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Author: The Informer

Our oldest veteran – Private Peter Sheehan

Private Peter William Sheehan was in the army for approximately three years and for two of those years, he served in the infantry in Egypt and Italy. His number for service was 449 437.  He received a back full of shrapnel and some of that shrapnel remains in his body. Peter says it works its way out from time to time showing up just under the skin surface. Peter is a member of the Whitianga Bowling Club and until recently he helped with maintenance on a daily basis. He was absent from this years Anzac dawn parade as he had a stint in hospital. Peter lives with his daughter, Chrissie and son,...

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Anzac Day mishap put right

Johnathon had concluded his active service some years prior and had returned to be with his family for the Anzac service. To be asked to carry one of the flags at the head of the parade on Anzac Day was a great honour.  The memories of what he experienced in war have not left him, but neither has his pride in serving his country and his love for New Zealand dimmed in any way. It was a mistake that the flag was taken from him and the ‘why’ was never resolved – a misunderstanding, no doubt.  The RSA members who organised the parade were embarrassed and upset that this occurred. Fast forward...

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WORLD RECORD CLAIM!

Kelly Chambers with her mighty world record claim catch. This is also the biggest sword ever weighed by a Mercury Bay Game Fishing Club member and a new All Tackle club record surpassing Ian O’Briens legendary 291.9kg swordfish caught way back in 1998 which still stands as the men’s 24kg World Record! This is not Kelly’s first rodeo as she also currently holds the World Record for Broadbill Swordfish on 8kg line; so well done to Kelly and Shannon Chambers, captain Hunter Bryce and all the crew onboard the Ruckus involved in this incredible achievement!

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Some great movies and May the 4th (force) be with you

Friday 3 May – 7.00pm – ‘Back to Black’ collaboration with The Monkey House Just $20 ticket. After the screening of this Amy Winehouse biopic, your ticket also gets you entry to the show at the Monkey House afterwards. There will be local musos doing their interpretations of Amy’s songs. Saturday 4 May – Star Wars Day. We are showing the first three movies and we have prizes galore. We even have a clone trooper visiting us at 12.00pm before the first screening. Sunday 5 May – Six Inches of Soil. This is a documentary about organic farming and the importance of our soil. We are joined by Yotam...

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The Model Show for 2024 is looking for exhibits

There were many visitors to the 2023 Model Exhibition. It will fill the Whitianga Town Hall in Monk Street, Whitianga 6-7July and will be the seventh Model Show in the past 9 years (a break during Covid). The Mercury Bay Model Railway Club will be hosting this very popular Model Show and many of their members will display their own layouts and models, some of which include radio -controlled planes and boats as well as trains. Principal organiser, Damon Christensen, is looking for more exhibits and exhibitors. • A sales table for people to buy stuff. • A ‘People’s Choice best Exhibit Award’...

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ANZAC – what it means to me

MAORI BATTALION On Anzac Day I want to remember and honour those who sacrificed their lives for our freedom. My grandfather was in the Maori battalion. His name was Charlie Thomas Shelford. He was a decorated soldier and fought in Egypt. He believed he was fighting for his country and that he was fighting for freedom.  I never want to forget that. There is a terrible price to pay for freedom and so many paid that price for us. In World War One, the Māori Battalion lost 649 men killed, while a further 1712 were wounded and 237 taken prisoner. The 12,000 New Zealanders who died during World...

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Who was Von Luckner? – PART ONE OF THREE

What is the connection with our area? Von Luckner’s Cove on Red Mercury Island. He, of course, was on Germany’s side during World War One but his remarkable life before that and his noble character endeared him across rivalries. Von Luckner was born into an old famous German military family whose father was determined he should follow the family tradition and go into the cavalry. His parents despaired at the lack of motivation or inclination to learn and hired private tutors and sent him to several private schools all without success. Von Luckner was more interested in adventure and loved...

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A new partnership on the Peninsula with Elite Blinds and Curtain Clinic

Curtain Clinic and Elite Blinds working together across the Coromandel Peninsula. “We love what we do !!  You will too!!” Meet Scott and Tina who are Elite Blinds who bring over 12 years of experience in cleaning and installation of all types of blinds. “Wherever there are blinds, we are happy to service you,” says Scott. “Our Whitianga agents are available to help with taking down and reinstalling if your live in the Coromandel, Mercury Bay area, and our Waihi based team look after Pauanui, Whangamata and Thames. This way we can provide efficient service and people don’t have to wait a...

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