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Apr 16, 2024
Local Government

Who makes the decisions?

This was not an attack on individual Board members.  A previous article regarding Whangamata Community Board indicates that it is not just a Mercury Bay problem and personal experience indicates the problems have been there for some time. But it remains our problem. In the previous article, I followed the Wharekaho footpath requirement, tracking it from community need to budget oblivion and it made me curious about when the requirement disappears from our view, does anyone retain a view of this and who makes decisions about the requirement? What I mean by this is the specific footpath at …

Apr 16, 2024
Local Government

Message from Hon Scott Simpson MP for Coromandel

It seems like every week there’s been an event to be enjoyed and which brings people to our region. We’ve had hundreds of boats competing in a fishing tournament, a convoy of classic cars cruising through our towns for Beach Hop, and people just wanting to relax over the Easter break. To top it off, A Taste of Matarangi was another outstanding success this year. Our Coromandel has proven once again that it’s the place to be. A huge shout out to all the volunteers who have played a part in making these events possible. An event, no matter how large or small, doesn’t organise and run itself….

Apr 16, 2024
One such property located in Te Rerenga, 1246 Whangapoua Rd, is steeped in local folk law and history. Built originally in the 1800s as a mine manager’s house, when gold was being processed in a neighbouring property. This closed somewhere in the early 1900s. The grounds of which I am told, are now used as a reserve. The property was bought by a private couple in approximately 1911 and converted to a hotel. Serving the drovers and Kauri millers of the time. The area was known for its thriving kauri milling industry. The Kauri tree at the corner of the home is said to be over 200 years o…

Apr 16, 2024
Local Events

International harpist in Whiti

Playing a classical mix including Bach, Chopin and Debussy, he quickly confirmed his reputation as a genius of the harp. Stirring, powerful, vibrant, emotional – the audience was wowed by his ability and reminded of the joys of classical music. Chopin’s Prelude op 28, 15, known as “The Raindrop Prelude”, conveyed a gentle sweetness. His own composition “Unchartered Shores” – my favourite – showed the possibilities of the harp and was a lovely piece that played with one’s emotions. Debussy’s “Claire de Lune” was exquisite. Grande Piece Symphonique also pulled at the heart strings. “Fantasi…

Apr 16, 2024
Festivals

Heart felt thank you from Event Coordinator-Bronwyn Ririnui

The organizing committee’s dedication, hard work and meticulous planning have been the backbone of this festival.  They have volunteered countless hours of brainstorming, organizing, coordinating bringing this event to fruition. I am truly grateful for their support. The support from our generous sponsors has been instrumental in making this festival a reality. Their belief in our cause and willingness to invest in our community have enabled us to create an unforgettable experience for all who attend. We truly couldn’t do this without them. The generosity from our raffle and auction contr…

Apr 16, 2024
Stan’s Stuff

NOT pro-Jewish, NOR anti-German – but ABOUT LIFE for EVERYONE!

I wrote the play, ‘Getting Through’ in 1973. It is based on Victor Frankl’s best seller ‘Man’s Search for Meaning’. This book which has never been out of print has sold 17 million to this date. The book stunned me. I felt it contained insights into dealing with personal life-threatening traumas that many were facing in my suburb, Warrandyte, in the city of Melbourne, Australia. I named the play ‘Getting Through’ because I believed it contained clues as to how individuals could ‘get through’ their life-threatening traumas and depressions . I still believe that. Victor Frankl (deceased – Sep…

Apr 16, 2024
Roading and Transport

State Highway 25 south of Whangamata closed by crash

Update: 12:49PM Emergency services have worked to clear one lane of State Highway 25 south of Whangamata following a truck crash this morning. The crash was reported to Police at 11.10am and initially the road was closed in both directions. While one lane is now clear, motorists can expect continued delays and should take alternative routes where possible. Update: 12:11PM State Highway 25 south of Whangamata is blocked following a truck crash. The truck has collided with a power pole, bringing live power lines down. The truck driver has sustained moderate in…

Apr 16, 2024
Local Events

Beverley Hillbillies for 10th Birthday of NZ Retro Car and Caravan Club

The weekend will kick off from 6.00pm on the Friday night. “It’s all about You – caravans – comraderie – fun – laughter – puppies – food – friendship,” says Peter Nunn, Captain of the Club. “Saturday night is Theme Night Party with a Potluck dinner and prizes for the best dressed Clampett Hillbilly and the best light show caravan. There will be ‘possum stew’ on the weekend and ‘moonshine’ plus a sales table for everyone to bring their wares to sell.” It will be a great time for all caravan enthusiasts. One more message from Peter; “Bring your own instruments to join in with the DJ’s Mik…

Apr 16, 2024
Local History

Callaway House being restored

Left, Rings Gold – The plaque at Opitonui Stream; above, Callaway House owners Bill and Marija Algie (left and right) with Mercury Bay Historic Society members Ian and Lindsay Robbie (centre). The day began with a visit to the historic Buffalo Cemetery, where Able Seaman David Wanks, of HMS Buffalo was buried in 1838.  They then went on to inspect the nearby gold stamper battery, which boasts the largest water wheel in New Zealand. The battery is currently closed but soon to be reopened. The group then took a quick look at Opitonui Stream, where in 1842 Charles Ring discovered the first go…