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Book Launch: True Tales of the Coromandel's Eastern Seaboard

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Fri 18 Dec 2015, 1:00pm–2:30pm

Where: Tairua Library, 2 Manaia Road, Tairua, The Coromandel

Restrictions: All Ages

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Listed by: Nicole Thorburn

True Tales of The Coromandel’s Eastern Seaboard will be launched December 16 at Whangamata RSA and December 18 at Tairua Library. This book is the first of several, in a heritage project by The Coromandel Heritage Trust (TCHT). Collecting stories which might otherwise be lost, these wonderful stories reflect the history of the Coromandel Peninsula and the oral history of families and communities that have been passed down.

This TCHT heritage project was inspired by the first True Tales for the Peninsula - True Tales of Northern Coromandel, published by The Coromandel Town History Research Group. This group was spearheaded by Sue Wright and co- ordinator Julie Smith. They now have published three books on the north of Coromandel, as the response has been so great.

The area that True Tales of The Coromandel’s Eastern Seaboard covers is an area stretching from Whiritoa in the South, to Matarangi in the North. Collected since Labour Weekend 2014, it has been a gathering of very special tales of the coast and the communities of Whangamata, Opoutere, Pauanui, Tairua, Te Karo, Hahei, Whitianga and up to Kennedy’s Bay. Sixty-four tales have contributed to True Tales of The Coromandel’s Eastern Seaboard by a number of people. Shared is a special fishing lure found, shipwreck stories, growing up in Tairua, Hahei and Whangamata, camping at Pauanui before settlement, road surveying, diving off the coast, building those bach memories, surfing the coast and even Slipper Island. These tales are not about or by the rich or famous but about the stories of many of us who have experienced the Eastern Seaboard Coromandel Peninsula by living here.

Take a break in the storm of Christmas festive preparations and join us at the book launch – an oasis in the storm. Spaces are limited. RSVP to Anne by December 9th (twofish@clear.net.nz). See you there.