The Peninsula Diary


The Peninsula Diary is 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 or drop them up to us at 418 Pollen Street, Thames

Thames Annual 4 Day Indoor Market and Holistic Fair

Thames Annual 4 Day Indoor Market and Holistic Fair is at the Thames War Memorial Civic Centre on Queen's Bithday Weekend.  Friday May the 31st 4 till 8pm, Saturday the 1st of June 8am till 4pm, Sunday the 2nd of June 8am till 4pm, Monday the 3rd of June 8am till 2pm.  Over the weekend there will be group readings, free craft for kids and adults and lots more.  Contact Lorraine 027 272 8489 or PM her on facebook.  

Waihi Beach Art and Craft Fair

The Waihi Beach Art and Craft Fair are celebrating its 15th year.  This iconic event showcases the most amazing talent with many NEW stall holders and Crafts people attending this year.  10 till 3:30 Sunday the 2nd of June Queen’s Birthday Weekend at the Waihi Beach Community Centre.  There’s something for everyone, from Pet accessories, Designer Jewellery of all sorts, Clothing for the whole family, plus the pets. Wooden items, Art, Photographic prints, Soaps, Herbal Creams . Graphic Art, Dolls and Bears and Toys, Shabby Chic Homewares, Candles and Diffusers, trendy knitted Garments, Scarves and hats, Preserves. Handbags, handmade alpaca products and Upcycled Glass Garden Art.  Waihi Beach RSA’s old style Café will be open.  $4 entry, the biggest variety of stalls ever with 85 now fully booked.  

Pick It Up Now

Pick It Up Now's next pick up is Sunday 26th May from 1.00pm, meet at Danby Fields Carpark.  Spot prizes to be won.  Bring gloves and your willing selves.  Rubbish bags supplied.  Coastal bins will be there to collect and dispose of the rubbish.  Full information is on our event on our FB page.


Thames MAD

Thames Music and Drama’s next production ‘Tails of Hamelin’ is a musical based on the story of the Pied Piper, it will be staged 29th June to the 6th of July at the Thames War Memorial Civic Centre.  Visit for details and to buy your tickets.  Ewan Mackie who is a teacher at Thames High School and music director for ‘Tails of Hamelin’ say they’re keen to have live musicians rather than using backing tracks.  So, they need a Bass player (electric or double), Drummer, Guitarist, and Trumpet player and YOU MUST BE ABLE TO READ MUSIC.  If you’re able to help out, contact Ewan Mackie via email -, or text 027 292 4901.

Strictly Land Based

Strictly Land Based Whitianga Family Land Based Fishing Competition is in it's 2nd year, this not for profit event generously donate a percentage of the proceeds to Variety the Children's Charity again.  The Competition has been extended it to two days this Queen's Birthday Weekend, Saturday the 1st and Sunday the 2nd of June.  Briefing Friday the 31st.  Adults $25. Kids $15. Extra $10 to enter a family or a team.  Snapper, Kingfish, Kahawai and biggest 'other' categories.  New Category: Biggest catch and release Snapper and Kingfish.  With over 70 sponsors and two days of fishing time, it is set to be a goody!  The weigh in, briefing and prize-giving are all hosted in the Whitianga Hotel Garden Bar. We also have the Edge Fishing Filleting Station this year, for a gold coin donation entrants can have their entry fish filleted and we will dispose of the waste.  For more information, contact Nicole Bryant, Strictly Land-based on 022 082 4519.

Thames Valley Adult Riding Club

The Thames Valley Adult Riding Club AGM is on Saturday the 25th of May rrom 1pm at the Club House at the Kerepehi Domain.

Soul Timers

With guest artist Sarah Spicer, Saturday 25 May, 7.30pm, The Refinery (5 Willoughby St, Paeroa)  Returning after a sold out show!  Acclaimed NZ musicians playing a mix of Motown, Soul and Rhythm & Blues.  Tickets just $25.  For tickets text: 027 433 7733 or  You REALLY don't want to miss this one so secure your tickets ASAP! 

Coromandel Peninsula Art and Craft Fair 2019

Saturday 13th of July, 9am to 3pm, Whitianga Town Hall, 24 Monk Street.  Entry by gold coin donation (Kids entry is FREE).  Mercury Bay Art Escape’s annual Fair showcases quality handmade Arts and Crafts produced in the Coromandel Peninsula. Meet talented and enthusiastic Coromandel artisans and artists, an incredible array of Art and Craft stalls, Art and Craft demonstrations, hands-on art activities to encourage the next generation of Coromandel artists.  Tea, coffee and baking available.  Eftpos also available for Fair sales.  Raffle hamper donated by  Mosaic Gallery.  To make a weekend of it, you may want to arrange visits with Mercury Bay Art Escape Artists.  This year take part in an art workshop from 12th to 16th July featuring  Mercury Bay Art Escape Artists tutors. If you want to take part in the fair, please email Alison Henry the fair organiser, 

Thames Croquet Club

Thames Croquet Club, Beach Road, winter playing days and times:  Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday 12.45pm.  Come & learn this very social & challenging game. Mallets availible.  Phone Nola 869 0390 or 027 467 3697 for more information.

St John Tairua

St John is holding a level 1 First Aid course at the Tairua Ambulance Station on Saturday 15th June 2019.  $100.00 / Ring Pat 07 864 9432 if interested.


What's on in the Back Room - Grahamstown Thames

Gitbox Rebellion is an innovative and exciting 10 piece Guitar ensemble who perform intricate and clever original compositions as well as a few much loved guitar hero covers, such as The Good , The Bad and The Ugly and Guitar Boogie… a fantastic opportunity to catch this group in Thames.  8 members will be coming to play their unique acoustic compositions in the intimate Back Room space on Friday 24th May at 7.30. Tickets $25 from Lotus Realm 07 868 5341     


COROMANDEL ROADSHOW 2019 is from Monday the 5th to Thursday the 8th of August.  Te Aroha College; Monday 12:30 till 3:15pm.  Paeroa College; Tuesday 8:30 till 11:30am.  Hauraki Plains College;  Tuesday 12:30 till 3:15pm.  Waihi College; Wednesday 8:30 till 11:30am.  Mercury Bay Area School; Wednesday 5:30 till 8pm.  Thursday; Thames High School 8:30 till 11:30am.  Contact Amber Cardale, Student Recruitment Lead for Wintec, Phone: +64-(0)7-834 8800 ext 3265, Mobile: 027 844 1369, Email:, Web:

TCCK Pohutukawa Ball

The Annual Pohutukawa Ball is a fantastic fundraiser for Thames Coast Community Kindergarten.  Saturday the 15th of June from 7 till midnight at the Te Puru Community Hall.  Taryn from Make Your Day Events transforms the hall like Cinderella was for the Ball.  Tickets have all sold out but we would like to take this opportunity to thank all the wonderful businesses that have helped this year, whom without events like this can't happen.  Band Sponsorship; Geoarb / Flooring First.  

Raffle donations; 100% Electrical / Waihi Railway / Evolution Studios / Lynnes Healing NZ / The Green Grocer / Baxter's Furniture Court / Stirling Sports Thames / Flowers on Pollen / Carsons Bookshop 

Big Package Donations; Te Mata Lodge / Waiomu Cafe / Al’s Deli Auckland / Coombes and Associates / Ventura Inn and Suites Hamilton / Waikato River Explorer / Confinement Hamilton / Skywalk / Koru Hideaway / Kiwiness Tours / Bustop Cafe / Mangakino / Flat White Cafe Waihi Beach / Farm Gate Deli Waihi Beach / All Seasons Holiday Park Rotorua / Hellsgate / Cobb and CO Rotorua / Off Road NZ Rotorua / Hilly House Karapiro / Tivoli Cinema Cambridge / Olde Creamery

Silent Auctions; Suki Lala / Eden bags / Mainly Casual / The Fitness Co-OP / Simply Clean / Phil Sommervile Squash / Shannon Paki Tennis / Rinse and Repeat / Naturally Coromandel / Lillbit Wraps / Ezybabe / Cool kiwi kids / Orokin / SUP / Oma Rapeti

Cycle Skills Training

ACC has given the TCDC cycling funding to deliver cycle skills training sessions to begin in Thames on May 20 and 22.  The sessions are free and run from 9-noon for cyclists 18+ already capable of riding a bike and with some knowledge of the road code. Spaces are limited so contact by Monday May 6.

SPCA Op Shop Thames

Spca Op Shop is looking for more donated winter clothing to help stock their shelves, so if you are having a clean out please drop your clothes off to 740 Pollen Street Thames (Opposite Cafe Melbourne). Open Mon-Sat. The SPCA appreciate your support.

Paeroa Indoor Bowls

Did you know that Indoor Bowls is played in the Paeroa College Gym every Wednesday evening, 7.30pm - 9.30pm.  This game is for everyone aged 10 yrs +.  It doesn't matter how little or how much experience you have with this game - everyone is welcome.  Free coaching is available and there's also competitive bowls for those who want it.  Be there just before 7.30pm with a pair of flat soled shoes and everything else will be supplied.

Citizens Advice Bureau Paeroa!

St John rooms, 31 Belmont Rd, Paeroa.  Tuesdays & Wednesdays, 11am – 2pm
Citizens Advice…Provide free, confidential, independent information and advice, Help people know what their rights are, Help people find community services they nee, Here for everyone - the ‘citizen’ in Citizens Advice Bureau means people generally - it doesn’t mean you have to have citizenship, Work for positive social change.  You can ask about anything - They’re here to help with information about your rights on a range of topics.  These include…Housing and tenancy, Employment, Consumer issues, Relationships, Parenting, Health, Information about services and community groups in your area.  It’s about your rights!  New volunteers for both Waihi and Paeroa are welcomed so please don’t hesitate to drop in or call to find out more!

Zonta Women's Study Award

$3000 available.  For women over 25 years studying in 2019 and/or 2020
To apply, email a letter of application to
For more information please contact Chris Hovell: 021 514 674 or 07 868 8196
Applications close 24 May 2019    

Old Thames Girls

Old Thames Girls is a group of ladies who meet every third Thursday of the month to get together and enjoy each others company.  Meetings are from 1.30p.m till approximately 3.30pm finishing with a cup of tea.  Guest speakers or entertainment are arranged for each meeting.  A bus trip is arranged each month on the last Thursday.  Christmas and Association Birthday each year are celebrated with a lavish luncheon.  Group meets at St Georges Church Hall Mackay Street Thames. Subscription at present $10.  Membership open to all who wish to join. Phone Janice Darrah 868 8086 Ngaire Potter 868 3421 or Val Jamieson Turua 867 5289. 

Transition Town Thames

Transition Town Thames (T3) have funding and are running 10 evening courses on various aspects of community and personal sustainability. It's called the Future Living Skills around waste, energy, food, community resilience building and renovation, travel and another gardening session. Learn about sustainability and saving money.  Our sessions are held on a Tuesday from 6:30pm at the Thames Community centre. People can find out more by ringing Jeff on 868 9797, or

Volunteering Waikato

If you have ever thought about volunteering, now is a great time to contact Volunteering Waikato. Their brand new website makes it easier than ever before to find the right opportunity in your town. Get involved in your community, boost your CV, meet new people and learn new skills. For more information go to volunteering waikato dot org dot nz.  Volunteering Waikato – enriching lives.

Thames Music And Drama

‘Tails of Hamelin’a musical based on the story of the Pied Piper will be staged 29th June - 6th July at Thames Civic Centre.  For more information and audition details see or phone Diane 868 9292.


Bubbly international award winning songstress Lisa Lorrell will take you on a musical journey filled with nostalgia, fun and laughter, performing classic songs from best loved musicals and operetta, to jazz, country and pop music.  Followed by a delicious morning “Elevenses” of freshly cut club sandwiches, scones with jam and cream, sweet treats, tea/coffee and juice served on fine china by “Team Elevenses”. For more information on Lisa Lorrell, please visit her website Thames Union Parish, Pahau Street, Thames - 10am, Thursday 6 June - Thursday 4 July - Thursday 1 August - Thursday 5 September - Thursday 3 October - Thursday 7 November - Thursday 5 December - $20pp  BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL FOR CATERING. Pay on the day.  Contact: Anne 09 232 6588 or Lisa 021 541 511

What's happening in our Local Libraries

 - The popular weekly Toddler Time sessions are coming to Tairua! Join us on Wednesdays for a fun morning of stories and songs for under fives.  Keep an eye on our Facebook page for information on our first session at the end of May.

 - Sneak peek: New Zealand Music Month at Tairua Library.  We'll be celebrating New Zealand Music Month with with the Tairua Music Club, in the relaxed surrounds of Tairua Library this month. Check out our Facebook page later in the month to find out more.  

 - Mercury Bay Library's Book Club meet at Cafe Nina, everyone welcome!

 - The Knitting Group at Thames Library meets every Tuesday in the Library's Carnegie Room, from 10am.

 - Keep up to date with what's happening at our libraries every month by checking out our page on Facebook.

Thames Library | 07 868 6616 | 503 Mackay Street, Thames
Tairua Library | 07 864 7960 | 2 Manaia Road, Tairua
Mercury Bay Library | 07 866 4776 | 1 Victoria Street, Whitianga

Paeroa Society of Arts - ‘Introduction to Felting’ 

Fortnightly 9.30am - 2pm  If you are interested, contact Dot on 021 2571540 or call into the Gallery (109 Normanby Road Paeroa) to register your interest.  There will be a small charge to cover expenses plus a minimal charge for any materials used.

Your local RSA

Te Aroha RSA - If you are in need of a break when travelling south stop off at the Te Aroha RSA in Rewi Street. where you will be guaranteed of cold beer, a good wine selection and a great variety of other drinks. The restaurant serves excellent country style meals and the lunch menu is very popular. Check the website for opening hours or look for the flags flying when the club is open. 

Whangamata RSA - Yings@theRSA will now be open seven days a week, lunch from 11am to 3pm and dinner from 5pm to 8pm.


Paeroa Badminton Club

Looking for something fun to do? Paeroa Badminton Club Tuesday's 7.30pm at Paeroa College Gymnasium.  $5 per night. Everyone welcome!  Anna - 0211329511

Thames Museum need YOU!

Thames Museum on the corner of Pollen and Cochrane Streets need more volunteers.  Join our friendly, dedicated team to help keep the rich history of Thames alive.  3 hours a month, call Barbara for more details 868 2116.  Michellle Shaw from Coromandel's More FM volunteers every second Wednesday of the month and she loves it! 

Drug and Alcohol Programmes at the Manaaki Centre

Getting Started Programme:  One night a week for 6 weeks.  For people wanting to cut down on your drug and alcohol use but aren't prepared to completely stop yet.  

MAP Programme:  Two nights a week for 8 weeks.  Experiencing abstinence - to have a chance for the first time, to have a new direction.  Receive “Completion Certificate” as evidence to have full-filled the criteria to complete.  A chance of leniency in the courts and Te Oranga Tamariki as have evidence that you are willing and able to make changes, and learn to move forward.  Attend the MAP Program in Thames after work, don’t have to be sent out of town.  Build a support system with the people they are in group with for long term recovery.  

Using the whole family – to heal the whole family system.  Manaaki Centre, Ph 07 868 0041or 0800 080 339, Cnr Rolleston and Mary Streets, Thames 


Calling all parents and preschoolers! Your local Playcentre is open now and offers everything your child will love from water play to messy play.  Find your local centre at or just pop in!  Playcentre caters to the needs of every age from infant to 6 years old.  Playcentre is a family run environment where parent's can play and learn alongside their children.  There are centres in Paeroa, Waihi, Waihi Beach, Ngatea, Turua, Thames, Whitianga, Whangamata, Coromandel, Tairua.  Sarah Rawnsley, Paeroa Playcentre President, 027 515 5705.

The Treasury

The Treasury are proud to have created a display of prominent women of the Hauraki Goldfields at their offices on Queen Street.  On now until February 2019.  Open Monday, Thursday and Saturday 11am till 3pm.  Entry fee $5.  Contact Robyn Revell for more information 07 868 8827.  The Treasury is on Queen Street Thames.

Thames Hospice Shop

Hospice Waikato Shop on Pollen Street Thames, is looking for volunteers.  From retail assistants to van drivers, morning work to afternoon shifts.  Week days to weekends, if you have a little time to give Hospice Waikato they would love to hear from you.  Pop into the store and see Michelle, or call Karen on 07 859 12 60 for more information.

Boomerang Bags

Transition Town Thames would like to remind people that when you use at Boomerang Bag to please remember to return them the next time you're passing.

Thames Birthing Unit

Thames Birthing Unit host informal chat sessions every Wednesday at 10am.  A midwife will be available to discuss different topics each week and will have agencies from our community joining in too.  Muffins and coffee provided, everyone welcome!

The LMM Network

Every Friday The LMM Network artists perform at The Rocker Box, Pollen Street Thames.

Thames Market

Every Saturday 8am-12noon - Pollen Street, Grahamstown. Head down to the Thames Market this weekend.  Don't forget to bring your own bag, basket or box to the Thames Market, plastic carry bags are no longer allowed.

Tairua Market

The first Saturday of every month, you will find this eclectic collection of stalls and produce right by the harbour next to the one-lane bridge in the Tairua Main Road.  From 9:00am through to about 1:00pm.

Coromandel Town Homegrown Community Market

Each Friday morning on Wharf Road beside the BNZ Bank you will find an array of local/homegrown produce and crafts for sale. Organic and gluten free options . . . you're spoilt for choice.

Kia Puawai

If you’re involved in a public or private organisation or community group and have members facing health and wellness challenges, the Kia Puawai Wellness Programmes could be for you.  13 and 26 week programmes covering nutrition, movement and mind management are available now and your group could be eligible for full or partial sponsorship.  To find out more, visit  

Hauraki Bereaved Parents

Hauraki Bereaved Parents Support meet on the last Thursday of each month at 6pm at the Coach House, Puriri.  The meetings are designed to be a sharing and caring forum for those that have lost a child (regardless of age or how) with people who have been through the same experience.  Check out their facebook page for more details.

Thames Valley Tangata Ora Trust

Volunteers are needed.  Thames Valley Tangata Ora Trust need friendly people who are happy to commit to volunteering their time regularly one or more days a week.  Could suit someone who wants to learn new skills or would like to get back into the workforce.  Phone 07 868 7723 or 027 383 1117.  Thames Valley Tangata Ora Trust are a group of people with a passion for supporting and empowering people to know their rights and assist with navigating systems in the Health & Disability, Social Service and Employment sectors.  Services include: support and advocacy for WINZ & Health & Disability; Social gatherings; Workshops; Sale & Hire of Mobility Equipment & Daily Living Aids and more.

Thames Small Gauge Railway

Thames Small Gauge Railway on Brown Street, open every Sunday 10-3 weather permitting.  Thames Small Gauge Railway would love to hear from anyone who is interested in joining them as a volunteer.  Phone Tony Smith (President) on phone 868 3044, cell phone 021 961 888, or Ken Nation (vice President) on 868 9287, 027 272 5002.

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

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.

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.

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.  Valley Education & Training (able to deliver nationwide) is offering a free, short (10 weeks), sharp, tailored program that will give you results.  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…

Thames Youth Centre

 Thames Youth Centre, Embracing Youth Vision.  All enquiries contact the Youth Centre on 07 8686110 or email

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.  Adam Matete (Chairman) 027 403 5780 or find them on Facebook

Thames Croquet Club

Thames Croquet Club Inc. Beach Road.  New players welcome.  Mallets available. Family fun age from 12 years plus. info Ph. Nola 869 0390. Dennis 868 2423. Pat 868 8169

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

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, or like them on Facebook


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 the Thames Community Centre on 07 868 9797 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 07 868 9797.
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're open Tue-Fri 10am-1pm and Sat 10am-2pm. 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?  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.


 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.  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 6-8pm in Whitianga.  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, follow Annah's 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


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 Saturday's 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.


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 07-864 7166.