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Mar 1, 2023

Incredible community effort raises $5000 at Hawkes Bay Fundraiser Concert

By Anusha Bhana Photo credits: Anusha Bhana and Michelle Rhodes Last Saturday proved to be a very special night as the Mercury Bay community banded together for the Cyclone Gabrielle Hawkes Bay Relief Fundraiser Concert at the Monkey House Lounge and Cabaret. It had all come together in less than a week! Whitianga local and New Zealand Hip Hop artist, Tipene Harmer, originally from Hastings, was inspired to organise the event after hearing first hand from friends and whānau in his hometown about the extreme pressure small community groups and marae wer…

Mar 1, 2023

Public meetings, TCDC Newsletters, people’s questions

By Pauline Stewart There were 140 people in attendance at the public meeting organised by the Mercury Bay Business Association (MBBA) last Wednesday, 22 February, one of three meetings held across The Coromandel to report back to the wider community as to the future regarding our economic life. Thames Coromandel District Council Mayor, Len Salt, presented as did Mitchell King, Economic Development, TCDC. Lynda Grant, Chair of MBBA, hosted the meeting, explaining the context and welcoming everyone. This was a matter of fact meeting, buoyancy didn’t exist. In effect, our …

Mar 1, 2023

International students return to MBAS

by Holly Shan After a long hiatus due to the pandemic from 2020, Mercury Bay Area School is pleased to welcome back international students for the new academic year. A group of 15 students, comprising 14 from Germany and one from Austria, have arrived to start their study at the school and their explore of the Coromandel. While some will stay for one term, others will be here for two terms or the whole year. In addition, eight more students are scheduled to arrive in July. According to Marie Wilson, the International Student Director and Homestay Manager of the s…

Mar 1, 2023

Welcome again!! to the Whiti Beach Meet 2023

Re-scheduled to Easter Sunday, 9 April 2023 9:00am to 3:00pm, Buffalo Beach Reserve Whitianga A permit has been secured to use the Buffalo Beach Reserve, Whitianga, to hold a full on Car, Truck, Bike, Retro Caravan show. So, there will be loads of room for all the vehicles. Reg Smith, leader of the organising committee says, “It doesn’t matter what you’re driving, there are no restrictions on year model, make or type of vehicle. If you know anyone that might like to enter their toy, we encourage you to invite them along.” Entry forms and fees: Email to glasspro@x…

Mar 1, 2023

St Andrew’s by the Sea celebrates 125th anniversary

By Tony Stickley Hundreds of people turned out over the weekend to celebrate 125 years since St Andrew’s by the Sea first opened its doors for worship. They came from all over the region and from further afield where possible, despite travel restrictions imposed by Cyclone Gabrielle. Some were baptized in the church, others married there, some had attended services there, while others were newcomers to Whitianga who have made St Andrew’s their place of worship. One of the oldest buildings constructed when Whitianga was still in its infancy, St Andrew’s is very m…

Mar 1, 2023

A good catch at the Bike Park

By Jon Maud These boys are part of the predator control programme that takes place at Whitianga’s Bike Park. Every catch is a bonus! This predator catching team are from Te Hā o Hei Mercury Bay Area School who organise this very necessary activity. Every second Friday the students from MBAS come up to the Bike Park and maintain predator trap lines throughout the park. The Bike Park applies for funding for the supply of traps and bait. Recently the Mercury Bay Club contributed towards traps and bait for the next six months. The students are catching possums, st…

Mar 1, 2023

Fintan’s fundraiser tour going well

By Jack Biddle In issue 1041 – 14 February the Informer published a story about local Hahei resident Fintan Rooney’s plans to cycle the length of New Zealand with three close overseas friends and fellow keen cyclists. The roughly 2500 kilometre ride was a long-held bucket list item waiting to be ticked off for Fintan and one which was placed into some serious doubt before even one pedal stroke was ever turned. As part of a routine health check prior to starting his ride, he was diagnosed with leukaemia. While coming as a complete shock at the time, the 69 year old Irish…

Mar 1, 2023

An open letter

to the shareholders in Ohinau Aquaculture Ltd, Peter Bull, mussel farmer and Joe Davis, Kaumatua, Kaitiaki (representing Ngati Hei) Peter Bull, relatively sheltered at Coromandel and on the west coast, you might not have experienced quite such ferocious conditions in the storms that have lashed the east coast. Joe Davis, you would have watched, from Ngati Hei Marae, the awe inspiring, roaring maelstrom of enormous waves breaking far out across Mercury Bay, and seen the destruction caused by the power of the sea in these storms. That the waves could have …

Feb 21, 2023

Red-stickered but ready to play

By Kaspur Franke Sean Kelly and his band is back with an all-new show at The Monkey House Lounge and Cabaret Friday Night, 24 February. Fresh off his sold-out nationwide tour of New Zealand, Sean’s signature Irish music has thrilled and entertained audiences worldwide. The Monkey House at 18 Coghill Street, Whitianga, will be Sean’s final stop before heading off to perform in North America. It’s been a rough road of late. Whilst the band hunkered down in Great Barrier Island during Cyclone Gabrielle, Sean, a resident of The Coromandel, had his house red stickered in Thames but that has o…