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Kawerau's many parks, reserves and buildings combined with its central location make it an ideal venue for events.

Kawerau District Council pro-actively supports events that have either become synonymous with the township and/or utilises our natural resources. We also support smaller community events through subsidised rental fees and assisting with promotional activity. There is a small contestable grant for those interested in establishing a new event. For further information on this fund go to Grants & Funding.

If you would like to hold an event in the Kawerau District please go here for more information.

Major Events 

  

 

Kawerau King of the Mountain
1 November 2014

The Kawerau King of the Mountain is not for the faint hearted. This is a gruelling 8 km race to the summit of Putauaki - 852 metres above sea level. Some athletes will complete this within an unbelievable 60 minutes. Relay competitions between local primary schools are held earlier in the day. The contest for the Prince and Princess of the Mountain commences at 11 am. This race is for 9 - 13 yr olds and takes runners over approximately 4 km of the lower section of the Mountain Race Course.

Enter online at www.kaweraukingofthemountain.co.nz

Read more and check out this video

 

   

 

The Championship Jumpers & Agility Ribbon Trial 
29 & 30 November 2014

Kawerau has the perfect venue for the annual dog obedience shows and with each event, spectators can expect the most amazing level of canine skill around.  Head down to Prideaux Park for this amazing dog agility display.

Find out more about Dog Agility here

 

  

 

Hidden Trails Half-Marathon - NEW DATE & COURSE
30 November 2014

Kawerau Harrier Club Hidden Trails Half-Marathon 30 November. Run the hidden trails of the Kawerau District in our brand new half marathon course. This event is suitable for runners and walkers of all abilities. The new course for 2014 will start at the Circus Paddock on Plunket St and make its way towards land behind Valley Road and the Tui Glen Farm block of land.  This will be mainly trails and promises some exciting new experiences along with some stunning views.

Check out www.kawerauharrierclub.co.nz for more information

 

   

 

Kawerau Christmas in the Park 
13th December 2014

Kawerau will once again host its annual festive celebrations at Prideaux Park. The New World Kawerau Santa Parade will set off at 11am from the Ron Hardie Recreation Centre and complete 2 laps of the township. Prideaux Park will be the site for the Radio 1DoubleX Community Christmas Concert during the afternoon before we move into the Grand Finale and what will be some of New Zealands finest talents performing on stage.

For more information www.kawerauchristmasinthepark.co.nz

 

  

 

The 7th Annual Vibram Tarawera Ultramarathon & Relays
7 Feb 2015

In 2015 record numbers of ultra runners will hit these shores and will converge upon Kawerau for what is fastly becoming one of the worlds must do ultra races. Starting at sunrise in Rotorua and embarking on 100km, 85km & 60km runs through some of the most stunning and inaccessible native terrain the Bay of Plenty has to offer. This ultra marathon will take in amazing sights such as Lake Okataina and the Tarawera forest and finish at the foot of Putauaki, Mt Edgecumbe in Kawerau. Click here for more information http://www.taraweraultra.co.nz

The race will have 1000 starters representing around 30 nations, check out the international documentary

 

 

  

Recent Major Events

          


Kawerau Woodfest
12 - 14 September 2014

Kawerau Woodfest in the Bay of Plenty is an A&P show for wood - a showcase of the artistic side of working with wood along with a host of other activities associated with the wood industry. The cornerstone of Kawerau Woodfest is the National Woodskills Competition - a huge crowd-puller for over 20 years. With events such as the wood chopping competition, you'll be transported back to an era when the axe was king.  The Dig Zone will demonstrate the sheer muscle and power of hard manual labour with a shovel in hand. The town of Kawerau will become alive with the smell of two stroke, pinus radiatus and timber oil as the nations finest wood craft artists and competitive forestry workers come together to entertain the visiting public and wider community of the Bay of Plenty.


Go
here for more.

 

 

 

BOP Canoe Slalom Club Race
6 July 2014

It may be the middle of winter but this doesn't stop the development of Canoe Slalom happening in the Bay of Plenty.  As beginners and intermediate paddlers prepare for the up and coming 2014/15 summer season, this race is another opportunity to check out the up and coming talent our region has to offer. 

Keep up to date with Canoe Slalom Bay of Plenty by checking out their Facebook page

 

  

 

Kawerau Big 3 Competition 
15- 17 August 2014

The Big 3 Competition is a land based fishing and hunting event. The weekend starts at 5.00 pm on Friday 15 August at the Kawerau Sports Club on Firmin Field, Waterhouse Street Kawerau. A family/whanau day will be held on Sunday 17 August, with field games and challenges set up for children of all ages. Then of course the famous K-Town Pig Run!

Final weigh in is 3pm Sunday immediately followed by the prizegiving.

2014 Big 3 Entry Form and Rules Click

More information

 

  


Gravity Sports Club '6 HR' [Adventure Race]
7 June 2014

Kawerau's very own Gravity Sports Club will be hosting the 2014 6 HR Adventure Race and it promises to be another amazing adventure. The stunning environment in and around Kawerau will be the perfect playground as competitors from young to old navigate their way through the mystery course that will test the physical and mental abilties of all involved. Will it be the Tarawera River? Up the monutain? Through the swamp? Who knows, you will have to enter to find out! 2014 6HR Race Flyer Click

Entry Form Now Available Gravity 6HR Race Entry Form 2014 Click

http://www.sportsground.co.nz/kaweraugravitysports/

 

  

 

ANZAC Day - Dawn Parade & Ceremony
25 April 2014

Join us at 05.45hrs at the Ex-Navalmens club on Onslow Street where the annual memorial service will commence.  The parade will head to the Ron Hardie Recreation Centre where the formalities will begin.  The ceremony will then move into the Rec Centre to finish off .The RSA warmly welcomes all to attend.

 

We Will Remember Them....

 

 

   

 

 

Kawerau Youth Council - Skate Park Jam
5 April 2014

In it's 3rd year now and hosted by the Kawerau Youth Council is Kawerau's very own Skate Park Jam.  The pro's, 'Amazon Skate Team' will once again visit Kawerau and demonstrate the finest in skate skills.  Various categories will be available for locals around the Eastern Bay of Plenty to enter along with heaps of prizes up for grabs.

Anybody interested should contact for further information 07 306 9009.

Come down and check out the top skills of our local skaters as they battle it out to be the champs.

 

   

 

Seriously Social Rafting Comp
5 April 2014

More fun and frolics on the Tarawera River, with sprint time trials down the 1km course and a full program of head to head knockout races whilst negotiating slalom gates. Get a team of 6 paddlers together and enter this awesome competition and experience the Tarawera grade 2 rapids like you have never done before. There will be top prizes up for grabs with an awesome raft trip for one lucky team down the Kaituna River. Who will be crowned the new champions and earn the right to defend their title and have their name etched on the prestigious Seriously Social Rafting Comp trophy?

Click here for SS Rafting 2014 ENTRY FORM Click  SS Rafting 2014 ENTRY FORM Click  2014 Info Click

Contact for more information

 

   

 

The Royal Canin Championship Obedience Event 
5 & 6 April 2014

Kawerau has the perfect venue for the annual dog obedience shows and with each event, spectators can expect the most amazing level of canine skill around.  Head down to Prideaux Park for this amazing dog agility display.

Find out more about Dog Agility here

 

 

 

Summer Night Market
27 March 2014

A series of three evening markets with stalls run by local people selling food, arts and crafts.  Accompanied by entertainment in the form of children and young people's dance, singing and other musical performances.  Starting at 5pm - 8.30pm.  Organisers are always on the look out for more stalls and entertainment to enhance the market.

Please contact  or  for more information

 

 

 

Kawerau 60th Birthday Celebrations
29 & 30 March 2014

Kawerau was founded in 1954, the once bare block of land with nothing but a few trees, a river and an iconic mountain has seen a lot in 60 years from it's early days of development. With forestry, pulp and paper as the central industrial hub of the Eastern Bay through to more recent years with a decline in some industries, Kawerau is now looking forward to a new era of growth and optamisim which will shape the next 60 years of what is one of New Zealands youngest towns.

This weekends celebration will be centered at Prideaux Park with stalls, music and guest speakers whilst other fringe activities will be taking place elsewhere around the township.

Music, dance and cultural performances at Prideaux Park Saturday 29 March. Full Programme Click

Tickets for the 60th Birthday dinner - $30 each and available from the Kawerau Cosmopolitan Club ph 07 323 7132  kaweraucossie@xtra.co.nz

Contact Sandra van Egmond on 07 306 9047 for more information.

 

  

 

The 6th Annual Vibram Tarawera Ultramarathon & Relays
15 March 2014

In 2014 the largest field of ultra runners ever to hit these shores will converge upon Kawerau for what is fastly becoming one of the worlds must do ultra races. Starting at sunrise in Rotorua and embarking on 100km, 85km & 60km runs through some of the most stunning and inaccessible native terrain the Bay of Plenty has to offer. This ultra marathon will take in amazing sights such as Lake Okataina and the Tarawera forest and finish at the foot of Putauaki, Mt Edgecumbe in Kawerau. Click here for more information http://www.taraweraultra.co.nz

This year's race will have near 1000 runners representing 28 nations, check out the promo video

 

  

 

Canoe Slalom New Zealand - North Island Champs
9 March 2014

This will be the only major canoe slalom event to be held in Kawerau during the 2014 summer season and will be a major warm up race for the Youth and Juniours heading across to Australia for the Worlds in April.  Expect some high calibre talent on display and the stunning natural environment the new Tarawera River walkway offers spectators.

For more on the sport www.slalomnz.org.nz

 

  

 

The Royal Canin Championship Obedience Event 
1 & 2 March 2014

Kawerau has the perfect venue for the annual dog obedience shows and with each event, spectators can expect the most amazing level of canine skill around.  Head down to Prideaux Park for this amazing dog agility display.

Find out more about Dog Agility here

 

 

 

BOP Canoe Slalom Champs
1 March 2014

The Tarawera River will showcase the top talent that Canoe Slalom has in the Bay of Plenty, which is presently the number 1 development platform for this sport.  Expect to see the up and coming New Zealand team members battle it out all in preparation for the the Nationals, North Island Champs and the International Race schedule coming up overseas.

 

  

 

Street Legal Art Festival
8 & 9 Feb 2014

New Zealands top street artists will come together for an amazing weekend of street art to be held at the Jive Cafe in Kawerau.  This will be an amazing and unique event to be held in Kawerau at this time of year.  For more information check out http://www.streetlegalfestival.com/ .The street art scene in Aotearoa is huge and underground, and until now there hasn’t been a single event involving the whole community. Street Legal will be just that – a place for artists and fans to come together, do their thing, and have a chill weekend amongst the green of Kawerau.

Kawerau may be a small inland Bay of Plenty town nestled in the timber forests, but the locals are friendly, the good times are plentiful, and the Street Legal Festival will be right at home in the K-Town.

 

       


Kawerau Christmas in the Park
21st December 2013

Kawerau will once again hostits annual festive celebrations at Prideaux Park. The New World Kawerau Santa Parade will set off at 11am from the Ron Hardie Recreation Centre and complete 2 laps of the township. Prideaux Park will be the site for the Radio 1DoubleX Community Christmas Concert during the afternoon before we move into the Grand Finale and what will be some of New Zealands finest talents performing on stage.

For more information www.kawerauchristmasinthepark.co.nz

 

      

 

World Rafting Champs
13- 24 November 2013

After months of preparation and eagerly awaited anticipation the best raft nations in the World will be in Kawerau competing to be be crowned World Champs.  The purpose made slalom course on the Tarawera River in Kawerau will play host to the Slalom discipline and the Youth sprints & Time Trials.  Waterhouse St. Reserve will be the perfect venue for what promises to be an amazing spectacle with around 30 nations from across the globe present.  Slalom racing is the sight to see so do not miss this once in a lifetime opportunity in Kawerau.

 

Check out www.kaweraudc.govt.nz/Global for the Eventfinda Global Water House festival happening in conjunction with the World Rafting Champs.

For up to date information check out the official website http://www.2013raftingworldsnz.com/index.php

 

 

Seriously Social Rafting Comp 
24 November 2013

More fun and frolics on the Tarawera River, with sprint time trials down the 1km course and a full program of head to head knockout races whilst negotiating slalom gates. Get a team of 6 paddlers together and enter this awesome competition and experience the Tarawera grade 2 rapids like you have never done before. There will be top prizes up for grabs with an awesome raft trip for one lucky team down the Kaituna River. Who will be crowned the new champions and earn the right to defend their title and have their name etched on the prestigious Seriously Social Rafting Comp trophy? Click here for Race Format    What to bring     Race Rules

Entry forms here http://www.kaweraudc.govt.nz/Global/social.asp

 

 

 

28th Annual Outdoor Bowls National Tournament
18 - 20 November 2013

Join the Kawerau bowling club for this national tournament to be held over 3 days.  If you are interested in entering this competition please contact 07 323 7477 for entry forms and details.

 

 

 

Endurance BOP Ride
24 November 2013

Summer is coming and with that we can expect plenty of action in and around Kawerau.  Tui Glen Farm and the surrounding natural beauty will be the venue for the first endurance ride of the new season. 

 

  

 

Te Roopu Raranga Whatu o Aotearoa - The National Weavers Hui
25 - 27 October 2013

Weavers from across Aotearoa will converge on Kawerau for this amazing collection of the finest Hare Keke and tradional Maori artists in New Zealand.  The Ron Hardie Recreation Centre will be the venue for this Labour Weekend event.

 

  


Kawerau Woodfest
13- 15 September 2013

Kawerau Woodfest in the Bay of Plenty is an A&P show for wood - a showcase of the artistic side of working with wood along with a host of other activities associated with the wood industry. The cornerstone of Kawerau Woodfest is the National Woodskills Competition - a huge crowd-puller for over 20 years. With events such as the wood chopping competition, you'll be transported back to an era when the axe was king.  The Dig Zone will demonstrate the sheer muscle and power of hard manual labour with a shovel in hand. The town of Kawerau will become alive with the smell of two stroke, pinus radiatus and timber oil as the nations finest wood craft artists and competitive forestry workers come together to entertain the visiting public and wider community of the Bay of Plenty.


Go
here for more.

 

 

Waitomo 3 Day Endurance Ride
27 - 30 Sept 2013

Spring is now upon us and with that we can expect plenty of action in and around Kawerau.  Tui Glen Farm and the surrounding natural beauty will be the venue for the first endurance ride of the new season.  This will be in preparation towards the North Island Champs also in Kawerau in 2014.

 

 

  

 

Kawerau Big 3 Competition
2 - 4 August 2013

The Big 3 Competition is a land based fishing and hunting event. The weekend starts at 5.00 pm on Friday 2 August at the Kawerau Sports Club on Firmin Field, Waterhouse Street Kawerau. A family/whanau day will be held on Sunday with field games and challenges set up for children of all ages. Then of course the famous K-Town Pig Run!

Final weigh in is 3pm Sunday immediately followed by the prizegiving.

More information

 

  

 

Hidden Trails Half-Marathon 
7 July 2013

Kawerau Harrier Club Hidden Trails Half-Marathon 3 July 2011 Run the hidden trails of the Kawerau District in our brand new half marathon course. This event is suitable for runners and walkers of all abilities.The circular course winds up through the Native Reserve of Monika Lanham over looking the Kawerau District then following the Trails along the meandering Tarawera River and finishing down the Stoneham Walk Ruarunga stream reserve. View the towns history as you enjoy the event. The course is both On and Off Road.

Check out www.kawerauharrierclub.co.nz

 

 

 

The Youth Factory - Jamfest
22 June 2013

New Nation and the Kawerau Youth Council will be joing together to bring another awesome opportunity for the local youth with the Jamfest.  We are presently seeking young talented people with a flair for stage performances and would like to be a part of the showcase event. 

 For more information contact lucy.potter@kaweraudc.govt.nz

 

 

  

 

Gravity Sports Club '6 HR' [Adventure Race]
15 June 2013

Kawerau's very own Gravity Sports Club will be hosting the 2nd 6 HR Adventure Race and it promises to be another amazing adventure. The stunning environment in and around Kawerau will be the perfect playground as competitors from young to old navigate their way through the mystery course that will test the physical and mental abilties of all involved. Will it be the Tarawera River? Up the mountain? Through the swamp or just up the creek without a paddle! Who knows, you will have to enter to find out!

 

Online entry available soon here all enquiries please email kaweraugravitysports@gmail.com

 

  

 

Zirka Circus
13-16 June

Zirka Circus is ideal entertainment for ALL AGES - from the youngest family members through to couples looking for an amazing night out, and older family members too.  This circus will be a stunning display of colour and energy and surely one not to miss.  Tickets available soon here http://www.zirkacircus.com/

 

       

 

Antique & Collectors Roadshow
1 & 2 June

The NZ Motor Caravan Association (NZMCA) will be hosting this unique event in the Kawerau Town Hall.  Expert valuers will be on hand for any members of the public to get an independant valuation on their antiques and collectables for the cost of a gold coin.  There will be an antique auction over the weekend and bri a brac stalls full of knick knacks for sale.

All proceeds from the weekend will go to the Hospice.

General information Click  Bric a Brac tables Click 

Contact Ray Barton for more information patray52@xtra.co.nz or 07 323 8559

 

  

 

Eastern Bay of Plenty Kennel Club Association Championship Show
4 & 5 May 2013


Prideaux Park will be hosting the best of dog breeds at this championship show. If you are a dog owner specialising in pedigree breeds you will appreciate the level of commitment involved in showing your best breed in competition. There will be a range of pedigree's on show which are always worth making the effort to take a look at.

For further information contact Kay O'Carroll from the Kennel Association at Legacy.Kennels@xtra.co.nz

 

   

 

59th Whakatane Bird Show
25 & 26 May 2013

The 59th Annual Show of the Whakatane Bird Show will be held in the Kawerau Town Hall on 25 & 26 May. Birds catered for include Canaries: Yorkshire, Norwich, Border, Colour Fed and Non Colour Fed, Closter, Lizard and Roller. Budgerigars, Bengalise and Zebra Finches. British Birds include Goldfinches, Chaffinches, Thrushes,Blackbirds and Sparrows. Lovebirds and a foreign section which includes exotic Finches, Parakeets, Doves, Quail and Parrots.

For further information please contact vera@netsmart.net.nz

 

  

 

The K-Town Derby Dolls - "FUND-GRAZEHER"
20 April 2013

Roller Derby is back and it is going to be bigger and better than the first bruising time round in the 70's. The K-Town Derby Dolls have been developing their sport in Kawerau for months and now that they have earned the reputation of being a tough team to handle,   Head down to the Ron Hardie Rec Centre to see this brutal yet entertaining sport.

 

      

 

 

The Royal Canin Dog Agility Champs
13 & 14 April 2012

Head down to Prideaux Park for this amazing canine competition as dogs and their owners compete in the Dog Agility Champs. There will be in excess of 160 'jet propelled' hounds flying through the air over various obstacle courses, a site not to be missed. Kawerau has a fine reputation as a dog friendly town and this 2 day event will highlight that!

 

   

 

FLOWQUEST KAWERAU
2 March - 7th April

FLOWQUEST is a series of whitewater events happening throughout the whole month of March into the first weekend of April.  With the premier events such as the NZCT Secodary School Whitewater Champs, Canoe Slalom Nationals and the Youth Rafting Selections and Nationals there will be a wide variety of whitewater racing taking place on the Tarawera River in Kawerau.

Go here for more information

 

       

 

Auckland German Shepherd Rescue Trust Games Event
17 March 2013

Prideaux Park will play host for the first time to the Auckland German Shepherd organisation with a gathering of German Shepherd enthusiasts and a range of demonstrative games to show off these incredibly intelligent canines skills.  For more information contact Les McLeod - 07 323 7601

 

       

 

Canoe Slalom NZ - North Island Champs
16 March 2013

Kawerau will be a buzz with extreme sports on the 16th March, the Tarawera River is not only the finish spot for the Tarawera Ultramarathon but it will also play host to the North Island Canoe Slalom Champs.  The North Island Champs will be a fine warm up race prior to the Nationals scheduled to be held at Easter.

 

  

 

The 5th Annual Vibram Tarawera Ultramarathon & Relays
16 March 2013

Starting at sunrise in Rotorua and embarking on 100km, 85km & 60km runs through some of the most stunning and inaccessible native terrain the Bay of Plenty has to offer. This ultra marathon will take in amazing sights such as Lake Okataina and the Tarawera forest and finish at the foot of Mt Edgecumbe in Kawerau. Click here for more information http://www.taraweraultra.co.nz

This year's race is expected to demonstrate some of the most elite ultra distance runners in the world and was a sold out race months ago.

 

   

 

Seriously Social Rafting Comp
10 March 2013

More fun and frolics on the Tarawera River, with sprint time trials down the 1km course and a full program of head to head knockout races whilst negotiating slalom gates. Get a team of 6 paddlers together and enter this awesome competition and experience the Tarawera grade 2 rapids like you have never done before. There will be top prizes up for grabs with an awesome raft trip for one lucky team down the Kaituna River.
Who will be crowned the new champions and earn the right to defend their title and have their name etched on the prestigious Seriously Social Rafting Comp trophy?
Click here for
Race Format    What to bring     Race Rules

Entry forms

College age entry form Click (13-18 Years)

Open Social entry form Click (Over 18)

For more information on Kawerau raft comps, please contact SocialRafting@hotmail.com

 

   

 

KYC Skate Park Jam 
9 March 2013

The Kawerau Youth Council will be holding a BMX, skate board & scooters jam at the skate park and BMX track in Kawerau. There will be a pro skate team demonstration and a competition of various disciplines for all ages. There will be some top class judges and awesome prizes to be won. Anybody interested should contact Lucy Potter for further information 07 306 9009. Come down and check out the top skills of our local skaters as they battle it out to be the champs.

 

 

   

 

Circus Aotearoa
1-3 March 2013

New Zealand’s only Kiwi owned and operated Circus, is showing in Kawerau the first weekend in March, as part of the Big B.O.P leg of their Hoopla 2013 Tour.  The circus presents a highly acclaimed show, featuring an intriguing mix of traditional and modern human based acts.  Circus Aotearoa promises great animal free fun for all ages. In fact they “guarantee a great time”, all this as well as a beautiful classic big top to see it in.  The show is based on a classic circus format, presented in a ring with The Ringmaster introducing the Kiwi stars featured in this 90 minute performance.

The troupe of highly skilled young Kiwi artists perform a dizzying array of acts, including  Aerial Tissu, Juggling,  Roué Cyr (Simple wheel), Hula Hoops, Trapeze, Chinese pole, ,Clown routines , Object Manipulation, Aerial Hoop, Acrobatics and Adagio

For more http://circusaotearoa.co.nz/

Circus Aotearoa Press Release Click

 

 

 

Waikato Endurance Club - In the Bay
3 February 2013

Tui Glen Farm will play host to the Waikato Endurance (Horse) Club as the venue for a number of different distance rides. This event is open for anyone in our region who have an interest in endurance based horse rides. If you are interested please contact Daryl Owen (07) 308 0018 darylanne@hotmail.com

Waikato Endurance Club Flyer Click

 

 

 

Canoe Slalom NZ Selection & Ranking Races 1& 2
26 & 27 Jan 2013

The 2013 full canoe slalom competition timetable starts in Kawerau with the NZ team selection and ranking races 1 & 2. The mighty Tarawera River with its idyllic native surroundings in Kawerau, nestled at the foot of the most iconic Eastern Bay of Plenty landmark, Putauaki; will be the venue for this adrenalin pumping sport. Canoe Slalom is on the ascendancy and is growing in popularity nationwide and this full weekend of races will be the first serious outing of the year for New Zealand's top paddlers and a collection of international stars.

If you haven't been to Kawerau yet to check out this amazing sport - now is the time

 

 

 

Kawerau Christmas in the Park
15th December 2012

Kawerau will once again hostits annual festive celebrations at Prideaux Park. The Santa Parade Registration Click will set off at 11am from the Ron Hardie Recreation Centre and complete 2 laps of the township. Prideaux Park will be the site for theRadio 1DoubleX Community Christmas Concert during the afternoon before we move into the Grand Finale and what will be some of New Zealands finest talents performing on stage.

All finished off with the Eastern Bays largest firework display.

 

 

 

Enduranz - BOP Grass Roots Series of 3
25 Nov

The Grass Roots Series of 3 is 3 endurance horse rides spread out over the next 2 months. The series is being created to fill a need for more introduction level rides in the Bay of Plenty. The Grass Roots Series is targeted at creating a fun and educational environment where new riders can learn about vetting and strapping their horses, and about how to work with your horse to complete the long distance rides in a set time. Participants will enjoy some of the most stunning natural Kawerau environments whilst on horseback. For more information check the following links or contact event organiser hannah.edwardson@kaweraudc.govt.nz

Objectives Click Riders what to do Click Information Click Flyer Click

 

 

 

Eastern Bay of Plenty Dog Obedience Club
24 & 25 November 2012


Head down to Prideaux Park for this amazing canine competition as dogs and their owners compete in the 'Championship Jumpers Event'. There will be in excess of 160 'jet propelled' hounds flying through the air over various obstacle courses, a site not to be missed. Kawerau has a fine reputation as a dog friendly town and this 2 day event will highlight that! Click Click to Download Reader Championship Jumpers for more.

 

 

Canoe Slalom Bay of Plenty - Club Race Day
24 November 2012

The Tarawera River will play host to one of the first regional races of the new 2013 summer season. This will prove to be a good warm up for the emerging Bay of Plenty talent looking to earn spots in the New Zealand teams for 2013. 

 

 

 

Norm Edwards Memorial Tae Kwon Do Tournament
10 November 2012

Kawerau will play host to some of the finest martial art experts in or region, this tournament is held in respect of the late Master Norm Edwards. A highly respected and well remembered teacher of the sport and this tournament is a fitting memorial to the local coach who gave a great deal to the sport.

This will be held at the Ron Hardie Recreation Centre and is open to the public to attend.

 

 

 

Kawerau King of the Mountain
27 October 2012

The Kawerau King of the Mountain is not for the faint hearted. This is a gruelling 8 km race to the summit of Putauaki - 852 metres above sea level. Some athletes will complete this within an unbelievable 60 minutes. Relay competitions between local primary schools are held earlier in the day. The contest for the Prince and Princess of the Mountain commences at 11 am. This race is for 9 - 13 yr olds and takes runners over approximately 4 km of the lower section of the Mountain Race Course.

Enter online at http://kawerauharrierclub.co.nz

Read more and check out this video

 

 

 

World Rafting Champs - Pre Worlds & NZ Nationals
19-21 Ocober 2012

 

As preparation for the World Rafting Champs 2013, Kawerau will play it's part as one of the venues for the Pre-World Rafting Champs. This event expects to attract the top New Zealand Senior teams as the Selection process for the World Champs. We can expect teams from outside of New Zealand entering this event as it provides an excellent opportunity for international teams to prepare before they take on the World in Kawerau in 2013. This will prove to be a major curtain raiser for the World Champs.

Kawerau will have the slalom races on the Tarawera River on Saturday 20th October. Do not miss this action!

 

 

 

NZ Youth Whitewater Raft Racing
6 Oct 2012

A dedicated group of Whitewater Raft Racing enthusiasts have taken the bull by the horns and ready to turn our local young people into the next wave of International stars. Kawerau is set to be the pioneering force behind the development of Youth Raft racing in New Zealand. With the recent announcement that New Zealand will host the World Raft Champs in 2013 this now gives young people in New Zealand the opportunity to get ahead of their nearest international rivals and prepare for what will be a history making lead in to the Worlds in November 2013.

If you are interested in taking up this amazing opportunity click here Entry Form and details 6th Oct Race Click or contact roozy1@hotmail.com

 

 

 

Kawerau Woodfest
7-9 september 2012

Kawerau Woodfest in the Bay of Plenty is an A&P show for wood - a showcase of the artistic side of working with wood along with a host of other activities associated with the wood industry. The cornerstone of Kawerau Woodfest is the National Woodskills Competition - a huge crowd-puller for over 20 years. With events such as the wood chopping competition, you'll be transported back to an era when the axe was king. The town of Kawerau will become alive with the smell of two stroke, pinus radiatus and timber oil as the nations finest wood craft artists and competitive forestry workers come together to entertain the visiting public and wider community of the Bay of Plenty. This year promises to be jam packed full of entertainment so bring the family to Kawerau for plenty of free entertainment.

Go
here for more.

 

      

 

Kawerau Big 3 Competition
17-19 August 2012

The Big 3 Competition is a land based fishing and hunting event. The weekend starts at 5.00 pm on Friday 17 August at the Kawerau Sports Club on Firmin Field, Waterhouse Street Kawerau. A family/whanau day will be held on Saturday with field games and challenges set up for children of all ages. Final weigh in is 3pm Sunday immediately followed by the prizegiving. Download the entry form and rules below.

More information

The Big 3 Entry Form & Rules Click

 

 

 

Gravity Sports Club '6 HR' [Adventure Race]
28 July 2012

Starters list 2012 Click

Kawerau's very own Gravity Sports Club will be hosting the 2nd 6 HR Adventure Race and it promises to be another amazing adventure. The stunning environment in and around Kawerau will be the perfect playground as competitors from young to old navigate their way through the mystery course that will test the physical and mental abilties of all involved. Will it be the Tarawera River? Up the mountain? Through the swamp or just up the creek without a paddle! Who knows, you will have to enter to find out!

Results now available:
Divisional Results Click
Overall Results Click

 

  

 

Kawerau Harrier Club Hidden Trails Half-Marathon
1 July 2012

Run the hidden trails of the Kawerau District in our brand new half marathon course. This event is suitable for runners and walkers of all abilities.The circular course winds up through the Native Reserve of Monika Lanham over looking the Kawerau District then following the Trails along the meandering Tarawera River and finishing down the Stoneham Walk Ruarunga stream reserve. View the towns history as you enjoy the event. The course is both On and Off Road.

Check out www.kawerauharrierclub.co.nz

 

      

 

Kawerau Youth Council presents 'About 2 Shine'
16 June 2012

After a series of highly succesful youth events the Kawerau Youth Council will once again put together another amazing showcase event for the Youth of Kawerau and the surrounding region. About 2 Shine is an opportunity for up and coming ambitious stars in the making. Kawerau Youth Council is looking for any talent going with opportunity for bands, solo performers, hip hop groups or simply any performers with the potential to shine.

Contact lucy.potter@kaweraudc.govt.nzif you think you have what it takes to shine! 

 

  

 

58th Whakatane Bird Show
19 & 20 May 2012

The 58th Annual Show of the Whakatane Bird Show will be held in the Kawerau Town Hall on 19 & 20 May 2012. Birds catered for include Canaries: Yorkshire, Norwich, Border, Colour Fed and Non Colour Fed, Closter, Lizard and Roller. Budgerigars, Bengalise and Zebra Finches. British Birds include Goldfinches, Chaffinches, Thrushes,Blackbirds and Sparrows. Lovebirds and a foreign section which includes exotic Finches, Parakeets, Doves, Quail and Parrots.

For further information please contact vera@netsmart.net.nz

 

 

 

NZ Youth Whitewater Raft Racing
6 May 2012

 

A dedicated group of Whitewater Raft Racing enthusiasts have taken the bull by the horns and ready to turn our local young people into the next wave of International stars. Kawerau is set to be the pioneering force behind the development of Youth Raft racing in New Zealand. With the recent announcement that New Zealand will host the World Raft Champs in 2013 this now gives young people in New Zealand the opportunity to get ahead of their nearest international rivals and prepare for what will be a history making lead in to the Worlds in November 2013.

If you are interested in taking up this amazing opportunity click here info & entry pack Click or contact roozy1@hotmail.com

 

 

 

Eastern Bay of Plenty Kennel Club Association Championship Show
5 & 6 May 2012


Prideaux Park will be hosting the best of dog breeds at this championship show. If you are a dog owner specialising in pedigree breeds you will appreciate the level of commitment involved in showing your best breed in competition. There will be a range of pedigree's on show which are always worth making the effort to take a look at.

For further information contact Kay O'Carroll from the Kennel Association at Legacy.Kennels@xtra.co.nz

 

 

 

 

The Royal Canin Dog Agility Champs
14 & 15 April 2012

Head down to Prideaux Park for this amazing canine competition as dogs and their owners compete in the Dog Agility Champs. There will be in excess of 160 'jet propelled' hounds flying through the air over various obstacle courses, a site not to be missed. Kawerau has a fine reputation as a dog friendly town and this 2 day event will highlight that!

 

 

 

 

 

The 4th Annual Vibram Tarawera Ultramarathon & Relays
17 March 2012

Starting at sunrise in Rotorua and embarking on 100km, 80km & 60km runs through some of the most stunning and inaccessible native terrain the Bay of Plenty has to offer. This ultra marathon will take in amazing sights such as Lake Okataina and the Tarawera forest and finish at the foot of Mt Edgecumbe in Kawerau. Click here for more information http://www.taraweraultra.co.nz

 

 

 

Seriously Social Rafting Comp - (re-race of postponed comp)
24 March 2012

More fun and frolics on the Tarawera River, with sprint time trials down the 1km course and a full program of head to head knockout races whilst negotiating slalom gates. Get a team of 6 paddlers together and enter this awesome competition and experience the Tarawera grade 2 rapids like you have never done before. There will be top prizes up for grabs with an awesome raft trip for one lucky team down the Kaituna River.
Who will be crowned the new champions and earn the right to defend their title and have their name etched on the prestigious Seriously Social Rafting Comp trophy?
Click here for
Race Format What to bring Race Rules

Entry forms
Open Social Entry Form Click Open Social Entry Form Click
College Age Entry Form Click College Age Entry Form Click

For more information on Kawerau raft comps, please contact SocialRafting@hotmail.com

 

 

 

The K-Town Derby Dolls - "FUND-GRAZEHER"
31 March 2012

Roller Derby is back and it is going to be bigger and better than the first bruising time round in the 70's. The K-Town Derby Dolls have been developing their sport in Kawerau for the past 18 months and now that they have earned the reputation of being a tough team to handle K-Town Dolls are ready to host the best of the rest from out of the region. This inaugral "FUND-GRAZEHER" event will welcome (or destroy!) roller derby teams from the Waikato, New Plymouth and beyond. Spectators welcome to come along and enjoy what is set to be the next big thing in Kawerau!

 

 

 

NZMCA Country Music Spectacular
16-18 March 2012

 

Kawerau will be the venue for up to 500 motor homers for this Country Music Spectacular. Prideaux Park will be a sea of motor homes whilst the Town Hall will be the venue for two nights of entertainment.

 

 

 

Eastern Bay of Plenty Dog Obedience Competition
3 & 4 March 2012

This dog obedience tournament will display the best groomed and most highly trained dogs the region has to offer. This is the oldest of doggy disciplines around and requires years of training by owners. Come down to Prideaux Park and watch the skills both dog and owner have to offer. What is Dog Obedience?

 

 

 

 

NZ Canoe Slalom - Selections & Rankings 1 & 2
21 & 22 January 2012

The sight of skill, strength and courage pitted against powerful water makes slalom an exciting spectator sport. For the competitor there is the challenge, together with fantastic friendships, cooperation between national teams, and closeness to the river and the environment. Don't miss this ever popular spectator sport and the opportunity to see two Olympians in action, New Zealand's number 1 paddlers, Mike Dawson and Luuka Jones

The Tarawera River will yet again host some of NZ's finest paddlers around. Don’t miss this excellent spectator opportunity, for more.

 

 

 

Kawerau Christmas in the Park
17th December 2011

A safe family environment with a strong entertainment lineup to appeal to all age groups and musical tastes, rides and slideshows for the kids, crafts stalls and a massive firework display. The day kicks off with the float parade at 11am with the afternoon's entertainment starting at 1pm. Choose a meal from the food stalls, bring plenty of sunscreen and make a real day of it. The evening's lineup will run from 7.30 - 10pm

This years main artists

 

 

 

Seriously Social Rafting Comp
26 November 2011

More fun and frolics on the Tarawera River, with sprint time trials down the 1km course and a full program of head to head knockout races whilst negotiating slalom gates. Get a team of 6 paddlers together and enter this awesome competition and experience the Tarawera grade 2 rapids like you have never done before. There will be top prizes up for grabs with an awesome raft trip for one lucky team down the Kaituna River.
Who will be crowned the new champions and earn the right to defend their title and have their name etched on the prestigious Seriously Social Rafting Comp trophy?
Click here for
Race Format What to bring Race Rules

Entry forms Rafting college age entry form Click college age Click
Rafting open social entry form Click open social Click

For more information on Kawerau raft comps, please contact SocialRafting@hotmail.com

 

 

 

Eastern Bay of Plenty Dog Obedience Club
26 & 27 November 2011


Head down to Prideaux Park for this amazing canine competition as dogs and their owners compete in the 'Championship Jumpers Event'. There will be in excess of 160 'jet propelled' hounds flying through the air over various obstacle courses, a site not to be missed. Kawerau has a fine reputation as a dog friendly town and this 2 day event will highlight that! Click Click to Download Reader Championship Jumpers for more.

 


Bay of Plenty Slalom
12 November 2011

Many of the New Zealand top slalom paddlers will be returning back home after months competing in the Northern hemisphere, all of who will have a story to tell of their experiences competing at the highest level. Kawerau will be the first venue of the season for our regional competitors to begin preperation for the 2012 season with many paddlers knowing their chances of competing at the London Olympics or not. Check out www.slalomnz.org.nz to keep up to date with all the slalom news.


Kawerau King of the Mountain
29 October 2011

The Kawerau King of the Mountain is not for the faint hearted. This is a gruelling 8 km race to the summit of Putauaki - 852 metres above sea level. Some athletes will complete this within an unbelievable 60 minutes. Relay competitions between local primary schools are held earlier in the day. The contest for the Prince and Princess of the Mountain commences at 11 am. This race is for 9 - 13 yr olds and takes runners over approximately 4 km of the lower section of the Mountain Race Course. Enter online at http://kawerauharrierclub.co.nz
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Kia Kaha Kawerau Concert!
24 September 2011

The Kawerau Town Hall will play host to a wide variety of entertainment which is sure to get you giggling beyond belief. For the first time in Kawerau we are pleased to announce the hilarious comedy duo- The Laughing Samoans! What ever you do, don't miss out on this Charity Concert.

 


Kawerau Woodfest
2-4 September 2011

Kawerau Woodfest in the Bay of Plenty is an A&P show for wood - a showcase of the artistic side of working with wood along with a host of other activities associated with the wood industry. The cornerstone of Kawerau Woodfest is the National Woodskills Competition - a huge crowd-puller for over 20 years. With events such as the wood chopping competition, you'll be transported back to an era when the axe was king. The town of Kawerau will become alive with the smell of two stroke, pinus radiatus and timber oil as the nations finest wood craft artists and competitive forestry workers come together to entertain the visiting public and wider community of the Bay of Plenty. This year promises to be jam packed full of entertainment and with the Rugby World Cup coinciding with Woodfest, crowd numbers are anticipated to be the biggest ever.

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Kawerau Big 3 Competition
26-28 August 2011

The Big 3 Competition is a land based fishing and hunting event. The weekend starts at 5.00 pm on Friday 20 August at the Kawerau Sports Club on Firmin Field, Waterhouse Street Kawerau. A family/whanau day will be held on Saturday with field games and challenges set up for children of all ages. Final weigh in is 2 pm Sunday immediately followed by the prizegiving. More information


 

 


Gravity Sports Club '6 HR' [Adventure Race]
13 August 2011

Kawerau's very own Gravity Sports Club will be hosting the 2nd 6 HR Adventure Race and it promises to be another amazing adventure. The stunning environment in and around Kawerau will be the perfect playground as competitors from young to old navigate their way through the mystery course that will test the physical and mental abilties of all involved. Will it be the Tarawera River? Up the monutain? Through the swamp? Who knows, you will have to enter to find out!

ENTRANTS LIST Gravity Web entries Click to Download Reader Division results Click to Download Reader Overall results Click to Download Reader

 

 

Kawerau Harrier Club Hidden Trails Half-Marathon
3 July 2011

Run the hidden trails of the Kawerau District in our brand new half marathon course. This event is suitable for runners and walkers of all abilities.The circular course winds up through the Native Reserve of Monika Lanham over looking the Kawerau District then following the Trails along the meandering Tarawera River and finishing down the Stoneham Walk Ruarunga stream reserve. View the towns history as you enjoy the event. The course is both On and Off Road. Check out www.kawerauharrierclub.co.nz

 

 

ANZ Netball Discovery Day
23 June 2011

There will be around 100 local year 5 & 6 students attending the Ron Hardie Recreation Centre for this special Netball Discovery Day. There will be an opportunity for developmental coaching clinics for all those aspiring young silver ferns.

 

 

Youth Fashion Show
25 June 2011

The Kawerau Youth Council will be holding the first ever Youth Fashion Show at the Kawerau Town Hall, after the massive success of the Kawerau's Next Big Thing the Kawerau Youth Council will be following on with the fashion show to encourage all budding designers to get creative and use whatever material they can with Natural Resources, Recycled, Evening, Mens, Womens, Children, Funky and Outside the box all included in the categories.

 

 

57th Whakatane Bird Show
14 & 15 May 2011

The 57th Annual Show of the Whakatane Bird Show will be held in the Kawerau Town Hall on 14 & 15 May 2011. Birds catered for include Canaries: Yorkshire, Norwich, Border, Colour Fed and Non Colour Fed, Closter, Lizard and Roller. Budgerigars, Bengalise and Zebra Finches. British Birds include Goldfinches, Chaffinches, Thrushes,Blackbirds and Sparrows. Lovebirds and a foreign section which includes exotic Finches, Parakeets, Doves, Quail and Parrots. For further information please contact vera@netsmart.net.nz

 



Eastern Bay of Plenty Kennel Club Association Championship Show
7 & 8 May 2011

Prideaux Park will be hosting the best of dog breeds at this championship show. If you are a dog owner specialising in pedigree breeds you will appreciate the level of commitment involved in showing your best breed in competition. There will be a range of pedigree's on show which are always worth making the effort to take a look at. For further information contact Kay O'Carroll from the Kennel Association at Legacy.Kennels@xtra.co.nz

 

Great Rotary Duck Race
30 April 2011

The Rotary club of Kawerau will once again be holding their wonderful annual duck race. There is a limit of 280 ducks available for the race, which starts at 11am from Valley Road in Kawerau and each duck will make it's way down the Ruruenga stream to the finish line at Prideaux Park. Book you duck either at the Kawerau information centre or the Mountain View Rest home. All the proceeds go towards the Mountain View and other local community groups. This is a great community venture and a fun activity for all the family to enjoy, so why not get involved? Click here for more Great Rotary Duck Race Click to Download Reader

 


 

Eastern Bay of Plenty Dog Obedience Club
16 & 17 April 2011

Head down to Prideaux Park for this amazing canine competition as dogs and their owners compete in the 'Championship Jumpers Event'. There will be in excess of 160 'jet propelled' hounds flying through the air over various obstacle courses, a site not to be missed. Kawerau has a fine reputation as a dog friendly town and this 2 day event will highlight that!

 


 

NZ Secondary Schools Championships & NZ Nationals-CANOEFEST
17-25 April 2011

The Tarawera River will once again be the venue for the New Zealand Secondary School Kayak Champs. NZ Slalom have been investing a great deal of time and resources into the development of white water kayaking which will hopefully pay dividends as the young up and coming kayakers aim to follow in the footsteps of other elite New Zealand kayakers. There will be 4 days of races happening on the Tarawera and plenty of fine skills to be displayed in the secondary schools champs. With a break in competition on Good Friday the seniors will take the water with the pre-nationals on Saturday 23rd and followed by the NZ Nationals on Sunday 24th April. Kawerau will once again be buzzing all week with activity on the Tarawera River. Go to http://www.slalomnz.org.nz for up to date information.Canoefest Info

 

 

The 3rd Annual Tarawera Ultramarathon
19 March 2011

Starting at sunrise in Rotorua and embarking on 100km, 80km & 60km runs through some of the most stunning and inaccessible native terrain the Bay of Plenty has to offer. This ultra marathon will take in amazing sights such as Lake Okataina and the Tarawera forest and finish at the foot of Mt Edgecumbe in Kawerau. Click here for more information http://www.taraweraultra.co.nz

 

 

Gravity Sports BMX and Skate Board Comp.
13 March 2011

The local Gravity sports club will be holding a BMX and skate board competition at the skate park and BMX track in Kawerau. There will be a pro BMX demonstration race and an Eastern Bay of Plenty Secondary School Comp. There will be some top class judges and awesome prizes to be won. Anybody interested should contact Edwina O'Brien for further information 07 306 9031. Come down and check out the top skills of our local skaters as they battle it out to be the champs.

 

Eastern Bay of Plenty Dog Obedience Competition
5 & 6 March 2011
This dog obedience tournament will display the best groomed and most highly trained dogs the region has to offer. This is the oldest of doggy disciplines around and requires years of training by owners. Come down to Prideaux Park and watch the skills both dog and owner have to offer. What is Dog Obedience?

 

 

 


Seriously Social Rafting Comp
19 February 2011
More fun and frolics on the Tarawera River, with sprint time trials down the 1km course and a full program of head to head knockout races whilst negotiating slalom gates. Get a team of 6 paddlers together and enter this awesome competition and experience the Tarawera grade 2 rapids like you have never done before. There will be top prizes up for grabs with an early bird prize for the teams which enter before the 9th February. Who will be crowned the new champions and earn the right to defend their title and have their name etched on the prestigious Seriously Social Rafting Comp trophy? Click here for Race Format What to bring Race Rules

For more information on Kawerau raft comps please contact SocialRafting@hotmail.com

     

Waitangi Celebration Country Fair
5 Febuary 2011
After the success of the opening launch back in June last year the Waterwheel Heritage Trust are pleased to be holding another event on the park site in Spencer Avenue. There will be a range of attractions and workshops taking place with a the theme of celebrating local crafts, shearing and a showcase of the history of farming in our region. There is even a 'Dirty Hands & Green Fingers Competition' which is a great opportunity for all gardeners from young to old to bring in their home grown produce and see if they can win some prizes for the best and longest in different categories.


50th Celebration of Rotary in Kawerau
28-30 January 2011

The Kawerau Rotary will be celebrating 50 years of being in Kawerau registrations from 7pm at the Bert Hamilton Hall. On Saturday there will be visits to various attractions in Kawerau with the a tour of the museum,town murals and Monika Lanham Reserve. On Sunday the annual duck race will take place at Ruruanga Stream at 3pm.. For further information please contact rockwren15@xtra.co.nz


NZ Kayaking Selections & Rankings
22 & 23 January 2011
The sight of skill, strength and courage pitted against powerful water makes slalom an exciting spectator sport. For the competitor there is the challenge, together with fantastic friendships, cooperation between national teams, and closeness to the river and the environment. The Tarawera River will yet again host some of NZ's finest paddlers around. Don’t miss this excellent spectator opportunity. http://www.slalomnz.org.nz for more


Western Bay of Plenty Harness Club Show
9 January 2011
Kawerau is pleased to welcome for the first time, the Western Bay of Plenty Harness Club. These delightful miniature ponies are simply a wonderful sight to see as they negotiate a series of courses pulling a small carriage with handler on board. Bring down the kids to Boyce Park on River Road in Kawerau to see this unique sporting event take place.


Christmas in the Park
18 December 2010
A safe family environment with a strong entertainment lineup to appeal to all age groups and musical tastes, rides and slideshows for the kids, crafts stalls and a massive firework display. The day kicks off with the float parade at 11am with the afternoon's entertainment starting at 1pm. Choose a meal from the food stalls, bring plenty of sunscreen and make a real day of it. The evening's lineup will run from 7.30 - 10pm


Seriously Social 'Rudolph Rafting Comp'
27 & 28 November 2010
Seriously Social rafting is back. This immensely popular event will be held over the whole weekend in Kawerau. There will be a college age competition on Saturday 27th with the open social competition on Sunday 28th. Two days with 16 teams per day will paddle it out to be crowned the champs of this fun fancy dress competition.


Eastern Bay of Plenty Dog Obedience Club
27 & 28 November 2010
Head down to Prideaux Park for this amazing canine competition as dogs and their owners compete in the 'Championship Jumpers Event'. There will be in excess of 160 'jet propelled' hounds flying through the air over various obstacle courses, a site not to be missed. Kawerau has a fine reputation as a dog friendly town and this 2 day event will highlight that! Click Click to Download Reader Championship Jumpers for more.


1st National Maori Tae Kwon Do Open Championships
20 November 2010
Kawerau will play host to the finest martial art experts New Zealand has on offer, this tournament will also hold the Master Norm Edwards Open competition as a fitting memorial to the local coach who gave a great deal to the sport.

 


NZ R6 Raft Team Selections
14 November 2010
The cream of New Zealands competive rafters will be on show for this selection race. The competition will start with a series of time trials which will establish placings for the head to head competition. The day will progress into the slalom discipline before finishing with the down river endurance race. There will also be a local kayak competition happening throughout the day. Come down to Waterhouse St. Reserve and watch the male and female elite rafters battle it out for the right to represent their nation in Costa Rica at the 2011 R6 World Champs.