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Dec 20, 2022

At the Bike park

Contribution by Joelle Martin Communications Coordinator, Inspired Kindergartens Over four years ago, when home-based educator Jenny Collier spied the Pohutukawa seeds which had floated on the wind from her neighbour’s tree down into her backyard it’s said that her green thumbs began to tingle. Last week, 30 of those original wind-swept seeds triumphed as thriving Pohutukawa trees; celebrated and adorned at the epicentre of Meri Kirihimete / Christmas festivities in Whitianga’s Bike Park by local home based education families. All of Whitianga’s home based families were…

Dec 20, 2022

Upgrade your lifejackets at Mercury Bay Marine

Old4New Lifejacket Upgrade Campaign is back, hitting the road across Aotearoa from Thursday 8 December 2022 to Monday 6 February 2023. It’s a Coastguard life jacket exchange and the Campaign Van will spend one half day, Friday 23 December 8am-12pm at Mercury Bay Marine, Whitianga. 14 Moewai Road, Whitianga. Mark and Serah, owners of Mercury Bay Marine, Boating and Outdoors, are big supporters of the Coastguard national campaign and are ready for you to come to Mercury Bay Marine with your old life jackets. Currently, the ‘Old4New Lifejacket Upgrade’ van i…

Dec 20, 2022

Environment matters Caged – Finfish Farm plan on pause

By Geoffrey Robinson   Controversial plans for commercial farming of yellowtail kingfish in cages off the Coromandel Coast are still alive. But hearings on the new venture remain on hold, as Waikato Regional Council awaits answers and information it requested nearly a year and a half ago.   Pare Hauraki Kaimoana, a wholly owned asset holding company of the Hauraki Māori Trust Board and Pare Hauraki Fishing Trust, proposes to produce up to 8,000 tonnes of fish annually in the newly established 300ha Coromandel Marine Farming Zone (CMFZ) between Coromandel To…

Dec 20, 2022

Environment matters- A Time for Honour and Action

A Time for Honour and Action By Trevor Amundsen It was in December four years ago that the Informer reported in depth on a decision made by the Mercury Bay Community Board of the TCDC. This decision was to abide by the Agreement they had entered into with various other parties with regards to the Taputapuatea Spit and to commence the removal of all illegally planted or wild sown trees and weeds on the Spit. They did give one of those parties, the Forest and Bird Society, the opportunity to respond to the decision, but if no response was received by the end of March the f…

Dec 20, 2022

Sea and Shore: Flow and Motion Exhibition

Sea and Shore: Flow and Motion Exhibition Christina McGrath and Ian Preece Ian and Christina worked together on the Creative Coromandel Partner Up programme last year when they decided to pair up and host a joint exhibition.   “As artists we are both passionate about and inspired by nature and in particular the ocean. Our use of media and interpretation of the subject however is very different creating a engaging experience. We felt that the commonality and the contrast of our work would be an inspiration to us both and hopefully provide an enhanced expe…

Dec 20, 2022

Gallery 6 celebrating!

Gallery 6 is celebrating its first birthday. From the idea of one of the artists’ partners with a comment, ‘you should,’ the gallery was created in December 2021 in a vacant tenancy in Coromandel Town. Now a year later, it is part of the town fabric. Beautifully presented and a great display space, the principle artists, Diann Cade, Jan Linklater, Vaughan Udall, Donna Scatchard and Fran Campbell, all local artists, enjoy sharing their work and meeting the public. While winter has quieter months for visitors, they are now seeing the summer influx. As each artist has their own sty…

Dec 20, 2022

Protect what we have!

Protect what we have! Local EMR and WBC Programmes provides students’ knowledge and motivates positive actions!   The Friends of Te Whanganui-A-Hei Marine Reserve Trust are the regional provider for The Mountains to Sea Conservation Trust in the Hauraki/Coromandel region and are extremely pleased to be able to provide the funding needed to deliver the Trust’s Experiencing Marine Reserves (EMR) and Whitebait Connection (WBC) programmes to local area schools. www.mountainstosea.org.nz   The Trust was established in 2010 primarily to r…

Dec 20, 2022

Rookie firefighter follows in Dad’s footsteps

By Tony Stickley Unlike many young men, Hugo Smith never dreamed of one day becoming a fireman. In fact, he didn’t even play with fire engines as a child. But as soon as the Cooks Beach teenager reached the age of 16 a few weeks back—the minimum age to join the volunteer fire service—Hugo signed up with his local brigade. “I couldn’t wait to register,” said Hugo. “I signed the paperwork as soon as I could, straight after my birthday.” Already, the new recruit has been out on three jobs, learning the ropes from older hands. One of thos…

Dec 20, 2022

Gold Star for fire brigade’s ‘ultimate professional’

By Pam Ferla   Tairua fireman, Brian Hart, was awarded a 25-year service Gold Star at a ceremony on December 17 that highlighted Brian’s professionalism and the camaraderie in Tairua Volunteer Fire Brigade. One hundred and thirty brigade members, family and supporters attended the function at Tairua Community Hall. Officials included Coromandel MP Scott Simpson, Thames Coromandel District Council Mayor Len Salt and past president of United Fire Brigades Association, Brian Watters. There was a sense of friendship and humour throughout the evening, with muc…