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 firstname.lastname@example.org, call us on (07) 901 0100 or drop them up to us at 418 Pollen Street, Thames.
The Women of Empire Exhibition
The Women of Empire Exhibition – The Homecoming, is the only exhibition of it’s kind in the world and tells the story of the women who achieved incredible things at war and on the home front during World War One. It's at the Thames War Memorial Civic Centre till Sunday the 18th of November. Tickets at Eventfinda or Thames I Site. $10 for adults $5 children
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.
Christmas in Thames 2018
Christmas Fun Day Saturday December 8th.
The inaugural Christmas Chalk Art on Pollen Street Competition. Cast your vote in the people’s choice award.
9am will be Snowdonia, a fantastical life size snowy white Santa’s home set up for children to decorate.
1pm. Entrants to line up from midday onwards. Leaving from southern end of Pollen Street. Entry forms from GBD. Best Business/Retail Float. Best School/Church/Youth Group Best Community/Service/Sports Group. Sponsors: Totally Thames, Coromandel's MoreFM, Breeze & Hauraki Herald. The final stop is at the St James Church, here there will be a prize giving for the Christmas Chalk art and the floats in the parade.
Christmas Wonderland Windows on Pollen Street, every night through the festive period. These displays are from the collection previously shown at the Civic Centre. With the support of Nicky Fisher of Christmas Wonderland, the lighting displays will be installed in the shop windows. Calling all retailers who would like to participate.
Two Late Night Shopping opportunities. Thursday December 20th and Friday December 21st with fun activities to entertain the children too! There will be “crafty children’s stations” and ‘bases for games”.
The Wonderland Windows Competition for those keen to find Santa’s missing reindeer, hiding in the wonderland displays.
Local groups will be preforming Christmas Carols at some opportune times
Contact Rachael Cheeseman Email: email@example.com
Art Exhibition Coromandel Town
Art Exhibition - portion of the proceeds going to the S.P.C.A. Artists- Richard de Pomare Chrisp & Uli Von Christoffersen. Featuring- paintings of the Coromandel and sculptures made of Coromandel clay. Until November 25th - 11am til 6 pm Daily. Location Villa Uli 130 Pagitt St Coromandel town. Ph 07 8668477
Transition Town Thames would like to remind people that when you use at Boomerang Bag to please remember to return them the next time your passing. Also there are workshops for making the Bags ....next one is Tuesday the 6th of November 2pm Thames High school sewing room no experience needed just bring yourself.
With the Thames RSA now at the Thames Workingmen’s Club… there is a call for all the RSA artefacts and memorabilia to be brought together for a display. Things like the brass shell case with the SAS crest on it that hung above the bar area at the Thames RSA on Queen Street, also some original paintings of WW2 aircraft, along with medal collections etc. Please drop items to theWorkies, Thames Police Station, hortland Court Motel or phone 868 9292 for collection.
Pink Caravan Thames
Visit the Pink Caravan – all welcome! Wednesday 14TH November - Outside Thames Community Link 646 Pollen Street. Thursday 15th November - The Warehouse Thames. BCFNZ Pink Caravan nurses offer women a hands-on way to learn what they should be feeling for when self-checking. The caravan also has visual displays of breast cancer symptoms that most women won’t have seen before. Men are welcome to come and learn and take information home to the women in their lives - and to understand that men can get breast cancer too.
Dianne Swann | Pink Caravan Manager, Breast Cancer Foundation NZ, https://www.breastcancerfoundation.org.nz
Whangamata Lions Club Christmas Parade
Whangamata Lions Club's Christmas Parade, 8th December at 3pm, a challenge to all businesses, groups, clubs and organisations to put in a float this year, let’s make it the biggest ever. Entry forms and rules are from Coastal News Office and Info Plus, entry is FREE.
Christmas Toy Appeal 2018
Unwrapped gifts can now be dropped into the Paeroa Information Hub. These gifts will be distributed throughout our community to children in need by the combined Churches of Paeroa.
Thames Twilight Golf Wednesday from 4 till 6pm. Members $7, non-members $12. Playing 9 holes on the flat. Meals available, lot's of prizes, phone 07 868 9062 for more information.
Make Your Day Events and Steps for Reid Comedy Night
An Epic Comedy Line Up for a Great Cause Top New Zealand Comedians Saturday November the 17th 7:30 at the Thames Civic Centre. Including James Roque, Jamaine Ross, Lana Walters, Sera Devcich and last but not least: Headline Act: Pax Assadi. Cash Bar available, no eftpos available. 18+ Event! Hosted by Make Your Day Events with all proceeds to Steps for Reid- raising funds for Reid Lovett, a 3 year old boy with Cerebral Palsy. Donations are also most welcome. Reid's Give a little page is https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/steps-for-reid/donations
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!
Paeroa to Thames Fun Run
An all abilities event to raise for funds for Reid Lovett, a 3 year old boy with Cerebral Palsy. Taking place on the Hauraki Rail Trail Sunday the 25th of November. Starting in Paeroa and ending at The Fitness Co-Op at Rhodes Park, Thames. Approx 30km of running/walking or wheeling as an individual on in a relay. Sign up at www.paeroatothamesfunrun.co.nz A great fun day out for everybody for a great cause. You can see Reid's give a little page for his journey and Steps for Reid Facebook page. https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/steps-for-reid Marshal/Volunteers and Sponsorship are always welcomed so if you can't participate in the event itself but wish to assist please get in contact with the team.
Repco Beach Hop 19
www.beachhop.co.nz The Festival dates are 27th - 31st March 2019. Thanks to the support of Beach Hops sponsors, there’s a 1967 Ford Galaxie as the major prize and promo vehicle. It was imported from the USA last November. The 2 door Coupe runs a 3 9 0 V8 engine with automatic transmission.
The LMM Network
Every Friday The LMM Network artists perform at The Rocker Box, Pollen Street Thamse.
BnB 4 Bands Concert on the Deck, Saturday 23rd of November, 11am till 5pm. BnB 4 Bands and The LMM Network. 94A Martray Road, Tahawai, KatiKati RD3
Hikuai School Fundraiser
"THE GREAT OUTDOORS and BACH LIFE EXPO", Saturday December 29th at Kennedy Park in Pauanui from 9am until 4p.m. 100 exhibitors, including Danske Mobler Outdoor settings, Family Boats, plus dozens of food outlets. All proceeds to the Hikuai School.
500 Card Game
500 Card Game every Wednesday from 1pm, raffle and prizes, refreshments available. Open to anyone who can play 500. Thames Tennis Club Brown Street. Contact Peter 868 8058 for morning soon...
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.
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.
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. 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.
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
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.
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
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. 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…
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!
- Volunteers are needed for 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.
- Youth Pride Hauraki YPH Hangout Sessions for all LGBTQ youth are one Sunday a month from 2:30 till 4:30pm. 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 the Youth Centre on 07 8686110 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
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
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.
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 email@example.com Cliff – 027 480 5454 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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.