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Talk about seasons and events! In this issue #14 of Coaster’s Weekly we take a look at what is happening here on the Coast over the next few months.

Of course, whitebait season kicked off recently – a major time for the Coast and lovers of the delicacy, for which we are renowned.

And on the event front, we have a full schedule of amazing community attractions coming up for the remainder of 2020 and into 2021 – subject maybe to the South Island returning to normal and having all Covid 19 restrictions lifted.

AgFest happens on 13-14 November 2020. 15 to 20 thousand people are expected to turn out to make this one the best ever. We talked about AgFest in the last issue of Coaster’s Weekly.

The Westport Trots take place on 26 and 28 December 2020, followed on the 30 December 2020 by the Reefton Trots. And the racing theme continues with the Kumara Races on 9 January 2021 on the community-repaired track! And two of the most iconic Coast Events follow – the Buller Marathon is run on 13 February 2021 and the Hokitika Wild Foods Festival on 13 March 2021. And then in mid 2021 we have the South Island Ute Muster – numbers are limited for this so get your booking in now.

Here is my take on all the wonderful events coming up on the Coast in the next few months:


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Inspiring stories, real news and the hard questions