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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 Big 3 Competition
28 - 30 August 2015

The Big 3 Competition is a land based fishing and hunting event. The weekend starts at 5.00 pm on Friday 28 August.  The aim is to bring in a stag, boar and snapper either as a team or individuals.  This year a special prize will be awarded for the average boar, so make sure everyone weighs in their boars, as the average weight will not be known until everyone has weighed in.

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

More information

 

         


Kawerau Woodfest
25, 26, 27 September 2015

This year we celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the National Woodskills Competition, expect something special.  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. 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.

 

  

 

Kawerau King of the Mountain
31 October 2015

In 2015 we celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of this amazing race, that is 60 years of tackling New Zealands toughest mountain race.  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.

Early Bird Rate Ends 31 Aug - Enter online at www.kaweraukingofthemountain.co.nz 

Read more and check out this video

 

 

 

Kawerau Christmas in the Park 
12 December 2015

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

 

 

  

Past Major Events

 


Capture It - Youth Exhibition
14, 15, 16 July 2015

The Kawerau Town Hall will become home for a mass of digital displays and live performances all contributed from the Kawerau Youth and led by the Youth Council.  The Capture It project has been 12 months in the making with all the amazing activities involving the young people of Kawerau to be showcased for the public to see during this exhibition.

The public can view the displays each day between 11.00am - 3.00pm with an added session on Thursday from 5.00pm - -7.30pm

 

  


Gravity Sports Club '6 HR' [Adventure Race]
6 June 2015

Kawerau's very own Gravity Sports Club will be hosting the 2015 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! 

2015 Entry Form Click

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

 

   

 

61st Whakatane Bird Show & Sale
30 & 31 May 2015

The 61st Annual Show of the Whakatane Bird Show will be held in the Kawerau Town Hall on 30 & 31 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

 

  

 

ANZAC Day - Dawn Parade & Ceremony
25 April 2015

Join us at 05.45hrs at the Ex-Navalmens club on Onslow Street where the annual memorial service will commence.  The parade will return (after many years away) to the Rautahi Marae, where the formalities will begin.  The ceremony will include guest speakers.The RSA warmly welcomes all to attend.

 

We Will Remember Them....

 

 

 

New Zealand Secondary Schools Whitewater Kayaking Nationals
28 March - 1 April

Young paddlers from across New Zealand will converge in Kawerau for the annual Secondary Schools Nationals, featuring the slalom discipline and down river time trials.  This event is the bedrock for Canoe Slalom development and has witnessed the top national paddlers nurture their skills in.

 

 

 

 

Kawerau Bubble Blast
8 April 2015 

During week one of the Autumn school holidays a collaboration between the Kawerau Youth Council, Take the Lead project and Infinite ConnectioNZ will deliver a fun day of activities for the youth of Kawerau.  Starting at 10am the Ron Hardie Rec Centre will be converted into an indoor laser skirmish zone and two mini soccer pitches will be made on the Circus Paddock for Kiwi Bubble Soccer.   These activities will be joined with a youth consultation forum to capture the voice of the Kawerau youth.

 

 

NZRA R6 National Selection Races
11 April 2015

The Tarawera River will play host to day one of the 2015 R6 (6 in a raft) National Selection Races to determine which New Zealand teams will represent at the World Rafting Champs to be held in Indonesia this year. The Whitewater Kawerau facility was one of the highlights of the 2013 WRC and we look forward to once again showcasing the best of New Zealands competitive rafters.  This year we see the introduction of a floodlit river for the raft slalom racing. 

Kawerau will see the Time Trial Sprints, Head 2 Heads and Slalom disciplines all take place on the same day, whilst the Down River will take place on Sunday 12th on the Rangitaiki River.

 

 

  

 

The Royal Canin Championship Obedience Event  
11 & 12 April 2015

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

 

    

 

Canoe Slalom New Zealand - National Selection Races 1 & 2
24 & 25 January 2015

The elite of New Zealand's slalom paddlers will once again converge on Kawerau and compete in the first major race of the 2015 season.  Canoe Slalom is now establishing itself as a growing extreme sport in New Zealand and the Bay of Plenty boasts the largest level of participation in Aotearoa.  With the Olympics due in 2016, Brazil, we can expect the top paddlers to begin their preparations to represent their country and with that expect plenty of top quality competition on display.

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

 

  

 

The 7th Annual 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

 

   

 

Seriously Social Rafting Comp
7 December 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 7 Dec Info Click

Entry Forms SS Raft Entry Form 7 Dec Click SS Raft Entry Form 7 Dec Click

Contact  on 027 227 4288 for entry forms

 

   

 

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 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 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

 

          


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