What's on in the Coromandel? 31 August 2018 This Friday is The Cancer Society of New Zealand's Daffodil Day symbolising hope for one in three New Zealanders affected by cancer. Since 1990, this iconic event has inspired people to come together and support the Cancer Society's work, as well as providing an opportunity to raise awareness of cancer in New Zealand. Whether it's buying daffodils, donating to the street collectors, buying the merchandise, or making a donation by text, phone or online, every gift counts. Look out for collectors in your area or for further information see the Daffodil Day website. Thursday 30 August 2018 - 6.30pm - 9.00pm Whangamata Surf Club Feature-length surfing documentary 'The Way' has been officially selected at eight different festivals around the world and has picked up three awards so far. Each ticket purchased for the screening at the Whangamata Surf Club entitles one person access to the screening and the musical performance afterwards by 'The Bollands'. For ticketing information see Eventfinda. An Evening with Mark Kitteridge of Ocean Angler Thursday 30 August 2018, 6.00pm Tairua and Pauanui Sports Fishing Club Bought to you by Gull, come along and listen to Mark Kitteridge present all aspects of soft bait fishing with the Ocean Angler system and how to target and catch kingfish. Mark holds a wealth of knowledge and expertise which makes this a seminar not to miss. There will be two 40-minute seminars one on soft baiting and one on kingfish. This is a free event. Saturday 1 September - 7.00pm - 10.00pm Whitianga Town Hall Quizzical Tipples and Tunes is a light-hearted, fun night of fabulous music from the movies and dance music (performed by Waikato’s Opus Orchestra’s professional ensemble, OCTavo), brain teasing quizzes and wine and cheese sampling. There will be lots of time for round-the-table and dance-floor conviviality, providing the perfect opportunity for connections old and new in a relaxed and congenial environment. Put together a table of eight friends or colleagues, and make sure you have among them a wine connoisseur, a show-tunes maestro, and a great cheese palate to have the competition covered. Tickets available from Paper Plus Whitianga. Saturday 1 September 2018 2.30pm - 4.30pm Thank your Dad for all his love and wisdom by making a creative card for Father's Day. All materials will be provided and you will be shown how to make simple shapes that pop up from the inside of a card. An afternoon snack will also be provided. Please bring a parent with you to help with this activity. Saturday 1 September 2018 4.00pm - 6.00pmThe Little Gallery Whangamata Ever wanted to start your own art collection? Learn how with experienced art collector, Belinda Wiley. People collect art for many different reasons – as an investment, to support the arts, or simply because they love it! It can also be a great way to develop relationships with fellow art lovers as well as artists, and foster a sense of community amongst those with an appreciation for art. Auckland resident Belinda Wiley has been a part of an art collecting group for 20 years, of which she is currently the Chairwoman. Offering an insight into how to go about starting your very own collection, Belinda will share her tips and tricks for forming an art group, what to look out for in building your collection, and her own stories and experiences in her collecting journey! Heritage Items Public Forum Thames Civic Centre, Conference Room Tuesday 4 September 2018, 5.30pm This public Q&A session is for those with an interest in built heritage items or archaeological sites in Thames-Coromandel area to pick up some repair and maintenance tips from Heritage NZ Pouhere Taonga representatives. Whangamata Run Walk Festival Saturday 8 September 2018 With the half marathon (21km), the 10km and 5km events, the Whangamata Run Walk Festival offers something for participants of all ages and abilities. All three courses take in spectacular views of ocean beach and pristine bush-clad hills along the way. For registration details see the Whangamata Run Walk Festival website. Michael Dunstan Sunday 9 September 2018 Lukes Kitchen, Kuaotunu Off the back of an Australian tour for the newly released EP 'Partly Cloudy', with sold out shows in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide, Michael is headed for beautiful New Zealand for the 'Partly Cloudy NZ Tour'. You can find out further information on Lukes Kitchen and this event on the Lukes Kitchen facebook page. This is a free event. Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 September 2018 The Whitianga Scallop Festival is having a gap year due to the town centre and marina upgrade – but for those keen to enjoy the local delicacy fresh at the start of the season, save this date. The Whitianga local restaurants are hosting a Celebration of Seafood weekend, come and enjoy seafood and music with beer and wine matches, in and around Whitianga Restaurants and Wineries. More information will follow. Mercury Bay Homecoming Weekend Labour Weekend 19 - 22 October 2018 Mark your calendars, call your friends and make plans now to come home for the inaugural Mercury Bay Homecoming Weekend! Time to reconnect with old friends, retell classic stories and relive happy memories. Everyone welcome, bring your families and show off our beautiful area. Events are being planned for the weekend, and will be updated as we hear about them below. For further information see Mercury Bay Homecoming Weekend on facebook. Laura Collins and the Back Porch Blues Band Saturday 22 September 7.30pm This band are dynamic, masterful and all about entertainment. And with most of Kauaeranga Music’s shows so far this year being sell-outs, this one too is expected to be popular. For ticketing information visit Shop: Lotus Realm, 714 Pollen St, Thames or Email: Kauaerangahallmusic@gmail.com Steampunk the Thames 8 - 11 November 2019 The Thames Steampunk Festival rocks our region’s biggest town every November. The event attracts people from all over New Zealand, as well as steampunk enthusiasts from around the world, many of whom book their visit years in advance. The festival programme includes steampunk balls, banquet and burlesque, as well as exhibitions and concerts. Many events are family-friendly and free. Around the World Ball Friday 9 November from 8.00pm, Bella Street Pumphouse, Thames An International theme - It'll be a global phenomenon. Come and join the fun - great band, awesome entertainers, delectable food and gorgeous company Tickets $75.00 each For further information see the Steampunk the Thames website. Tairua Trail and Tides Run or Walk Saturday 10 November 2018 This event features a 20km, 10km and 5km run. To enter see Simply Timings website. Pauanui Christmas Home Wander Saturday 24 November 2018 A day not to be missed. Stunning homes, Christmas flavor, Devonshire Tea, all for Look Good Feel Better, supporting cancer patients.. For further information see Pauanui Christmas Home Wander on facebook. Coroglen Tavern Saturday 1 December 2018 Donavon Frankenreiter will bring his honey-thick vocals, masterful guitar work and newest album “The Heart” to the Coromandel Peninsula for one night only. Known and loved for his positive outlook and easy folk sounds, Donavon Frankenreiter started his professional life first as a surfer, before launching his solo music career as the protégé of Jack Johnson. For ticketing information see Eventfinda. Whitianga Summer Concert Whitianga Waterways Arena Sunday 27 January 2019 (Auckland Anniversary Weekend) Another sizzling hot summer of music will be hitting our shores in January with Greenstone Entertainment announcing its line-up of four international acts for the annual Summer Concert Tour. See the Greenstone Entertainment website for further details. Fat Freddy's Drop Thames Racecourse Monday 7 January 2019 Freddy’s annual summer roady around New Zealand in Jan 2019 gets a super-charged tune up with the addition of some incredible tour bus buddies; DJ legend Norman Jay MBE direct from London plus local super stars Ladi6, Salmonella Dub featuring Tiki Taane, The Black Seeds and Troy Kingi with more to be announced. With fresh tour destinations added to the menu, Freddys are about to serve up one massive summer tour. For ticketing information see Ticketmaster. Leadfoot Festival 2 and 3 February 2019 The Leadfoot Festival is a unique weekend bringing together a mix of classic cars, vintage motorcycles and motorsport legends. Tickets are offered to the general public with an invitation to Rod and Shelly Millen’s private grounds at Leadfoot Ranch. The 150 acre, ocean-front estate in Hahei on the beautiful Coromandel Peninsula features a long driveway that winds through the property designed to be the perfect hill climb. For ticketing information see Leadfoot Festival's website. 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. Farmers Market 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. Tairua Market The first Saturday of every month, you will find this eclectic collection of stalls and produce right by the harbour next to the one-lane bridge in the Tairua Main Road. From 9:00am through to about 1:00pm. Coromandel Town Homegrown Community Market Each Friday morning on Wharf Road beside the BNZ Bank you will find an array of local/homegrown produce and crafts for sale. Organic and gluten free options . . . you're spoilt for choice.