The Peninsula Diaries are to advertise not for profit, charity, community and also family focused events across the Coromandel Peninsula. To send us an event for the diary, please email, call us on (07) 901 0100, drop them up to us at 418 Pollen Street or to any Richardson's Real Estate Branch.  For a comprehensive list of Thames Heritage Week events, CLICK HERE.
Grab your tickets today for $40 from the GBD (Grahamastown Bar & Diner) Pollen Street Thames and be in to win one of the 11 lucky ticket prizes 
Totally Thames Fashion Extravaganza is Monday March the 13th at the Civic Centre Thames from 6:30.  
As part of the Thames Heritage Week celebrations this is going to be a great show of local talent 
with sections ranging from Night at the Opera to Golden Years.  Visit for more information.
Saturday the 18th of March
The Thames Vintage, Veteran and Classic Car Group have organised the Cars In The Park Display and Gala
To be held in Victoria Park, Brown Street, Thames. (Free entry)
Car's to muster at Rhodes Park (entrance to Thames) at 10am for a 10.30 drive through of town.
Display and Gala 10am-3:30pm Come one, come all!! 
Wear your finery (Heritage OR Steampunk) There will be lot's to see and do
Car of the day Competition, Stationary and Steam Engines, Small Gauge Railway, 
Period Costume Competition, Bizarre Beard competition, Decorated Bike Competition, Music, Kapa Haka 
performance, Food stall's, games, bouncy castle, pony rides and more!!
PLUS!!!! Thames Music Extravaganza! Not one but TWO stages. Hear the finalists of the Original Music Competition
Bring your blanket or deck chair and sit back and enjoy our beautiful Victoria Park.
Contact: Rex Geary 027 453 5226 email: Web site:
Mercury Bay Netball Centre
Netball registrations for 2017 are open! Please go to our website
and see 2017 Registration tab for details and forms.
Juniors Year 5-8 and Representative Year 6-8: Wednesday 15 March 4pm at the Sports Park. 
College and U15 Representative: Wednesday 22 March 4pm at the Sports Park. 
Foundation Coaching courses here in Whiti. Trudi Kemp has confirmed the following dates & times.
Friday 17 March
Year 1-2 Star Helpers 6pm - 7.30pm
Junior Co-ordinator workshop 7.30pm - 8.30pm
Saturday 18 March
Years 3-4 9.30am - 11.30am
Years 5-6 12.00pm - 2.00pm
Years 7-8 2.30pm - 5.30pm
These will be held at the Sports Park. Interested coaches to please send an email to to register.
Saturday the 11th of March
Anexa Vets are holding an open day to give you more information about evacuation plans for your pets. 
There will be a sausage sizzle, some face painting and great specials at their business on Pollen Street in Thames. 
Doors open at 1 and the first 30 through the door receive a free goody bag.  And everyone that goes will receive a free information pack.
NEW DATE - Saturday the 11th of March 
V8 & Motorcycle Show & Swap Meet
Saturday the 11th of March, 8am, Paeroa Domain
Swap meet from 8am, street Parade from 10am
Special Guests: The Retro Rockers Nostalgic Chopper Group
Featuring live music from Roadrunner
Contact Jo on 027 330 3170 or Viv on 027 533 4328 for more details
Come one, come all!
Saturday the 11th of March
Surf 2 Firth Bush Marathon is on Saturday the 11th of March.  
Full marathon, 1/2 marathon run or walk, 14km run or walk.
Are you tough enough?  
Enter on line or phone 027 4870447.
Saturday the 11th of March
Experience Pauanui presents Music at the Point, 11th March at Pleasant Point Pauanui from 2.30-7pm.  BYO and enjoy the afternoon of entertainment with family and friends. To help fund this event there will be a Gold Coin entry, raffles and BBQ will be fired up as a fundraiser.  This will be the third time Situation Vacant have played there. COSHA is a local Tairua Band that have been highly recommended and will playing for us for the first time. 
So bring your picnic, beverages, blanket & slip slop, slap and wrap! 
Sunday 12th March
Summer Kids Triathlon - A Paeroa College Fundraiser. This is starting at 10am from the Paeroa Pools to Paeroa College. For children aged 5 -12 years only, $30 per child and it will include swimming, cycling and running.
Enter here: (Limited to 300)
Tuesday the 14th of March
Thames Daytime Indoor Bowls restarts Tuesday March the 14th from 9:45 till midday at St James Church Hall on Pahau Street Thames.  
New members welcome, for more information call 07 868 3230. 
Wednesday 15th March
The Heritage Film Festival is taking place at the Embassy Cinema in Thames. The main feature is a classic American western film, ‘Angel and the Badman’ – there will be screenings at 11am, 4pm and 7:30pm. Tickets are $10 per person and are only available at the cinema before screening. This programme will go for about 2 hours.
More details: Contact Mark Bridgman - 07 868 7273 
Thursday 16th March 
Give golf a go, gran’s gals and girls! The Thames Golf club is holding these golfing sessions on Thursday the 16th and 23rd of March and also on Sunday the 26th of March. They’ll take place between 9:30am and 11:30am. Brenda Ormsby the coaching professional will be helping out and they’ll have golf clubs available to use. Make sure to wear comfortable attire and sand shoes.
Contact: Thames Gold Club to register - 07 868 9062 
Saturday & Sunday the 18th & 19th of March
Thames Small Gauge Railway is having their open weekend. This year to it will coincide with Heritage Cars in the Park. They have invited other clubs to join and are expecting to have a variety of interesting trains including several steamers.
Thursday 23rd March
Give golf a go, gran’s gals and girls! The Thames Golf club is holding these golfing sessions on Thursday the 16th and 23rd of March and also on Sunday the 26th of March. They’ll take place between 9:30am and 11:30am. Brenda Ormsby the coaching professional will be helping out and they’ll have golf clubs available to use. Make sure to wear comfortable attire and sand shoes.
Contact: Thames Gold Club to register - 07 868 9062  
Saturday the 25th March
The Waitakaruru School Fishing competition will take place with adult entry at $30 and $10 for children. 
Briefing and registration is from 6:30 on Friday the 24th at the Hauraki North Rugby Club
Forms and rules can be found on the Waitakaruru school website. There are just under $4000 worth of prizes up for grabs.
Sunday 26th March
Give golf a go, gran’s gals and girls! The Thames Golf club is holding these golfing sessions on Thursday the 16th and 23rd of March and also on Sunday the 26th of March. They’ll take place between 9:30am and 11:30am. Brenda Ormsby the coaching professional will be helping out and they’ll have golf clubs available to use. Make sure to wear comfortable attire and sand shoes.
Contact: Thames Gold Club to register - 07 868 9062  
A song contest is open in celebration of the Thames 150th Anniversary.  
Local songwriters and musicians are challenged to produce a song that will be musically attractive, historically significant, 
and promote upcoming events associated with the anniversary year.  
Following the finalist performances, one winner and two runners up will be declared with the runner up performances each receiving 
a certificate and the winning performance receiving a trophy and recording opportunity with Torch Studios.  
For more, contact Dave Greenslade on or call 07 867 5282.
8th of April 
A Taste of Matarangi is a charitable day for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter and Land Sar Kuaotunu, book in the 8th of April 2017.  
Enjoy a fabulous day of food, wine and music by the beach.  
Starring Five O’Clock Shadow, Daughters of Ally, Cosha and Wilde and Riche.  
Tickets on sale now at Richardson’s Real Estate Matarangi, Whitianga I Site, 
Coromandel Adventures or online at
Saturday 8th April
On Saturday the 8th of April, the Ngatea Lions Golf Tournament will take place at the Hauraki Golf Club. This is only $25 per person and every player's cards will go into the draw to win a Masport BBQ worth $799 (winner must be present to claim prize).  There will be food available on the course and lunch is provided for free! Entries can be made on the day.
Saturday Tee-Off: 8.30 - 11.00am. Teams of 4 players - men, women, non-golfer, mixed teams - all welcome! Golf Carts available for hire, please advise if this is required when entering.
To enter & for more details: or 07 867 3197 
Saturday 29th April
The prestigious Birman Cat Show including domestic cats is taking place on the 29th of April at the Paeroa Memorial Hall from 11am until 3pm. The entrance fee is $5 for adults, $2 for children and senior citizens and free for children under 5. Make sure you bring cash though as there is no eftpos! 
More details: or 07 884 7800 
Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th June
Come join us on June 3rd and 4th, as we transform Whitianga into a “Village Of Music”, when the Mercury Music Festival returns.  
Building on the success of  the first Mercury Music Festival, we will again be warming up your Queen’s Birthday weekend 
with two days of world class musical talent which covers an amazing variety of genres from blues , reggae,  rock and indie to funk, gospel and jazz.  
There is literally music for every taste. 
The Mercury Music Festival 2017 is a Creative Mercury Bay event which is only possible by partnerships with the TCDC, 
Trust Waikato and Pub Charity. Gold sponsors are The Mercury Bay Informer, The Whitianga Hotel, Mercury Bay Events Trust, 
Coromandel's More FM, Penninsula Roofing and Richardsons Real Estate.  
New World and Wendy Lidgard, Dentist are are also sponsors.
Thames Toastmasters: meets the second and fourth Thursday of every month, 7pm in the Hall behind Saint James Union Parish.  
Gold coin donation.  
Come along and find out what it’s all about and how you can improve your ability to speak in public in a safe friendly environment.
Sunday 23rd October
The Mercury Bay Equestrian Academy has an open Ribbon Day for riders under 25 years old at Buffalo Beach Road Whitianga on Sunday the 23rd of October.  
Lead-Rein Ponies are welcome.  See their Facebook page for more information or text 022 0401 842
Are you pregnant?  Remember to book your antenatal classes with Parents Centre today.  
Met other expectant parents and begin your parenting journey feeling informed and confident.   
They focus on support networks and friendships and are passionate about quality parenting! 
Antenatal classes are held in Thames and Whitianga and are free to attend.  
Contact Kyra on 021 269 2232 to book your place.
What's on at the Thames Community Centre? 
Would you like to talk to someone about getting your learner's restricted or full driver's license or about your study, employment or business start up options?
Do you or someone you know need help with reading writing and numbers?
Then contact Sheryll at the Thames Community Centre on 078689797. for a confidential friendly discussion about what your goals are.  
Weekly events at the Thames Community Centre
 - The Chinwag Cafe for older folk meets every Monday morning from 10am at the Thames Community Centre. 
Come along for a cuppa tea and a bit of a chinwag. 
 - The Quaker Faith group meet the third Sunday of each month at 11 am. 
 - Hospice Waikato are meeting at the centre on Wednesday 1 March at 10 am to 12 noon. This is a therapeutic group utilising art therapy for the bereaved. 
 - Grow is a mental health support group and they meet every Tuesday afternoon and Friday mornings at the centre. 
 - Parkinsons Waikato Thames support group meets every 6 weeks. 
For more information about  any of these give Sheryll a ring on 078689797. The Community Centre is at 609 Mackay St opposite the hospital grounds.
SPCA Thames have cats, kittens, dogs and puppies all ready and waiting to be adopted.  
Please come out and visit the team at 321 Ngati Maru Highway, next to the air field.  
They are are also looking for more volunteers to help care for the animals. 
If you can help please phone 868 6830.
Paeroa Car Boot Market
1st & 3rd Saturday of each month
8am: Paeroa Information Hub car park
Contact organisers Trevor & Annie on 07 862 7833 or 020 4011 4722
Karangahake Hall Market
Every Sunday of every month, 10am
On Paeroa’s main street
Please phone Moira on 07 862 9233 for more information  
Taking a bush walk this summer?  Before you take in the stunning scenery, first take a moment to Save our Kauri Forests from Kauri Die Back Disease.  
Kauri Die Back Disease spreads by soil movemnet.
Always clean your gear, removing soil from shoes, tyres and equipment before you leave your accommodation and when you return.  
Always stick to the tracks and together we can Keep Coromandel Kauri Standing.  
See Kauri Die Back dot co dot NZ for more information.
Women's Walking Group - Saturday mornings, 8.30am, Paeroa Domain - Band Rotunda
For more information please call Rebecca Provan: 027 360 2307.
The Thames Hospice Shop is open at 402 Pollen Street Thames.  
Funds generated from the Thames Hospice Shop helps provide quality Specialist Community Palliative Care in the Thames Community.  
If you have any items you want to donate please phone 0800 Hospice.
The new Day Light saving  times for the Thames croquet Club at 101 Beach Road.  
Monday and Thursday mornings from  8.45. Games start at 9 till midday.  
Twilight games, Wednesday afternoons from 4.45, games start at 5 till 7.  
New players 1st game is free, them the next 5 evenings are $2 per evening.  
Phone Nola 869 0390 for more information.
Twilight Bowls, Hikutaia Bowling Club Friday nights from 5:45.  
Everyone is welcome to come along.  
Phone 862 4800 for more information.
Safer Boating to encourage boaties to take simple steps before getting back on the water: Prep your boat, Check your Gear, Know the rules.
Prep - service the engine, check and change the fuel, check the battery and just generally give the boat a good onceover.
Check - make sure your lifejackets are still fit for purpose and you have enough. Service any inflatable lifejackets and ensure you have two reliable forms of communication equipment.  Know - ensure you know the “rules of the road” on the water, and check your local bylaws.
The Salvation Army is joining forces with the Thames Foodbank as families requiring food parcels has more than doubled in the past two years. The foodbank's stocks are very low, with many bare cupboards, and food can be dropped off at the foodbank at the Baptist Church in Mary St between 9am and noon on Mondays and 9am to 3pm from Tuesday to Thursday.
The TCDC has produced a free calendar profiling boat ramps on the western coast of the Peninsula.  The aim is to alleviate pressure at peak times at better-known launching areas and spread the use of recreational boating facilities.  Grab a copy from Council offices or their webpage.
Mercury Bay Community Choir meets every Monday 6.00-8.00pm in Whitianga. This trimester we are preparing Xmas Carols to sing at many fun locations around the Bay:  New members welcome so to find out more contact Suzanne on 021725343.
Annah Stretton’s Reclaim another Woman, or RAW project’s second hand store in Hamilton require pre-loved beds, lounge suites and larger items of furniture.  Items are able to be picked up from your property.
If you have anything that could help this wonderful organisation, please contact RAW.  
Stretton Group Ltd
Cnr Thames and Marshall Streets
PO Box 65
Morrinsville 3340
P  07 889 4053
F  07 889 4058 
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A publication for Thames Businesses has begun circulation around the area.  It's a very comprehensive update on business and local happenings in the area, created by local business owner, Heather Moore.  Businesses are encouraged to subscribe to the newsletter so they receive a copy when it is distributed.  For more details, please contact Heather at Unichem Heather Moore Pharmacy, 546 Pollen St, Thames or call 07 868 6363 or 021 144 2169.
Did you know you can learn to fly in Thames?  Trial flights are available at the Hauraki Aero Club.  Two options are available, 15 or 30 minutes with you in control.  Experienced flight instructors Rick Watson and Cliff McChesney are waiting to hear from you.  For more details,
Rick – 027 684 0044 or
Cliff – 027 480 5454 or
It’s time to give yourself a financial health check. Thames Budget Service can help you.  They can draw up a budget, help identify areas of overspending, deal with creditors on your behalf, suggest other possible sources of income and refer you to other services which may help with your situation. Visit family to find out more.
Introducing the LMM Club, an intitiative created in the Coromandel Peninsula to give local musicians across the nation a platform to share their music. Join the club today, and receive lots of LMM Club member benefits, including free entry to all participating performance venues.  Visit for all the information and to contact organiser, Shirley Howe.
Is your family new in town, or new to NZ? Then sign up to – a brand new, free service created specially to connect like-minded, local families with each other for the start of a life-long friendship. FamilyFriends is about making friends for the whole family and creating stronger, caring communities.
Turua daytime indoor bowls At the Turua Hall, every Thursday.  Names in by 9.45am, $2.00 entry. Bring your own lunch. All most welcome.
Join the Ngatea Badminton Club every Tuesday at 7pm at the Hauraki Sports Gym.  Rackets are available.  Contact Jenny Adams on 867 3028 for detials.
Alcoholics Anonymous meet on Mondays at lunchtime from 12 til 1 pm, at the Baptist church rooms in Mary St, Thames. The meeting is open to anyone, especially anyone who thinks they have a problem with alcohol and think they may need help to stop drinking. Meetings are free and tea and coffee are supplied.  Enquiries, call Brent on 021 805 354.
Step back in time, have fun dressing up & be photographed Victorian style in an authentic heritage setting at Athenree historic homestead.  The homestead is open on Sundays noon to 3pm, Devonshire teas will be served by Victorian maids & there will be tours of this very unique historic homestead.  Info - Tee 07 8634363
Are you a Housie / Bingo fan?  If so, the Paeroa RSA is the place to be every Wednesday at 1pm and every Thursday at 7pm.  Great Prizes and all welcome.  Any queries please call Thomas on 021 230 9292.
The Kaiaua Markets run on the last Sunday of every month with all sorts of things – chickens, rabbits, bird – clothes, produce and cakes just to name a few.  For further info you can call Patsy on 07 8679878
Scrapbags Quilting group meet in St Peter the fisherman church Hall Dundas Street Whitianga every Wednesday from 9am-3pm.  Contact Robyn for details 07 866 5029.
Mercury Bay Badminton happens every Wednesday 9.30am-11am at the Whitianga Town Hall.
Patchwork Unlimited Turua Quilting Group meets in the Turua Hall every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month, 9.30am-2pm.  Turua is the meeting place for members from Thames, Ngatea, Paeroa, Waihi and beyond.  Contact kitty on 868 7355 or Jan on 868 9320.
The Thames market is on again Saturday in Grahamstown, Pollen Street, 8am-12 noon.  A variety of stalls selling fruit, vegetables, plants, artisan cheeses, bavarian pretzels, samosas, artisan bread, all sorts of arts crafts and collectibles, second hand clothes, books and much more.
Thames small gauge railway on Brown Street, open every Sunday 10-3 weather permitting.
Table tennis competition every Tuesday at Church of Christ Parawai.  From 6pm starting with younger players followed by adults.  Supper provided and a gold coin donation appreciated.
Join in for Qigong exercises every Monday morning at 10:30am at the civic centre in Thames. This is followed by a short ConTact CARE treatment. It is for people with all forms of mobility and age, $5 per session. For more information phone Lisa on 027 403 8026. 
Music Night at the Pauanui Club is going to be held on the SECOND TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH starting on Tuesday the 14th March at 7pm.
There is no entry fee and we welcome anybody who is interested in playing music and /or singing to come along and join in with the local musicians.
For information about the Music Night ring Gary on 07-8647166.
6 for Starters - Every Friday
This is starting Friday 10th March at 3pm - Paeroa Golf Course. For newcomers or those out of practice to play six holes. All gear provided, wear comfy clothing and shoes. Gold coin donation for the 1st week, $10 Friday promotion thereafter. Refreshments provided. Interested or want to know more? Give Elaine a call: 022 109 8625

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