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Events Calendar

Australia

March 2009

Summer Cricket Season

Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

2009 FORMULA 1™ ING Australian Grand Prix

Adelaide Festival

Clipsal 500 Adelaide

April 2009

International Rugby Sevens Adelaide 2009

Rip Curl Pro

July 2009

Great Australian Outback Cattle Drive

September 2009

Australian Football League Finals Series

October 2009

2009 Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix

November 2009

Melbourne Cup

2009 Masters

Emirates Melbourne Cup

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Surf Lifesaving Carnivals

New Zealand

Through September 2009

Toi Te Papa Art of the Nation

May 2009

Matariki - Celebrate Maori New Year with Fireworks

June 2009

American Express Queenstown Winterfestival

July 2009

The Food Show Auckland

August 2009

Gay Ski Week NZ

September 2009

CHB The Festival

Nelson Wines with Gourmet Seafood

October 2009

Art in a Garden

Marlborough Wine Weekend

November 2009

Toast Martinborough

Fiji

May 2009

7th Fiji Dive Fiesta 2009

October 2009

Diwali or 'Festival of Lights' in Fiji

Tahiti

March 2009

Tahiti "Ori Tahiti Master Course" Tahitian Dance Academy

April 2009

Marathon Tahiti "Tamure"

Moorea - 3rd International Triathlon Tahiti Nui

May 2009

Air Tahiti Nui Von Zipper Surfing Trials

Tahiti Pearl Regatta, 5th edition

Billabong Tahiti Pro Surfing Tournament

June 2009

4th Tahiti-Moorea Sailing Rendez-vous

Heiva I Tahiti

July 2009

Heiva Tuaro

September 2009

7th Taapuna Pro/AM Surfing

Tahiti International Golf Open

Raid Painapo 8th Edition

15th Taapuna Master Surfing

World Tourism Day

November 2009

2nd Trail Rotui

December 2009

Marquesas Islands Art Objects

 

Australia

Summer Cricket Season
November 2008 - March 2009

The sounds of summer cricket ring out in the suburbs and country backyards as friends and families bowl an over or two at every chance. From these humble beginnings our legendary cricketers are born. With a spectacular program of international, state, and local competition you will be sure to find a game to enjoy.

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Melbourne Food and Wine Festival
13 - 23 March 2009

At the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, Victoria's famous chefs, restaurateurs, winemakers, growers and producers showcase the region's best culinary fare. Tantalise your taste buds with events including the World's Longest Lunch, Masterclass and the chocolate precinct.

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2009 FORMULA 1™ ING Australian Grand Prix
Albert Rd, South Melbourne, Victoria, 3205
Website: www.grandprix.com.au
From 2009-03-26 to 2009-03-29

The 2009 FORMULA 1 ING Australian Grand Prix is the country s premier sporting event and offers an action-packed extravaganza of on-track and off-track activities for people of all ages to enjoy. Besides a stellar line-up of elite motor racing, a host of other offerings will keep you entertained throughout the day. Set in the stunning surrounds of picturesque Albert Park and offering striking views of Melbourne s skyline, the 2009 FORMULA 1 ING Australian Grand Prix will be a feast for the senses. If you ve never witnessed the sensation of the world s fastest men racing before your very eyes at speeds of more than 300 km/h, make 2009 the year to do it. Nothing compares to the adrenalin-charged action of Formula One. F1 racing is synonymous with glamour, sophistication, cutting-edge technology and meticulous teamwork, all combining to present the perfect day out for you and your friends. And don t forget that the Grand Prix is so much more than the world s fastest cars. An array of first-class support categories and a carnival of off-track entertainment come together to give you a day you ll never forget.

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Adelaide Festival
March 2009

The Adelaide Festival of Arts has created a strong tradition of innovation since 1960 inspiring celebration and presenting diverse art from across Australia and around the world. Held in the warm South Australian autumn in every 'even' year, this is a large-scale multi-arts event of extraordinary richness and diversity.

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Clipsal 500 Adelaide
Victoria Park Racecourse, Adelaide, South Australia, 5000
Website: www.clipsal500.com.au
From 2009-03-19 to 2009-03-22

The Clipsal 500 Adelaide V8 Supercar event is an adrenalin-charged motor race held in Adelaide every year. It's round one V8 Supercar Championship Series and according to motor racing's legendary Murray Walker, it's the greatest touring car event in the world. It's the Clipsal 500 on Adelaide's internationally acclaimed street circuit. Four days of V8 Supercar action, extreme machines, eight racing categories, grid girls, on-track stunts, spectacular air shows, motoring displays and the best support race program in the nation. And there are more great reasons to be at Clipsal 500 - four massive after-race concerts. See leading Australian acts including The Presets, The Living End, Pete Murray, Lee Kernaghan, Wolfmother and more. In 2008, race crowds totalled 291,400 - cementing Clipsal's position as the biggest touring car event in the world. This is one motorsports carnival you don't want to miss. Bring it on!

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International Rugby Sevens Adelaide 2009
Adelaide Oval, Adelaide, South Australia, 5006
Website: www.adelaidesevens.com
From 2009-04-03 to 2009-04-05

Catch the action of International Rugby Sevens at picturesque Adelaide Oval, in the heart of the city. 16 countries, three days, one big rugby festival. International Rugby Sevens Adelaide is like no other event. Over one action-packed weekend of pure athleticism and raw power, Australia's Rugby Sevens team will do battle against 15 countries during the sixth leg of the IRB Sevens World Series. This is your chance to see Australia take on England, New Zealand, and the United States on the world's most beautiful sporting ground. Rugby Sevens players are fast and super fit and will run flat-out during 14-minute matches, while a carnival, rivalling the speed and excitement on the ground, takes place around the oval. The best of South Australia's hospitality, loads of off-field entertainment and a weekend showcasing some of the worlds best athletes all make for the perfect experience for any sports fan. Visit our website for ticketing and hospitality information.

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Rip Curl Pro
Bells Beach Rd, Bells Beach, Victoria, 3228
Website: www.surfingaustralia.com
From 2009-04-07 to 2009-04-18

The Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach is Australia s longest running and most prestigious professional surfing event. It is the second of 12 Foster's ASP Men's World Championship Tour (WCT) events scheduled in 2009 and one of the favourite stops for many of the globetrotting pros. The Rip Curl Pro is one of six Victorian Government-designated Hallmark International Sporting Events held in this state each year an honour it shares with the Melbourne Formula 1, Phillip Island Moto GP, Australian Tennis Open, Melbourne Cup and the AFL Grand Final. Bells Beach is Australia s most iconic surf spot. It was the birthplace of Rip Curl and one of our country s most popular tourist destinations. It s a high performance right-hand reef break that tests even the most experienced surfer. Although Kelly Slater is a two-time winner, he rates Bells as one of the hardest waves in the world to master. Bells boasts two unique sections that break over two different reefs - Rincon and The Bowl . The Bowl works on big Southern Ocean swells, serving up powerful walls for carves and steep turns. It ll hold up to 15ft and is the ideal spot for a classic Bells Beach heat. When the surf is small, the waves are best at Rincon.

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Australian Football League Finals Series
Brunton Ave, East Melbourne, Victoria, 3002
Website: www.afl.com.au
From 2009-09-04 to 2009-09-26

Don t miss the spectacular crescendo of 22 weeks of fantastic competition in the 2009 AFL Finals Series. From March to September Australian Rules Football (AFL) teams fight it out to make the top eight and qualify for the final series. This titanic contest is between two teams with one emerging as the premier side for the year. Close to 95,000 fans pack the stands of the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) for the grand final while millions watch it worldwide on cable, satellite and free to air television. The final series offers sheer atmosphere and excitement and is a truly unique Australian experience.

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2009 Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix
Back Beach Rd, Smiths Beach, Victoria, 3922
Website: www.motogp.com.au
From 2009-10-16 to 2009-10-18

Race down to Australia's home of motorcycle racing for the annual MotoGP World Championship. Phillip Island is host to one of the best rounds of the annual MotoGP World Championship. Come and enjoy the atmosphere on the picturesque island, located 120 kilometres southeast of Melbourne. The three-day event showcases the world's best racing in three Grand Prix classes, plus national racing categories and other entertainment on and off the track. Fans ride from all over the country to experience the sights, sounds and smell of the MotoGP, 250cc and 125cc bikes on the fast and flowing circuit perched beside the waters of the Bass Strait.

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Melbourne Cup
First Tuesday every November

Australians across the nation stop to celebrate this major annual horse racing event. Whether you are at the track, at a pub in the middle of the outback or lunching at one of the many restaurants throughout the country, Melbourne cup is an

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Emirates Melbourne Cup
448 Epsom Rd, Flemington, Victoria, 3031
Website: www.melbournecup.com
November 2009

On the first Tuesday of November, Australians across the nation stop to celebrate this major annual horse event. But the $5.6 million Emirates Melbourne Cup is more than just a horse race it is a 148-year old social and cultural tradition that literally brings Australia to a standstill. The race draws competitors from all over the world with the annual invasion of northern hemisphere-trained stayers making it a truly international event. The Emirates Melbourne Cup now attracts a worldwide television audience of around 700 million people in 120 countries and territories while millions more either view or listen to the event via the internet. The Cup is the linchpin of the Victoria Racing Club's annual four-day Cup Carnival and the highlight of Victoria's state wide Spring Racing Carnival.

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Surf Lifesaving Carnivals
Spring, Summer, Autumn

Enjoy the colorful and exciting beach events throughout summer culminating in the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships held on Scarborough Beach in Perth, Western Australia in April. More than 6,000 surf lifesavers from around Australia and overseas gather to compete in rescue and resuscitation skills, ironmen disciplines, swimming, boat racing, ski paddling, running and board riding.

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New Zealand

Toi Te Papa Art of the Nation
Through 24 Sep 2009

Discover the richness of New Zealand's artistic heritage - Maori, European, Pacific- in a diverse range of artworks drawn from Te Papa's impressive visual arts collections. Toi Te Papa offers a memorable and thought-provoking journey through the nation's distinctive art history.

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Matariki - Celebrate Maori New Year with Fireworks
20 May 2009 - 11 Jul 2009

Join the Ngati Kahungunu tribe for the biggest Maori New Year celebrations in New Zealand. The Hawke's Bay wide festival marks the end of the harvest and beginning of the 'new year' planting season. Events include fine dining, Maori hand game competitions, lantern and fire parades, fashion shows, music and dance.

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American Express Queenstown Winterfestival
26 Jun 2009 - 05 Jul 2009

Every year since 1975, Queenstown has thrown a party for a very special friend - winter. 2009 will be no different and we would love you to join us. The recipe is actually pretty simple - you take fireworks, comedy, drag races, birdman action, jazz, street parades, a glitzy ball and that's just in town. Then we add the mountain stuff ski races, rail jams, night skiing, dog races and plenty of mountain mayhem. Finally we throw it all in a bowl, chuck in a pinch of "wacky", a dash of "zany" and a couple of good handfuls of "wow" then simmer until June 26 when we get to add the last and most important ingredient - you! There will an incredible programme with loads of fantastic events lined up over 10 days including all the old favourites and some new special festival twists. So start planning for the 2009 American Express Queenstown Winter Festival - Friday 26th June - Sunday 5th July.

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The Food Show Auckland
30 Jul 2009 - 02 Aug 2009

From Preview Day to Show's end, the gourmet spectacle never stops. Some 36,000 visitors were treated to a stellar array of the very best in food and wine this year - next year the Show will sparkle even more. A star-studded line-up of guest chefs shines at the ASB Showgrounds. A new and improved exhbition hall adds to the success of this food calendar must. For dedicated food and wine lovers, Preview Day offers an exclusive sneak peek at the 250-plus exhibits on site.

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Gay Ski Week NZ
29 Aug 2009 - 06 Sep 2009

New Zealand's South Island resort of Queenstown will live up to its name when hundreds of gay men and women arrive from all over the world to celebrate Gay Ski Week NZ now in our 7th year. Official Gay Ski Week functions include the Welcome Party, BUSTED! the after ski party, Cowboy Dinner, Karaoke Casino Night, Skyline Charity Dinner/Show, and the final night's White Out Party Skiing in 2009 for the first time we will be night skiing at Coronet Peak, Tubing at the Remarkables. Queenstown is known as the adventure capital of the world and Gay Ski Week visitors are likely to also choose from mainstream activities on offer with everything from bungee jumping to a relaxing massage, jet boating to heli-skiing, snowboarding to sky-diving.

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CHB The Festival
03 Sep 2009 - 06 Sep 2009

An upmarket arts festival comprising the Centralines Art Extravaganza, Farmlands Flower Power and Garden Expo, WETA Sculpture Symposium and WETA Children's Art proudly sponsored by Walker Mackie AMP. Approximately 50 tempting stalls plus wine tasting and two cafes with breathtaking views from the top of Pukeora Hill overlooking Central Hawkes Bay. This is a truly unique event and a wonderful way to spend the day.

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Nelson Wines with Gourmet Seafood
19 Sep 2009

This major tasting of new releases, including 2009 vintage wines, will be matched with gourmet seafood and held in conjunction with an exhibition of leading Nelson artists. Public admission is $25 which includes wine tastings, tasting glass and seafood canapés. Tickets are limited - this is the third year for this sell out event so get your tickets early. This is your opportunity to meet the winemakers and taste boutique wines from Nelson's leading producers including: Anchorage, Brightwater, Kahurangi, Kaimira, Kina Beach, Neudorf, Orinoco, Rimu Grove, Seifried, Te Mania, Woollaston and Waimea. Tickets can be purchased from regional wines and spirits: Ph: (04) 385 6952. All tickets sold prior to the event will go in the draw to win a ‘Vineyard Escape' to Nelson.

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Art in a Garden
29 Oct 2009 - 01 Nov 2009

Art in a Garden is an unique three and a half day event celebrating the joys of bringing art and sculpture to a garden gallery. It is a moving experience to find a wonderful piece of sculpture set in right place to enhance what the sculptor had in mind. There will be emphasis on many cultural aspects of our lives and fun activities for children all designed to foster an interest in the arts. Hawarden is just an hours drive from Christchurch, through the wonderfully successful vineyard area of Waipara. The Weka Pass with its easily recognizable limestone formations en route, and finally an intermountain valley and plain surrounded by the Southern Alps. It is on terraced riverbed country that Flaxmere is farmed, and over 40 years, Penny has created a 7 acre Garden of National Significance, nominated by the New Zealand Garden Trust. It will be here that 50 - 60 artists and sculptors, photographers, and potters will exhibit

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Marlborough Wine Weekend
30 Oct 2009 - 01 Nov 2009

Hosted in the gardens of a picturesque Marlborough retreat, the Marlborough Wine Weekend is 2 1/2 days of new release tastings, tours and one-of-a-kind meals, all within the backdrop of the beautiful Marlborough region.

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Toast Martinborough
15 Nov 2009

Experience the exclusive Toast Martinborough flair for yourself on Sunday 15 November 2009. New Zealand's Premier Wine, Food and Music Festival, it brings together the perfect mix of wine, food and music from Wellington and the Wairarapa. It is a fabulous and memorable day out, where you can sample some of the world's best wines within a charming wine village atmosphere. Each vineyard expresses its own personality, from the sophisticated and stylish, relaxed and laid back, to vibrant and pumping. The Martinborough Wine Village is delightfully compact - so festival-goers can wander the short distance between wineries on foot. Alternatively, jump on free shuttle buses that circulate constantly throughout the day. The perfect partner for fine wine is good food. All of the participating vineyards feature a selection of new and limited release wines superbly matched to culinary delights from Wellington and the Wairarapa's top restaurants, accompanied by some of New Zealand's finest live entertainment. Expand your wine horizons as you savour wines from Martinborough. Tickets sell out fast, so don't delay! Tickets for the 2009 festival go on sale in October 2009. Visit www.toastmartinborough.co.nz for further details.

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Fiji

Diwali or 'Festival of Lights' in Fiji
19 October 2009
All of Fiji Islands

Diwali (or Festival of Lights) is a Hindu festival and celebrations occur over a number of days. The dates for Diwali are based on the Hindu calendar - Diwali takes place in the latter half of the last month of the Hindu year. Almost half the population of Fiji Islands is Indo Fijian and this is an important public holiday. Buildings and homes of the Indo Fijian community are decorated with flashing lights and special sweets are cooked at this time.

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Tahiti

Tahiti "Ori Tahiti Master Course" Tahitian Dance Academy
March 30 - April 4, 2009

The 1st Tahitian Dance Academy "Ori Tahiti Master Course" is organized by the "Conservatoire artistique de la Polynésie-Française", controlled by the Ministry of Culture of French Polynesia.

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Marathon Tahiti "Tamure"
April 4, 2009

A special entertainment day during which the public is invited to participate in a continuous marathon dancing of the Tahiti "Tamure" or "Ori Tahiti", at Place To'ata in Papeete.

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Moorea - 3rd International Triathlon Tahiti Nui
April 18, 2009

Sporting event of 2 races to choose from: - Sprint distance: 750m swimming, 20km cycling and 5km running. - Olympic distance: 1.5km swimming, 40km cycling and 10km running. Races to begin at Mareto beach nex to Opunohu Bay.

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Air Tahiti Nui Von Zipper Surfing Trials
May 1 to May 6, 2009

Qualifying surf competition in Teahupoo prior to the famous Billabong Pro Surfing.

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Tahiti Pearl Regatta, 5th edition
May 6 to May 10, 2009

International regatta in the Leeward Islands - Raiatea, Huahine and Taha'a. This is a 3-stage, 3-day race. At the finish of each stage, the winners received their trophy for the various categories and at the end of each day all participants enjoy a dinner with traditional Tahitian entertainment. For more information, please visit www.tahitipearlregatta.org.pf.

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Billabong Tahiti Pro Surfing Tournament
May 9 to May 21, 2009

International competition amongst the world's best surfers at Teahupoo.

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4th Tahiti-Moorea Sailing Rendez-vous
June 19 to June 21, 2009

Interactive event between tourists, sailors and locals. A day of sailing starting from Papeete Harbor's Yacht Dock to Moorea, then followed by a variety of local competitions such as outrigger canoe races, javelin-throwing and fruit-carriers' races.

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Heiva I Tahiti
June 24 to July 25, 2009

The largest annual cultural festival in Tahiti taking place at beautiful To'ata Square in Papeete. In addition to the dance and singing competitions, there are sporting events, cultural demonstrations, cuisine and artisans.

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Heiva Tuaro
July 10 to July 14, 2009

Traditional sports' competition including javelin throwing, stone lifting, coconut tree climbing and canoe racing in Papeete.

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7th Taapuna Pro/AM Surfing
Sep. 26 to October 4, 2009

A surf competition in Taapuna coral reef pass (west coast of Papeete). Amateur and professional surfers and body-boarders participate.

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Tahiti International Golf Open
September 18 to September 21, 2009

International event at the 18-hole Olivier Breaud golf course located at Atimaono in Mataiea, Tahiti.

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Raid Painapo 8th Edition
Sept 19, 2009

A mountain race of teams of 3 persons each in Moorea . This event is dedicated to environmental preservation.

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15th Taapuna Master Surfing
September 10 to September 27, 2009

Surf competition for amateurs in Punaauia (west coast of Papeete).

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World Tourism Day
September 27, 2009

Each year, GIE Tahiti Tourisme traditionally organises this project with a theme proposed by OMT (Organisation Mondiale du Tourisme).

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2nd Trail Rotui
November 21, 2009

A 15 km marathon around the Rotui's Mountain on Moorea. Available to all athletes (beginners to professionals).

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Marquesas Islands Art Objects
December 26 to December 28, 2009

Mini-Festival in Fatu Hiva.

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