Top five things to do this weekend

STACEY OLIVER
Last updated 14:18 21/03/2014
Turangawaewae Regatta
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A performance at the Turangawaewae Regatta in 2013.

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TURANGAWAEWAE REGATTA

Ngaruawahia is hosting its 119th Turangawaewae Regatta today and tomorrow. School crews competed in heats today but its Saturday that will draw the crowds. The gates open at 9am and there will be a parade of the mighty waka taua (war canoes). Seeing the traditional war canoes in action is a once-a-year opportunity. There's a raft of activities planned throughout the day, like Marae tours, waka rides, waka tauaa exhibition, adventure activities and rides including water slides, climbing tower, pole joust, obstacle course, vertical bungy, gyroscope, bouncy castles. The list goes on, not to mention the finals of kopapa and waka ama racing.  It's a big day in Ngaruawahia and I don't think you'll want to miss it.

VINTAGE AND VETERAN

Veteran car's and vintage tractor's will be on display in Morrinsville this Saturday at the Morrinsville Polo Grounds. The display is part of the 2014 Vintage Car Club of New Zealand National Veteran Rally, which began on Wednesday. The event is held in Te Awamutu for the most part but the rally will make its way to the Hamilton Gardens on Sunday, as well as visiting the Classic Museum, returning to Te Awamutu via Temple View. For those of us, myself included, who are not well versed in car terminology, cars must have been made before 1919 to get the "veteran" tag. Later models are "vintage". 

Photographer Peter Drury went to see the veteran vehicles on Thursday morning. See his photos here

INDIGO CULTURAL FESTIVAL

Did you know today is International Race Relations Day? Hamilton City Council did and they have organised a festival to open Race Relations Week. You can watch a film, My Wedding and other Secrets, at the Garden Place Library tonight at 6. Tomorrow there will be a parade of nations and cultural performances between 2-5pm. The event also marks the end of Summer in Garden Place, bringing the festival and a Twilight Kids Carnival together. There will be market stalls, carnival rides and performances from 11am to 5pm. Basically, a lot of activities to entertain the kids. 

PUMPKIN NIGHT

Tamahere Model Country School is hosting a pumpkin night on Saturday between 4 and 8. Entry is free and there will be games, rides, face painting, food and performances. Students were given a pumpkin seed back in October last year and one lucky boy or girl will take home the award for the biggest pumpkin. The annual event is in its 11th year and, um, it's a bit of a big deal.

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HAMTOWN SMAKDOWN

Hamilton's annual hardcore-punk festival is back at the Meteor Theatre this weekend, starting tonight. There will be 18 bands playing over Friday and Saturday night, doors open at 6. You can grab at two day pass for $20 or $15 for Friday night and $10 for Saturday. There will also be stalls, food, record and merchandise swaps.  

- Waikato

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