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Growing local, certified organic food (that is super tasty) is a dream realized for Eric and Nancy, they run a Community Supported Agriculture vege box and also supply fresh food picked that day.Ph. 868 9664 farming food retail businessesSee More
Nov 21, 2010
Eric Zwaan joined mark skelding's group

TLC Thames Linking Communities

TLC is a Jigsaw initiative started in Thames to foster the wellbeing and happiness of our community particularly children. Contact Sally Christie 027 286 4727See More
Nov 19, 2010
Eric Zwaan replied to mark skelding's discussion Thinking about the forthcoming elections in the group TCDC - Transition Centres Dreaming Coromandel - Local governance
"Hi Mark, very impressive piece of writing it is inspiring and easy to read and underrstand keep it up. I like the idea of using the GPI. Cheers Eric"
Aug 24, 2010
Eric Zwaan is attending Nancy Zwaan's event

Earth Plastering at Bright Smiles Community Garden

September 5, 2010 from 10am to 3pm
At this workshop you will be guided through earth plastering techniques which create a beautiful finish on cobb, stabilised adobe and light earth walls.
Jul 19, 2010
Eric Zwaan is attending Nancy Zwaan's event

Creating Adobe Style Garden Beds at Bright Smiles Community Garden

August 22, 2010 from 10am to 3pm
Join us as Eric & Nancy Zwaan leads us through the process of creating stabilised adobe garden beds. These walls are beautiful, long lasting and help create a stunning garden.
Jul 19, 2010
Eric Zwaan is attending Fraser Bruce's event

TRACKS working bee at Kauaeranga Valley

July 31, 2010 at 9am to August 1, 2010 at 5pm
We are having a Working Bee on our Events Site and would REALLY APPRECIATE some help. We are encouraging you to bring along family and friends. Come and camp for the weekend, there are some lovely spots to pitch your tent.The main jobs we are looking at doing and what tools you could bring along are;Having fun and enjoying each others company - yourselfDigging and setting up a long drop - shovelTidying up the access track - shovel, spade, wheelbarrow, slasher, chainsaw, loppers, leather…See More
Jul 19, 2010
Eric Zwaan is attending Fraser Bruce's event

Mens Gathering at Kauaeranga Valley

July 30, 2010 from 7pm to 10pm
Inviting men to once again gather around the fire.Our gatherings are an oppertunity for men to get together and talk about what is going on in their lives. A chance to experience deep sharing and/or listening in a supportive space.Directions; (bring your torch!)Drive up the Kauaeranga valley, on the right just before the seal ends is a ford (you will see a footbridge to its left). Cross it and turn right when you reach the hill. Park on the grass just inside the gate. The access track starts on…See More
Jul 19, 2010
Eric Zwaan commented on Nancy Zwaan's event 'Hot Club Sandwich Concert'
"I can"t wait to hear these guys again,last time they had us swinging in the isle see you all there Eric"
Jul 7, 2010
Eric Zwaan is attending Nancy Zwaan's event

Hot Club Sandwich Concert at Kauaeranga Hall

August 2, 2010 from 7pm to 10pm
Youth culture, lifestyle farmers, household appliances, male insecurities, weddings, rugby, coffee…..Hot Club Sandwich pokes fun at the everyday concerns of kiwi life. Sandwiched in between the wit is the superb musicianship of this Wellington based trio.Improvised solos, finely crafted three-part vocal harmonies, tight arrangements and infectious rhythms characterise their style which owes its origins to the 1930s Hot Club swing music of gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt and violinist Stephane…See More
Jul 7, 2010
Eric Zwaan joined mark skelding's group

TCDC - Transition Centres Dreaming Coromandel - Local governance

What's our objectives for the local governance process? How should we most usefully get involved? The who, what, where of using land supporting local politics.Community and healthT3 GroupsOrganisationsSee More
Jun 15, 2010
Eric Zwaan joined Rowan Campbell's group


A group within Transition Town Thames specialising in outdoor camps that are a Rite of Passage for boys becoming young men. These help the fundamental shift from boy to man. They are also a lot of fun! Work inspired by and with the support of www.tracks.net.nzSee More
Jun 15, 2010
Eric Zwaan joined Rowan Campbell's group


The health and well being of our community depends on our ability to source enough fresh and local food.This place is to discuss food growing, community gardens, foraging, preservingT3 GroupsOrganisationsCommunity and healthSee More
May 10, 2010
Eric Zwaan is attending mark skelding's event

Mining Watchdog meeting at St James Church Hall

March 28, 2010 from 7:30pm to 10pm
Watchdog will explain the implications of the governments recent release on opening local areas previously protected for mining purposes.The many different ways you can express your opinion will be explained and our campaign plans for the Easter period will be discussed.Seeing you there would be excellent. Spreading the word through your networks would also be really useful. Any ideas and offers of help welcomedSee More
Mar 28, 2010
Eric Zwaan received a gift from Jenny Kay Edwards
Mar 24, 2010
Eric Zwaan is attending mark skelding's event

Transition Cafe @ Danby's at Danby's Cafe, corner Mary/Pollen Streets

March 16, 2010 from 6:45pm to 10pm
An evening of inspiration, vision, delicious food, a glass or cup of your favourite, and a chance to build ideas and action towards a more sustaining, stimulating, and sustainable community come Shell or high water! Some short keynote speakers to give updates on what's hot and what's not in climate change, composting, peak oil, local economic security, organic food, growing and buying local, bio-char, alternative energy, earth building, community gardening, social justice, personal and…See More
Mar 5, 2010
Eric Zwaan updated their profile
Jan 24, 2010

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At 18:41 on June 15, 2010, Jenny Kay Edwards said…
Do you want to show Locavore or Farmer John for the first film night??
At 2:59pm on March 24, 2010, Jenny Kay Edwards gave Eric Zwaan a gift
Thank you and Nancy so much for hosting such a amazing and meaningful gathering! It was lovely. Thank YOU!

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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
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Oct 12
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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
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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
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Oct 6
Robyn Sinclair is now a member of T3Connect
Oct 2


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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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