Park Chan-wook's Decision to Leave. Photo / Supplied

Catch A Flick & More Fun Things For The Weekend

Watch a film (or four), see Crooked Colours and have a mystery long lunch

Catch a film (or four)
The New Zealand International Film Festival kicks off its film-packed programme this evening, July 28, with the debut of Tearepa Kahi’s Muru, described as a masterful plunge into the Tūhoe raids of October 15, 2007. There’s plenty on offer for film buffs in what follows, from body horror in Crimes of the Future, to the Paul Mescal-studded Aftersun, romantic mystery Decision to Leave, the Palm d’Or winner Triangle of Sadness, and Aubrey Plaza as a gig economy worker in Emily the Criminal. View the full programme at

Shop for clothes
Fashion lovers should head to Liz Mitchell’s atelier this weekend for the designer’s VIP sale that’ll see 50 per cent off some wonderful garments. Friday July 29 (9am to 5pm), Saturday July 30 (9am to 3pm) and Sunday July 31 (10am to 3pm). 196 Great North Rd, Grey Lynn, Auckland.

Peruse some pottery
The annual exhibition by Auckland Studio Potters, called Nourish, opens its doors next week with a stunning showcase of ceramics poised to be judged by Objectspace’s Zoe Black. August 2-12, Allpress Studio, 8 Drake St, Freemans Bay. Open from Monday to Friday, 7am to 2.30pm.

Hear Crooked Colours
The Australian indie-dance trio will be at Meow Wellington tonight, Thursday July 28, in Auckland on July 29 at the Tuning Fork, and on July 30 at Studio the Venue, bringing their new single of 2022, Feel It, to the stage with support from local singer Josie Moon. Don't miss them. Tickets are available here.

Have a long lunch
As part of ongoing every-festival Elemental AKL, Ponsonby will be bringing together some of its beloved food haunts for a one-day-only long lunch this Saturday, July 30. The eateries are a mystery, as is the destination. Tickets cost $90 and are available here.

Support a good cause
It's the last weekend of Farmers' month-long drive for cancer charity Look Good Feel Better. You can purchase one of items from a selection of top beauty brands, with a dollar from your purchase going to the cause, with a dollar-for-dollar match from Farmers. You can also donate directly to the charity at the till, or pick up something from the limited edition Look Good Feel Better range.


See Harper Finn
Celebrating his new EP, Newcomer, out on July 29, the magnetic singer will be taking to the stage for two live shows: Wellington at Meow on August 11, and Auckland at the Hollywood Cinema on August 13. Tickets are on sale viva Moshtix.

Run for a reef
Want to support the Great Barrier Reef? An inaugural event will see 21 cities across New Zealand and Australia simultaneously participate in 1km, 5km and 10km fun runs, and a “special elite” 10km run to raise money for the coral reef, with the majority of funds going towards conservation initiatives with WWF-New Zealand and the Great Barrier Reef Foundation. The races will take place in New Zealand on Sunday October 16 across Auckland and Wellington. To register for the event, visit

Have chocolate and coffee
Make for the Cloud this September for the Chocolate and Coffee Show (September 10-11) and its artisan chocolatiers, coffee roasters and producers for samples, tasting and delectable demonstrations. There’s also a special chocolate-and-wine pairing experience led by Angelo Minelli. Tickets are available now at

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