What's on in the Coromandel? 26 January 2018 The weather on the Coromandel is perfect for the long weekend and the line up of summer events happening around the Peninsual this weekend. The metservice are forcasting the temperatures to be in the late 20's early 30's with plenty of sunshine. Check out the Safer Coromandel facebook page for plenty of tips to keep all your loved ones safe this holiday period. Summer Concert Tour - Sold Out Sunday 28 January 2018 at the Whitianga Waterways Arena The event is SOLD OUT so there are no ticket sales at the gate. The box office is at the front gate and will be open from 9am. Children age 14 and under are free, and don’t require a ticket. Remember, strictly no alcohol to be brought into the venue. A wide selection of Gibbston Valley Wines will be sold at the venue along with beer and non-alcoholic beverages. Free refill water will also be available. You may bring your own picnic and sealed non-alcoholic drinks. A variety of local food vendors will be on site. Please note: the management reserves the rights to search bags and coolers on entry and prohibited items will be confiscated. Free car parking is available from 8:30am however a gold coin donation to a local community group organising the parking would be much appreciated. Due to the further development and expansion of the Whitianga Waterways the car parking has moved from last year to a new location which will be sign posted and managed on the day. There is a 30 minute walk from the car park to the concert site therefore it is advised all concert goers wear comfortable footwear, bring hats, sunscreen, and water. Greenstone Entertainment supplies disabled parking which can be accessed via South Highway. This car park is located adjacent to the disability gate. Disabled toilets are also clearly sign posted. For further event information on the event or for those who may be selling tickets see www.greenstoneentertainment.co.nz. Forty-eight submissions for the Kopu to Thames Rail Trail sculpture design competition have been received and are on display now at Carson's Gallery in Thames until the end of January. Winning designs will be announced at an awards function at 4pm on Monday 29 January at the Thames War Memorial Civic Centre. If you would like to go, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or phone or text 021 780 989. HMNZS Manawanui to be decommissioned Photo: (The Informer) HMNZS Manawanui at the Whitianga Wharf on Tuesday 25 April 2017 (ANZAC Day). Whitianga is the HMNZS 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. Coromandel Art Group, Annual Exhibition Hauraki House, Kapanga Road, Coromandel. 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 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. 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. Leadfoot have confirmed this week that 4-time Indy Car Champion Scott Dixon will be returning this year. 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.