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Best time to invest in solar energy at home

To take advantage of this you need to supply a valid quote from your chosen solar specialist. Your solar installer can supply the documentation required to support your finance application provided they are a current SEANZ member. We recommend using a local provider who can offer you ongoing support and service. Choosing the right solar energy system This worthwhile investment does require understanding the differences between solar energy systems and what they offer is not only important, but essential. Here is some insight into the types of solar energy systems on offer and what they c…
Local Business

The Warehouse Whitianga turns on solar power

This marked the Warehouse Group’s first step in their transition to solar, following the announcement of their agreement with Lodestone Energy, that will see more than 250 sites across Aotearoa New Zealand switch to solar energy plans by the end of 2026. The Warehouse Group’s Chief Executive Nic…

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STAN’S STUFF

Living in paradise, why think about a concentration camp?

I have been thinking about an Auschwitz Concentration camp story. It is a true story written by Viktor Frankl, one of the most influential psychotheraptists of the 20th century. I think about it when I sit on the Whitianga wharf, when I stroll the beaches at sunset, when I lay awake in my comfortable bed. […]


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Fundraising

Cooking up a storm

Three Cook’s Beach firefighters will be competing in the annual Firefighter Skytower Challenge. They are local heroes in their community especially to the children.
Banking and Finance

Scammed – A tale of Crypto crime

Although known to the staff at The Informer, the writer of this piece wishes to remain anonymous on the grounds that they feel embarrassed and stupid and live locally.

Farming and Agriculture

Only a little – more is deadly

The previous issue highlighted the plight of the soils saturated with phosphate, nitrogen, cadmium and of course the herbicides. There is simply no need to keep heaving all of the above onto the land. The issue is to make available what is already there.
FARMING AND AGRICULTURE

It all remains in the soil – super phosphate.

Our family had been on the peat block 8kms west of Te Aroha for fifty years developing it from a barren infertile state with at first cattle, then cattle and sheep, finally in the finish a five hundred dairy cow farm.
Farming and Agriculture

Zero result – a waste of time and money

In the previous issue of my articles -12 December, 2023, I wrote how after twenty years or so, we, as farmers, were beginning to doubt the effectiveness of more and more super phosphate.  

Local Business

Best time to invest in solar energy at home

Many of the banks are now offering low interest rate loans to bankroll the investment in solar energy on your home. Westpac, ANZ, BNZ, ASB and Kiwibank all have finance packages starting from 0% interest.
Local Business

The Warehouse Whitianga turns on solar power

Last Wednesday, 14 February was a little bit brighter across New Zealand  as the first 26 of The Warehouse Group’s stores and sites across the Upper North Island, including The Warehouse Whitianga, are now enjoying the power of the sun.
Freedom on the Water
Marine

Freedom on the Water

Dinghy Adventures in the Mercury Bay are some of our little family’s favourite memories.

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Fundraising

Cooking up a storm

Three Cook’s Beach firefighters will be competing in the annual Firefighter Skytower Challenge. They are local heroes in their community especially to the children.
Music

Music and sunshine at the Hahei lawn charity concert

The best Saturday afternoon menu – Fantastic location, Phil Hart and ‘Dem Bones’ band with their superb music, Walnut and Fig food truck with a fine menu of food and drink, a great cause helping cancer sufferers locally, a generous host, Shaun Jackson, and of course the sun shone, mostly.
John Pedersen presents an award to Richard Vetter
Lions Club

Time to say thank you to Richard

Richard Vetter spoke at the recent Whitianga Lions Club meeting held at Mercury Bay Club. He is a member of Lions so he spoke as one of them rather than as a Guest Speaker.  It was a very special night for everyone because it was an opportunity to acknowledge Richard’s work and achievements as a …

Norman travelled to visit his great-grandchildren for the day.
Roading and Transport

Use it or lose it!

A Provider’s View Sharon from Coromandel Taxis is one of the Providers of this service. Sharon was enthusiastic about the Connector service and observes that half the people have been locals and the rest are visitors who are taking full advantage of the free transport option between Thames and C…
Riding on the Coromandel Connector Bus
Roading and Transport

Thames-Coromandel Connector Bus

Many people may not be aware that TCDC has been granted recovery funding from the Ministry of Social Development to trial a Connector service between Thames and Coromandel Town. The aim is to reconnect our communities with healthcare, education, appointments, work opportunities and reconnect fami…
Aamera that mysteriously appeared on SH25
Roading and Transport

Mystery of the CCTV camera

A camera that mysteriously appeared high up on a streetlight on SH25 at the intersection with Racecourse Road is to be removed by the NZ Transport Agency following enquiries by The Informer.