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Plate of Origin 2017

Plate of Origin 2017

Plate of Origin 2017 is an annual competition showcasing the best food from across New Zealand. 


Hosted in Manawatu, ten local restaurants have partnered up with ten of the best restaurants from around the country to collaborate on one main dish.

Each partnership will produce a plate that highlights two key ingredients, representing the partner restaurant’s region.

Try a Plate of Origin dish at any participating restaurant between Tuesday 14th March and Saturday 18th March 2017, and go in the draw to win a Visa Wellington On a Plate Experience for two! Prize includes two nights’ accommodation, meals and Festival Event tickets.

The Plate of Origin will be available in all participating Manawatu restaurants for dinner throughout the New Zealand Agri Investment Week. Opening hours vary between restaurants and we recommend making bookings early at your restaurant of choice. Each dish will be priced accordingly though will fall within $35-$42.

Plate of Origin is run in association with Cuisine Magazine and Visa Wellington On a Plate and proudly supported by Chef's Choice.


Roslyn Wacky Water Day

Roslyn Wacky Water Day 

Come along to the annual Wacky Water Day! 


Water fights, face painting, thunder run, sausage sizzle, arena obstacle course.

Freyberg Pool from 1pm-4pm.

Bouncy castles and much more! Best of all, it all free that is to Roslyn reach!


Sat 11 Mar 2017, 12:00pm–4:00pm

Where: Skoglund Park, Thames St, Palmerston North 
Restrictions: All Ages



Mokopuna Ora Celebration

“Engaging whānau and the community in weaving hauora for mama and pepi.”

An awesome day for our mokopuna at Te Aroha Noa, Friday 10th March, 10am - 4pm

Transport available.


Weaving wahakura demonstration all day.

- Weaving
- Working with clay (ipu whenua)
- Whanau-led play with tamariki eg water play, making play dough,
- Rock painting (bring your own rocks)
- Making healthy kai
- Gentle movement
- Mirimiri


Activities start at 10:30am, 11:30am, 1:30pm, 2:30pm.

Spot prizes and giveaways.


Information available about: pregnancy, birth and parenting, smoke-free, safe sleeping, breastfeeding, and keeping healthy.


For more information and to register contact:
Te Aroha Noa
Phone - 06 358 2255

Central Districts Field Days

Central Districts Field Days is back for 2017!

Don't miss your chance to keep up-to-date with and trial the latest in rural innovation and agri-technology. 


As the largest regional agriculture field days in the country, Central Districts Field Days features 570+ displays and attracts over 30,000 visitors locally, and from around New Zealand.


Over the three days, Central Districts Field Days boasts an exciting lineup of entertainment, including crowd favourite competitions; the Tractor Pull, the National Excavator Championships, the Central Districts Fencing Competition and more. 


Keep an eye on our Facebook page for more information.



Thu 16 Mar 2017, 8:30am–4:30pm
Fri 17 Mar 2017, 8:30am–4:30pm
Sat 18 Mar 2017, 8:30am–4:30pm


Where: Manfeild, South Street, Feilding, Feilding and District


Restrictions: All Ages


Ticket Information:

Adult: $15.00 Child: $0.00

    Toyota Hilux New Zealand Rural Games

    When the Rural Community comes to town...

    The Hilux New Zealand Rural Games are coming to Palmerston North! 


    The two-day celebration of ‘sports that built the nation’ features exciting New Zealand and trans-Tasman championships for traditional sports including speed shearing and speed fencing against the clock, sheep dog trials, head-to-head wood chopping battles and the giant kilted warriors of the gut-busting Highland Games ‘heavy’ events.


    Get stuck in and have a go yourself at fun events like gumboot throwing, wine barrel racing, speed hand milking, cowpat tossing and heaps more. Just turn up and you might end up a national champion!


    Kids ‘n Country on both days is a series of fun events especially for children aged 12 and under. Warning: your kids will get messy (and love it!).


    There are speciality stalls selling delicious local food and wine plus live entertainment and a few famous faces having a go themselves.

    Manawatu Craft and Food Fair Saturday March 11th

    Crafts and Food........what a perfect combo!!


    The Manawatu Craft and Food Fair showcases the great talent of our local people through craft, food and fair! 


    Come along to Barber Hall, Saturday 11th March and check out the great local craft, food and fun for the whole family including Raffles, Bouncy Castles, Ride On Toys, Candy Floss and more...


    This is an event not to be missed!



    Sat 11 Mar 2017, 10:00am–3:00pm

    Where: Barber Hall, Waldegrave Street, Palmerston North, Palmerston North 


    Restrictions: All Ages 

    Ticket Information:

    • Admission: Free


    Hopewalk Palmerston North coming March 19th

    Come along and show your support for the awareness and prevention of suicide!


    Shot Bro is coming back! Show dates on the poster

    The critically acclaimed one man show "Shot Bro" by Rob Mokaraka is back!!

    Get your kids involved in one of the fastest growing sports in the Manawatu!

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