The Peninsula Diary

Coromandel

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 FILL OUT THIS FORM, email coromandel@morefm.co.nz, call us on (07) 901 0100 or drop them up to us at 418 Pollen Street, Thames.

Pohutukawa Coast Artisan Market

Pohutukawa Coast Artisan Market, Friday's 4pm, 7th Feb, 13th Mar, 10th Apr at Waiomu Thames Coast.  Support local at the Artisan Market under the Pohutukawa Trees.  Art, Crafts, Produce, music and more.
In conjunction with Waiomu Beach Cafe #supportlocal@pohutukawamarket

 

Rotary Paeroa V8 & Motorcycle Show and Swap Meet

29th of February at the Paeroa Domain, gates open at 8am, $10 adults, uner 15 free.  Live Entertainment, Food, Bar, Stalls.  021 936 450 or enquiries@paeroa.org.nz for stalls.  Proudly supported by Longridge Country Estate, Hauraki District Council, Mothers Polishes Waxes Cleaners, Direct Line Freight.

FREE 2020 Child Restraint Checks thanks to Coromandel's More FM, TCDC, HDC, MPDC, Baby on the Move Hamilton and Ruben the Road Safety Bear.  Checking your capsule, restraint or booster are correctly fitted.  Answering any child restaint questions you may have, no need to book, just turn up with or without your children, friendly helpful check to help keep all of our children/tamariki safe.  

Thu 30th Jan, 9 to 11am, Sports Centre Carpark, Moewai Park Road, Whitianga 

 Wed 12th Feb, 9 to 11am, Baptist Church Carpark, Gilmour Street, Waihi

Wed 19th Feb, 9 to 11am, RSA Carpark, Port Road, Whangamata 

Thu 20th Feb, 9 to 11am, Bible Church Carpark, Maura Street, Matamata

Wed 4th Mar, 9 to 11am, Hauraki House back carpark, Kapanga Road, Coromandel Town

Wed 18th Mar, 9 to 11am, Knox Presbyterian Church Carpark, Canada Street, Morrinsville

Wed 25th Mar, 9 to 11am, Community Hall Carpark, Tairua

Thu 26th Mar, 9 to 11, Netball Club Carpark, Spur Street, Te Aroha

Smart Marine Nauti Girls

Smart Marine Nauti Girls with Whangamata Ocean Sports Club, Saturday February the 8th.  $45 to enter, over $55,000 in prizes.  The largest ladies only fishing competition in New Zealand...probably.  www.oceansports.co.nz

Kiwi Avoidance Training

The Department of Conservation and Thames Coast Kiwi Care are promoting free kiwi avoidance training for dogs to help keep our kiwi safe over summer.  The next KAT training is Saturday the 1st of February in Te Mata.  Phone DOC on 07 867 9080 to book in your dog.

Bricks by the Beach

Bricks by the Beach, Friday the 7th of Feb 3 to 8pm and Saturday the 8th of Feb 9am to 5pm.  Whangamata Area School, entry is $4 per person, under 3's free.  Come along and see some of New Zealand's Epic LEGO Creations and amzing LEGO models made by 'The Brickman' from LEGO Masters Australia.

Pauanui Half Marathon 2020

Saturday the 21st of March, 5km, 10km and 21km.  Thanks to sponsors Harcourts Pauanui, Pauanui Waterways and Experience Pauanui.  www.pauanuihalfmarathon.co.nz for more details.

Thames Museum

Thames Museum, has 2 new displays for you to look at, one is the 3p's - Printing Photography and Projection, the other is a look back in time.

Whangamata Farmers Market

Whangamata Farmers Market is every second Sunday, stalls, food trucks, live music, kids face painting. All down by the beach at Island View Reserve.  weekendevents.co.nz or contact Jaime on 021 0880 2521

Thames Art Gallery

Thames Art Gallery Tararu have a Summer Exhibition 10 till 4 daily till July, Paintings, Ceramics, Woodwork, Mosaics, Felt Work, Unique Gifts and more.  Brought to you by the Thames Society of Arts INC.
 
Bring the kids along to the old railway station to see Thomas the Tank engine and friends at the Te Aroha Miniature and Model Railway - Open from 10 till 2 on Sunday.
 
Turua Hall Monthly Market; Every 3rd Sunday of the month 9-1pm.  Lots of stalls, lots of goodies new and old. Christmas shopping with crafts and more.  $10 per stall.  To book contact:  Betty 0276967644, Paula 0211323247, Susan 0279218116.

Pauanui's Summer Series events, purchase the offical Summer Series Booklet from the Club or Information Centre.  Hope to see you around the Pauanui Club this upcoming holiday season and summer!

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

The Back Room, Lotus Realm, Grahamstown Thames.  NOW ON:  Exhibition of NEW small-scale work from Grahamstown's own Missing Toy Collective "Anonymous Bosh & Twisted Vistas". Small size, small prices, big ideas.  NOW OPEN: Battson's Booth (beyond the Back Room), featuring special teas in fancy tins (books, clocks and WORKING MUSIC BOXES!) for sale and also some light refreshments available. Pop in, sit down, and check out our homage to the slice of history that is the Battson Plumbers building.  

Summer Yoga at Kuaotunu Hall from now until the 31st of March 2020, a variety of classes running 6 days a week.  See www.kuaotunuhall.co.nz/calendar for details, timetable , pop-up classes, workshops and more.

Formula One great Mark Webber will be attending this year’s Leadfoot festival on February 8th & 9th in Hahei. Leadfoot Festival was established in 2011 by Kiwi motorsport great Rod Millen and wife Shelly.  They've seen some big names in the past, including the likes of Kiwi Scott Dixon.

Ryan Fox, NZ’s top male pro golfer will host a fishing & golf festival at Waihi Beach in March.  Guests pay to be teamed up with well-known sportspeople and proceeds divided between the beach’s Coastguard and Lifeguard Services. 24 teams of 4 will be able to enter the event.

Repco Beach Hop’s 20th Anniversary is from the 25th to the 29th of March 2020.  beach hop dot co dot nz

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

Wander Dogs Summer Series is making a welcome return to the Western Bay District summer calendar.  The Council’s series features eight fun run or walks between November and April – stopping in at locations including Waihi Beach’s Anzac Bay, the walks give the District’s 9600 registered dog owners the chance to get out and about with their pooches in a safe, friendly and social environment.  Saturday, 29 February, 2020Anzac Bay, Waihi Beach

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

 

Passonate about whānau wellbeing? 

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

 

Justice of the Peace

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

Mercury Bay Cancer Support Trust Bookshop

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

Adult Ukulele Classes

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

 

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 dinglefoundation.org.nz.

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.  http://www.illumefest.co.nz/

Rotary Club of Paeroa

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

Thames Croquet Club

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

SPCA Op Shop Thames

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

Paeroa Indoor Bowls

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

Citizens Advice Bureau Paeroa!

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

Old Thames Girls

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

Volunteering Waikato

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

What's happening in our Local Libraries

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

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

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

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

  

Your local RSA

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

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

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

The Paeroa RSA and Citizens Club 

Paeroa Badminton Club

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

Thames Museum need YOU!

Thames Museum on the corner of Pollen and Cochrane Streets need more volunteers.  Join our friendly, dedicated team to help keep the rich history of Thames alive.  3 hours a month, call Barbara for more details 868 2116.  

Drug and Alcohol Programmes at the Manaaki Centre

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

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

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

Playcentre

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 playcentre.org.nz or just pop in!  Playcentre caters to the needs of every age from infant to 6 years old.  Playcentre is a family run environment where parent's can play and learn alongside their children.  There are centres in Paeroa, Waihi, Waihi Beach, Ngatea, Turua, Thames, Whitianga, Whangamata, Coromandel, Tairua.  Sarah Rawnsley, Paeroa Playcentre President, 027 515 5705.

Thames Hospice Shop

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

Boomerang Bags

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

Thames Birthing Unit

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

The LMM Network

Every Friday The LMM Network artists perform at The Rocker Box, Pollen Street Thames.   http://Lathompson.co.nz

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 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.

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…

Thames Youth Centre

 Thames Youth Centre, Embracing Youth Vision.  All enquiries contact the Youth Centre on 07 8686110 or email thamesyouthcentre@gmail.co.nz

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: 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'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.

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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 6-8pm 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, 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 07-864 7166. 

 

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