Thursday, 26 November 2020


It was an emotional moment when the fourth Van’s RV12 aeroplane built by a group of community mentors and senior Mercury Bay Area School students took to the skies for the first time at the Whitianga Airfield on Saturday afternoon last week. A large crowd witnessed the aeroplane’s maiden flight, which included two low passes along the length of the airfield’s main runway.

New Zealand’s best-known psychologist, Nigel Latta, made his first ever visit to Whitianga on Friday last where he highlighted the spirit of kindness in the community which he said was the most important factor in terms of getting through the stress and uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic.

There will be no immediate action to address coastal erosion in front of the Mercury Bay Boating Club building in Whitianga until more is known about the potential threat to the wider Buffalo Beach shoreline and where the site sits in terms of priorities across the Thames-Coromandel District.

The submission supporting the rescue helicopter petition presented to the House of Representatives earlier this years was lodged on Thursday last week, a few days after Northern Rescue Helicopter Limited (a joint venture between the Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust and the Northland Emergency Services Trust) announced that they will base a rescue helicopter in Whitianga during January next year. The submission is taking a longer-term view on emergency care on the Coromandel.

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