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Sep 6, 2022

Museum Musings

It’s Spring!! With that, the days are longer, which means we can get more done around the house. For us here in the Museum, we have certainly been getting things done around the house! Our new exhibition spaces – the school room, general store and haberdashery – are coming along nicely. Thanks to all the hard work of our amazing builder, Steve. His patience is certainly a virtue when we say, ‘we were thinking’!! He certainly makes the process so much easier. Also, thanks to our resident sparky and general technical wizard Damon- this new space is our first full exhibition that wi…

Sep 6, 2022

Harcourts organises Blue September charity auction

hannon Smith is no stranger to the anguish and grief of seeing someone you love suffering and dying of cancer. Her partner was just 30, when he died of testicular cancer. Shannon is passionate about men getting tested regularly, about not putting off going to the doctor and to not ignore symptoms. September is the month dedicated to raising the awareness of prostate cancer and raising funds to help improve the outcomes of the 42,000 men and their families who live with prostate cancer in New Zealand. Harcourts Whitianga has decided to do their part to get involved…

Sep 6, 2022

Hikuai School celebrates 125 years

Imagine a one-room school built of heart Kauri with only 16 pupils from just four families. Imagine it in a lovely rural setting and you have the beginning of Hikuai School in August 1897. Fast-forward 125 years and a small group of locals are busy organising Hikuai School’s Jubilee Celebrations that are sure to renew friendships and memories of school days gone-by and acknowledge the work of present-day pupils. One of the organising group is former teacher at the school, Anne Fowler. “We are feeling excited and enthusiastic about our jubilee,” she says. “We enc…

Sep 6, 2022

Tips for Business Owners

Tips for Business Owners Starting a business, or even a new product or service, is not easy, but using your talents to make a difference in your customers’ lives can be incredibly rewarding. Begin by preparing a rough financial forecast to determine if your idea will give you the return you want. What can you sell your goods/services for and what will they cost? Factor in the impact of inflation. How many sales do you need to break even? What financial investment is required to get started (e.g., equipment, deposits, marketing, and inventory), and how will you fund this? Ca…

Sep 6, 2022

TCDC Council candidates

This week we present four of the seven candidates standing as Councillors for the TCDC Mercury Bay Ward in the upcoming local body elections. The remaining three – Grahame Christian, Deli Connell and John Grant – will be published next week. The Informer expresses no political bias. The Mayoral candidates were presented from A to Z, this time the candidates are listed from Z to A.   Candidates for Thames Coromandel District Council There are seven candidates from Mercury Bay area standing for Counil (TCDC). Only four can be ele…

Sep 6, 2022

Planning underway for Mercury Bay Arts Hub feasibility study

A group of arts passionate locals are looking for community feedback into the idea of establishing a dedicated publicly-owned arts facility to serve the Mercury Bay area. The group, working as a sub-committee of Creative Coromandel/ He Mana Toi Moehau Trust, are applying for funds to undertake an independent feasibility study into the idea, providing community members a chance to have their say. A mapping project undertaken in 2014 by Creative Waikato showed Mercury Bay as an arts hot-spot within the TCDC area and Creative Coromandel spokesperson, Jan Wright, says the arts activi…

Sep 6, 2022

CIVIC CENTRE – A Crazy Idea or the Right Time?

There is quite a lot of conversation and interest in a new space in Mercury Bay for performing arts, concerts, art and business exhibitions, conferences and large gatherings. Some in the community have been advocating and doing research, because there is no such space (see the article adjacent to this one). Others have been dreaming and scheming from other angles and other expressed needs but all wanting the same thing. One of those people is Alan Hopping, of The Lost Spring, no stranger to big dreams and no stranger to making them happen. On a visit to The Lost Spring, and disc…

Sep 6, 2022

An election issue -no getting away from it

Are you aware? · Nine low-cost pensioner units in Whitianga are owned, maintained and administered by the Mercury Bay Community Fund Trust (MBCF Trust – seven members). · There is a low-cost pensioner housing crisis in Whitianga with a waiting list of over 40 low income pensioners. · The MBCF Trust has spent ten years talking to Council, enduring terminal niceness but never any decision or action.   What has been experienced as lack of support from the Mercury Bay Community Board and TCDC to make a decision, regarding allocation of land and secu…

Sep 6, 2022

First Showcase Dinner to meet the makers

Back Row: Simon Ward – Mercury Bay Estate Dave Johnston and Andy Williams – Hot Water Brewing Company Anne Louden – Coromandel Oyster Company Middle: Hannah Hardy – Business Studies student MBAS Anne Louden – Coromandel Oyster Company Jillian Johnston – Cathedral Cove Macadamias Sue Williams – 309 Honey Erin Mone Opito -Bay Salt Company Front Row: Andy Corles – Castle Rock Fine Foods, Perry Cornish of Opito Bay Salt company   First Showcase Dinner to meet the makers We met the makers of Coro…