What's on in the Coromandel? 04 May 2018 With the sun forecast to shine over the weekend the focus is on Coromandel Town with both the Coromandel Kauri Run and the Coromandel Seafood Festival being held on Saturday. Another major event for Saturday is the public meeting to discuss the major changes proposed for the Coromandel Rescue Helicopter. Our Mayor Sandra Goudie invites all residents to join her at a public meeting, 3:30pm on Saturday 5 May, in the Whitianga Hangar Base at the end of Abrahamson Drive, Whitianga. The meeting is being organised by the Coromandel Rescue Helicopter Trust. The Great Cranleigh Kauri Run Saturday 5 May 2018 The Great Cranleigh Kauri Run is a series of off-road trail runs or walks which take place on the stunningly beautiful northern part of the Coromandel Peninsula. For further information and for registration details on this spectacular event (now in it's 14th year) see the ARC Events website. Coromandel Seafood Festival Saturday 5 May 2018 - 9.00am - 4.00pm Coromandel Area School With its pristine waters, Coromandel Harbour is renowned for its mussel and oyster farms, as well as being a great place to haul out your line and catch some fish. The programme for the festival includes oyster shucking, mussel shucking, food demonstrations, live local bands, fish filleting demonstrations, and local cafes and restaurants showcasing their seafood. For further details check out the Coromandel Seafood Festival on Facebook. Sunday 6 May 2018Coghill Theatre, Coghill St, Whitianga Ukulele workshop: 2.00-4.00pm and gig 7.00pm Register at: firstname.lastname@example.org for the workshop and tickets for the gig are available at Paper Plus, Whitianga. Returning to Whitianga for the fourth time, Richard enjoys interacting with his audience taunting and teasing with his expertise on the guitar and ukulele. His extensive travels around the world always result in him sharing light-hearted stories and adventures. The concert will be opened by local singer/songwriter Tal Ward. Tal has been impressing Whitianga Music Club audiences for the last few months. Tai will play form 7.00-7.30 followed by Richard. Wednesday 9 May 2018, 8.00pm Monkey House Theatre, Coghill Street, Whitianga Having taken this expansive show to large and small centres in Australia and New Zealand over the summer, as well as festivals like Coastella and Tuki, Tonnon is completing a far reaching run of New Zealand towns this Autumn NZ Offshore Powerboat Racing Saturday 12 May 2018 Buffalo Beach Reserve, Whitianga One of New-Zealand’s most well-established water sports. Watch the fleet of multi and mono hull, large and small boats thunder across the water at speeds of up to 200km/h and hear the distinctive roar of engines. The ultimate “motorsport on water”. For full programme details see NZ Offshore website. Sunday 13 May 2018 Jennian Mothers Day fun run Whitianga Waterways The nationwide Jennian Homes Mother’s Day Fun Run/Walk returns this year, offering women the chance to have fun, get active and support a worthy cause. For information on entering this event see eventfinda. Wild Women Weekend Friday 18 May 2018 - Sunday 20 May 2018 A chance to get away with friends, take some time out, shop, play some sport, have fun, stare at the sea. Come by yourself or with friends. Choose individual events or go for the full package. For further information see the Wild Women website. Social Climbers - Roger Hall Hauraki House, Coromandel 25 May 2018 - 2 June 2018 In this hilarious play by Roger Hall a group of women teachers, plus one reluctant daughter, embark on a weekend of bushwalking in the mountains to get away from it all! Torrential rains and a washed out bridge later... arguments ensue, secrets are revealed, lots of tears and laughter. For ticketing information see Eventfinda Thames 4 day market Queen's Birthday Weekend - 1 June 2018 - 4 June 2018 Citizen Band Hall, Queen Street, Thames Whitianga Half Marathon Saturday 26 May 2018 This is the first annual half marathon to be held in the beautiful Mercury Bay. There is a 21km course, a 10km course, a 5km course and a 2km kids beach dash. Each course can be either run or walked. The organisers are encouraging a fun, family event where everyone can participate in some way. For further information and registration details see Whitianga Half Marathon website. The Pipi Pickers Saturday 26 May 2018, 7.30pm Coming to Kauaeranga Hall for the very first time are bluegrass band The Pipi Pickers. Often simply referred to as The Pipis, they play a blend of contemporary and traditional hard driving bluegrass with solid instrumental chops, and an engaging performance style that puts a smile on everyone’s face and infuses even the most dreadful of murder ballads with a sense of joy and energy. Tickets available on the door or from Lotus Realm, 714 Pollen St, Thames. For further information or to purchase tickets see Cosmic Ticketing. Kelvin Cruickshank Wednesday 11 July 7.00pm Thames Civic Centre With the outstanding success and popularity of TV2's award winning series "Sensing Murder", Kelvin has been literally swamped with people wanting to see him. For this reason, he is continuing his series of exclusive shows that will help to reach out and touch more people at once. These shows will simply be Kelvin working with spirit. For ticketing information see eventfinda Friday 13 July - Saturday 14 July 2018 Light - Stories - Wonder For two nights Illume Festival will be lighting up the main street of Coromandel Town. A free family festival with live music, projections, street performers, lights, food, fun and laughter. For further information on how you can become involved see the illume Festival website. Coromandel Peninsula Art and Craft Fair Whitianga Town Hall Saturday 14 July 2018, 9.00am - 3.00pm This annual Fair showcases quality handmade Arts and Crafts from artisans and artists of the Coromandel Peninsula. The Fair is for one day only and is an excellent opportunity to purchase work by our talented and enthusiastic local Coromandel artisans. Farmers Markets Coromandel Town Market 31 Kapanga Road, Coromandel - Saturday 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. 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. 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. You can read the lates press release here For information on how you can be involved see Ministry of Culture and Heritage website or Mercury 250 website.