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Celebrating Matariki – Whangamata Hangi and Concert

Everyone could buy a meal for $5. An army of volunteers served 500 hangi meals complete with steamed pudding and custard. There were also vegan meals – Kumara curry and rice and another stall with raw fish chowder and other choices – all for $5.00. With entertainment from local artist on the stage, people sat on their picnic chairs and blankets and enjoyed their meal and the extremely calm and clear weather. The blanketed park full of people of all ages was the best piece of scenery. A big thank you to Community Services and all those who made such a community meal for Matariki possible. Pipi...

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Showtime for the Americana Car Parade

July 4 celebrations 2022 – Reg and Jules Smith are pictured here on the right. Car Parade at 2.30pm: it will be a fun convoy down the main street turning around at the end roundabout by Z service station, back up the main street, right onto Monk Street ending up at Grace O’Malley’s on the Esplanade. “Please decorate your car, your vehicle, and yourselves – great prizes to be won and it is all part of the fun,” says Reg Smith, co-ordinator of this annual celebration with his wife, Jules.

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Awesome – Summer concert’s back

It is a welcome return for the Coromandel to have the Whitianga Summer Concert and a great international line-up. Greenstone Entertainment will celebrate their incredible 15th year anniversary in 2025. The 2025 all-star, powerhouse bill will feature renowned artists: COLD CHISEL, ICEHOUSE, BIC RUNGA and EVERCLEAR in one mammoth anniversary celebration as Cold Chisel celebrate 50 years, ICEHOUSE 45 years since their first New Zealand tour and the festival 15 years. Dean Calvert, the operations manager for Greenstone Entertainment  says, “We are extremely excited about the Summer Concert coming...

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7th Annual Model Show great hit for school holidays

Great range of displays: This year you can see displays from World War II battleships to dolls’ house collections, plus various railway layouts ranging from hand-crafted structures through to the ever-popular Lego displays. Special guests include the Tauranga Model Railway Club who will be bringing two layouts, and a 13-year-old Auckland boy who was inspired by last year’s show to create his own World War II-based diorama. Damon adding some finishing touches to sheep for one of the country side train track models. A small portion of the train track country side. Competitions for everyone:...

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Get ready for a surprising night of drama & comedy

“The Secret Case of Sherlock Holmes – Sherlock Holmes and Watson’s first case” Director is Samuel Ribert; leads are Joshua Bruce and Linnie Wales and a cast of 12 actors. This Mercury Bay Area School production promises to be a winner.   Samuel Ribert – Director. The two-act, 90-minute play was written by Craig Sodaro and has been produced many times, principally by schools in the United States and Great Britain. This mystery-comedy has many surprises. Staging will be arranged to maximize the audience’s view of the stage. The producer Samuel Ribert, a year  13 student has overseen the many...

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Tiki Taane’s two tremendous shows at the Monkey House

The musician known for blending drum and bass, reggae, roots and other genres gave the audience his absolute all both nights – the fantastic crowds easily hearing just how his innovative style and sound significantly influences the NZ music scene and inspires other performers. Beat Fairy Productions was proud to bring Tiki to town and are thrilled to announce that over $1,300 was raised for Coro Youth Mentors Inc. from the Friday night show. The full crowd sang Tiki’s songs along with him in full voice, elevating and supporting his show.  DJ Axis (Rachel Taane) closed out both nights with...

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Thames Music Group

THAMES TALENT – A fun variety concert by the Richmond Villas choir directed by Dylan Lajunen; Locals from Tararu Village, Dusty & Rosalie Miller and Dawn & Barrie. Koha appreciated Our next Sunday Concert will be on Sunday, 14 July and it will be by the Danish Female ensemble UNGKLANG who will be in NZ for the World Choir Games in July. www.thamesmusicgroup.com

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The Big Kiwi Party Night – great success

What makes a good Kiwi music party? • The number of people up dancing, • The level of banter and interaction between the party goers • The enthusiasm of the dancers and listeners in their appreciation of the music. These would be indicators easy to observe. Then there’s the preparation so that everything people need to have a good time is there – quality food with choice, a ready supply of drinks – alcohol, mixers and soft drinks, comfortable atmosphere with ambient lighting and places to sit and talk without shouting. The cost of food and drinks was left to each person to decide what they...

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