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 Workingmen's Club

Membership renewal time is here. Thank you to those members who have already paid.  There is a good saving to the club when members renew their subs before an account is sent out.  Entertainment:  Armand & Gerri on Fri 12th of July 7.30pm, Country Sunday on Sun 14th of July 2pm, GJ’s Karaoke on Friday the 19th of July 7.30pm, Beck Armstrong on Fri 26th of July 6.30pm.  Don’t forget we have Trivia night on the first Monday of each month – get a team of 4 together & have some fun!


Mercury Bay Mercury Railway Club Show is from Thursday the 18th to Saturday 20th of July in the Whitianga Baptist Church, 112 Cook Drive.  Open 10am – 2pm daily.  GOLD COIN ENTRY FEE.  Colour competition, Railway Layouts, Static Military Models.  More details at: or contact Damon on 0273 551 650.

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.

Whitianga Scallop Festival

Now in its 14th year, the iconic Scallop Festival is one of New Zealand’s biggest seafood celebrations Saturday the 21st of September. Talented national chefs, restaurants and community groups provide delicious Scallop dishes for us to try, plus quality entertainment including live bands, seafood cooking classes and demonstrations and so much more.  Along the stunning Whitianga marina!

Whitianga Town Centre Upgrade Celebrations

The official celebrations for Whitianga Town Centre Upgrade Stage Two is Saturday the 13th of July from 11am at the new Playground on the Esplanade.  Hosted by Coromandel's More FM.

Coromandel Players

A Radio Play by the Coromandel Players is at Hauraki House Theatre for two shows only… Friday the 12th of July and Saturday the 13th of July at 7:30pm both nights.  Guaranteed laughs and a night of fun for just $20 which includes wine and nibbles.

Zespri Bay of Plenty & Coromandel Awards of Excellence

Surf Life Saving Clubs are getting set to celebrate their contribution at the Zespri Bay of Plenty & Coromandel Awards of Excellence on the 20th of July.  Lifesaving clubs involved include Waihi Beach, Whangamata, Hot Water Beach, Tairua, Onemana, Whiritoa and Pauanui. 

Swampfoxes Ranfurly Shield Game

Capacity has been increased at the Wanaka Showgrounds for the Otago v Thames Valley Ranfurly Shield game next Saturday the 13th of July.  A limited number of tickets have been released head to  or see the  Swampfoxes Facebook page. 

Goldrush Rally of Coromandel

Goldrush Rally of Coromandel 16th and 17th of August, 70 cars are expected to take part in round five of the New Zealand Rally Championship.  For children, there is a colouring competition for you to win a ride to school in a rally car.  Download and print the drawing under the WIN section at, colour it in and drop it to the Mercury Bay Informer by noon on Thursday the 15th of August. The winner will be announced live on Coromandel’s More FM Friday morning.  

Friday the rally cars will be conducting a reconnaissance of the stage routes. The vehicles will be clearly marked and travel in a convoy.  Then the fun revs up Friday evening with a street party on Albert Street from 4 till 7:30, there are food stalls, but not forgetting our restaurant, bars and takeaways will be open too, late night shopping and meet and greet sessions with the drivers.   

Rally headquarters is at Mercury Bay Multisports Park on Moewai Park Road, on Saturday you can cruise along and visit the rally pits.  Saturday afternoon from 4:30, check out the ITM Kopu Super Special Stages on Moewai Rd, Abrahamson and Dakato Drive.  The rally racing takes place through Saturday on four routes, with the finish at Blacksmith Lane, which will be closed from Albert St to the Esplanade from 4 till 8.  For a full list of road closures and timings for the Goldrush Rally of Coromandel see the Rally NZ or TCDC’s websites.  

Waihi Beach Wearable Arts & Arty Bra Show

Open for entries for the upcoming Waihi Beach Wearable Arts & Arty Bra Show, 
Saturday August the 31st, a charity fundraiser that combines comedy with the arts.  The new event categories are Kiwi as/Aotearoa, Recycled and Steampunk, and the Arty Bras.  The charity receiving the funds this year is Cansurf. This charity provides a fun and adventure filled weekend for kids living with cancer. Can surf has been held at Waihi Beach for a number of years.  MC Crystal Chandelier is hosting this event, DJ Alleykat providing sound and music. Alleykat is also known as Al Sorley, one of the producers of the colourful Sundaise Festival and a very well known DJ.  The application form is able to be downloaded from the Facebook page: waihibeachwearablearts.  Its only $20 to enter!


The Secret Circus

Friday 12 July, 8pm - 11pm, Upstairs Downstairs, 84 Normanby Rd, Paeroa
Roll up! Roll up!  The Secret Circus are so excited for their first show in New Zealand!
Featuring an incredible line up including burlesque, circus performers, comedy, music, spoken word and so much more!  
Tickets available now:

Free Independent Hearing Advice with Hearing Therapist Sue Jennings

Wednesday 10 July, Paeroa Co-Operating Parish, for an appointment please call: 0800 008 011
*Hearing evaluations *Practical guidance with hearing loss *Tinnitus information & management
*Assistive technology *Referral to other services if required *How to live well with hearing loss
These clinics are funded by M.o.H and are open to all citizens of Aotearoa over 16 years

Mid-Winter Christmas Party… A Karangahake Hall Fundraiser

Saturday 13 July 2019, 7pm, Karangahake Hall.  Tickets: $40, includes 2 course meal, glass of mulled wine, and live entertainment.  Dress up in your best Christmas outfit.  Tickets available from Arkwright Antiques & the Paeroa Info Hub or phone: 022 5490 162

Paeroa BA5

Wednesday 17 July, 5.30pm, Advance Insurance Services, 40 Belmont Rd, Paeroa
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 call Jo: 07 862 6999 or text: 027 605 1858

Housie & Hotpot - A Karangahake School Fundraiser

Friday 26 July, Karangahake Hall, dinner from 6pm, housie from 7pm.  Adult: $20 includes game cards and hotpot meal.  Child: $10 includes game cards and hotdog meal.  Family: $50 2 adults, 2 children.  Non-alcoholic beverages for sale, eftpos available.  Tickets available now from the Paeroa Info Hub & the School office
No Door Sales - numbers are limited  


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

Ilume Festival Coromandel Town

May 29, 30, 31st 2020.  Coromandel Illume Festival - Light : Stories : Wonder
The Illume festival takes a break this year.  Returning in 2020 combined with the 200 year anniversary celebration, ​of the arrival of the H.M.S. Coromandel.  
A free family festival, with live music, projections, street performers, lights, great food, fun and laughter.

Ngatea Hunting and Fishing Club

Postponed to Friday the 16th and Saturday the 17th of August…
Ngatea Hunting and Fishing Club’s Open Fishing Competition apologise for the inconvenience, but unfortunately this weekends Fishing Comp has had to be postponed due to the extreme weather that has been forecast to hit.  The new dates are going to be Friday 16th and Saturday 17th August - more information will be coming out soon. We will be giving refunds if you wish or we can carry over your tickets for the new date, please let us know what you would like to do.  Email for more information.

Thames MAD

Tickets on sale now...Thames Music and Drama’s ‘Tails of Hamelin’ is a musical based on the story of the Pied Piper, to the 6th of July at the Thames War Memorial Civic Centre.  Visit for details and to buy your tickets.

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.


What's on in the Back Room - Lotus Realm, Grahamstown, Thames

  - SUNDAY 14th JULY  3pm Tait Kora's band 'GARH'.  The legendary Tait Kora with his band 'GARH' will play their unique fusion of funk, rock, jazz, dub for an excellent Sunday groove in the intimate Back Room performance space behind the Music Shop.  Tickets $20 from Lotus Realm 07 868 5341

 - SUNDAY 28th JULY 3pm KOKOMO, NZ Blues Band Tickets $25 online from Eventfinda and at Lotus Realm 0 868 5341  Blues 'n' roots favourites Kokomo have a new album - Sunset Claws - and are itching to get on the road again. And it's been a long time since they visited Thames. With a full six-piece band, Kokomo will present a bunch of new songs along with favourites from through the years, from old Delta blues to the band's own. This is a small venue and numbers are strictly limited - get in quick! 



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:


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. 

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.


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 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

  •  - 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.

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

The Paeroa RSA and Citizens Club presents…Gerry Lee

Saturday 20 July, 7pm - 11pm, Paeroa RSA
$10 door charge, all welcome


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.

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.