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Jun 4, 2024
Marine

Two fishing competitions at Mercury Bay Fishing club

Ladies Blue winners. – Rebecca Trethowen – Heaviest Billfish; Kylie Phillips with Mark Phillips heaviest tuna for Rebecca and most tagged and release points trophy for their boat and team, Relief. Snapper Tournament Fishing started at 6.30am on Saturday, 1 June and was continuous through to 3.30pm Sunday, 2 June. It was a cash in, cash out prize plus $1000 worth of The Stunned Mullet vouchers. The ten winners all appear in the photo adjacent. Prizegiving  was 6.30pm at the Fishing Club on Sunday night. The Ladies Blue competition: The prizegiving was held in conjunction with the Snap…

Jun 4, 2024
Local Business

A2B Signs– new owner and new premises

Lara Herbert is at home in her new A2B Signs premises. Lara and her partner, Warren, come from Rotorua, but they are not strangers to the area having holidayed at Otautu Bay near Colville for the last 15 years. “Where I worked in Rotorua in this field, my work was more automotive based,” says Lara. “It was very busy, and I never dreamed I would leave my job because I loved it. But when we saw tis opportunity, we thought, ‘why not?’ It is different, but yet it’s the same. Rotorua is a very different environment to Whitianga. We feel at home here. “I still love my motor sports,” says Lara…

Jun 4, 2024
Stan’s Stuff

A shrink-wrap world to consider – It’s not going to happen – It has happened already

It seemed to me that the engineers and accountants who lived in the Staff Mess had two major interests. One was scantily clad girls with big boobs whose pictures adorned the doors of their rooms. The other was classical music. At one time, the men in the dorm were obsessed with Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. At its climax this piece includes a volley of cannon fire. My friends were fixated on hearing the cannon volley with absolute, gut-shaking realism. To achieve this resonance, they fixed large cone speakers into solid wooden surrounds. In pursuit of this music-you-can-feel goal, one of t…

Jun 4, 2024
Through the Portal

The greatest of all time

He was “the man” to us young fellas at that time because of the way he played the game – innovative, strong and very quick to spot an opportunity. Was he our greatest half back of all time? Technically he would not be. Aaron Smith would probably take that crown, but he would be close and in terms of entertainment value, I think he would be top of the tree. Musing on this one day, I gave myself a challenge of picking the greatest Maori All Black team from the era beginning in the late sixties when I started watching rugby at the higher levels. The reason I decided on Maori All Blacks rather…

Jun 4, 2024
Local History

Reflecting back in time

The photo above was taken just last week and the photo below is of the early Whitianga Hotel. He has been frequenting the hotel since the 1970s. He remembers the days when Whitianga was pretty much a holiday town and you could always find The Whitianga Hotel packed to the rafters on New Year’s Eve, with holiday makers singing along with guitars and enjoying a good time. Even the local constabulary standing outside the door, amicably keeping an eye on things, enjoyed the festivities. Those days were remembered for having a few drinks at the pub, buying a few roadies from the wholesale ne…

Jun 4, 2024
Local Business

Kids have fun through manufacturing and selling

Jayde, Rubylee and Julie Johnstone. Funded and assisted by Grandmother Julie Johnstone, they have created their own small business. I stumbled on this enterprise at a Saturday morning Whiti Citi Market where they had a stall. This led to a welcome into their manufacturing space. It was Gran Julie’s recuperation from lung cancer that is the beginning of this story. She needed something to fill in the long, slow days of recovery. That’s when she discovered Temu. Temu is an e-commerce company, based in the US that markets online an amazing number and variety of goods from all over the world…

Jun 4, 2024
Local Events

Night Alight revelry at Top 10 Hot Water Beach

Peter replied,” We did not know about Night Alight until we arrived. We are from Auckland, and we met some people in Paihia who were from Puerto Rico and they enthusiastically recommended that we come to Top 10 at Hot Water Beach and ask for Dean and Toya.” So we did. “I’m from France and they passed on that recommendation to me,” said Thibaut. “So I came too!” Another was a grandmother from Australia who had come to spend time with her extended family and this was their special treat for her.

Jun 4, 2024
Local Events

Creedence Clearwater Revival Tribute

Fantastic night at Mercury Bay Club Bayou played song after song exhaustively  – great performance by all five – their rock jazz improvisations were exceptional – lead vocalist and guitarist, lead guitarist and vocal backup, keyboard plus guitar duet, bass guitarist, drummer and percussionist  comprised this excellent band. Tom Fogarty would be pleased. Over 180 tickets were sold; the dance floor had never been so full. Mercury Bay Club got it right. The crowd didn’t want the night to finish.

Jun 4, 2024
Art & Culture

King’s Birthday Weekend 2024 More art – More people

Whitianga Lions Club ART EXPO 2024 – A Wonderful Show This was clearly the best Whitianga Lions Club’s Art Expo yet – more variety and with a new feature, the Youth Exhibition, the Town Hall was a-buzz over the three-day holiday. The project manager for the Whitianga Lions, Mike Brown, said his club was well delighted with the results of their effort. Friday evening opening was a grand affair. Nibbles and drinks provided a warm welcome for the opening night crowd. A feeling of positivity and goodwill filled the air. There were 585 individual exhibits. The art varied from trinkets at $5…