Tuesday, 07 April 2020


Paul Kington, chairman of the Otama Reserves Group, is not only excited about their progress the past 12 months, he is also keenly looking towards the future. “We’ve recently become an incorporated society and we’re seeing the impact our predator control efforts have on the reserves in and around Otama Beach, especially the Otama wetland,” he says. “Bitterns are among the birds we spot more often at the wetland now. In a way the bittern became our mascot.”

More than 20 St John staff and volunteers, and guests of honour attended a ceremony at the Whitianga Ambulance Station last Sunday where a brand new ambulance was dedicated to the St John Northern Region.

Meetings scheduled over the next two weeks will endeavour to explain to Coromandel ratepayers why they are facing an almost 10 percent hike in their annual rates bill in the Thames-Coromandel Annual Plan for the 2020/2021 financial year along with significant increases to other charges.

Racing down a South Island beach on a homebuilt motorbike wasn’t quite where panel beater, Chris Towgood, would have envisaged himself a year ago, but a growing fascination with the mechanics of the 1930s sparked the beginning of quite a journey.

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