Issued 28th Jan 2023 - The Coromandel has experienced a severe weather event, with a state of emergency declared on 3 Feb 2023. As a result, SH25a and the Tapu Coroglen roads have been closed.

Some local DOC campsites are closed, and Te Whatu Ora Waikato advises everyone to not use coastal beaches, lakes, rivers and streams until at least 48 hours following heavy rainfall due to potential bacterial contamination.

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The Eastern

  •  Fri 27 Jan 2023 07:30PM - Fri 27 Jan 2023 09:45PM
  • at Kauaeranga Hall
  •  Fri 27 Jan 2023 07:30PM - Fri 27 Jan 2023 09:45PM

The Eastern have a reputation as one of New Zealand’s hardest working bands. They brought country music and beards and banjos and tattoos back into the musical conversation, while giving the impression that they’ve always been here.


The Eastern, last seen at Kauaeranga Hall in 2018, describe themselves as a string band that roars like a punk band, that swings like a gospel band, that hopes like folk singers, and sings love songs like union songs, and writes union songs like love songs, and wants to slow dance and stand on tables, all at the same time.

Four albums and well over 1000 shows deep The Eastern have played and toured with Fleetwood Mac, Steve Earle and Old Crow Medicine Show amongst others, ticking off miles, countries and 200 plus shows a year every year.

‘No Depression’ magazine noted they were “One of the best modern roots acts, from any country”. Both Radio NZ and the NZ Herald described them as “National Treasures” and The Heralds Graham Reid called singer Adam McGrath “NZ’s toughest minded songwriter”. NZ country legend Barry Saunders simply called them “The Truth.”

Having delivered four albums (‘The Eastern’, ‘Arrows’, ‘Hope & Wire’ and ‘The Territory’),  The Eastern garnered a reputation as NZ’s hardest working and most honest to goodness band, one that embraced an old-fashioned ethic of people and shows over posts and playlists. They gather converts and friends wherever they or their records land.

Thrillingly the rolling, rambling, spirit raising atmospheres they project in their live shows have endeared them to the hearts of many. It’s obvious they care about the audience as much as the songs.

WHAT:            THE EASTERN

WHEN:             Friday 27 January 2023 @ 7:30pm (outdoor gig if fine)

WHERE:           Kauaeranga Hall, 437 Kauaeranga Valley Rd, Thames

TICKETS:          Door sales       $25

Pre-paid          $22 txt: 021912993 or

or Lotus Realm 714 Pollen St, Thames 

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Physical Address

437 Kauaeranga Valley Road
Thames, Thames 3577
New Zealand

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