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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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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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