Wednesday, 29 January 2020


Memories of the 60s and early 70s came flooding back to me in the days preceding last Sunday’s Whitianga Summer Concert. Sadly, as various friends from out of town arrived for the event, I couldn’t help but be reminded that the 70s’ “child of god” was becoming much closer to God than child. “Not enough time to worry about this,” I told myself. After all, this year’s Summer Concert promised to be a big one and we were all to enjoy it while we could.

Pop in to Tairua Four Square and you are likely to encounter a big man with a huge smile and a strong voice to match. If you are lucky you will hear this cheerful guy behind the check-out counter singing.

The petition to reinstate a rescue helicopter based in Whitianga over the busy summer season and other peak holiday periods is still enjoying good momentum. In just three weeks, the hard copy and online versions of the petition have been signed by more than 19,000 people.

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