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28 September 2018

The Trifecta Fishing competition is on this weekend at the Tairua Fishing Club, offering two days of fishing and $20,000 in prizes. Prize giving will be held 7pm Saturday night. The Drawing the Mandala of Tara with Andy Weber is also on this weekend in Colville. See below for more details.

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Waikato Conservatory Of Music Students 

You are warmly invited to the Lunchtime Concert.  It will be exciting to meet and hear again some talented music students of the University of Waikato share their work.They always impress with their high standard of performance.


WHEN:   FRIDAY, 28th September 2018

TIME:    12.15pm


COST:   FREE, but cold coin donations are greatly appreciated.


Ice Skate Tour

Mercury Bay Fishing Club, 12 Esplande, Whitianga, The Coromandel

Thursday 4 October - Monday 8 October

Thu 4 Oct 2018, 11:00am–5:00pm
Fri 5 Oct 2018, 10:00am–5:00pm
Sat 6 Oct 2018, 10:00am–4:00pm
Sun 7 Oct 2018, 10:00am–5:00pm
Mon 8 Oct 2018, 10:00am–5:00pm

Restrictions:All Ages

Ticket Information:
Family (2 kids + 2 adults or 1 adult + 3 kids): $35.00
Kids (under 16): $8.00
Adults: $12.00
Door Sales Only



Adam McGrath (of "The Eastern" fame) and "The Roaring Days" band.


Adam McGrath is a folk singer stationed whereever he lands. The lead singer and songwriter for The Eastern, takes to his solo adventures with the same intensity, passion, love and humour that has given his day band a firm foothold into the hearts and minds of New Zealand.

Having opened for Fleetwood Mac, Steve Earle, The Old Crow Medicine show as well as many others, McGrath's songs speak truly to the spirit level in all of us. Yarns and folk songs told and sung , true to the old ways but always about the now and here. His songs and stories are about us and for us, built for the road home and the deeper stuff in all of us.

On this tour he'll be joined by a small but mighty rhythm section (The Roaring Days) who promise to help drive McGrath's songs and get the hearts beating against the chest.

No Depression described McGrath and The Eastern "As one of the best modern roots acts from any country".

WHAT:  Adam McGrath and "The Roaring Days" band
WHEN:  7:30pm Saturday 6 October 2018
WHERE: Kauaeranga Hall, 437 Kauaeranga Valley Rd, Thames
Door sales $22
Pre-book   $20

For more information:

Txt: 021912993


Shop: Lotus Realm, 714 Pollen St, Thames

8 - 14 October is Mental Health Awareness Week and the Whangamata Community Services Trust have organised the Hope Walk - a community suicide prevention movement promoting wellbeing. Following the walk there are more free activities for the whole family, see the poster above for details. Donations on the day are appreciated.

If you can help out on the day, please contact the Whangamata Community Services Trust at 101 Casement Road, phone 07 865 7065 or check out their Facebook page here. A volunteers meeting will be held at 10am, Wednesday 3 October for more information. 

Open Studios Coromandel Arts Tour

  • Saturday 6 October  - Sunday 7 October
  • Saturday 13 October - Sunday 14 October

Artists from Coromandel Town and surrounds are opening their studios to visitors during the first two weekends of October.

Meet up to 35 artists whose work covers an extensive range of techniques. Explore studios that are found in exhibition galleries, work spaces with magnificent sea and landscape views and rustic workshops surrounded by bush, filled with bird song.

Throughout both weekends and the days in between, each artist will display a work at the Hauraki House Gallery. The Gallery is a great starting point to pick up the Artist Guide and plan weekend studio visits.

Further information can be found on the website

Offbeat Theatre Company presents 'Blind Eye'

October 9 - October 13 at the Coghill Theatre in Whitianga.

Be prepared to be moved by this powerful New Zealand drama, directed by Christine Carter. Tickets are available from Paper Plus Whitianga, 71 Albert Street or phone Sharyn on 027 610 5933 for more details.

Mercury Bay Homecoming Weekend

Labour weekend 19 - 22 October

Mark your calendars, call your friends and make plans now to come home for the inaugural Mercury Bay homecoming weekend.

Time to reconnect with old friends, retell classic stories and relive happy memories. 

Events are being planned for the weekend, and will be updated here.

Whangamata Lions Market

Saturday 20 October, 8.00am at the Whangamata Memorial Hall.

Crafts, farmers produce, fruit and vegetables, devonshire teas cafe, sausage sizzle, fudge, crepes, candy floss, art exhibition, book sale and more.


Pauanui 50 years Celebration

Labour weekend

50 years ago the first lot of sections were sold in Pauanui.  To mark the 50th anniversary of Pauanui we are wanting people to share their stories, memories and photos of Pauanui from 1968-current. 

A dedicated Facebook page - Pauanui 50th Anniversary, has been set up to facilitate this exchange of tales. 

Where: Thames Rugby Sports Club 

445 Ngati Maru Hwy, Thames 

Date: Saturday, 27 Oct 2018

Breifing: Friday, 26 Oct 2018, 7pm 

Balt Auction and Spot Prizes!!!

For more information check out their website


Thames Hospital 150 years Celebration

Friday 2 November - Sunday 4 November 

Celebrations include a programme of events from Friday 2 November to Sunday 4 November (registration required), and a series of lectures that feature how the hospital has developed its patient care from its simple beginnings through to the specialised services and innovative technology of today.

For further details see Waikato District Health Boards website.

Steampunk the Thames

8 - 11 November 

The Thames Steampunk Festival rocks our region’s biggest town every November.

The event attracts people from all over New Zealand, as well as steampunk enthusiasts from around the world, many of whom book their visit years in advance.

The festival programme includes steampunk balls, banquet and burlesque, as well as exhibitions and concerts. Many events are family-friendly and free. See here for more.

Tairua Trail and Tides

Saturday 10 November 2018

This event features a 20km, 10km and 5km run or walk.

To enter see Simply Timings website.

Pauanui Christmas Home Wander

Saturday 24 November 

A day not to be missed. Stunning homes, Christmas flavor, Devonshire Tea, all for Look Good Feel Better, supporting cancer patients.

For further information see Pauanui Christmas Home Wander on facebook.

Saturday 1 December at Coroglen Tavern.

Donavon  Frankenreiter  will bring  his  honey-thick  vocals,  masterful  guitar  work  and  newest album “The Heart” to the Coromandel Peninsula for one night only.

Known and loved for his positive outlook and easy folk sounds, Donavon Frankenreiter started his professional life first as a surfer, before launching his solo music career as the protégé of Jack Johnson.   

For ticketing information see Eventfinda.

Fat Freddy's Drop

Monday 7 January 2019 at Thames Racecourse.

Freddy’s annual summer roady around New Zealand in Jan 2019 gets a super-charged tune up with the addition of some incredible tour bus buddies; DJ legend Norman Jay MBE direct from London plus local super stars Ladi6, Salmonella Dub featuring Tiki Taane, The Black Seeds and Troy Kingi with more to be announced. With fresh tour destinations added to the menu, Freddys are about to serve up one massive summer tour.

For ticketing information see Ticketmaster.

Whitianga Summer Concert 

Sunday 27 January 2019 (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.  

Leadfoot Festival  

2 and 3 February 2019

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.

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. 

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District Libraries

Te Wiki o te Reo Māori - Celebrate Māori Language Week -  Te Wiki o te Reo Māori  this month. Take part in the daily quiz after school and go in the draw to win an awesome prize. 

We'll also have our kupu o te rā (word of the day) on Facebook

Book Launch - Brenda Sewell - Mercury Bay Library, Friday 21 September, 11.00am. Archaeologist and social historian Brenda Sewell introduces her new book, packed-full of memories of the early camping days at Opito Bay.  

Family History DNA user group get-together - Mercury Bay Library, Tuesday 25 September, 10.30 am - 12pm. Considering having your DNA  tested? Which  is  the  best  test  for  you? Have   you   had   a   test   and  want   to   understand   more  about   your  results?  Join in with an informal, face-to-face discussion group, lead by scientist and genealogist Michelle Patient as we investigate the emerging tool of DNA testing, the ethical issues to consider, and the genealogical analysis required.

Knitting Group - Thames Library's knitting group meets every Tuesday at 10am. Tea and coffee provided - drop by for a knit and natter!

Lego Clubs - Mercury Bay Lego Club takes place every Tuesday after school at the library from 3:30pm, while Thames Library Lego Club meets every Wednesday at 3:30pm.

Toddler Time - We meet every Wednesday at 10am at Mercury Bay Library, and every Thursday at 9:30am at Thames Library.

Tairua Library After-School Club - Drop in to Tairua Library from 3:30pm every Thursday for our NEW after-school club. We have Lego to build with and game to play!

Teen Club - Check out our NEW book club for teens at Thames Library. We meet once a month in the Carnegie Room for book reviews, board games and food! Our first meeting will be on September 4th from 3:30pm. See you there!

Book Clubs - Thames Library Book Club meets in the Carnegie Room on the first Friday of the month at 10:30am. Mercury Bay Library Book Club meets next door to the library at Cafe Nina at 10:30am on the second Wednesday of the month.

Genealogy groups - The Thames and Whitianga branches of the New Zealand Society of Genealogists would love to help solve your history mysteries. At Thames Library, we meet on the second Friday of the month from 10am. At Mercury Bay Library, drop in from 2pm onwards on the third Tuesday of the month, or phone Mercury Bay Library to book a one-on-one slot.

Thames Library Book Club - A relaxed and informal book group. Meet other book lovers and share what you’re reading. Here's the ideal place to pick up some tasty new titles. The Book Club is held in the Thames Library's meeting space, the Carnegie Room, on the first Friday of every month.

For further information please see the Thames-Coromandel District Libraries Facebook page.