Tuesday, 07 April 2020


Around midday on 22 February, Graham Eccles, along with his cousin, Kerry Martin from Matamata, stood astride his bicycle on Ninety Mile Beach looking south and no doubt feeling a little nervous wondering what lay ahead. It was the point of no return. What sounded like a good idea two years earlier had suddenly become a reality.  Their end goal was Bluff, some 3,000km away, a destination they had given themselves less than 30 days to reach. 

At the start of the Covid-19 lockdown, Mercury Bay Area School principal, John Wright, wrote a touching (and informative) letter to each MBAS senior student individually. With John’s permission, we are reproducing parts of his letter below.

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