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Author: Lynette Gee

New lifestyle village in Whitianga

The Moorings Lifestyle Village opened February 2024. The harbour feeds a maze of waterways meandering through the flat land to the west. The town started out as a small seaside town of holiday baches. A holiday and fishing mecca for the summer months. Now, large holiday homes have risen from where baches once sat and high-end homes edge the canal frontages. The Waterways is a Hopper Developments project, which started in 2001. For the Hoppers the objective for the Waterway’s development is for a multi-faceted community. The vision included canal housing, a dockside development, including...

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Good visitor numbers and sales for Art Escape

The numbers were stronger than the previous two years. “It’s all about getting people to the Coromandel,” said Tairua artist Souxie Speerstra. “Everybody I spoke to had a fantastic time. They were definitely art enthusiasts and art appreciators out enjoying themselves,” she said. “Most of the visitors to my studio came from outlying areas like Auckland, Hamilton, and Tauranga and many had a connection to the Coromandel, whether it was a bach, or friends living in the area.” Hahei blacksmith Barry Hishon, new to the Art Escape, said, “The opening weekend was absolutely stunning. We had over...

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A busy tool and machinery sale and an unclaimed World War 11 box

The Whitianga MENZSHED’s  raised over $2000 toward their new shed last Sunday, 18 February at their Tool and Machinery Garage Sale. It was busy and profitable and the space of their existing shed was a clear message to the community of just how much more space the MenZshed needs. It is estimated that the new shed will cost around $300k. The current shed is 70 square metres the new shed will be 360 square metres. “We need to raise a third of the cost ourselves before we can approach Lotto and other groups for funding,” said Glenn Schache, President of Whitianga MENZSHED. The group has raised...

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Nook – inspired by The Fillery

“I’ve always been focused on trying to do my bit for the environment. I try to live conscientiously,” said Georgia. Georgia studied Environmental Science at Toi Ohoma Institute of Technology in Tauranga. This pushed her into environmental work. Before she opened Nook, Georgia worked for the Mercury Bay Environmental Trust and has done bush restoration and environmental community work. Georgia has always enjoyed shopping plastic-free. She used to shop at The Fillery with Kathryn. “She inspired me. I loved The Fillery so much and I was sad when it closed.” Georgia has been vegan for nine years....

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