Official opening of Williamson Park and upcoming events. 22 December 2016 Official Opening of Williamson Park Whangamata Community Board Chair Ken Coulam welcomed and thanked the community and businesses for their support. Meanwhile Matua George Kiwara and Terry Sorenson both blessed the reopened Park. The evening continued with wonderful entertainment thanks to Whangamata Area School who provided school bands and kapa haka performers that were amazing and showcased the talent we have in Whangamata. "We are grateful for Blackies and the Whangamata Surf Club for opening to support the event, and a big thank you to the contractors for all the hard work to ensure Williamson Park was ready for summer; Surge Electrical, EPL, Pinnacles Civil, Koru Landscaping, Boof Bolland, and Pitcher Electrical," says our Whangamata Area Manager Garry Towler. Ultimately, a huge thank-you to the Whangamata community for supporting the project and we hope you enjoy Williamson Park this summer. We have completed as much as possible to ensure it was ready for summer, however it is still a work in progress and work continue in autumn. "I myself had a huge smile on my face the entire afternoon and it was great to meet the new Mayor Sandra Goudie," Whangamata Summer Festival co-organiser, Renee Meiklejohn, says. Over the past 10 years the use of Williamson Park has grown substantially providing a platform for a significant number of events over the Christmas period and into the shoulder months.The well-loved park has been rejuvenated by the following: Removing up to 100 of the old pine trees Planting native coastal trees throughout the park. Building a new boardwalk along the dunes in front of the Surf Club area Building three large shade structures while new trees grow Realigning the road to create more open space Redesigning car parking for ease and safety Opening new pedestrian areas and improving access to the beach. Installing new lights for added security. Williamson Park was gifted to the Thames County Council on 11 June 1929 by the Williamson family. In the terms of the transfer it stated that the park is to be used for the recreation of the general public and that it is never to be allowed to become a commercial or residential area. As part of the condition of transfer it was suggested that a limited amount of trading be allowed on the park grounds, with the suggestion of a small building to be erected to sell refreshments and offer surfboard hire. Click here to read more of the Williamson Park redevelopment. Whangamata Summer Festival Williamson Park is hosting the much anticipated Whangamata Summer Festival this month and the festival runs through until mid-January 2017. Fitness in one form or another every day and a free kids holiday programme in this locally run community event with free concerts, bands and entertainers for the week of the festive season. Check out their Facebook page here for more information or email here. Shapeshifter with The Upbeats, P-Money & Sunshine Sound System- 28 January 2017. Shapeshifter are set to take their new album 'Stars' on the road this summer, announcing a series of outdoor concerts throughout the country this December, including at our very own Williamson Park in Whangamata. Firmly entrenched in the premier league of New Zealand music makers and with a new album Stars dishing out the damage left, right and centre, Shapeshifter are taking their phenomenal live show on the road this summer. The Upbeats have made an indelible imprint upon the New Zealand drum’n’bass scene since they emerged in the early 2000s. With three albums under their belt and a fourth on the way, these dons of the drop are always guaranteed to bring the energetic vibes and drum’n’bass pressure. P-Money’s talent in the studio and on the decks have made him a household name and a pioneering figure within New Zealand music. Only a handful of D.J.'s can create both a great live mix on stage and produce amazing original songs, P-Money is one of those select few. The combination of the brazen beat-ology and supreme selections of the Sunshine Sound System is invariably a positive outlook with a strong likelihood of crowd-wide spontaneous showers of dancing, hooting and hollering - guaranteeing the show flow together like no other. R18 event. Tickets are available here. Trust Waikato Whangamata Surf Life Saving Club- Whanga Week! 27 December 2016 - 2 January 2017. Whanga Week is a fun-filled week created by SLSC Patron; Richard Scelly. It is a fundraising initiative you can be part of to support and raise money for Whangamata Surf Club. Whanga Week brings the Whangamata community together through fun activities. REGISTRATIONS: open at the Surf Club for all events on 26 December 2016, 10am-12 noon, you can also register 1 hour prior to each event on the day. Whanga Week Events: December 27 2016: 10km Run 6pm December 28 2016 Summer Festival Market Day in the park December 29 2016: Miss Whangamata 2pm December 30 2016: Classic Harbour Swim 7am and Pub to Club Run 6pm December 31 2016: Whanga Fun Walk 8am January 1 2017: Miracle Mile Beach Run 2pm & annual collection January 2 2017: Surfboat Spectacular 10am (some events depend on the tide) Find more information on their website here or check them out on Facebook here.