Skip to main content

Author: The Informer

Wow! Much Needed New Furniture store in Whiti – New Owner !!

Kamal has fascinating and an inspiring story When asked by informer, “Why furniture?”. He shared the story of his first job in New Zealand. Even though he was just an international student. Kamal was determined to give his best, no matter what. He worked hard and volunteered extra hours to learn as much as he could and it paid off. One day the store owner of a leading furniture business, recognised his potential and asked him if he could manage a store by himself ?

Continue reading

Doris Day and more Fishing Comps at Matarangi

“We have lived in Matarangi for seven years but came here for holidays for forty years. My husband was already down here and I was the weekend wife. That needed to change.”   Sharon’s husband was already a committee member of the local fishing club. The Doris Day Fishing Competition was very successful and everyone got out to fish despite the wind. “It was great to see the ladies out on the water,” says Sharon. “We were a little down on numbers from last year due to Kubota in Whitianga and other comps around the country, but ‘Doris Day’ will be looking at better dates for next year.“ Sharon...

Continue reading

PlaceMakers One Base Comp

The awards for the best catches were followed by a very large section of spot prizes. MC Warren Male of CFM did an intrepid job of auctioning some very high-end items such as stainless-steel BBQ’s and smokers. The income from these auctions went to support the work of the Te Tiihi Nui Trust in Whitianga the special needs young adults who need to find a home, employment and a sustainable life in their community. The Trust had presented a Go Kart for raffling over the weekend. This event involved anglers from young boys to the other end of the spectrum with the Gold Card Plus One team who also...

Continue reading

Art Escape ‘24 – a great event

Finally, after the obstacles of the past few years, it seems we have succeeded in rebuilding this special area of the Coromandel and welcoming visitors. The Art Escape Open Studios 2024 received 5800 art lovers, many who travelled the entire route from Tairua to Matarangi. The annual Mercury Bay Art Escape has recemented a solid foundation from which to entice art lovers into the Eastern Coromandel. The 40 artists were busy from 10am until 4pm on all 4 days of the event, and this was evident in the art lovers wanting to meet our artists which increased sales from the previous year. An exciting...

Continue reading

Masonic lodge makes generous donation to mammogram project

The Lodge has been and continues to be committed to supporting Cancer Relief, plus several other programmes including the purchasing of 5 Defibrillators  (Three Police Car based and two static in the community) and the promoting of healthy eating within schools by supplying Veggie Pods for the children to look after. Many community projects Over the years, the local Lodge 443 has been involved in a number of projects that have assisted the local community in significant ways. As well as the five defibulators, relief funding and distribution of “Veggie Pods’ to local schools, the Lodge has...

Continue reading

Perry and Erin keep Opito Salt at the winning edge in New Zealand

“This year we tried something a bit different where we entered some very new and unique flavours.” Perry had been on the hunt for the best black pepper in the world to pair with their multi-award winning natural sea salt. The search led him to Kampot in Cambodia, a region designated by the European Union as a Geographic  Area of Significance for its production of black pepper. The pepper is floral and spicy with incredible after-notes of flavour and aroma. It’s the perfect black pepper to combine with our sea salt. “We are driven by authentic food experiences,” says Erin. “Previously Perry...

Continue reading

Elite Blinds comes to Mercury Bay

It was many years ago that they had their own blinds fitted in their home, and as Scott was a very skilled practical person, it got the both of them thinking about running their own business. Together their company, Elite Blinds, has been servicing communities for 12 years. “We are professionals in our field and clean and sanitise all types of blinds – roller, venetian, wooden and vertical,” says Scott. “We also repair blinds or can replace worn out blinds.” Their company has established a long working history with brand leaders in the blinds industry. “We offer a full measure and quote...

Continue reading

Get ready, because A Taste of Matarangi is just around the corner!

For those eager to secure their spot at the festival, time is of the essence. Online ticket sales will close on Friday, 5 April @ 5pm, ensuring no one misses out on the opportunity to indulge in this. After this date, limited tickets will be available for purchase at the gate for $40 per adult. Transportation to the event is made convenient with various options available.  Whether you prefer to drive yourself or opt for alternate modes of transportation, rest assured that getting to the festival will be a breeze. Make your travel arrangements in advance to ensure a smooth and stress-free journey...

Continue reading

Matarangi Homes – Local building company adding to Matarangi

Crawford has been building locally for over 18 years and is the leader of all things to do with the building. Mark is the Project Manager of each build and takes care of all the liaison with the subcontractors, manages sales and the client’s needs. Michelle ensures all of the client’s selections are followed to the letter, the general accounts, marketing and details re furnishings and décor if required. Soon, Crawford’s daughter, Trinity, will be assisting Michelle and it will become even more of a family team business. Crawford, having lived and worked on the Peninsula since 2006, knows the...

Continue reading