What’s On? Sikh parade & demo derby

This year's Sikh Parade, hosted by Gurudwara Sikh Sangat Tauranga, will mark 350 years since the birthday of spiritual master, warrior, poet and philosopher Guru Gobind Singh who transformed the Sikh faith. File Photo.

Good morning Sunners! For many of you this weekend is the last weekend of your holidays, so make sure you get out there and enjoy every single second of it.

According to the MetService forecast, aside from a few clouds this morning and later on in the evening, the weather's looking pretty decent for the SunLive Baypark Speedway Demolition Derby tonight and the Sikh Parade in Tauranga this morning.

All the road rules will be chucked out the window when the SunLive Baypark Speedway Demolition Derby returns to Mount Maunganui's tonight, from 6.30pm.

The derby is the first of two to be held this season, with the second one scheduled for April 15.

“We decided to hold one in January when holidaymakers will still be around to give them the chance to enjoy the spectacle of a demolition derby,” says Baypark Family Speedway promoter Bernie Gillon.

Once the drivers hit the track it'll be no holds barred and, to make things even more interesting – as well as trying to hit other vehicles, every competitor must drive over a ramp.

Tonight's event will also feature the second round of the Champion of Champion Sprint Car Series, saloons, mini stocks and six-shooter V6 wingless sprint cars.

“I can't wait,” says Kathy Sellars who'll be representing SunMedia in the derby tonight. “I'm not nervous. I've got a good feel of what it might be like behind the wheel. When I found out I could go full throttle and there's no speed restrictions I was like: ‘Yeah!”

The mother-of-two will be bashing and crashing her way around the speedway track behind the wheel of a specially-modified 2001 Suzuki Aerio which she's dubbed ‘Stinga'.

For more information about the SunLive Baypark Speedway Demolition Derby visit: www.bayparkspeedway.co.nz

Kathy Sellars and 'Stinga'. File Photo.

This year's Sikh Parade, hosted by Gurudwara Sikh Sangat Tauranga, will mark 350 years since the birthday of spiritual master, warrior, poet and philosopher Guru Gobind Singh who transformed the Sikh faith.

“Last year 5,000 people attended the parade. This year it will be an even bigger parade because it's 350 years birthday of Guru Gobind Singh,” says Gurudawra Sikh Sangat Tauranga spokesperson Puran Singh.

The parade will leave at 11am from Burrow Street, head along 14th Avenue, past Fraser Street to Tauranga Boy's College grounds where speeches will be held, then progress past Memorial Park on 11th Avenue, along Fraser Street to 13th Avenue and back to Burrow Street.

Today's parade is part of a traditional Indian ritual with the crowd marching for a two-hour period, chanting Sikh prayers and hymns while dressed in traditional Indian garb. Free entertainment, food and drink will be provided.

January 7 marks the birth of Khalsa, or the 10th Guru, and is regarded as a symbolic day equivalent to Christians celebrating Christmas. Guru Gobind Singh introduced the turban and the salwar kameez that Sikhs wear today.

These are just two of a number of awesome events taking place today, to find more check out SunLive's full What's On listing below.


Annual Book Fair

Mount Lions & Lioness clubs need donations of good quality books, puzzles, CDs, DVDs & vinyl records for their 17th Annual Book Fair Auckland Anniversary weekend, January 2017. Drop-off points are: The Mount Mainstreet office in Phoenix carpark, Mon - Fri 8am-5pm, Car Air BOP Ltd 138 Newton Street, Mount, Mon-Fri 8am-5pm or Resenes, 43 Waihi Road, Judea, Mon-Friday 8.30 - 4pm. For collection, Shirley 07 575 2725

Annual Book Sale

Tauranga Rotary Club looking for donations of books, records, CDs, DVDs, jigsaws & sheet music for its Easter Book Sale. For drops offs, pick ups etc, Ross 544 0817

Baypark Family Speedway

Sunlive Demolition Derby, Champion of Champion Sprint Car series. www.bayparkspeedway.co.nz

Katikati Twilight Concert

Top class performers take the stage for an exception summer concert series. Held at Katikati Haiku Reserve. Pack a picnic, chairs & rug. For details: www.katikaticoncerts.co.nz

Masonic Park Outdoor Movie Nights

Moulin Rouge (M) at 8.45pm. Bring the family & enjoy some good times under the stars watching your favourite flicks. Entry Via Gold Coin Donation with all proceeds to Wish for Fish charity. Brought to you by The Phoenix.

Messianic Meetings

Every Sat at Hillier Centre, 31 Gloucester Rd, Mt Maunganui 10am. Seek to unite together in our walk to put truth into action on a daily basis. All ages welcome. 544 7424 or 0210 226 3515

Narcotics Anonymous

Open meeting every Sat 7.30- 8.30pm & every Sunday 7-8pm at Hanmer Clinic (behind Super Liquor) 1235 Cameron Rd, Greerton. Every Fri at Hillier Centre, 31 Gloucester Rd, Mt Maunganui 7.30-8.30pm. If using drugs is caus-ing you problems, maybe we can help. 0800 NA TODAY

Petanque at Blake Park

Every Saturday - coaching & competitive play 1pm. Equip available, all levels welcome. Jo Ann 578 3606

Port of Tauranga Half

Pilot Bay Beach, The Mall, Mt Maunganui 6am. As one of the longest running & most popular triathlon events in NZ, the Port of Tauranga Half has a rich history in the local Tauranga & triathlon community. The Port of Tauranga Half is the pinnacle event at the Mount Festival of Multisport! http://mountfestival.kiwi/

The Little Big Markets

Coronation Park, Maunganui Rd, Mt Maunganui 9am – 2pm. Great music, good food & a wide range of products. Free admission.

Village Radio

Community radio broadcasting from Tauranga Historic Village 1368 kHz AM. Music of 1940's - 90's weekends 9am - 5pm, weekdays 10am - 5pm. Specialty programmes. www.villageradio.co.nz or 571 3710

To place a listing on SunLive's What's On page email Julie at: julie@thesun.co.nz


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