The Peninsula Diary

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.   

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.

The Domain Christmas Craft Market

The Domain Christmas Craft Market is once again on this year held in the Te Aroha Domain on Sunday 19th November from 9.30am till 3pm. If you would like information, or an application form please get in touch with me letting have the details of what you would be selling and I will get an application form to you. If you would like to phone me instead, please phone 027 340 3715. All stall fees after the expenses are paid are donated to a charity of your choice. If you would like to be a part of this day sites start from $30 for a 3 x 3 area. Power sites are limited. Check out the facebook page The Domain Christmas Craft Market.

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren are meeting for coffee Tuesday August 29th 10am at Cafe Melbourne. Any grandparents who are raising grandchildren are welcome. Private Message Margaret Chick on facebook if you're interested or need any more information.


An exhibition and sale of artwork by Charlotte Giblin, celebrating an artist's journery in Whitianga Saturday the 19th to Monday the 21st of August, 10 till 3 each day, free entry.  Art Centre, School Road, Whitianga.  Original paintings and prints for sale.


Ngatea Lions Golf Tournament 


Supporting the Life Education Trust
Sunday 1st October, Hauraki Golf Club, tee-off 8.30am - 11am
$25 per player
Teams of 4 players: men. women, non-golfers & mixed teams welcome
Entries to: or phone: 07 867 3197

Tom Sharplin - A Night of Rock & Roll

Saturday 16th September, 7.30pm, Ohinemuri Club
$15 per person cover charge
Tickets available at the bar
$25 buffet dinner also available, bookings essential

Paeroa's Vintage & Classic Car Weekend

Friday 15th - Sunday 17th September
Featuring silent movies, the car show & parade, an antiques roadshow and much , much more!
Circle this weekend on your calendar!

Paeroa Highland Games & Tattoo AGM

Sunday 3rd September, 6.30pm, Paeroa Athletic Club clubrooms
All welcome

This is Our Mountain 2 


Concert to Save Karangahake Mountain
Saturday 2nd September, 7.30pm, The Refinery
$15 entry, kids free
Featuring: Murray Haddow, Him, The Utter Bastards & the Dylan Wade Band
Tickets available at the door and on Eventfinda

Auction Race Night

Friday 1st September, 6pm, Paeroa Memorial Hall
Tables of 10 available
Raising funds for Thames Valley Special Olympics & Paeroa College Senior Boys Basketball
Contact Steve: 027 556 0778 or Josey: 027 698 0012 for more info

Rock Music Appreciation Club (RMAC)

Inaugural Meeting Wednesday 30th August 2017, 6pm - 8pm, Ohinemuri Club
Bring your favourite rock music to share, all types of media can be played
Ages 18+ Free Entry

Paeroa Co-Operating Parish Monthly Morning Tea

Wednesday 23rd August, 10am, Church Hall
Guest speaker: Mr Gary Quarless, Principal of Goldfields School
All welcome, gold coin donation for morning tea
For more information please contact Val Sparks on: 07 862 7346

Battle of the Streets AGM

Tuesday 22nd August, 6.30pm, B1 Paeroa College
Get yourself involved in Paeroa's iconic event!
All welcome 

Mahamudra Centre

August:  This weekend (18-20) Mindfulness for Beginners weekend course to learn meditation and mindfulness and how to use them in everyday life

September:  2 Saturday, 10am Otautu Community Beach Cleanup morning and BBQ in partnership with Colville Harbour Care and Hauraki Gulf Beach Cleaners.

8 – 10 Mindfulness Weekend Retreat with Sarah Brooks – lots of silence and meditation practice to calm and work with the mind

23 – 24 What’s Buddhism About? If you’re curious, come find out from a real-life Buddhist nun, Ven. Yӧnten

29 Sept – 8 Oct Four Close Placements Retreat – a silent meditation retreat on the body, feeling, mind and phenomena led by Ven. Yӧnten

Full details are on our website: or they can call us at 866 6851 for more information and to register.

Living with Endometriosis?

Living with Endometriosis?  This New Thames Support Group is brought to you by Insight Endometriosis.  Come along to this coffee support group for women with Endometrisis.  This is an opportunity to meet others each month and share experiences in a supportive environment.  The monthly coffee group is Wednesday mornings from 10:30.  For more information contact Dianne 027 7777 507 before 8pm or office 07 8555 123 before 8pm.  

Hauraki Lioness Daffodil Day Morning Tea

We invite people to our Hauraki Lioness Daffodil Day Morning Tea. Held at Ngatea War Memorial Hall on Wednesday 23rd August at 10am. We have 2 guest speakers Quick Fire raffles and a delicious morning tea all baking done by Lionesses!

Entry is $5.  It is a annual project that we run to raise funds for Cancer Support all proceeds go to Cancer Groups.

A OK Suicide Safer Workshops

A OK Suicide Safer Workshops present ASIST in Thames on Monday the 21st and Tuesday the 22nd of August.  ASIST is a two day skills building workshop preparing helpers to provide first aid interventions confidently and safely.  Book online

Kia ora and warm greetings, we will be coming to THAMES with these workshops, in the next couple of weeks.  Please check out for city stops and dates.  Our workshops are highly recommended for communities, first responders, professional helpers and most importantly for people who CARE and want to build suicide SAFER workplaces, schools and communities.  We bring workshops that are evidence-basedhighly-evaluated, internationally and nationally recognisedsafe and proven to help.   Check out the link:  Below I have given some brief information on these workshops (ASIST First Aid Suicide Training)  Your response would really help start this process of building a suicideSAFER community.

Flight Centre’s K2 Road Cycle Classic

Flight Centre’s K2 Road Cycle Classic is on Saturday the 28th of October from Whitianga.  Enjoy the full 192km ride, the Cervelo K1 93k’s or the Nicholas Browne Challenge 43k ride including a special E Bike Category in the Nicholas Browne Challenge.  Book today

Thames Book-a- rama

UPDATED:  “The Zonta Club of Thames Valley is holding it's annual Book-a- rama fundraiser on Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd September at St James Church Hall in Thames.  There's something for everyone, including novels, gardening and cook books, children's books and lots more.  Funds raised at Book-a- rama in September will be used to support initiatives such as the local education fund for women over 25 years.

The Whitianga Sea Scouts

FRIDAY 1ST & SATURDAY 2ND OF SEPTEMBER  Murder at Hotel Balle Balle, a crazy night of murder mystery.  Entertainment, fabulous food and incredible music with special guest Anita Prime so that you can dance the night away. A business team can book a table of 10 for less cost and have a great fun night out together. Wear your 1920’s outfit OR Bollywood and do the Charleston, the Jitterbug or the Tango to the BIG BAND.  Tickets are available from JANDALS CAFÉ. 

1st XI Football Tournament

Thames High School are fundraising to send two teams to the 1st XI Football Tournament.  The Fundraising Variety The Coromandel’s Got Talent is on Saturday the 19th of August at the Thames High School Hall.  Delicious Food Stalls are open from 6:30 with the show from 7.  For more information or if you wish to donate to the 1st XI Football team please contact the Thames High School on 07 868 8688 or


For new people in town to come along and meet local community groups and business people.  There will be representatives from many different groups here to talk about what they do.  These events are all at 5:30pm at the GBD (Grahamstown Bar and Diner, Pollen Street Thames), free entry, happy hour beer & wine with free nibbles.

The August Meet & Greet is on Wednesday August 23rd where we have our local politicians coming to meet and present to all.

The third event is on September7th with Destination Coromandel and Visitor Solutions

ST John recruiting

ST John recruiting now for volunteer frontline ambulance officers.  Are you fit healthy, have a full drivers licence, and no convictions?  Do you like helping others and have some spare time.  For more information contact Julia 027 458 0443.

Miners Dinner and Show

UPDATE:  It's on tonight and tomorrow night ladies and gentlemen!  Don't miss out, grab your tickets today!

Miners Dinner and Show will be a great night out.  Friday the 18th and Saturday the 19th of August from 6 pm each night at the Bella Street Pumphouse in Thames.  Enjoy a three course meal, cash bar, period dress encouraged.  Only $50 per person, tickets available now from Carson’s Book Shop Pollen Street Thames.

Thames Coast Pohutukawa Ball

An evening of fun and glamour at the Thames Coast Pohutukawa Ball, Saturday the 28th of October from 7 till midnight at the Te Puru Community Hall.  Black Tie, Auction, Raffles, Live Band, Nibbles, BYO drinks.  Tickets just $30, get yours today at the Thames Coast Community Kindergarten, 07 8682 444, e-mail  Transport available at the end of the night for a small cost.  All proceeds to the Thames Coast Community Kindergarten.

Thames SPCA Op Shop

Volunteers needed for the Thames SPCA Op Shop.  Various 3 hour shifts available through out the week.  If you can help please ph 021 024 33322.  All funds raised stay locally to help animals in the Coromandel Peninsula and Districts. 

  • Pārāwai School turns 50 this year

To mark this occasion, a 50th Jubilee Celebration is to be held on Friday the 27th and Saturday the 28th of October. Past students, teachers, BOT members and friends of Pārāwai School are welcome to attend. For more information, please phone the Parawai School office or email

Ribbon Day

Date: 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.

Steampunk the Thames Festival

Date    : November 9th - 12th

This festival was created to:
- Celebrate Thames’ own blend of art, heritage and culture
- Inspire and stimulate local talent
- Showcase local art and creativity
- Sttract visitors to town to join us in having a rollicking good time.

Details : Visit

Whitianga Santa Parade

Date:  3rd December

Time to get your thinking hats on! The Whitianga Santa Parade is coming up and the call is out to all businesses, community groups and organisations to get together and enter a float. Need convincing? There is $200 for the winning float. 

Registrations for floats/classic cars can be collected from Fiona - Peninsula Cars or email

Do you need a drivers license?

CAN DO may be able to support you with some funds, criteria applies but if you want more information, text Sheryl at the Thames Community Centre - 027 868 9797.

Thames Croquet Club

This club has new winter times starting from the 1st of May. It will be from 12:45pm on Monday & Thursday afternoons.

Also starting on Saturday the of the 27th May, there will be coaching for new players at 2pm. From then on, it will be every fourth Saturday at 2pm.

1st game is free and the $2 for the next 5 games

Details:     Nola – 07 869 0390
                Dennis – 07 868 2423
                Pat – 07 868 8169

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.

Parents Centre

Are you pregnant? Remember to book your antenatal classes with Parents Centre today.  

Meet other expectant parents and begin your parenting journey feeling informed and confident. Parents Centre 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. 
  • 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.

Adopt a pet

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/Waihi/Karangahake Car Boot Market

Dates  : 1st & 3rd Saturday of each month
Time    : 8am
Venue  : Paeroa Information Hub car park

Contact organisers Trevor & Annie on 07 862 7833 or 020 4011 4722

Karangahake Hall Market

Dates  : Every Sunday of every month
Time    : 10am
Venue  : On Paeroa’s main street

Please phone Moira on 07 862 9233 for more information  

Save our Kauri Forests

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.  

Visit Kauri Die Back for more information.

Women's Walking Group

Date   : Saturday mornings
Time   : 8.30am
Venue : Paeroa Domain - Band Rotunda

For more information please call Rebecca Provan at 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 8.45am. Games start at 9am till midday.  

Twilight games, Wednesday afternoons from 4.45pm, games start at 5pm till 7pm.  

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 5:45pm.  
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 Budgeting 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 Local Musicians for all the information and to contact organiser, Shirley Howe.


Is your family new in town, or new to NZ? Then sign up to FamilyFriends – 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.  

More info - Tee 07 8634363
                  Athenree Homestead


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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