Thursday, 26 November 2020


Local fishing vessels give their names to new Waterways streets

The Whitianga Waterways developer continues to give a nod to the local area’s long fishing and seafaring history with three notable vessels set to lend their names to the streets in the latest stage of the subdivision.

Ngaroma Crescent, Ronomor Place and Norma Way have all been chosen in tribute to three well-known game fishing boats that pioneered deep sea fishing and game fishing in Mercury Bay.

Ngaroma belonged to Don Ross who was the Mercury Bay Game Fishing Club’s longest life member until his death last year. Ronomor was owned by Bert Chaney, a member of a well-known local family, while Norma was owned by another community stalwart, Bill Clark.

The road names are part of Stage 12 of the subdivision, which will eventually connect to earlier stages via an extension of Kupe Drive.

The Mercury Bay Community Board considered the name choices at their meeting last Wednesday and recommended to Thames-Coromandel District Council that they be accepted.


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