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.

Springdale Comedy Pub Night

Springdale Comedy Pub Night with Ben Hurley and Andrew Clay is Saturday the 9th of June from 6:30pm.  $60 a ticket and includes Pub Style Roast Dinner Show R18, and dinner.  Bar eftpos available.  Secure your tickets via e-mail or Springdale Service Station.  Names on door!  Springdale Hall, No.1 Road Springdale,   

Pink Ribbon Breakfast

Pink Ribbon Breakfast hosted by The Fitness Co-Op, Make Your Day Events and Elements of Eden is at the Thames Rugby Clubrooms Thursday the 31st of May from 7am.  $20 per person with all proceeds to Breast Cancer NZ. Contact Taryn for more information,, message the Fitness Coop on Facebook or phone 027 777 3094 for tickets.

Community Planting Day

Community Planting Day at Cooks Beach to help look after the sand dunes.  9.30am to 11.30am on Sunday 3rd June, Queen's Birthday Weekend (Meet on Marine Parade at the “Whitianga” or western end of the beach).  Everyone is welcome.  Bring family and friends - as well as a spade and some gloves.  If it’s raining, the event will be postponed until the same time Monday 4th of June.  This event is supported by Waikato Regional Council, TCDC, and DoC.  Contact person:  Alan Henry -  07  866 0020  - 0274 824 110

World Oceans Day Kiwi Cleanup

WORLD OCEANS DAY KIWI CLEANUP is Saturday the 9th of June.  Please spare an hour or 2 and help pick up litter. 'Pick It Up Now' will be at the Kuranui Bay, carpark at 10.00 am on the 9th June.  Bring a bag/s and get prepared to fill it). If there’s a big turnout we will spread out along past Tararu and north. Low tide is at 08.51 am.  Visit the following web address for further information.  Lets all make a difference!

Fun Dance Class

Fun Dance Class for Adults, Monday nights 6:30 to 7:30 at Future Te Aroha.  No pressure, just fun, no experience necessary, dress comfortably, BYO drink bottle and towel, mix of dance styles and music.  Contact Future Te Aroha for more details, 07 884 9489 or $70 per term.  13 Boundary Street Te Aroha.

Fairy Godmother's Closet

Fairy Godmother's Closet is an initiative to make the Thames High School Ball more accessible to everyone.  If you have any unwanted dresses, suits, shoes, accessories etc they are taking donations for 2019.  You can drop your items into the Thames High School Office or for pick ups please contact Jen Fletcher on 021 062 3146 or Siobhan Flannigan on 021 234 5828

SPCA Thames

SPCA Thames have a number of very cute and cuddly kittens all ready and waiting for their new homes. Open Tue-Fri 10am-1pm and Sat 10am-2pm. Kittens are $115 to adopt, they have been de sexed, Flea and wormed, vet checked, and have a registered microchip, and had their 1st vaccination.

Let's Get Ocean Walking

Waihi College are putting on a school concert this Friday to raise funds for Lets get Ocean walking.  It starts at 5.30pm, gold coin donation entry, there will be a sausage sizzle, stalls, music, karaoke, kapa haka, and games! Finishes at 8pm. Will be a fun evening!

Underground Market Waihi

The Underground Market Waihi is having a Twilight Market this Thursday and every Thursday thereafter from 5 till 8.  Hot food, entertainment and lots of fabulous products for your shopping pleasure. Outside stalls available. Check out their facebook page for more details Underground Market Waihi

FREE Firewood

Some tree debris caused by storm damage will be cleared this week from Tararu Cemetery, involving the use of a helicopter. The work is weather dependent. Some tree sections will be left on Tararu Beach Reserve for people to collect for firewood.  No need for a chainsaw; the pieces will be small enough to be easily removed.

Positively Promoting the Plains

Positively Promoting the Plains Business Network Evening is this Thursday 5.30-7 pm at the Blueberry Farm, Central Road, Ngatea. This is for all business people, (including farmers) based in and around Oronga, Turua, Kerepehi, Ngatea, Kaihere, Patetonga, Waitakaruru, Miranda, Kaiaua and anywhere in between. If you would like to attend please email as soon as possible for catering purposes. Hope to see lots of new faces.

Coromandel Players

Social Climbers by Roger Hall brought to you by the Coromandel Players starts Friday the 25th of May at Hauraki House Theatre and runs until Saturday the 2nd of June!  Book your tickets today, $15 from Harcourts Coro Town!  Coro Players last performed Social Climbers 19 years ago.


Thames Aglow

All welcome to Thames Aglow on Friday the 25th of May from 10 to 12 shared lunch to hear Alex Larsen, internationla speader from Auckland with Yvonne Bartlett leading worship.  Baptist Centre, Mary Street, Thames, for more information phone 07 86 88 782

Rebuild the Poppet Head

Be part of Thames Heritage.  Help to rebuild the Poppet Head on it's original site at the Bella Street Pumphouse.  DONATE NOW!  Donations of $1,000 will get your name on one leg. or see Jared Fisher Automotive on Bella Street.

Thames Youth Centre Holiday Music Program

With Musician: Becky Antoinette.  Do you want to have a go at a range of different instruments or get a few more skills on a specific instrument?  Our very talented Tutor Becky Antoinette brings a wide variety of skills... She is a Guitarist, Singer, Ukulele Player, Keyboard player and Saxophone Player and we are lucky to have her for these holidays.  To Secure a place on this AWESOME program, please email Kate on with the subject line “Music Program Enrolment”  Please include the child’s Name, Age and Preferred Instrument.  This is a Free Program but bring your lunch and Instruments if you have one.  Thursday 12th July...10am-3pm, Friday 13th July..10am-3pm, Thursday 19th July 10am-3pm, Friday 20th July...10am-3pm.

Chewing the Cud

Chewing the Cud with Louise Giltrap, Dairy Farmer and Columnist for the New Zealand Farmer, is on Thursday night from 6 at the Waitakaruru Hall.  Potluck Dinner, BYO Drinks. Raffles for sale, all proceeds to the Waitakaruru Hall. RSVP to Ces Evans, 07 867 3190 or 0272 963 292

Waihi Beach Art and Craft Fair

The Iconic Waihi Beach Art and Craft Fair is from 10 till 3:30 on Sunday of Queen’s Birthday Weekend at the Waihi Beach Community Centre.  85 stalls all booked out with an array of art, craft, food and so much more!

Tairua Troubadours

Tairua Troubadours next show The Family Tree (Branches, Leaves and Roots) is from the 22nd to the 30th of June.  A MyHeritage DNA kit plus membership valued at over $400 will be raffled at every show. The weekends have sold out, but there are tables available Wed 27th, Thur 28th & the Sat 23rd matinee, email: or phone Jennie

Thames MAD

Thames Music and Drama’s new show "Around The World in 80 Days" will be performed in the Bella Street Pump House as part of Thames 150th commemorations from Saturday the 16th of June to the 23rd.  Book your tickets now at Thames MAD dot Co

SPCA Thames

SPCA Thames are looking for a volunteer to join their cat volunteer team in June.  They have shifts available every Wednesday morning between 8 and 10 and every second Friday between 8 and 10.  If you would love to be part of an awesome team making a difference to the animals in our community please give them a call or pop in.

Pink Ribbon Breakfast Thames

A handful of Thames small business owners have joined together to host a pink ribbon brunch on Saturday May the 26th.  11am to 2pm at Out of the Box Cafe (438 pollen street, entrance via Service lane 3). Tickets are $50, all proceeds will go to the Breast Cancer Foundation.  The event will include complimentary drink, nibbles and sweet treats, Goodie bag (including Jamberry, scentsy and skinsations items), Mini manicure, Mini Face mask session, Make up session, Live auction (includes hair, skin, beauty products as well as jewellery and gift vouchers).  Tickets available for pre purchase by contacting myself, Trudi on 0273924055 or Kayleigh on 0274541750 or via email


Thames 4 Day Market

Pipe Band Hall next to thames playgorund by the mall.  Indoor and outdoor stalls selling a mix of new and used, art n craft, food caravans and loads more.  Friday June 1st; 4pm - 8pm, Saturday and Sunday; 8am - 4pm, Monday; 8am - 2pm.  Still outddoor sites available if anyone wants one.  Lorraine on 027 272 8489.  Only $10 per day for a spot. 


Techweek Roadshow Paeroa


IoT and Primary Industries
Wednesday 23rd May, 3.30pm - 5.30pm, AgriSea, 3 Fraser Street, Paeroa
On farm productivity, preventive maintenance and preservation:
Hear a number of examples of the application of Internet of Things (IoT) technology contributing to NZs agritech sector and reputation for producing high-quality, innovative and safe products.  Presentations will highlight how the Internet of Things is enhancing the benefit and value NZ primary industries provide locally and globally.
Speakers will cover the opportunities for primary industries from low power Internet of Things, examples of the application of sensor technology locally, some of the related challenges and lessons learnt, and we will see presentations of Internet of Things projects from local senior school students.  THIS IS A FREE EVENT   


Hauraki Coromandel Business Awards 

Applications open now!  Upcoming Q&A Sessions in the Hauraki

Paeroa: 22nd May, 12pm, Positive Paeroa, 101 Normanby Road
Waihi: 23rd May, 8am, Eaten Café, 34 Rosemont Road
Ngatea: 23rd May, 12pm, 18a Orchard Road


Waihi Beach Op Shop Ball

Waihi Beach Op Shop 'Steampunk' Ball on Saturday the 7th of July at the Waihi Beach Community Centre. Tickets are now on sale for $45!  Purchase your tickets directly from Karen at The Professionals Real Estate in Waihi Beach village or give Karen a bell/email to secure your tix to the coolest event of the year.  P: 07 863 4464 E:

Coromandel Peninsula Art & Craft Fair 

Saturday 14 July, 9am to 3pm.  Whitianga Town Hall, 24 Monk Street, Whitianga.  Entry by gold coin donation.  Mercury Bay Art Escape’s annual Fair showcases quality handmade Arts and Crafts produced in the Coromandel Peninsula. The Fair is for one day only and is an excellent opportunity to purchase work directly from talented and enthusiastic Coromandel artisans and artists.  To make a weekend of it, you may want to arrange visits with local artists while you are here, see for contact details.

Mercury Bay Art Escape

Mercury Bay Art Escape Trust is currently calling for new artist and art group to participate in the Art Escape 2019 and become members.  Artists or Art Groups based in or connected to the Mercury Bay geographical area of the Art Escape can apply now. This area includes; Pauanui, Tairua, Hot Water Beach, Hahei, Cooks Beach, Flaxmill Bay, Ferrys Landing, Whenuakite, Coroglen, Whitianga, Wharekaho, Kuaotunu, Otama, Opito Bay, Matarangi and Whangapoua.  For more details or to apply online see  Applications are open from May and close on 31 July 2018.  

Visit Artists All Year Round

Our popular self-guided tour of art studios continues throughout the year. Interested visitors can pick up a free Mercury Bay Art Escape Art Guide at local galleries and libraries or go to to arrange a unique art tour that highlights the creative talent in this spectacular area.

Paeroa College

Paeroa College have a free event on Monday the 21st of May, Comedian Mike King gets straight up about his battle with depression, addiction and his ongoing journey back to recovery. This visit is called Community Korero, This is a not-to-be missed chance to come together and discuss how to support our youth and each other to survive and thrive. All welcome; parents, caregivers, professionals, friends and family, young people - we all have a part to play.  6.30pm - 8.00pm - Paeroa College Hall


Thames Valley Adult Riding Club

Thames Valley Adult Riding Club AGM is to be held on Tuesday the 29th of May at the Kerepehi Hall from 7pm.  All welcome.

FREE Workplace Literacy and Numeracy Skills

All Employers are keen to improve workplace productivity, health and safety understanding and compliance and staff engagement in their business.  Did you know that over 1 million of the working age population aged 15-65 years do not have the Literacy and Numeracy skills to participate fully as they might in learning, life and work? And yes, some of them will be your staff!  Valley Education & Training (able to deliver nationwide) is offering a free, short (10 weeks), sharp, tailored program that will give you results.  Happy staff, are productive staff, and this program will give you both….We come to you; we find out what you want to improve and write an individualised programme around your key KPIs that ensures a win-win for all those involved.  The gift of literacy and numeracy changes lives and will change your business bottom line…Give James a call today (027 236 6577), and YES, it is Free, and there are no catches…


Feel Good Aerobics

Feel Good Aerobics, Low Impact Aerobics from Wednesday the 9th of May.  5:30pm St George's Hall, Mackay Street.  $6 per person per night.  Music from the 80's 90's and today.  Contact Anna Juby 021 375 829 or Jocelyn Read 0274 770 105 for more information.  


Thames Youth Centre

Thames Youth Centre, Embracing Youth Vision.  After School Hangouts for ages 12 to 20.  Come hang out at the Youth Centre 126 Kirkwood Street, Thames from Monday to Friday during School Terms, 3 to 5pm.  Free Wifi, Pool Comps, Playstations, Band Equipment, Dance, Hangout!


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.    


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.  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


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: