The World Press Photo Exhibition is back again this year at Smith and Caughey’s and as always will be an emotive, fascinating insight into the issues and places making news in the last year. Until the 29th July there will be images from the the 1st, 2nd and 3rd winners in single images, and stories for 2018 across seven categories including Contemporary Issues, Daily Life, General News, Long-Term Projects, Nature, People, Sports and Spot News. This year the General News category is dominated by photos from the forefront of the refugee crisis. The contest drew entries from 4,548 photographers from 125 countries around the world.  Always a confronting exhibition, but well worth seeing.

The Design Show

If you’re looking for design inspiration for your indoor or outdoor project at home, The Design Show at the ANZ Viaduct Events Centre will be the place for you on the 28th and 29th of this month. All your favourite top designer brands and experts will be there with the latest home design products, services and trends in renovations, furnishing, decor and exterior design - so you can drool and dream over how your house is going to look. Paul Izzard, Celia Visser, Ken Crosson, Mal Corboy, Kate Alexander and Donna Jones are all giving free seminars.

Aotea Ice Rink

If you have kids to entertain this holidays, a day on the ice could be the answer. The Aotea Square Ice Rink and the ever-popular Ice Slide are back again till the 22nd of the month and this year there’s even an all-new ice bar with cocktails for adults and mocktails for kids - seems like fair reward for all that hard work. Illuminated sculptures Pou Rama (light posts) by Storybox and Desna Whaanga-Schollum (Rongomaiwahine, Ngati Kahungunu, Ngati Pahauwera) will sit alongside the rink throughout the Matariki Festival season.

The Food Show

The Food Show is huge highlight of the Auckland Event calendar and  looks set to be another great one this year from the 26-29 July at ASB Showgrounds. There will be a lot of new stalls and products including The Odd Bunch (attempting to reduce food waste), Tahitian Noni juice, Nutritional lattes, vegan food and a huge Artisan Village - don’t worry it’s not all health food, there will be plenty of decadent options too. As always there will be lots of inspiring demonstrations including ones by Nadia Lim, Chelsea Winter, Simon Gault and Michael Van de Elzen.

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