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.

Hauraki Cultural Festival
Friday 27th & Saturday 28th October, from 8.30am, Ngahutoitoi Pa

Paeroa Playcentre AGM
Friday 27th October, 6pm, 58 Aorangi Rd, Paeroa .  Everyone welcome, light refreshments will be served

Rock Music Appreciation Club
Thursday 26th October, 6pm - 8pm, The Refinery.  Bring your favourite rock music to share, all types of media can be played.  Ages 18+, free entry


Thames Movie Theatre is bringing the Movie WARU to Thames. This is a very powerful movie about Child Abuse made by eight Maori Women Directors.
CAPS HAURAKI has been working in the area of Child Abuse Prevention for 30 years . Dave from the theatre is giving CAPS the opportunity to talk about our work before the first screening on Tuesday 24th October at 7:30pm. CAPS encourages the community to see this Movie.

Improv Theatre

Offbeat Theatre Company and Creative Mercury Bay are getting behind an Improv Theatre (improvised theatre) workshop in Whitianga, offered free of charge and led by Ken Keys, the founding director of the amazing Havelock North-based National Youth Drama School which has had thousands of young New Zealanders attend since 1992.  Ken is joining his good friend, local thespian, Paul Blackman, to offer our community (16yrs+ and adults) an introduction to Improv Theatre on Thursday 26 October 5.30pm, The Health Factory Theatre, 18 Coghill Street (beside The Monkey House Theatre).  To register or enquire phone/text Paul on 027 237 9086


Arohanui Film Festival

The third Arohanui Film Festival is on its way. Arriving in Te Aroha on Friday 27th October and hanging around until the 30th October. Lot's of amazing films plus a writers workshop and the visit from the NZ Film Commission eager to answer your questions. Check out the web site or the facebook page or the Arohanui Film Festival web site. Don't miss out on this opportunity to see some world premieres. and exciting New Zealand films. See you there.

Pauanui Community Church Fair

Pauanui Community Church Fair on Saturday the 21st of October from 9 till 1 at the Pauanui Sports and Recreation Club Hall Sheppard Ave, bargains for everyone, a great community event, it's amazing what you will find all at unbelievable prices.  If you wish to donate surplus household items please contact Bruce Tapp 8648392, Murray Snook 8647844, Ron Hayes 864929 or 0274831416 Wayne Woodcock 8649064, Ross Welch 8649545

Thames Aglow

Thames Aglow welcomes all to hear Tricia Webb, North Shore Aglow Advisor from Inspire Church Albany with prophetic ministry on Friday the 27th of October from 10 till 12.  Shared lunch to follow.  At the Baptist Church, Mary Street, Thames.  For more information 07 868 8782

Cancer Society Bookshop

Cancer Society Bookshop's 4 day book sale ends Sunday the 22nd of October, 10 till 2 each day 24 Albert St Whitianga.

How to Stay Sane in a Crazy World

How to Stay Sane in a Crazy World is a FREE public Seminar.  Too many of us struggle with common emotional and pshychological problems on our own and expect that it will pass on its own.  As a result we may suffer much longer than is needed.  But we don't have to.  Waikato DHB's Rural Mental Health and Addictions Service is offering FREE one day public seminars on wellbeing and mental health.  Paeroa 11th November 9:30 till 3:30.  Whitianga 18th November 9:30 till 3:30.  Thames 25th November 9:30 till 3:30.  

Ngatea Fire Brigade Golf Day

THIS SUNDAY:  3 man Ambrosse 10am shotgun start, Sunday 22nd October, $100 per team.  Kindly sponsored by Valley Panelbeaters.  Great prizes up for grabs, heaps of fun and all helping a great cause, the Ngatea Fire Brigade.  Phone Milo to book your team 027 227 1121

Vintage Fields

Vintage and Classic Show PLUS'Then and Now' Truck Show on Saturday the 2nd and Sunday the 3rd of December at 57 Orongo Road Thames from 9 till 4 both days.  Tractors, trucks, motorbikes, cars, staitionary engines, model display, food and drink and much much more.  Bring your Classic along.  Contact Jeremy 027 277 1067 or e-mail

Thames Music Group

Thames Music Group presents a free concert Friday the 27th of October from 12:15 at St Georges Church.  Featuring music students from Thames High School.  The Friday Lunchtime Series are free but entry by donation is greatly appreciated.

Country Contours

A Country Music story with truth and humour.  Andy Mac brings you his Old Time Music Show at the Thames Civic Centre on Saturday the 18th of November from 2pm, tickets just $25 from or call 021 456 2311

Lioness Club of Mercury Bay Garden Ramble

Lioness Club of Mercury Bay have their Garden Ramble on Saturday the 11th and Sunday the 12th of November.  Garden's open from 10 till 4.  Just $25 pp Mosaic Gallery, 53 Albert Street Whitianga.  Refreshements available at several gardens. Art and plants for sale.  18 gardens to inspire you.  Shirley Beer 07 866 0926 or Pat Lilley 07 866 5415 for more information.  Proceeds to Community Services to acquire equipment for the elderly.

Totally Thames Santa Parade

Totally Thames Santa Parade is Saturday the 9th of December 11am Pollen Street.  Prizes for Best Float Overall and Best Float in each catergory, which are...1:  Community, service, sports, recreation 2:  School, pre-school, youth, church 3:  Business, retail.  Prizegiving after parade at the GBD Grahamstown Thames.

Admiral Arms Hotel Karaoke Competition

Register now, three rounds Thursday the 2nd, 9th and16th of November.  Final Sunday the 26th of November.  $15 to register, $500 cash prize - winner takes all!

Thames 150 Celebrations

 THIS SUNDAY:  9am:  The Treasury 'Talk and Walk' to the Eureka Mine Settlement Kuranui Valley


Hope Walk Whitianga 

Hope Walk Whitianga is on Saturday the 25th of November from 9am Buffalo Beach Reserve.  Hope Walk is a movement of hope, bringing awareness to suicide and promoting prevention agencies and organisations.  We are #strongertogether.  Wear YELLOW, t shirts available $10 message them on facebook to order yours.  Like and share invite your family and friends and help support your local community.  Spot prizes to win!


Mercury Bay Museum presents Night @ The Museum

Mercury Bay Museum presents Night @ The Museum, What Happens After Dark, Saturday the 28th of October from 6 till 9pm.  Sausage Sizzle, Raffles, Kids Activities.  Special Guests and Speakers.  $10 Adults, $5 Children.

2017 Labour Weekend Open Water Fishing Competition

THIS SUNDAY:  Reel n Wave's Labour Weekend Open Water Fishing Competition is Sunday the 22nd of October.  $30 per Angler, start 6:30am finish 5pm.  Weigh In 3 till 5:30.  Briefing 7pm Saturday Night.  Prizegiving 7pm Sunday.  Heaps of Cash and Prizes up for grabs.  Tickets available from BBSFC and Reel N Wave Wilson Road Waihi Beach.

Whangamata Spring into Summer Quilt Exhibition

THIS WEEKEND:  Whangamata Patch and Quilt Group in conjunction with the Pauanui Creative Quilters bring you the Spring into Summer Quilt Exhibition this Labour weekend, 9 till 4 Saturday, 10 till 3 Sunday at the Whangamata Memorial Hall on Port Road.  Only $3 entry, Raffles, Sales Table.  Also featuring:  Aotearoa NZ Suitcase Exhibition, The Orange Challenge, The Fragile Challenge and more!


Whitianga Waterways Fireworks Display

November 14th.  The opening of the Grand Canal and future commercial sites in Whitianga Waterways will be celebrated with this display, bouncy castle, food stalls, & live music.  It's a family friendly event, no alcohol, but bring a rug to sit on and a picnic dinner.  Details at

Turua Playcentre AGM

THIS FRIDAY:  6pm Friday 20th October at Nakontong Thai Restaurant, 728 Pollen Street, Thames.  All welcome.

Pauanui Community Office AGM

This takes place at 9.30am at the Pauanui Hub building on Monday 23 October 2017.  All are welcome.

Local Blood Drive

Thames Memorial Hall, 200 Mary Street, Thames - Monday 6th November 2pm to 7pm, and Tuesday 7th November 8am to 1pm.  Paeroa Memorial Hall, Normanby Road, Paeroa - Wednesday 22nd November 9am-1pm.  Blood Donors are Secret Live Savers.  While Blood donors may not talk about what they do - they should.  The need for blood is constant.  By spreading the word - you can change more lives.  share why you donate on Facebook, Instagram or twitter. Think of it as sharing for lives not likes.  Call 0800 448 325 or book online at  Don’t forget your ID.

Whitianga Art Market

THIS WEEKEND:  The Whitianga Art Group are holding an Art Market, Labour Weekend, 10am-5pm, Saturday 21-Monday 23 October, The Art Centre & Gallery, School Road, Whitianga.  Lots of original paintings for sale by local artists.  Free entry.

Top Team Challenge

Top Team Challenge is a fundraising event for the Hauraki Plains College Basketball Team to get them to America in 2018.  Open to all ages, Saturday 4th of November at the Rural Show Ngatea Domain.  $250 Entries close 27th of October.  1st prize is $700, 2nd $300 plus lots of spot prizes.  Contact Bronwyn Roberts 021 538 285 for more info.  Thank you to Richardsons Ngatea.


Paeroa Lions Fireworks Display

Saturday 28th October, from 5pm.  $5 Adults $3 Child $15 Family (2 adults & 2 children)  *Food *Rides *Entertainment 


Paeroa Squash Club

Business House Introductory Squash Tournament.  Thursday 19th & 26th October, 6pm, Paeroa Squash Club.  Bring your shoes, racquets can be provided.  Contact Bruce: 021 781 560 or Julie: 021 724 405

Waihi Beach Plastic Bag FREE

Waihi beach is attempting to go plastic bag free.  Following on from support from retailers, a request for support from the Western bay Council waste minimisation programme has been submitted.  In the meantime the beach 4 square is giving out free reusable bags and a local group are busy sewing reusable bags as well.  People who want to join in sewing can contact Kelly at waihi beach info.

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.

Whangamata Lions Craft & Farmers Market

THIS SATURDAY:  Whangamata Lions Craft & Farmers Market is on Saturday 22nd October - Labour weekend from 8:30 to 3 in the Memorial Hall Complex and outside in more of an open air market.  The Market hosts over 100 stalls offering a huge variety of Craft, Food and Produce including the popular Lions Book Sale.

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 Bowling Club

Thames Bowling Club are holding a “Have A Go” day at the club 512 Mackay Street Thames on Sunday the 29th October starting from 10am until 12 noon.  Come along to give lawn bowls a try. Bowls supplied. Everyone is welcome.  Free sausage sizzle.  Phone club 07 8686107 for more details

Wish 4 Fish

Charity Fishing Competition, Wish 4 Fish is on Saturday the 28th of October at the Thames Rugby Sports Club.  Briefing Friday the 27th from 7pm.  6 Categories, great prizes including $500 Lucky Angler and $500 average weight in each catergory.


Whangamata Club's Car, Bike & Tractor Show

THIS SATURDAY:  Whangamata Club's Car, Bike & Tractor Show Saturday the 21st of October from 9am.  Bring that classic, vintage or in fact any style for the annual show, $5 entry with all proceeds to charity.  Great food available, great atmosphere, the Club will be open for lunch from $10.  This is the place to be seen on the Coromandel.  Contact the Whangamata Club for more information.

Te Puru School Quiz Night

Te Puru School PTA is organising a quiz night on Friday 24th of November.  Tables of four to six people, start time is 7.00pm, $15 per person, BYO, lots of great prizes, raffles and auction.  To register your team, please email Tania at or phone/text Rose on 0275 624 264.


Parawai School's 50th Jubilee

Parawai School is celebrating its 50th Jubilee on Friday 27th and Saturday 28th October 2017.  Registrations are being taken now.  Contact the school 07 868 8117 or email for more information.


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


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.



Mahamudra Centre

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


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


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 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. 


Ribbon Day

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 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: