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Fishing Report

Sponsored by Mercury Bay Marine – Tel (07) 867 1280 With the sea temperature now cooler at around 20°C, snapper are starting to gather in large numbers around the deeper offshore reefs. These fish are in prime condition putting on “fat” as winter water approaches. Our harbour is still holding very good numbers of kahawai and trevally and even the odd snapper for those prepared to put in the effort pre-dawn. The Tairua-Pauanui Sports Fishing Club’s 29th land-based fishing competition was held on Saturday, 30 April and Sunday, 1 May. This competition has been running in various...

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The man behind the music

You might know his music, but do you know the man behind it? Patrick Campbell has been a friendly, familiar face in Mercury Bay since first arriving in Whitianga in 1976, gracing the town’s sidewalks with melodies and the strum of his guitar for more than three decades. It would be easy to assume that Patrick and his voice have been a permanent fixture of the town, and for some young enough that is true. However, that has not always been the case. Patrick made a return trip to America, his home country, in 1986 and his brother took him to Redondo Beach Pier in California, a renowned...

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“Milked” message coming to Whitianga

Mercury Bay filmmaker, Amy Taylor, who produced a feature documentary on the New Zealand dairy industry, is now bringing her message to Whitianga. “Milked” covers a controversial subject, but Amy hopes people will watch the film before judging it, and locals can do that when it’s screened at Whitianga’s Twin Cinemas on Saturday this week (21 May) at 3.45pm, with another screening to be confirmed. Amy’s husband’s family were dairy farmers, and she knows other dairy farmers personally, so she is wary of the assumption that she has no connections to the industry and no experience on farms. Milked...

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Man on a mission to complete his mate’s dream

Whitianga resident, John McKenzie, is a quiet achiever and very reluctant to talk himself up or discuss his past achievements in life. “Let’s just say I have led a fairly active and varied life, including being involved with the local rugby club and ticking off a number of personal sporting and outdoor challenges along the way, and leave it at that,” he says. John’s main reason for agreeing to talk to The Informer was more about creating an awareness of his intention to raise as much money as possible for the Mercury Bay Cancer Support Trust in coming months. In doing...

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Fishing Report

Sponsored by Mercury Bay Marine – Tel (07) 867 1280 It was a quiet week on the fishing front in Mercury Bay last week, but a highlight most certainly was when All Black, Jordie Barrett, reeled in an impressive 181.1kg broadbill swordfish on Wednesday, 4 May. Jordie was assisted by his brother and fellow All Black, Scott, and the crew of the vessel Fyssher. The Mercury Bay Game Fishing Club’s annual Snapper Tournament will take place on Saturday, 4 June (Queen’s Birthday Weekend). Only one fish per angler will be weighed. The cost to enter is $20. For more information, see...

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Former Whitianga student lining up for NBL

Corban Mason, a former Mercury Bay Area School student and Mercury Bay Senior Girls basketball coach, has been included in the Nelson Giants line-up team for the 2022 National Basketball League. Corban has been playing premier grade club basketball for Lincoln University in Christchurch where his team came second at the university nationals. As well as playing basketball, Corban is completing a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in accounting and finance, but has made the move to Nelson to join the Giants. He will complete his studies online. Corban previously...

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Pink shirts to mark Pink Shirt Day

With national Pink Shirt Day on the horizon, some of us might be rummaging through our wardrobes in search of anything pink before Friday, 20 May. This is when we realise that many of us do not own a pink shirt. Three Mercury Bay Area School Year 9 students – Isobel Roche, Samantha Rosser and Phoebe McDougall, with the help of their fabric technology teacher, Emma Fletcher – have taken this issue into their own hands by creating pink t-shirts themselves. Pink Shirt Day is a national movement that unites people in their plight to eradicate bullying and to replace it with...

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Coromandel housing market still holding up

According to data from several sources released last week, the residential property market on the Coromandel Peninsula is still holding up. Ray White Real Estate’s review of the first quarter of 2022, 1 January to 31 March, indicated that prices in Whitianga remained strong, mainly due to a continued shortage of listings. The median house price came in at $1,004,000. The figure published for the first quarter of 2021 was $850,000, an increase of $154,000. The most recent figures published by real estate website, realestate.co.nz, for April 2022 has the average...

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Car Talk By Jack Biddle

Is the balance right or is there an open license to create more congestion and compromise safety on our roads? Last month we covered the introduction of the government’s Clean Car Discount scheme. It was all about helping New Zealand achieve its goal to be carbon neutral by making zero and low emission vehicles more affordable. And judging by recent sales numbers, the offer of a rebate for qualifying fully electric vehicles, plug-in hybrids, petrol hybrids and some petrol only vehicles, has seen the motoring public buy into the programme with some gusto. New vehicle registrations...

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