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The Model Show for 2024 is looking for exhibits

There were many visitors to the 2023 Model Exhibition. It will fill the Whitianga Town Hall in Monk Street, Whitianga 6-7July and will be the seventh Model Show in the past 9 years (a break during Covid). The Mercury Bay Model Railway Club will be hosting this very popular Model Show and many of their members will display their own layouts and models, some of which include radio -controlled planes and boats as well as trains. Principal organiser, Damon Christensen, is looking for more exhibits and exhibitors. • A sales table for people to buy stuff. • A ‘People’s Choice best Exhibit Award’...

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ANZAC – what it means to me

MAORI BATTALION On Anzac Day I want to remember and honour those who sacrificed their lives for our freedom. My grandfather was in the Maori battalion. His name was Charlie Thomas Shelford. He was a decorated soldier and fought in Egypt. He believed he was fighting for his country and that he was fighting for freedom.  I never want to forget that. There is a terrible price to pay for freedom and so many paid that price for us. In World War One, the Māori Battalion lost 649 men killed, while a further 1712 were wounded and 237 taken prisoner. The 12,000 New Zealanders who died during World...

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Who was Von Luckner? – PART ONE OF THREE

What is the connection with our area? Von Luckner’s Cove on Red Mercury Island. He, of course, was on Germany’s side during World War One but his remarkable life before that and his noble character endeared him across rivalries. Von Luckner was born into an old famous German military family whose father was determined he should follow the family tradition and go into the cavalry. His parents despaired at the lack of motivation or inclination to learn and hired private tutors and sent him to several private schools all without success. Von Luckner was more interested in adventure and loved...

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A new partnership on the Peninsula with Elite Blinds and Curtain Clinic

Curtain Clinic and Elite Blinds working together across the Coromandel Peninsula. “We love what we do !!  You will too!!” Meet Scott and Tina who are Elite Blinds who bring over 12 years of experience in cleaning and installation of all types of blinds. “Wherever there are blinds, we are happy to service you,” says Scott. “Our Whitianga agents are available to help with taking down and reinstalling if your live in the Coromandel, Mercury Bay area, and our Waihi based team look after Pauanui, Whangamata and Thames. This way we can provide efficient service and people don’t have to wait a...

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Special Anzac exhibition at the Mercury Bay museum

This exhibition commemorates the men from Mercury Bay using three photos from our collection and centres around the Roll of Honour, Mercury Bay. These photos have been chosen by our team as they tell a very poignant story – some of these men never returned home. We tell the story of Private Percy Charles Balme, who saw action in Gallipoli in 1915 and the Western Front in 1916. We are privileged to have his medals and a painting of him on exhibit from the Balme Family. Please make sure you visit this exhibition and learn a little more of the history of our men and the places around our town...

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Steeped in local history

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 old....

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The best day ever

Sunday 7 April, on the road south out of Whitianga, at the end of Macleod Straight, the Mercury Bay Equestrian Academy gathered for an Equestrian Event.  Meeting on a paddock of Daphne Rae, families with horses gathered for the biggest ever for the Academy. Ron Cook and his team were greatly encouraged. News of a plan to apply for ten hectares of the Sherrif Block to establish ‘Horses – an Equestrian Academy’ has created much interest. It was fabulous. Lots of delighted young girls and some new faces and ponies. Paige on Possum, top left; Ana on Josh led by Isla, top right; Raewyn on Rumba,...

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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 old....

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