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08 November 2018

This weekend there are Armistice Day commemorations happening across the Coromandel (details further below). Armistice Day remembers the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918 the First World War finally came to an end. The 100th anniversary of the Armistice this year, let's us remember the loss, conflict, and peace of the First World War.

Also this week the  Thames Steampunk Festival is rocking our region. The festival programme includes steampunk balls, a banquet and burlesque nights, as well as exhibitions and concerts.Click here for the full 2018 programme.

The 2019 Thames Steampunk Calendars are on sale for only $10 each. Sue Clark, one of the Steampunk the Thames committee came up with the concept and Leanne Grinder worked with her to stage the photo shoots, photography Delwyn Barnett and editing by Delwyn and John Sprague.
You can buy them at the following shops in Thames.

  • Carson’s Bookshop
  • Read Bros Hardware
  • Walter & Co hairdressing
  • GBD
  • Pop up Shop at Imperial Hotel
  • Steampunk markets over the weekend

8 - 11 November

The Thames Steampunk Festival rocks our region’s biggest town every November. The festival programme includes steampunk balls, a banquet and burlesque nights, as well as exhibitions and concerts. Featured this week:

Steampunk Meet & Greet

Thursday 8th November, from 4pm, The Boilerhouse Brewery, 300 Cochrane Street, Thames.

Call in and meet fellow Steampunk enthusiasts. A casual social occasion with local Steampunkers on hand to explain what's on over the festival weekend and show you where venues are located . All welcome.

Click here for more information. 


10.30am – Gather at RSA, Cochrane Street for a free return shuttle service to the Thames War Memorial Monument on Waiotahi Road. Please note there will be no room for cars at the Monument.

11.00am – Armistice service, followed by light refreshments at the Thames RSA.

The international exhibition Women of Empire – The Homecoming is open on Sunday 11 November from 10am – 4pm at the Civic Centre $10 entry fee. The exhibition runs until 18 November. Check times at

Mercury Bay

10.55am - Gather at Soldiers Memorial Park (Albert Street).

11.00am – Armistice service, followed by the Mercury Bay RSA's 90th birthday celebrations.


10.30am - Assemble at Le Quesnoy Memorial Reserve (located opposite the entrance to Moana House rest home as you come into Whangamata from Hikuai).

11.00 am – Armistice service, followed by light refreshments at the Whangamata RSA.


Honoured with a static display of white crosses in the Tairua town centre and at 11am on Armistice Day the Tairua Fire Brigade will sound their siren in recognition of those who served.

"The Trumpet Guy" at the Thames Working Man's Club. The meal and show is purchased from the club for $50, this is a fundraiser for the RSA.

For more information visit their wesbsite.

Tairua Trail and Tides

To enter see Simply Timings website.

NZ Trio 

NZ Trio are performing at the Morcom Residence, Cooks Beach on Saturday 10 November.

NZ Trio bring a fresh and approachable style to classical music, appealing to listeners from all walks of life.

Click here for more information.

For more information visit their website. 

Flow Arts Workshop

Friday 16 November - Sunday 18 November Mahamudra Centre for Universal Unity, 2183 Main Road, Colville, Coromandel.

Click here for tickets and more information.

For tickets and more information click here.

Coromandel Tracks and Trails Forum

Tuesday 20 November, Thames Civic Centre.

What’s out there now, what’s being planned and what help do you need.

8.30am – 4pm
4pm – 5pm Jolly Bikes local attraction ride (optional).

For more information email Marlene.

Arts on Tour

Seven Deadly Stunts

Thursday 22 November 7pm, Whitianga Town Hall.
What drives someone to walk on broken glass, swallow fire or juggle a chainsaw? In Seven Deadly Stunts, married couple  David Ladderman and Lizzie Tollemache celebrate seven of the most notorious stunts in carnie history, along with the stories of how and why they exist. The couple will put their bodies - and their marriage - on the line. Performing each of the seven stunts live requires total trust.

Click here for tickets and more information.

Pauanui Christmas Home Wander

Saturday 24 November 

A day not to be missed. Stunning homes, Christmas flavour, Devonshire Tea, all for Look Good Feel Better, supporting cancer patients.

For further information see Pauanui Christmas Home Wander on facebook.

Paeroa to Thames Fun Run/Walk

Sunday 25 November, 7am-3pm,101 Normanby Road Paeroa.

For tickets and more information click here.

Annual Patronal Festival

Sunday 25 November, 10am, Christ Church Coromandel,180 Tiki Road.

The added importance this year is that they will be dedicating a plaque in memory of The Rev’d Doreen Simpson late of this parish.  In this 125th year anniversary of Women’s Suffrage, Doreen was the first ordained woman on the Peninsula and although licensed by the Bishop to the then Vicar of Thames, she had care of Christ Church Coromandel. 

For more information email Philip Sallis

For tickets and more information click here.


Coroglen Tavern

Saturday 1 December 

Donavon  Frankenreiter  will bring  his  honey-thick  vocals,  masterful  guitar  work  and  newest album “The Heart” to the Coromandel Peninsula for one night only.

Known and loved for his positive outlook and easy folk sounds, Donavon Frankenreiter started his professional life first as a surfer, before launching his solo music career as the protégé of Jack Johnson.   

For ticketing information see Eventfinda.

For more information email Rachael Cheeseman.

Visiti The Coroglen Facebook Page for more information. 

Click here for tickets and more information.

Fat Freddy's Drop

Monday 7 January 2019 at Thames Racecourse.

Freddy’s annual summer roady around New Zealand in Jan 2019 gets a super-charged tune up with the addition of some incredible tour bus buddies; DJ legend Norman Jay MBE direct from London plus local super stars Ladi6, Salmonella Dub featuring Tiki Taane, The Black Seeds and Troy Kingi with more to be announced. With fresh tour destinations added to the menu, Freddy's are about to serve up one massive summer tour.

For ticketing information see Ticketmaster.

Whitianga Summer Concert 

Sunday 27 January 2019 (Auckland Anniversary Weekend) at Whitianga Waterways Arena.

Another sizzling hot summer of music will be hitting our shores in January with Greenstone Entertainment announcing its line-up of four international acts for the annual Summer Concert Tour.

See the Greenstone Entertainment website for further details.  

Leadfoot Festival  

2 and 3 February 2019

The Leadfoot Festival is a unique weekend bringing together a mix of classic cars, vintage motorcycles and motorsport legends. Tickets are offered to the general public with an invitation to Rod and Shelly Millen’s private grounds at Leadfoot Ranch. The 150 acre, ocean-front estate in Hahei on the beautiful Coromandel Peninsula features a long driveway that winds through the property designed to be the perfect hill climb.  

For ticketing information see Leadfoot Festival's website.

Tuia 250 Encounters

In 2019, New Zealand will mark 250 years since the first meetings between Māori and Europeans during James Cook and the Endeavour's 1769 voyage to Aotearoa New Zealand. A national commemoration, Tuia – Encounters 250, will acknowledge this pivotal moment in our nation’s history as well as the exceptional feats of Pacific voyagers who reached and settled in Aotearoa many years earlier.

For information on how you can be involved see Ministry of Culture and Heritage website or Mercury 250 website.

Farmers Market 

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 a collection of stalls and produce right by the harbour next to the one-lane bridge on the Tairua Main Road from 9am -1pm.

Coromandel Town Homegrown Community Market - Every Friday morning on Wharf Road beside the BNZ bank you will find an array of local, homegrown produce and crafts for sale. 

Whangamata Sunday Market  - Held in the heart of the Whangamata township in the Council carpark on Port Rd from 9am - 1pm, selling goods from arts and crafts to produce. See here for further details.

Coroglen market

Every Sunday 9am-1pm 

Coroglen Hall 

Whitianga Art Craft and Farmers Market

Soldiers Memorial Park from 8am.

For more information on the Art Market contact Marle Ward on 07 866 0204 or 021 0241 9368

Toddler Time 

Every Thursday during term at 9.30am.


Tairua Library after school club


Book Club

Friday 2 November, 10.30am. 

Friday 7 December, 10.30 am.

For more information on the Thames-Coromandel District Librarie events please visit the Thames Coromandel District Libraries Facebook page