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Welcome to the T3connect community website created by Transition Town Thames please join up and read through these guidelines and remember them while you are using the site.

Setting up your account

Please sign up using your own name, just your first name if you prefer, but please no nick names (unless that’s what you are known as in real life!). This site is about growing community connections and we can’t do that with masks on.

Please load up a picture of yourself, so we can put a name to the face. For a bit of guidance on how to do this check out our beginners guide.

Adding Businesses and Organisations to T3connect

First off become an individual member of T3Connect (if you aren't already) here.

If you are in a decision making position at a business or organisation, and are empowered to make this kind of call, we would love it if you created a group for it. We have different limits for businesses and groups so please have a look at our instructions here.

Businesses or organisations that create member pages will be asked to create the appropriate group in the appropriate format. Member pages that are misused in this way will be removed.

What you can add or discuss here.

In any of the pages, photos or video discussions or discussions on this site do not display pornography, cruelty to humans or animals including but not limited to any graphic images likely to cause distress.

We want you (and everyone else!) to feel safe here so please don’t disparage people due to race or ethnicity,age, gender or sexual preference, disability, appearance or body shape. The management or T3Connect will remove any material they deem to be inappropriate. They may also ban members and their computer which may impact on other members using that machine.

Please keep it civil and constructive and like my Nana always said, ‘If you can’t say it in a nice way, what are you hoping to achieve by saying it?’.

Treatment of minors

Do not use this site to flirt with or groom any minor including through private messages. Any evidence of this will lead to the banning of site members. Minors should also not flirt with any adult (over 18) members of the site. Please contact site management here if you feel you are being approached in a manner that transgresses these rules.

Spam is not allowed

Please don’t spam the place up. Don’t send out multiple messages to other members promoting anything. We will suspend accounts for spamming.

Organisations are what we call clubs, or teams etc that are not run for profit

Any not for profit organisation located or with a branch located between Manaia, Pururi, Turua and the river cottage on the kopu hikuai is encouraged to create a page here (as long as their nature does not conflict with our TOS). Even if you have your own site a simple page here can link through to your site.

To create a page for your organisation click on ‘Organisations’ on the main menu. It is really important that you include some contact details including a phone number. This is because we verify each organisation before we make them visible to the public.

You can add photos into the page set up discussion and create an RSS feed from another site.

Businesses are anything run for a profit!

Any business located or with a branch located between Manaia, Pururi, Turua and the river cottage on the Kopu Hikuai is encouraged to create a page here. Even if you have your own site a simple page here can link through to your site.

To create a page for your organisation click on ‘Organisations’ on the main menu. It is really important that you include some contact details including a phone number. This is because we verify each business before we make them visible to the public.

Businesses get less for free than organisations. For free please fill in your details including contact details, hours of business and link that seems appropriate. You may also include two photographs in the text box. These photographs could be of your business or a scan of a menu or stock list. You can also load a photograph (avatar) to represent the group on search pages. You can change these as often as you like.

The other features, text multiple pages, RSS feed, comments and discussion forums are available for $50 a year. This also includes the ability to use our free community listings as a business (other business listings will be deleted). Paying business will also be featured for one week per year on the main page.

If you create your T3Connect page and add other information on top of the basic details and two photographs (+avatar) this will not show up unless the business becomes a paying business.

Free Listings

Members of T3 connect are welcome to use our free listings. Listings will run for two weeks. If your listing is no longer valid please feel free to remove it earlier.

Businesses can not use our free listings, unless they have signed up for our premium business package. Listings that appear to refer to a business will be removed at the sole discretion of T3connect administration.

Please don’t list anything illegal, photos will be treated the same on listings as elsewhere on the site.

T3connect is not liable for any losses incurred through our free listing service or if the service is not available. T3connect makes no promise or warranty that the site will be available at all times or indeed at all. T3connect reserves the right to change the guidelines or Terms of service at any time

Latest Activity

Peter Revell posted an event

NZ GUITAR QUARTET at Kauaeranga Hall

November 8, 2014 from 7:30pm to 9:30pm
LAST GIG FOR 2014: THE NEW ZEALAND GUITAR QUARTETTICKETS: $20- at the door- email: kauaerangahallmusic@gmail.com- text: 021 0788675- shop: Lotus Realm, Pollen St, ThamesThis is our last gig for 2014 ... come along, bring a friend or two and make it a grand finale to the year.The New Zealand Guitar Quartet, is a combination of individual brilliance. Acclaimed internationally the quartet is noted for its polished ensemble playing and diverse music. The quartet comprises:Jane Curry - head of the…See More
Beccy Dove posted an event

Tapu foreshore planting at Tapu Foreshore Reserve

October 15, 2014 from 10am to 12pm
Come and join Tapu school, Thames Coromandel District Council and Smart Environmental in planting shore edge plants such as sand coprosma along the Tapu Foreshore reserve.  We will be meeting at the toilet block at the Tapu reserve at 10.00.  All welcome :)See More
Oct 13
Barnaby Bruce posted an event

Sprited Away Movie and Dinner Night at Thames Multiplex Cinema

October 20, 2014 from 6:30pm to 9:15pm
Spirit of Adventure, Spirited Away fundraiser. Themed light dinner at the Multiplex cinema followed by a film, Spirited Away. Spirited Away is a Japanese animated film directed by Hayao Miyazaki about a 10 year old girl who wanders into a world ruled by spirits.The Event is fundraising for a 5 day spirit of adventure voyage I went on earlier this year.The event starts at 6.30.Tickets $30 each or 2 for $50 available at The Lotus Realm.See More
Oct 12
Profile IconBrendon Ross and Barnaby Bruce joined T3Connect
Oct 12
kanani Cowell posted a photo

the climate rally crowd photo

Thames Climate Rally 21 September 2014
Oct 11
Heather Garland is attending mark skelding's event

Thames Music Club - First Brew at brew cafe

October 23, 2014 from 7:30pm to 10pm
The Thames Music Club meets at Brew.  There's a talented, experienced, and varied range of musicians and style in Thames.  Come along for an informal and musically rich collection of rhythm, reggae, blues, folk, soul and more, majoring on the creativity and musicality of local composers and songwriters.Everyone's invited, and the bar and kitchen will be open.  Watch out for some spontaneous out-of-the-hat combos!See More
Oct 10
Ric Balfour might attend mark skelding's event

Gathering of Possibilities at GBD - Junction Hotel

October 15, 2014 from 5:30pm to 6:45pm
If you're involved in organising, staging, sponsoring or seeking funding for events, you're invited to the meeting at the GDB, Pollen Street.Many groups in Thames have an aging membership, a shrinking core group, or lack variously resources to make things happen.This meeting, initiated by Totally Thames and supported by T3, will see us explore possibilities for being more effective, more strategic, and using what we do as various individual groups to strengthen the collective effect of what we…See More
Oct 10
mark skelding posted events
Oct 9
Jennifer Neal posted an event

Almost Bollywood - The Directors Cut at Brew Cafe

October 31, 2014 at 7pm to November 1, 2014 at 7pm
Back by popular demand!  Open Book Theatre Company is delighted to announce a repeat performance of their sell out show.  Your final opportunity to witness the hilarity that is Almost Bollywood.31st October and 01st NovemberBrew Cafe 7pmDinner Theatre $45.00 (includes dinner) Tickets available at The BrewDress to theme - you could win a prizeSee More
Oct 7
Peter Revell updated an event


October 15, 2014 from 7:30pm to 9:30pm
"LOREN AND MARK IN AOTEAROA" - ACOUSTIC CONCERT - http://vimeo.com/51718023Fresh from their three week USA tour with Australian guitar virtuoso Tommy Emmanuel, Loren Barrigar and Mark Mazengarb share a special musical chemistry seldom found among musicians.Influenced by guitar greats Merle Travis and Chet Atkins, their live performances of instrumental and vocal duets demonstrate a spectacular technical grasp of the guitar,…See More
Oct 7
mark skelding posted an event

Art Exhibition @ Sola Cafe at Sola Cafe

October 8, 2014 from 6:30pm to 8pm
The Missing Toy Collective is back!!  This time its their "scientific research division" discovering themes and signs of invasion, posessions, confrontation and Steampunk Retro sensibility and humour apparently hidden in the unwanted and cast aside objects lurking innocently in the local Op shops and Seagull Centre......Walk-ins and aliens welcomed......See More
Oct 7
mark skelding posted events
Oct 6


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Great News for Solar (1):

Siemens and Semprius double photovoltaic effiency.

Great news for Solar (2):

using salt to capture and store energy

Peak Oil again in news - Nature magazine article. follow link: Co-author David King is former science advisor to UK government. 

The idea of ‘peak oil’ — that global production will reach a peak and then decline — has been around for decades.  The true volume of proven global reserves is clouded by secrecy; forecasts by state oil companies are not audited and seem to be exaggerated. The notion that oil is produced by the earth - abiogenic oil - is largely discredited.


Should we be concerned about the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA)? Click link for news.

If these secret negotiations succeed [the only documents in the public domain have been leaked] they will create a mega-treaty across nine or more countries that puts a straightjacket on the policies and laws our government can adopt for the next century and give massive new powers to corporations.

Thames residents may be sitting on a gold mine

There is an application to prospect for gold underneath the town pending approval.

The application by Zedex Gold [application 53981 - purple on map] was lodged with the Ministry of Economic Development on October 4th 2011.

To find out more background see these links:  

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