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Special Anzac exhibition at the Mercury Bay museum

This exhibition commemorates the men from Mercury Bay using three photos from our collection and centres around the Roll of Honour, Mercury Bay. These photos have been chosen by our team as they tell a very poignant story – some of these men never returned home. We tell the story of Private Percy Charles Balme, who saw action in Gallipoli in 1915 and the Western Front in 1916. We are privileged to have his medals and a painting of him on exhibit from the Balme Family. Please make sure you visit this exhibition and learn a little more of the history of our men and the places around our town...

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Steeped in local history

One such property located in Te Rerenga, 1246 Whangapoua Rd, is steeped in local folk law and history. Built originally in the 1800s as a mine manager’s house, when gold was being processed in a neighbouring property. This closed somewhere in the early 1900s. The grounds of which I am told, are now used as a reserve. The property was bought by a private couple in approximately 1911 and converted to a hotel. Serving the drovers and Kauri millers of the time. The area was known for its thriving kauri milling industry. The Kauri tree at the corner of the home is said to be over 200 years old....

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The best day ever

Sunday 7 April, on the road south out of Whitianga, at the end of Macleod Straight, the Mercury Bay Equestrian Academy gathered for an Equestrian Event.  Meeting on a paddock of Daphne Rae, families with horses gathered for the biggest ever for the Academy. Ron Cook and his team were greatly encouraged. News of a plan to apply for ten hectares of the Sherrif Block to establish ‘Horses – an Equestrian Academy’ has created much interest. It was fabulous. Lots of delighted young girls and some new faces and ponies. Paige on Possum, top left; Ana on Josh led by Isla, top right; Raewyn on Rumba,...

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One such property located in Te Rerenga, 1246 Whangapoua Rd, is steeped in local folk law and history. Built originally in the 1800s as a mine manager’s house, when gold was being processed in a neighbouring property. This closed somewhere in the early 1900s. The grounds of which I am told, are now used as a reserve. The property was bought by a private couple in approximately 1911 and converted to a hotel. Serving the drovers and Kauri millers of the time. The area was known for its thriving kauri milling industry. The Kauri tree at the corner of the home is said to be over 200 years old....

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Heart felt thank you from Event Coordinator-Bronwyn Ririnui

The organizing committee’s dedication, hard work and meticulous planning have been the backbone of this festival.  They have volunteered countless hours of brainstorming, organizing, coordinating bringing this event to fruition. I am truly grateful for their support. The support from our generous sponsors has been instrumental in making this festival a reality. Their belief in our cause and willingness to invest in our community have enabled us to create an unforgettable experience for all who attend. We truly couldn’t do this without them. The generosity from our raffle and auction contributors...

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State Highway 25 south of Whangamata closed by crash

Update: 12:49PM Emergency services have worked to clear one lane of State Highway 25 south of Whangamata following a truck crash this morning. The crash was reported to Police at 11.10am and initially the road was closed in both directions. While one lane is now clear, motorists can expect continued delays and should take alternative routes where possible. Update: 12:11PM State Highway 25 south of Whangamata is blocked following a truck crash. The truck has collided with a power pole, bringing live power lines down. The truck driver has sustained moderate injuries...

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Beverley Hillbillies for 10th Birthday of NZ Retro Car and Caravan Club

The weekend will kick off from 6.00pm on the Friday night. “It’s all about You – caravans – comraderie – fun – laughter – puppies – food – friendship,” says Peter Nunn, Captain of the Club. “Saturday night is Theme Night Party with a Potluck dinner and prizes for the best dressed Clampett Hillbilly and the best light show caravan. There will be ‘possum stew’ on the weekend and ‘moonshine’ plus a sales table for everyone to bring their wares to sell.” It will be a great time for all caravan enthusiasts. One more message from Peter; “Bring your own instruments to join in with the DJ’s Mike...

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MyStays extends expertise from Taupo to the Coromandel

Brent and Elle Knight at their own retreat in Whangamata. Founded by Brent and Elle Knight, with deeply connected to the region. MyStays prides itself on being Kiwi-owned, ensuring profits remain in New Zealand while offering growth opportunities and memorable holiday experiences for locals and visitors alike. “With personal ties to the Coromandel, including family connections and cherished memories, we’re excited to expand our business in the region. “For Brent, childhood holidays in the area hold special significance, while my family still resides in the Coromandel region. Our own retreat...

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