Explore the Auckland Festival of PhotographyThis year you can listen to artist talks from Ilan Wittenberg on documenting Egypt's capital city at Studio Toi Tu, and Claudia Heinermann on her project Siberian Exiles, an intimate look at six Lithuanians who were deported to Siberia and forced to work as labourers in the 1940s. We recommend seeing the enthralling work of Abhi Chinniah and her exploration of settling abroad, heritage and tradition, titled A Migrant's Path, in collaboration with poet Sudha Rao and musician Karnan Saba. Thursday June 3 to Sunday June 20. Various locations across the city. See the full programme at Photographyfestival.org.nz.
Catch a gigIf you're looking to Raglan for your long-weekend escape, then stop by Kita live at The Yard from 7pm on Saturday, June 5. The three-piece band fronted by singer Nikita Tu-Bryant have just released their debut album, a heady blend of jazz, rock and synth-pop. The Yard, 9 Bow St, Raglan. Tickets are $20. Can't make it to the coastal town? The band will be touring Auckland on Sunday, then Christchurch, Dunedin, Queenstown, Wellington and Napier from June 11 to 19.
Join a beach clean upDon your yoga gear and head to Mission Bay for two wholesome hours of picking up rubbish, followed by a free yoga session on site. Saturday, June 5. The beach clean runs from 1pm to 3pm; the yoga class from 3pm to 4pm. Selwyn Reserve, Mission Bay Beach, Mission Bay, Auckland.
Check out Seabreeze Cafe's Queen's Birthday MarketExpect coffee and toasted sandwiches to sate your palate while perusing the likes of Georgia Jay Bags, Bad News Vintage, Helter Skelter Homewares, Goatloft, records and more at the Westmere haunt. Monday June 7 from 8am to 2pm. 184 Garnet Rd, Westmere, Auckland.
Celebrate the winter solsticeWellington's Loemis Festival kicks off this Saturday to mark the moment the Earth is at its farthest from the sun with a sundry of workshops. Go on a late-night hike, listen to Garage Project's head brewer Pete Gillespie share the stories behind his rare beers, immerse yourself in a theatre production on werewolves, and join the 5th annual solstice procession of fire artists and a giant puppet at Waitangi Park. Saturday June 5 to Monday June 21. Various locations across Wellington. Loemis.nz
See Case Studies SouthDon't miss another opportunity to see photographer Mark Smith and plant enthusiast Felicity Jones's second collab as vivid an exhibition just as their first body of work, delving into our relationship with plants via lupins and other South Island flora. Monday to Friday until June 18. Allpress Gallery, 8 Drake St, Freemans Bay, Auckland.
Check out Wairoa's film festCheck out the Wairoa Maori Film Festival with its expansive programme including Ainsley Gardiner and Briar Grace Smith's lauded Cousins, Oscar Kightley's hip-hop charting Dawn Raid, and the newly released mother-son doco James & Isey. From today, June 3, to Monday June 7. Various locations in Wairoa. See Maorimovies.com for the full programme.
See a dance performanceMaori contemporary dance company Atamira Dance will perform their latest mesmerizing work, Te Wheke, at the ASB Waterfront Theatre on June 11 and June 12. Comprising eight dancers, it's poised to explore the eight tentacles of the concept of Te Wheke, the octopus, which symbolises the pillars of our wellbeing. 138 Halsey St, Auckland. Asbwaterfronttheatre.co.nz
Watch a docoFashion Revolution New Zealand are screening Andrew Morgan's 2015 eye opening doco, The True Cost, next Saturday at Berkeley Cinema Mission Bay. The film-maker and director travelled to 13 countries to meet the people making the world's clothes to unearth the price of fast fashion. Six years on, it remains necessary viewing. Saturday June 12 at 6.30pm. Tickets are $15 via Humanitix. 85 Tamaki Drive, Mission Bay, Auckland.