Tuesday, 07 April 2020


We tend not to give them a second thought during our normal day to day routine, but when we need one, it’s usually with some degree of urgency. And often members of the public who come seeking assistance do so outside of normal business hours. But it’s all part of the job for a Justice of the Peace or JP as we commonly know them.

These days, people can rely on The Informer to bring them all the important news from around Mercury Bay and the surrounds. Once upon a time that was the role of the Bay Bulletin, which was “dedicated to progress in Mercury Bay and circulated free throughout the Whitianga, Kuaotunu, Coroglen and Whenuakite Postal Districts.” While technology has certainly changed - not to mention the way life is being lived on the Coromandel - a glance back at an issue from almost 70 years ago reveals that while the news has certainly moved on, some issues just never seem to go away…

The team at Paper Plus Whitianga are pulling out the all stops to collect as many signatures as they possibly can in the Coromandel Rescue Helicopter Trust/Informer/More FM-initiated petition to reinstate a rescue helicopter based on the Coromandel over the summer and other busy holiday periods.

Much of what renowned Otama artist, Michael Smither, has to say goes on the canvas. But just a short chat with the personable self-proclaimed greenie and it’s clear that words are also a comfortable medium.

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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.