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Author: The Informer

Introducing Mischa, staging entrepreneur

The latter role is a big step but something Mischa has been seeking for long time. “Ever since I can remember, I have always loved interior design. Reworking a space to make it more beautiful and spacious was something I would do confidently for fun and for a challenge. It has become a passion for me. One day I saw that ‘Rooms Home Staging’ was up for sale. I said out loud, ‘That sounds like a business I really want to do.’ So, I jumped on it and now I am the owner of a business. “I have enough furniture to stage six homes. It is all kept in storage, and it is so well set up. There is a lot...

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Key points made at LTP hearings

• Warning as to unlimited growth – asking for a pause on this. • A need to slow down costs during the cost-of-living crisis  to allow time for Council to rethink the current Strategic Planning approach. • The current top-down and historical approach to planning needs to change. • The status quo is not working meaning the way Long Term Planning  is led and presented. • There needs to be equity and fairness in terms of TCDC’s Financial Strategy. • The average salary of the Management team within TCDC is $130/140 k a year. A salary that is at least double the average income of our households...

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Some news on the Cooks Beach storm water retention lakes

This photo was taken in October 2023 and is worse now. The representatives Paul Hopkins (Chair), Steve Lloyd, and Dave Baardman have expressed frustration and impatience on behalf of their community. The problem or issue is clearing the two lakes of the nutrient rich sediment which has created a visually unattractive and odorous site for residents and holiday makers as well as the sludge taking up a metre depth of the lakes which is not desirable for a storm water region water body. It would be a health risk for anyone thinking of swimming. TCDC ceased spraying some time ago as the spray had...

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Many young anglers for Childrens Fishing Tournament and Youth Nationals

Wyatt Watson, with his Mum, Dad and sister, congratulated by the sponsors Hunting and Fishing owners, Alex and Ashleigh in front of the prize worth $10,000!! Hunting and Fishing, newly established in Whitianga, was the naming sponsor and in addition, the tournament also became part of the Youth Nationals Fishing Tournament. The organisers, Tony Croft and Cody Hamilton, working on behalf of the Mercury Bay Game Fishing Club, changed the date to coincide with the New Zealand Sport Fishing Club Youth Nationals. It was a good move.

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Amazing renovation of heritage home Seaview Villa – Coromandel

This Heritage listed home, constructed circa 1905 (Some locals maintain the original dwelling was actually constructed in 1895 ?), the once pride and joy of the Darling Family, who owned the home for five generations until recent times. It is now, reluctantly, but determinedly being sold by the current owners. Just as you can see from the outside appearance, inside the home still displays all the majestic charm of yesteryear, but with modern love and care. Entering the home, you find yourself immediately charmed by the retained ambiance of the original build – high ceilings, grand mantels lovingly...

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The NUKES Reunion – Original three ukelele maestros coming to Eggscentric

Way back yonder in 2008 three fully grown men banded together and embarked upon a perilous musical journey with no particular destination. Their mission? To write and perform original music using only the humble ukulele. Thus, The Nukes were born and quickly they grew into a bonny wee thing, gaining a reputation across Australasia for boisterous live shows and impressive original material. Riddled with optimism and fuelled by beer and bonhomie, David ‘Fingers of fire’ Parker, Ben ‘Country boy’ Collier and Dave ‘Snapper’ Thiele set the burgeoning parochial ukulele/folk scene on fire for a...

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A drama for all ages including children

A Scottish lad of 10 is driven into slavery aboard His Majesty’s ships, circa 1800. After 15 years at sea, he is cast onto the shoreline of Aotearoa. The fight for survival begins. Te Tupua – The Goblin is  written and performed by  well-known author and celebrated performer, John Davies who celebrates 50 years as a theatre practitioner. John lives in Auckland. Early 19th century in Aotearoa was a dynamic time. Māori were becoming aware they were no longer alone, and that other races from the north were coming. Pākehā who lived here at that time forged an existence on Māori terms. The recorded...

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Whitianga Coastguard report and cadet intake

Overall during the month we had two urgent and 12 non-urgent callouts. Both were urgent callouts related to a vessel that had gone onto rocks. The non-urgent callouts were mostly mechanical issues and required tows back to Whitianga. About Coastguard membership: Another reminder to vessel skippers; there should be a Coastguard membership holder on the vessel for free assistance. You will be charged $350 per hour if there is not a member onboard (so your uncles’ cousin twice removed who is a member but not on board does not qualify for free assistance). Coastguard New Zealand membership costs...

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Latest benefit stats show Govt’s plan is vital for Coromandel

Scott Simpson, MP, addresses the crowd of about 700 people at the dawn Anzac service, Whitianga. “While the numbers do not specify the Coromandel electorate, many of our communities are included in the statistics for the Waikato region. In March 2017, 10,885 people were receiving Jobseeker Support in the Waikato. This has risen to 16,674 in March 2024. “It is sobering to read that work-ready job seekers are forecast to spend an average of 13 years on a benefit, and teenagers could become trapped on welfare for 24 years of their working lives. That is unacceptable and we are taking action...

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