Sunday, 27 September 2020


First "Support Local/Buy Local" winner drawn

Congratulations to Whitianga resident, Harriet Mokaraka, the first winner in The Informer’s “Support Local/Buy Local” campaign. Harriet’s entry was drawn on Friday last week by Charlotte Davies (pictured) of Mainly Casual in Whitianga.

During the campaign, which will continue until the end of September, we’ll be giving away $100 every week (to spend with an Informer advertiser) to someone who supported a local Mercury Bay business.

Some local businesses are contributing additional prizes to the campaign. In addition to $100 from us, Harriet has also won a $100 Countdown voucher.

After conclusion of the campaign, all entries will go into a second draw, where the winner will win $1,000 to spend with one or more of our advertisers.

To enter is easy. Simply email us proof (in the form of invoices or receipts) of your local purchases, or drop your invoices or receipts into the blue bin on the front porch of our office in Whitianga or in the “Support Local/Buy Local” boxes that will from this week start to appear around Mercury Bay.

Please write you name and phone number on all your entries.

The philosophy behind the campaign is simple - the more you buy local, the better chance you have of winning.

Local small businesses need our support more than ever. Always remember, “Good things come to those who shop local.”


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