Core Projects 2017/8

Other Projects & Issues

The T3 focuss on food, energy, economic well-being covers just about everything!  However, we're very happy to find out who's supporting resilience already, and link to them.  Here are examples of Thames in transition.


Food is one of life's basics - how come it is often so expensive, sprayed, processed or just old?

Community Gardens (Bright Smile and Hauraki Terrace) bring people together around growing and enjoying food.

The Thames Organic Shop and Bin Inn, as well as PaknSave, offer organic food. 

Pakaraka Permaculture and Got the Plot grow organic food in the Kauaeranga Valley, and Mrs Greenjeans sells organic seedlings in the market.

The Thames Produce Swap is a fortnightly food exchange programme, held in the Bright Smile Community Garden, 1st and 3rd Saturday each month.

New Zealand has a high level (81%) of renewable energy in our electricity system.  T3 has already promoted an insulation renewal project, which got 300 of our older households insulated free of charge. However, the country has a huge reliance on cars and trucks which make a considerable contribution to this country's CO2 carbon footprint.   

T3 thinks that replacing the national fleet with electric vehicles offers many opportunities - not only to reduce CO2 but also to establish locally-owned energy generation, and keep money circulating in the local economy. Thames spends $5.5 m each year on household power - money that just leaves town! 


Having choices about how, when and where we get about gives us the opportunity to reduce energy use, minimise climate gases, lower congestion, and meet others.  Share a ride whenever you can - or take a bus.

In Thames, the local bus service offers all of us the chance to visit town without needing our cars.  Details HERE 

Thames is connected by bus services to Coromandel, Whitianga,, Tairua and Waihi, as well as more distant centres such as Hamilton, Tauranga and Auckland. Thames i-site has information.

For those with an electric vehicle, T3 efforts have not only had a fast charger placed in Thames, but also resulted in the Coromandel Peninsula being the best supplied EV destination in the country. 

T3's TED Talks, sponsored by Thames Cinema, happen at 5 pm on the last Sunday of the month.  Usually 5 short talks on a set topic, with a chance for immediate comment between films, and more of a chat over refreshments - often soup and homemade-bread, or similar.  Click this link to see recent TEDs and other films.

Transition Cafe happens on the first Wednesday of the month, from 7 pm, at Brew Bar and Cafe on Pollen Street.  News and views and all things T3!

Systems run well when they have a certain balance and momentum.  Out of balance they run rough or wobble.  We feel this when we ride a bicycle, and, after a bit of practice, balance becomes second nature.  

Climate change is one of the many ways in which we can see that the systems we rely on are out of balance.  To the extent that human activity is contributing to the imbalance, climate change is part of the feedback.  

On the low-lying Coromandel coastline, climate change promises to eventually undermine infrastructure and dislocate communities.  However, there's still time to rethink and respond in ways that are less disruptive to our lives, and which, remarkably, strengthen communities and deliver new jobs and opportunities.  That's what T3 is about.


You can't make an omelette without breaking an egg - then what do you do with the shell?  Clearly, that goes into the compost, along with other food-waste.

Reducing processed food usually means less packaging.  Fresh, local foods usually means less of a carbon impact and keeps spending local.   Reusable cloth bags keep plastic from the dump, and from ending up in the ocean.  Thames' Boomerang Bags project tries to keep up with demand - you can pick up or drop off bags in Boomerang boxes outside Reads Hardware , Carsons Books, Heather Moore Pharmacy, Lotus Realm, the Organic Food Shop, & the St Johns  op shop.

The Seagull Centre is Thames' awesome social enterprise, removing and often repurposing goods from the waste stream.