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Apr 16, 2024
Local Business

MyStays extends expertise from Taupo to the Coromandel

Brent and Elle Knight at their own retreat in Whangamata. Founded by Brent and Elle Knight, with deeply connected to the region. MyStays prides itself on being Kiwi-owned, ensuring profits remain in New Zealand while offering growth opportunities and memorable holiday experiences for locals and visitors alike. “With personal ties to the Coromandel, including family connections and cherished memories, we’re excited to expand our business in the region. “For Brent, childhood holidays in the area hold special significance, while my family still resides in the Coromandel region. Our own retr…

Apr 16, 2024
Local Events

Two ‘dance the night away’ sell outs

Filipino band, left, set gets the people dancing; Nathan Haines, above, with his jazz/DJ set. Whitianga was very fortunate to have someone of the calibre of Nathan Haines come especially for a concert at the Monkey House last weekend. He is world class and world famous moving between London and his native Auckland – producer, vocalist, saxophonist. jazz musician extraordinaire and now doing his own DJ set using his maestro jazz skills – remarkable adaption of the new trends in creating your music as you go for Monkey House audiences. This was another sellout and people from twenty years of…

Apr 16, 2024
Local Events

Magical day for Lions Family Picnic

The clear skies were wishful thinking, but when you set out to make magic happen, then anything is possible. And so it was.  The children raced to the Bike Park, dragging their parents behind them as the Whitianga Lions Club Family Picnic got underway on Sunday,14 April. Bubbly little faces with teddy bear prizes won the vote on cuteness, while giant bubbles drifted across the air with squeals of excitement. Ice creams were slurped, sizzled sausages were munched and many littlies learnt how wonderful meringues with whipped cream taste. Energy recharged, everyone was off again for an egg a…

Apr 16, 2024
Fitness and Wellbeing

Running – it’s my passion, it’s in my soul

During the COVID pandemic and subsequent lockdowns, I decided to tap into my wealth of experience and retrain as a Personal Trainer, Mindset Coach and Life Coach with the ultimate goal to help people achieve their goals through physical training, mindset training and better life choices. Most of my achievements have occurred while working full-time as a landscaper and stone mason and around family time. This has helped me hone my skills for the ‘time crunched’ runner towards training smarter, emphasising quality over quantity. I soon realised we all have the same amount of hours in a day; …

Apr 16, 2024
Local History

Lest We Forget – we will remember them

Sgt. Bea Alcoze of Ft. Worth, Texas, with his canine companion along Burma Road, as part of the Mars Task Force in Ho-Pong, Vietnam. And I have seen that there is added remembrance for those military personnel who lost their lives in other theatres of war since the major wars eg Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan and other conflicts to which we have sent personnel. For those who returned home after the major wars, many  were emotionally, mentally or physically traumatized and faced huge problems re-adjusting to life back home. Many situations had changed considerably while they were away a…

Apr 16, 2024
Education

Leadership and responsibility part of their daily life and work

Both Francie and Hugo are very conscious of this. The Informer spent time with the two  talking about their understanding of being a head student and also their views on Anzac Day. Both Francie and Hugo will be leading part of the Dawn Service at Soldiers Memorial Park, Whitianga on Anzac Day, reading out the names of the fallen from this district from World War One and Two. Francie: “I believe a head student needs to feel strong in who they are, with an understanding of their own values and the values of the school.

Apr 16, 2024
Local Groups & Clubs

Catching a fish but not a bird

As the Programme Co-ordinator, I found the boat ramp advocacy and school visits to be a particular highlight. I spoke with roughly 900 recreational fishers over the summer at seven different boat ramps. The people spoken to were not just boaties; they were surf casters and family groups fishing from the wharf as well. I have been amazed at how much the children knew and how most people do respect the seabirds and appreciate their vulnerability and importance to our ecosystems. Everyone thought avoiding catching a bird was a good idea! Southern seabirds would like to thank The Informer for…

Apr 16, 2024
Education

A heart warming essay competition

The details for this competition came through The Informer with the weekly adverts about a particular seabird written by a different identity each week. This provided information and interest and brought about a flow of entries. It was intentionally not pushed through schools so as to not make it a compulsory or simply an academic exercise. It was to be a task and opportunity taken up by children voluntarily. We have been amazed at the knowledge and love that the children and young people of Coromandel Peninsula have of their sea birds. The fine work of the Southern Seabirds Co-ordinator…

Apr 16, 2024
Local Government

Reality and detail lacking in long term plan

This could explain the way things seem to be working for local regional development in terms of presenting its Long term Plan (LTP). The process seems to be that major decisions are made after a lot of discussion and research within staff environs; a budget figure is set and then opinion from the ratepayer is sought by way of submission both individual and group, followed by verbal submissions and presentations at public meetings. A sticking issue is that the means to make a proper and informed submission would be to first check budget lines and view some sort of visual or diagrammatic pres…