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Dec 13, 2022

Stan’s Stuff – Santa

For years now, about this time of the year I am asked to play Santa. It seems I have the ‘shape’ for it and seeing I like children, it should be a perfect fit. I always decline. The personal reason being, I am uneasy with what Father Christmas has come to represent. Some of my friends fill the role and good for them. I can’t. We have friends in retail and I hope their Santa-themed promotions work and that they have a bumper season.   My worst Santa memory relates to a community carol event I was involved with. Towards the end of the evening Santa made a scheduled appearanc…

Dec 13, 2022

Santa visits Tairua in red hot rod

By Pam Ferla Sea mist surrounding Tairua Community Hall did not stop Santa from arriving in a flashy red 1937 Ford Cabrolet hot rod on Saturday December 12, to be greeted gleefully by youngsters. Inside the hall there was more excitement, with Alista the magician turning balloons in to short and long animal shapes. About 20 stalls tempted shoppers as jolly music added to the Christmas atmosphere. The morning was organised by Tairua Information Centre. Manager, Eve Roper, said the event helped fundraising for replacement of the hall annex roof, wh…

Dec 13, 2022

Vintage trio say thanks

The madeleines   When Hannah Kee was four years-old she went to her first ballet lessons. Her teacher was Joelene Murray and the dance studio was in the Monkey Theatre in Coghill Street, Whitianga. When Hannah was ten, and a student at Mercury Bay Area School, she won a talent quest which confirmed her childhood dream of being a performer. She loved her ballet and was good at it when at 11, she won a scholarship to a ballet workshop in Wellington for promising dancers. The Mercury Bay Lionesses sponsored Hannah’s trip to Wellington, all to encourage a very…

Dec 13, 2022

Prime concert – everyone on stage

By Pauline Stewart Sunday afternoon at The Town Hall in Whitianga was the end of year concert for Anita Prime’s Music Academy students. Previously, it has been for the families and friends of the students but this year it was open to the community and quite a crowd assembled for the concert. There was a mix of outstanding talent and courage as children and young people sang, played their instruments, put harmonies together, presented their own compositions both instrumental and vocal. This was the furthest thing from a karaoke show – with everyone bring…

Dec 13, 2022

Environment matters

Otama on target On the Kuaotunu Peninsula at Otama Beach, the Otama Reserve Group (ORGinc.)works as a community volunteer conservation and environment protection collective, holding firmly to their kaupapa to Protect, Restore and Preserve the public conservation reserves in their rohe. To manage this mahi, ORGinc became a legal entity in 2016 by creating a strong visionary community group to work collaboratively with the Department of Conservation (DOC), Waikato Regional Council (WRC), and Thames District Council (TCDC) to help fund projects. Prior to this happening, ac…

Dec 13, 2022

A Sacred Garden right in town

By Pauline Stewart Sacred garden is worth a few visits. It’s a shop because you can buy many different and beautiful things, yet none of them could be termed a homeware or material addition to your life. Everything is to be used or worn for a health or spiritual purpose. It’s also a space to linger in and take in the music and soft fragrance of a candle or incense. You won’t be hassled. In essence, it is true to its name – there an atmosphere of reverence for life in this shop, tucked away o your left in the half arcade next to the Westpac bank in Albert Street,…

Dec 13, 2022

Gold Card issue – Response from Council

The gold card being used on the ferry (The Informer 5 December, 2022.)   Response From Thames Coromandel District Council The issue of a subsidy for Super Gold Card users to travel on the Whitianga Ferry Service at no charge came before the previous Mercury Bay Community Board. Staff were asked to investigate the issue and found the following: · The Whitianga Ferry Service is operated under licence to our Council, which means it is not part of the Waikato Regional Council’s Regional Public Transport Plan. To be eligible for the Super Gold Card s…

Dec 13, 2022

Sea Wall Saga – costs ahead.

By Tony Stickley Owners with properties right on the shoreline at Buffalo Beach are having to fork out $1M to upgrade the existing seawall protecting their homes. In addition, due to previous non-compliance with a retrospective consent, the owners will have to pay a substantial bond or provide other guarantee to Waikato Regional Council to ensure compliance in the future. Furthermore, some of the owners whose properties have “encroached” on bits of reserve land have been told they will need to rectify their property boundaries within a year. These are just some …

Dec 13, 2022

Whitianga Photographic Club November challenge – Gobo photography

Whitianga Photographic Club November challenge – Gobo photography From Kate Beauchamp November challenge: ‘Gobo’ photography was this month’s challenge. Gobo (short for Go Between) is a stencil, or object, which is placed between the light source and the subject to project a shadow pattern. It can help to create mood, or add to the drama of a scene, for example in film noir scenes. Kate Beauchamp captured the winning image ‘Day dreaming’. Elle Brookes kindly modelled for the portrait, which was shot in the garden in sunlight. Elle’s friend Hanna…