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12th Latin America Film Festival 2013

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Cuban Fury

Written by on March 11th, 2015.      0 comments




(Part of Auckland Council Movies in Parks, courtesy of Kaipatiki local board, More FM.)

A delightful romantic comedy, in English.
All's fair in love and Salsa!

Click here to see the official trailer.

Saturday 14th March
6:30 for a 7:45 movie begin
Little Shoal Bay Reserve,
Northcote Point.

12th Latin America Film Festival 2013 Synopses

Written by Kae Condon on October 23rd, 2013.      0 comments

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1920s Sugar Town Festival Programme...Heritage Horses and all that jazz!

Written by Kae Condon on September 18th, 2013.      0 comments

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Winner of the Private Magic Show with The Great Chicane

Written by Sophie Patterson on August 21st, 2013.      0 comments

Drum Roll Please...
Loyal Customer of Cafe 47

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Well deserved John will enjoy his prize with his 10 grand and great 
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grandchildren.Please join us in congratulating John and thanking him for his loyal custom!
We would like to thank everyone who participated in our Mid Winter Magic Promotion and helped us make magical memories!



Mid Winter Magic!

Written by Sophie on July 24th, 2013.      0 comments

You were a part of it! Click Here to check out our Mid Winter Magic Album so far for all the fun. Mid Winter magic will continue til Saturday 27th July. Don't miss your chance to see fairies, magicians & musicians in the village - bring out the inner child in you! Enjoy!

Mid Winter Magic in Birkenhead Village

Written by Kae on June 23rd, 2013.      0 comments


The Great Chicane

2012 31ST New Zealand Magician’s Convention October 2012

He is magically appearing in magic spots progressively in the Village daily Tuesday-Saturday in Village cafes and family restaurants** Magical Progressive Appearances

  • Tuesday July 16 – 11.30am-1pm – Highbury Mall – The Village
  • Wednesday July 17 – 11.30am-1pm – Strolling street cafes – The Village
  • Thursday July 18 – 5.30pm-7pm – Strolling street evening family fun flavour restaurants – The Village
  • Friday July 19 – 11.30am -1pm – Highbury Mall – The Village
  • Saturday July 20 – 5.30-7pm – Strolling street evening family fun flavour restaurants – The Village
  • Tuesday July 23 – 11.30am-1pm – Highbury Mall – The Village
  • Wednesday July 24 – 11.30am-1pm – Strolling street cafes – The Village
  • Thursday July 25 – 5.30pm-7pm – Strolling evening fun flavour restaurants – the Village
  • Friday July 26 – 11.30am -1pm – Highbury Mall
  • Saturday July 27 – 5.30pm-7pm – Strolling evening family fun flavour restaurants – The Village XX

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The Great Magician Competition

You or your family could win your very own magic show with New Zealand’s number one magician “The Great Chicane” simply by eating or drinking in one of our family friendly cafes or flavoursome family restaurants.

Put your name, phone number and email on the back of your till receipt post in the entry boxes provided in village cafes or restaurants and you could win your very own magic show just for you and your family or friends at home*

Family Fun Savor a flavor or have a fantasy fun treat at one of our special family restaurants.

Mid Winter Fairies

​Flying into cosy cafés or a family restaurant near you!

Fun kids activities in café for kids (village cafes and restaurants) – fantastical fairies will materialise creating children’s activities (perhaps the fairy will bring special balloons, or the magic of facepaint, or maybe she will create colouring activities in cafes and restaurants) . Wait and see! **

​Fairy appearances in cafes; 11am-1.30pm Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday

The Chelsea Sugar Colouring Competition

Your Chance to WIN!

colouring-competitionThe colouring competition will be in activities packs throughout Birkenhead in the cafes, starting on the 16th of July and running throughout the School holiday period. The entries can be dropped off to the Birkenhead Library or Highbury Mall in the entry boxes provided, last entry in 26th of July 5pm.
Winners will be notified by phone and entries will be displayed in Birkenhead.
Entry categories 5 prizes for children aged 3-6 and 5 prizes for ages 7-10.

Please complete your competition entry by adding your name, age and parents phone number.

See cafes or our website for full size colouring in image and entry details or click to  download here.

Kafes for Kids
Fun kids  activities in cafes and restaurants – fantastical fairies will materialise in cafes and restaurants with childrens activities ** 

Misha the Musican
Follow the smooth mood of the Sax magically appearing through the Village Fridays and Saturdays**

Come sample some of the amazing food...


Birkenhead Talent on a National Stage!

Written by Sophie Patterson on May 23rd, 2013.      0 comments

Nica Israel is a talented singer discovered locally at Birkenhead College. You may recognise her from her performancwith her group ‘Sherlock Tones’ at our Christmas Village Programme. At present she is a stand out performance in the televised national singing competition ‘X Factor NZ’ (TV 3 Sundays 7pm & Mondays 8pm), she sings in her group ‘Gap 5’ who were brought together 4 months ago by their vocal coach.

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Beauty in Birkenhead - Win beauty prizes during the month of May

Written by Kae Condon on May 8th, 2013.      0 comments

Each week for the next four weeks we will draw one lucky person out to win a Birkenhead Beauty Package. Get on over to our Facebook page www.facebook.com/birkenheadvillagenz to go in the chance to win one of four weekly Beauty prizes.

Enter via email, send us your:
  • name
  • phone number
  • To qualify for email entry make sure to put "Beauty in Birkenhead" in the subject field
  • enter via email here


Birkenhead Village - Home of Dance Champions!

Written by Kae Condon on May 1st, 2013.      0 comments

Congratulations to Tempo Dance Studio!  Masters in the "Art of Dance".
Another world class win. The weekend of 27-28 April at the Langham Hotel Birkenhead Villlage professional dancers Richard Peters and Olga Mayes secured the New Zealand  Kiwi Classic Professional Latin American title..   Richard and Olga are a relatively new partnership but were a huge hit when they showcased the Cuban Rhumba for the Birkenhead Village Community at the Function hosted by the Argentinian Ambassodor in December. To win the "Kiwi Classic" Richard and Olga had to compete and dance Cha Cha Cha, Samba , Rhumba and Jive. They won! They deserved it! Way to go Richard & Olga. Congrats!  Click here for full album of Cuban Rhumba danced to "Don't Cry for me Argentina"! and stunning photos of talent in action.

Anzac Local Pride 2013

Written by Kae Condon on April 26th, 2013.      0 comments

G20130425 103604(copy)randad's Medals! In a wonderful display of heartfelt sentiment the local youth and families of Birkenhead turned out yesterday to celebrate and honour the sacrifice made by our fathers and grandfathers so that we may enjoy the freedom we have today. Thousands of locals assemblied in a respectful and joyful tribute yesteday with many hundreds marching alongside the parade, while still more waited at the Memorial to pay their respects. The Birkenhead Village Association wreath was rightfully laid by local personality, Max Hines who proudly displayed his grandfather's medals as he laid the wreath on the Town Centre behalf. It was gorgeous green orchids and greenery with touches of burgundy and a blue ribbon to match the sky line view from the Village with a view!

Click here to view over 100 photos of the parade and local personalities on our facebook page.


Lest we Forget... a poignant reminder

Written by Kae Condon on April 22nd, 2013.      0 comments

Martin (copy)As a mother of two, both of whom went to Birkenhead Primary School,  in past year's we have made an effort to take the children to share with them the living reminder of our history through the parade.  As an onlooker in the crowd, and with a father in law who fought in WW11 serving in the Navy, on the Gambia and Achilles.  I never fail to get a lump in my throat at the sight of assembled forces.  It is a  moving and valuable way we can honour the sacrifices made. Many people in the community must agree with this sentiment if the growing numbers each year are an indication. The parade starts on Mokoia Road, outside Birkenhead Primary School at 9.45 and travels at 10.00 from that location down to the War Memorial in Mahara Avenue.  The memorial service lasts for approximately 30 minutes. 
I encourage you to get down this year and enjoy the sense of community with the rest of the Village.  In the first world war Birkenhead Bourough sent 261 men, and we lost 16 beautiful sons.

If you enjoy history;;; don't miss the opportunity to discover more of the local context at  the Birkenhead Historical Museum at 44 Mahara Avenue - always open after the parade for viewing and sharing. The historic white crosses placed outside for the day each have a name of a local son we lost. 

Hope to see you there!

Picture of Martin Condon with his mother Evelyn

Check out Metro April Issue for Birkenhead's Best Kept Secrets Revealed!

Written by Kae Condon on March 28th, 2013.      0 comments


Metro has just exposed to their audience what Birkenhead locals have known for ages. For a slice of authentic foodie heaven you can't go past the range of options at Birkenhead village. With over 13 authentic taste sensations on offer prepared fresh daily by local owner/operators. 

By day the village is abuzz as a fresh food market, Highbury corner in particular offering a Fishmonger, a Butchery and a Bakery all of which were cornerstone businesses in this location since 1920. With a plethora of cafe's feel free to stop in for a flat white while you shop. At night the village is transformed with authentic international taste sensations abound, come experience locally and enjoy the free parking.

The newly opened Chef Rasa Sayang joins esteemed company Golden Phoenix in being featured in Metroeats.co.nz under hot new dining options with their signature dish a smokey Kuey Teows. If you haven't already we suggest you get up and give it a try while you can still get a seat.

mentioned in the FRESH FOOD category were:
  • Highbury Fisheries - 3 Mokia Road
  • Highbury Butchery - 11 Mokoia Road
  • Fresh n Save - 75 Mokoia Road
  • The Casual Foodie - 23 Enterprise Street
Authentic eateries mentioned:
  • OTT patisserie - 2 Birkenhead ave
  • Thai Yum - 23 Birkenhead ave
  • Yummy Korean - 23 Mokoia Road
  • Hola Burritos - 215 Hinemoa
Standing Room Cafe @ 6 Hinemoa also made the cut.



Butchers and bakers and candlestick makers in Birkenhead Village. Fresh is best!

Written by Kae Condon on November 23rd, 2012.      1 comments

“Fresh Food daily” is the catch cry of the myriad of vendors in Birkenhead Village who prepare fresh food daily for their local customers.   Shopping for fresh supplies in November and December in the Village has the added fun of customers being in to win $1000 cash by simply collecting their receipts to a $50 value as they purchase their daily supplies and entering in one of the entry boxes provided in store.   The Birkenhead Village Cash for Christmas promotion is back promoted by the Birkenhead Business Association,  and offering shoppers the chance to win simply by shopping in the area.  Whether buying daily produce, or shopping for gifts everyone is in with a chance to win.

The village is building an enviable reputation locally as being the local farmers market that offers “fresh” to customers on a daily basis. 
 Two fresh fish mongers, Highbury Fish Shop located since 1920 at historic Highbury, and Real Fresh Fish on Mokoia road, offer a combination of personal service and over 30 varieties of seafood from Snapper, John Dory, to Orange Roughy.  If they don’t have it today they can order it in for you tomorrow.  Personal service is at the heart of shopping in the village.   Recent arrival Grant Wright of Highbury Butchery offers an array of delectable and unusual fresh made meats, and was an apprentice under Stott, the first butcher in the area in the 1920’s.  Chris from OOT Patisserie next door, will tempt you with his delicious array of German sweet delicacies all baked fresh on the premises daily.

If you are looking for exciting or exotic flavours a visit to one of our many speciality purveyors will not disappoint you.  From hard to find Raspberry dressings at Ashore Fine Food & Wine, to exotic spices and sauces at Spice n Easy or Pak N Fresh at 75 Mokoia Road.
With Christmas coming it is a time for gifts and giving there are three fine destination gift shops  to discover : Crave, Wallace Cotton and Art of Gifts.  If it’s that unique item of clothing  you are seeking don’t miss our traditional mini department store Yarnton’s, or  Simply Wonderful ! – With personal service you are bound to find that special personal gift.  Don’t forget to visit our unique candlestick maker - Golden Glow Candles at 30 Enterprise street.

Looking forward to seeing you in the Village soon is sure to enter the competition and have some old fashioned fun while you shop in our relaxed ambiance. 

Parking throughout the village is free and located in three convenient locations Rawene Road council car park opposite the library, Highbury Mall and Birkenhead Square on Mokoia rd.
Check out the Argentinian movie Sidewalls trailer!

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Free parking village wide. Click the map for more info.


Birkenhead Town Centre Association Inc. is a not-for-profit Incorporated Society with the objective of growing businesses in the area. We are funded by commercial ratepayers in the area.
We welcome new members who are inside the targeted rate footprint and encourage them to contact us about joining.

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