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Sep 13, 2022

AGM Annual Awards at the Mercury Bay Game Fishing Club

0ver 200 trophies, certificates and cash prizes were presented at last Saturday’s MBFC prizegiving. Men, women and children – all excellent anglers – were part of the evening’s bounty for outstanding results in their game fishing. The Informer can share photos of only some of the recipients. Hunter Nicholson and his brother Levi scooped so many awards in the Youth section. Hunter caught the largest fish of the season but Levi had the largest tally of points. Chloe Roberts won the Coromandel FM Trophy for the most releases. She also won a host of other awards. Alana Baker and partn…

Sep 13, 2022

Top tips for enjoying this year’s Whitianga Marathon

Last years Whitianga Marathon was a huge success with hundreds of athletes enjoying a fantastic days running and celebrating endurance.   1) Train. This one goes without saying but it need not be as complicated as it seems. Eat the elephant one bite at a time. Every little bit helps. Start sooner rather than later and appreciate that fitness is a never ending journey where each activity builds upon the last. If you can’t run, walk. Whitianga is not an exclusive event and encourages athletes of all abilities so there is no need to be intimidated by some unre…

Sep 13, 2022

Fishing Report

Sponsored by Whitianga Marine – Tel (07) 867 1182 Jet Ski Fishing update Contribution from Paul Simpson – a local experienced jet ski fisherman. Giving all our readers an insight into jet ski fishing in the area. Let’s kick off with introducing myself. I have lived in Whitianga for ten years now and apart from way too much work, I’m into jet ski fishing and mountain biking. I’ve been jet ski fishing for about 12 plus years. So why jet ski fishing? To go fishing, I need to get out of work, the weather must be right, and I need a few hours spare …

Sep 13, 2022

Coastguard awards

The annual prize giving has just taken place for the fourth intake of the Whitianga Coastguard Alan Jackson Memorial Cadetship. This year, the Cadets tutors were unable to separate the two top contenders for the Outstanding Cadet award so they declared a draw presenting outstanding Cadet awards to both Skyla Blofield and Chloe Morcom. Euan Stewart was the very deserving winner of the Most Improved Cadet award. Many thanks to Stuart from Longshore Marine and Stu Lowth from Medi-train, for their very kind donation of two PFDs and four first aid kits to add to our prize pool. Each of o…

Sep 13, 2022

Stan’s Stuff – Korean Capers

Korean Capers By Stan Stewart   I can’t remember how we met, but we soon became friends. Our South Korean friends were insistent that they provide a meal for us. Our expectation was casseroles or other food in plastic containers. Wrong! They wanted to cook a meal for us and to do this they brought all the necessary equipment. Containers and a portable stove were set out on our kitchen table. Soon aromas we were not familiar with, filled the room. They served the basic food and then introduced us to the pre-prepared garnish – Kimchi (fermented cabbage). T…

Sep 13, 2022

Environmental news

Eco Drinks Report The first Eco Drinks meeting in a while was held at the Monkey House last Tuesday. A lively discussion emanated from the theme Waste Not; Want Not. Kevin Robinson, Secretary of Whitianga’s MenzShed, inspired us with his tales from this burgeoning group of men finding enjoyment, friendships and purpose in their incredibly well-equipped workshop. Apart from a purchased thicknesser, all the tools and machinery have been donated (read recycled!). The blokes have their own projects and also help others by fixing furniture, repairing household items which might h…

Sep 13, 2022

Hē Taonga aroha mō ngā iwi o Whitianga

A gift of love to the people of Whitianga   Bess Kingi has a gift for Whitianga – a Kakahu. She is the owner of ‘Besshandz Embroidered Monograms’ operating 28 years, incorporating clothing repairs. Bess is part of “Te Roopu Whatu Kakahu” who meet weekly at the Social Services Centre to weave and whatu kakahu under the guidance of talented Kaiako, Deborah Phillips.   It was during lockdown that I decided to whatu a Kakahu for the community of Whitianga, as my own has been borrowed on many occasions for various events. Materials became scarce during lockdown …

Sep 13, 2022

Thrilling – David Becker concert

David Becker’s concert at the Monkey House Theatre in Coghill Street last Saturday evening was thrilling. His range of styles was an accomplishment in itself – mellow soft accoustic, drum mixes with foot tapping guitar rhythms, multi-electronic layers mixing with his live instrumentals. Every note has been played and recorded by Dave. There were moments where the audience was listening to a virtual orchestra. One of the highlights was the planetary journey Dave had composed and recorded as a collaboration with Space Channel to create ‘Planets’ – a musical voyage through th…

Sep 13, 2022

Tairua Community Board candidates

Nathaniel Blomfield   “Kia ora koutou. I’m running for the Tairua – Pauanui Community Board because, as a local living in Tairua for 25 years, I want to make sure Tairua and Pauanui have the representation of the young working families of our area on the board. The last few years have seen how important having that representation is. What could have been a simple development for the tamariki of our community, the Cory Park Domain skate park, devolved into infighting and division in our town, with the decisions on the development being removed from our community board and g…