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.

Salt Away

Bowentown Boating and Sportfishing Club bring you 'Salt Away' Harbour only Fishing Comp Sunday the 1st of April.  One class, combined, men, women, Juniors.  1st, 2nd and 3rd cash for average weight Snappyer, Tervally and Kahawai.  Non-members welcome.  Entry fee is $30.  Tickets from Bowentown Boat Club and Reel and Wave Waihi Beach.


On Saturday the 7th of April the Whitianga Coastguard Unit are hosting a major SAREX  involving 5 coastguard Units and HWB Surf lifesaving IRB’s as well as the Waikato Police SAR team and Coastguard Eastern region personal.  The day commences at 9am with a Marine Distress flare demonstration which will be based on a Coastguard vessel just off shore from the Buffalo Beach reserve adjacent to the public toilet block.  An on shore narration of events will be provided by the o/s Waikato SAR Police.  This provides local Boaties the opportunity to observe the effectiveness of the various types of flare available.  At 10am the on water SAR phase of the SAREX commences with all Coastguard vessel being involved in a full scale Search and rescue  scenario set in the Coastal waters off Hot water Beach.  The Scenario incident will be coordinated by a Police/ Coastguard incident Management team based at the Whitianga Coastguard Building.  It is expected that the exercise will run until approximately 1500 Hrs.

Heritage Art Project

A series of one day workshops for selected students in the area bringing together Heritage, Art and technology at the Thames School of Mines 101 Cochrane St Thames.  Wednesday 21st, Thursday 22nd and Friday 23rd of March.  Barry Thomas, paint, film maker and artist from Wellington, will once again be leading the workshops, this year with a personal assistant.  Evening workshop:  Wed 21 st 7pm - 9pm adults $25 , students $10.  Please register at our Rock Shop or phone 07 868 6227 or e-mail

Paeroa Society of Arts 

Jacquie Ellis’s exhibition in collaboration with her invited emerging artists.  Running until Saturday 31st March.  Gallery hours: Wednesday - Saturday, 11am - 3pm.  For more information please contact Jacquie: 022 323 1465

Lions Clubs Hauraki Rail Trail Charity Cycle Ride

In support of the Cancer Society’s ‘Lions Lodge’ Hamilton Sunday 8th April, from 9.30am.

Wellbeing in the Workplace

 Wednesday 4th April, 7am, L&P Cafe  Do you want to create a healthier culture for your workplace?   Join us for a FREE interactive business breakfast, specifically designed to highlight the importance of workplace health and wellbeing.  Come and hear from a range of wellbeing specialists including Sport Waikato, Cancer Society, WorkSafe NZ, and Waikato DHB - Public Health.  
 RSVP by following this link to register by 28th March 2018

  •  A complimentary breakfast and refreshments will be provided
  • Off street parking available

For more information you can contact your event organiser:
Louise West; 021 242 2542 or 
There are limited spaces so please register as soon as you can!


Paeroa BA5

Wednesday 21st March, from 5.30pm, One3One.  All Paeroa and Hauraki business owners and/or their representatives are very welcome.  For more information please contact Jo at Positive Paeroa on 07 862 6999 or 027 605 1858


Thames Aglow

Thames Aglow on Friday the 23rd of March 10 till noon, shared lunch to follow.  Hear Yvonne Bartlett, speaker and worship leader.  Share about International Aglow's 50th celebration in Richmond Virginia USA.  Baptist Centre, Mary Street, Thames phone 07 8688782

Thames Music Group

Thames Music Group presents a free summer concert with Organist Alison Shannon on Friday the 23rd of March from 12:15pm at St George's Church.  The Friday Lunchtime Series are free but entry by donation is greatly appreciated. kindly sponsored by Thames Coromandel District Council, Creative Communities NZ and Trust Waikato. 

Tairua Wet n Wild

Wet n Wild Tairua is Saturday the 24th and Sunday the 25th of March Pepe Reserve Tairua Harbour.  Jetski Racing on a circuit course.  Novice event - bring your Jetski.  Stalls, games, raffles, treasure hunt, waterslied and more.  Open to the public, free admission.  Auckland Jet Ski Riders will be happy to register riders on the day who are interested in informal close course racing around buoys in the inner harbour.  Riders will need to bring a moto cross helmet with chin protection and a PFD (rated 3 or 5 or AS50).   A wetsuit, footwear, goggles and gloves are recommended.  Riders must sign in between 9.30 and 10.30am.  All skis will be safety checked and a Riders Brief will be held at 10.30am.  Riders will have time to familiarise themselves with the course at 10.30am prior to racing at 11.00am.  Race Entry is $40 for one day or $60 for both days.  Flyboarding Exhibitions will be on both days.  John on 027 4448222 or Ian on 021 673 825.


Central Kids Mercury Bay

Central Kids Mercury Bay is part of a not-for- profit organisation. They do not charge fees which makes them accessible to any child in our community. They are fundraising for new shade sails for the huge sandpit area, once they're in place, they will then start working on securing a van to transport the children around the region, to share experiences with other kindergartens, have day trips and also to provide much needed safe evacuation in the event of a weather event.  The first event – Glitz’n’Glamour Ladies Night in conjunction with the Rugby Club is on Wednesday the 28th of March. Tickets are just $20.00 each.  For further information please contact Lorna Buttar Head Teacher, Central Kids Kindergartens, Mercury Bay.  Email ph 07 866 5303


TCDC Community Service Awards

Local heroes can be nominated until March 29th for the TCDC Community Service Awards.  They're held every 2 years and presented in June to acknowledge some of the unpaid people who strive to make our communities better places to live.  Nomination forms and info on the TCDC website.

Waihi Beach Pre-School

Waihi Beach pre-school is raising money for the Bay of Plenty branch of Cystic Fibrosis New Zealand with a "Climb Mount Everest" challenge.  It encourages people to get sponsors and walk the Waihi Beach Trig route 48 times over 60 days.  The final walk will be April 21st at 10am followed by an afternoon celebration at the Waihi Beach Hotel.

Repco Beach Hop

Repco Beach Hop Rock n Roll Festival is from the 21st to the 25th of March.  Bands, hot rods, classic cars and caravans, motorbikes, nostalgia fair, hop idol, retro pin up show, nostagia surf festival.   Whangamata!

Whangamata Tennis Junior Coaching

Whangamata Tennis and Squash Junior Coaching with Shannon Paki.  Every Saturday of term 1.  1 to 2pm 7 years and under, 2 to 4pm 8 years and older.  $25, raquets provided, bring water and sport shoes suitable for tennis.


Age Concern Thames

“How long does it take you to mow the lawns…? How long does it take you to do your grocery shopping…? An hour a week is all it takes to brighten an older persons life who is isolated and lonely” Call Robyn at Age Concern Thames on 868 9790


Thames ATC

The Air Training Corps meet every Wednesday from 6 at the Thames Airfield and offers a wide range of activities designed to challenge and develop all cadets aged 12-20.


Business mentors wanted for Thames High Students

For the past two years Thames High School has been running a Year 10 experiential business unit with the support of mentors from local businesses.   The programme is part of Smart Waikato Trust’s Secondary School Employer Partnerships (SSEP).  The aim of SSEP is to form stronger links between education and industry to help students make informed school subject and careers decisions and to be exposed to real career possibilities.  For more on SSEP including a short video of Thames High School’s programme see  If anyone in the Thames business community would be interested in joining the SSEP programme as a business mentor contact for more information.

Hoterini Rugby League Club

We are a family orientated club that supports fair play, healthy living and inclusion for all. Come along and meet the committee members, parents and players looking to be involved for the 2018 season.  Regular Rugby League Times:  Saturday – Training at 3pm at Rhodes Park (near clubrooms)  Sunday – Games begin at 10am  

DATES TO REMEMBER *These are subject to change:  Until 25th March, Muster – Rhodes Park (6 weeks) Sundays 10am – 12pm.  8th April First Game 10am till finish.  15th April Skills Day - Rhodes Park 10am till finish.  9-10th June Development Day 1&2 10am till finish.   19th August Finals Day 10am till finish.  All kids/youth fees are $35 per person, for more information, please contact:  Adam Matete (Chairman) 0274035780 or find them on Facebook


A Taste of Matarangi

A Taste of Matarangi is on the 7th of April.  Tickets selling now at Richarsons Matarangi Whitianga I Site Coromandel Adventures.  A fabulous day of food, wine and music by the beach.


Thames Small Gauge Railway

Thames Small Gauge Railway would love to hear from anyone who is interested in joining them as a volunteer.  Phone Gordon Rutherfurd 07 868 9833. 

Thames Croquet Club

Thames Croquet Club Inc. Beach Road.  New Summer times:  Monday & Thursday Mornings 9.15am.  Twilight Wednessdays 4.45pm. Saturday afternoons New players welcome.  Mallets available. Family fun age from 12 years plus. info Ph. Nola 869 0390. Dennis 868 2423. Pat 868 8169


Boomerang Bags

Working to create an alternative to plastic bags and increase awareness of environmental pollution.  All welcome at bag making events.  Last Saturday of every month at the GBD Thames 9 till noon and second Wednesday of every month at Thames High School 2 till 4:30.  For more information contact Trish 868 3220 or Nancy 868 9664.


Paeroa Drop In Centre

DROP-IN CENTRE at St Johns Rooms, Belmont Road, Paeroa (Next to old library bldg).  Weekly on Tuesday 10am - 1pm.  Companionship, friendly welcome and cuppa.  Glenys Lewis 0204 250 244 or (07) 862 6002.


Thames Community Patrol

The Thames Community Patrol are a small group of volunteers who patrol the streets of Thames, Tararu, Totara and Kopu areas at night in their own sign written van.  They act as eyes and ears for the local Police.  The Thames Community Patrol need more volunteers, you must commit to atleast one patrol per month from 3 to 6 hours a night.  For further information please contact George Udy 07 868 8984



Volunteers are needed at Thames Youth Centre for the Saturday Chill Out Sessions.  This is an opportunity for young people to gather together hang out, play pool, fooze-ball, dance and have a safe place to chill.  Saturday's 10am to 2pm.  If you're interested in helping out at the Thames Youth Centre and would be willing to donate your time please contact Kate on 07 8686110 or

Youth Pride Hauraki YPH

Youth Pride Hauraki YPH Hangout Sessions for all LGBTQ youth are one Sunday a month from 2:30 till 4:30pm at the Thames Youth Centre.  All welcome.  Snacks and drinks provided and this is a great opportunity to extend your support network and make new friends with similar interests.  Check out the facebook page Youth Pride Hauraki.  All enquiries contact Kate at the Youth Centre on 07 8686110 or email


Mahamudra Centre

Full details are at: or call 866 6851 for more information 


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.

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.


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 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.



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.


Karangahake Hall Market; Every Sunday of every month from 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 movement.  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 meet Saturday mornings from 8.30am at the Paeroa Domain - Band Rotunda.  For more information please call Rebecca Provan at 027 360 2307.


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.


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 

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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


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 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                


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


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.

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.


Hauraki Rail Trail - Pukorokoro-Miranda Grand Opening


Hauraki Rail Trail - Pukorokoro-Miranda Grand Opening
Hauraki Rail Trail - Pukorokoro-Miranda Grand Opening

THIS SATURDAY the 9th of September
5.30am: Dawn blessing
8.30am: Gala festival
9am:      Official opening speeches
9.30am: Ribbon cutting ceremony
9.30am: Trail open for riding
2pm:       Prize giving
For more details to go: