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International minigolf coming to Whitianga

What do you do when you struggle to find time to see your partner, you know you need to change something significant and you are aware that Covid will soon lock down your city? Well, Darren Prole and Krissy Robinson decided to start a new kind of life together and made the decision to leave Auckland and buy a business. Their first point of enquiry was minigolf businesses for sale. Beyond Auckland, there were two on the New Zealand landscape. They chose Wild Wood Mini Golf in Whitianga. This was a year and half ago and their predictions about Auckland locking down proved to be correct....

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Fishing Report

Sponsored by Whitianga Marine – Tel (07) 867 1182   We’ve addressed many times the subject of skipper responsibility on the water and also what are the legal obligations of a skipper. At this stage, it is not a legal requirement to hold a boating licence to operate a recreational vessel in New Zealand waters. A recreational boat, unless it’s a jetski, doesn’t have to be registered. Just because there are no requirements for recreational vessels to be registered or licences issued, doesn’t relieve you as a skipper from the laws, by-laws or regulations...

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Twenty-four fish weighed in snapper tournament

Seventy-nine anglers fishing off 29 boats participated in the Mercury Bay Game Fishing Club’s Snapper Tournament on Saturday last week. Twenty-four fish were weighed. The prize pool was made up of the entry fees. Mark Phillips (vessel Corblimey) took out first spot with a snapper weighing 8.91kg. For his effort, he took home an amount of $790. In second place was Mark Franklin (vessel GnT) with a fish weighing 8.17kg. He pocketed $434. Vance Fulton (vessel GnT) rounded out the top three with a snapper of 8.15kg. He received $316 in prize money.   Pictured...

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“I’ll keep on going… because I can’t stop myself”

The selling of Whitianga’s Health Factory in Coghill Street opens a new chapter in the life of owner Noel Hewlett, as developer, Philip Leather, takes over the premises on 22 June. Mr Leather told The Mercury Bay Informer he was land-banking the building and has no plans for it at this stage. The building has been Noel’s passion for the past 30 years. The complex includes Coghill Theatre, which is the home of Offbeat Theatre’s productions. It also incorporates The Monkey House theatre, named after Noel’s quirky collection of toy monkeys. The venue has undergone changes...

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Celebrating Queen’s Birthday Weekend with art

All those who attended the Whitianga Lions’ Art Expo at the Whitianga Town Hall over Queen’s Birthday Weekend, will be happy to know that their support of the event also contributed to charity. Always eager to help a worthy cause in the community, The Whitianga Lions last year hosted their first Queen’s Birthday Weekend Art Expo to raise funds for the Whitianga MenzShed at the same time as supporting local artists in selling more of their works. The funds raised during this year’s expo – in the form of the Lions receiving a commission from each of the artworks...

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Multiple medals for Opito Bay Salt Company at prestigious awards

At its very first attempt, Opito Bay Salt Company (OBSC) won multiple medals at the prestigious Outstanding NZ Food Producer Awards last week. Their success is all the more remarkable because the company – which produces a range of solar-dried sea salts – is only in its first full year of production. “We were absolutely astounded,” said Perry Cornish, who set up the artisan salt producer with his partner, Erin Mone. “We didn’t really hold out too much hope, we just thought it would be nice if we got something. It is just incredible.” In the end,...

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The Fire Siren

May was another relatively quiet month for the Whitianga Volunteer Fire Brigade with only eight calls for assistance. We responded to three motor vehicle accidents, we assisted St John Ambulance twice and we were called to set up a landing zone for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter. We have also responded to a gas leak and assisted a disabled person to gain access to their house. Last week was a sad time for our brigade with the passing of life member, Ted Ramsbotham. Ted played a big part in our brigade. Even in his retired years, he was always actively involved in working...

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Up close and personal with orca in the marine reserve

Seventy-two Mercury Bay Area School students, and a number of teachers and parents got more than they bargained for when they came up close and personal with a group of orca during a trip on the Glass Bottom Boat on Tuesday last week. “We were keen to take students from MBAS to Te Whanganui-A-Hei Marine Reserve, but had to postpone the outing three times because of the weather conditions,” says Mark Jones, Glass Bottom Boat owner. “The weather was perfect last Tuesday and to add to the excitement, I got a call from Luke Reilly of Luke’s Kitchen, who was on the water earlier in the...

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Stan’s Stuff

A column by Stan Stewart, who owns The Informer with his wife, Pauline   Hospitals, that is all I can think of at this moment. My son is desperately sick. For seven weeks, visiting him in a huge Brisbane hospital has been my daily focus. In the lifts and coffee shop and waiting areas, I see and hear many people who need the services available in the hospital. Some have travelled hundreds, some thousands of kilometres. Their beautiful homes in the bush and/or near the beaches are not what they need now. I heard a bush couple talking of buying an apartment...

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