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Future Proofing on Beach Front

Saturday morning, 16 July was a ‘planting working bee’ on the beach front at Whitianga. It was led by Andrea Whitehead, TCDC’s Coastal Co-ordinator, with Kim Lowry of Mercury Bay Environmental Trust drilling the holes to make ready for planting. Recreation Reserves staff, many volunteers, some children, all joined in the careful planting with specific plants having to be placed in pre- designated areas from roadside down to beach front. It was not easy work, but no one was idle and everyone was involved. Spinifex, Knobby Club Rush,Pohuehue (Muehlenbeckia),...

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D-Max: Big, Bold and Beautiful Test drive available

The latest generation of Isuzu’s D-Max is finally here at Autobarn in Whitianga, ready to be viewed and test driven. Isuzu has earned a solid reputation for its unbreakable D-Max vehicles, and the new one is even tougher. A new, 20% stronger chassis and redesigned suspension underpins a new, even more comfortable, 5-Star Safety Rated cabin. Recognising that a lot of D-Max owners spend considerable time behind the wheel, the cabin is luxuriously appointed. There are automatic and manual air conditioning options available, depending on the cab configuration. There are 6-way adjustable...

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Driving Pottery

It’s hard to remember sometimes that the original purpose for the Driving Creek Railway was to bring clay down to Barry Brickell’s pottery behind Coromandel township. As the railway flourished and developed, including the EyeFull Tower, to become the tourist attraction it is, it has almost overshadowed Barry’s original pottery. Don’t be confused however. Pottery is alive and well at Driving Creek Railway, running scheduled classes and introducing newcomers to the art of the potter. Instructor Sam Ireland takes as many as six students in a class, and over the course...

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Woman in charge? Join the club

By Francesca Dowling When businesswoman and entrepreneur, Briarley Collier, was asked what brought her to town three years ago, she replied “business”, and when she was asked what she noticed upon arrival, she suitingly answered, a “gap in the market.” This “gap” however was not what one would usually expect when thinking of business related opportunities. “When I first moved to Mercury Bay I found the experience very isolating,” admits Briarley. “My husband and I spent most of our time in the first year of being here in the Coromandel Peninsula getting our business,...

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Thinking about thinking: All the extra bits

This is the final part in Max Ross’ series In the research and writing of this series on metacognition I came across a number of smaller interesting laws and effects. This final article in the series will be a collection of all the things I didn’t want to leave out. In the television show Cosmos Carl Sagan said “extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence” which has become known as Sagan’s standard. He used it when talking about the existence of aliens. This didn’t fit into the article about fake news and I really like its simplicity. Benford’s...

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Local shark enthusiast’s jaw dropping find

By Francesca Dowling When a large shark was found the morning of 23 June washed up on one of the popular swimming spots of Buffalo Beach, it was to say the least, rather paranoia-inducing for many beach-goers. Even in death, the approximately eight foot-long mature, female, bronze whaler shark was a petrifying sight to behold. With overheard comments such as “time for a pool” filling the air as bystanders retreated, one boy expectantly rushed forward to get a closer look. Known as Whitianga’s keenest shark enthusiast, Sebastian Ross, was already on site when Thames Coromandel...

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Stan’s Stuff: Lifts and no shoes

By Stan Stewart, co-owner of The Mercury Bay Informer In the first week of March an unknown virus paralysed my son. He can talk, but do little else. Since then, instead of being with my wife Pauline in Whitianga and working for the Mercury Bay Informer, I am with him every day in a huge Brisbane Hospital. Here are two reflections from my hospital life. Lifts People don’t talk in hospital lifts. That’s no surprise, as everyone is there for some serious purpose. As well as visitors and hospital staff, the presence of wheelchairs, walking frames and various mobile...

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Upcycling – don’t throw it away

If you didn’t know what Upcycling is, then think of an item you would like to pass on or dispose of recycling, but instead, you decide to keep it and recreate something new, useable and attractive. That’s Upcycling, and it is what over twenty participants accepted the invitation to do, last Tuesday night, 12 July, at Guthrie Byron premises in Joan Gaskell Drive. Each person brought an item that for them, needed a makeover and new lease of life (not their partners, something inanimate), and all places available for the Upcycling night were filled. Dulux, who partner with...

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Mercury Bay Art Escape – Call for new artists begins now

From an organic event conceived and organised by a small group of local artists in 2006, Mercury Bay Art Escape Artists Open Studios has grown into a showcasing of Mercury Bay’s outstanding artistic and cultural diversity for both local residents and the greater New Zealand art community. An increasing number of the many visitors make an annual visit to the Open Studios and member artists are always happy to receive calls for an appointment at other times of the year. A trust was formed in 2011 and its success has seen countless volunteers, coordinators, trust members and sponsors...

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