Tuesday, 07 April 2020


For 20 plus years Whitianga resident, Helen Rapana, has quietly gone about her role as a volunteer driver for Whitianga Social Services. Her dedication to the cause has certainly not gone unnoticed by senior staff of the organisation over such a long period, but it’s not in Helen’s nature to seek the limelight, instead preferring to just simply get on with the job.  

Keep calm and carry on is the clear message to local communities as some Coromandel schools, businesses and travellers are forced to grapple with the restrictions and uncertainty arising from the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak.

As the Coroamndel remains in the grip of a severe drought, members of the public, including those who hold consents to take water, are being reminded to comply with all restrictions as a matter of urgency.

The mosaic surfboard recently installed outside an otherwise ordinary looking Tairua property is hard to miss. The fun statement piece is vibrant and welcoming, and features some intricate skills, suggesting to a curious passer-by that there could be something rather interesting to be discovered at the top of the driveway.

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