What's on in the Coromandel 13 June 2019 The Whitianga Pig Hunting Club is hosting an open hunt competition this weekend. A chance to take the kids out and show them how it’s done. The National Choir of the Salvation Army is performing this Sunday at the Thames Salvation Army Hall on Pollen Street. Moehau Environment Group (MEG) Winter Lecture - Northland Forests Sunday 23 June 7pm – 8:30pm at The Peppertree, 31 Kapanga Rd, Coromandel Town. Dean Baigent-Mercer is coming to Coromandel to talk about the links between forest collapse and climate change, masting events, waves of bird extinction in these islands and what can be achieved to help nature thrive from the situation we have inherited. Dean has often invisibly been involved with the key environmental campaigns within Aotearoa over the past twenty years. For more information click here. Stepping Out. June 26 - June 30 at the Whangamata War Memorial Hall, 328 Port Road, Whangamata. Rehearsals are in full swing and things are shaping up to be out of this world for 'Stepping Out' by Richard Harris. The highly-skilled choreographer and director both have years of experience producing top quality performances of the highest standard. Show dates are as follows: Wednesday 26 June 7pmThursday 27 June 7 pmFriday 28 June 7pmSaturday 29 June 1pm and 7pmSunday 30 June 3pm For tickets and for more information click here. The Narcs Unplugged Sunday 30 June 3pm – 5pm at 'The Back Room' at The Lotus Realm Music Shop, 714 Pollen Street, Thames. Hot off the road from headlining Nelson’s Marchfest and rocking through their Not Over Summer Tour, there’s no turning back as The Narcs announce the first in a series of gigs - ‘unplugged, acoustic-based, 3-piece with no drums.’ This is a chance for the band to pull back the veil, strip things down and explore the many hidden songs from The Narcs' back catalogue and side projects over the last 39 years - as well as the hits. For more information click here. Elevenses With Lisa Lorrell Thursday 4 July 10am – 12pm at Thames Union Parish, 500A Mackay St, Thames. Having graced the professional stage for over 20 years in the UK, Australia and NZ, bubbly international award-winning songstress Lisa Lorrell will take you on a musical journey filled with nostalgia, fun and laughter, performing classic songs from best loved musicals and operetta, to jazz, country and pop music. For tickets or more information click here. The Coromandel Art and Craft Fair Saturday 13 July at the Whitianga Town Hall. Mercury Bay Art Escape’s annual fair showcases quality handmade arts and crafts produced in the Coromandel. The fair is for one day only and is an excellent opportunity to meet talented and enthusiastic Coromandel artisans and artists. For more information click here. Whangamata Adventure Race Thursday 1 August - Saturday 31 August. The Whangamata Adventure Race is a new event that mixes adventure racing and rogaine. For more information click here. Hyundai NZ Goldrush Rally of Coromandel Friday 16 August - Saturday 17 August. Headquarters: Moewai Park, Whitianga. The Coromandel will play host to a round of the 2019 New Zealand Rally Championship on the 17 August 2019, with the organisational team behind Rally New Zealand linking with the TCDC to base an event out of Whitianga. For more information click here. Wool on Wheels Pop Up Saturday 17 August in Thames. A market's variety of indie-dyed yarn all in one room at Grahamstown Bar and Diner, 700 Pollen Street Thames. 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. Saturday 21 September . The Whitianga Scallop Festival is one on New Zealand’s iconic seafood events, held on the Esplanade in the picturesque village of Whitianga. For more information click here. Tuia commemorations - Flotilla visit Friday18 October - Monday 21 October, Mercury Bay. To mark the 250th year since Captain James Cook made his first landfall in New Zealand and engaged with local iwi, the replica HMS Endeavour will anchor in and around Mercury Bay with a side trip up the Firth of Thames. For more information click here. 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. Tuia 250 Encounters - Other projects planned. This year New Zealand marks 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, acknowledges 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 and what is being done to mark the commemorations both on the Coromandel and nationally see Ministry of Culture and Heritage website or Mercury 250 website. Full concert details and Artists have been announced. Click here to read more. 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. 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. See here for further details.