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.



Te Puru School Quiz Night

Te Puru School Quiz Night Friday August 14 at 7pm at the Te Puru School Hall. Teams of up to six people, $20 per head. It's a fun community event! Register your team calling the school office 868 2747, or email


The Zonta Club

The Zonta Club of Thames Valley is holding its annual Bookarama event on Friday the 21st and Saturday the 22nd of August at St James’ Church hall in Thames.  There’s something for everyone, including novels, cook books, NZ authors and books for children. There is also a great selection of art and art history books.  Funds raised at Bookarama will support local initiatives such as the education fund for women over 25 years old, and other projects.  Doors open at 9am at the St James’ Church hall, Pahau St, Thames.

Driver Refresher

Driver Refresher Course for 60 plus is headed to the Hauraki District Council's Hauraki Room on Wednesday 5th August, from 9.15am to 1pm.  It focuses on road rules and defensive driving, intersections and roundabouts, plus rural and urban driving. No vehicles required and no tests or assessments.  Call TCDC on 07 868 0200 to book.

Cycle NZ

Cycle NZ are going to run a ‘Ride Leader’ cycle course in Thames Monday 24th August 9 – 3.30, visit cycling new zealand dot nz for more information. Online registrations

Model Railway Club

Mercury Bay Model Railway Club Show.  Model Railway Exhibition, Colouring Competition, People’s Choice Exhibitor Award.  Saturday the 3rd and Sunday the 4th of October, 10 to 4.  Town Hall, Monk Street, Whitianga.  Family Admission $15 for 2 adults and up to 6 children, Adults $6, Children under 16 $3, cash only.  


Waihi Beach Summer Fair

A staple for all summer holiday makers and residents alike.  Date has been set for Saturday January the 9th 2021, 10 till 4, 200 plus stalls, high quality shopping, gourmet food, kids fun, entertainment and more.  $3 cash entry, kids under 5 free.

Thames Museum

Thames Museum volunteers are looking forward to welcoming you to a winter fundraiser – A NIGHT AT THAMES MUSEUM – on Saturday 15th August from 5pm to 8pm. Entertainment includes Celtic music with harpist Katherine Mowbray; a talk, The Might of Thames, with Russell Skeet, and sing-along with Shelley Marie on guitar. Knowledgeable Museum volunteers will bring the exhibits to life with free guided tours and refreshments will be served. This promises to be a most enjoyable evening. Admission is by pre-sold tickets, which are available at the Museum and at Carsons Bookshop. Tickets are $10 each and numbers are limited. A NIGHT AT THAMES MUSEUM is for adults only.

CROSSING The WAIHOU opens at Thames Museum on Saturday 1st August. The new display features craftsman model-maker Ted Egan’s award-winning replica of the historic Kōpū bridge’s swing span and photos and documentation related to the history of Waihou river traffic and the bridge’s construction. The single lane bridge was opened in 1928 and is a Category 1 listed place, as the only swing span bridge in New Zealalnd.  Join Ted Egan, members of the Museum management committee and volunteers, and story-teller Miss Rosalie for the opening of the display at 11am on Saturday 1st August. All welcome.

The Thames i-SITE

has a vacancy for a casual, part-time visitor consultant.  The role is suitable for someone with a passion for customer service and tourism, who is computer literate and can demonstrate a high level of local knowledge.  You must be reliable and available 7 days.  This position has limited hours in the winter with the option of more hours in the summer.  Please send your cv to Andrea by email to

Mediaworks Foundation

Every year we give local charities a grant through the Mediaworks Foundation to promote themselves and something they're doing in the community.  Are you looking to promote your cause, maybe an event or something else for your organisation?  We still have a significant amount of funding for advertising on our brands.  We encourage you to apply, and you can do that b y visiting 


Introducing Pickleball, one of the fastest growing sports in America, Australia, Europe and now New Zealand at the Jack McLean Centre Thames High School, every Tuesday until August the 4th !  EASY TO LEARN, FUN TO PLAY!  Pickleball was created with one thing in mind... fun!  It was designed to be easy to learn and play whether you’re FIVE, NINTY-FIVE or SOMEWHERE IN BETWEEN.  A sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis and table tennis for TWO or FOUR PLAYERS.  Come on your own or bring a friend, come for one session or come to all.  Thanks to the support of TCDC and Sport Waikato.  Email:, phone Jena 07 984 9123 or Bill 021 944 516


East Waikato Careers and Employers Expo

East Waikato Careers and Employers Expo, two day event, Wednesday the 12th of August 9 till 6 and Thursday the 13th of August 9 till 3.  Thames Civic Centre, 200 Mary Street.  To register your stand visit  Hosted by Thames Coromandel District Council, Can Do, Hauraki District Council, Wintec, NZSE, Matamata Piako Distrcit Council.    

Paeroa Historical Maritime Park

There are big plans afoot for the Historical Maritime Park & Wharf Street in Paeroa.  Below is a brief outline of the projects and estimated timelines. 
The Paeroa Historical Maritime Park are really pleased to announce that work is about to begin on the $1.1 million development, to build a new wharf at Wharf Street and to install 2 new pontoons at the Park. Last year the HMP received $730,000 from the Provincial Growth Fund and $400,000 from Hauraki District Council to fund stage 1 of the project (which also includes a new riverboat).  Some brief facts on the project are :
Wharf Street Jetty
* Project awarded to EPL Construction Whangamata
* Onsite physical work including crane platforms and access has begun
* Following a blessing and karakia on Monday 6th July, piling works can commence
* The estimated construction time is 12-14 weeks
* The Hauraki Rail Trail has been closed off alongside the Wharf area and is demarcated
   and well signposted
Pontoons at the Historical Maritime Park
* Project awarded to Coastal Marine Ltd Thames
* Currently going through the Building Consent Process
* The pontoons will be manufactured off-site
* Installation expected to be towards the end of August

Operation Cover Up 2020

Well it's that time of year again for the Blankets Display at the Civic Centre dates are: Friday 7th August and Saturday 8th August 10am to 3.  This year is very special it is 20 years since the start of Operation Cover Up in NZ, Liz Clark the founder of all this is featured in the back of the Overcomers Book.


Eat Well = Live Well

A nutrition and wellness course for Seniors 65+.  Tuesday 4 & 11 August, 10am - 12noon, Hauraki Resource Centre.  To register please call the Resource Centre on 07 862 6110 - registrations essential!

Valley Rockers Thames

Valley Rockers Thames have Rock n Roll Dance Classes at the St James Parish Church Hall Pahau Street Thames, $5 admission, class starts on July the 28th for 6 weeks from 7pm each night.  Bring your partner and enjoy music of the 50's and 60's.  More info

Matariki Art Exhibition

Matariki Art Exhibition with all proceeds to St Francis School Thames.  Opening night is Friday the 31st of July 5 till 7pm.  Palmer's Gallery Pollen Street Thames, July 31st to August 14th.  Contact Fiona Bounty for more information 07 868 8988  Supported by Bounty, Palmer's Gallery, St. Francis School and Arteffects.

Love Hauraki

The LoveHauraki platform is continuing to attract new business registrations daily.
Our 'situations vacant' page is now live and taking registrations.
We are now also taking registrations for community organisations - don't delay, register today!

Dust your cars off 

And get ready for Aroha Cruise In Saturday 3rd October, DETAILS HERE


Weekend Markets Whangamata

Summer markets, applications are open online now for all you creative, delicious, talented stallholders!  

Tiana's Run For LIFE

1000km Fun Run/Walk August the 2nd.  Tiana is needing a life saving cancer drug which is unfunded and will cost upwards to $30k.  The run/walk will be held at the Old Boys rugby grounds, Towers Street, Paeroa.  you can run or walk the 1 km loop towards the 1000k’s.  There is no entry fee but it would be awesome if you could donate to the give alittle page.  Otherwise there will be a koha bucket at the start of the run.  

Pauanui Christmas Home Wander

28th of November 10 till 3.  This is your chance to peek inside 12 enchanting, elegant and quaint Pauanui Homes while supporting Prostate Cancer Foundation.  Includes Devonshire Tea.  Tickets $55, available from the Pauanui Information Centre, Richardsons Pauanui Real Estate or online or phone 021966153.  

Coromandel 200

Postponement dates 25 - 26 September 2020.  In recognition of the 200th anniversary since the HMS Coromandel sailed into Coromandel Harbour, a small working group of passionate community members have joined together to make sure the anniversary is acknowledged appropriately.  Keep your eyes on

Thames Coromandel District Council

has established a working group for event organisers around the district to share ideas and information. Contact the District Events Coordinator if you are interested in joining or to find out how Council can support your event.


Repco Beach Hop 20th Anniversary

Rock n Roll Festival now on Wednesday the 25th to Sunday the 29th of November.  Win a 1965 Ford Mustang, Harley-Davidson Motorcycle, Ford T Bucket OR $10,000 cash.  Bands, Hot Rods, Classic Cars and Caravans, Motorbikes, Nostalgia Fair, Hop Idol, Retro Pin Up Show, Nostaligia Surf Fest.  It all kicks off with a big warm up party on Seddon Street in Waihi with Go Waihi and Oceans Gold.

Citizens Advice Bureau

Citizens Advice Bureau's free information and advice service is available to help you during the Covid-19 lockdown. Call 0800 367 222, or get in touch via  There is help for everyone across the Coromandel Peninsula, Hauraki and Western Bay of Plenty Regions.

Keep New Zealand Beautiful

have opened entries for the 2020 Beautiful Awards.  They recognise those who are working hard to Keep their part of New Zealand Beautiful.  Waihi took the title of Most Beautiful Small Town last year.  Entries open until August 5th at



Teams Squash (aka Business House)

Thursdays from 19 March, 6pm - 9pm, Paeroa Tennis & Squash Club.  4 players to a team (2 new & 2 old players), 15 minutes per player.  $40 per team.  For more information or to enter a team please contact Julie: 021 724 405 or Dogdoc: 021 781 560

Learn to Dance - Kids Beginner Ballroom & Latin Dance Classes

Tuesdays, 5.30pm, Paeroa Memorial Hall.  Contact Daniel & Kirstin at Liberty Dance: 027 840 3603 or  Adult beginners lessons from 7pm

Paeroa Writer's Group

Meet the 1st & 3rd Wednesday of each month, 1pm - 3pm, Paeroa Library Meeting Room.  All would be or published writers welcome.  For more information please contact Glenys: 07 862 6002 or 020 425 0244

Paeroa Car Boot Markets

1st & 3rd Saturday of each month, from 8am, Paeroa Info Hub Carpark.  For more information or to book a space please contact Annie or Trevor: 07 862 7833.  Or


Karangahake Hall Markets: two venues

On Paeroa's main street every Sunday and the Karangahake Hall every 4th Sunday of the month.  Both markets from 9am - 2pm.  Main street market contact: Dawn 07 862 7452 or txt: 021 0256 2545.  Karangahake Hall market contact: Janine 027 678 2035 or


The Thames Community Menzshed

The Thames Community Menzshed is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10am to 4pm, opposite the Warehouse on Queen street behind the post office.  New members welcome.  Contact Warren Sly for more information 021 772 351

Thames Crop Swap

Thames Crop Swap is on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month.  10am at the Community Gardens 712A Mackay Street Thames.

Repco Beach Hop 20th Anniversary

Repco Beach Hop 20th Anniversary.  Rock n Roll Festival Wednesday the 25th to Sunday the 29th of November.  Win a 1965 Ford Mustang, Harley-Davidson Motorcycle, Ford T Bucket OR $10,000 cash.  Bands, Hot Rods, Classic Cars and Caravans, Motorbikes, Nostalgia Fair, Hop Idol, Retro Pin Up Show, Nostaligia Surf Fest.  Whangamata NZ.

Thames St John OpShop

Located on Pahau Street, are asking for some community help.  They're hunting for donations for kitchen bits/accessories, brick a brac and some smaller furniture items like bedside tables, coffee tables etc.

OceanaGold & GO Waihi Warm Up Party

Repco Beach Hop Wednesday 25 November 2020, Seddon Street.

As the Warm Up Party is about Hot Rods and Custom Cars we want you to take part in a Street Hot Rod Drag Race dressed in your best garb driving your favourite Cardboard Model Hot Rod. Organise a team of three, the teams can be mixed male:female. Get creative with your cardboard car and get to the starting line.  To get started, view this tutorial.

• Modify the looks, colours and style to suit your team. One car per team.

• Join in the drag race with a difference and enjoy the thrill of Waihi’s best street party.

If you’d like to improve your workplace engagement, then this will be one of Waihi’s greatest offerings for a Team Building exercise. Get your Pit Crew and your Drivers sorted, and we will see you at the starting line.

Contact GO Waihi for further details -

Paeroa Promotions Op Shop

Paeroa Promotions Op Shop, supporting our community, 24 Hughhenden Street, Paeroa.  Open Monday to Friday 9 till 3, Saturday 9 to midday.  Volunteers are needed please, more hands make light work as they say.  Donations excepted.  All money raised goes back into the local community, ALL money.  Please support this wonderful non-for-profit organisation by buying, volunteering or donating good.

Bring the kids along to the old railway station to see Thomas the Tank engine and friends at the Te Aroha Miniature and Model Railway - Open from 10 till 2 on Sunday.

Turua Hall Monthly Market; Every 3rd Sunday of the month 9-1pm.  Next one is Sunday the 16th of February.  Lots of stalls, lots of goodies new and old. Christmas shopping with crafts and more.  $10 per stall.  To book contact:  Betty 0276967644, Paula 0211323247, Susan 0279218116.

Coromandel Market Hub is now open with a variety of crafts, clothing, jewellery and more, in the old Super Market building top end of town.  

Waikato Regional Council has a great app, MarineMate, that you can download for free.  It has local boating rules for the whole country, tide times, weather forecasts and boat ramp locations. and

The Hauraki District Council are accepting old mobile phones at their Paeroa, Waihi and Ngatea offices, regardless of condition, make or model, to pass on to the Re-Mobile Phone Recycling Scheme.  Proceeds are donated to Sustainable Coastlines who work towards beautiful beaches and healthy waters.


Passonate about whānau wellbeing? 

Apply for our Kaiārataki Whānau positions, with Te Whāriki Manawāhine o Hauraki Women’s Refuge. Males are welcome to apply. Ring 07 868 8475 or email for details.


Justice of the Peace

Local Justice of the Peace have a Service Desk in the Carnegie Room at the Thames Library every Thursday from 12:30 till 2:30.  Contact Barbara for more information 021 022 11371.

Mercury Bay Cancer Support Trust Bookshop

The Mercury Bay Cancer Support Trust provides a support network for individuals and families that are affected by cancer in the Whitianga and wider Mercury Bay area.
The Mercury Bay Cancer Support Trust Bookshop, 24 Albert Street, Whitianga and is run by a lovely group of local volunteers who have all personally experienced cancer, or have supported others through their cancer journey.  Please don't hesitate to call them.  Coordinators: Ruth Young - Ph: 021 363 840, Julie Oliver  - Ph: 07 8660011 or Cell: 0276871502.  Treasurer: Ann Mulcahy - Ph: 07 8660650 or Cell: 0272705387.  Bookshop Volunteer Manager: Anne Pendray - Ph: 078664737 or Cell: 0212949827.

Adult Ukulele Classes

Monday nights - 1st eight weeks of each term, 7pm - 7.45pm, Karangahake Hall
$10 per session or $70 per term.  To register or enquire: 0204 0993 582 or


The Graeme Dingle Foundation

The Graeme Dingle Foundation is passionate about supporting our young kiwis to gain the confidence they need to thrive and succeed when it comes to facing life’s obstacles.  The Foundation runs Kiwi Can, Stars, Project K and Career Navigator, which are all in-school programmes supporting our Tamariki and encouraging them to reach their potential.  Such a great cause!  If you’d like to know more about this awesome charity, head to

Rotary Club of Paeroa

The Rotary Club of Paeroa celebrated 75 years of outstanding community service.  They meet every 2nd Tuesday at 5.45pm at the L&P Cafe, and encourage locals to join them for a meal and/or as a guest speaker.

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.

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!

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. 

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.

What's happening in our Local Libraries

  •  - 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


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.

Thames RSA - now resides at the Thames Workingman's Club on Pollen Street Thames.

The Paeroa RSA and Citizens Club 

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.  

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.

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.

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.