What's on in the Coromandel? 11 January 2018 The Coromandel definitely took a hit from last week's storm, but we're open for business so come and enjoy some of the exciting events and hospitality over the holiday period. Concert in the Vines Friday 12 January, Mercury Bay Estate If you like summer, kiwi music and supporting a great cause, this event is perfect for you. Artists include Landslide (Fleetwood Mac tribute) Will Martin and Kendall Wise Email firstname.lastname@example.org for ticket information. Friday 12 January, 8:00pm - 11:00pm Lukes Kitchen, 20 Blackjack Road, Whitianga, Kuaotunu From 60's ska and rocksteady to reggae, dub and funk, the band infuses the irresistible grooves of Jamaican music with their own distinctive style. AceTones create an atmosphere to lure even the most unsuspecting listener onto the dancefloor. Paying tribute to the greats, this eight-piece band draws inspiration from founders of the styles such as Skatalites, The Upsetters, Jackie Mittoo, Sly and Robbie and more. Come get your groove on. For ticket information see Eventfinders website Barter Barber Barter Barber is travelling around New Zealand trading goods and services for haircuts and using that time to talk to men about masculinity, communication, mental health and suicide prevention. The Thames Coromandel region will be hosting Barter Barber over the summer period: 11 -14 January - Thames For further information regarding Barter Barber see their facebook page. Coro Sonic Lab Summer Fest Saturday 13 January 2018 Coro Sonic Lab Summer Fest is back. Live music, BYO picnic, lawn games, dancing, good times and more. A small boutique festival with an absolutely killer lineup of performers. Enjoy an afternoon of live music, play some games, sit back with a picnic and then dance into the night. For ticketing information see Coro Sonic Lab website. Kauaeranga Summer Fun Department of Conservation - Kauaeranga Visitors Centre A fun-filled, jam-packed January for all ages, including abseiling, gold panning, kids craft activities, treasure hunts, teddy bear picnic, movie nights, conservation talks on moa, bats and kauri history, gecko encounters, day walks with knowledgeable DOC rangers, twilight walks, mountain biking and the free live music event - - The Picnic in the Forest. For the full programme of events see their website. For information on volunteer programmes throughout Coromandel over the summer period see their volunteers website. Moehau Environment Group - January 2018 programme Each year a dedicated bunch of volunteers from Moehau Environment Group (MEG) run a Summer Programme over January on the Coromandel. The programme offers kiwis and visitors the chance to experience and enjoy Coromandel’s natural treasures guided by local volunteers keen to share their passion and knowledge. Download the MEG Summer Holiday Programme Final 2018 Coromandel Art Group, Annual Exhibition Hauraki House, Kapanga Road, Coromandel. Summer Concert Tour - Sold Out Sunday 28 January 2018 at the Whitianga Waterways Arena There will be a free shuttle bus service running to and from the event from Brophys Beach, Buffalo Beach Reserve, Whitianga Wharf, Taylors Mistake and Mercury Bay Area School. For further event information on the event or for those who may be selling tickets see www.greenstoneentertainment.co.nz. Photo: (The Informer) HMNZS Manawanui at the Whitianga Wharf on Tuesday 25 April 2017 (ANZAC Day). Whitianga is the Manawanui’s home port and she will be decommissioned early this year. Prior to that, she will return to Whitianga for a five day home port decommissioning visit from Wednesday 31 January - Monday 5 February 2018. Wednesday 31 January • Berthing of the Manawanui next to the Whitianga Wharf at 7:30am, with an official welcome and powhiri by Thames Coromandel District Council mayor, Sandra Goudie and Ngati Hei. Thursday 1 February 2018 • A street parade through Whitianga at 2:00pm with the Royal New Zealand Navy Band and members of HMNZS Matataua (the Navy’s Littoral Warfare Unit). Friday 2 February 2018 • Community service to be done by the Manawanui’s crew. Saturday 3 February 2018 • A friendly challenge between the crew of the Manawanui and the Whitianga Volunteer Fire Brigade (involving a variety of drills) at 10:00am. Sunday 4 February 2018 • A public open day on board the Manawanui from 10:00am - 4:00pm. Monday 5 February 2018 • The Manawanui sailing from Whitianga for the last time with a final farewell and wave-off at 11:50am Click here to read more. Leadfoot Festival 3 and 4 February 2018 280 Link Road, Hahei The Leadfoot Festival is 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. For ticket information see Leadfoot Farmers Markets Coroglen Market Gumtown Hall, Coroglen - Sundays from Labour Weekend to Easter. A fabulous farmers market for you to buy some local organic produce, home made goodies and crafts. Conveniently located on the main road State Highway 25 at the historic Gumtown Hall. Coromandel Town Market 31 Kapanga Road, Coromandel - Fridays 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. Whangamata Community Market Whangamata Library Carpark - Sundays from Labour Weekend to Easter Held in the heart of the Whangamata township. Selling goods from arts and crafts to produce. Whitianga Market Soldiers Memorial, Whitianga - Saturdays from Labour Weekend to Easter. Your opportunity to purchase some beautifully made local crafts, art and home grown produce from the Mercury Bay area at the Whitianga Farmers Market. 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.