• Sing Me Back Home - Singer/Songwriter Evening - 7.30pm, 23rd September 2017, Old Lodge Theatre 



  • The Skippers Dairy - Richard Hadlee Book Launch, 12pm,  10th October 2017







Check out below for information about these events.    


The Mountain Film Festival 


Doors open, 6.30, Films Start 7.00pm

15th September 2017


The 2017 Hokitika screening of the always popular New Zealand Mountain Film Festival is coming! Don't miss the West Coast outdoor community social event of the year. Come and watch some epic films and get inspired.

We are especially lucky to have Waiau-Toa Director Simon Waterhouse joining us to introduce his film. There will also be a display of some of the kit the crew used on their epic adventure.

Doors open at 6:30pm for food and a cash bar. There will be a book stall, thanks to Take Note Hokitika, so you can check out the winning books from the Wanaka festival and a range of other mountain literature. Sreening begins at 7pm.




Waiau-Toa Odyssey - Trailer from Resonate on Vimeo.


Tickets: $20


Members of WCAC, NZAC, Students and Seniors $16.00


Tickets at the Hokitika Regent or


Book online

Jan Bolwell’s ‘Bill Massey’s Tourists’

7.30pm, 28th September 2017



-  A granddaughter tells her grandfather’s story - 


Consummate performer Jan Bolwell plays her adolescent self, encouraging her grandfather Arthur to talk about the First World War. What follows is a gripping, painful and sometimes hilarious tale of a young Kiwi soldier from the Otago Mounted Rifles (one of Bill Massey’s tourists) and his survival from the tragedy of Passchendaele. It is a story that also features song and dance.


“This exceptional performer, Jan Bolwell, is blessed with an irrepressible joie-de-vivre that communicates itself instantly to the audience, so that her grandfather’s story is illuminating and memorable, but also surprisingly enjoyable.” -Terry McTavish


“A terrific script. A great performance. A tale well told. Knocked me for six.”- Raymond Hawthorne


Tickets $20.00 - Book Online



Bill Massey's Tourists

Thursday 28 September 7.30pm

Old Lodge Theatre, Hokitika

Tickets $20



Westland High School Presents


Fiddler on the Roof


20 - 23rd September


Hokitika's Regent Theatre


Westland High School brings you another great musical, this year performing "Fiddler on the Roof" as their main offering. This bittersweet musical tells the story of Teyve, played by Nick Meissel, his family and their lives. Lots of laughs, celebrations, and some tears - this musical has it all. 


Come and enjoy the final collaboration of Shawcross and Meissel. 




Tickets available at the Hokitika Regent, Tel 03 7558101 or online.


Adults: $20.00

Seniors: $15.00

Kids 5 and up : $15.00

Kids 5 and under: Free

Family  2 Adults, 2 Children: $50.00

Family 2 Adults 1 child:  $45.00

Party of 9 Adults  -  get 1 seat free

Booking Fees Apply

Sing Me Back Home


Singer/Songwriter Evening 


7.30pm, 23rd September 2017, Old Lodge Theatre 



'SING ME BACK HOME' will feature the following artists who will deliver their stories in song for you at the Old Lodge Theatre on Saturday 23rd  September.


Phil and Lana Doublet, both singer/ songwriters, Phil’s 2nd album Endless Highway being in the finals for country album of the year this year. Lana has had considerable success in various country music singing competitions and is a very accomplished lyricist. Phil also teaches guitar and his ability will tell you why.


Al Hunter one of our local singer/ songwriters who is currently working on his 4th album. Rated as one of the best singer /songwriters in the country he has a library of  dozens of unrecorded songs. His songs come from the heart and he will take you on a journey.


Lanae & Bruce Hill from Ashburton have several Gold Guitar Awards in different categories between them. Lanae’s debut album contains all originals apart from one track and she also has connections with Hokitika and the West Coast. Bruce is also an accomplished guitarist and compliments them as a duo.


Des Hetherington needs no introduction to locals. An original ‘Coalranger’ Des has played with many well known artists and had a hand in writing many of the ‘Coalrangers’ most loved songs. Maybe he will do a few on the night.


Cameron Walsh an up and coming 18 year old from Woodend is putting the ‘cool’ back in to country. His recently released album ‘Black Gold’is well worth purchasing with some great covers along with excellent originals. Cam has just recently done a successful ‘Outback’ tour in Australia with several other young kiwi country artists.


An informal evening of personalised stories presented and performed by a cross section of  talented people who love to entertain.

Tickets $25.00 - you can book online, or at the Hokitika Regent Theatre



Sir Richard Hadlee invites you to the book launch of

The Skippers Diary


Free Event


The story of the 'Forty-Niners' New Zealand Cricket Team Tour of England in 1949, as seen through the eyes of the captain, Walter Hadlee.



Sir Richard Hadlee’s father, Walter, captained the New Zealand Cricket Team on the 1949 Tour of England. This was the New Zealand team that prompted the rest of the cricketing world to sit up and take notice; enjoying great success, and promoting several players to world-class status.


A campaign that began with a five-week-long sea voyage and lasted a total of eight months, it was played out in war-torn Britain at a time when rationing was still in effect and buildings still lay in ruins, and is brought to life once more in this compelling story, based on the meticulous day-by-day diary entries Walter maintained throughout the trip.


The tour synopsis? It makes for compelling reading. Walter’s side played 32 first-class games, winning 13, drawing 18 and losing just once. Eight of the touring party – Martin Donnelly, Bert Sutcliffe, Merv Wallace, Verdun Scott, Walter, John Reid, Geoff Rabone and Brun Smith, exceeded 1000 runs in first-class matches, at that stage a record for touring teams in England.



Sutcliffe’s aggregate of 2627 was second only to Don Bradman’s 1930 record of 2960. On 26 occasions, New Zealand scored more than 300 in an innings; in ten of those, they exceeded 400.


Since 2014, Sir Richard has worked on developing his father’s journal into a publishable format, embracing the many considered and insightful observations detailed by the man best remembered as the grandfather of New Zealand cricket.


The Skipper’s Diary brings to life again, not just the rich tapestry of post-war cricket in England, but also the adventure and experiences of a journey that included a match in occupied Germany, and a 36-day return voyage - taking the squad through the Panama Canal, into the Pacific Ocean and home via Pitcairn Island.


In The Skipper’s Diary, read about Walter’s thoughts on team selection, from the controversy at home over the omission of Otago’s George Mills, to the early tour concerns over the form of Bert Sutcliffe, and the decision to replace the well-performed Brun Smith with youngster John Reid for the third Test at Old Trafford.


Enjoy Walter’s accounts of meeting with royalty, the speeches he wrote for various VIP functions, and his post-tour reflections on each of the squad members. A man of detail, Walter also offers a sample of costs and expenditure of the time, and reveals the tour contract – signed by all team members before departure.


Free Event


A Plastic Ocean

7.00pm, 15th October

The Hokitika Green Team are planning to run a special screening of the action documentary ‘A Plastic Ocean’ on October the 15th.  Unlike a traditional movie showing, the film distributors requires 30 tickets be reserved in the next 14 days in order for the screening to occur.  To reserve your tickets, please visit the My Demand Film Event Page here: and make your booking.


A PLASTIC OCEAN begins when journalist Craig Leeson, searching for the elusive blue whale, discovers plastic waste in what should be pristine ocean. In this adventure documentary, Craig teams up with free diver Tanya Streeter and an international team of scientists and researchers, and they travel to twenty locations around the world over the next four years to explore the fragile state of our oceans, uncover alarming truths about plastic pollution, and reveal working solutions that can be put into immediate effect.


In the center of the Pacific Ocean gyre (is any large system of circulating ocean currents) our researchers found more plastic than plankton. A Plastic Ocean documents the newest science, proving how plastics, once they enter the oceans, break up into small particulates that enter the food chain where they attract toxins like a magnet. These toxins are stored in seafood’s fatty tissues, and eventually consumed by us. 


Please book your tickets now at:



Westland Arts Incorporated & NZ Arts on Tour presents

Andrew London Trio

Thursday 19th October, 7.30pm

Old Lodge Theatre, Revell St

Subtle, subversive, satirical swing – Andrew London Trio tour – October 2017



Audiences loved Andrew London’s lyrics and laid-back singing along with ever so smoothie Nils Olsen’s sax and clarinet solos when they toured previously with Hot Club Sandwich.




Now in the Sandwich tradition they’re joined by Andrew’s wife Kirsten on bass to pronounce on the minutiae of middle class, middle aged, Middle Earth concerns, delivered in a deceptively innocuous 1940s swing style.


Over 20 years of touring has enabled songwriter London to gather material from the shearing sheds of Southland to the boardrooms of Auckland, leaving him free to pronounce on pretentious socialites, modern parenthood, male insecurities, the Internet, and much much more.


Expect intermittent forays into folk, blues, country and hip hop - plus poignancy and pathos from the Beatle-esque harmonies provided by Kirsten and Nils.


Tickets available from the Hokitika Regent Theatre or online




Westland Arts Incorporated & NZ Arts on Tour presents


Magic Lightbox


Wednesday 8th November, 7.30pm 



Delaney Davidson, presents his all new show Magic Lightbox.  


Remember the slide show of the returned traveller? Remember the projected image on a sheet in the living room? Remember the live orchestra providing music to the movie you went to? 



See all three combined as Delaney uses an incredible blend of live music and film, paying homage to these lost ways of storytelling in his tent show carnival style revival.



Dusty highway tales, the old world of Europe, the new world of USA, a glimpse into a forgotten time. Relive the mystery of Switzerland, see New Zealand like you never saw it before, the deserts of California, fairground Brighton by the sea, the cold war Vienna, all roll into one in this irresistible work.



Fresh from the success of his last European jaunt, here he comes through your town, catch him before he disappears again to distant parts unknown.


Tickets available from the Regent Theatre or online