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Cancellations and postponement of Coromandel events and meetings

19 March 2020

We’re keeping you up to date with all the different events and meetings that are being either cancelled or postponed, since central government advised gatherings where more than 500 people are together in one place, at one time should be cancelled.

The winner of New Zealand’s favourite event, Repco Beach Hop has been postponed until 25-29 November. The Coro 200 Illume Festival is also being postponed to Friday 25 - Saturday 26 September 2020.

Other examples include:


  • Returned and Services' Association (RSA) has cancelled public events commemorating Anzac Day 2020.
  • Whangamata Community Services Trust doors will be closed, and they will be operating by appointment only.
  • A Taste of Matarangi - (4 April) Back next year
  • Creative Mercury Bay - (27 March)
  • Whitianga Arts, Craft and Farmers Market (11 April)
  • Whangamata Lions Market (11 April)


  • Pauanui Half Marathon (21 March) - new date TBC
  • Waitakaruru Bingo Fundraiser (28 March) - new date TBC
  • Thames Workingmen's Club Country Music Weekend (20-22 March) - new date TBC

For a list of postponed or cancelled events our Council is aware of click here. 

If you have cancelled or postponed an event, activity or service and would like us to list it on that page, contact us at

"We understand this is an incredibly challenging and frustrating time for you all. Remember you can take simple steps in keeping you and your whānau safe, as outlined in the poster above," says our Mayor Sandra Goudie.

Click here for the latest updates and advice on COVID-19.

Learn to Swim lessons in Thames - cancelled

Thames Centennial Pool has cancelled Learn to Swim lessons for the remainder of the term as a precaution due to COVID-19 because of the close proximity needed during lessons between instructors and children.

The pool remains open to casual swimmers for fun and fitness.

Children registered in Learn to Swim can still come to the pool to swim at no charge during their usual lesson times. For those who don't wish to come to swim, a process to offer a refund is being put in place.

Many thanks for your patience and understanding.

For more information visit

Thames-Coromandel District Libraries

Toddler Time and the Lego Clubs are cancelled at our District libraries until further notice.

Knitting Club at Thames library has also been cancelled until further notice, however the Need a Nerd and Justice of the Peace sessions (both of which are one-on-one) will continue.

At Thames library please use the automatic door at the northern end of the building (by the car park) to reduce cross contamination. Our libraries have rearranged the furniture to meet social distancing recommendations and increased cleaning. Hand sanitiser is also available at the desk.