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Q&A with retiring TCDC Mayor Sandra Goudie

After 36 years in public service, Mayor Sandra Goudie is retiring. “If someone needs help or advice, you don’t ask them what party they vote for, you simply work to get the best outcome.” She has been Mayor of Thames-Coromandel District Council since 2016. Before that, from 2002 to 2011, Sandra served as an MP for the Coromandel electorate as a member of the National Party. There were many years in local government for Mayor Sandra before her election as a Member of Parliament. It is no small event to retire after all these years. Sandra does...

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Young local artist exhibits at Hula Café

Hannah Coleman- Smith is an accomplished artist. A 2.4m by 1.2m mural painted by Hannah adorns the foyer at The Mercury Bay Area School. From an early age, in her own words, “I have been painting and drawing practically since I could walk, and loving it ever since.” During Year 13 at MBAS, she was fortunate to be the recipient of an Art Escape mentoring programme with well-known artists. Her first exhibition was as part of a local artists group in Kūaotunu Hall in 2018. The following year she displayed a large mural and one other work in the Ngārti Exhibition as part of Tuia 250....

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Weaving display to celebrate Matariki

As we appreciate the stunning annual display of the cluster of stars that reappear in our night skies every winter, we know that Matariki and the Māori New Year have arrived. In celebration of this, local Te Roopu Mahi Kākahu weaving group have organised an event on Friday this week (24 June) where they will be displaying their year’s worth of work to the public at The Lost Spring in Whitianga. “Matariki is a time to honour those who are no longer with us and bring whānau, friends and the community together to reflect on the previous year to and look forward to the...

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It’s all go for the Mercury Bay Art Escape 2023

After a difficult 2022 and a disappointing Covid related postponement, the Mercury Bay Art Escape is all go for the first two weekends in March 2023. As the proverb says, “Every delay has it’s blessings” and we certainly believe this is true, as it has not only provided time for artists who were out of the country to return to Mercury Bay, but it has also proven to be an awakening at how important this event is to our area and how popular it is – not only to locals, but to the regular visitors who frequent the eastern Coromandel. “The Mercury Bay Art Escape is an integral fortnight...

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One hour of your time -join the Garden Bird Survey

The joy of bird song is something we take for granted and we may get used to the tui’s iridescent splendour. But the annual New Zealand Garden Bird Survey offers a chance to observe the birds around us and collect useful information for research. This is the 16th year the national survey is being held and researchers are starting to identify trends from the information received. If you want to play your part in understanding the trends of our bird populations, visit the New Zealand Garden Bird Survey website and download a tally sheet. Then select a backyard, a garden,...

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Shoreline Management Plans presented by TCDC

Whether we live by the beach, by a river, on a canal or on top of a hill overlooking the ocean, there is no debate that the effects of climate change on our streams, ground water levels, sea levels and accessibility in and out of our communities, in relation to where and how we live, are very real and pertinent. Shoreline management on the Coromandel Peninsula is an important and current matter. Our future depends on it. Five meetings addressing the pathway ahead for 400km of shoreline were held from Thames to Colville last weekend. Over 60 people attended the two local gatherings...

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From sailing to brewing with nine children

If you can sail the Pacific in a 52-foot catamaran for the best part of a year with your nine children aboard, then the challenge of taking on a brewing business you know very little about, is something you should be able to take in your stride. That’s the belief of Andy and Deborah Horton who have just bought the Seabreeze Holiday Park and Hot Water Brewing Co in Whenuakite from local couple, Don and Dawn Walker. And judging from the Hortons’ life of adventure and their can-do attitude to date, it is not something you would ever want to bet against. Don and...

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Cycle for coeliac from Cape Reinga to Bluff

Coeliac Awareness Week has just concluded, running from 6 to 12 June. Lisa Jury, a Whitianga resident, is the national health promotion manager for Coeliac New Zealand and came to visit The Informer last week. “The aim of this year’s theme, ‘Thriving: Living Your Best Coeliac Life’, is to inspire those living with coeliac disease to really thrive and live well every day,” Lisa said. “The ongoing message of Coeliac New Zealand is to build a greater understanding about the need for gluten free food to be safe and accessible for people with coeliac disease, and educating...

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Successful regatta returns to Mercury Bay

Next weekend (Saturday 18 and Sunday, 19 June), the Mercury Bay Boating Club (MBBC) will be hosting another regional regatta. “We will be welcoming the Elliot 5.9 Association to our Bay once again,” says MBBC commodore, Jonathan Kline. “After last year’s successful Nationals here in Mercury Bay, the Elliot Association added us to their winter Traveller Series and next weekend a fleet of more than 12 boats will be in Whitianga.” The Elliot 5.9 is a three-person yacht launched from a road trailer. All boats will be based at the Whitianga Marina and will be launched, towed...

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