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To market to market…
Stalls, food, live music, cafe, art, veges, and so much more at local markets full of heart and soul. Bring the family, meet the locals, entertain your visitors and even walk the dog.

No Waipu Country Market in April. Look out for the next one May 2.

Mangawhai Beach & Country ‘Easter Twilight Market’: Mangawhai Domain, Saturday April 4, 4-7pm. The market then shuts down for the winter months and restarts again Sunday October 25. Bookings and enquiries 027 458 6144.

Marsden Cove Markets: Next market is April 19, 9am-1pm. Run third Sunday of every month at the marina in the big marquee. Enquiries or bookings to don@marsdencovemarket.co.nz or text 021 716 030.

Festival of Fibre
An exhibition showcasing the textile/fibre art work of local talent. Exhibitors will include, flax weavers, spinners, weavers, leather workers, felters, knitters, embroiderers, wool and mohair workers, doll makers, patch workers, and art quilters.

This is a not-for-profit event. Any surplus funds will be used to support education and promotion of fibre textiles in the Bream Bay region.

Festival of Fibre: April 4, 9am-4pm, Coronation Hall, 45 The Centre, Waipu. $2 per adult.

Radio Waves Pickle-Off
And a fundraiser for our local radio station. It's that time of year again when all the best people are making Ppickle! Keep Sunday April 12 free for the Radiowaves Annual Pickle-Off. Search your cupboards for that favourite sauce, pickle or chutney you have made, or come along to enjoy the afternoon and bid for your favourite one. For more info call 0273 134 429, email info@radiowaveswaipu.co.nz, or look up Radio Waves Waipu on Facebook.

ruakaka bike 2-539Ruakaka Primary bike track
Thanks to funding from the School Support Group, Ruakaka Primary has been able to put in their bike track and a successful launch day was held on March 14. Stu Bell from Bikes in Schools visited the school on February 24 to present and fit helmets for all children. Each helmet is named and has been generously donated to the school by Fonterra. These helmets will be worn by the children every time they ride the bikes on the bike track.

Ruakaka Street Sprint
Organised by the Northern Car Club as their premier tarmac event of the year, the Ruakaka Street Sprint regularly attracts record crowd numbers unequalled by any other similar event in Northland. Competitors from all over flock to the event and drivers from Auckland and beyond take the journey to the beautiful white sands of the Ruakaka beaches to test themselves against the rest on the tarmac. Entries are still being accepted and can be arranged by contacting the Northland Car Club at www.ncc.org.nz.

Ruakaka Street Sprint: March 29, 10am, Simes & Kepa Roads.

* Ruakaka Surf Beach Markets are closed for now till next summer.

* Cove Cafe new hours after Easter: Open Thurs - Mon 9am to 9pm, closed Tues and Weds.

* Tsunami Siren Testing will take place across Northland on Easter Sunday April 5 at 9.20am. For details on tsunami sirens and their use go to nrc.govt.nz/civildefence/

Waipu Easter Carnival coming
Your first stop this Easter Saturday should be the annual Waipu Easter Carnival, with good old-fashioned homemade delights, creamy fudge, preserves, coffee, crafts, potted plants, quickfire raffles, white elephant, books, and lots more!

The carnival is a wonderful family event and a treasure hunters dream, with ‘quality’ pieces and bargains galore.

Once again there will be a huge range of rides and games for children (and adults) of all age groups, along with the popular Kids Zone. Sit and enjoy a delicious lunch from one of our fine food stalls while being entertained by an array of local entertainers.

We guarantee good, old-fashioned community spirit – you won’t be disappointed. An annual event not to be missed! Check out waipucarnival.com for more details.

Waipu Easter Carnival: Saturday April 4, Caledonian Park, Waipu. Free entry.

Marsden Cove Marina Store open
Great news: A general store is open at Marsden Cove Marina, next to the Coast Guard. They will be stocking bait, ice, drink's, groceries, milk, bread papers, pies, fishing gear and lots more. Hours of trade 5am to 6pm.

Waka Ama
Marsden Cove is going to have a mass arrival of Waka in the form of the Waka Ama short course Nationals on Easter Saturday and Sunday. Expect around 80 crews racing either in the Harbour or out to the Old Woman and back – roughly 30km. The event is being run from the Marsden Cove Marquee with live video feeds, so come and check out the action!

Chics at the Chicks
Gaggles of girls will be migrating to Marsden Cove Marina next Thursday, Friday and Saturday to take part in the Chics at the Chicks Ladies Fishing Competition. Now in its fifth year, the competition encourages women from around the country to come and enjoy the bounty that our Northland waters offer. Then it’s time to let your hair down with the dinner, dance and dress-up competition later that night. Don’t miss out on this fantastic weekend of fun and have a laugh with the lasses. For more info and to register see marsdencovefishingclub.co.nz.

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