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SunLive – Summer suggestions from the artistic director of Tauranga


James Wilson, Director of Arts and Culture for Tauranga City Council has some great suggestions for enjoying the Christmas and New Year’s summer holidays.

“A very Merry Christmas to all Weekend Sun readers! Hope you all can enjoy a relaxing and peaceful Christmas vacation with your families after a difficult year for everyone, ”said James.

James says whether you’re visiting Tauranga for the summer or staying here in the bay, our local creative sector has plenty of summer goodies in store for you.

“I would highly recommend a day trip to the Historic Village to experience the Creative Hub incubator,” says James.

“They recently opened two new galleries showcasing local art, including ‘The Pot House’, which is home to incredible ceramic artists and a range of unique pottery.

Launch of The Pot House in the historic village of Tauranga. Photo: James Wilson.

“If you are looking for shelter from the scorching sun, the Tauranga Art Gallery is the place to be. Don’t miss Darcell Apelu’s incredible sculpture “A Death of Prosperity”, as well as a fascinating exhibition marking ten years of Rena’s catastrophe.

“For last-minute Christmas gifts, go to the Baycourt ticket office. Tickets for the Tauranga Musical Theater production Les Misérables would be a great stock.

“Also, be sure to head to the Strand during the break.” Our waterfront is currently illuminated by a series of spectacular illuminations by light artist Angus Muir.

The Tauranga Waterfront Exhibition is open until January 5.

“The light show is perfect for an evening family stroll, taking away some of the Christmas indulgence while celebrating summer in our city,” says James.