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Author: The Informer

They Made a Diamond at Hot Water Beach

In 2008, Cooks Beach Dairy farmers, Grant and Sheree Webster, saw a fabulous opportunity to grow a stronger bond with their young nuclear family, while getting much closer to the beach holiday lifestyle that Sheree treasured in her own childhood. Together, the couple had farmed dairy, then horticulture for over 17 years, and over their farming years, they had seen the continuous flow of campervans and visitors making their way to the Hot Water Beach every day to dig holes. With no camping facilities outside of limited freedom camping in the Hot Water Beach area, there was nowhere for these...

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A Super Seafood Tournament

It was “all hands-on deck” over the weekend at the Mercury Bay Bowling Club (MBBC) for their annual Seafood Tournament, sponsored by Moana and OPC. The tournament, in its 50th year hosted 32 teams of 4 players each from all over the North Island and presented a logistical challenge for Trevor Knight and the club volunteers who fed and watered all bowlers, regaling them with the fabulous hospitality and glorious seafood for which Mercury Bay is well-known. The Seafood Tournament is the largest event and a key fundraising vehicle for the club and has been greatly missed over the last two years,...

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MBAS rugby prizegiving

Awards flowed at last Wednesday’s MBAS rugby prize-giving. A large contingent of players from the school now are playing in the Thames Valley Secondary School Representative teams and many received awards on the night. Representative players are: U16 Jaeda Jackman-King (U16 Girls), Josh Markowski, Leon Melde, Kevin Zhu, John McGregor, Maitland Bevan, Colville Green U18 Charlie Vincent (U18 Girls), Cullen Bevan, Adam Clague, Jamie Stevenson, Taylor Wollburg, Ihaka Harper-Dent. At the close of the evening, jerseys were presented to members of the First XV as a keepsake. One was...

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A Love of Football

Sam Chamberlain is very much a role model for the younger ones in the Mercury Bay Football Club even though she is quite new to the Club. The Informer asked Sam some questions about her playing and her involvement in Football. Q: What do you like about football? I just love everything about football. I’ve played since I was 4 years old. I’ve tried a lot of other sports but football is just the best.   Q: What is your best skill in the game? Keeping the team connected with controlled and incisive play especially to the strikers?   Q:...

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Drizzle With A Little Olive Oil

‘Drizzle with a little olive oil’– just those few words is enough to kick my taste buds into action and instantly bring memories of a long lunch on a warm day in a vineyard café somewhere with a plate of fresh focaccia, the vineyard’s own olive oil paired with a cheeky little glass of …. Or do they have your inner Jamie Oliver springing into action? Whatever the effect, when olive oil is on the shopping list I stand and look at the shelf and wonder whether to buy what I bought last time, whatever’s on special or splash out and try something new. Usually it’s the Lupi olive...

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Garden Box project inspires generosity

Kevin Pringle and John Petersen maybe having a breather but they are well on their way to achieving. Their goal of establishing three large garden boxes to be planted with vegetables and perhaps spices, for the long standing Monday Community Meals. Both men are members of Andrews By The Sea , where the parish hosts the Monday meals organised by St Andrews Community Support Trust. Here the first garden box is completed. The timber for all three garden boxes has been supplied by Place-makers; the topsoil being spread by Kevin and John has been donated by Mercury Bay Garden...

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Positive Vibe to Tairua Business Network

It’s a challenging time for small businesses right now, but the people in Tairua Business Network are sharing experiences, ideas and supporting each other in a positive approach to that challenge. Those gathering in a relaxed atmosphere at Manaia Café and Bar last week included people in real estate, accommodation, an art gallery, a landlord and glamping. “We’re an informal group who get together for breakfast meetings or after work,” says member Donna Brooke. “It’s also an opportunity for our local businesses to show their work to each other. We talk about challenges...

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Pretty Woman – a fun and fund raising night

Years 7 and 8 at Mercury Bay Area School are off to a Camp at Totara Springs from 25th to 28th October this year but not without a lot of fund raising by the parents to enable every child to go. One of the fun and very happy events to help the fund raising was a Movie night last Thursday 25 August, organised by Rekha Percival , mother of Rohan and also a member of the local Community Board who is standing for Thames Coromandel District Councillor at the coming elections.   The movie was Pretty Woman starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere and many dressed...

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Making Room For A Common Space For All

Just entering the space felt very refreshing and easy. I went past the very attractive entrance to Gathered Collaborative store at street level, then up the wide gentle stairs to what was a light and airy space with different offices. I was greeted by one of the users, Shannon, who welcomed me and showed where she worked at her desk space; and gave me a tour of other office space including the well-equipped meeting room, and coffee and hospitality area. The whole atmosphere was spacious, relaxed yet purposeful, even business like. I had come to The Common Room in Albert...

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