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Stans Stuff- Good Sports

It was the most agonising parenting experience I had. It took place on a winter Saturday morning when our boy was eight.    It was the one thing, kind of expected, that parents of eight-year-old boys would take their boy to soccer on Saturday mornings. Our boy was not interested, his dad (me) was not interested, but his Mum insisted I take him.  It was a humiliating mistake. The other boys chased the ball with gusto. Our boy seemed to be avoiding the ball. Other fathers looked at me with disdain. At least that is what I felt. I was so fired up with shame...

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Bollards moved further back – a good compromise

The words “good compromise” are those of Jonathan Kline, the Commodore of the Mercury Bay Boating Club(MBBC), after discussions with Thames Coromandel District Council. Things got heated and a little despairing when members of the community and the volunteers from MBBC saw that bollards had been erected right across the front of the Ohuka Reserve or the Macrocarpa Reserve) seriously limiting access for those with boat trailers to go fishing, or horse riders to park a float, or families having their young people taught to sail. The loss of parking would also be a huge sticking point for the...

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Meet your Mayoral candidates

Last week we provided candidate profiles for three of the seven people standing for Mayor in the upcoming local body elections. This week we present the four remaining Mayoral candidates. In the coming weeks we will also be providing information on candidates standing for other positions in the elections. The Informer is expressing no political bias and candidates are presented in alphabetical order. Last week we introduced Eric Carter, John Freer and Steve Hart. Ron Julian Ron has a professional background in Strategic Asset Management and Project Management...

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Age and Youth make the movie

Last Sunday afternoon, a full house watched the film, A Stitch In Time, at the Mercury Bay Cinema. Thanks to Anne Maree, co-owner of the MB Cinema, who said, ‘Yes’ to the opportunity to have the writer and director of the film as well as the leading actress, to come and pay a visit to Whitianga. This opportunity realised when they visited on Sunday night to speak to the audience before the film screened at 4.30pm and spend time talking with the movie goers. It was a grand experience for everyone. The Informer was able to spend a little time interviewing Sasha Madden, writer...

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Smitty’s pub idol final

Paul and Fleur Clayton, owners of Smitty’s Bar and Grill in Whitianga, have hosted and financed what has been a very positive and generous showcase of excellent talent as well as four evenings of fun for a crowd of supporters and diners who came from near and far. The Pub Idol Karaoke competition had three heats and concluded with the grand final last Thursday evening, 25 August, with nine finalists each presenting twice before the enthusiastic audience and the judges, Vegas Brown, Brooke Koppens from Coromandel FM and Logan Toomer from Lion Nathan Brewery. Paul and Fleur donated...

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Blink celebrates fifty years of Club rugby

You might recognise the player, but not the name. Better known in club circles as “Blink,” Mike English arrived in Whitianga on holiday some time in 1971 when Whitianga had maybe only 1,000 residents. When he was offered a job on a Sealord vessel, he jumped at the chance to stay, and became the diver on a vessel that was running box nets at the time. By 1971 Mike had already retired from playing as a hooker or a prop himself, but there was no rugby club in his new home town. After a conversation with flatmate Huia Martin, who was an MBAS teacher, in 1972 the pair...

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It’s All Up For The Brigade

After months of training and fundraising, a crew of five local brigade members ventured to Auckland over the weekend to take part in the annual Firefighter Sky Tower Challenge in support of Leukemia & Blood Cancer, New Zealand (LBC). There is strong competition between brigades and individual firefighters, not just for fundraising, but for the competition itself. All firefighters involved were required to climb 51 flights of stairs, equating to 1,103 steps, wearing an extra 25kg of kit and if that wasn’t enough, for those willing to push themselves that much further, there...

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Meet your Mayoral candidates

This week and next week we are providing candidate profiles for the seven people standing for Mayor in the upcoming local body elections. The Informer is expressing no political bias and candidates are presented in alphabetical order. Next week meet Ron Julian, Peter Pinkham, Len Salt and Cherie Staples.   Eric Carter Eric Carter is a family man, who eleven years ago moved to Te Mata where he runs a fishing charter business – two boats with around four hundred plus trips a year bringing in 3500 local and international tourists every year....

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Two locals stand Waikato Regional Council seat

Denis Tegg is looking forward to standing again for Waikato Regional Council He is keen to push on with building on the momentum and planning that has been achieved with public transport and get some concrete services and public transport linkages established for the people of the Coromndel Peninsula and surrounding areas. “There is a need for public transport, not just commercial services. Planning is more advanced for new public transport services in Thames Coromandel than any other Waikato rural districts, due to my advocacy. “say Denis. In addition, he will be very pleased to...

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