Kowhai Festival Movie Night


Saturday 19 October 2019 – Shoesmith Domain (lowest field), Hill Street, Warkworth

The Greatest Showman

We’re proud to celebrate the 50th Kowhai Festival with a very special Kowhai Festival Movie Night: ’The Greatest Showman’ (PG) with Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams and Zac Efron. The movie – going along with the Kowhai Festival as entertainment spectacle per se – starts just after 8pm while there will be some relaxing music and a coffee stall from 7pm. Families are welcome to bring their own picnic. As the ground might still be a bit damp it’s probably a good idea to bring a chair or some seating as well as some warm clothes.

’The Greatest Showman’ is a 2017 American musical Drama with a biographical background of P.T. Barnum’s creation of the Barnum & Bailey Circus and the lives of its star attractions. The film has great entertaining value and its songs invite to sing along, as a number of them became chart hits. It was released in the United States on December 20, 2017, seven months after Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus ceased to exist, and grossed over $434 million worldwide, making it the fifth-highest grossing live-action musical of all time.

The Kowhai Festival Movie Night is sponsored by Barfoot & Thompson Real Estate, Warkworth and Mangawhai as well as the Rodney Local Board and supported by Mahurangi Matters and MoreFM Rodney. The Warkworth based ‘The Travelling Cinema Company’ is again in charge of the show with the biggest outdoor screen in the country, which is 18m wide and 11m high. The company was established in 2003 and was the first big screen outdoor exhibitor in the country.




Heritage Walk/Cruise

Sunday, 6 October 2019 1.30pm

Historic River Excursion aboard the Heritage vessel Jane Gifford

at Warkworth Wharf, Wharf Street

A one hour excursion on the wonderful Mahurangi River with commentary (Dave Parker)

Tickets can be purchased on board: Adults ($25), Seniors ($20), Kids ($5)



Wednesday, 9 October 2019 11am to 12noon

Warkworth Heritage Walk for Children

at Warkworth Library, 1 Baxter Street, Warkworth

A guided tour of historical Warkworth for children to see how Warkworth evolved into the town it is today. Please note numbers are limited.

Bookings are being taken at Warkworth Library. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

This is a free event – gold coin koha suggested

The Warkworth Great Debate


Friday 18 October 2019 5.30pm at the Warkworth Town Hall

The debate, which has become one of the pivotal events during the Kowhai Festival and
consists of two rounds of very light hearted debating between two Toastmasters teams with their opponents consisting of a team from Warkworth Rotary & Warkworth Lion and a team from the Warkworth Theater Group.

The Moots are “Men gossip more than women” (Toastmasters vs Rotarians & Lions) and “Are children necessary” (Toastmasters vs Warkworth Theater Group).

Local celebrity Darryl Soljan adjudicates the debates in his own, critical, humorous way.

Tickets: $35 (pre-sold at Mahurangi Matters, Harts Pharmacy, Tui House and Gull Matakana) and are limited to 250 with a few available at the door.

This is a Hospice fundraising event presented by Warkworth Toastmasters and sponsored by Mike Pero Real Estate, Warkworth, Wellsford and Matakana

Mike Pero Real Estate

Other Events

Wednesday, 2 October 2019 from 10.30am

Golden Day and Mobility Scooter Gymkhana

at Summerset Village, Warkworth

Events: (times are approximate)
10.30am Maiden Handicap Trial – Garter Belts optional, one lap
10.45am Skills Test – Manoevering around obstacles, zig zagging between cones, avoiding pedestrians etc.
11.15am Parking – stop on line and reverse into a park
11.45am Blindfolded Handicap – Provide your own blindfolded pilot
12.15pm Open Time Trial – two laps
12.30pm Prize Giving

Entrants must be over 65 and must be ready to compete five minutes prior to each event. All disputes will be handled by the Chief Marshall whose decision will be final. There’s no appeal process (nor VAR). No drugs, modified scooters, grid girls in hot pants or bare chested hunks allowed in the pit area. Random drug testing may be carried out without notification. Winners will NOT do donuts at the end of their event.


Friday, 4 October 2019 and Saturday, 5 October

Golden Kowhai Variety Show

A collaboration by local performance groups to celebrate the 50th annual Warkworth Kowhai Festival.

Music, comedy, song and dance of the 60’s and 70’s from groups such as Warkworth Theatre, Life Song, Jade River Ukes, Showstoppers and the Jazz Connection.

Tickets $20 / $15 / $2 – online booking


Thursday, 10 October 2019 10am to 3pm

Early Settlers’ Craft Day

at Old Masonic Hall, 3 Baxter Street, Warkworth

Come and learn more about the many home crafts early Auckland settlers used both for survival and for relaxation. This is a free event brought to you by the Warkworth Library.



Saturday, 19 October 2019 7pm

WW Music Society Concert: The Troubles – Wellington Jazz Ensemble

at Warkworth Town Hall

This exciting Jazz group raised the roof of the Matakana Hall when they played at our final concert of the season in 2014, and there was not a spare seat. This year they will play in the Warkworth Town Hall which thankfully has a greater seating capacity. Programme details will follow when they become available, but bear in mind this is a jazz group so we don’t expect the programme to be available for a while – or to be adhered to strictly!

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Saturday, 19 October 2019 10am to 4pm

River Pagent: Classic Launches and Steam Boats on the River

at Warkworth Wharf, Wharf Street

Organised by the Jane Gifford Maritime Heritage Trust, the Warkworth Riverbank Enhancement Trust and Mahurangi River Restoration Trust

There are classic launches on display and you can see Steamboats in action. On-Shore attractions include Classic Motorcycle Display and stationary engines run by the Warkworth Museum

This is a free event – Koha welcome


Saturday, 19 October 2019 2pm

Seafarers Concert & Sea Shanties from onboard the Jane Gifford

at Warkworth Wharf, Wharf Street

As special attraction during the River Pagent, the organising trusts welcome the public to a free concert of typical seafarer songs and acts.


Sunday, 20 October 2019 10am to 2pm

Have-A-Go Day – Lawn Bowls

at Mahurangi East Bowling Club, 41 Hamatana Road, Snells Beach

A great chance to have a go at lawn bowls with coaching and bowls available. Bring flat soled shoes and off you go. This is not only a fun sport activity but also very social. It’s a free event.


Sunday, 20 October 2019 10am to 3pm

Teddy Bears Picnic

at Warkworth & District Museum, Parry Kauri Park, Warkworth

The popular Teddy Bears Picnic is back!

You get free entry to the museum, there’s a parade of registered Teddy Bears at 1pm and lots of games and activities for children. Refreshments are available or you can bring your own picnic

Raffles – Spot Prizes – Giveaways


Sunday, 20 October 2019 12pm

Mahurangi Update Excursion aboard the Historic Jane Gifford

at Warkworth Wharf, Wharf Street

A one hour excursion organised by the Jane Gifford Maritime Heritage Trust featuring updates on the river activity (especially dredging)

Tickets can be purchased on board: Adults ($25), Seniors ($20), Kids ($5)


Sunday, 27 October 2019 10am to 5pm

Mahurangi Ukulele Festival featuring Marian Burns 10am-5pm

at Warkworth RSA, 28 Neville Street, Warkworth

Dianne Morgan and the Jade River Ukes are hosting Marian Burns for a fun day of ukulele workshops by Paul Jonson, Dianne Morgan and Marian Burns, culminating in a concert by Marian.

Order your tickets here

  • Whole day $45
  • Concert only $20 prepay ($25 door sales)
  • Kids $5

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