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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 Summer Events, CLICK HERE.
Friday 3rd March
Arts on Tour New Zealand presents The Nukes live at the Kauaeranga Hall on Friday March the 3rd at 7:30pm. Tickets are $20 or $18 if pre-booked.
"Dave Parker, David Thiele and Benjamin Collier form the mega-talented trio, The Nukes, and they are way more than just another ukulele band from Auckland! Part vaudeville, part rat-pack and part musical car-crash, The Nukes deliver a rare and explosive mix of hi-octane humour and originality."
Book tickets buy calling 021 912 993, emailing or heading into Lotus Realm Pollen Street Thames.
Saturday the 4th March
The Hauraki Aero club is holding an open day on Saturday the 4th of March. It will start at 10am and finishes at 3pm. If it is raining it will be postponed to the next day, Sunday the 5th. The following will be available onsite: $40 trial flights, coffee, ice cream, sausage sizzle, classic cars, powered parachutes, microlights, and plenty of parking.
Saturday the 4th of March
Mercury Bay Golf Club’s 2017 Tournaments…
New World Tournament, kindly sponsored by New World Whitianga, is on Saturday the 4th of March, all welcome, terrific table of prizes
Phone the office for enquiries and bookings on 07 866 5479
Saturday & Sunday the 4th and 5th of March
Bowentown Boat Club in conjunction with Gallagher – The ‘Gallagher Classic’ 2 day open water fishing competition.
Entry is $50 per angler. Briefing is at 7:30pm on Friday the 3rd. Start time is 6am on the Saturday and prize giving is at 5pm on the Sunday. 
The restaurant will be open and there will be a courtesy bus available. 
Non-members welcome and tickets are available from Bowentown boat Club and Reel N Wave.
$1000 cash prize for the closest to average weight overall & the ‘Gallagher Trophy’ will go to the most successful skipper (highest number of fish per angler on boat). There are also many other awards to be won.
Bowentown Boat Club – 07 863 5006
Grant Bagshaw – 027 475 1109
Mark lane – 022 437 5560
Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th of March
Wet N Wild Weekend in Tairua on Saturday and Sunday the 4th and 5th of March on Pepe Reserve Tairua Harbour.  
Jet Ski racing on a circuit course.  Novice event, bring your Jet Ski.
Stalls, games, competitions, raffles, treasure hunt, waterslide and more.
Free admission, bring the family.
Sunday the 5th of March
The annual CAPS Hauraki Free Children's Day is on Sunday the 5th of March at Victoria Park in Thames from 10 till 2, 
the event has lots of free activities including Bouncy castle, Bumper balls, Water slide, Train rides, Face painting, games and music.  
The event falls on National Children's Day, and last year, was a massive hit.  Enquiries phone 07 866 8644 
Sunday the 5th of March
The Lion’s Club of Ngatea are running their annual Free Family Fun Day on Sunday the 5th of March.  
This will be held on the Hauraki Plains College grounds and runs from 10.00am to 1.30pm. 
The day includes games and crafts, musical entertainment, rides, food and water is on offer.
For more information contact Alex Quinn Lions Club – Projects Committee Chairman on 027 494 4948 
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.
Monday the 13th of March 
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.
Tickets available now from the GBD, Grahamstown Bar & Diner Pollen Street Thames. 
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. 
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 11am-3pm 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, Bizzare 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:
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.
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 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 
Follow my Blog – The Life and times of Annah Stretton
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. 

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