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17 January 2019

As the sun continues to shine across the Coromandel, we’re in for another stunning weekend, and there’s plenty to get out and get amongst while you’re enjoying all the Coromandel has to offer.

Come get your grove on up at Kuaotunu at Lukes Kitchen  this Saturday. AceTones are purveyors of fine Jamaican music styles, from 60’s ska and rocksteady to reggae and dub. Acetones are playing from 7:30pm so come and enjoy their sounds as the band infuses the irresistible grooves of Jamaican music with their own distinctive style of 60's ska and rocksteady to reggae, dub and funk.

New Zealand’s very own Circus Aotearoa is in Whitianga this weekend at the Mercury Bay Area School, before moving to Whangamata next week.

The sustainable project Pick It Up Now is hosting a walk from Kuranui Bay Thames to pick up rubbish. Join Pick It Up Now and influence inspiring ways of reducing waste.

For more information on these events and more, please read below.


Whitianga – Mercury Bay Area School 

Friday 18 January -7.30pm

Saturday 19 January - 11am and 7.30pm

Sunday 20 January - 2pm

Whangamata - Area School, Port Road 

Friday 25 January - 7.30pm

Saturday 26 January - 11am and 7:30pm 

Sunday 27 January - 12 Noon and 5pm

Anniversary Monday 28 January - 2pm

For tickets and more information please visit their website here.

Ruth Wyand and The Tribe of One

Friday 18 January, at 7:30pm in the Back Room, 714 Pollen St Thames. 

For tickets and more information please visit Eventfinda. 

Luke Hurley

Saturday 19 January 2019 7:30pm – 9:30pm at 714 Pollen Street Thames. 

For tickets and more information visit Eventfinda. 


Saturday 19 January 7:30pm at Lukes Kitchen, 20 Blackjack Road,  Kuaotunu. 

For tickets and more information visit Eventfinda. 

Jenny B and the Band

Saturday 19 January 2019, 7pm – 9:30pm at Admirals Arms, 146 Wharf Road, Coromandel Town.

For tickets and more information please visit Eventfinda.

Thames Acoustic Music Club

Sunday 20 January, 1pm - 4pm, at 'The Back Room' at the Lotus Realm, 714 Pollen St, Thames.

All welcome, any skill levels, listeners also welcome.

For more information on events at the Lotus Realm please visit their Facebook page.

Wellington Sea Shanty Society

Sunday 20 January, 3pm – 6pm, at Marina Bar & Grill, Level 1, 12-14 The Marina, Tairua. 

For mor information please visit Eventfinda. 

Pick It Up Now is hosting another event on Sunday 20 January from 1-3pm.

Meeting at Kuranui Bay Thames to walk north or south to pick up rubbish off the beach and on the reserve areas

For more information on this event visit their Facebook page. 

The Flaming Mudcats

Friday 25 January 8pm – 11pm at The Lincoln , 501 Port Road, Whangamata. 

For tickets and more information visit Eventfinda. 

Paul Ubana Jones

Friday 25 January 8pm – 10pm at The Grahamstown Bar and Diner, The Junction Hotel, 700 Pollen St, Thames. 

For more information visit Eventfinda.


Whitianga Reggae Festival 

Saturday 26 January 2019 12pm – 6pm at The Whitianga Hotel, 1 Blacksmith Lane, Whitianga. 

For tickets and more information please Eventfinda.

Discover Your Inner Radiance

Saturday 26 January 10am – 4pm at Health Groove Yoga, Nutrition and Wellbeing, 424b Pollen St, Thames.

For tickets and more information visit Eventfinda. 

Whitianga Summer Concert 

Sunday 27 January  (Auckland Anniversary Weekend) at Whitianga Waterways Arena.

Another sizzling hot summer of music will be hitting our shores in January with Greenstone Entertainment announcing its line-up of four international acts for the annual Summer Concert Tour.

See the Greenstone Entertainment website for further details.  

Lonely Heartstring Band

Sunday 27 January starts at 3:30pm, Kauaeranga Hall Thames. 

The $20 pre-book offer (if you book and pay for two or more tickets before December 25) must be booked at here.

Leadfoot Festival  

2 and 3 February 

The Leadfoot Festival is a unique weekend bringing together a mix of classic cars, vintage motorcycles and motorsport legends. Tickets are offered to the general public with an invitation to Rod and Shelly Millen’s private grounds at Leadfoot Ranch. The 150 acre, ocean-front estate in Hahei on the beautiful Coromandel Peninsula features a long driveway that winds through the property designed to be the perfect hill climb.  

For ticketing information see Leadfoot Festival's website.


The Topp Twins Heading for The Hills

Coromandel Area School, Woollams Ave, Coromandel Town. Saturday 9 February,  5pm - 8pm. 

For more information visit Eventfinda.

Brits on the Bridge

Coromandel Area School, Woollams Ave, Coromandel Town. Saturday 9 February,  5pm - 8pm. 

Click here for more information.


Tuia 250 Encounters

In 2019, New Zealand will mark 250 years since the first meetings between Māori and Europeans during James Cook and the Endeavour's 1769 voyage to Aotearoa New Zealand. A national commemoration, Tuia – Encounters 250, will acknowledge this pivotal moment in our nation’s history as well as the exceptional feats of Pacific voyagers who reached and settled in Aotearoa many years earlier.

For information on how you can be involved see Ministry of Culture and Heritage website or Mercury 250 website

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 no longer allowed.

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. See here for further details.

Whangamata Lions Market
Whangamata Memorial Hall, 326 Port Road, 8am-2pm. WhangamataLionsMarket

Coroglen Market. Every Sunday 9am-1pm. Coroglen Hall 

Whitianga Art Craft and Farmers Market. Soldiers Memorial Park from 8am.For more information on the Art Market contact Marle Ward on 07 866 0204 or 021 0241 9368

Our Thames-Coromandel District Libraries events

Libraries school holiday activites 

Week 2:

Creative shell art - Thursday 17th January 10.30 am

Week 3:

Construct and test Origami flying disks - Tuesday 22nd January 10.30 am

Create your own musical instruments (Tairua Library only) - Thursday 24th January 10.30 am

Create your own bath bombs (Mercury Bay and Thames Libraries only) - Thursday 24th January 10.30 am

Our programmes are free, but registrations are essential. Please contact Tairua, Mercury Bay or Thames Library to register.

For contact information please visit our Facebook page. 

District librariesEvery week:

Thames Library Knitting Group

 Bring whatever you're working on to the Carnegie Room at Thames Library or come along to get started. Everyone is welcome between 10am and 12pm every Tuesday and tea and coffee is provided. The knitting group will take a short break over Christmas.

Every month:

Book Clubs

Meet other book lovers and share what you’re reading. This is the ideal place to pick up some tasty new titles. Meeting in the Carnegie Room at Thames Library, at 10:30 on the first Friday of every month 

Book Club will take a break in January and resume February.