Auction & Community Discussions

Community Discussions Yurt

Community Forest (Saturday 12pm)

Community forestry deals with the communal management of forests for generating income from timber and non-timber forest products, with consideration for the wellbeing of the whole forest ecosystem, including watershed conservation and carbon sequestration. Robina will introduce various models of community forestry which could be particularly relevant to Golden Bay. Sharing of other models is also encouraged. This will be followed by discussion and ideally strategic action.

Mohua 2042 – A Sustainability Strategy for Golden Bay (Sunday 1pm)

We can all agree we want a healthy, sustainable future here in Golden Bay, but what exactly does that look like and what needs to be done to make that happen?
The best way to experience the shared future we want as a community is to clarify it and then work towards it together. Mohua 2042 aims to capture our shared vision, strategy and community-led action plan for a sustainable future here in Golden Bay. Each of us has a part to play in living more sustainably on the earth and if we work together as a community our positive impact is so much larger than any one of us can achieve alone. We’ve already had great feedback from the community on how we want Golden Bay to look and feel in the future and what key initiatives are needed to make this happen. This session will report back on the key themes and initiatives that have emerged from the strategy workshops and explore the question – What next?
This is a good time to put up your hand for working groups on specific initiatives, and help formulate the action plan for making things happen!

Milling Alternative Timbers (Saturday 2pm)

Hamish Randall will run a question and answer session on milling alternative timbers.


Auction (Sunday 3pm)

On Sunday at 3pm we will be running a wood lot auction including some of the timbers that have been milled onsite during the fair. Tim Eckert will be milling Humfrey Newton’s Blackwood, Oak and Redwood logs into beautiful flitches, the lots include milled logs and selected flitches of the highest quality, locally grown timber milled by a professional. Billy Kerrisk will be our auctioneer.

Other lots include cherry log laden with burl perfect for a wood turner, chainsaw carvings created at the Living Wood Fair, timber sculptures and furniture.


Tickets are available from Eventfinda until 16th April at 1pm.  $25 + bf for a daily pass; $40+bf for a weekend pass; concession $15+bf per day.  $30 on the gate, very limited gate sales. Kids under 16 are free.  Workshop fees are add-on tickets. Get in early as workshops sell out quickly.  

Please NO DOGS as we have horses working on site.

Special guests

As well as the wonderful workshops, thought provoking presentations, live demonstrations and fun kids activities have a few special attractions we are weaving together to make the 2021 Living Wood Fair truly special.

Deborah Walsh is a sculptor who uses the techniques and materials of basketry, weaving and whittling in her work. An interest in Stone-age technology, Cargo Cult objects and 19th century natural history inform her object-making. Her sculptures are held in many national and international museums and collections. Deborah is offering a free drop-in flower whittling workshop in the Green Woodworking zone between 10am and 2pm each day.

Philip Simpson is a botanist living in Pohara. Now retired, he worked formerly for the Department of Conservation, then as an ecological consultant. For the last 20 years he has researched and written books on the natural and cultural history of iconic New Zealand trees such as tōtara, and most recently on Abel Tasman National Park. Philip Simpson will be taking people on his popular walk and talk through the bush near the Fairholme Gallery, to talk about the ancient Tōtara forest. The free walk and talk starts at 2pm on Saturday, meet at the Info Tent.

Te Hā o te Ao Tūroa (sounds of the natural world) is a short listening experience whereby participants can walk through the bush adjacent to the Fairholme Gallery homestead to hear taonga puoro (traditional Māori instruments) played in a natural setting by Ariana Tikao, Holly Tikao-Weir, Solomon Rahui, Bob Bickerton Robin Slow and Brian Flintoff. As well as being part of the opening and closing ceremonies there will be 2 other opportunities to hear these beautiful harmonies: Saturday at 11.15am and Sunday 12.45pm, meet at the Main Stage.

We also have performances from Wildbloom Belly Dance troupe (Saturday 4.15pm Main Stage), the Morris Dancers (Sunday 11.45am, 2.45pm Main Stage) and Dance Collective Mohua who will be clowning around the site on Sunday lunchtime.

Tickets are available from Eventfinda until 16th April at 1pm.  $25 + bf for a daily pass; $40+bf for a weekend pass; concession $15+bf per day.  Kids under 16 are free.  Workshop fees are add-on tickets. Get in early as workshops sell out quickly.  

Please NO DOGS as we have horses working on site.

Sacred Arts at the living wood fair

Among the many exciting workshops, activities and entertainment over this two day event, renowned artists Robin Slow, Brian Flintoff, Bob Bickerton, Ariana Tikao, Holly Tikao-Weir and Solomon Rahui are collaborating to bring art, music and storytelling together as they play and talk about Taonga Puoro – traditional Māori musical instruments. 

The result of an enduring relationship and philosophies shared between artist and teacher Robin Slow; taonga puoro carver Brian Flintoff, and musician and recording artist Bob Bickerton, the collaboration will bring ancestral stories to life.  Bob Bickerton arranged the music, with vocals provided by Holly Weir-Tikao, Solomon Rahui and Arts Laureate composer and performer Ariana Tikao of Kāi Tahu descent. 

Comments Robin Slow: “Our kaupapa has been to work together, using painting, carving and music to bind narratives that help reflect the whakataukī; ‘Plait the rope that binds the past to the future’”.

“We are delighted and privileged to work as a group of friends who believe that our varied art forms, visual and musical, are powerful vehicles that convey treasures held in traditional stories, sayings and concepts,” adds Brian Flintoff.  “We offer this in the hope that this combination of sounds and sights create an experience that can enrich others’ lives in the same way it does for us”. The group will be offering a workshop on how to make two of the taonga puoro; the kōauau (wooden end blown flute) and the porotiti (wooden spun disc) (9.30am Sunday: Workshops Tahi) as well as a presentation on the whakapapa and rich stories behind a wide range of instruments (3.30pm Saturday: Kōrero Rua).  A further short presentation for children explores some of the instruments’ relation to creation stories and other ancient tales (2pm Sunday: Kids Zone).

Ariana, Holly, Solomon and Bob will perform several times over the weekend including a performance on the main stage (1.30pm Saturday) and a ‘short listening experience’ Te Hā o te Ao Tūroa in a secluded part of the ngahere (bush) near the Fairholme Gallery homestead (Saturday: opening ceremony, 11.15am, 12.15pm; Sunday: 12.45pm, closing ceremony).  

Fairholme Gallery is proud to present a wood-themed exhibition to tie into the Living Wood Fair, Forest Treasures. The Forest Treasures exhibition will showcase their work along with a selection of artworks from a number of other established artists: painter Sarah Thomas, sculptors Tim Wraight, Grant Knowles and Jocelynne Bacci; fibre artist Bronwynn Billens; printmaker Kathy Reilly; jeweller Geoff Williams; wood artist Steve Halton, photographer Murray Hedwig and furniture-makers Chris Astill from Takaka, and Ben Grant and Amy Short from the Centre of Fine Woodworking in Nelson.  The front garden will also feature sculptural works by Darryl Frost and David Carson with seating by Humfrey Newton.

Forest Treasures will open to coincide with the Living Wood Fair on 17th April and continues for a further 3 weeks until May 9th. Koha entry for the gallery.

Tickets for the Living Wood Fair are available from Eventfinda until 16th April at 1pm.  $25 + bf for a daily pass; $40+bf for a weekend pass; concession $15+bf per day.  Kids under 16 are free.  Workshop fees are add-on tickets. Get in early as workshops sell out quickly.  

https://www.eventfinda.co.nz/2021/living-wood-fair2/nelson-tasman

Very limited cash only door sales. Please note this is a no dog event as we have horses working on site. 

2021 Workshops and funding

We are very excited this year to have a large amount of funding from Creative NZ which means we have been able to offer you double the number of workshops!

With everything from spoon carving to blacksmithing, foraging to natural building, woodworking to eco printing there will be at least one workshop that captures your imagination have a look through our listings to decide what you are going to do and then pre-book your tickets online.

We are doing things a little differently this year, you can buy your entry tickets and workshop tickets online at Eventfinda, booking early means you will not miss out on any workshops you want to do. The workshops are always very popular and we cannot guarantee there will be tickets available during the event.

The talks and full program schedule are being finalised and we will be sharing that with you very soon, either keep checking here on our website, on our Facebook page or our Facebook event page.

Online ticket sales end on Friday 16th at 1pm

A great big THANK YOU to all our funders and sponsors, we couldn’t do it without you!

Back in 2021!

The Living Wood Fair team has decided to take a break from hosting an event this year so we can concentrate on streamlining our organisation and systems. Creating a truly sustainable event – for our team and our planet – is absolutely imperative.

It is so important to look after our team, they put in many volunteer hours and we know in Golden Bay, as I’m sure in other places as well, many people suffer with volunteer fatigue. It really is the generous time that people give to a community that makes it a wonderful, vibrant place to live and visit, and we are lucky to have so many charitable people living here.

Liv Scott Fair Director

We will be back on the 17th and 18th April 2021 refreshed and revitalised to bring you all your Living Wood Fair favourites and so much more! Woody workshops, informative and inspiring talks, interactive forums, kids activities, a marvelous market, a mosaic of musical delights and many live demonstrations.

If you have something you would like to share through a workshop, a presentation or a demonstration at the 2021 event please get in touch.

We are always looking for volunteers and helpers so if you are interested in being involved send us an email: livingwoodfair@gmail.com.

Golden Bay School Build Projects

We have a very exciting opportunity here in Golden Bay with 2 local schools having been assigned over $20million from the MoE to rebuild classrooms and update facilities.

This has the potential to be a massive educational experience for our tamariki and also be a strong environmental statement expressing to the wider community, and the whole of New Zealand, our commitment to sustainability and to protecting our children’s futures.

What has this got to do with the Living Wood Fair? I hear you say. Totally coincidentally we had contacted Jerome Partington, Sustainability Manager + Associate Principle at Jasmax and Chair of Living Future, Aotearoa NZ to speak at this years event. When I heard about the funds from MoE I put 2 and 2 together to find we had a fantastic opportunity to hear about a different way of building. A holistic approach that incorporates regenerative development, looking at not just the buildings but all the systems around community, landscape and sustainability. We have the potential to create schools that are future focussed, empower learning and have the students at the heart of the project.

Jerome will be giving 2 talks at the 2019 Living Wood Fair on Saturday 13th April and will be part of the Building Forum on Sunday 14th April. The talks are ‘An introduction to the Living Building Challenge (LBC) as a gateway to living regeneration’ at 11.15am and ‘The Path to Healthy Materials and Healthy People’ at 4pm. For more details please read his bio and presentation descriptions on our Talks page.

Come along and have a great day out with the family – do a workshop, watch some horse logging and chainsaw carving, listen to some live music, maybe be inspired to look at building differently and connect with our wonderful community!