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May 21, 2024
Local Government

Our MP out & about

Scott Simpson MP and Cherie Staples, President of Hauraki JP’s Assoc, present Noel (centre) with his 30 years achievement award as a Justice of the Peace. Speaking at Mercury Bay Game Fishing Club Our MP Scott Simpson spoke at a sponsors early breakfast organised and hosted by the Mercury Bay Game Fishing Club last Thursday. Scott introduced himself as part of the large clan of Simpsons of Simpson’s Beach but his main focus was on the state of the Hauraki Gulf waters and the coming legislation soon to be tackled in Parliament. He acknowledged that the Game  Fishing Club has written a sub…

May 21, 2024
Banking and finance

Responsible budget and welcome tax package

No doubt we’ll see a sensible approach taken to get the books back in order, stop wasteful spending, and prioritise funding for frontline services. It’s always important to remember that every dollar we take from a taxpayer is a dollar that needs to be spent with care. While most of the funding announcements will be made on Budget Day, Finance Minister Nicola Willis has confirmed that we’re delivering an affordable and responsible tax package to hard-pressed families. In my opinion, this will be welcomed by households across the country, because it’s been 14 years since income tax thresho…

May 21, 2024
Environment

The price of gold – is it worth it

Of course I had a million-dollar, (one hundred dollars in those days) smile. Eventually it was replaced by a cheaper equally effective material so now my smile is pretty average. Gold is still used in dentistry but to a much lesser degree. But did you know that nearly half the gold mined is used for jewellery? Around 7% is used in electronics and other industries and the rest is minted coins or bullion sitting in bank vaults all around the world, as investments for those with excess cash and as a hedge against economic downturns for central governments and banks. Speaking of jewellery, did…

May 21, 2024
Local Business

They are everywhere – a formidable taxi service

The new total mobility van now owned by Whiti City Cabs and Whitianga Social Services provide the Total Mobility cards for a 70 per cent fare reduction; Michelle and Phil Butler, right. You can see them at the local airport but also at Auckland and Hamilton airports for passenger transfers or taking visitors to their destination or returning people to their home after a vacation or business trip. Late at night they are servicing the local pubs and restaurants getting people home safely. They are seen at Thames Hospital even Waikato Hospital. They are asked to deliver groceries, flowers, p…

May 21, 2024
Police Report

POLICE REPORT

GENERAL: Monday, 13 May: A male was trespassed from a Cholmondeley address after abuse given to the occupants. A vehicle was interfered with on a South Highway commercial property where various items were taken. Tuesday, 14 May: A male was located in a dwelling on The Esplanade. He was subsequently arrested for being unlawfully in a building and on the next day (Wed), the same male was located in a different dwelling on The Esplanade and taken into custody. He is now due to appear in court on these matters. Tuesday, 14 May: A burglary has been reported as occurring at a commercial p…

May 21, 2024
Local Business

The kitchen – heart of our home

Previous owner Sandy, new owner Mellory, procurement, Zoe and designer, Joleen New owner, Nic; previous owner, Tony and production manager, Alan. “We had other people interested in buying but it was with Mallory and Nic that we felt confident that the business would have the same integrity and the same commitment to quality. We are proud of what we have done for so many peoples homes and we will still be in this area, so it’s important who takes over the reins,” says Carol. The Informer paid a brief visit and the new owners, previous owners and design and build team spent a few minutes…

May 21, 2024
Local Business

Opening of Chesters Showroom with Mercury Bay Business Association

Nick and Julie from Chesters head office; Graeme Coleman, Andrea Thomas and Carla, from head office. Graeme Coleman, the local operator of Chesters Plumbing and Bathroom in Whitianga, spoke at the ‘Mercury Bay Business Association After Five’ meeting last Tuesday, 14 May. Chesters were the hosts of the monthly gathering for businesses and the gathering of 60 experienced avery informative and social time, that evening. Graeme welcomed everyone warmly. “It is time to share with all of you who we are and what we do.” With a large number of display toilet units around, Graeme used a differen…

May 21, 2024
Local Events

Evolving – Judy Bailey here to sign her book

‘Evolving’ is a book for younger adults as well as older. The Informer spoke to Judy about her book signing event this coming Monday, 28 May at The Monkey House in Whitianga. This is the first book signing Judy has done, and she admitted to feeling a little shy about it. “I am a local and proud to be, so it is probably best that the first signing is in Whitianga with Paper Plus,” says Judy. “I have done interviews about my book on One Breakfast TVNZ and on national radio, but now I will meet current readers and future readers face to face. I am looking forward to that.” Judy was encoura…

May 21, 2024
Community Notices

Mautohe Cathedral Cove Update

We are aware there is a strong community interest in this site, and the purpose of this newsletter is to share regular updates including safety updates, key messaging, links to media releases and impacts on cultural and natural heritage at place. You can read the Cathedral Cove and Hahei updates on the DOC website. Saturday 25 May – Two community drop-in sessions will be held: • Whitianga – 9.30am-12pm at The Mercury Bay Community Boardroom, 10 Monk St, Whitianga • Hahei – 2.00-4.30pm at The Hahei Community Hall, 52 Hahei Beach Road, Hahei Attendees will be able to read information on …