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Dec 20, 2022

Mow off – after 50 years

By Cynthia Daly It has taken nearly half a century for Bruce Andrews of Whitianga to fi nally experience a clean shaven face and his wife, Di says it’s like he’s suffering PTSD after losing his furry friend of nearly 50 years but it’s all in a good cause, supporting prostate cancer awareness. Bruce was one of several members of American Muscle Street & Custom Club Whitianga who joined in the Mow Off recently, raising just over $1500 for the cause. when Di first met her future husband, Bruce she was an 18 year-old lass working in the post office and he had a moustache even th…

Dec 20, 2022

It’s a lot like Christmas

It’s a lot like Christmas Food packages and Christmas gifts for 60 families and households The Christmas tree that was full of gift tags is now empty and where it was bare at the base of the tree is now brimming with gifts from the community. This was early Monday morning at Guthrie Bowen owners, Jules and Rachael have been very moved by the generosity of the community – “ it is the most generous we have seen” There are small gifts, so thoughtful with beautiful messages and there are are big presents – new bikes and scooters – all given by people in Mer…

Dec 20, 2022

Stoked Deli and Restaurant

Stoked Deli & Restaurant are owned by local residents Andy & Bex Driscoll. Fine dining & culinary excellence have been their passion for nigh on 25yrs and the delicatessen was created as an extension of their passion for gourmet produce in 2020. Andy & Bex are now ready and excited to spend more time with their two young daughters Chloe & Neive, whilst Alex & Mark Samson will be taking over ownership of Stoked Deli in early 2023 bringing their daughters Tinca & Kizzy into the business fold. Alex’s hospitality background led into a 10yr career in Yachting and sa…

Dec 20, 2022

Local Physio is a world class sailor

Charlotte Porter normally works full time as a physiotherapist with Physio First in Coghill Street, Whitianga. But she is also a very accomplished sailor on an international level. Two weeks ago she left for the Open Match Racing World championships in Sydney, Australia racing out from Darling Harbour. At 24 years of age, Charlotte is a member of the team representing the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron.   As The Informer goes to print, Charlotte has been competing at Darling Harbour, Tuesday 13 to Sunday 18 December. This team from RNZYS has both males a…

Dec 20, 2022

Mayor Len – Monthly column Wishing everyone around the Coromandel a safe and merry Christmas

Wishing everyone around the Coromandel a safe and merry Christmas As we head into our peak summer period many of our businesses rely on this time to get through the rest of the year – and we’re all about bringing it on. Come and visit, but be responsible and play safe. In terms of Council services, with about four times as many people on the Coromandel compared to winter, we really need to plan. We put on extra rubbish and recycling collections, we encourage water conservation and then spread the word about water restrictions through our Council website, email newsletters, our social media,…

Dec 20, 2022

Community Christmas Dinner

This is a team. They make the Christmas Dinner possible. Maureen Kerr, organiser with Sandy Herbert, says, “It could just happen as a dinner for the less privileged and alone, but that doesn’t make a community. That separates a community. It is when everyone plays a part and chooses to share themselves; then we have the makings of a community. I have loved doing this with Sandy. We are so very thankful to all who gave and came,”says Maureen.   Helpers Rebekah Jowsey, Courtney Linnecar, Mike Walker and Maureen Kerr.

Dec 13, 2022

Tairua Golf Ladies Tournament

TAIRUA GOLF CLUB Annual Ladies Christmas Tournament Tuesday, 6 December – Fifteen clubs, ranging from Papuranga to Coromandel Town and Whitianga, took part in this tournament. Ladies club captain and 9-hole convenor, Jan Stanley, said the weather was perfect for the tournament and the day went well, with everyone enjoying lunch and receiving a prize.   Results: Eighteen Holes, DIV 1: Best Nett : Lisa Radford 68, Tairua. Best Stableford: Robyn Hayward 39, Tairua. DIV 2: Best Nett: Donna Kim 68 Thames, Best Stableford: Sam Peters 41, Thames. Nine Holes DIV 1…

Dec 13, 2022

Hats and not kākahu for Christmas Competition

Hats and not Kakahu for Christmas Competition Te Roapu Whatu Kakahu celebrated their end of year with an amazing hat creations competition. The theme was natural and nature, and they were judged over their celebration lunch at Mercury Bay Club last Friday, 9 December. With The Informer as the judge, there was Bess’ Melbourne Cup Flaxinator in third place, Shena’s Steam Christmas Punk ‘Whero’ and Vicki’s ‘Light Up your Life’ in second place and Deborah’s ‘Nui’ in first place. Everyone’s hat was a self- made creation.     This is a g…

Dec 13, 2022

Fishing Report

By Tony Marsters It’s been a week of turmoil and freakish weather which has left filthy water in the river and in the bay, so don’t expect the live baits to be plentiful until the water clears. Fishing has been hit and miss recently, unless you are either up at the crack of dawn or fishing at dusk. The puddle has been producing good numbers while the reefs have been hard to get to with these recent swells and chop. One good thing to come out of these stirred up waters however are cray numbers. So here’s a few tips on potting for crays. Firstly – know the…