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Britz at the Beach

Date(s) - 02/10/2014 - 05/10/2014
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Brits at the Beach Whangamata


OK, here we go.  This is just a simple list of the last minute news I have for you.


Weather.  We are expecting showers – probably less than one mm – so if that remains true we will definitely be going ahead with all events at normal venues.  Bring a brolly and a cardee luv

If you’re heading to Brits from a town far away, you may wish to convoy to make it more fun.  Shannon from the Naki would like to do this, so if you’re coming up on Thursday from that way and want to join them, contact him

If you have bought tickets, or merchandise through the website, it will be available to you at one of the registrations.  These are being held 3-5pm at the Surf Club Annex of Thursday, 2-5pm at the Whangamata Club on Friday and 7-8.30am at the Surf Club Annex on Saturday.

If you have registered a car please tell one of the volunteers your entry number, if you do not have a vehicle registered we require your name to find your purchase.  If you have registered but not paid, then your payment options at registration are Eftpos and cash only. Sorry no cheques and no credit cards.

WHISKEY DINNER – We still have room for this event – if you want to experience some of the best Whiskey paired with delicious food and have a bit of fun at the same time this unique night out is not to be missed.  The last remaining tickets are available at Whanga Books in Whangamata 07 865 8556 (ask for Craig) $110 per person,

We would love you to join us for our Grahamstown Gathering on Friday – It’s a totally free entry event (other than petrol to get there).  Trish Malanaphy sent me this note on facebook . . . Hi, I own a deli in Grahamstown Thames in a Historic building that my husband and I have restored. The building is called “The Depot” and inside, through the fabulous courtyard are 5 little boutique business’s. The deli serves yummy counter food for those not wanting a complete restaurant meal, Great coffee, English Tea, and to die for cakes. We are going to make the special effort this Friday when you all arrive with Pork Pies, Cornish Pasties, Toad in the hole, English Stilton to take away should you wish with on site fresh baked breads and much more great English fare, Music and ambience. We would love for you to visit us.

Isn’t it great to see those businesses laying out the red carpet for us, so please, if you can come and join us for a fun few hours in Grahamstown.

You can join us in the drive from Whangamata at 9am on Friday morning, or meet us in Thames at 10am, or failing that, come and join us before 2pm so we can all drive back to Whangamata together.  Should be fun!

Port Road Twilight Park Up – Woohoo!  Daylight savings just kicked in, so this will be a cracker way to show off your cars.  There are 180 parks in the street.  We have 465 entries to date! – You do the maths?  You can also park in side streets and in the Council car park.  Remember – it’s all about the cars being the stars, so park up, wander the shops – and check out the best dressed windows.

Our Drive in movie looks like being well supported this year – my guess is probably no gate sales.  Please remember – the audio is broadcast on 107FM.  If you do not have an FM tuner in your car – please bring a transistor radio!  Gates open from 8pm, movie starts at 8.30pm.  The movie is PG and OK for the whole family.  Pommies will be there with all the British lollies and crisps you could possibly want!

Saturday – check your programme for the pre-Marshalling areas we’ve set out around Whangamata for each make of car .  For example,  the Jaguars will meet at the Whangamata New World car park.  Your programme also tells you what time you need to leave your pre-marshalling area to get you to Williamson Park in time for the Grand Parade at 9am.  We wont have marshals at these venues, so you need someone from each group to keep an eye on the clock!

The Village Fete runs from 10am-2pm on Saturday and includes some great events including Scruffs Dog Show (yes you can bing your dog but please keep them on a lead and carry a poop bag), and the Fancy Dress/Costume competition, with $1000 up for grabs – just make sure it’s British!!  And remember to put a dollar aside so you can have a go at the Crockery Smash – we’ve collected boxes and boxes of plates to smash!

We believe one of the best events of the weekend is the Tairua Tea and Tombola.  We’ll leave Whangamata immediately after the Village Fete and Car Giveaway Draw (your entry ticket is in the programme) and wind our way over to Tairua, where live music, a fantastic afternoon tea and  a full on Tombola experience await you.  We haven’t sold tickets on line for this event, you need to pick them up on Friday and Saturday.  They’re $10 per person which includes your afternoon tea and Tombola ticket.  We believe this will be another cracker event and speaking to Lynette from the Tairua Info Centre today she told me they were totally amped for the Brits coming to Tairua, so let’s not disappoint them!  There’s room for about 100 cars on the stunning Pepe Reserve.

Back to Tairua for the Brits Quiz – $5 per person, everyone goes in the draw to win an LCD TV, plus a bunch of other prizes.  This year a slight change to proceedings – the Quiz IS NOT ALL BRITISH as in previous years.  We’re hoping some of our local smarties will turn out to have a go so have limited the British questions to one round plus 2 questions in the other rounds.

The Sultans is a sell out!!  So just a few pointers – Please don’t hog the tables – Most tables in the Whangamata Club set 6 comfortably, so if you are in a group of 4 and see people standing please share your table.

Remember you are a Club Member for the weekend, so you could pop in for dinner first then catch the show.  We’ll open the doors at 8.10am with the show starting at 8.30pm

Other entertainment we know is on includes

British Bingo at the RSA

Mark Taipari at Bucks Bar

Harp & Soul at the Ocean Sports Club

The Variety Show presented by the Whangamata Theatre Society at the Memorial Hall.

Sunday – up early – NOTE:  Last year the boys in blue ran a booze bus in town so please be aware of that if you’re planning on partying hard on Saturday night.

We start Sunday with our Big Sunday Drive – with options

Option one – Just do the drive – That’ll take an hour and a half – leave between 8.30 and 9.30

Option Two – The Sunday Drive with the Official High Tea at the Boatshed Cafe Onemana – This Costs $10 per person

Option Three – The Sunday Drive with Morning Tea and Av A Go at Croquet at the Whangamata Croquet Club – This costs $5 per person.

All I’ll tell you is the Sunday Drive is really dastardly!!!  This year questions are in miles and kilometers.  You must have at least 2 in your car to do the Sunday Drive.  If you are on your own, you can opt to go straight the High Tea or Morning Tea and skip the drive entirely.

We ask that you get back to Williamson Park for the bonnets up cars show between 11am and 11.30am.

At 11.30am we have a very special re-enactment, celebrating the 200th anniversary of the arrival of the Bible to our shores – this will be well worth seeing.

We’ll wrap up our fifth Brits festival around 2pm on Sunday.

To re-iterate the salient points

1. Tickets and purchases at registration

2. Please join us in Grahamstown on Friday 10am-2pm

3. First in best dressed for the twilight park up!

4. Drive In Selling out fast

5. Buy a programme ($5) for a chance to win a cool MG sports car

6. Make sure you come to Tairua Saturday afternoon and play Tombola!!

7. Tickets selling fast for Onemana High Tea

8. Costumes! Costumes! $1000 up for grabs

Remember, there are no road restrictions, closures etc for Brits – FOLLOW NORMAL ROAD RULES AT ALL TIMES

BRITS PROGRAMME – these have now gone to the printer, thanks to the guys at Kale Print in Tauranga, and to Warren who gave me a tour of the plant – (I used to be in the print game back in the 80’s).  It was amazing to see what technology had done to the industry.

The programme will be available exclusively from Whangamata New World for the last 2 weeks of September.  Then we will have them at Whangamata Info+, the registration venues and at the Brits Tent at the Village Fete.


FIRST REGISTRATION – Thursday 3-5pm Whangamata Surf Club Annex

WHISKEY DINNER – Featuring 6 quality whiskeys perfectly matched to fabulous food, now being held right on Whangamata’s main beach at the Surf Life Saving Club.  Thursday 7pm.  Tickets $110 per person.  Limited to 34 and only 12 left.


GRAHAMSTOWN GATHERING – Calling all registered entrants.  Join us for the inaugural Gathering at Grahamstown. If you’ve registered and are from Thames, Paeroa, Waihi, Whangamata, Whitianga and Tairua, why not join us as we cruise over the Kopu Hikuai.  We’re leaving Whangamata’s Williamson Park 9am and should reach Thames by 10am.  If you can’t make the trip from Whangamata and still want to join us, just be at Grahamstown by 10am. Now,  if you want to join in the convoy back to Whangamata in the afternoon, we recommend those coming from Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga or anywhere in-between, skive off work late morning and be at Thames before 2pm for our return journey. We will leave 2pm sharp!  Just join in where you can.   THIS IS A FREE EVENT – And we’ll have prizes too!

SECOND REGISTRATION – This is the biggie!!  Last year we registered close to 400 vehicles on the Friday.  This is a mammoth task.  Remember the team registering you are volunteers, giving up their time so you can have a great festival, so please be patient and pleasant

OFFICAL WELCOME – Couple of quick words and lifting a glass to Brits V – Whangamata Club 4.30pm All Welcome!

PORT ROAD TWILIGHT PARK UP – 5-8pm.  We invite you to come and Park Up In Port Road.  All I’ll say is I guarantee you’ll know we’re here!  You’ll know what I mean when you get there!  For the general public, come and see these amazing cars and pieces of New Zealand motoring history.  We’ll also have the judging of the Best Brits Window Competition – and best Car of the Port Road Park Up.

DRIVE IN MOVIE – Your Friday Flick is the classic thrice Oscar nominated light comedy “Genevieve”  Remember to toot if you see your car in the movie. This year we have arranged ushers, so big cars and vans to the back, small ones to the front.  Tickets online, from registration or at the gate if any left. Check Your Programme For Gate Times.


LATE REGISTRATIONS – These will be held at the Surf Club Annex 7am – 8.30am

If you have already registered on line, remember to have your car entry number with you – from the Brits website.

Check Your Programme Map

MARSHALLING OF MARQUES – This year we have arranged for some most of the major car marques to pre-marshall at various points around Whangamata –Check Your programme For Details

GRAND PARADE – Starts at 9am – Will be led by our Giveaway MG F Car, bikes follow and they are followed by the cars, the leading car marque will be those with greatest number of entries, currently British Ford.

VILLAGE FETE 10am – 2pm.  Fete schedule? Check Your Programme For Details. We will also be using an FM frequency to broadcast all Village Fete commnetary & audio, so you’ll be able to tune in via your car radio at Williamson Park.

SEAGULL OUTBOARD RACING – All day from the Coastguard parking area.

One race is scheduled for around the islands if weather permits.

TAIRUA TEA PARTY & TOMBOLA – 2pm – 5.30pm.  We’ll be leaving Whangamata 2pm sharp and be pulling into the Pepe Reserve around 2.30pm.  Tickets for this event are available at registration and the Brits Info Tent at the Village Fete.  $10 per person includes a light afternoon tea and tombola ticket.  Open to the general public too!

BRITS QUIZ – To be held at Bucks Bar from 6pm. Only one round of British specific questions this year and 5 others focusing on general knowledge.  $5 per person. Maximum teams of 8. Loads of prizes and a spot prize of a 32″ LED TV to be given away on the night.  Bucks Bar also have Mark Taipari playing British Rock and Roll from 8pm.

SULTANS OF SWING TRIBUTE – The BIG Show – 8.30pm Whangamata Club. Tickets for this may be sold out well in advance – avoid disappointment, get your tickets now!!!



SUNDAY DRIVE – You have 3 options for your drive.  You can do our official drive and then go to the –

CROQUET CLUB – for a classic club morning tea and a go at croquet ($5 per person), or two, you can do our official drive and then go to the –

OFFICIAL HIGH TEA – ($10 per person) being put on by The Boatshed Cafe Onemana – Onemana is one of the hidden jewels of the Coromandel.  Check Your Programme For Details.

Or three, go on the Sunday Drive and then head back to Williamson Park for the

BONNETS UP CAR SHOW and the OFFICIAL REGISTERED ENTRANTS PLOUGHMANS LUNCH at Blackies Cafe ($20 per person – buy your lunch on the day)  Check Your Programme For Details

PRESENTATION – we will present our cheque to the junior sports team we’re supporting this year (Whangamata Pony Club) and then wish everyone a



The simplest way is to let as many people know about Brits as possible.  The more the merrier as far as we’re concerned.

Please also pop along to our Facebook page and give us a like – the link is below.


We asked you last month whether you had any interest in buying a collectors DVD of the Brits event.  The cost of producing a DVD is quite large, but the response was favourable so Pete’s organizing a crew of 4 to shoot it.  Knowing Pete’s involved gives me confidence the finished item will be pretty slick! These are only being produced to order, so if you want one you’ll need to put your name down on the list either at a registration, the Whanga Info Plus in Port Road or at the Brits Info tent at the Village Fete.  They’ll cost $25 + $5 postage and handling, or you can buy 2 for $40 + $5 p&p.

SPECIAL RE-ENACTMENT – Sunday 11.30am Whangamata Main Beach

This is a once in a lifetime celebration and a one off for Brits.  I was approached by a local stalwart of the community who explained 2014 is the 200th anniversary of the arrival of the Bible to our shores.  In 1814, at the invitation of Maori, Samuel Marsden preached from the Gospel of Luke 2:10, “Behold, I bring you good news of great joy .. .. ”

We were asked if we’d consider commemorating the fact at this years Brits festival.  As Samuel Marsden was an English born Anglican cleric and a prominent member of the Church Missionary Society, who is believed to have introduced Christianity to New Zealand, we said “Why Not!”

I know the organizing group are working very hard behind the scenes to make this a special ocassion. They have the local Maori Iwi and Waka Ama crew involved and I believe they intend to re-enact in costume Samuel Marsden’s arrival and very first sermon delivered in New Zealand on Whangamta’s main Beach in front of the Surf Club.

Even those with no religious belief will enjoy the historical nature of this re-enactment, after-all this is an important part of our shared history.  My thanks go out to Diane and her band of helpers for thinking of us.

EFTPOS.  We will have an EFTPOS machine at Registration – however you will need cash to buy merchandise from the Whangamata Info Plus Store (there’s an ATM right outside!)


First of all thanks to our sponsors

Classic Cover Insurance, Auto Glym, PowerCo, & Eukanuba

All of these companies have contributed to help bring you the Brits Festival.  We couldn’t do it without them!

Our Volunteers, from Marshalls, to admin, to the school kids doing the Maypole Dancing and everyone else – brilliant effort guys and gals.

And also to Garry Towler, Area Manager TCDC.  I’m not telling you what, but you’ll see something different in Port Road at this years event and it’s mostly down to Garry wanting to show off Whangamata at it’s very best.  That’s all we’ll say!

ACCOMMODATION – Have you got yours organized? If not give Norma a tinkle on 07 865 7990 or click the link below.  First National Whangamata are our accommodation partners for the event and they have over 50 bach’s available covering all needs, position and price ranges

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