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What's on in the Coromandel?

03 November 2017

As always the Coromandel is bustling with things to do for the whole family this week

Ignite your creative side by getting involved in the Thames Public Art Trusts Sculpture Competition, which has been launched this week.  If creativity is not your thing, make sure you get along to the public fireworks display in Whitianga, an event for the whole family celebrating the opening of the Grand Canal in the Whitianga Waterways.   

And a reminder for all of you celebrating Guy Fawkes this week, please remember to stay safe and follow the advice from our Rural Fire Officer

  • Read the instructions on fireworks and follow the manufacturers’ instructions
  • Keep fireworks in a fireproof container
  • Only ignite fireworks in an open space clear of buildings and other flammable materials
  • A fire permit must be obtained for bonfires - see TCDC.
  • Bonfires should only be a maximum of 1 cubic metre in size and only ignited if there is little or no wind
  • Have a supply of running water close at hand
  • Wet down embers and spent fireworks at the end of the evening
  • If a firework fails to ignite do not pick it up in an attempt to reignite it.
  • Alcohol and fireworks don’t go together
  • Keep children a safe distance from fireworks
  • Keep pets secure and inside
  • If you are igniting fireworks wear close fitting clothing and wear goggles
  • Use a lighter with a long reach arm on it.
  • If a burn injury occurs, keep under cold running water for 20 minutes
  • Seek medical advice – if burns are serious call an ambulance. 
  • If your bonfire gets out of hand or you discover an unwanted fire call the Fire Service.  (Dial 111 for emergencies).

150 years

3 - 5 November 2017

Celebrating 150 years of the Catholic Faith in Thames, NZ
1867 - 2017

Church and School Reunion. Come and celebrate the 150 Sesquicentennial.  St Francis Parish and St Francis School Reunion.

For further details contact

Thames Public Art Trust - Sculpture Competition

1 November 2017 - 10 January 2018

Competition is open to anyone interested in developing sculpture projects to populate the Kopu -Thames leg of the Hauraki Rail Trail.

Click here to see more details on the competition or see Thames Public Art Trust on Facebook

WWL Grand Canal

Ride in - Camp Out Coromandel

Saturday 4 - Sunday 5 of "Movember"

Radio host Jay Reeve has organised the date and is ready to rock for a rad cause.  The first 'Ride In - Camp Out' is on so tag your mates and get your bikes ready. 

All Bikes welcome, catch up, camp out and raise some money for men's health and Movember Foundation New Zealand.

For all info and booking details for the Ride email

Thames Art  Exhibitions and Gatherings 

3 November 2017- Friday ‘Printmakers Combined’ set up the Featured Artist wall. Ten stunning printmaker’s work on display.

5 November 2017 - Printmakers Combined opening.  All welcome
nibbles and drinks. Speech by Paula McNeill

4 – 6 November 2017 - Drop-off days for Steampunk Exhibition - paintings, pottery, outfits, sculpture.

10 November 2017 - Steampunk Exhibition opening night.
Special Steampunk sculptures by John Doherty.
Come in your Steampunk outfit if you have one. Steampunk Party. BYO drink & nibbles.

25-28 November 2017 - Drop-off days for super summer exhibition


Steampunk The Thames

Steampunkers from around the country and the district are gathering their cogs, futuristic weapons and corsets to take over Thames for the annual Steampunk Festival 9-12 November.

Everything that can make a Steampunk enthusiast's heart-cogs turn is available. From art exhibitions to tea pot racing to risque burlesque shows and Victorian teas, Thames has it all.

For a full programme of events see

Thames 150

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20,000 Leagues under the Sea

Friday 10 November, 1.30pm

Thames Cinema, 708 Pollen Street, Thames

The first time screening (since the last time) in the historic Embassy Theatre of the 1954 film version of Jules Vernes classic tale set in 1866, starring Kirk Douglas and James Mason . 

Tickets only $20 each see Steampunk for further details or to buy tickets.

Rail Trail

18 November 2017

Grand Opening Pukorokoro - Miranda to Thames

 For further event information see Hauraki Rail Trail website

Delaney Davidson Delaney

Part man part wheel, Delaney Davidson is part wandering minstrel, part travelling salesman. One hand holds a small brown suitcase, his trade, his ghost orchestra, the other holds his guitar. One foot firmly in the Blues Trash corner of the ring, the other on the road, you could say Delaney sees music as he sees geography, and that although he has certain preferences, in fact all territories are up for grabs.

Thursday 23 November 7pm Whitianga
Town Hall
$20, Under 18 $10
Tickets available at Whitianga Paper Plus

Friday 24 November 8pm Coromandel
The Club Woollams Ave
$25, Concessions $20
Tickets available at the Coromandel Information Centre

Saturday 25 November 7.30pm Kauaeranga
Kauaeranga Hall
$20 on the door, $18 pre book
To make a reservation phone  021 912 993, email
or visit Lotus Realm, 714 Pollen St, Thames

Coroglen Tav

Road to Rhythm Coroglen

28 December 2017

For ticket information see Coroglen Tavern

Santa Parades

Coromandel Town

Saturday 9 December, 2.00pm


Saturday 9 December, 11.00am


Saturday 9 December, 3.00pm


Saturday 9 December, 12.30pm


Williamson Park Whangamata

New Years Eve 2017

For ticket information see Eventfinda


Thursday 4 January 2018

Wiiliamson Park, Whangmata

For ticket information see Ticket Master


Saturday 6 January 2018

Williamson Park, Whangamata

For ticket information see Shapeshifter

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Sunday 28 January 2018

Whitianga Waterways Arena  (Auckland Anniversary Weekend)

Sold Out

For further event information or for those who may be selling tickets see

Leadfoot Festival

3 and 4 February 2018

280 Link Road, Hahei

The Leadfoot Festival is a unique weekend on the New Zealand and International calendar that brings together a unique mix of classic cars, vintage motorcycles and motorsport legends. New Zealand racing legend, Rod Millen opens his private grounds at the Leadfoot Ranch to host more than 150 champion and competitive race participants.

For ticket information see Leadfoot

Farmers MarketsMarket

Coroglen Market

Gumtown Hall, Coroglen - Saturdays from Labour Weekend to Easter.

A fabulous farmers's market for you to buy some local organic produce, home made goodies and crafts.  Conveniently located on the main road State Highway 25 at the historic Gumtown Hall.

Coromandel Town Market

31 Kapanga Road, Coromandel - Fridays 8am - 12pm

Local manuka honey, home grown community market, baking and much more!

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.

Whangamata Community Market

Whangamata Library Carpark - Sundays from Labour Weekend to Easter

Held in the heart of the Whangamata township. Selling goods from arts and crafts to produce!
Come enjoy the warm atmosphare!

Whitianga Market

Soldiers Memorial, Whitianga - Saturdays from Labour Weekend to Easter.

Your opportunity to purchase some beautifully made local crafts, art and homegrown produce from the Mercury Bay area at the Whitianga Farmers Market. 

District Libraries

Thames Library Lego Club: Tuesday afternoons 3.30 - 4.30pm

Tuesday 28 November - Dinovember, create something dinorific.
Tuesday 12 December - Christmas spectacular - Santa, reindeer and sleigh, Christmas tree town, a fireplace, a stocking can you create a cozy Christmas scene?

Mercury Bay Library Lego Club: Tuesday afternoons 3.30-4.30pm
Tuesday 7 November -  Dinovember, create something dinorific.
Tuesday 12 December - Christmas spectacular - Santa, reindeer and sleigh, Christmas tree, town, a fireplace, a stocking can you create a cozy Christmas scene?

Toddler Time: Wednesdays at 10.00am at Mercury Bay Library and Thursdays at 9:30am at Thames Library.

Book Club: every second Monday of every month the Mercury Bay book club meets at 10:30am, Nina's Café (next door to Mercury Bay library). 

Food for Fines is back: We know our library patrons love their local library - and for six weeks from November 1st, even clearing an overdue book fine will make you feel good. Patrons will have the option of donating a non-perishable food item instead of paying their overdue fees, and each donated item will reduce the fee by $4.00. The food will be donated to the local Food Bank, just in time for Christmas. Food for Fines runs from 1 November  to 15 December. Pick up a list of suggested items to donate from your local library branch.

Discover your family history with local members of the New Zealand Society of Genealogists: third Tuesday of each month from 2pm onward the NZSG take over the Mercury Bay Library to help you discover your family history. 

Special License

Are you planning to hold an event where you want to sell or supply alcohol over the Christmas and New Year period?

Then here are some things you need to know:

If you need a special licence for an event that is being held between 17 December 2017 and 15 January 2018, then we must receive your application(s) before Friday 17 November 2017.
Special licence applications must be received at least 20 working days* (preferably more) before your event. *Working days don't include public holidays, weekends and the period from 20 December to 15 January inclusive.

If your application is contested (opposed or objected to), it will go to a hearing in front of the District Licensing Committee and any decision about your application will take longer.

Click to download the Special Licence Application Form (PDF, 582KB) 
Need advice? Then contact us if you have any questions to or phone us at 07 8680200.