Sunday, 26 January 2020

WHITIANGA WEATHER

The Coromandel Rescue Helicopter Trust (CRHT)/Informer/More FM petition to reinstate a rescue helicopter based in Whitianga over the busy summer season and peak holiday periods is off to a flying start. Accurate figures aren’t yet available, but anecdotal evidence suggest more than 7,000 signatures have been collected since the launch of the petition on Tuesday last week.

Volunteers from the local community in and around Matarangi have been credited for helping save the lives of seven pilot whales, including a calf, that stranded on the beach last weekend.

On Sunday morning, 26 January 1845, Welsh born Arthur Guyon Purchas, aged 24 years, disembarked from the 600-ton sailing ship, Slain’s Castle, in the port of Nelson. He had organised a free passage from England to New Zealand as the ship’s surgeon after resigning from his lucrative surgeon’s role in Liverpool.

It’s been a year of progress, reflection, celebration and loss in and around Mercury Bay. As 2019 draws to a close, we look back at some of the news that made the headlines over the past twelve months.

A call to action has been issued to communities the length and breadth of the Coromandel to once more rally against the withdrawal of the lifesaving rescue helicopter from its base on the Peninsula.

Whetu Paitai has always been good at building. In fact, he might still be a builder in Australia if it weren’t for two things - a broken leg and a promise kept. Thanks to life’s strange twists, he’s back home on the Coromandel, but instead of putting up houses, he’s reconstructing the world of his tāpuna (ancestors).

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