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Photographic Club June challenge – light painting

Light Painting is a fun photographic technique where light is ‘painted’ or ‘drawn’ onto the photograph using a light source during a long exposure. ‘Sparkling Water’ by Anita Ruggle-Lussy (below) took out the top spot. This is a well thought out, great composition, which is fun and very eye-catching. Second place was awarded to Sean King and Third to Tina Macrae. Photo of the month – This was won by Karen Moffatt-McLeod with a superbly lit classical portrait ‘Matariki Wahine’ (at right). Karen says, “The Kākahu Dannii...

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Ending isolation for Coromandel Peninsula

Steve Mosen, Owner of the Tairua Bus Company, says ending the relative isolation of the Eastern Coromandel Peninsula just seemed like an excellent idea. With scheduled bus services stretching from Whitianga, through Hahei, Tairua, Pauanui, Hikuai, Thames to Ngatea, the Tairua Bus Company has the Peninsula covered. From time to time, the company’s buses have already been required to carry legal documents, deliver urgent medical supplies, and even building material urgently required to finish a job! “We decided to put a service in place that makes it simple...

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Offbeat Theatre’slatest comedy a treat

Infidelity, jealousy, humiliation and betrayal will blend into an entertaining treat for Mercury Bay audiences when Offbeat Theatre Company’s latest production goes to stage early in August. “The Woman Who Cooked Her Husband”, by British playwright Debbie Isitt, promises to serve up lashings of laughter tempered with a helping of outrage and some naval-gazing moments”, says director Sharyn Morcom. The play has a cast of just three and is set in a state of ‘suspended reality’, with minimal set and no props (the fifth wall comes down in the opening line). The story follows Kenneth,...

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Two local girls at National Association of Women In construction (NAWIC) Excellence Awards

Excellence Awards are always exciting events. On Friday, 1 July 2022, the national Apprentice Awards for Women In Construction was held in Wellington at Te Papa. This event was for the whole of the country. The major sponsor, Naylor Love, plus ten other sponsors and twelve gift/product sponsors, plus an army of NAWIC committee volunteers made the 2022 event one to remember.   This was especially so for Jessica Moverley from Whitianga and Billie McDonnel from Coroglen who were national finalists. There were a record breaking 190 nominations, resulting in 53 finalists...

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Age is no barrier

Recently at the Informer we caught sight of one of those stories it’s hard to ignore. This is one of those intergenerational, father-and-son stories that we just had to reel in. Six year old Cooper Thomsen recently landed what could well be a world record catch, landing a 37.65 Kg fish on a 15 Kg line. ‘He reeled in a big one.’ Father, Rodney Thomsen, tells the story best. According to Rodney, his son Cooper was up and ready to roll at 4:30am, the plan being to head out to the Aldie Knoll, about 57Km from Tairua. Once aboard his Dad’s boat “Adventurer” however,...

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From dreams to reality at Whitianga Refuse Station

In August 2020, a small group of environmentally conscious locals met to discuss the viability of establishing a community resource recovery facility on the new Whitianga Refuse Transfer Station site. The call to action was prompted by discussions between the Whitianga Residents & Ratepayers Association and Manus Pretorius, General Manager of the Seagull Centre. As a result, the Mercury Bay Resource Recovery Centre Trust (MBRRCT) was formed. Once the Trustees completed the initial formalities, they spent the next year working on securing funding from the Ministry...

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Celebrating Independence Day on 2 July

Last Saturday (2 July), members of the American Muscle, Street and Custom Club assembled on Buffalo Beach to kick-off their own Independence Day celebrations. More than 30 unique and interesting cars joined the fun, ranging from a 1920s Model A Ford, through to current generation Mustangs. There are more than 200 members of the club now, and membership is open to any with something interesting to share (and drive!) The passion that club members have for their cars is obvious. The cars mostly all looked as they would have when they were new – and some probably even better. The...

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Whitianga Sea Scouts in need of navigation

Many former Whitianga Sea Scout members look back on their childhood full of adventure with fondness. These nostalgic memories span as far back as 1947 when Sea Scouts was first initiated in Mercury Bay. However, unfortunately since 2020, the pandemic has caused these memory making moments to come to a grinding halt. Group Leader, Chrissie Reilly, fears that the repercussions of Whitianga Sea Scouts’ temporary cessation, may become permanent and that today’s local children will miss out on the incredible opportunities that were presented to generations before them through Sea Scouts. “We...

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Look Up ….. and Look out…. for Enpointe

Over 200 people from babies to grandparents crowded the Whitianga Town Hall for the Mid year Showcase of Enpointe Dance Studio, Whitianga’s dance school. It was my first experience of a dance concert in Whitianga. I was not disappointed or bore but delighted by what was on stage and by the company next to me in the audience. Lisa Gifford the owner, director and teacher was a maestro of organisation making the announcements, shepherding the children and young people and sometimes assisting certain dancers with their well prepared routines. This was a smooth, mostly very polished and...

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