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The smallest column is the one on the left – THERMAL, but it is that which sets us apart from other villages/towns in New Zealand. That is the key to every other offering we have listed in the other two columns under Ocean and Village.
Roading and Transport

Pepe Bridge, Tairua rebuild at last – two lanes starting 2025

Scott Simpson MP, Simeon Brown Hon. Minister for Transport, and David Speirs, Director Regional Relationships Waikato/Bay of Plenty Wake Kotsahi, NZ transport Agency, in Scott Simpson’s office in Thames for the announcement. The Pepe Bridge at the southern end of Tairua shopping centre, opened in 1942 “Visiting the Coromandel today, I understand the impact the current Pepe Stream Bridge is having on the local community and motorists that are visiting Tairua.

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Senior Citizens Club annual tournament and a very special cup

It was the Whitianga Senior Citizens annual indoor bowling competition for the Benjamin Robert Skinner Cup. It is best known as the Buffalo Cup because the teak timber from which the cup was made was recovered from the HMS Buffalo shipwreck in 1936. The cup was made in memory of Mr. Skinner who desired to emigrate to NZ but died just before the family departed.  The family was aware that the HMS Buffalo had been built in India and that it lay in the Mercury Bay, and requested that a piece of the wood recovered be made into a memorial cup to be used for an annual accomplishment prize.   For…
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Stan’s Stuff

The hospital way of working – the only way forward!

It came on without warning – panting and wheezing. I looked with envy at old people being whisked past me in wheelchairs.
Stan Stewart

Through the Portal

How stuff is done by council – Then and Now

I was at the portal the other day having a quiet beer with a neighbour, of a similar vintage to me, when the conversation came around to the apparent inability, or unwillingness, of the Council to do remedial work.
Trevor Ammundsen

Letters to the editor