What’s On? Tattoos & E-Bikes

The seventh edition of the New Zealand International Tattoo & Art Expo opens in Tauranga today. Photo: Tracy Hardy

Good morning Sunners and welcome to what is a rather wet start to the weekend in this wonderful city of ours.

Don't let the showers and possible thunderstorms stop you from enjoying the awesome events that're on today, like the New Zealand International Tattoo and Art Expo at the Queen Elizabeth Youth Centre, or Koops Cycles free E-Bike Information and Demo Day on Cameron Road.

Stars of the hit reality TV show Ink Masters, a traditional Japanese tattoo artist, a man who paints on canvas using his own blood, plus the best of the best Kiwi tattooist are all in town for the 2017 NZ International Tattoo & Art Expo which opens today.

Now into its seventh year, the two-day event is the only convention in the Bay of Plenty to showcase the works of renowned international, national and local tattoo artists.

“With a bigger focus on street culture and more family friendly attractions lined up, the event has just gone from strength to strength,” says organiser Chris Preece.

“This year, we've got some big names from the tattoo world, but we've also got some well-known performers in our music and graffiti art arena – so it's set to be a huge weekend.”

Along with musical performances from much-loved Kiwi muso Tiki Taane and a beatbox battle, hosted by the award-winning DJ Spell, also on during the expo is the ever-popular Miss Tattoo NZ beauty competition, aerial silk contortionist-turned-body builder Cassie Law, street art displays and the NZ versus Australia four-man Historical Medieval Battles.

The NZ International Tattoo & Art Expo opens today at the Queen Elizabeth Youth Centre, from 11am-10pm. Tickets: $20 and available from Eventfinda or on the door. For more information visit www.tattooart.co.nz

Tiki will be performing during the NZ International Tattoo and Art Expo in Tauranga this weekend. Photo: Wayne Tait

Kiwi musician Tiki Taane has launched an online competition for young performers, aged 12-18, where they can win the opportunity to sing ‘Always on My Mind' with him during the International Tattoo and Art Expo in Tauranga next year. Photo: Wayne Tait - See more at: http://www.sunlive.co.nz/news/142471-share-stage-tiki-at-tattoo-expo.html#sthash.zQsnk8Tf.dpuf

As part of Sport Bay of Plenty's Bike Month, Koops Cycles on the corner of Cameron Road and 17th Avenue are hosting its free E-Bike Information and Demo Day.

Curious locals are being encouraged to head a long and receive both practical and technical information on how to get the most out of an e-bike, from 10am-3pm.

“These free sessions will be run on the hour between 10am and 3pm and include the chance to ride a wide range of e-bikes,” says the event organiser.

Bookings are essential, to book call Koops Cycles on 578 5406 or drop into the store.

For more information about Bike Month visit Sport BOP's website at: www.sportbop.co.nz/februarybikemonth

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


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

Bay Network Singles Social Club

Friendship group of people aged 55+ who wish to make new friends & enjoy club activities, dining, shows, trips, bbq's etc. Mary-Anne 027 207 1690 or 576 9988

Bayleys Kaimai Community Golf Classic

Held Feb 25, based at the Midson Farm, off Soldier's Rd. 12 holes. Tickets; $10 if you prebook, $15 on the day. Fundraiser. www.facebook.com/Kaimai-School

Baypark Family Speedway

Super Stock Car – Lazy-Boy Saloon Car Series Rd 3 at ASB Baypark Stadium 6.30-10pm. www.bayparkspeedway.co.nz

Car Boot Sale

Greerton Village School, Greerton Road 7.30am - 12pm. Cost $5 per site. Shirley 577 1116 or 0274 146 040

CIRCA Boutique Vintage Market

Mount Citizens Hall, 345 Maunganui Road, Mt Maunganui 9am-4pm. Antiques, vintage, fashion, homeware, jewellery, retro, artisan products & more. Cash market.

Come Dancing Te Puke

Te Puke Scottish Society Valentine's dance today at Te Puke War Memorial Hall 7.30pm. Enjoy the company of like minded people who love dancing. Live band, great supper. Door charge $7. Valerie 573 7093

Friendship Force International

Friendship & Home Hosting exchanges with other clubs worldwide. Barbara 574 5711 or email: regclothier@gmail.com www.thefriendshipforce.org

Lions Club of Katikati

Garage sale at Containers at rear of Caltex Service Station, Main Rd, Katikati 8am – 12pm. Furniture, whiteware, electrical. No parking in Caltex yard please.

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 meetings every Sat 7.30-8.30pm & every Sun 7-8pm, Hanmer Clinic (behind Super Liquor), 1235 Cameron Rd, Greerton. Every Mon 7-8pm & Fri 7.30-8.30pm, Hillier Centre. 31 Gloucester Rd, Mt Maunganui. Women's Meeting every Tues 10.30-11.30am Downstairs Hall (accessed from bottom car park), Salvation Army Recovery Church, 375 Cameron Rd. If using drugs is causing you problems, maybe we can help. 0800 NA TODAY

NZ International Tattoo & Art Show

Feb 18 & 19 at Queen Elizabeth Youth Centre, cnr Devonport Rd/11th Ave, Tauranga Sat 11am - 10pm, Sun 11am - 7pm. General admission $20. Tickets from Eventfinda

Petanque @ Club Mt Maunganui

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

ScandinaviaNZ BOP

March 4 family BBQ & bonfire in Te Puna 4-8pm. All Nordics welcome. Hyggelig family evening. For details, Hanne 570 6121 before 23 Feb.

Taoist Tai Chi

Strength, flexibility, stillness. Beginners class on Saturdays. Free to give it a go - no cost for first session. 15 Koromiko St, Judea 8.30-10am. John 576 9836

Tauranga Harbour City Lions

Book clearance sale, one day only - today at 168 Devonport Rd (between 1st & 2nd Ave) 8am - 5pm. Great bar-gains - nothing over $3.

Tauranga Indoor Radio Control

Car Club race day. We have moved to larger premises so bigger track & faster racing. Mount Sports Centre track set up from 8am. Practice starts approx. 11am. Come on down, have a look & maybe try a car out in the newcomers class. www.tirccc.co.nz or Facebook page.

Te Puke Community Market

Jubilee Park 9am - 1pm. Monique 027 356 9545

Te Puke Forest & Bird

Maketu Dotterels – help remove protection fences ready to store for next breeding season. Neale 021 0234 3524

The Lizard Market

Brand new market at Omokoroa Settlers Hall, Omokoroa Rd 9am – 1pm. Stalls include food, jewellery, candles, wooden art, herbal therapies & more. Free admission.

The Rusty Mannequin

Historic Village 9am – 12pm. Best selection of top quality high fashion preloved women's clothing ever. Handbags, shoes & jewellery. $5 - $10. Cash only.

Trustpower Photographic Exhibition

Until April 9 at The Strand, Downtown Tauranga. Large scale exhibition showcasing our people & places. Free entry.

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 free listing on SunLive's What's On page email Julie at julie@thesun.co.nz


Well Papamoaner...

Posted on 19-02-2017 07:31 | By The Jimmie Rustler

People who get tattoos are like people who post ill informed, silly and downright ugly comments on news websites...personal choice. But unlike ill informed, silly and downright ugly comments on news website, tattoos don't harm anyone. Maybe try opening your mind to the possibility that people want to be completely different to the kind of person you are Papamoaner. Or better yet, and as the saying goes: Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and to remove all doubt.


Posted on 18-02-2017 12:03 | By Papamoaner

Why do they do it? It's permanent self-mutilation. We all did silly stuff when young, but this is permanent. What happens when they mature and have a change of mind? Too late!On top of all that, much of it is downright ugly. ART? I don't think so.Sad.

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