Tuesday, 07 April 2020


Quietly in the background, in Peter Walton’s hangar at the Whitianga Airport, a replica Fokker Dr1 triplane has been taking shape.

His days are spent practicing his technique and tricks at the Whitianga skatepark. Now 13-year-old Seth Smith will showcase his scooting skills on a far bigger stage when he takes on some of the country’s best at the Australasian Scooter Association New Zealand Nationals in Christchurch.

With the busy summer season in full swing and the end of the 2019/2020 financial year less than three months away, rental property owners are reminded that it’s no longer possible to deduct residential rental losses against their other income.

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.

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