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2020 No Barriers – Small Island, Big Ideas

September 12, 2020

Claris Conference Centre

This well loved event is now in it’s sixth year and it’s going to be a good one. After 2019’s deeply moving topic of death, organisers have decided to focus on LAUGHTER for this year’s event.

The event will be Moderated by Michele A’Court – renowned comedian, write, social commentator and mum. Winner of multiple awards for comedy. You may know her from… well, everywhere really – radio, television, theatre, clubs and pubs up and down the country.


Nick Holm: Senior Lecturer in media studies at Massey University. Nick will discuss the role humour plays in advertising, politics, popular culture and the media, and look at parody, satire, irony and comedy. Nick’s twitter handle reads: “pursued a PhD in media and cultural studies. Caught it.” Make sure you catch him on September 12.

Alex Taylor: Senior Lecturer in psychology and leader of the Animal Minds Lab at Auckland University. Alex will answer one of the most pressing questions of the day – do animals laugh? Alex studies the minds of humans, dogs, kea and crows, using theoretical and experimental approaches to figure out if our furry friends see the funny side of life.

Barbara Plester: Senior Lecturer in Management and International Studies at Auckland University. Barbara is an expert on workplace humour. Can banter and a chortle at work improve performance? Barbara will also explore kindness and cruelty in laughter.

And no panel on laughter would be complete without a comedian. How do these guys go about making people laugh? What’s funny and what’s not? And what happens when it all goes wrong? Jeremy Elwood, award winning comedian, and regular panelist on TV3’s 7 Days and RNZ’s The Panel, will reveal all.


Break Outs & Panelists Passions at the Claris Club

9:30 am – 10:45am Barbara & Nick

11:15 am – 12 noon Alex

1pm- 2pm – Jeremy & Michele

Dinner with the experts

7pm – 10pm (Limited to 30 guests $65pp- Email gendiesr@hotmail.com for tickets)

The No Barriers team would like to thank Awana Rural Woman for being the event partner for the past five years, and welcome Destination Great Barrier Island as the new No Barriers umbrella organisation.



Wharf 2 Wharf – Cancelled due to COVID-19

October 3, 2020

Race commences at 7am from Port Fitzroy

CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19. Back on in 2021


A fundraiser for Kaitoke School, this event is organised and run entirely by volunteers. This is a ‘real’ community event where locals join in or are out there encouraging and supporting the competitors.

The Great Barrier Island Wharf 2 Wharf Marathon is a unique event, half track and half road, ideal for serious athletes as well as for families.

Mountain bike, run or walk a full / half marathon, 10k or 5k fun run.

For more information and updates check out the Wharf 2 Wharf Facebook page.

The Garden Tour – 2020 event cancelled.

November 28, 2020

Event Date TBC

Unfortunately this event has to be cancelled due to COVID-19, but please stay tuned for Garden Tour 2021 and a potential smaller scale garden event for 2020.

This is a unique opportunity to view a variety of residential gardens on the Island. The guided tours will enable you to visit charming cottage gardens, to see spectacular coastal panoramas and experience the hidden native flora and birdlife. The ticket includes tour transportation, a scrumptious Morning Tea and a charming Devonshire Afternoon Tea.

The Garden Tour is a major fundraiser for the Great Barrier Island Community Health Trust to purchase equipment for use on the Island. The event involves many 100’s of hours of community volunteer time and energy and the participant feedback has been outstanding. It has become a very popular event and national and international celebrities who have participated in the past tours, quote that it is ‘a must-do event’ for every keen gardener.

Santa Parade & Christmas Market

December 5, 2020

Claris Sports Club / 10am

Come and enjoy the annual Santa Parade & Christmas Market Day at the Claris Sports Club. Check out the amazing floats, gaze in awe at Santa as he cruises by on some weird contraption or another.

Local Produce & Products, Sausage Sizzles, Live Entertainment, Water Slide, Lollie Scramble & other activities for the kids to enjoy. Always a fun day for the whole family. See you there!