Top five things to do this weekend

22:44, Jul 03 2014
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THE DRUNKEN SAILORS: Brianna O’Donoghue (vocals), Tessa Whale (guitar), Fizzi Whale (drums), Josh Voight (bass) and Rachel Brandt (keys)s – rehearse for Friday night’s Smokefreerockquest regional finals. The St Paul’s Collegiate band is one of 12 acts competing at the Clarence St Theatre from 7pm.


It's gameday! Who will win tonight's do-or-die playoff final between the Hurricanes and Chiefs at Waikato Stadium?  Kick-off is at 7.35pm and tickets will be available at the gate.

I'm going to hazard a guess here and say bringing a rain jacket and some warm woollies would be a wise decision. 


Head along to the retro and vintage market at St Francis Church in Hillcrest on Saturday, 9am-1pm. It has become a monthly affair, which is great for fans of retro wares.  Click here for a list of stallholders.

Also, the Glenview Country Market and Car Boot is on Sunday at the Glenview Club on Peacockes Rd, 9am-2pm.



Waikato's top youth bands will battle it out at the regional final tonight at the Clarence St Theatre. General admission is $20 and it starts at 7pm and finishes at 10.


New Zealand and Australia will face-off at the 2014 champs over four days from Saturday at the Hamilton inline hockey rink at Lugton Park, Dey St. Six different grades will be competing and the overall wins determine the winner of the  Trans-Tasman Trophy, currently held by New Zealand. Entry is free.


Today and tomorrow,  Wintec is hosting the 2014 WorldSkills National Competition on their Rotokauri campus. It's the precurser to the world champs for tradespeople, who will compete across 18 categories. The top competitor in each will join the Tool Blacks team to represent New Zealand in the international WorldSkills competition in Brazil next year. It's open to the public and free to watch.


Coromandel's winter festival of light will be switched on tonight. The Illume festival will run until July 12. Cameron Massey, over at the Hauraki Herald, wrote a wee preview story about it and the entertainment on offer. Read it here.

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