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All kinds and levels of runners and walkers came to Whitianga for the Run Fest on Saturday, 25 May – 900 participated. The ride on the ferry across to Ferry Landing, Cooks Beach was an extra treat. Both ferries ran for several hours with the return ride not being included in the timing of the race.
Community Notices

What’s in a name? A lot actually! Public competition – words needed for this great town

You might ask why this is important, but there are some solid examples of how a coordinated plan of identity can work for a town. Take Napier as an example. Following the massive earthquake in 1931, when fires destroyed most of the commercial heart of Napier, the city was rebuilt in the style of that era, Art Deco. In 1985, a group of citizens formed the Art Deco Trust in order to promote a newly published, “Take a Walk-Through Art Deco Napier” leaflet funded by the Museum, the Ministry of Works and the Napier City Council which attracted 1000 initial visitors. With focused marketing over…

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Vape-Free Kids NZ, Nationwide – Youth Anti-Vaping They were recognised by an award from the national conference of the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ, thanks to the generosity of GJ Gardner, the Foundation’s only Platinum Friends of the Foundation sponsor. Vape-Free Kids was founded in May 2023 by Ms Wilton, who noticed the rapid rise in the number of vape shops and was starting to hear of the issues schools were having with students vaping. “So, I connected with co-founder Charlie Christie online, who had launched a petition calling for tighter rules on vape retailers and we start…
The Informer
Stan’s Stuff

Things may not be what they seem – Appearances can be deceptive

From 1947 until 1953, I lived in the best designed town in Australia – Yallourn. In every respect this company town was perfect. Built to accommodate 5,000 people by Victoria’s State Electricity Commission (SEC), it was designed to be the ideal town. All power was underground, and gardens and rec…
Stan Stewart

Through the Portal

LTP provides an opportunity to honour commitment

The May edition of this fine paper reported on final verbal submissions being presented regarding the long-term plan. Of the 11 submissions reported by The Informer, 8 referred to a perceived faulty Long Term Plan process and/or financial unfairness. It has also been reported that submissions to …
Trevor Ammundsen

Letters to the editor