What's on in the Coromandel? 05 April 2018 Daylight savings has come to an end, however this is not putting a stop to the vast range of activities and events lined up for the Coromandel. There are plenty of activities for the whole family this weekend including charity cycle rides, ocean swimming and the annual Taste of Matarangi festival. Daylight savings has come to an end, however this is not putting a stop to the vast range of activities and events lined up for the Coromandel. There are plenty of activities for the whole family this weekend including charity cycle rides, ocean swimming and the annual Taste of Matarangi festival. A Taste of Matarangi Village Green Reserve, Matarangi 7 April 2018, 10.00am - 4.00pm Bring your family and friends to the sixth Taste of Matarangi and enjoy great food, wine and locally brewed beer, family activities and live music on stage all day. For further information see A Taste of Matarangi Facebook page. Cathedral Cove Swim Saturday 7 April 2018 This is an idyllic swim through a marine reserve to the famous New Zealand landmark of Cathedral Cove. For further information see Brent Foster's website. ECHO Walking Festival 7 - 22 April 2018 Follow winding tracks through spectacular scenery and amazing views. Explore our backyard and learn about our local history. Hike across hills, discover pools and waterfalls, get a bit of exercise and enjoy our local bush and beach. From an hour long walk to full-day tramps, there's something for everyone and every fitness level. Check out the full programme and walk details on the ECHO Walking Festival Website. Russell Player Memorial Hauraki Rail TrailSunday 8th April 2018 This fun charity cycle ride offers five different rides all finishing at the Railway Reserve Paeroa. Rides will start from Piproa at 9.30am and Te Aroha, Waihi and Thames at 10.00am as well as a kids' ride starting at 11.00am by the Old Karangahake Hall. All rides finish in Paeroa where the major prize is $1000 Travel Voucher and other spot prizes will be given out to lucky competitors. For further information see the Lions website. The City of Auckland Singers Sunday 8th April 2018, 2.00pm Saint Georges Church, Mackay Street, Thames The City of Auckland Singers have been favourites of Thames audiences at their two previous performances. Their easy listening repertoire, costume changes and choreography add up to a variety filled afternoon of great entertainment. This is a singing group that gets enormous pleasure from performing and it really shows in a programme with several individual items featuring some of the very talented musicians and singers within the group Come to our final public meetings to find out more about our 2018-2018 Long Term Plan. Submissions can be made until 16 April 2018. Thursday 5 April - 5:30pm - Mercury Bay community meeting - Mercury Bay Boating Club Dive Festival 2018 13 - 15 April 2018 Book this must-do dive event into your calendar. A great weekend of gathering divers together from far and wide, entering into fun competitions with a huge pool of awesome prizes and a bit of social fun as well. You can choose to just enter one event or multiple events. If you enter all required events you will go into the draw to join the crew on a fantastic dive trip for two diving Taveuni, Fiji in July 2018. To enter, simply – fill out the enquiry form here or email Linda at firstname.lastname@example.org. Saturday 14 April 2018 The Whangamata Multisport Challenge is an action-packed multisport event based in Whangamata. The course is one of the most scenic in the country. Race options include multisport, duathlon, run, paddle or mountain bike events. See Whangamata Multisport Challenge website for further details. Saturday 14 April 2018 The Surf 2 Firth Bush marathon has been described as the most technically challenging marathon in New Zealand and gives runners the opportunity to run from one side of the Coromandel to the other. The half marathon offers a challenging run/walk option and a new 12 km option is now available. All events are based out of Thames with competitors bused to the start of the full and half marathon. All events are run on DOC tramping trails with many following the pioneering trails of yesteryear. For further information see the Surf 2 Firth website. The 35km Road Trip, The Little Gallery, Tairua and Whangamata Saturday 21 April 2018, 10.00am - 4.00pm The Little Gallery is excited to present "35km Road Trip" this April: a new group exhibition with an adventurous twist. '35km Road Trip' will be held as a one-day-only joint exhibition event between both of the Tairua and Whangamata branches, and invites the public to journey between the two galleries in a fun, interactive day out. Commemorating the distance between two galleries, '35km Road Trip' aims to bring an adventurous, multi-faceted dimension to experiencing and enjoying art. Visitors are encouraged to enjoy all that Tairua and Whangamata have to offer in addition to our new exhibitions. Each gallery will present 35 new works by their respective local artists, portraying the unique personalities of each destination and celebrating the diversity of talent within our stable of artists at The Little Gallery. Enjoy the opportunity to meet each gallery's local artists and experience a fresh, engaging array of artwork - a reason to make a journey for! For further information see their website. Hopetoun Brown & Finn Scholes Sunday 22 April 2018 Tim Stewart and Nick Atkinson have been playing together since their teens as the Supergroove horn section and in recent years this duo have performed as Hopetoun Brown using just voice, trumpet, trombone, percussion and bass clarinet. Together, they were 2017 Taite Prize finalists. But for this 31-venue AOTNZ tour they have teamed up with arguably the country’s finest trumpet player, Finn Scholes for a unique journey through rhythm and blues, soul and jazz. For ticketing information email Kauaerangahallmusic@gmail.com or visit Lotus Realm, 714 Pollen St, Thames. Parades and memorial services will be held across the Coromandel this Anzac Day, Wednesday, April 25, to honour the servicemen and women who displayed courage and sacrifice serving New Zealand in wars overseas. Our Mayor Sandra Goudie warmly invites people to mark Anzac Day at one of the dawn parades or services listed below. Mayor Sandra is attending the Civic Parade in Thames and will speak at the service that follows at the Thames War Memorial Civic Centre Cenotaph on Mary Street. All descendants of returned service personnel are welcome to participate in the parades. Returned service personnel are asked to wear their medals and decorations. Descendants of returned service personnel marching in the parades are asked to wear medals on the right upper portion of their apparel. Coromandel:•6.00am Dawn Service at Memorial Reserve, 355 Kapanga Road, Coromandel, to be followed by breakfast at the Coromandel Citizens Hall.•10.00am ANZAC Service at Memorial Reserve, 355 Kapanga Road, Coromandel. To be followed by morning tea at The Club, 190 Woollams Avenue, Coromandel. Tapu:•5.45am Dawn Parade - from Tapu Fire Station to Cenotaph, Tapu Hall, followed by service. Breakfast provided afterwards at Tapu Fire Station. Thames:•5.45am Dawn Parade - from cnr Cochrane and Pollen Streets, Thames, marching to Thames War Memorial Civic Centre for 6am service.•9.45am Civic Parade - from corner Sealey and Pollen Streets, Thames, followed by 10am service, Thames War Memorial Civic Centre Cenotaph, Mary Street, Thames. Pauanui:•6.00am Dawn Service - Pauanui Surf Lifesaving Club, Pauanui Boulevard, Pauanui (or the Pauanui Sports and Recreation Club if wet).•11.00am Civic Service, assemble at Pauanui Garden Centre at 10.45am, marching off to Pauanui Sports and Recreation Club, Sheppard Avenue, Pauanui for 11am service. Tairua:•6.00am Dawn Service, Tairua Ex-Servicemen's Cemetery, Main Rd, Tairua.•10.30am Civic Parade and uniformed personnel/RSA, assemble outside the Tairua Fire Station, Main Rd, Tairua to form up and march off at 10.45am.•11.00am Civic service at Tairua Community Hall, Main Road, Tairua. Whangamata:•6.30am Sunrise Flag Raising & Service - Assemble at Whangamata Surf Club. Following the service cooked breakfast will be available at Blackies in Williamson Park.•10.20am Civic Parade led by the Bay of Plenty Pipes & Drums from the Council Offices, Port Road, Whangamata, followed by 11.00am Civic service at Whangamata War Memorial Hall, Port Road, Whangamata, followed by a light lunch and entertainment at the RSA Clubrooms. Whitianga:•5.45am Dawn Parade - from Mercury Bay Club carpark, Cook Drive, Whitianga, followed by service at Soldiers' Memorial Park, Whitianga. Breakfast at Mercury Bay Club to follow service. Matarangi:•10.30am Assemble at corner of Cordyline Crescent and Ake Ake Ave to form up and march off at 10.40am followed by 11.00am Service at Matarangi Volunteer Rural Fire Force Station (near Matarangi Shopping Centre, Coromandel Seafood Festival Saturday 5 May 2019 - 9.00am - 4.00pm Coromandel Area School With its pristine waters the Coromandel Harbour is renowned for its mussel and oyster farms, as well as being a great place to haul out your line and catch some fish. The programme for the festival includes a fishing competition, oyster shucking, mussel shucking, food demonstrations, live local bands, fish filleting demonstrations, local cafes and restaurants showcasing their seafood. For further details check out the Coromandel Seafood Festival on Facebook. Farmers Markets Coromandel Town Market 31 Kapanga Road, Coromandel - Saturday 8am - 12pm Local manuka honey, home grown community market, baking and much more. Thames Market Every Saturday 8am-12noon - Pollen Street, Grahamstown. Head down to the Thames Market this weekend. Don't forget to bring your own bag, basket or box to the Thames Market, plastic carry bags are no longer allowed. Gold fever year is underway, marking the 150th anniversary of the Thames Goldfields opening. Check the online calendar of events here to see what's on. Tuia 250 Encounters In 2019, New Zealand will mark 250 years since the first meetings between Māori and Europeans during James Cook and the Endeavour's 1769 voyage to Aotearoa New Zealand. A national commemoration, Tuia – Encounters 250, will acknowledge this pivotal moment in our nation’s history as well as the exceptional feats of Pacific voyagers who reached and settled in Aotearoa many years earlier. For information on how you can be involved see Ministry of Culture and Heritage website or Mercury 250 website. Thames Library Book Club is a relaxed and informal book group. Meet other book lovers and share what you’re reading. Here's the ideal place to pick up some tasty new titles. The Book Club is held in the Thames Library's meeting space, the Carnegie Room, on the first Friday of every month. Lego Club Mercury Bay Lego Club is free and happens every Tuesday from 3.30pm - 4.30pm at Mercury Bay Library. Thames Lego Club is free and happens on the first Wednesday of the month from 3.30pm - 4.30pm at Thames Library. This month's theme is Mad as a March Hare. For further information please see the Thames Coromandel District Libraries facebook page.