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19 Grange Road Hahei - Auction 16th Dec
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Business cards
Websites
Freemasons

Local events

Thames Movers Ltd
McNaught Garden Services
Paeroa Highland Games 2023
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

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]

Nothing says Christmas more than a Christmas tree.
It's the smell, the look, how they stand, how the decorations and lights bring the tree to life.
It's the sparkle in our eyes as we look at the tree with the gifts beneath.
What we do at Courtney's Christmas Trees is to grow the best Christmas trees, but not only do we grow them,
we also sell the decorations and the stands
to ensure they are properly displayed.
See full details on our website.

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.

Christmas is a long way away for many of us but in the Brass Band World planning is already underway for the many engagements we are going to have to fill. If you are wanting the Brass Band to play at an community event, parade, or carol service this December please get in contact with us ASAP. the Calendar is already filling fast! Email us at [email protected] to see if we are available.

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

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
Email: info.thetreasury.org.nz

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

December is approaching fast!! a date has been set for our Annual Carols in the Gorge event. Please mark your calendars. The event is likely to take place on the 22nd of December. Due to the increased popularity of the event we are going to try and run two groups this year, one from the Karangahake Hall and the other from the main carpark. Both meeting in the rail tunnel at the end for the main event. This is a multi-band event and we encourage the involvement of other brass players and bands in the country to come and join for quite an unreal experience.
Please stay tuned for more details

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.

Christmas Eve Day Market
Thames

Saturday December 24th
8:00am

for details, check our Facebook page
or text 021 0266 7161

Every week during school terms

Walking Map for Grahamstown Thames

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

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

Photo credit: Jackie Denham

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
Thames
(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.

This new local business is now OPEN
at 501A Pollen Street
(next to BNZ)

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]

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]

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!

ATTENTION BANDS PEOPLE, HERE ARE THE DETAILS AROUND
THE 2022 CAROLS IN THE GORGE ON THE 22ND OF DECEMBER

Kerepehi Brass Band has hosted the annual Carols in Karangahake Gorge. This multi-band event is set in the Karangahake Gorge where bands persons join together and play carols along the gorge and in the mining tunnels.

This event has proven to be hugely popular with the public with people turning out in the hundreds especially when they come together in the middle of a 1.2km tunnel to make for a surrell and amazing sound. This invite is open to all bands persons to join this event the music is fairly standard christmas carols so is suitable for players of most levels.
– The event is set to begin at 6:30 from the Karangahake Gorge Car park, It is likely to finish at 8:30
– Due to the Large Crowds turning up we ask that all players arrive at 5:30, otherwise parking may be an issue, This also gives us time to form up the groups and hand out music.
– Music will be supplied, to aid in this we ask that a week prior you or your members are able to give an indication of how many wish to come. (I understand some bands have already done this)
– We advise you bring a lyre do to some of the walking however it can be done with a music stand- Lastly you will require a light source while playing in the Tunnel (Headlamps are always good)
Although it’s still more than a month out we are looking forward to being able to host this amazing event for a 7th year. It is always a fantastic way to round off the busy Christmas Season for us Bandspeople.

Extravaganza Fair
February 2023

Danby Field
Thames
Free admission

Saturday 25th
and Sunday 26th
9:00 to 5:00

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Te Kauaeranga Whanau Day

Not long to go now whanau before our inaugural
Te Kauaeranga Whanau Day.
It's going to be an action-packed day of fun and games for the kids, as well as local performances and various food and market stalls for all ages.
If you haven't booked a stall, performance or the Santa Parade, you still have time.

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  1. Te Kauaeranga Whānau Day

Please join me as we welcome 2021 Hauraki Coromandel Business Award Winners for Peoples Choice “Maddcuttz”, who have kindly slashed their normal rates and have offered $20 discounted cuts (except skin fades) and to send 2 of their experienced Barbers to our Te Kauaeranga Whānau Day on the 17th December at Thames South School.

We would now like to thank Community Board Member Adrian Catran and the team at Twentymans Funeral Directors for their generous offer to support and pay for haircuts for our tamariki 16years and under. Those over 16 will pay the discounted rate.

With these 2 great businesses combining it now means that our tamariki will receive free haircuts throughout our Te Kauaeranga Whānau Day

The first Thames Republic Day Concert.
A fun-filled day with some wonderful artists and all to support
Prostate Cancer Awareness.

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

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.

Te Kauaeranga Whanau Day

Not long to go now whanau before our inaugural Te Kauaeranga Whanau Day.
It's going to be an action-packed day of fun and games for the kids, as well as local performances and various food and market stalls for all ages.
If you haven't booked a stall, performance or the Santa Parade, you still have time.

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Paeroa Christmas Lights Show 2022

Running from
Saturday December 10th to Saturday December 24th.
Gates open at 8:30pm, last entry 10:00pm,
lights out 11:00pm.
Be amazed by the spectacular display of lights dancing to music, the laser light show
and enjoy some wonderful Christmas cheer!
Meander through our Enchanted Forest of trees lit up with fairy lights,
explore your way through to Santa's grotto, children playing in snow and bubbles.
A wonderfully entertaining and magical night out for the family - we can't wait to see you!
Admission: Adults $15 School children $5 Preschool children $2.
Tickets available online only - no gate sales.

Kerepehi Brass Band Christmas Schedule

Christmas is Coming. December is always the busiest month for the band as we fund raise for the 2023 year and help to bring some Christmas Cheer to Hauraki and beyond!

We have listed some of our schedule below for where to catch us this month!

Nov 27th - Service at the Thames Salvation Army - 10:00am

Nov 30th - Caroling around Ngatea - 6:30pm till 8:30pm

Dec 2nd - Paeroa Christmas Parade/Christmas in the park - 6:00pm

Dec 3rd - Waihi Christmas in the Park - 4:00pm

Dec 4th - Thames Christmas tree decorating - 5:00pm

Dec 7th - Caroling in Kerepehi - 6:30pm

Dec 10th - Ngatea Christmas in the Park - 3:00pm

Dec 11th - Kaiaua Christmas Market - 3pm till 7:30pm

Dec 11th - Waeranga Carol Service - 7:30pm

Dec 14th - Paeroa Caroling - 6:30

Dec 17th - Thames Christmas Parade - 11am

Dec 18th - Ngatea Carols around the Christmas tree - 6:00pm

Dec 21st - Thames Caroling - 6:30pm

Dec 22nd - Carols in the Gorge - 6:30pm

 


Food Safety for Food Operators

Prepare food for others with confidence.
Do you cook, prepare or serve food for a living
or are you looking to enter the industry?
Do you own a business that does these things?
Do you run a team who need reliable and current food safety knowledge?
Then this is a must-have course for you and your staff!

Course description:
In this two-day course you will learn all about:
Food-borne illnesses; what causes them and how to avoid them.
Cross contamination and the surprising ways it can happen
(and how to prevent it).
Why clean clothing matters.
Covering up (not food - you!)

Luke's Kitchen
20 Black Jack Road
Kuaotunu

Paeroa Highland Games & Tattoo

Paeroa Domain
February 11th 2023 9:00am to 4:00pm

Highland dancing
Heavyweight field events
Pipeband contest
Axemen's carnival
Solo piping and drumming
Junior (Kids) Highland games
Variety stage with performers from 11:00am to 4:00pm
Steampunk tartan
Tartan in the Park
Stilt walkers
Clowns, rides and more.......

Seagull Centre Thames
Live Auction - Sunday December 11 @ 1.00pm
Online bids can be made at
https://seagullcentre.co.nz/current-auction/
Closes 4:00pm Saturday 10th December
Silent Bids can be made in-store
and close 4:00pm Saturday 10th December

In collaboration with @lions_and_valentines we are excited to be hosting our first in-store Wreath Making Workshop ~

Enjoy a fun and relaxing evening learning how to master making your own floral wreath to take home on the night. We are honoured to have Hannah, owner and creator, from Lions & Valentines hosting this fun evening.
In this workshop, you will create 1x floral wreath designed & decorated by you. Hannah covers the basics of wreath making. You will learn the fundamentals from choosing materials, understanding what foliage flowers work for the best results, and practical tips to help you confidently repeat the process at home again.
All materials and ideas are provided on the day, so no need to bring anything other than yourself. Limited spaces available so grab a friend, or come to make new friends, and secure your spot now. Nibbles and bubbly drinks will be provided to relax and have a fun evening out.

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