World Rally roars into town

GETTING IN GEAR: The stars of World Rally will be in town this weekend.
GETTING IN GEAR: The stars of World Rally will be in town this weekend.

Looking for something to do this weekend? We check out Auckland's best events and take a sneak peek at next week.

Main Event

TVNZ 7's The Big Idea - from Sunday

Big ideas opened up, examined, critiqued and pinned as flight of fancy, unattainable, or something solid for New Zealand's future.  

This five-part series, hosted by Tim Wilson, will discuss everything from solar power and population increase to the marketing of New Zealand and everything in between. Every show will be filmed for TVNZ 7, so this is your chance to listen to some interesting discussions and be on telly at the same time.

TVNZ 7's The Big Idea at The Cloud, starting 6pm June 17.  Entry is free, but  you will need to register on the TVNZ website.

Free Stuff
New Zealand Rally Family Day - Sunday

Here for the seventh round of the World Rally Championship, this is your chance to meet some of the best drivers on the planet.

There will be autograph signing sessions from 12.30pm, cars - old and new - on display, face painting, a scooter race and some helpful motoring tips for mum and dad.

New Zealand Rally Family Day at Auckland Viaduct Event Centre from 10am, June 17. Entry is free.

Family Fun

Art in the Park Concert for the Birds - Friday

Beautiful lighting, a lovely setting and a recreation of one of her most famous gowns, this evening is all about the legendary Marlene Dietrich.

With a cabaret performance of 23 of her songs by Jennifer Ward-Lealand, this is a fundraising show for the Royal Forest and Bird Society to help threatened native birds.

Art in the Dark Concert for the Birds at Playhouse Theatre, Glen Eden, from 7.30pm, June 15. Tickets $35 for adults and $15 for kids.

Date Night

The Rocky Horror Picture Show - Friday

There is nothing like a pelvic thrust, a step to the left and gold hot pants to set the mood for a date. Thank goodness then, Academy Cinema is hosting an interactive screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show this Friday.

Watch the sweet and innocent Brad and Janet lose that squeaky-clean image after rubbing shoulder with Rocky, Magenta and of course Dr Frank'n'Furter.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show at Academy Cinemas, 10pm, June 15. Tickets $18 from the venue.

Staying In/ Going Out

Stay home on Sunday night and test out New Zealand's latest TV comedy Golden.  It's Olympic themed, it's about rowing and the characters are a little bit delusional - sounds perfect to me.

Pop Up Dining are the new kings around town, and this Friday they are pulling out an old favourite - lamb. On the menu is everything from sheep's head meat with lemon, parsley and garlic yoghurt, through to short ribs. But book now - the last event they held was a sell out.

Golden, TV3 Sunday at 7pm
Pop Up Dining: A Lamb Odyssey at Crave Café, Morningside. Tickets $45 from

Best of the Rest


Silo Cinema presents the Breakfast Club at Silo Park, Wyndham Quarter
The Bads at The Wine Cellar
Clap Clap Riot album release at 420 on K Rd

Crafternoon Tea at Trinity Methodist Church, New North Rd Kingsland
Ladies Day at Western Springs
Shakespeare Hollywood Ball at the Shakespeare
Auckland Secondary Schools Aerobic Champs at Avondale College

Ewen Gilmore at Pony Club
Winter Pastimes at Howick Historical Village
LG Mystics vs. Magic at Trust Stadium Arena, Henderson

Cooking Masterclass with Gareth Stewart at Sachies Kitchen, Parnell
Tribes at Maidment Theatre

Led Zeppelin and Space Park double feature at Stardome Observatory and Planetarium
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (play) at Q Theatre

North Shore Youth Music 10th Annual Concert at Bruce Mason Centre
JJA Jazz Awards Satellite Party at 1885

Batacuda Sound Machine fundraising show at Sale St
2012 Brother Rally New Zealand at Auckland Viaduct Event Centre
Ruby Frost at Pony Club

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