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Author: Verna Carr

Seniors Community Morning Tea

This well-being information morning at Mercury Bay Club was very well attended. On Wednesday, July 3, a community morning tea was organised for the seniors. It was hosted at the Mercury Bay Club. The purpose was to keep people informed about the different resources and services available in the community. Guest speakers from various organisations are invited to share their knowledge as to how they can help and assist those who are challenged by physical, emotional, and mental health issues. The guest speakers for this event were: Francine Hills is a health promoter from Age Concern Hauraki....

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Volunteers – what would we do without them?

Community leaders and hosts of Honouring Volunteers Day – Peter McKenzie and Caroline Hobman (Community Board members), Rekha Giri-Percival (TCD Councillor), Bess Kingi (Community Board member), Helena Stratford (TCDC Area Administrator), Leith Jackson (Westpac Rescue Helicopter Hangar), Deli Connell (TCD Councillor), John Grant (TCD Councillor), Heather Bruce (TCDC Manager), Sheryll Fitzpatrick (TCDC Social Navigator). The lunch was held at the Westpac Trust Rescue Helicopter Hangar on Moewai Road. The event was opened with a Karakia led by councillor Deli Connell; lunch was served; and afterwards,...

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No to More Mining on the Coromandel

The article titled $2 billion export goal for mining in The Informer, June 4, states that doubling mining export value is a great goal. No, it isn’t. The points I wish to raise and call attention to in this article are: • “It will be good to see the government invest in upgrading geological modelling and resource potential by mapping our mineral resources. Not only do these mining consortiums want to take and make profit on the natural resources that belong to the people, they also want the people to pay for the privilege through taxes paid for government funding of mining activities. • The...

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TCDC Long Term Plan

It is refreshing to read the editor’s take and Mr Rasmussen’s on TCDC’s Long Term Plan (‘The Informer’, 16 April 2024). The consultation was, as usual, a waste of time (and money). The proposed ‘options’ reflected ‘shades of bad’ rather than clear alternatives. Soon as the consultation period had closed, the Council started publicizing more details about projects that had been consulted on. It can’t escape the most naïve mind that the direction the Council is going to take had been decided long before we had any opportunity to comment. I agree with Mr Rasmussen in that ‘our elected...

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Fishing for Sport

Yes, chasing the big fish is fun and exciting, man against beast, coming home the conquering heroes with a good story to tell, plus the added incentive of big prize money and a trophy to brag about. How many more of these noble fish have to die so those with bloodlust can have their fun? These fishermen are not paddling their canoes out to catch fish for the tribe or as recreational fishermen feeding their families. No, those taking part in the Annual Kubota Billfish Classic arrive en-masse with boats equipped with sophisticated tracking and navigation equipment with the sole purpose of hunting...

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Kaumata/seniors morning tea and community conversation

Dan Asquith, Mel Asquith, and Lorraine MacAllister, all professionals from The Mercury Bay Medical Centre, realised that 30% of the Whitianga population was made up of older community members, some of whom struggle with daily life and feel unsupported and/or isolated. A review panel was formed to discuss the dynamics of ageing well and what this entails.  The matters they considered were health and well-being, physical support, welfare, and social connections; what resources and support networks are available for the physical, mental, and emotional needs of elderly people? Where are these resources,...

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Off to Whiti Citi Market is a must!

You will meet a host of vendors – local growers, craftspeople, artists, mobile chefs and small businesses. Whiti Citi Market is flourishing and is a popular destination for both locals and visitors who appreciate not just the excellent shopping on offer but also the market’s relaxed and friendly atmosphere. It is such a great way to spend your Saturday morning – meeting friends, having a coffee, listening to live music performed by Dave Kennedy, and browsing the delights of the stalls. The foodies will enjoy the Dutch pancakes, the mussel fritters, and a sausage or two from the sausage sizzle...

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