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Feb 21, 2023

Hawkes Bay Fundraiser with Tipene Harmer and a host of great musicians

Saturday, 25 February, at Monkey House Theatre. Entry is by generous KOHA. Call Molly if you can help in any way – 0220 330 720 Tipene Harmer is well known to many people in mercury bay. For his work with young people and his music. He is a creator of music and a recording artist and teaches many young people the art of their instrument and about recording. Tipene works from the Whitianga Social Services. At this time Tipene needs this community’s practical support. Since the cyclone, he has been searching to find a way to help his people. Tipene is fro…

Feb 21, 2023

At last!

By Stan Stewart I can hardly believe it! At last, I am in the office of The Mercury Bay Informer ready to start the job I was supposed to commence in May last year. Before taking up our position as the new owners of the paper Pauline and I planned to take 3 weeks holiday in Brisbane, with family and friends and most importantly our son Walker, his wife Effie and our grandson Logan. On the day we arrived in Brisbane we were told Walker was in hospital. The hospital visit that day was just the beginning of a ten-month journey. Without warning or premonition our son was paralysed b…

Feb 21, 2023

Sport Waikato Community Award for Sean

Sean Reilly is a regular fixture at the Whitianga skate park with his Whitianga SkateSchool. We recently did a story of the excellent community service and activity he provides through skating lessons for the local children. (6 December – Skate Boarding Lessons.) But he’s not just a skater – he’s a teacher, a mentor, and most recently, the recipient of Sport Waikato’s Community Connection award. The Whitianga Skate School was born out of necessity. An early childhood teacher, Sean had found himself between jobs at the beginning of the pandemic. With a pas…

Feb 21, 2023

Stan’s Stuff – Aftermath

By Stan Stewart Dictionary definition: Aftermath – the consequences or after-effects of a significant unpleasant event. When I was thinking about coming to live in Whitianga, I asked a long time resident was there concern in the town about global warming – sea level rise etc? He said, “Some. However, that’s a problem for future generations, not ours!” Hmm! Really? Sitting in Brisbane and viewing video clips of Whitianga and district it looks to me like sea level rise is our problem too – now! We are facing a problem with no easy answers – no quick fixes….

Feb 21, 2023

Response to Emergency in Tairua

By Pam Ferla “Absolutely marvellous” is how Tairua fire chief, Chris New, describes the actions of emergency response volunteers and locals following the devastation caused by cyclone Gabrielle last week. There were flooded homes, fallen trees and “a few holes in roofs”, while residents coped with no power, food shortage, and some without water for nearly four days. “Our station had no power or telephones, just a generator for radios and this was going about 90 hours and used up a lot of fuel. For us the main problem was getting fuel because the petrol s…

Feb 21, 2023

Bay Bakery – Good Sorts

Pink Bun Day and Cyclone Gabrielle By Holly Shan Tuesday, February 14, being Valentine’s Day is set aside for people to show their love to some of those closest to them. The recent Valentine’s Day was also Pink Bun and Cupcake Day for some of the baking outlets in Mercury Bay. Leeanne and Sharlee Bates, the owners of the Bay Bakery in Monk Street, Whitianga Bakery, held a special sale to help raise money for Project Mammogram Whitianga, a project initiated by Whitianga Lions Club and Mercury Bay Lions Club to raise $350,000 to buy a mammogram machine to be installed locally fo…

Feb 21, 2023

After the storm…

Puhiwai Rangi’s last journey This great creature has had a few too many journeys. It was first transported from Matapaua Bay where it was stranded lifeless, to Wharekaho Beach to undergo cultural flensing. This was shared by three tribes but managed by Doc and Joe Davis of ngati hei. This process also had commercial aspects, procuring the oil and bone and ambergris. It was then exposed in storms associated with Cyclone Hale and finally Cyclone Gabrielle scattered the creature’s remains along Wharekaho Beach. This time it has been buried on the Marae as the beach w…

Feb 21, 2023

Free delivery from store to shore

New World Waka Kai back in the water after Cyclone Gabrielle By Holly Shan Last Thursday, 16 February, New World Whitianga chose to do an unusual delivery via its Waka Kai. New World Waka Kai, delivering hassle-free groceries to Coromandel beaches via a Sealegs amphibious boat, was the brainchild of Whitianga owner-operator, Kerry Stanley, to ensure easier and more relaxed summer shopping for thousands of customers. It was a world first venture at the time, delivering to six beaches: Cooks Beach, Hahei, Pauanui, Opito Bay, Matarangi, Whangapoua. The Waka Kai typically…

Feb 21, 2023

from Mayor Len

Extract from Mayor Len’s letter to the Thames-Coromandel constituents, Friday 17 February On Wednesday, I stood in the EOC operations centre with Transport Minister Michael Wood and watched as Civil Defence Controller Garry Towler led his team of 150 personnel from around the district through the morning briefing. I’ve never been more proud of our people, or more grateful for their selfless contributions. …our hearts go out to the people of Tairāwhiti, Napier, Wairoa, Hastings and all of the other districts that have been hit so hard. I’ve reached out to the Mayors in t…