Friday, 14 August 2020


Whitianga local, Ron Morgan, knows a thing or two about rugby. He has been involved in the game at all levels in one form or another pretty much all his life. He began his playing days in Rotorua where he captained the Bay of Plenty junior representative team.

Both at the ripe old age of 90, George and Joy Simpson share 180 combined years of wisdom and fun. On a sunny Kuaotunu morning earlier this month, I met with the couple and their daughter, Paulette, and heard a few yarns about their 73 years together in and out of Mercury Bay. We touched on many stories of life and lifestyle in earlier times.   

Some people are born with a natural gift for being able to communicate well with others regardless of their standing in the community, along with having a kind heart. The ones who are truly blessed are those who use their talents to provide natural inspiration to the young, support for those facing hardship, and comfort and compassion to the elderly and the frail.

“New opportunities for people throughout the Coromandel electorate, unlocking our potential through improved infrastructure, wise management of our environment and resources, and adding value to what we produce.” That’s the mission statement of the Labour Party’s election candidate for the Coromandel, Nathanial Blomfield, who is focusing strongly on his party’s health and environmental policies in a bid to dramatically shift the dial in what is traditionally a strong blue constituency.

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The Mercury Bay Informer is a highly popular community newspaper, based in Whitianga. The paper is distributed throughout the Coromandel Peninsula, coast to coast from Thames to north of Colville.