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Carson's have stock now.
In store at 600 Pollen Street Thames
or click photo to order online

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Health and Mobility

Local Councils

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Fishing the Coromandel

Local Cafes
Local Restaurants
Local Markets
Andrew Jones Towing
Ablecraft Builders
Thames Mobile Locksmith
Tangata Ora Trust
Lesley Weston Artist
Saving Hope Foundation
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Local events

Thames Movers Ltd
Lesley Weston Artist
McNaught Garden Services
Clearways Roof Services
Free Photocopying
Magic Scissors
Thames Community Club
Kerepehi Brass Band
Thames Business Association
Dominos Thames
Whiti Citi Market
Paeroa Information Hub
Waihi Gold Mine Tours
Contrast Carpet Cleaning
TCDC website
HDC website
Waikato Police on Facebook

Peter and Son

Handcrafted outdoor furniture

Peter and Son came into being during the lockdowns,
and began as a hobby making fish filleting benches.
The range now includes chicken coops, animal shelters,
bar leaners and Cape Cod chairs.
Tony saw a market for handcrafted outdoor furniture,
and has pride in his work.

Contact Tony Hubscher
Phone: 0220 657 638
418 Thames Coast Road
Email: [email protected]

TAIRUA Four Square are currently seeking to employ some awesome staff
over the summer holiday period.
We have a variety of roles available.
Employment is from December
thru to the end of January.
No experience necessary.
If you would like to join our great team of staff please pop into the store to collect an application form or email
[email protected]
and we will send you an application form.

Meghan Hawkes brings you
Thames of the Past

Various Snippets    
 by Meghan Hawkes

Houses Wanted for Removal

Great prices offered!
Phone: 07 847 1760

Thames Museum
cnr Cochrane and Pollen Streets

Thames Museum showcases the town's history, community and people from its pre-European origins, through the gold mining years
- 1867 to the early 1900's - to the 1960's.
The Museum is open Friday to Wednesday, 10:00am to 3:00pm.
Groups are welcome by prior arrangement.
Admission: Adults $5 Children $2
Thames Museum is run entirely by volunteers of
Thames Museum Society Inc.
If you are keen on local history, enjoy meeting people and would like to become a volunteer, please contact us.
We look forward to meeting you at Thames Museum.
Phone: 07 868 8509 Email: [email protected]

The Treasury
705 Queen Street Thames

The Treasury is a family and heritage research and archive facility
run by the Coromandel Heritage Trust.
Our comprehensive resources cover Coromandel Peninsula
and Hauraki Plains and extend south of Te Aroha to Waiorongomai.
Our aim is to collect and preserve material,
and make these resources available to everyone.
Please visit our website for opening times
and more information about The Treasury.
Phone: (07) 868 8827

Terms and Conditions for the PAK 'N SAVE
Christmas Club are changing.
Changes will impact any 'unregistered' Christmas Club card holders - that's any cardholder who has not already registered an email address to their account and/or does not already have an online account.
To find out more or to register your Christmas Card please use the button below.
T&C's changes come into effect on October 5th 2022

Remember, there's nothing better than a Hot Hangi
or a Cambodian Curry on a cold day!
Camkiwi Takeout is open
Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday 11:00am - 6:00pm
300 Cochrane Street Thames
Phone orders 07 211 6930

Turua School

Giant Pumpkin
Competition 2023

It's almost pumpkin season again and we are getting ready for Turua School's Giant Pumpkin Competition 2023. The Garden to Table kids have been busy over the last couple of weeks sowing and watering giant pumpkin seeds

We've sourced some great Atlantic Giant seeds and are also quite excited to be growing some 'Turua Giant' seedlings too!

These seeds have been harvested and saved by the kids from the massive winner last season - 139kgs, grown by the Fisher family! Now, we can't be sure what size pumpkin these might throw as pumpkins are great cross-pollinators but we reckon it's worth a bit of a chance.

You can grow either or why not both?!

Pimp My Rockabilly
Now at the
Thames Saturday Market every Saturday

Repco has a Sunday 9 - 5 position going,
so send us a CV to [email protected]
Also Monday - Friday for an automotive parts enthusiast.
Also Tuesday - Saturday for a retail team member.
Sense of humour is a must!
We work hard, but we like to have fun too.
Please send your CV through after you make sure
your contact details are up to date.
State which role you are applying for.
Repco Thames
[email protected]
(The Manager is awesome - her name is BJ)

Welcome to Recovery Church, a place to belong before you believe.
Whether you are seeking a Life free from addiction or to recover from the curveballs that Life throws our way, come and find a place to belong at the Sallies.

Thames Music and Drama

Our committee is excited to announce that for our
Big Show in 2024 we will be staging CHICAGO!
Set in Chicago in the jazz age, the musical is based on a
1926 play of the same title by reporter Maurine
Dallas Watkins, about actual criminals and the crimes on which she reported. Directed by our very own Asha Peppiatt!
If you're keen to get in on all the action, be sure to keep a close eye on our website for details and auditions.

Every week during school terms

Harv's Butcher Shop is looking for a motivated team player who is ambitious and has some experience in the trade.
Apply at 224 Pollen Street Thames
or call Mark 027 300 6083

Walking Map for Grahamstown Thames

Lotus Realm has you covered with this handy little walking map.
You are welcome!

Room to Rent
Central Thames

Hi there!
I have a room to rent
$240 per week.
Call me anytime.
Must be working.
Andre Williams
0204 111 0696

Accessible beach mats and beach wheelchairs
making Waihi Beach inclusive for ALL this Summer!

Thanks to a great crew of volunteers, we have installed the beach mats for the start of the Summer season!
This is the second season we will offer safe, accessible entry to our shore via the beach mats.
Plus there are two beach wheelchairs available for FREE use by residents and visitors (booking details below).
In addition, we now have an accessible picnic table and an accessible water station near the beach mats.
This has all come together through community supporting community, with volunteers such as Sustainable Waihi Beach,
Live Well Waihi Beach, Waihi Beach Surf Lifesaving Club and Western Bay of Plenty District council.

Total Mobility

If you're in Thames and have a disability and want reduced-cost transport, help is now available through Total Mobility.
To become registered, people with mobility challenges can contact:
Thames Valley Tangata Ora Trust
607 Mackay Street
(opposite Thames Hospital)
Phone: (07) 868 7723 or 027 383 1117
Email: [email protected]
We are hoping to extend the scheme
to other parts of the Coromandel by next year.
This service is available anywhere in New Zealand
to anyone with a Total Mobility card.

Photo credit: Jackie Denham

Sweet Obsession

Your one-stop cake shop for
that next Special Occasion Cake.
Kids cakes, weddings, 21st birthday etc.
We also make cupcakes and mini puddings
perfect for your kiddies party.

501A Pollen Street
Phone: 022 506 6489

Oasis Garden brings you a beautiful range of Garden Decor, Pots and Planters to help you create the Oasis of your Dreams......

Not only can you shop online 24/7, you can now view all our beautiful products in the flesh by visiting our studio located in Puriri.
Just 10 minutes from Thames and Paeroa, and 6 minutes from Kopu.
If our hours don't suit you, that's easy - just send me
a message on Facebook to arrange a time that does!
As we are situated on a busy road,
please take care entering and exiting the property.
Phone: 0210 607 652
Email: [email protected]

Paeroa BMX Club

Waihi Gold Discovery Centre & Mine Tours

The Gold Discovery Centre is the hub
for visitor activities and 'all things gold' in Waihi.
The Centre features Waihi's Gold Story Tours, the Waihi Gold Experience and our exclusive 'inside the fence' Gold Mine Tours.
We also house the award-winning i-Site Visitor Centre
and Waihi Bicycle Hire for cycling the Hauraki Rail Trail.

126 Seddon Street Waihi
(07) 863 9015
[email protected]

If you are wanting to get involved with your local band,
now is your chance! We are looking for new players to join us in 2023.
If you play (or want to play) a brass instrument and would like to be part of our growing group of 30 musicians, please email us at
[email protected]
or come along to one of our rehearsals
at our Band Hall at 14 Matai Street Kerepehi
7:00pm Wednesday nights.

Driving Miss Daisy
Thames - Coromandel

Driving Miss Daisy is now available
in Thames--Coromandel!
We can now drive and accompany you to:
Medical and other appointments
Grocery or other shopping trips
Companionship outings
Airport departures and pickup ups
Take your pets to the vet
Scenic regional tours

ACC contracted supplier
Contact us on:
021 503 145
to book your first ride with us!

Home Baking

80 Normanby Road
Email: [email protected]

We've gone digital!

In our commitment to look after our environment, we have ditched the old mailer and all our super monthly specials
can be found in your inbox.
Not sure how to sign up? It's easy.
Either ask in store to be signed up to the Mitre 10 club, or go
online yourself to the Mitre 10 website and join up that way!


Monday nights
Jack McLean Centre
7:30 to 9:30pm
Come along and give it a try.
All welcome.
$7 a night, or you can pay
a sub for the whole season.
(ends in October)

Thames Youth Centre

126 Kirkwood Street Thames
Phone: 027 275 4080

Creative Coromandel
He Mana Toi Moehau Trust

Creative Coromandel is the central arts network for the Coromandel Peninsula
and the Hauraki rohe. We put the Arts first.
The Coromandel Peninsula is a vast, beautiful region filled with pockets of
stunning scenery, wild terrain and an abundance of talented creatives 
offering unique performing and visual arts experiences.
In 2015, driven by the Thames-Coromandel arts sector, a District-wide arts strategy was created through consultation with artists, art leaders and arts groups, to develop, promote and sustain local artists and arts activities. In 2016 the Arts & Creative Industries Strategy was adopted by TCDC and an Advisory Board with representation from all five wards was formed to implement it.
Fast forward 5 years and this Advisory Board is now He Mana Toi Moehau Trust, commonly known as Creative Coromandel – an independent charitable trust, made up of visual artists, performing artists and arts leaders.
Our Board are all arts passionate local volunteers committed to advocating for and championing the arts in the Thames-Coromandel District and Hauraki rohe and our mahi is supported by two local paid part-time contractors.
Creative Coromandel is the central arts network for the Coromandel Peninsula
and the Hauraki rohe.
Whether you’re a performing or visual artist, an arts lover, local or visitor, we’ve got you covered with the latest arts news, events, opportunities and resources.
We put the Arts first.

Hey whanau, time to get your friends together and set your sights for the iconic Colville Hall and March 24. Nelson based Genre Fluid bring their acclaimed show to Colville Hall supported by local legend in the making Kerryxx,
fresh from performing a storming set
at Kiwiburn 2023.
This could be your last chance to dress up all glam and get your groove on before the plague of Locusts arrive.
Expect a great band after some thumping House music to dance the night away.
Avoid finding out after the fact.
Dress ups are encouraged and a good attitude is essential.

Coastal Bins are looking for a new Team Member
for an immediate start.

We require a minimum Class 2 Truck Driver to join our team servicing Wheelie Bins around the greater Coromandel Peninsula and Hauraki area. Hours are approximately 40-50 hours per week from Monday to Friday, with occasional work on Saturdays and some Public Holidays.
We offer great employment conditions including competitive hourly rates. You will be joining a team that knows how to have fun,
has respect for each other and provides exceptional customer service.
Applicants must be a team player, able to work unsupervised and be totally customer focussed.
If this sounds like you, email us at [email protected]
or for further information call Michael 0800 26 28 25

New Facebook page for
Thames Valley Community Rugby


Various Items For Sale

Attractively framed mirror which makes a moving
scenic picture NEW $150
NEW Motorhome carpet to fit 4 berth Mercedes cabover
Beige colour $100
Motorhome electric heater $20
Two 1992 Toyota Corolla hubcaps $15
Redstone roller skates
white boots with red rollers
from 1980's, excellent condition size 41 $50
Ice skates on boots size 41 $40
Women's knee high black boots
size 9 (hardly worn) $30
Child's sleeping bag $10
Women's magazines 1980's - 2022
boxes of 12-27 (holiday reading) $5
16 Jenny Craig Weight Loss Tapes $5
Hanging wardrobe shelves $10
Smiley table clock $10
New wall clock $10
Soaker hose $5
Bubblewrap (boxfull) offer
Chaff bags offer
Small palm trees, Norfolk Pines and Swan plants FREE
Convector heater $20
Crepemaker $20
Crockpot $10
10 metres TV cable $25
Please phone (07) 868 2053

We take pride in operating to the highest ethical standards and in providing
outstanding customer service at all times.
Our efficient, effective processes, thorough communication and personalised service is backed by Mike Pero Real Estate's innovative marketing
and very fair commission structure.
We go to great lengths to sell your home for more,
in less time, and with lower fees.
Mike Pero is recognised as one of the best options when it comes to buying or selling real estate NZ-wide.
If it's time to sell why not call us for award-winning service and outstanding results, guaranteed.

619 Pollen Street Thames
Phone: 0800 500 123

Little Onion Parkover

Little Onion Parkover is nestled on a quiet river
located 5km south of Whangamata.
We welcome self-contained vans.
Kayaks are available to explore the estuary and harbour.
$5 per person, per night.
Pet friendly.
Please message us on our
Facebook page for exact location.

2500 Waihi - Whangamata Road
Whangamata 3691
New Zealand
Phone: 027 224 2207
Email: [email protected]

Carson's Club

Exciting news!
Carson's Club which connects our community to:
Club Member Special Deal Offers
Invites to Upcoming Events
Monthly E-Newsletters
Sign up in store!

A volunteer community patrol that works
in partnership with the New Zealand Police
to create a safer community in Thames.
To volunteer, please call Graeme Wood
07 868 8095 or 027 417 8224

The Tapu Store is
opening under new management
and with a new takeaway menu!

Starting from November 16th, we will be open 7 days.
Monday - Saturday 7:00am to 7:00pm
Sunday 7:00am to 6:30pm.
We are currently restocking everything from dairy,
takeaways, and fishing supplies.
We look forward to seeing you!

707 Thames Coast Road Tapu
Phone (07) 868 4801

Colenso Cafe

We are a family run business with a passion for quality, wholesome real food and good coffee.
We offer an evolving menu of lovingly made food using fresh, seasonal and local produce.
We source from our own orchards and gardens
and support local suppliers where possible.
Colenso Cafe is one of the Coromandel Peninsula's best known. With a licensed cafe, gift shop, orchard and beautiful gardens, it has long been a favourite of locals, holidaymakers and visitors.

Phone: (07) 866 3725
Email: [email protected]


1.7 Tonne Digger for Hire

(Pauanui, Tairua, Cooks,
Hahei, Whitianga)

From January 2023 my wife and I will be relocating to the Coromandel, and based in Hahei.
I am an experienced operator, looking for work with my 1.7 tonne digger in the Coromandel region. If there is anything I can help with, send me an email or give me a call.

Dry Hire
or Digger & Operator Hire
Attachments include
stump pick, landscaping/root rake,
trenching and larger buckets.
Adjustable tracks
to fit those tight spaces.
Call Carson Green
027 293 8470
[email protected]

Have you got a Special Occasion coming up?

Birthday, Work Function, Prize Giving,
Let us provide you with the perfect space to hold it.
Come in and have a look around, let us know what you need, and we will do all we can to make it a great experience.No function is too big or small
for our confident, capable staff.
Let our Chef do the catering for you while you enjoy your night with friends, family or colleagues.
Free Wifi, Dartboards, Juke Box with great song collections, Biggest Screen in Thames!
Contact us today
476 Pollen Street Thames
Phone: (07) 868 6200

Thames to get New Cinema

Thames will have a new place to watch great movies
later this year.
A building in Pollen Street has been purchased and will
provide an intimate cinema experience.
Owner David is busy creating a comfortable and welcoming
interior layout, to accommodate audiences of around
thirty people for each showing.
David has a background with film societies,
and tells Vitalise that the new cinema will show
classic movies and tailor content to the discerning moviegoer.
Once the cinema is up and running, all movie schedules
will be displayed on the Vitalise website.

Domino's Thames New Hours

Firewatch Coromandel

Residential, Commercial,
Rural and Marine

Fire Protection
Fire Extinguisher Servicing,
Sales and Maintenance
IQP Registered

Thames, Hauraki Plains, Paeroa,
Te Aroha, Waihi
and the Coromandel Peninsula

0800 347 392

Postponed - will be rescheduled

Gastronomics Restaurant is hiring

Front of House Staff required.
We have two positions available.
Applicants must be reliable and able to work
Fridays and Saturdays.
Call Kishan 021 031 0848

A Thames based Landscape Business looking for full-time employees to join our landscaping team.
We service the Thames/Coromandel Peninsula
and greater areas.
Immediate start is available for the right candidates.
We are looking for a positive person with a good work ethic who is physically capable of completing labour intensive work Monday - Friday.
Please register your interest by emailing:
[email protected]
or call the office (07) 868 5453
Mon, Wed or Fri 10am - 3pm

Nakontong Thai

Eat healthy
Eat Thai food, hot and spicy

728 Pollen Street
Grahamstown Thames
Phone: (07) 868 6821
Email: [email protected]

Needles 'N Pins Thames
468 Pollen Street
(07) 868 8190

We have a selection of sewing machines in stock,
and one overlocker.
Want to get started sewing or doing patchwork?
Come in and talk with Megan!

In case you haven't heard, we're going on tour.
Tickets for the Rongo ki te Oro tour are now available.
It will be a maqssive singalong, with your favourite tunes from our new album and all the classics too.
We are so excited to play these incredible theatre venues,
with great sound and lighting, comfy chairs and 100% good vibes.

During the warm summer months, our swimming spots sometimes contain elevated levels of toxic algae. So, we regularly monitor blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) levels and take samples to check for bacteria along the Waikato River and in some of the region’s shallow lakes.
 Summer monitoring of the hydrolakes – Karāpiro, Maraetai and Ohakuri – started on 2 November 2022 and will continue until the end of April 2023.
  Monitoring began on the rest of the lakes and river sites on Monday, 5 December 2022.
Thomas Wilding, Waikato Regional Council’s Water Science Team Leader, says it’s “important that you use your own judgement before getting into the water. Algae can accumulate rapidly around the shore, despite it being clear the last time we sampled. If the water is bright green like pea soup, stay out."
"Extra care should be taken with toddlers and dogs as they like to put things into their mouths and even a small amount the size of a 50-cent piece can be enough to cause serious harm if eaten,” he says.
 If you become sick after swimming, contact your health professional, and let them know where you went swimming.

The Seagull Centre is a charitable trust that has evolved over time and is now more than ever seeking to drive a circular economy in the Coromandel. Here is our current strategy.

TCDC Creative Communities Scheme
will be open from March 13th to April 7th.

What's it all about?

Four days and three nights
FULL of performing arts and fun!
Over the course of the camp, students will workshop their performing skills with some of the best tutors in the country, culminating in a Thursday morning performance onsite for family.
You will learn:
Musical theatre specific dance
Vocal technique
Harmony work
Character exploration
Acting technique and performance skills

2023 Senior A and Senior B Club Draws

After team changes to both competitions, both draws have required significant changes for the upcoming season.

Here is what you need to know

  • Using same start and finishing dates as previously communicated.
  • Easter and Kings Birthday weekends off.
  • Everyone agreed on a 12-game season for this year’s competition over 15 weeks. Excluding Semi’s and Finals. We have stuck with this.
  • 6 home matches and 6 away matches each in the A’s (12 in total). 5 home matches and 5 away matches each in the Bs (10 games in total)
  • Points are carried through all season with the philosophy of the draw been ONE ROUND. The team who is top of the table after Round 7 will receive the Silcock Shield (As) and Elders Cup (Bs) after everyone has played each other. Each team will play everyone twice, except for two teams.
  • In short, it is the same format as the original draws that were released.

Please note that start times have been changed for the 2023 season to accommodate the extra travel times for teams travelling away. This is a blanket change across the board.

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