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Mark’s truck stolen in broad daylight

Mark’s truck that was stolen the Monday before Easter. But big mistake. Mark left the keys in the ignition. He was only going to be a couple of minutes. “I was just coming out of the pharmacy,” says Mark. “I was right there and watched my truck and trailer being driven away by one very brazen thief. I was only a few metres away.’ Mark could see the back of the driver’s head in the rear screen of the truck cabin – curly hair and European skin tone – that’s the only description he could give. “I had all my tools in the back of my truck and a brand new Stihl chainsaw I had just purchased – 2011C...

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A Taste of Matarangi – a wonderful festival enjoyed by thousands

Time passes but no one is watching the time. People have come from all over the North Island to enjoy. Even the security guards are chilled, enjoying the crowds.  There is no angst to be found. Everywhere the centre stage music was being soaked up by the full range of ages.  The styles or genres of the music differed, but the essence of dancing was in every note. By the time Sugafix took the stage following Francie Lidgard, Cosha and Black and Gold; the crowds were on their feet just grooving to the rhythm and feeling that remaining summer warmth, even with the overcast sky. Now and again a...

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Harp concert this weekend

Anna is now a Thames resident again having moved back to Thames last year after spending 20 years in Auckland. She will be performing with Harrison Chau, Kate Dodds and Joelle Ireland who have each been playing the harp for more than half their lives and show an affinity for putting together a harp extravaganza. Anna and Harrison are both graduates from the Auckland University School of Music, albeit 25 years apart, while Anna, Kate and Joelle are founding members of the Auckland Harp Orchestra (2013) This an amazing concert opportunity. Where else could you hear four harps playing a tango...

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Whitianga Day Camp needs your help

Camp runs for 3 days during the school holidays on Tuesday 16-Thursday 18 April. • Camper registrations have closed – we are full. • Need more teen leaders (aged 14-18) and adult helpers in order for camp to actually run. • Half the campers are attending Day Camp for the very first time this year. Day Camp is a community of close to 450 children and adults that come together to create a joyful environment of action, challenges, friendship, learning, super creations, teamwork, and celebration. The Day Camp crew are ready, 20 various electives are prepared for action, and the marquee is...

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Lotta Love food truck

The author of this article is spending a bit more time in The Coromandel Informer office so decided to buy some sweet treats for her colleagues. To celebrate Tanya of Lotta Love plant-based catering, we all sampled the cheese scone, fig cake with a side of coconut yoghurt, Anzac biscuit and a peanut butter slice. Most of Tanya’s delicious creations are totally plant based, meaning no dairy or meat; the cheese scone was the only exception. Everything was delicious and hard to believe that the intensity of the taste was coming from plants and not refined sugar and dairy fats. We had a little...

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A great day at the Sport Park for Thames Valley Rugby Union

There were three titles to be won with all the Colleges participating were: • The girls Open Championships – Hauraki Plains College • First XV Championship – technically won by Matamata College who are not in the Thames Valley region. This meant runner up, Paeroa College was the winner and they qualified with their points to enter the National Condor Sevens Cup later this year.

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Chef Nee at MBC Cafe

He and his wife Praveena have brought to the many diners who frequent the restaurant a different style of menu, some dishes  with the taste of Asia  as well as serving excellent classical kiwi classical dishes. Here they had just served three hundred meals as part of the PlaceMakers ONE Base fishing tournament prize-giving last week. Large numbers are no trouble to Nee and Praveena but they really enjoy preparing the meals off te menu for the more personalised table order.    Nee and his café are open all week and welcome visitors and regular diners every day. Please check out the Kitchen...

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Office lady extraordinaire – We are local and national

“Having the right person to work with is vital,’ adds Maxine. “We are virtual and we are nationwide. I came here so that I could have the right ladies to do the job.” But it’s not just the businesses of tradies’ that are transformed by Mrs Tradie, but also Mrs Tradie works for restaurants, farmers, distilleries, real estate agents, property managers, small businesses owners. “First and foremost, we are the office lady, and we look after your accounting, your operating platforms, your insurances, health and safety, employment contracts,” says Max. Two key things: • We are part-time all...

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Try Mike’s tacos today or Mañana

His very wonderfully tasting tacos will certainly bring you back tomorrow. He has derived an excellent recipe and operates locally from BASE Pizzeria during the hours of 11.00am and 3.00pm on Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Mike also goes mobile for special entertainment events and on this occasion, he was offering his tacos to the all-age crowd going to Jon Toogood’s recent concert at the Monkey House. Mike has three different mainstay tacos – chicken, pork and avocado. His menu also includes a ‘buria’ – a favourite with locals – slow cooked brisket topped with melted cheese...

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