What's on in the Coromandel? 22 August 2019 Get your hands dirty this weekend at the Hikuai School hunting competition or join our Council and the Department of Conservation as we support Coast Care Waikato's restoration planting programme along Buffalo Beach by Taputapuatea Spit in Whitianga. If you would rather stay indoors this weekend, you're spoilt for choice with live music across our district. See more below. Buffalo Beach restoration planting programme Saturday 24 August, 8am Meet at the Boating Club, 90 Buffalo Beach Rd, Whitianga, for a quick safety briefing and action plan, followed by a sausage sizzle for those who come along to help.at the end of the day for volunteers. Bring your garden gloves, spades, closed shoes, water bottles and wet weather gear if it is raining. In the case of severe weather conditions the planting will be reschedule to the next day, Sunday 25 August. Rodger Fox and the Mercury Bay Big Band Sunday 25 August, 2pm at the Whitianga Town Hall. Tickets available from Paper Plus Whitianga or email firstname.lastname@example.org ask to have your tickets held at the door. Kendall Elise Presents: Red Earth Sunday 25 August, 4pm at Lotus Realm, Thames. A deeply introspective album of intricate storytelling brought to life with evocative instrumentation; meaningful lyricism and a golden voice, RED EARTH officially hails the emergence of one of New Zealand’s most intriguing songwriters and performers. Moving effortlessly and seamlessly through a number of styles and genres, from dark country to true country; folk and chilled pop to bluesy rock, Kendall delivers an album packed with mood and personality. Kendall chose the songs that feature on the album - including first singles already released ‘The Clock Tower’ and ‘Valentine Street’ - because they’re representations of her childhood growing up in Papakura. Kendall is a consummate performer, who (alongside her band, The Belgraves) has earned a reputation as mesmerising live act, not-to-be-missed! This year alone she has played a string of gigs and opened for Gin Wigmore on her recent New Zealand Tour. In April she supported American roots, rock band Larkin Poe in Auckland. Tickets $20 from Lotus Realm (07 868 5341) or online at Under the Radar. National Party lunch invitation 30 August, 12.30pm at The Lost Spring, Cook Drive, Whitianga. Scott Simpson, Coromandel MP (National Party) and Opposition Spokesperson for the Environment and Climate Change, and Erica Stanford, East Coast Bays MP (National Party) and Opposition Associate Spokesperson for the Environment, are inviting the Mercury Bay business community to join them for lunch on Friday 30 August.They will be discussing their view on government initiatives regarding the environment/climate change (including proposed legislation), the impact they believe the initiatives may have on business and their own environmental/climate change policies and initiatives. Cost is $25 per person (excluding drinks). RSVP by Wednesday 28 August to email@example.com 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. Gut health workshop Tuesday 17 September, 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. 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. Spring Surf n Eco program 7 - 9 October, from 10am - 2pm each day. Keep the kids entertained in Whangamata during the next school holiday period with Surf n Stay's three day surf n eco program including surfing, skating and an eco workshop with a beach clean up. The program is suitable for children aged 6 - 14 years old. Click here for further details. 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. MitoQ 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. 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.