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Author: The Informer

Five sets of ‘brothers in arms’ playing for Mercury Bay Rugby Club inspire ‘unconditional loyalty’

By Tony Stickley When you talk to Cody Hamilton about what makes the Mercury Bay Rugby Club different from other teams, the word “brotherhood” comes up again and again. But it is not just a metaphor for the cohesion and closeness of an outfit that, to a large extent, has been together since they attended school in Whitianga. It is also literally true. At the last count, there were five sets of brothers playing for MBRC, including the Hamiltons, who have three players in the senior side. Cody said that family connection inspired a fierce loyalty, as they were in fact playing...

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Two new Presidents of Whitianga’s two Lions Clubs inducted

Newcomers might not know there are two Lions Clubs in Whitianga, the Mercury Bay Lions Club for women and Whitianga Lions Club for men and women. They share in some projects and social event. Bot are greatly involved in raising funds for worth while projects in the community’s. I can see there is a difference in that the Whitianga Lions Club is connected regionally and internationally in its life and to some projects and leadership undertakings. Jill Bowker, has lifted the reins form Sue Barnes to become the new President of Mercury Bay Lions Club. Kevin Robinson...

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One dog and 50 residents

A crowd waited expectantly at 11am last Friday 8 July for Rebecca Cox, Manager of Mercury Bay Museum, to pull off the covers of what was the new display at the Mercury Bay Museum. When she finished speaking about the creation of the new display, and pulled the cloth, everyone was gratified. Damon Christensen, a master constructor of the miniature and model display, has lovingly created a quaint and amazing model of Whitianga township in 1943. This display, especially prepared to coincide with the school holidays, will be a treat for children and families. The detail of the model –...

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Thinking about thinking: Iron law of bureaucracy and the Shirky principle

Max explores the way we think. This week (Issue 11) is very provoking for every government department and volunteer organisation.   Biases and illogical behaviour can be tested and observed in individuals. Due to being made up of many individuals with biases, they also show up in groups and organisations. Often in very interesting and counter intuitive ways.   Many of us have been frustrated with bureaucracy. There are some laws around organisations that explain why large organisations may be the way they are and understanding these may help us to create organisations...

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Kuaotunu re-planting a successful team effort

Kuaotunu Dune planting held recently on Grays Beach brought out over 40 people including local residents, back owners and visitors to Kuaotunu reserve to take part in a community planting bee. The clouds cleared after heavy rain through the night and Roimata Taimana lead the project with a Karakia. The 400metre square area had been prepared by the Thames Coromandel District Council Coastal Restoration team. The dense weed cover on the foredunes had previously been sprayed, and then mechanically removed. Fresh sand was then bought up from the beach and the site levelled to allow...

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Kiwis Flock to Support Kiwis

As many as 85 people braved four winter nights in June, to conduct the first ever regional Kiwi population count. The survey covered an area from Moehau down to the Maretoto valley. The survey is essentially based on listening for the distinctive Kiwi calls as they become active during the night. Over three training events, volunteers first had to learn how to operate the 45 listening sites, while automatic acoustic recorders were stationed at an additional nine locations. Katharina Hecht, Project Coordinator of the survey, has been thrilled to watch passion...

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Holiday Fun and Games at the Mercury Bay Library

Thinking of ways to keep your children’s minds sharp over the school holidays? The Mercury Bay Library has put together some “creative workshops” and “DIY sessions” for children aged 7 to 12, or 6 and younger with adult supervision, to pop by the library on Blacksmith Lane for a bit of fun. The holiday programme has already kicked off Monday, 11 July, but as the activities and workshops run five days a week from Monday to Friday for all of the library’s opening hours till 22 July, you and your children and grandchildren have time to engage. A plethora of activities...

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Evakona – students return to Whitianga

With the gradual opening of New Zealand borders, international students from Japan are slowly returning to Whitianga’s Evakona Education (English Language School), and there to greet them in their own language, will be student support staff Atsuko Carse. Ako, as she is known, well understands how nervous some of the youngsters may be coming to a strange land with an entirely different culture. She was only eleven when she moved from Japan to Whitianga, where her mother Eriko McLean became a teacher of Japanese at Mercury Bay Area School. Evakona is right beside MBAS,...

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Kia ora, We are ROVE

Rove stands for Restore Our Valued Earth and this team of four have been working to do just that or at the very least, as much as they can for as much of New Zealand as they can. Two members of Rove, Claire and Tim Bright, live at Ha Hei and both grew up on the Coromandel Peninsula. Tom and Laura are from Christchurch. They are four friends and four environmentalists, brought together by a common dream and passion to restore the environment in New Zealand. Recently, they spent a day working with the Purangi Conservation Trust, placing DOC 200 traps. “It is...

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