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Jan 12, 2023

Mercury Bay Art Escape just seven weeks away!

Lock in the first two weekends of March for Mercury Bay Art Escape Escape 2023 . Open Studios style Mercury Bay Art Escape is all go for the first 2 weekends in March 2023, Friday 3 March-Sunday 5 March and Friday 10 March to Sunday 13 March. 41 artists from Tairua to Matarangi are preparing to welcome art lovers to their open studios. With 15 new members, and a variety of new mediums, Mercury Bay Art Escape promises to be an exciting creative journey for our visitors. Each stop promises different art and a delightful journey through a very beautiful part of the world – Coromandel P…

Jan 12, 2023

News in brief

125 years of Service to Mercury Bay in 2023 St Andrews By The Sea Co-operating Church invites everyone to Open Weekend in February. The 125 Years Anniversary organising committee is asking for stories, photos and memorabilia to help with the display for a church Open Weekend Friday 17 – Sunday, 20 february, when story boards and photos will tell the community stories – weddings, events, family stories. The church began its life In 1898 as ‘Whitianga Undenominational Church,’ with monies raised in the local community. Coordinator, Dorothy Preece, says they want this event to be as much about…

Jan 3, 2023

Two happy days for kids’ fishing

Happy day for kids’ fishing at Tairua By Pam Ferla Pilchards and patience are the secret to catching fish, according to six-year-old Wolf Walbaekken, who took part in annual Coromandel Hobbies Kids Day at the Wharf held by Tairua-Pauanui Sports Fishing Club on December 28. Lukas Robinson (11), reckoned using bait helps, plus much patience. Fresh bait as well as jerking the rod up and down and wearing a ‘fishy’ t-shirt were other tips gratefully received by enquiring adults. Some of the youngest anglers switched to eating chips as the warm and …

Jan 3, 2023

Two happy days for kids’ fishing

Happy day for kids’ fishing at Tairua By Pam Ferla Pilchards and patience are the secret to catching fish, according to six-year-old Wolf Walbaekken, who took part in annual Coromandel Hobbies Kids Day at the Wharf held by Tairua-Pauanui Sports Fishing Club on December 28. Lukas Robinson (11), reckoned using bait helps, plus much patience. Fresh bait as well as jerking the rod up and down and wearing a ‘fishy’ t-shirt were other tips gratefully received by enquiring adults. Some of the youngest anglers switched to eating chips as the warm and windy morning pr…

Jan 3, 2023

A business for the season

Bruce Alexander was standing tall on Albert Street and demonstrating carefully to two customers, before they drove off on their Whiti Scooters for hire. Bruce has ten such scooters and The Informer arrived to see the last two leaving for the day. This is just one enterprise managed by Bruce. Like a number of successful young adults coming several years in a corporate background in Auckland and overseas, Bruce has decided that Mercury Bay is a more quality life style where he has time to use his skills and talents and also give back. Many locals know Bruce from Evoluti…

Jan 3, 2023

Fishing Report. Two brothers – Congratulations!

I’ve had some pretty good reports about the fishing out around the Mercury Islands this week.  Once again there have been some big snapper and there’s also been kingfish and the odd john dory caught.  I suspect most people will be trying to stay out of the wind and swell in the week ahead so that may limit your options as far as fishing spots go. Typically, the increased motor vessel traffic in the bay at this time of year reduces the number of fish caught close in, but if weather permits, head out to at least the Black Rocks or the Mercury Islands where most of the popular fishing spots …

Jan 3, 2023

Whiti Butcher – Arthur Olsen

By Pauline Stewart   It’s a butcher shop full of character and it starts with the owner and host, Arthur Olsen and extends to his staff. Hamish is key on the floor and a good friend of Ivan’s having first met as school friends when they were six. He is finishing his apprenticeship this year as a butcher and has been with the business here in Whitianga since Arthur bought it, which was five years ago. There’s always bright banter and a youthful reception when you enter the Butcher shop. “With lambs and pigs, we break all of them down on site here …

Jan 3, 2023

Museum Musings

Morse Code Challenge at Mercury Bay Museum   Welcome Summer! What amazing weather we have had but I suspect as you are reading this there maybe rain on the roof – a great time to come and visit the Museum. Over the month of January, we are running a new holiday activity – ‘Summer Essentials – Morse Code Challenge’. We have hidden our summer essentials i.e. sunglasses, hat, beach towel around the museum with a code attached – you just have to decode the letters and work out the summer phrase! Easy!! As always, a prize is given to those who are clever enough to wo…

Jan 3, 2023

Extravaganza of entertainment on Whitianga waterfront

By Tony Stickley The Extravaganza Fair has left Whitianga for its next venue at Waihi Beach but is promising to be back again next year. “This is our third time in Whitianga and the response has been nothing but positive,” said organiser, Mels Berg. “It’s a really cool community here and we just love it.” Mels was speaking on behalf of the 30-odd stall holders, who do everything from candy floss to tattoos, with many other delightfully unexpected activities in between. And then there are the vehicles…easily some of the most fascinating homes on wheels t…