What's on in the Coromandel? 24 April 2018 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. Kerbside Collections Kerbside collections will be a day later than usual in areas where the regular collection day falls on or after Anzac Day. This includes: Thames and Surounds, Thames South Rural, Coromandel Town and Te Kouma. If you live in these areas, make sure you put your blue bags out a day later than usual this week. For all other areas, where the regular collection day is before Wednesday, the collection day is the same as usual. The Great Cranleigh Kauri Run Saturday 5 May 2018 The Great Cranleigh Kauri Run offers a series of off-road trail runs or walks which take place on the stunningly beautiful Northern Coromandel Peninsula. For further information and for registration details of the 2018 event, which is 14th Anniversary of this spectacular event, see the ARC Events website. Coromandel Seafood Festival Saturday 5 May 2018 - 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, 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. NZ Offshore Powerboat Racing Saturday 12 May 2018 Buffalo Beach Reserve, Whitianga One of New-Zealand’s most well-established water sports. Watch the fleet of multi and mono hull, large and small boats thunder across the water at speeds of up to 200km/h and hear the distinctive roar of engines. The ultimate “motorsport on water”. For full programme details see NZ Offshore website. Wild Womens Weekend Friday 18 May 2018 - Sunday 20 May 2018 A chance to get away with friends, take some time out, shop, play some sport, have fun, stare at the sea. Come by yourself or with friends. Choose individual events or go for the full package. For further information see the Wild Women website. 1 - 4 June 2018 - 4 Day Market Queen's Birthday Weekend Citizen Band Hall Queen Street Thames The 4 Day Market offers a variety of indoor and outdoor stalls. If you are wanting to hold a stall please contact the event holder via their Facebook page 4-day market. Saturday 5 May 2018 - 3.30pm Rescue Helicopter Base, Abrahamson Drive, Whitianga A restructure of air ambulance services across New Zealand by the Ministry of Health and ACC may result in the closure of the rescue helicopter base on the Coromandel Peninsula. The Coromandel Rescue Helicopter Trust is organising a public meeting, to be held at the rescue helicopter base at the end of Abrahamson Drive in Whitianga. Walter Russell, chairman of the Coromandel Rescue Helicopter Trust, the owner of the base, says they hope for a large turnout of people at the meeting. For further information or to purchase tickets see Cosmic Ticketing. Whitianga Half Marathon Saturday 26 May 2018 This is the first annual half marathon to be held on 26th May 2018 in the beautiful Mercury Bay. There is a 21km course, a 10km course, a 5km course and a 2km kids beach dash. Each course can be run or walked. The organisers are encouraging a fun family event where everyone can participate in some way. For further information and registration details see Whitianga Half Marathon website. 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.