Musicians Ned Ngatae and Daniel Weetman from The Black Seeds. Photo / Babiche Martens

Learn Kintsugi, Peruse Some Paua & More Fun Things For The Weekend

Repair things with gold resin, learn about shells and see The Black Seeds

See The Black Seeds live
The Black Seeds begin their seven-date Love and Fire tour (their first Aotearoa tour in five years). Catch them on July 8 (Ngaio Marsh Theatre, Christchurch), July 9 (Lake Wanaka Centre, Wanaka), July 10 (Lake Wanaka Centre, Wanaka), August 5 (Theatre Royal, New Plymouth), August 6 (The Powerstation, Auckland), and August 7 (San Fran, Wellington).

Go to a kintsugi workshop
To celebrate the Japanese festival of Tanabata, Masu and Haku vodka will be hosting a series of kintsugi workshops led by artist Ema Frost. Kintsugi, the art of repairing broken items like vases with a gold resin, is a great, restorative craft to extend the life of your breakables. Make a one-of-a-kind kintsugi to take home, then move to the dining room for a special tasting menu complete with cocktails. Workshops will run every Wednesday from 6-9pm from July 6 to August 10 at Masu, 90 Federal St, Auckland. Each package, inclusive of set menu and cocktails, is $145 per person. For more information, and to book, visit

Attend a writers’ festival
The Speakeasy Writers Festival is on from July 9 to July 10 courtesy of 4th Wall Theatre, featuring the bookish Rosetta Allan (poet, novelist, short-story writer), Jared Savage (investigative reporter), Julie Zarifeh (psychologist), Jacqueline Bublitz (Before You Knew My Name), and more. Join in on the Q&As and book signings. 11 Baring Terrace, Strandon, New Plymouth.

Listen to How Do You Know? by Daffodils
The Auckland four-piece indie band’s new EP Stay The Night is a highlight with its sentimental sound and reverberating vocals. This lead single is both introspective and reflective. 

Explore some jewellery
With over 70 works from The Dowse, Auckland Museum, Te Papa and private collections, The Dowse's new exhibition Pāua: A Contemporary Jewellery Story is poised to be an expansive exploration of the mollusc. “This exhibition reveals contemporary jewellers’ impressions of how a shell infiltrated our national psyche, exploring everything from its use in Māori whakairo rākau (carving) to its appearance in kiwiana and souvenir shops,” says the gallery. July 9 to November 20. Entry is free. 45 Laings Road, Hutt Central, Lower Hutt.

Experience some dance
Immerse yourself in the Pacific Dance New Zealand Digital Festival with a programme that combines online and in-person shows and classes, from a film by award-winning choreographer Tupua Tigafua, to a workshop in Tahitian dance with Tahiti Ia Ora. On now until July 31.

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