Whats on in the Coromandel? 15 August 2019 August is a month-long celebration of bees and their vital role in our world. You can celebrate by planting bees’ favourite food: wildflowers. This will, in turn, increase pollination of other plants leading to thriving gardens. Community spaces or libraries are also encouraged to highlight Bee Aware Month through displays. If you are interested in hosting an event or public talk, Apiculture New Zealand encourage you to contact your local beekeeping club. Clubs are always keen to share their bee knowledge with locals and will more often than not be happy to participate. You can find a list of clubs here. This weekend the Coromandel Goldrush Rally nears the start line and will get off to a flying start this Friday evening with a street party in Whitianga before the racing begins in earnest Saturday morning. For the full list of road closures and race timings click here. Dayle ITM Goldrush Rally of Coromandel Friday 16 August - Saturday 17 August. Headquarters: Moewai Park, Whitianga. The Coromandel will play host to a round of the 2019 New Zealand Rally Championship on the 17 August 2019, with the organisational team behind Rally New Zealand linking with our Council to base an event out of Whitianga. For more information click here. Wool on Wheels Pop Up Saturday 17 August in Thames. A variety of indie-dyed yarn all in one room at Grahamstown Bar and Diner, 700 Pollen Street Thames. For more information click here. Gut health workshop Tuesday 20 August, 5.30pm at Six Forty Six, 646 Port Road, Whangamata. Nova Jade is a Clinical Nutritionist with a Bachelor of Health Science in Nutritional Medicine. Nova has lived and work abroad delivering health and nutrition workshops in some of the top health retreats and recently returned home to share her knowledge and passion for nutritional medicine in a series of nationwide events. This session is part one of the gut health workshops series. You will learn about the digestive system, the process of digestion, how nutrients are absorbed, signs and symptoms of malabsorption, gut bacteria, and bowel health. Tickets can be purchased from Six Forty Six for $35 which includes a glass of bubbles on arrival, some delicious vegetarian nibbles and an hour talk from Nova Jade. Buffalo Beach restoration planting programme Saturday 24 August Our Council is helping support the restoration a section of reserve along Buffalo Beach by Taputapuatea Spit. Arranged by Coast Care Waikato and also supported by DOC. Courtesy of the Mercury Bay Youth Sailing Club, we are gathering at the Boating Club (90 Buffalo Beach Rd, Whitianga 3510) around 8am, for a quick safety/orientation briefing and action plan on what we are planting and where. This will be followed by a sausage sizzle cooked up by the Lions Club and 5th Wheelers around mid-morning for those who come along to help. Bring your garden gloves and spades, wet weather gear if needed.We recommend closed shoes and water bottles for hydration. As a backup we will reschedule to Sunday 25 August in case of severe weather conditions. Whangamata Run Walk Festival Whangamata Lions are the organisers of this festival. All proceeds from this event are returned to the community so come to the Paradise Coast for a weekend of recreation and fun. The pride of the Coromandel, Whangamata boasts a wide range of recreational choices including: surfing, fishing, kayaking, tramping, mountain biking, birdwatching as well as plenty of shopping, arts and crafts, plus great cafes, restaurants, bars and service clubs. There are 5k, 10k and half-marathon races, entrants can either walk or run them. There are many spot prizes, the major one is a $2000 travel prize. For more information click here. Trail Trilogy Sunday 15 September, Kaiaua-Thames-Te Aroha-Paeroa walk. Flat-out fun through six towns across the Hauraki Rail Trail. For more information click here. Scallop Festival Sold Out Saturday 21 September The Whitianga Scallop Festival is one of New Zealand’s iconic seafood events, held on the Esplanade in the picturesque village in Whitianga. For event information here. Open Studios Coromandel Arts Tour First two weekends in October from 10am - 4pm Over the first two weekends of October, 34 local artists will welcome visitors to their studios. From 5-13 October between 10am-4pm, each artist will be displaying a work in an exhibition at Hauraki House, the dynamic artistic hub of Coromandel Town. Pieces include paint, ceramic, pottery, printmaking, pastel, textile, felting, metalwork, woodwork, glass, jewellery, sculpture, weaving and mixed media. Studio locations range from exhibition galleries to work spaces with wonderful sea and landscape views and rural workshops surrounded by bush and birds. Open Studios Coromandel Arts Tour – Gala opening Friday 4 October 6pm at Hauraki House, 230 Kapanga Road. Artists, art lovers and family/whanau are invited to celebrate the Open Studios Coromandel Arts Tour. Meet the local artists, experience their work and enjoy a drink and nibbles.For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Ice Skate Tour 17 October - 20 October at Parawai School, Lowe Ave, Parawai. Be prepared for a cool but not cold ice skating experience. The Ice Skate Tour travels around New Zealand with state of the art, artificial ice rinks. On Friday, 18 October, the Parawai Curling Cup will be held from 6pm onwards. Enter your team (adults only) for a great night out on www.facebook.com/thecurlingcup. For times and more information visit Eventfinda. CoroVibes Saturday 19 October at Cory Park, Tairua. Fresh Coromandel flavours, inspirational speakers on the mind, body and soul. Top New Zealand brands, good vibes and great times. For more information click here. Tuia – Encounters 250 (Tuia 250) In 2019, Aotearoa New Zealand will acknowledge 250 years since the first onshore meetings between Māori and Europeans. Tuia – Encounters 250 (Tuia 250) is the national commemoration that recognises this milestone in our history. This is a time to share, debate and reflect – to enable a more balanced telling of our stories, so that we speak openly and respectfully about our history. Tuia 250 is an opportunity to hold some honest conversations about Māori and European settlement of New Zealand to guide us as we go forward together. Events and activities in regions right around the country will help New Zealanders to join the discussion. A key part of the commemoration is the Tuia 250 Voyage. A flotilla of Pacific and European vessels will sail around the coast for a period of three months, between October and December 2019. For further information on events in Mercury Bay see the Mercury 250 website here. K2 Cycle Race Saturday 2 November The K2 Cycle Race starts and finishes in Thames. It is the toughest one-day cycle challenge in the Southern Hemisphere. It is also one of the most scenic and varied as it circumnavigates the Coromandel. For more information visit the website. Steampunk The Thames Thursday 7 November - Sunday 10 November The fifth annual steampunk festival of the arcane and thaumaturgic arts will crank up a head of steam with an action packed, fun filled weekend of high-energy hoopla for grownups and young people alike. For more information click here. Dylan Stewart - Conscious Rambling Thursday 9 January 8pm – 9:30pm at the Hauraki House Theatre, 230 Kapanga Rd, Coromandel Town. Award-winning comedian Dylan Stewart brings his new show Conscious Ramblings to Coromandel. This is not a show for the PC brigade, best to leave the kids at home. For tickets or more information click here. The last stop on the Greenstone Entertainment 2020 Summer Concert Tour visits Whitianga with music spanning the decades, from the late 1960s through to early 2000's. This event sold out in record time but for those who were lucky enough to get a ticket, click here for more information. The Leadfoot Festival 8 and 9 February 2020 A unique weekend on the New Zealand and international calendar that brings together a unique mix of classic cars, vintage motorcycles and motorsport legends. New Zealand racing legend, Rod Millen opens his private grounds at the Leadfoot Ranch to host more than 150 champion and competitive race participants. Click here for more information. Farmers Markets 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 not available. Thames Crafters Market - Held the second Saturday of each month. 8am – 2pm, Welsey Hall Pahau St Thames, behind Saint James Church opposite the GBD. Contact Dana on 0272220700 or Gaylene on 0211424543 Tairua Market - The first Saturday of every month, you will find a collection of stalls and produce right by the harbour next to the one-lane bridge on the Tairua Main Road from 9am -1pm. Coromandel Town Homegrown Community Market - Every Friday morning on Wharf Road beside the BNZ bank you will find an array of local, homegrown produce and crafts for sale. Whangamata Sunday Market - Held in the heart of the Whangamata township in the Council carpark on Port Rd from 9am - 1pm, selling goods from arts and crafts to produce. To see the dates for winter click here.