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Jan 3, 2023

Beach Meet 2023 will go ahead Rain or Shine!

By Pauline Stewart Beach Meet 2023 will go ahead Rain or Shine! 9.30am, Sunday 8 January 2023, Buffalo Beach Reserve 200 vehicles – plenty of big American cars from the 60’s and 70’s. Win the ride in the Pink Cadillac with lunch at Luke’s Kitchen. Bid for the amazing art rendition of the famous Pink Cadillac by Julie Smith Buy an art rendition of your favourite pet, or classic car or truck. Proceeds go to two great causes: Project Mammogram and Mercury Bay Cancer Support Trust (for their palliative care and equipme…

Jan 3, 2023

Rescue Helicopter Trust news

Air Rescue Helicopter Whitianga By Pauline Stewart “It’s been a good year, “says Chairman, Mervyn George, “The fuel tank was set up successfully just in the last few months. We now have 30,000 litres of high-octane fuel ready on this side of the peninsula. Our helicopter is sitting out at Whitianga Airfield for the six weeks of summer vacation, ready to go whenever needed with the very high price of fuel, we are always conscious of raising funds to keep the helicopter in the air, but to have our own fuel supply means we do not have to keep refuelling at…

Jan 3, 2023

A treasure down the side street

By Pauline Stewart   It’s a beautiful interiors shop but with some delightful outdoor pieces as well. Cote Bleu is on your way walking from the Cooks Beach ferry to the Whitianga town centre, or it’s on your way to the ferry, tucked two thirds the way along Monk Street towards the Esplanade. Danielle Robinson and Jean-Christophe Soriano opened their store during covid in August, 2020. Jean, a frenchman, gave this exquisite store its name, Cote Bleu or Blue Coast. “We are on the coast and it is an intensely blue coast,” says Jean, referri…

Jan 3, 2023

Stan’s Stuff – THIS MUST STOP NOW!

What a bizarre heading for New Year! I am aware of this but I am stuck with it. Here’s why. I am one of the editors of the Informer but my son’s health emergency has meant I must care for him and his family. This has kept me in Brisbane for approaching 9 months. This article is based on Brisbane Courier Mail news (Dec 28, 22) but the issue it raises is universal. The article refers to a knifing murder on Boxing Day (26 December). It was a home invasion in the early hours of the morning; a mother of two was knifed in the chest and her husband knifed in the bac…

Jan 3, 2023

Local Flavour

Food Trends for 2023 By Joanna Mannington Titiro whakamuri kokiri whakamua – look back and reflect so you can move forwards It’s that time of year when we reflect on the past to look ahead and try and predict what the coming year might hold. In Local Flavours case, it’s about food trends this year. Consumer choices shape trends and a quick look at food supplier data can help with predictions and planning for business or personal food behaviour. Food Prices – Eating out. This market is going to be continually challenged by the cost of living crisis, supply issues and labour short…

Jan 3, 2023

Doing the distance with Miss Daisy

Going the distance with Miss Daisy Miss Daisy is Zara Wright and she has recently purchased the Driving Miss Daisy franchise in the Coromandel Peninsula. The Informer had a chat with Zara to see how her team’s driving people around the peninsula was working out. “We took a person to Mercury Bay Estate today from the Cooks Beach ferry landing and it felt so good to do that,” says Zara. “Driving Miss Daisy is just newly established on the Peninsula but we are no stranger to transporting people wherever they need to go and accompanying our clients on as many aspects of the jo…

Dec 28, 2022

Hard work and happiness

By Pam Ferla Ninety-six-year-old Lorraine Beach grew up on a farm south of Whitianga, and as a school girl, she rode her horse bareback, the four miles along Kapowai Road to Coroglen School. She recalls that her horse was black ‘and as mad as a hatter’. The journey included crossing the river twice as there were no bridges. The teacher’s name was Mr Cunliffe and naughty children got the cane. One gets the feeling that good-natured Lorraine was not naughty. This dainty lady, with eyes the colour of the cornflowers in her lovely garden, was born on November 1, 1926, in Whitianga, to Andrew…

Dec 28, 2022

Scott Simpson MP and Mayor Len share their views

Scott Simpson MP and Mayor Len share their views The Informer caught up with our National Party elected Member of Parliament, Scott Simpson, and with our Mayor, Len Salt, a few days before Christmas, in different locations. We spoke to Scott on the day after the Hamilton West election results where National Candidate, Tama Potaka won, defeating Labour’s candidate. We were keen to get Scott’s comments on Three Waters and attending COPs 27 in Egypt. Scott is also the Opposition’s spokesperson on the Environment. Scott on current political situation. “…

Dec 28, 2022

Raffle supports Kūaotunu Bird Rescue

Annemeike Kregting is the founder, heart and face of the Kuaotunu Bird Rescue Trust. She is here with Dell Jackson, volunteer at the Community Services Op Shop in Coghill Street, Whitianga, drawing the winning ticket of the raffle that has been organised to raise funds for the charity that rehabilitates so many birds in this area. The raffle was organised by Whitianga Social Services to run for the month of December and was drawn just before Christmas. In addition, the Op Shop stocks the chutneys, jams and relishes made by John Scott known as the ‘Jam Man.’ John prepares these t…