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 coromandel@morefm.co.nz, call us on (07) 901 0100, drop them up to us at 418, Pollen Street or to any Richardson's Real Estate Branch.

Pick It Up Now

Keep September 15th Free!  It is going to be MEGA!  Help celebrate Keep NZ Beautiful Clean Up Week...Thames Clean Up!  TCDC has come on board again, and you will get given a half sized blue refuse bag that you can just leave out on the kirbside when you have finished so you don't have to return to a delegated place to get rid of your rubbish if you don't want to.  We are getting amazing response for sponsorship of prizes for our big Thames Clean Up on the 15th September.
If you are lucky enough to find a 'Golden Ticket' which are numbered gold stones that will be planted around town, then you could win one of the following to name a few:

Coffee voucher and reusable cup from Coco Coffee Bar
Food covers from Rinse and Repeat
Voucher from Rustic Printz
Kapiti Cheese Pack by Fonterra
Rice Cooker from Noel Leeming
Coffee voucher - Sola cafe
Gift Voucher - Thames Organic Shop
Wheelie bin subscriptions - Coastal Bins
Kids Fingerless Gloves- Zee Zee Merino New Zealand

FREE workshop for Women in Business

A FREE workshop for Women in Business in Whitianga on Sunday 9 September - all trades, all walks, all welcome but must be self employed and ready to learn, to grow and create change with themselves and their business.  NOW is the time for all our wickedly talented  women of the Coromandel  on board with improving your business.  Contact Leanne Adams for more information, 021 2579 249.  www.leanneadams.com  personalpowercoachnz@gmail.com

Business After 5 Meeting (BA5) 

Wednesday 19 September, 5.30pm, Frank's Sausages (venue to be confirmed)
All Paeroa & Hauraki business owners and/or their representatives are very welcome to join us. Attending a BA5 is a great way to find out more about what's happening in local business and the networking opportunities are invaluable.
For more information, please message Positive Paeroa or call Jo on 07 862 6999

Paeroa Rotary Vintage & Classic Car Show

Friday 14 SeptemberSilent Movies at the Paeroa Little Theatre
Featuring Buster Keaton's Go West, $20 per person
Tickets available now from Positive Paeroa and Arkwrights Antiques
Saturday 15 SeptemberVintage & Classic Car Show 
10.30am: Vintage and Classic Cars form up in Taylor Ave for the Parade 
11.00am: Parade through the Main Street. 
11.30am: Car Display, Costume Judging
12.30pm: Prize-giving
1.30pm: Military Firepower Display
2pm: Car Rally – Mystery Fun Run
Saturday evening Live Music at The Refinery - details to come
Sunday 16 September: Antiques Roadshow at The Refinery, 11am - 2pm
Bring all your collectables to be valued: $2 per item or 3 items for $5. 11am Street Parade 

Goldfields School Annual Quiz Night - Movie Magic

Friday 7 September, 6.30pm, Paeroa Memorial Hall.  $60 per team - maximum 6 per team.  *Best dressed team *Spot prizes *Raffles *Gifts galore.  To register you team: 07 862 7172 or office@gfs.school.nz

Karangahake School Bake Sale

Friday 7 September, 9am onwards, outside ANZ Paeroa

Daffodil Day Street Stall

Friday 31 August, 9am.  *Cake Stall *BBQ *Raffles.  Available in branch now - teddy bears $10, pens $2.  Donations of goods for the upcoming grocery raffle and bake sale held by the ANZ Bank can be dropped off anytime at the Paeroa branch

Paeroa Promotions Trust AGM

Thursday 30 August, 3 Opotito Rd Paeroa, 6.30pm.  All welcome

 

Daffodil Day Luncheon

Thursday 30 August, 12 noon, Paeroa RSA.  $10 for lunch, sales table and raffles also available.  Please RSVP by 27 August to Margret: 07 862 7266 or Carol: 07 862 6651

 

 

Miller Avenue School Book Fair

25 - 26 August, 10am - 4pm daily, St John Hall.  *Books *Games *Jigsaws *DVDs *Records.  Fund-raising for their Wellington trip

 

 

Paeroa Country Music Club

Saturday 25 August, 12.30pm, Paeroa Bible Chapel.  Guest Artist: Kylie Austin
$3 members, $5 non-members.  All welcome

 

 

Paeroa Blue Light Street Stall

Friday 24 August, 9am onwards, Mussel fritters & chowder, bacon & egg butties & sausage sizzle.  What a delicious way to support local youth!

 

 

Writer's Group - Are You Interested?

Wednesday 22 August, 1pm, Paeroa Library meeting room
This meeting is to gauge community interest in establishing a writer's group
For more information please contact Glenys: 07 862 6002 or 020 425 0244
All welcome

 

Apprentice Study Sessions

Monday evenings, 6pm - 8pm, Paeroa College - B Block
This is for anyone currently in an apprenticeship who might benefit from working alongside others also in apprenticeships when working on their book work.  There will be local business owners available on the night to encourage and support.  No need to book, just turn up!  All trade apprentices welcome.

 

Thames Air Cadets Recruitment Evening

Our mission is to develop confident, responsible young citizens who are valued within their community by providing them, within a military framework, safe, enjoyable and challenging opportunities. For youth year 8 and upward. Come down to the Thames Airfield on Ngati Maru Highway from 6.45pm on Wednesday 22nd August and see what we're all about. Bring your parents and your friends, play some games, find out more about what we do and how you can get involved.

 

FREE Seminar Coromandel Town

Your Sounding Board are holding a FREE Seminar to help you to make more money from your business.  Hear from Health and Safety Guru Jim Pope, Insurance expert Shane Dinneed and Profit Strategist Graham Hawkes for a two hour seminar Thursday the 30th of August at Pepper Tree Restaurant.  10 till 12, followed by a light lunch.  To register go to https://www.yoursoundingboard.co.nz/ and click on the 'Seminar' button or call Graham Hawkes on 021 395 122

Thames Aglow 40th Birthday

Thames Aglow 40th Birthday is Friday the 31st of August 10 till noon, shared lunch to follow, 5th Friday this month, celebrate and hear from Jeanette Wood New Zealand President of Aglow, Thames Baptist Centre Mary Street.

 

Thames Community Cancer Support Inc. Charity Golf Tournament

The Thames Community Cancer Support Inc. Charity Golf Tournament is Thursday the 23rd of August.  2 Tee start 18 holes $25 entry fee, 10am to 11:30am, 9 holes $15 entry fee, 11:30am to midday.  Handicap Open, entry fee includes light lunch, baking auction at the end of play.  Entries to Brenda at the Thames Golf Shop, 07 868 9062.  Proudly supported by Coromandel's More FM 97.2 and the Thames Golf Club.   

FREE 2018 Driver Refresher Course

FREE 2018 Driver Refresher Courses is a 60+ classroom workshop covering road rules and defensive driving tips, intersection and roundabout rules, prescription drugs and driving and rural and urban driving.  Fri 17th Aug Paeroa St John 9:15am to 1pm.  Wed 22nd Aug Hauraki Plains Co-Operating Parish 9:15am to 1pm.  Wed 29th Aug Whangamata Baptist Church 9:15am to 1pm.  Wed 24th Oct Pauanui Community Hall 9:15am to 1pm.  Wed 31st Oct Te Aroha St John 9:15am to 1pm.  Wed 7th Nov Whitianga Community Services Trust 9:15am to 1pm.  Wed 21st Nov Thames Civic Centre 9:15am to 1pm.  Wed 28th Nov Coromandel St John 9:15am to 1pm.  Contact the TCDC for more information and to register.

 

Hauraki Plains Lioness Daffodil Day Morning

Hauraki Plains Lioness Daffodil Day Morning is Wednesday the 29th of August from 10am at the Ngatea Memorial Hall, entry $5, all proceeds to Cancer Support.  Featuring a guest speaker, quick fire raffles and a delicious morning tea.

Quizzical Tipples and Tunes

Quizzical Tipples and Tunes is a Springtime evening of quizzical fun and movie music.  Gather your friends and colleagues for an upbeat night out Saturday September the 1st from 7pm at the Whitianga Town Hall.  Tickets $50 per person or a table of 8 for $360, grab yours today from Paper Plus Whitianga.

Two positions available Thames

Te Whariki Manawahine O Hauraki have two positions available for After Hours On-Call Support Workers.  Your primary focus will be to respond to calls made after hours to our crisis line.  You will bring to the role your good listening skills, engaging phone manner and insightfulness.  Please register your interest by sending a copy of your CV to PO Box 93 Thames or email reception@hauraki.refuge.co.nz  If you have any questions please phone 07 868 8475 Monday to Friday 9 to 4.  

Building awesome whanau with Pio Terei

A free community evening for parents and caregivers...Building awesome whanau with Pio Terei is Thursday the 30th of August from 7pm at Thames High School Hall.  Presentation includes; solid foundations are made up of love and values, develop a positive atmosphere in the house, giving kids confidence and resilience to problem solve.  Children's programme available, contact https://www.theparentingplace.com/
 for more information.  This FREE event is proudly supported by Equippers Church Thames.

 

Hauraki Country Music Memorial Concert

Saturday 18th August at the Ngatea War Memorial Hall, Main Rd Ngatea, $6 Entry. 12:30pm start.  Hauraki Country Music would like to honour all those in country music who have left us too soon.  From last week, last month or last century, come and remember then through their favourite songs. Featuring Carleen Still, Dennis August, and Ukes On Fire, we have an amazing line up of singers ready to go. We will be making a donation to the Hamilton Cancer Lodge, with extra raffles and donation buckets at the ready we hope to make a difference!

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 kiapuawai.org.nz

 

Thames Book-a-rama

The Zonta Club of Thames Valley is holding it’s annual Book-a-rama fundraiser on Friday 31st August from 9am – 5pm and Saturday 1st September from 9am – 1.00pm.  Bookarama is at the St James Church Hall in Pahau St Thames.  Funds raised will be used to support initiatives such as the local education fund for women over 25 years and local community projects.  All welcome.

  

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.

Future Te Aroha

Rebekah Robertson Yells is back at Future Te Aroha!  After studying overseas and touring professionally she is back to pass on her skills and knowledge with Te Aroha’s future!  Rebekah is excited to teach acting, dance, singing & theatresports at the Centre and she would love YOU to join her!  Children, teens and adults are all catered for!  Call Future Te Aroha now on 07 884 9489 or look us up on Facebook for more info!

 

Thames Valley Tangata Ora Trust

Volunteers are needed.  Do you have Retail sales, Administration, IT or Entrepreneurial skills?  Thames Valley Tangata Ora Trust need friendly people who are happy to commit to volunteering their time regularly one or more days a week.  This job could suit someone who wants to learn new skills or would like to get back into the workforce.  Please phone 07 868 7723 or 027 383 1117.  TVTOT 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.

 

Whenuakite Country Kids

Whenuakite Country Kids is diverting waste from landfill by collecting  oral care waste, plastic food storage waste, used NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto coffee capsules and empty yoghurt pouches on behalf of the Whenuakite community through TerraCycle's national recycling programmes.  Highlighting Whenuakite Country Kids' efforts could raise awareness about sustainability and inspire locals to help reduce landfill.  Local are encouraged to drop their oral care waste, plastic food storage waste, used NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto coffee capsules and empty yoghurt pouches to Whenuakite Country Kids to be recycled.

 

Fairy Godmother's Closet

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

SPCA Thames

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

 

Underground Market Waihi

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

 

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

 

Feel Good Aerobics

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

  

Thames Youth Centre

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

 

Age Concern Thames

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

Thames ATC

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

 

Hoterini Rugby League Club

We are a family orientated club that supports fair play, healthy living and inclusion for all. Come along and meet the committee members, parents and players looking to be involved for the 2018 season.  Regular Rugby League Times:  Saturday – Training at 3pm at Rhodes Park (near clubrooms)  Sunday – Games begin at 10am.  19th August Finals Day 10am till finish.  All kids/youth fees are $35 per person, for more information, please contact:  Adam Matete (Chairman) 0274035780 or find them on Facebook

 

Thames 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

 

Boomerang Bags

Working to create an alternative to plastic bags and increase awareness of environmental pollution in Thames.  All welcome at bag making events.  For more information contact Trish 868 3220 or Nancy 868 9664.

 

Paeroa Drop In Centre

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

 

Thames Community Patrol

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

 

TYC

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 thamesyouthcentre@xtra.co.nz

 

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 thamesyouthcentre@gmail.co.nz

 

Mahamudra Centre

Full details are at: https://mahamudra.org.nz/events/ 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, http://candothames.org.nz/ 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.

 

Ongoing

 

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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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 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.

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Twilight Bowls, Hikutaia Bowling Club.  Phone 862 4800 for more information.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Mercury Bay Community Choir meets every Monday 6.00-8.00pm in Whitianga.  New members welcome so to find out more contact Suzanne on 021725343.

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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 

Follow Annah's Blog – The Life and times of Annah Stretton 

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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.

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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 madrick@xtra.co.nz
Cliff – 027 480 5454 or freedomlife@xtra.co.nz

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Turua daytime indoor bowls At the Turua Hall, every Thursday.
Names in by 9.45am, $2 entry. Bring your own lunch. All most welcome.

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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.

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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.

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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                

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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.

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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

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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.

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Mercury Bay Badminton happens every Wednesday 9.30am-11am at the Whitianga Town Hall.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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