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Aotea #Fightback

April 11, 2020

Aotea #Fightback Fundraiser / Claris Sports Club / 12pm

At the Easter Market held at Claris Sports Club, the Aotea #fightback campaign will be holding a fundraiser for on-island, non-government-funded cancer care. All funds raised will stay on island and go to Barrier residents and their whanau who need support through cancer treatment and care. The campaign believes in local care for local people. For more information about the campaign and event details, visit the Aotea #Fightback Facebook page.

Tangata Moana Aotea / People of Our Sea Cancelled due to COVID-19

April 12, 2020

Claris Sports Club / 5pm

Protect Aotea and Aotea Boardriders Club present a collaborative celebration!

Celebrating: 10 years of ABC v’s MBR surf club antics, Protect Aotea Court Appeal win against marine dumping. Live bands including Lost Tribe Aotearoa, Sojourn, Plus local DJ’s and acts.

Tickets $25 non members / $20 members.


Orama Easter Camp 2020- Cancelled due to COVID-19

April 9, 2020

Orama Oasis

9th April – 14th April

Come and experience our paradise this Easter and be in awe of this beautiful part of the world. Get away to experience quality time to either relax by the sea or opt into a range of family fun activities. Join with us as we reflect and fellowship at Behold and Become.

Our Easter Camp is an all-inclusive event which gives you your sailing from Sandspit to the beautiful Great Barrier Island right to our front door.

You will enjoy delicious meals by our chef and the team, enjoy daily excursions to some of the most magnificent spots on the island and get to connect with other families amongst quality teaching and reflection. Hikes, fishing, boat trips, games, camping, stargazing and many more new experiences await. Come and disconnect from our increasingly busy world into God’s beauty. Come experience Barrier time and spend Easter in this unforgettable way.

For more information or to book online, head to the Orama Oasis website.

Astrophotography Workshop- Postponed due to COVID-19

April 22, 2020

Orama Oasis

For the third year we are excited to offer again a week long event featuring renowned astrophotographer, Mark Gee. The workshops will include; Astrophotography setup, learning the art of time lapse, one-on-one guidance and feedback from Mark alongside self directed work and an unforgettable experience on our Beautiful island. The program is also designed to capture the essence of Aotea’s community and lifestyle, and will include a Marae visit with a traditional Māori powhiri (welcome). During this visit kaumatua and kuia of Ngāti Rehua Ngāti Wai ki Aotea will share the story of Matariki and explain the significance for Māori.

Places are limited to 10 participants.

For more information or to book online, head to the Orama Oasis website.

Barrier Pestival- Postponed until further notice

May 2, 2020

Claris Conference Centre / Field Trip to Rakitu Island

The Ecology Vision presents a one-day informative symposium for the community on Saturday May 2nd Claris Conference Centre and a field trip led by DOC on Sunday 3rd May to Rakitu (numbers limited).

Guest speakers from all over NZ (incl. Stewart Island/Rakiura!!!). Come along and hear stories from other islands undertaking large-scale pest suppression & eradication projects and learn about innovative technologies for pest suppression.

Agenda and guest speaker info released April 2020. Event supported by Aotea Great Barrier Island Local Board & Auckland Council Natural Environment Targeted Rate.

Off The Grid Festival 2020

May 22, 2020

Climate resilience by weaving together old school and new school.

The Off The Grid Festival on Aotea / Great Barrier Island in May will showcase the island’s unique and pioneering off the grid lifestyle. From solar to water supply to heating to wind power, Great Barrier (which is completely off grid) is leading the way in how to be self-sufficient. The event will take place from Friday 22nd May – Sunday 24th May and will provide the opportunity to hear from a range of experts about the latest products and technologies. Weekend highlights include a property tour at some of the island’s most spectacular locations, a panel discussion and a “Field Day” event.

Don’t miss this exclusive event. Learn more and book your tickets at offthegridgbi.co.nz

2020 Astrophotography Competition

March 5, 2020

Entries close 5pm 31st August 2020.

Destination Great Barrier Island Trust and Aotea Great Barrier Dark Sky Sanctuary invite entries for the 2019 Aotea-Great Barrier Astrophotography Competition. The competition is open to any photographer. Photographs submitted must be taken on or include Aotea Great Barrier Island and include some feature of or partial image of some aspect of the island and its links with the night sky.

First Prize: $2,500

Second Prize: $1,300

Third Prize: $1,000

Composition Prize: $500

For more information click the links below or email gbiphotocontest@gmail.com

2020 GBI Astrophoto Competition Entry Form

2020 Photo Competition Rules

2020 No Barriers – Small Island, Big Ideas

September 12, 2020

Claris Conference Centre / Event Times TBC

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.

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.

Booking details to be advised.


Wharf 2 Wharf

October 3, 2020

Race commences at 7am from Port Fitzroy

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

November 28, 2020

Event Date TBC

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!